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Former Tennessee QB Enters The Transfer Portal

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Former Tennessee quarterback JT Shrout entered the transfer portal Tuesday after spending two seasons at Colorado, ESPN’s Pete Thamel first reported.

Shrout tore his ACL ahead of the 2021 season, his first in Boulder, and started off-and-on this season for the woeful Buffs. The California native completed 44% of his passes, throwing for 1,220 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions in nine games.

Colorado made waves this offseason, hiring Jackson State’s Deion Sanders as its newest head coach. Sanders has been extremely active flipping his roster, sending countless players to the portal while adding 23 transfers to date.

In his introductory press conference, Deion Sanders introduced his son Shedeur Sanders saying, “This is your quarterback.” With Shrout’s path to starting at Colorado clearly blocked, it came as little surprise for him to enter the portal.

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Shrout has one year of eligibility remaining but could appeal for a medical redshirt from the 2021 season to receive a second season of eligibility.

Jeremy Pruitt and Tennessee signed Shrout as a member of 2018 recruiting class after former commits Adrian Martinez and Michael Penix Jr. de-committed. Shrout saw limited playing time in the 2019 and 2020 seasons where he completed 37-of-69 passes for 494 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.

Josh Heupel and the Vols are in need of adding a quarterback in the transfer portal after rising sophomore Tayven Jackson entered the transfer portal and committed to Indiana.

Shrout’s path to playing time would be just as unlikely at Tennessee so a reunion between the two parties seems unlikely.

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