Tennessee's top offensive and defensive players enter transfer portal

Tennessee Athletics photo by Andrew Ferguson / Tennessee sophomore running back Eric Gray, who led the team in rushing this past season, was among four Volunteers who entered the NCAA transfer portal Wednesday.

Tennessee's two most productive football players from this past season, sophomore running back Eric Gray and sophomore linebacker Henry To'o To'o, entered the NCAA transfer portal Wednesday, delivering a significant blow to the already reeling Volunteers.

Also entering the portal Wednesday were fifth-year senior offensive lineman Jahmir Johnson and sophomore linebacker Quavaris Crouch.

Their departures extend an already disastrous week in which head coach Jeremy Pruitt, inside linebackers coach Brian Niedermeyer and outside linebackers coach Shelton Felton were abruptly terminated as a result of an internal investigation that revealed multiple NCAA Level I and Level II violations. Pruitt just last week flew out to California with defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley and new defensive assistant Kevin Steele to keep To'o To'o from leaving.

"Being a Vol will always have a special place in my heart," To'o To'o posted Wednesday night on Twitter, "and I mean that."