Gage Upshaw's departure from Chattanooga was only temporary.
The former Baylor School football standout, who attended the Air Force Academy last school year, announced on Saturday afternoon that he plans to transfer to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
He's not the only incoming transfer for the Mocs. Alabama native Cameron Turner, who just completed his redshirt freshman season at Nevada, is also headed to UTC.
The 6-foot-3, 235-pound Upshaw played tight end and linebacker as a senior for the Red Raiders in 2015. He was credited with 57 tackles and a safety while adding 104 yards on 11 catches with two scores, according to stats reported to the Times Free Press.
"I'm blessed to announce that I am going back to the hometown to play for the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga! #GoMocs" Upshaw posted on his Twitter account. He will have four years to play.
Fifteen minutes earlier, Turner posted his intentions to make the move to Chattanooga. He is good friends with Mocs safety Tavon Lawson — both graduated from Munford High School, near Talladega.
A 5-10, 180-pound defensive back, Turner will have three seasons of eligibility remaining. He played in nine of the Wolf Pack's 12 games in 2016, making two tackles and breaking up a pass.
A three-sport letterman at Munford High School, Turner was an all-county selection as a senior after totaling five interceptions and 50 tackles. He said the relationship he built with the UTC coaching staff led to his decision.
"I could relate to them so much, and they have a great personality," Turner said. "I also have Tavon Lawson there, and he's just like a brother to me.
"Playing beside my boy again at the next level will be so dope!"
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