Tennessee football: QB Kasim Hill transferring again

The Tennessee football Volunteers quarterback is transferring again.

After transferring from the Maryland Terrapins and joining Tennessee football as a walk-on last year, Kasim Hill sat out the 2019 season due to NCAA eligibility rules. He was set to be in the quarterback competition this year.

Well, that now won’t be the case. Hill, once a four-star quarterback in the 2017 class out of St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., is transferring once again, according to a report from Blake Toppmeyer of the Knoxville News Sentinel.

At Maryland, Hill appeared in 10 games in 2018 and three in 2017 but suffered season-ending injuries both years. Before Toppmeyer’s report, Trey Wallace of Fox Sports Knoxville and The Read-Optional tweeted out the news of his transfer.

Although he wasn’t expected to start this year with Jarrett Guarantano on the roster, Hill, a redshirt junior, was still expected to provide depth. He could have potentially been as high as Tennessee football’s No. 2 quarterback.

Hill has a good bit of experience, after all, and while he only completed 53.4 percent of his passes at Maryland for 1,313 yards in 12 games, he did have 11 touchdowns to only four interceptions. Also, he had 12 carries for 60 yards in 2017, and as a 6’2″ 234 pro-style quarterback, he was stuck in the wrong system both seasons there.

Without Hill, Jeremy Pruitt and Jim Chaney will be down to Guarantano, Brian Maurer and J.T. Shrout, all of whom started last year for the Vols, along with freshmen Harrison Bailey and Jimmy Holiday. Bailey is a five-star pro-style quarterback out of Marietta, Ga., and Holiday is a three-star speedy athlete out of Mississippi who will start out at quarterback.

As a result, Tennessee football should still be okay at the position. Hill would have provided a valuable level of additional experience to the program, but there is more than enough talent for the Vols to still get by. Chaney, Pruitt and quarterbacks coach Chris Weinke have plenty of quarterbacks to work with.