Tennessee may be down to 3 quarterbacks competing for the starting job if an absence at Wednesday’s practice, combined with social media comments, means anything.

Redshirt sophomore Brian Maurer was not present for Tennessee’s Wednesday morning practice during open portions of the workout seen by reporters, GoVols247 reported.

Maurer’s absence followed an Instagram post, which initially said, “They took my dream after 4 days ..,” Maurer wrote on Instagram on Tuesday night in a post that has since been edited, “that’s okay cause I’m a soldier. #18out”

Maurer was among 4 players competing for the starting job alongside redshirt senior Hendon Hooker, a transfer from Virginia Tech, redshirt junior Joe Milton, a transfer from Michigan, and sophomore Harrison Bailey.

Maurer is in his third year with the program, and has played in 12 career games with 4 starts, all as a true freshman. He’s scored 4 touchdowns, two each rushing and passing. His passing stats are 37-of-81 passes for 550 yards and two touchdowns, and he’s rushed for 97 yards on 28 attempts with two scores.



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