Transfers anyone?

Johnny Majors never had a very high opinion of transfers. The former Tennessee football coach told me one time that a guy who can't succeed at his original school isn't likely to succeed at his next school, either.

That seems to be the case more often than not. Tennessee's football program hasn't attracted a lot of transfers through the years but very few have had significant impact on the program. For instance:

2001: Phillip Newman transferred in from Georgia Tech. Unable to beat out James Wilhoit for the place-kicking chores, Newman handled the kickoff duties for one season and booted four of eight field goals while Wilhoit was injured in 2002. Otherwise, he had very little impact.

2001: C.J. Leak transferred in from Wake Forest, where he had started three games before suffering a career-threatening knee injury. He started just one game at quarterback in three years at UT, being benched after two nondescript series. His three-year Vol totals included 11 of 22 passing for 122 yards and one touchdown. His career at UT was such a disaster that it helped convince his celebrated brother, Chris, to pick Florida over the Vols.

2002: Knoxville native Nick Wilson transferred in from Western Carolina. Relegated to mop-up duty at linebacker, he made his greatest contributions on special teams.

2003: Rick Clausen transferred in from LSU. Stuck behind freshman quarterbacks Erik Ainge and Brent Schaeffer, he finally got to play when both were hurt late in 2004. Clausen promptly won three of four starts in 2004 and was MVP of the Cotton Bowl game against Texas A&M. He couldn't sustain that momentum, however, winning just one of six starts in 2005.

Vol head man Phillip Fulmer doesn't actively pursue transfers from other schools. Based on UT's recent history, it's easy to understand why.

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