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Quart’e Sapp Declares for NFL Draft

A shocking decision from the redshirt junior linebacker.

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee football lost another key contributor on Friday afternoon. Redshirt junior linebacker Quart’e Sapp shared a video on Twitter where he reveals that he is leaving Tennessee and declaring for the NFL draft.

The decision from Sapp is an interesting one. While there was chatter that he might transfer from the program, few expected him to jump to the NFL. His 2018 season was an up-and-down affair, where he showed nice potential but had more than a few duds. Most notably, when he quit during the Florida game and was not a part of the program for a week.

Sapp played in nine games and totaled 29 tackles. He showed promise in 2017 as a redshirt sophomore, when he started eight contests and racked up 78 tackles with four tackles-for-loss. He was not able to make the same impact last season, but many assumed that he would stay and fight for an undisputed starting spot next year.

Sapp is the third transfer from the program in the past two months. Quarterback Will McBride and cornerback Marquill Osborne were the other two.