Tennessee football lands Joe Milton, Michigan transfer quarterback
Joe Milton is officially joining Tennessee football.
The Michigan transfer quarterback announced his decision Monday on Instagram.
Milton, who is from Orlando, Florida, played in six games last season with the Wolverines. He completed 80 of 141 passes for 1,077 yards, four touchdowns and four interceptions. He also rushed for 109 yards and one touchdown.
The 6-foot-5, 243-pound Milton is eligible to play immediately due to the NCAA granting a one-time transfer.
Milton spent three seasons with UM before electing to enter the NCAA transfer portal on Feb. 18. He earned the starting job during 2020 season, though after three games he began battling with Cade McNamara and was replaced.
Multiple reports surfaced April 19 indicating that Milton would transfer to UT.
“I think the quarterback position just along with every position on your roster, with the transfer portal and where we are at, you have the opportunity to continue to add guys into your program as you get toward the end of the semester here and lead into May before your guys are back working out and starting summer workouts,” Vols coach Josh Heupel said after UT's spring game Saturday.
Tennessee worked with three scholarship quarterbacks during the spring: Harrison Bailey, Hendon Hooker and Brian Maurer. Freshman Kaidon Salter remains suspended due to an incident at Stokely Hall in March.
Hooker was the first quarterback to receive snaps with the first-team offense. Bailey and Maurer rotated to get first-team reps throughout the game.
Bailey threw for 260 yards with a pair of touchdowns on 12-of-15 passing. He also looked more confident and capable of pushing the ball downfield than he did as a freshman.
Hooker threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Cedric Tillman on the final play of the game. The Virginia Tech grad transfer also had the lone turnover when Warren Burrell had a pick-six. Maurer made a pair of plays running the ball and had a pretty pass to Jalin Hyatt.
“It is wide open,” Heupel said of the quarterback competition. "I have been through enough quarterback battles as a player or as a coach to know there is so much time as you leave spring ball. We have had 15 practices. We will have a lot more than that when we get to training camp.”
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