Where former Vols landed after leaving UT
Back in January, Tennessee punter Joe Doyle entered the transfer portal. He punted 21 times for the Vols last season, averaging 41.2 yards per kick, but he was looking for more.
“Joe wanted an opportunity to earn a scholarship,” head coach Jeremy Pruitt said after Wednesday’s practice, “and he had plenty of schools that offered him scholarships. He had a lot of places to choose from.”
And he had Tennessee’s blessing, too.
“We fully supported him,” Pruitt said. “Wherever he was going to go, we were going to support him, that way he would be eligible.”
But the coronavirus pandemic got in the way of those opportunities, leaving Doyle to exit the transfer portal the way he entered and return to the Tennessee program that he never really left.
“Some of the opportunities, because of the COVID, conferences didn’t play, so he elected to come back,” Pruitt said. “And we were very happy to have him back.”
Doyle’s story is a unique one, though. It’s much more common in college athletics for players to enter the portal and find a new home. Here’s a recap of Tennessee football’s most recent transfers: