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Vols OL Boulware to transfer

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee redshirt sophomore offensive guard Venzell Boulware has announced his decision to transfer from the University of Tennessee.

Boulware, a 6-3, 306 lb. lineman from Union City, Ga., made the announcement on Twitter Monday afternoon.

“I would like to thank the University of Tennessee for giving me the opportunity to play here throughout the years,” Boulware said in a statement he posted to Twitter. “After much prayer and consideration with my family, I’ve decided that it’s best for me to pursue other options away from UT for the remainder of my collegiate career. Thanks to all who support me and thanks to the wonderful fans of Vol Nation. God Bless!”

Boulware was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, as ranked by Rivals.com. The website ranked him as the No. 11 offensive guard in the nation in the Class of 2015, the No. 17 player overall in the state of Georgia, and the No. 181 player nationally.

A highly sought after lineman, Boulware had offers from Ohio State, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Georgia, USC, Penn State, Miami and many others.

Boulware committed to Tennessee early, in August 2014.

After redshirting in 2015, Boulware started three games last season, against Alabama, Missouri and Vanderbilt. He played in four other games last season: Virginia Tech, Florida, Texas A&M and Tennessee Tech. While he started the final two games of the regular season, academics forced him to sit out the Music City Bowl in Nashville.

Boulware started the 2017 season as a co-starter with Jack Jones at left guard, according to the depth chart released by Tennessee prior to the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game in Atlanta. Boulware did not actually start that game, but did play. He started in the Vols’ win over UMass, but did not play in Saturday’s loss to Georgia.

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