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Former Alabama redshirt junior C Brandon Kennedy transferred to Tennessee as a graduate.

Upon Kennedy's announcement that he'd transfer as a graduate last month, the Tide barred him from transferring to any SEC school. That drew some national ire, which in turn fired up Nick Saban, who said he was merely abiding by conference rule. For better or worse, the decision is now out of Saban's hands -- and will be, going forward. The SEC adopted a new rule on June 1 stating that grad transfers can transfer within the conference without sitting out a year. A four-star 2015 signee, Kennedy (6'3/301) was the Crimson Tide's top backup center in 2017 before an injury knocked him out for the year. As he reunites with HC Jeremy Pruitt, Kennedy is in the mix to play immediately. He has two years of eligibility left.
Jun 14 - 11:44 AM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough believes senior QB Keller Chryst is most likely to be the starter in 2018 for Tennessee.

Chryst was originally labeled the "top graduate transfer to watch" by Rivals after announcing he would transfer as a graduate in March. Scarborough broke it down and wrote, "Guarantano had a nice spring, but he didn't necessarily do enough to win the starting job. He wasn't in a position to do so, really. Not when his and McBride's main competition, former Stanford QB Chryst, wasn't on campus yet." It comes down to experience for Scarborough who explained, "Given Chryst's edge in terms of experience (23 games played, an 11-2 record as a starter) and fit (he's a dropback passer), he has to be considered the favorite to win the job."
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 13 - 3:07 PM

In the latest release of the Rivals250, Tennessee four-star 2019 verbal T commit Wanya Morris was upgraded to five-star status.

Rivals Southeast analyst Chad Simmons explained "Morris has shown everywhere he has competed this year that he is clearly one of the most athletic offensive linemen in the country. He has shown great feet, the ability to mirror edge rushers and to dominate top competition consistently. What is scary about Morris is, there is still so much room for improvement." Morris also ranks ninth in ESPN's top 300 and Simmons expects him to receive playing time early in his career as long as he continues to improve.
Source: Rivals.com
Jun 12 - 2:45 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 S Anthony Harris.

"They want me to play a little bit of everywhere because of my footwork and my ability to get downhill and fill in the gaps, I can fit well in their defense," Harris said. The 6-foot-1, 175-pounder has the work ethic that you love to see from a high school recruit, and a rare toughness on top of that. To wit, he wanted to play with a broken collarbone during the North Carolina state high school championship game last year. None of this even touches upon what might be our favorite trait with the four-star standout -- he possesses a stellar football IQ. Rivals No. 201 overall prospect in the 2019 class, Harris is Tennessee's first defensive back in the cycle to pledge himself to HC Jeremy Pruitt's cause. North Carolina, NC State and Virginia Tech were all hoping to land him, to no avail.
Jun 8 - 5:00 PM

Updating a previous item, Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt has confirmed that redshirt junior LB Darrin Kirkland will remain with the team rather than seek a transfer.

Girdiron Now's John Brice had earlier reported that Pruitt met with Kirkland and his family and convinced them to stick it out in Knoxville. Pruitt, himself, has now gone public with the news, confirming it with ESPN's Chris Low. We very much view Tennessee as a rebuilding project -- especially early on -- and Kirkland's presence as an upperclassman leader should be a helpful one. If he can give them something on the field, all the better. The linebacker sat out the 2017 campaign while rehabbing a torn meniscus in his knee and missed six games in 2016 due to a high-ankle sprain. His health will be worth monitoring in August camp.
Source: ESPN.com
May 29 - 1:25 PM

Gridiron Now's John Brice reports that Tennessee redshirt junior LB Darrin Kirkland has decided not to transfer.

Per Brice, Kirkland and his family met with Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt, who apparently convinced the redshirt junior not to follow through with his previously announced plans to seek a graduate transfer. His last two seasons in Knoxville have been disappointing ones on the health front, as a high-ankle sprain sidelined the 6-foot-1, 230-pounder for six games in 2016 and a torn meniscus in his knee -- sustained last August -- knocked him out for the entirety of the 2017 season. His first active season on campus in 2015 remains his most substantial one to date, as he logged 66 tackles (6.5 for loss) three sacks and an interception during the campaign. So long as he can stay healthy, he has a chance to be a solid contributor for Tennessee this season.
May 29 - 11:19 AM

Tennessee redshirt junior LB Darrin Kirkland will transfer as a graduate.

Kirkland (6'1/230) began his career in Knoxville with much promise, posting 66 tackles (6.5 for loss), three sacks and an interception as a true freshman during the 2015 season. It's been a slog for him on the health front since that productive entrance into the collegiate game, though. He missed six games in 2016 due to a high ankle sprain and was forced to sit out the entirety of the 2017 campaign due to a torn meniscus sustained in preseason camp. He subsequently underwent surgery on that knee. While his career has taken a few disappointing turns thus far, Kirkland still has two years of eligibility remaining to play around with once he settles on his transfer home.
May 25 - 11:32 AM

Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt said of senior QB Keller Chryst's upside, "I think that everything you do, you probably get better at it the longer you do it."

"Based off his age, his experience, he has some wisdom, so that will probably help him in preparation, and I think it will be good for our football team," Pruitt said on Tuesday. These comments strike us as slightly boilerplate, though to be fair, the team really hasn't gotten a close look at Chryst as of yet. The former Stanford signal-caller did not take part in spring practice and thus won't be hitting practice in full until August camp. He'll be competing with Jarrett Guarantano and Will McBride for starting honors when practices boot back up. Realistically, regardless of who wins the gig, this is a rebuilding year for the Volunteers.
Source: SEC Country
May 23 - 3:31 PM

Tennessee sophomore LB Will Ignont's misdemeanor marijuana charge has been dismissed.

Ignont and John Kelly -- drafted by the Rams this spring -- were cited for marijuana possession during a mid-October traffic stop. Both players were subsequently suspended for Tennessee's next contest as punishment. The 6-foot-1, 227-pound Ignont looks to be in the clear, now. A former four-star recruit, the linebacker registered five tackles last season. He'll likely be working in a reserve role for the upcoming campaign.
May 23 - 11:59 AM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that transferring Alabama redshirt junior C Brandon Kennedy's appeal of the program's barring a potential SEC transfer has been denied.

Kennedy (6'3/301) is attempting to exit from Alabama as a graduate transfer, but is being blocked from landing at another SEC program. With his initial appeal denied, his next move would involve an in-person hearing with the appeals board. According to Zenitz, Kennedy would like to finish out his final two years of eligibility at Auburn or Tennessee. He graduated in December. SEC commissioner Greg Sankey has previously gone on record saying that the conference is understanding to the idea of increased transfer freedom for student-athletes who are taking serious steps in the classroom toward furthering their higher-level education. Kennedy was working as a backup center in Tuscaloosa during spring practice.
Source: AL.com
May 22 - 11:55 AM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 JUCO LB Lakia Henry.

Henry is considered one of the best junior college prospects in this year's class, and ranks third overall in 247 Sports composite rankings. In 2017, he made 110 tackles for Dodge City Community College, and he also intercepted a pass with 2.5 sacks for good measure. He plans to enroll in January, and he could be an immediate contributor at inside linebacker for the Vols that fall.
Source: SEC Country
May 21 - 12:02 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Ramel Keyton.

The Volunteers fended off Auburn to land the 6-foot-2, 180-pound Keyton, who had also earlier been considering the likes of Ohio State, Penn State and Miami. He offers plenty of length and a palatable physical frame -- with room to add healthy playing weight -- which should play up well early in his collegiate career. Still work to do in terms of his route-running and the more technical aspects of the game. Rivals ranks Keyton as the No. 231 overall prospect in the 2019 class. Tennessee HC Jeremy Pruitt has now landed seven commitments for the cycle and his program is sitting at a respectable No. 17 on the outlet's team rankings board.
May 16 - 4:12 PM

Tennessee received a verbal commitment from three-star 2019 TE Sean Brown.

Auburn was also in play to land the 6-foot-5, 230-pound Brown, who hails from Rome, Georgia. He cited Vols HC Jeremy Pruitt's approach to the Tennessee rebuild as a large part of Knoxville's intrigue. If he's to make hay at Tennessee, it will require him playing over his current projection in the recruiting community. Rivals ranks Brown as the No. 77 prospect in the Peach State for the 2019 cycle.
Source: Rivals
May 12 - 3:43 PM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that Alabama is attempting to restrict redshirt junior C Brandon Kennedy from transferring within the SEC as a graduate.

SEC commish Greg Sankey has gone on record in the past to say that the conference is understanding when it comes to allowing players more freedom of transfer if they've rocked it on the academic side, and that's certainly the case with Kennedy, who has already graduated with two years eligibility still remaining. Per Zenitz, the 6-foot-3, 301-pound Kennedy would like to finish out his collegiate experience with Auburn or Tennessee. On the football side of things, the redshirt junior was serving as a backup for the Tide coming out of the spring. He's currently appealing Alabama's restrictions. We're guessing he's eventually allowed to move to his school of choice given past precedent.
Source: AL.com
May 12 - 11:52 AM

AL.com's Matt Zenitz reports that redshirt junior C Brandon Kennedy will transfer as a graduate.

Kennedy (6'3/301) graduated from Alabama in December and will thus be eligible to play immediately with his team-to-be during the upcoming season. He finishes his career in Tuscaloosa having played in 10 total games. This most recent campaign was a truncated one for the lineman, who required season-ending ankle surgery in mid-October. He's been a healthy performer this spring and found himself working with the second-team offensive line during Bama's A-Day game last month. Kennedy's exit will serve to thin out Alabama's depth by degrees, but shouldn't be considered a truly troublesome loss.
Source: AL.com
May 8 - 3:45 PM


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