On Saturday, Tennessee played three defenders in a loss to Kentucky, but sophomore year Brian Maurer it was not one of them. After the game, there were rumors that Maurer may be considering a transfer, but the Vols quarterback quickly cleared things up.
In the 34-7 defeat of the Volunteers at the hands of the Wildcats, Jarrett Guarantano, JT Shrout, and Harrison Bailey all attempts at passes. Maurer didn’t stand a chance in a game that saw Tennessee throw three interceptions, but that doesn’t mean he will be eliminated from the season.
Shortly after the game, news of Maurer’s entry into the NCAA Transfer Portal in the coming days was circulating on Twitter. Maurer saw the report and cleared the air with a post on his own. The second-year signal caller said he would not leave the program during the 2020 season.
“I am not giving my team in the middle of the season, this is false,” Maurer tweeted.
As a true freshman, Maurer supported Guarantano and saw plenty of playing time when he was having difficulties. Last fall, Maurer completed 46.7% of his passes for 541 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. He also ran 56 yards and a couple of touchdowns.
After a poor performance in the defender’s position on Saturday, the Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt will be exploring all of his options as his team prepares for Alabama Crimson Tide next week. Pruitt was not ready to commit to the titleholder at his post-game press conference.
“I would say you are undecided,” said Pruitt. “Now, when you lose, what was the score, 34-7? I think everyone in our organization is, I mean, you have to look and see what went wrong. We can make changes at any level. “
The Vols coach also noted that Maurer was slightly behind other defenders because an injury and quarantine prevented him from entering a full pre-season camp. He’s still trying to find a rhythm because of that.
“Brian missed most of the fall camp. He had a tendon (injury), he was in quarantine, “said Pruitt,” so he didn’t have a lot of repetitions there and it left him behind, and he understands that and is trying to reach it. I felt like J.T. continued to work hard. There are only a few pieces out there and you saw one today. It is the second and 25. First, put the guy in motion that you should send. He doesn’t send the guy on the move and just makes a really bad decision. You should just check out or throw the ball away, anything but throw the ball to the other team. “
Maurer will be staying in Knoxville this fall, and it looks like the role of the starting quarterback is up for grabs in the coming weeks.