A reclassification on defense has helped the future prospects of the Tennessee football linebacking corps.
Colton Jumper, a former walk-on who has started 10 games in each of the last two seasons, will play this fall as a junior for the second straight year, according to a report by Wes Rucker of GoVols247.
His 2014 season will be changed to a redshirt and Jumper will have two seasons of eligibility for coach Butch Jones’ team. Jumper played one game in the season in question — his first in Knoxville.
His official online bio at utsports.com has also been updated.
Jumper signed with Navy while he was a senior at The Baylor School in Chattanooga, but during a physical before enrollment, GoVols247 reported it was discovered he had membranous nephropathy, a kidney disease.
Navy tried to get him in anyways, but Jumper instead landed at The Hun School in New Jersey, where he suffered a season-ending shoulder injury midway through his year there.
Jumper then went to his home-state school with the Vols where he walked on, and medication has helped him deal with the disorder.
He started seven games for the Vols this year, making a career-high 11 tackles against Georgia. Jumper also had an interception against Texas A&M. He had 61 tackles in 12 games this year.