Marcus Tatum has seen the field for the final time on Rocky Top.

The redshirt junior made that news official on Wednesday noting he will be leaving Tennessee’s football program as a graduate transfer this offseason. Tatum started three games this season for the Vols after appearing in 12 games during his redshirt sophomore season.

In his statement announcing his departure from the program, Tatum issued his thanks to Vol Nation, his fellow teammates and the coaching staff all their support during his time on Rocky Top.

“I appreciate all the support and love that I have always received at this great institution — through the ups and downs, during the days when I was 260 lbs. and battling #1 teams in the country, and in great moments like the whooping of Kentucky in Neyland. I never felt anything but love and support, and I would like to thank you all. I would like to thank the current staff for coming in and truly helping us become not just better players but also better men. I will always be a VFL, but it is time for me to move on in my career and pursue different opportunities for myself as a person and as a player as a graduate transfer. There is no bad blood, and nothing bad between me and the coaches. It has been a mutual situation, and they have been great in helping me every step of the way. They want what is best for me just as much as I do. I love this o-line, I love this team, and I love all the fans. So, I will once again say thank you.”


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Tatum arrived in Tennessee as a member of the program’s 2016 recruiting class. An undersized lineman, by SEC standards, Tatum went from 260 pounds to his current 316 pounds during his time on Rocky Top. Tatum appeared on the field as a true freshman, making his debut against Alabama and later received a medical redshirt for the 2016 season after appearing in just two games.