Former Tennessee football quarterback J.T. Shrout transferring to Colorado
J.T. Shrout needed only five days to find his next opportunity.
The former Tennessee quarterback announced Sunday on Twitter he is transferring to Colorado. Shrout entered the transfer portal on Dec. 22.
Shrout has three years of eligibility remaining.
Shrout completed 24 of 42 passes for 315 yards and four touchdowns with three interceptions in four games in 2020. He split time with Harrison Bailey in the final three games, as coach Jeremy Pruitt indicated the Vols were "looking for the future" at quarterback.
Bailey started all three, while Shrout came off the bench.
Jarrett Guarantano, who started 32 games at Tennessee, also entered the transfer portal following UT's season.
Bailey and Brian Maurer are the only scholarship quarterbacks currently on Tennessee's roster. The Vols signed four-star quarterback Kaidon Salter on Dec. 16. Salter, from powerhouse Cedar Hill (Texas), is enrolling in January.
Shrout began the 2020 season as Tennessee's backup. Pruitt turned to Shrout against Kentucky on Oct. 10 after Guarantano committed his third turnover when threw his second pick-six of the first half.
Shrout threw an interception on his only pass attempt. He was pulled and relegated to the bench while Bailey and Maurer earned snaps in subsequent weeks. Shrout returned to the playing group after Tennessee moved on from Guarantano, who had a turbulent final season at Tennessee.
Shrout signed with Tennessee as a three-star prospect from Hart High in Santa Clarita, Calif. Cal was his only other Power 5 offer, but former Vols offensive coordinator Tyson Helton keyed on Shrout after Pruitt was hired at UT in December 2017.
Shrout is the sixth Vol to enter the transfer portal in December, joining Guarantano, tight end Austin Pope, wide receiver Brandon Johnson, tight end Jordan Allen and outside linebacker Kivon Bennett.
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