Shortly after losing Brent Cimaglia to the transfer portal, Tennessee has found their kicker for the 2021 season. Chase McGrath has committed to Tennessee as a transfer, coming to Knoxville by way of USC.
McGrath entered the portal on December 1st.
McGrath, a redshirt junior, lost his job at the beginning of last season to freshman Parker Lewis. The 6-1, 190 pound kicker is a former three-star prospect out of Santa Ana, California.
The newest Volunteer has a career mark of 32-42 (76%) on field goal attempts. McGrath appeared in 13 games as a freshman, and 14 as a sophomore. He connected on 118 of 119 extra point attempts during his career at USC. You may remember him from the 2017 USC-Texas matchup, where he kicked a 31 yarder to force overtime, and then nailed a 43 yarder to win the game later.
McGrath will now come in and battle JT Carver for kicking duties with Cimaglia out of the picture. Carver committed to Tennessee as a preferred walk-on.
Tennessee has now solved one problem spot via the transfer portal, but have several issues remaining. Look for Josh Heupel and his staff to add a defensive back, linebacker, pass rusher and offense tackle at some point, among other things.