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Former Tennessee quarterback JT Shrout transfers to Colorado

NCAA Football: Tennessee at Vanderbilt Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

JT Shrout didn’t waste much time.

The now former Tennessee quarterback is heading to Boulder. Shrout announced his transfer destination on Sunday night with the following tweet.

“Excited to announce I will be furthering my academic and athletic career at The University of Colorado! Go Buffs!”

Shrout was the second Tennessee quarterback to enter the NCAA transfer portal following the end of the regular season. Fifth-year senior Jarrett Guarantano is also searching for a new destination to play his final season.

A former three-star prospect, Shrout was one of Jeremy Pruitt’s first signees at Tennessee. He spent three seasons in Knoxville, redshirting in 2018. Shrout played sparingly in 2019, before getting his first extended playing time to close out the 2020 season. He and freshman Harrison Bailey split the playing time in the final few games.

Shrout’s live arm was on display in those limited opportunities, though he had room to grow in the decision-making department. He finished 2020 with 315 yards passing, four touchdowns and three interceptions. Shrout should have three more seasons of eligibility remaining.

Tennessee is left with Harrison Bailey, Brian Maurer and incoming freshman Kaidon Salter at quarterback. With so little experience at the position, it will be interesting to see if they pursue a transfer of their own for a little bit of insurance.