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Tennessee Defensive Back Cristian Conyer Enters Transfer Portal During Spring Window

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KNOXVILLE, TN – September 23, 2023 – Defensive back Cristian Conyer #15 of the Tennessee Volunteers before the game between the UT San Antonio Roadrunners and the Tennessee Volunteers at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Kate Luffman/Tennessee Athletics

Tennessee cornerback Cristian Conyer announced Monday that he has entered the transfer portal after one season with the Vols’ program.

“I have entered the transfer portal with three years of eligibility remaining,” Conyer posted to X on Monday afternoon. “I’d like to thank Coach Heupel and the University of Tennessee for the chance to play in the SEC. I appreciate the support of the coaching staff, my teammates and fans. Thank you, Vol Nation!”

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Conyer, a three-star prospect in the class of 2023 according to 247 Composite Rankings, appeared in 10 games as a true freshman, recording one tackle on the season. Conyer appeared mostly in a special teams role during the 2023 season as a reserve defensive back.

The Bowling Green, KY, native played his high school ball at South Warren before joining Tennessee as an early enrollee in December 2022. Conyer took frequent visits to both Kentucky and Tennessee prior to his commitment in July 2022.

With the turnover that Tennessee had in the defensive back’s room following the 2023 season, there looked to be an opportunity for Conyer to potentially find a more prominent role with the Vols’ secondary. Tennessee bolstered its secondary with portal players this offseason, though, adding Oregon State’s Jermod McCoy and Temple’s Jalen McMurray at the cornerback position.

The 6-foot-1 defensive back recorded one tackle during the 2024 Orange & White spring game back in April.

Cristian Conyer is the fourth Tennessee player to enter the transfer portal in the spring window, joining linebacker Elijah Herring, defensive lineman Camron Douglas, and cornerback Malik Ganaway. Herring was the first notable departure this spring as he led the Vols in tackles during the 2023 season.

None of the four players in the portal have announced an outgoing destination as of the time of this publication. The Vols also have not added any players through the portal during the spring window at this time.

Stay tuned to Rocky Top Insider for more on Tennessee football’s offseason moves.

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