Ex-Michigan starting QB Joe Milton makes transfer to Tennessee official
Joe Milton has made it official. The former Michigan starter is heading to Rocky Top.
Monday morning, Milton announced via his Instagram account that he has committed to Tennessee. It was reported earlier this month that Knoxville would be his next destination, but he did not confirm anything until this week.
Milton entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal following the 2020 season when it appeared he would not be in the race for the starting job next season. He beat out Cade McNamara and others to be named Michigan’s starter last year and looked good in the season opener against Minnesota.
In that game, Milton completed 15-of-22 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown while also rushing for 52 yards and a score on 8 carries. After that performance, though, the quarterback’s play was inconsistent.
Milton was replaced midway through Michigan’s game against Rutgers after completing just 5-of-12 passes for 89 yards. McNamara stepped in and had a huge performance, throwing for 250 yards and 4 touchdowns while also adding a rushing touchdown in a 48-42 overtime win.
McNamara went on to start the final game against Penn State for the Wolverines.
Milton finished the season with 1,077 passing yards, 4 touchdowns and 4 interceptions and also rushing for 109 yards and a score on 38 attempts.
With Milton using a redshirt year as a freshman in 2018 and the NCAA’s blanket waiver for fall student-athletes in 2020, the quarterback will have three seasons of eligibility remaining at Tennessee.