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Former Tennessee Defensive Back Re-Enters The Transfer Portal

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Former Tennessee safety Wesley Walker is back in the transfer portal just months after leaving the Volunteer football program, 247sports Matt Zenitz first reported on Tuesday.

Walker entered the transfer portal back in December and originally committed to Lane Kiffin and Ole Miss football before deciding to go to Louisville instead. The Lewisburg, Tennessee native went through spring practice at Louisville before deciding to re-enter the transfer portal ahead of his final season of eligibility.

The 6-foot-1 defensive back spent two seasons at Tennessee, coming off the bench in 2022 before starting at safety for the Vols in 2023. Walker recorded 36 tackles, four pass deflections, one sack and one interception in his redshirt junior season before recording 53 tackles, two pass deflections, one sack and one forced fumble in his redshirt senior season.

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Walker earned a 70.6 PFF grade in 636 plays during his redshirt senior season, a mark that ranked second amongst Vol safeties.

Walker transferred to Tennessee ahead of the 2022 season after playing his first three collegiate seasons at Georgia Tech. While it looked like he would originally return to the ACC for his final year of collegiate eligibility, he’s now back in the transfer portal looking for a new home.

Tennessee brought in MTSU transfer JaKobe Thomas as a potential starter at safety next season as the Vols look to replace both their starting safeties from last season. Former Ohio State transfer Andre Turrentine as well as Jourdan Thomas and freshman Boo Carter are the Vols’ other top safeties entering the season.

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