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John Mincey enters transfer portal

NCAA Football: Georgia State at Tennessee Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Another member of the Tennessee football roster has decided to opt for the transfer portal. With spring practices just a few weeks away, defensive lineman John Mincey will explore his options.

Mincey made the announcement via Twitter on Friday.

“First and foremost, I would LOVE to thank GOD for giving me all of the ability to play the game football and giving me a chance to play it at the collegiate level. SecondlyI would like to thank all of the coaches at Tennessee that made me the player I am today. With that being said and after a lot of consideration, I will be entering my name in the NCAA transfer portal.” — John Mincey

Over the last three seasons, Mincey played in 24 games for Tennessee as a reserve defensive lineman. Mincey played in each of the ten games in 2020 for the Volunteers, registering eight tackles. The 6-3, 276 pound lineman is out of Homerville, Georgia. He was one of Jeremy Pruitt’s first signings at Tennessee, coming to Knoxville as a part of the 2018 class.

The former three-star prospect was the 795th ranked player in the 2018 cycle, per 247Sports.

Tennessee has decent depth up front defensively, but it will be interesting to see how the new staff merges the old scheme with the new scheme. The Vols have a good amount of defensive tackles, but a shortage at defensive end. Losing Mincey won’t help the numbers situation. Look for Tennessee to be aggressive during and after spring practice as they try to add an impact player on the edge.