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Tennessee Defensive Lineman Enters Transfer Portal

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Tennessee looks to continue the momentum on the recruiting trail after a 7-0 start to the season. Photo By Andrew Ferguson/Tennessee Athletics.

Tennessee defensive lineman Jordan Phillips entered the transfer portal Monday morning, On3 Matt Zentiz first reported.

Phillips just finished his freshman regular season at Tennessee where he played three games, totaling one tackle in the Vols’ win over Vanderbilt.

The Orlando, Florida native qualifies for a redshirt after playing in just three games and will still have four years of eligibility remaining wherever he ends up.

Phillips was a three-star recruit coming out of high school, ranking as the No. 651 player and No. 91 defensive lineman in the country.

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If there’s a position Tennessee can afford transfers at, it’s along the defensive line. The Vols have an abundance of depth along the defensive line and are poised to return key contributors Omari Thomas, Kurrott Garland, DaJon Terry and Bryson Eason.

Tennessee is also bringing in a talented defensive line recruiting class including five-star interior defensive lineman Daevin Hobbs and four-star interior defensive lineman Tyree Weathersby.

Phillips becomes the sixth Tennessee player to enter the transfer portal since the end of the regular season. The number is one of the lowest in the SEC and while Josh Heupel and his staff lost some quality depth pieces, no one who played a major role in 2022 entered the portal.

The Vols return to the field without Phillips in the Orange Bowl at 8 p.m. ET on Dec. 30.

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