Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell transfers to Tennessee football
Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell is transferring to Tennessee football.
Mitchell announced his decision Monday on Twitter, addressing a major need on Josh Heupel's first Tennessee team.
”Get ready for the SEC takeover!” Mitchell wrote. “(Vols football) let’s ride. Can’t wait to ball out in front of 103,000 every Saturday.”
The 6-foot-1, 230-pound Mitchell played in 21 games and started 13 in two seasons at Texas.
Mitchell led Texas in tackles last season with 62. He also had 4½ tackles for loss, one quarterback hurry, one pass breakup and one fumble recovery for the Longhorns.
Mitchell, a Newark, New Jersey, played a season at Butler Community College in Kansas before transferring to Texas.
Tennessee's linebacker corps were depleted this offseason.
Martavius French and Aaron Willis were suspended indefinitely. French has entered the transfer portal. Aaron Beasley also was suspended indefinitely after a cat abuse allegation.
Jeremy Banks and Roman Harrison were sidelined with injuries during spring football. Banks is Tennessee's top returning linebacker. He has made 38 career tackles.
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