KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee middle linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. announced on Twitter that he plans to transfer out of the Volunteers’ program.
Kirkland was a preseason All-SEC pick last season, but he suffered a knee injury in fall camp and missed all of the 2017 season.
The Volunteers have ongoing battles at all positions and Kirkland did not take part in any contact drills during the spring session.
Many projected Kirkland to start, but Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt made it clear during the Big Orange Caravan stop in Kingsport, Tenn., on Thursday night that nothing had been determined at that position.
Kirkland, from Indianapolis, missed six games in the 2016 season after sustaining a high-ankle sprain in the 45-24 win over Virginia Tech in the second game of that season.
Kirkland’s injury, combined with Jalen Reeves-Maybin suffering a season-ending injury the following week, was devastating to a Tennessee team that broke into the top 10 for the first time in 10 years.
Lord please guide me on this journey pic.twitter.com/80WJaxV7Se
— Darrin “DK” Kirkland (@KIRK_Era) May 24, 2018