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Ex-starting QB Brian Maurer is leaving Tennessee

Tennessee quarterback Brian Maurer (18) runs with the ball in the fourth quarter in the second half during a game between Alabama and Tennessee at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020.

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Tennessee quarterback Brian Maurer (18) runs with the ball in the fourth quarter in the second half during a game between Alabama and Tennessee at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn. on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. 102420 Ut Bama Gameaction

Tennessee quarterback Brian Maurer said Thursday he is leaving the university and will enter the transfer portal.

The part-time starter in 2019 didn’t practice over the past week while contemplating his future.

“After a lot of thought and prayer I have decided to enter my name in the transfer portal and pursue other opportunities,” Maurer said in his announcement on Twitter.

Maurer was one of four quarterbacks competing for the starting job under first-year coach Josh Heupel.

The native of Ocala, Fla., started four of eight games played as a freshman in 2019 and passed for 541 yards, two touchdowns and five interceptions. He also rushed for two scores. Maurer twice left games with concussions.

Last season, he saw limited action in four games and completed 2 of 6 passes for nine yards.

“To my former and current teammates, thank you for being the brothers I never had growing up,” Maurer wrote. “Thank you for being the best teammates everyday and thank you for forming relationships that will last a life time. I wouldn’t want to shed blood sweat and tears with anyone else. I will truly cherish it for the rest of my life.”

Harrison Bailey, Virginia Tech transfer Hendon Hooker and Michigan transfer Joe Milton are still part of the competition for the Volunteers, who open the season on Sept. 2 against visiting Bowling Green.

On May 1, 2020, Maurer revealed that he planned to kill himself on Jan. 22, 2020, but a phone call from his mother prompted him not to carry out the mission.

Maurer wrote about his situation on Instagram to bring awareness during Mental Health Awareness Month.

–Field Level Media