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Tennessee Inside Linebacker Enters Transfer Portal

Juwan Mitchell
Tennessee linebacker Juwan Mitchell against Florida in his final game of the 2021 season. Photo by Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee linebacker Juwan Mitchell entered the transfer portal Monday afternoon, On3’s Matt Zenitz first reported.

Mitchell spent two years in Knoxville after transferring from Texas to Tennessee. The inside linebacker suffered a season ending injury early in the 2021 season before returning to the field as a stalwart on Tennessee’s 2022 defense.

In-and-out of the starting lineup while being one of the Vols’ most used linebackers, Mitchell recorded 43 tackles and an interception as a senior.

Mitchell earned a 52.3 PFF grade this season, coming in as the Vols’ fifth highest rated inside linebacker behind Aaron Beasley, Elijah Herring, Jeremy Banks and Solon Page III.

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While the backup linebacker didn’t produce at a high level in his time at Tennessee, he likely would have had a role if he returned for his super senior season. Mitchell has yet to graduate from Tennessee. Unless he graduates from Tennessee this spring, he will have to sit out a year before earning eligibility.

Mitchell, Jeremy Banks and Solon Page III are Tennessee’s three linebackers who played major snaps in 2022 and aren’t returning. The Vols do return veteran Aaron Beasley and talented freshman Elijah Herring on top of adding BYU transfer Keenan Pili and incoming freshmen Jalen Smith and Arion Carter.

Mitchell is the 10th Tennessee player to enter the transfer portal since the conclusion of the regular season and one of the only transfers that earned serious playing time.

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