Head coach Butch Jones and the Tennessee Volunteers football program learned on Tuesday that they will be losing redshirt freshman quarterback Riley Ferguson as he has opted to transfer out from the program. Head coach Butch Jones announced the news on Tuesday night.
“As of right now, based on our recent conversations, we do not anticipate that he will be a member of our football family moving forward,” Jones said.
Ferguson was a member of Jones’ first class at Tennessee in 2013, although he had originally committed to play for former coach Deek Dooley.
Ferguson, out of Matthews, N.C., was a three-star prospect coming out of high school and was the 22nd overall rated pro-style quarterback according to 247 Sports.
He redshirted in the 2013 season after suffering an injury, however with the Tennessee quarterback position not the most stable on the team by any means, he was expected to compete for the starting job this summer with senior Justin Worley and sophomores Joshua Dobbs and Nathan Peterman.
Obviously, while he may have had an outside shot of winning the quarterback battle in Knoxville, he was by no means the favorite and may have seen the writing on the wall.
Unfortunately, being a redshirt freshman, his only options at this point are to transfer to another FBS level school and sit out the year, or play at the JUCO or FCS levels.