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Former Tennessee Quarterback Transferring To Play For Butch Jones

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Former Tennessee and Colorado quarterback J.T. Shrout is transferring to Arkansas State to play his final two college seasons for former Vols’ head coach Butch Jones, On3 first reported Monday morning.

Jones and Shrout were like passing ships in the night at Tennessee, never overlapping. In fact, Tennessee’s termination of Butch Jones’ contract in 2017 set the stage for Shrout to sign with Tennessee months later.

Once Jones was fired, three-star quarterback commit Micheal Penix Jr. de-committed and once the Vols hired Jeremy Pruitt weeks later four-star quarterback Adrian Martinez flipped his commitment from Tennessee to Nebraska.

That left Pruitt searching for a quarterback late in the recruiting cycle. That’s where Shrout stepped in, signing with Tennessee over Cal.

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Shrout redshirted the 2018 season before playing sparingly during the 2019 and 2020 seasons. The 6-foot-3 pocket passer completed 27-of-69 passes (39%) for 494 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions in his time in Knoxville.

The California native transferred to Colorado after the 2020 season and after tearing his ACL ahead of the 2021 season, Shrout returned to the field last fall. As an off-and-on starter on a bad Colorado team, Shrout completed 44% of his passes for 1,220 yards, seven touchdowns and eight interceptions.

After Colorado hired Deion Sanders this offseason — and Sanders declared that his son Shadeur would be the Buffs starting quarterback — Shrout entered the transfer portal. Shrout lands at Arkansas State just 13 days after originally entering the portal.

Jones is off to a rocky start in his two seasons in Jonesboro, posting a combined 5-19 record and finishing in last place in the SunBelt in both seasons.

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