While a few former Tennessee players ended up in the Big 12, most notably Oklahoma, Tennessee is now landing a former Big 12 player.
Former Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell announced on Monday that he’s transferring to Knoxville.
Mitchell started eight of 10 games for the Longhorns last season and led the team with 62 tackles. He entered the transfer portal back in March.
According to Horns247 it was the second time Mitchell entered the portal. He first entered the portal on Jan. 29, 2020, only to pull his name out on Feb. 3. They also reported that “Mitchell has been struggling academically.”
Mitchell transferred to Texas from Butler Community College in Kansas ahead of the 2019 season.
New Texas head coach Steve Sarkisian knows he is thin at linebacker and has been working hard via the transfer portal to try and find guys to excel at the position this fall. The Longhorns added a former five-star Alabama prospect in Ben Davis, who Sarkisian knew from his time at Alabama.
Texas also brought in another linebacker transfer last week in New Mexico State transfer Devin Richardson. Richardson redshirted in the 2018 season and burst onto the scene in 2019 with 69 total tackles, 3 tackles for loss and 2 sacks. Richardson only played one game in 2020 and had 8 tackles.