Tennessee senior Brent Cimaglia announces he's leaving the program via transfer
Following his hire in Knoxville, Josh Heupel asked the current members of Tennessee’s football program to give him a chance.
“To the current members of this football program and this roster: We need to be a family. We need to act like a family,” Heupel said during his introductory press conference. “Everybody’s got a different perspective based on their background, of what a family is at times… Let’s stay a family. Let’s trust the people that are in place to help you become what you’re capable of.”
At least one Vol has decided not to do that.
After opting out in the middle of the 2020 season, senior kicker Brent Cimaglia has made the decision to leave the program via transfer.
The Tennessee native announced the news on Friday with the following statement.
“These last four years have meant a lot to me,” Cimaglia wrote. “I was able to fulfill a dream of playing in front of the most passionate fan base in the country. I have made lifelong friends and will cherish these memories forever. With that being said, it is time for me to move forward in the best interest of me and my family. I will be entering the transfer portal to finish my last season. I want to say thank you for everything, Volnation. You will always be a part of my life and as always, go Big Orange.”
During his time in Knoxville, Cimaglia made 46 of 62 field goals (74.2 percent) and 88 of 89 extra points.
Cimaglia appeared in only eight games for the Vols during the 2020 season and struggled as he dealt with injuries during the season, making just five of nine field goal attempts before he opted out.