Redshirt sophomore offensive lineman Jarious Abercrombie may leave the Tennessee football Volunteers.
Once a walk-on who earned a scholarship before the start of the 2019 season, Jarious Abercrombie may not be with Tennessee football this year. He at least won’t be with the Vols for a period of time.
Yahoo Sports college football reporter Pete Thamel reports that the redshirt sophomore offensive lineman from Alabama has entered the transfer portal. Abercrombie, who stands at 6’4″ 300 pounds, has not yet played a game for UT.
Joining Jeremy Pruitt’s program out of Birmingham, Ala. as a walk-on in 2018, Abercrombie went on scholarship along with tight end Andrew Craig before 2019. Thamel reported the Tennessee football lineman’s transfer on Twitter.
Source: Reserve Tennessee offensive lineman Jarious Abercrombie is in the transfer portal.
— Pete Thamel (@PeteThamel) August 24, 2020
Obviously, by nature of entering the transfer portal, Abercrombie could be back with Rocky Top when it’s all said and done. After all, defensive tackle Kurrott Garland entered the transfer portal before the start of last season, and punter Joe Doyle entered it this past offseason. Both are back with the program now.
When Abercrombie joined the Vols, there was a chance he’d end up seeing some playing time given how thin the offensive line was under Pruitt at the time. However, the unit has a lot more talent and is a lot deeper two years later.
Add in the new NCAA ruling that will allow players to avoid losing a year of eligibility this season, and it’ll be hard to see Abercrombie finding a spot in the rotation anytime soon. As a result, it makes sense that he would look into the portal now.
Although he hasn’t seen action yet, he could still be a loss for Tennessee football. The Vols, despite adding lots more bodies, are still in the process of building experience among their depth, and Jim Chaney always says there’s never enough depth on the line. Taking that into account, Rocky Top can’t overlook his loss. You can’t teach the size and effort he brought to the table.