Harrison Bailey went from Tennessee’s starting quarterback to its third-string QB. Now, the sophomore is opting to continue his college career elsewhere.

Bailey has entered the NCAA transfer portal, as he announced his decision on Twitter on Wednesday, and he’ll now look for a fresh start after playing only 1 game for the Vols during the 2021 season. Bailey came to Tennessee out of Marietta (Ga.) High School as a 4-star prospect in its 2020 recruiting class.

Bailey was the No. 99 overall recruit and the No. 3 pro-style QB in the 2020 class, per the 247Sports Composite rankings.

As a true freshman in 2020, Bailey played in 6 games, passing for 578 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. Most of his playing time came in 3 December contests, which seemed to put him in position to secure the starting job in 2021.

However, since Josh Heupel took over as the Vols’ head coach prior to this season, Bailey has been behind starter Hendon Hooker and Joe Milton III — both of whom came to Tennessee as transfers during the offseason — on the depth chart. Bailey’s lone game action this season came on Sept. 18, when he went 3-for-7 for 16 yards and had a rushing touchdown in a win over Tennessee Tech.

Bailey thanked the university and his teammates while announcing his decision:


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