Monday was a busy news day for the college football world.
The headlines were dominated by the Big 10’s decision to cancel their 2020 season (which isn’t official yet), and players and coaches speaking up in favor of playing.
Buried in the news was a report that Tennessee Vols quarterback Kasim Hill is planning to transfer.
The news was first reported by Fox Sports Knoxville’s Trey Wallace.
QB Kasim Hill intends on transferring from the Tennessee football team, according to spokesperson
— Trey Wallace (@TreyWallace_) August 10, 2020
Hill, a former four-star recruit, transferred to Tennessee before the 2019 season after playing two seasons at Maryland. Hill started the first 10 games of the 2018 season for the Terrapins before tearing his ACL. He joined the Vols as a walk-on.
The timing of Hill’s decision is certainly a bit odd. The season is in danger and the SEC looks the conference most likely to play. It’s going to be tough for Hill to find a home in the next few weeks for the 2020 season (he has two years of eligibility remaining). Though it’s possible that Hill could be focusing on playing in 2021 and 2022.
While the timing of Hill’s decision is odd, the decision itself is not odd at all. I didn’t necessarily think Hill would be the first Vol quarterback to transfer this offseason, but it was inevitable that one of UT’s quarterbacks would be leaving the program.
Tennessee has five scholarship quarterbacks on the roster. The odds of Hill getting playing time in 2020 (or 2021) weren’t good.
Jarrett Guarantano will likely be the starter in 2020. Harrison Bailey is the future. And Brian Maurer and JT Shrout are the top backup options. Jimmy Holiday, who is getting a look at wide receiver, signed with UT as a quarterback and could also be considered “in the mix”, depending on how positions shake out this fall.
Hill was nothing more than security for the Vols in case Guarantano or one of Tennessee’s other quarterbacks transferred. Once that didn’t happen, Hill likely decided his chances of playing would be better elsewhere. It’s hard to blame the former Maryland starter for making this decision.
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