KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee had a trio of transfers during its chaotic season, but Vols coach Butch Jones has not had any discussions with other players possibly exploring a move before the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30.
Tennessee will take on Nebraska at 3:30 p.m. (ESPN) at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.
“It’s that time of year, and I think that’s really become the norm of college football,” Jones said Tuesday.
“But I have not had any of those conversations with any players. My door is always open.”
In the middle of Tennessee’s 8-4 campaign, Jones lost a pair of his most ballyhooed commits, as former 5-star receiver Preston Williams transferred days before the Vols hosted top-ranked Alabama.
Less than three weeks later, Jalen Hurd abruptly left the team. The junior tailback opted to forgo a chance to become to the school’s all-time leading rusher due to growing frustrations with the program. Finally, in mid-November, freshman running back Jeremy Lewis — a late addition to the 2016 class — quit the team.
It was a lot of movement in-season for Tennessee, but for now, Jones has not talked with anyone else about possibly leaving.
“There are individuals sometimes looking around,” he said.
“They want an opportunity to play more, but I have not had any of those conversations to date with any of our players.”
On Tuesday, Jones announced that offensive guard Venzell Boulware would be the only player suspended for the bowl game, as the redshirt freshman is academically ineligible.