Tennessee defensive lineman Da’Jon Terry entered the transfer portal Friday evening, On3’s Matt Zenitz first reported.
Terry has been an active member of the Vols’ interior defensive line rotation over the last two seasons after transferring from Kansas to Tennessee to play for Josh Heupel and his staff.
The mammoth 6-foot-4, 321 pound defensive tackle recorded 35 tackles, six tackles for loss and three sacks in his Tennessee career while recording 16 tackles and two sacks during the 2022 season. Terry earned a 62.6 grade in 231 snaps from Pro Football Focus for his play last season which ranked fifth amongst interior Tennessee defensive lineman.
Terry was likely to be back in Tennessee’s defensive line rotation again this season though it is unlikely he would have been a starter. The Vols will rely on Arizona State transfer Omarr Norman-Lott, Kurrott Garland, Omari Thomas, Bryson Eason and Elijah Simmons in the middle of their defense without Terry.
The defensive tackle played his first two college seasons at Kansas before transferring to Tennessee after Heupel and defensive lineman Rodney Garner arrived. While Terry has played four college seasons he has one more year of eligibility due to NCAA COVID-19 relief.
The window for football players to enter the transfer portal and be automatically eligible to play the ensuing season is closed but as a graduate, Terry will be eligible to play immediately wherever he transfers.
Terry is the only Tennessee football player that has entered the transfer portal since spring practice ended in April.