Not long after Butch Jones came to Tennessee top recruits starting flocking to Rocky Top. The dilemma for any program building depth, especially elite depth, is that attrition soon follows. Take a look at how these former Vols are doing in their respective new homes.
Nathan Peterman, QB, Pittsburgh - RS Senior
Peterman has found the ACC a bit more forgiving than spot-starts against Florida and Alabama. The Panthers went 8-5 in 2015 with Peterman throwing for 2287 yards along with 20 TD-8 INT. This season Pitt is 5-2, and Peterman is enjoying another good season with 1252 passing yards and a 11-2 TD-INT mark highlighted by a 63.3 completion percentage. Peterman appears to some to even be worthy of a late-round draft pick.
Riley Ferguson, QB, Memphis - Junior
The former classmate of Joshua Dobbs shook off some early struggles after leaving UT to find a home in-state for the Memphis Tigers, leading them to a 5-1 record while throwing for 1596 yards and 12 touchdowns to 6 interceptions.
Derrell Scott, RB, East Carolina - Sophomore
Scott played his first game against University of South Florida on October 8 of this year.
Alphonso Carter, CB, Louisville – Junior
The Vols wide receiver, formerly known as Paul Harris, changed positions and names at Louisville.
Carter has appeared in 5 games and recorded 2 tackles.
Ryan Jenkins, WR, Arizona State - RS Junior
Walked on to ASU and has played in only three games in 2016 with 1 reception for 4 yards.
Vic Wharton III, WR, California - Sophomore
The initial recruit in Butch Jones' legacy class caught a touchdown pass from Marlin Lane and abruptly set out for the west coast, landing at Cal. Wharton's journey through football and fatherhood is detailed here. Thus far, Wharton has 15 receptions for 199 yards.
Neiko Creamer, TE, Eastern Kentucky
The Vols tight end depth took a hit this off-season, as Creamer found a familiar face in his new home at Eastern Kentucky, reuniting with former Vols tight ends/special teams coach, Mark Elder.
Daniel Helm, TE, Duke - RS Sophomore
Helm has 8 receptions for 82 yards so far for the Blue Devils.
Ray Raulerson, OL, West Virginia
Raulerson left the Volunteers this summer before the start of the season.
Malik Brown, DL, Bowling Green - RS Sophomore
Brown has appeared in all 7 games totaling 3 tackles.
Jason Carr, DT, University of West Georgia - Senior
Carr has 16 tackles, including 4 tackles for loss and 2 sacks.
Dewayne Hendrix, DE, Pittsburgh - RS Sophomore
Hendrix earned the start in Pitt’s season opener against Villanova, but his season ended due to injuries in the same game.
Jaylen Miller, DL, Limestone College (Division II, Gafney, SC) - Junior
Miller has 6 tackles, 3 TFLs, 2 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries on the season.
Mike Sawyers, DT, ASA College (Brooklyn, NY) - Sophomore
The big defensive tackle from middle Tennessee has resurfaced in the Bronx Boogie Down adding 11 tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks for the Avengers.
D'andre Payne, CB, Iowa State - RS Sophomore
The DC product has amassed 25 tackles, 3 TFLs, and has broken up 3 passes for the Cyclones this season.