The Tennessee Vols have made some good additions from the NCAA transfer portal in recent years.
Before Jeremy Pruitt was fired in early 2021, the Vols landed quarterback Hendon Hooker from Virginia Tech.
Earlier this offseason, wide receiver Bru McCoy transferred from USC to Tennessee.
It’s an offensive lineman, however, that was included on ESPN’s “All-Transfer Team” that they revealed this week.
Starting left tackle Gerald Mincey, who transferred to Tennessee from Florida, was the only Vol included on ESPN’s All-Transfer Team.
Mincey transferred from Florida to Tennessee and now is a left tackle for a very good Vols offense. While Tennessee quarterbacks were sacked the most (44 times) last year, Mincey is part of a unit that has allowed just eight sacks so far this year.
“Had recruited him previously,” coach Josh Heupel said last December. “Knew his background, Coach [Glen] Elarbee did as well. Young man that has great physical attributes and is still growing as a player. Felt like the number of years that he has, he can come in here and make a long-term impact inside of our program.”
Offensive linemen are often unsung heroes, but they’re truly the difference in wins and losses in the SEC.
Tennessee’s had some struggles over the years along their offensive line. But under Heupel — thanks in large part to offensive line coach Glen Elarbee — it appears the Vols have finally turned their offensive line into a strength.
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