Tennessee QB Coleman to transfer

April, 23, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

Tennessee sophomore quarterback B.J. Coleman has decided to transfer because he doesn't think he is getting a "fair shake" at the starting job, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

"It's the best move for me," Coleman told the Times Free Press. "What changed my mind is, after this spring, I don't see myself getting a fair shake. Based on conversations with coaches and things that happened this spring, I feel the staff has goals that do not include me.

"I didn't just quit. I didn't just walk out. But I'm going to be taking a huge risk of losing another year of eligibility if I stay. I just want to play ball."

While this will obviously hurt the Volunteers' depth at the position, it answers the question as to who the starter will be this fall: Jonathan Crompton. He got the most reps with the first team this spring while Nick Stephens was limited by a broken right wrist. The question is how long Crompton will keep that job. (After all, it took all three of them to muster that 5-7 record.)

This spring, there seemed to be the potential for Coleman to at least share the spotlight again. He had arguably his best scrimmage of the spring in the Orange and White game. Coleman's decision came before Lane Kiffin's -- the new coach hadn't even named his starter yet. It looks like Coleman just made it for him.

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