WR Matt Milton to transfer to Louisville

Tennessee wide receivers DeAnthony Arnett, left, and Matt Milton, center, look on as the Vols play the Buffalo Bulls during the fourth quarter at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011.  Tennessee won 41-10 over Buffalo.  (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Adam Brimer, copyright © 2011

Tennessee wide receivers DeAnthony Arnett, left, and Matt Milton, center, look on as the Vols play the Buffalo Bulls during the fourth quarter at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011. Tennessee won 41-10 over Buffalo. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Matt  Milton

Matt Milton

Matt Milton never seemed to get his career going at Tennessee.

Now the rising junior will give it a try elsewhere.

After two years in reserve as he tried to convert himself from a quarterback into a wide receiver, Mascoutah (Ill.) High School coach Scott Battas confirmed to the Belleville News Democrat on Tuesday that Milton has left UT and transferred to Louisville.

Milton later said on Twitter: Got the good word just now....Louisville Slugger booooooyyyy!

Vols coach Derek Dooley is scheduled to meet with the media Thursday or Friday to address changes to the roster, with the departure of Milton joining DeAnthony Arnett’s transfer to Michigan State last week as the second loss for the Vols at receiver since the season ended.

Milton enrolled early with the Vols and went through spring practice in 2010, showing off some raw but impressive athleticism as he began focusing on catching passes after a high school career in which he did a bit of everything.

The transformation into a reliable target for UT wasn’t complete after two years with the program, and he leaves with just one catch for 12 yards to his credit and was suspended for the season-ending loss at Kentucky for an undisclosed violation of team policy.

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Comments » 65

elbtenn#502977 writes:

Bye.

orange_eVOLution writes:

Good luck, young man.

Now... let's go unload a dump truck full of cash in Kirby Smart's driveway and get on with it.

jeremy writes:

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

NGage writes:

Oh....the article says it's because of an illness, to be closer to home.

Free agency, here we come!

usnavyvolfan__times_free_press_can_shove_it writes:

Sorry, but to me this doesn't seem to be much of a loss. No hard feelings, I wish him well, but this move doesn't concern me.

LJS1984 writes:

in response to NGage:

Oh....the article says it's because of an illness, to be closer to home.

Free agency, here we come!

Look at it on the bright side, at least it was a guy that never played leaving this time and not another coach or two.

Munsterlander writes:

in response to powerTbaby:

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Hmmm. Player has had no impact and we need roster space for scholarships. Somehow you see this only as a negative? Not every signee pans out. Not happy for Milton in the sense that it didn't pan out for him, but this is good news for the program.

thevoice writes:

If he wasn't any better than some of the receivers we had in 2011, I don't think many will miss him. Probably was planned by Dooley to free up a scholarship. Hope so anyway. I'll give Dooley the benefit of the doubt on this one until told/suspected otherwise.

10ECDave writes:

Yeah, Yeah, couldn't beat anyone out because he's to interested in the hippy lettuce...sans the suspension for the Kentucky game. Maybe they have better lettuce in the blue grass state, or they don't care if you puff on the lettuce in Louisville. If you can't beat out the guys in front of you, just say you have a family health issue and transfer. Good luck in the Big Least Conference....not!!

VOLS_SEC_RULES writes:

Another Kiffin recruit disappointment.

GiveHim6TDTennessee writes:

Yawn... No loss here.

mxvol writes:

Good luck & you still get a chance to put a beat down on the wildcats!

Its_Goooood writes:

I think we can only sign 25 per class[ new rule] so that won't be a plus. Loss of depth this year and the already perception of rats jumping off a sinking ship by players and coaches are starting to make me wonder if they know somthing we don't. Not trying to be negative ,just be glad when it all will end and UT turns it around

Ironcity writes:

Every year 5-7 players disappear for various reasons. Milton leaving benefits both parties. I wish him well. I hope he convinces a few of the other non contributors to transfer also. We need the space.

HtownVol writes:

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/featur...

Im not an "insider".

Whats the story here?

I did see D O'brian is sticking with UT, thats good.

CincyOhVol writes:

in response to HtownVol:

http://insider.espn.go.com/ncf/featur...

Im not an "insider".

Whats the story here?

I did see D O'brian is sticking with UT, thats good.

Basically there are rumors that Dooley is looking at Buddy Green, the Defensive Coordinator at Navy, to take over as DC here.

saintjosephpatick writes:

Good I want to see these freshmen wide receivers anyway.

GiveHim6TDTennessee writes:

Maybe he feels his players need some DISCIPLINE?

volfanlostnbama writes:

a lot stuff here in the BHM/Tuscaloosa area saying the same rumors that football scoop has postEd this evening...Tennessee set to hire Alabama’s Sal Sunseri as DC? (VIP) http://t.co/1yD8sDtG

Hearing that its his decision and he will be in Knoxville tomorrow

GloryDays writes:

Makes sense, Vols have more commitments than scholarships available.

volroadwarrior writes:

in response to powerTbaby:

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He doesn't have to show volnation anything but wins. Next year the roster will have better, more depth and more experienced players. More sophs and jrs instead of frosh and sophs. 2013 will have more than 2012. Thanks to Matt for picking UT and hope for success at Louisville.

SouthPaVol writes:

I believe he had talent, but couldn't please the coaches--for some reason. All I heard on the blogs was "Where is Milton?" At least now we know--he's in Louisville.

skyhawk836 writes:

Sunseri. Cool.

orange_eVOLution writes:

in response to CincyOhVol:

Basically there are rumors that Dooley is looking at Buddy Green, the Defensive Coordinator at Navy, to take over as DC here.

Not good. His first name is "Buddy"?

volfanlostnbama writes:

This might be welcome news if true, and have read in another sight that he actually interviewed with this same team already...Notre Dame: Sources tell me Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has interest in Tennessee offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. per coachingsearch.com

Razor784 writes:

in response to volfanlostnbama:

This might be welcome news if true, and have read in another sight that he actually interviewed with this same team already...Notre Dame: Sources tell me Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has interest in Tennessee offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. per coachingsearch.com

Yeah that'd be great, this offensive line was the worst at run blocking that i've ever seen at UT, I don't know why he'd want HH but good riddance

Olcrow writes:

I remember hearing an interview with this kid right after he visited UT,he had a good head on his shoulders and I thought he would really be a playmaker.I guess the transition from qb to wr took longer than expected,hope to see him put it altogether at Louisville,good luck

Olcrow writes:

in response to samavolfan:

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Sims was actually suspended and then transferred to JC,he could have stayed but probably figured the doghouse was no place to be

TheFuj writes:

I always wondered why we never tried the fade route to Milton within the red zone? Seems like he caught whatever was thrown to him which was very very few.

VolRun100yds writes:

in response to orange_eVOLution:

Good luck, young man.

Now... let's go unload a dump truck full of cash in Kirby Smart's driveway and get on with it.

Tennessee set to hire Alabama’s Sal Sunseri as DC?

orange_eVOLution writes:

in response to TheFuj:

I always wondered why we never tried the fade route to Milton within the red zone? Seems like he caught whatever was thrown to him which was very very few.

Yes, very very few... ONE catch for twelve yards.

Another Kiffin bust. Good luck to him at Louisville.

orange_eVOLution writes:

in response to VolRun100yds:

Tennessee set to hire Alabama’s Sal Sunseri as DC?

I'll take that.

oldster writes:

in response to jeremy:

The beatings will continue until morale improves.

And morale will not improve until everyone, stars included, are treated with the same discipline as everyone else. In other words, only when Dooley changes (as in, unlikely to happen), or we get an old school coach who says, "my way or the high way, no matter who you are."

oldster writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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Yeah, and he was working with smart athletes. What is he going to do with UT's?

BillsBrother writes:

in response to Its_Goooood:

I think we can only sign 25 per class[ new rule] so that won't be a plus. Loss of depth this year and the already perception of rats jumping off a sinking ship by players and coaches are starting to make me wonder if they know somthing we don't. Not trying to be negative ,just be glad when it all will end and UT turns it around

Remember that there are two limits. 25 per year and 85 total. If a team already has 65 on scholarship there are only 20 slots available. That is why Milton leaving this year frees up a scholarship.

cloudodust writes:

What..? No tear jerk reaction from the press in Louisville..? Hey Saginaw, take a clue. I wish Milton well.

thevoice writes:

in response to VolRun100yds:

Tennessee set to hire Alabama’s Sal Sunseri as DC?

After last night, I hope we get ANYBODY from Alabama's defensive staff to be our DC.

Prostar writes:

So each team can only sign 25, what about awarding a scholarship to a walk-on, would that count against the 25? With these changes I do believe we will have roster space. Really thought Milton would develop into a good WR, too bad, wish him well.

TNORANGEDOGDAD writes:

Who did'nt see this coming!

dyerbey#281598 writes:

Is anyone keeping count? Coaches retiring, Coaches taking same positions at other schools. 2 wide receivers bailing. The University can claim everything is okay but the details suggest otherwise.

jamgod writes:

in response to thevoice:

After last night, I hope we get ANYBODY from Alabama's defensive staff to be our DC.

Amen to that....hope this rumor is true because I hear he was a recruiting whizz and could finally bring some 4&5* DL talent in here....I'll take that!! We just need some big DT's in the middle to put some pressure on the opposing QB...seems like they could sit in the pocket forever and a day last year not to mention the past few years....hope this is a hire that happens!!

Realist writes:

in response to 10ECDave:

Yeah, Yeah, couldn't beat anyone out because he's to interested in the hippy lettuce...sans the suspension for the Kentucky game. Maybe they have better lettuce in the blue grass state, or they don't care if you puff on the lettuce in Louisville. If you can't beat out the guys in front of you, just say you have a family health issue and transfer. Good luck in the Big Least Conference....not!!

I am just hoping Tyler Bray can make it through the summer. I have heard that one more puff and he is out. Apparently he has used all of the NCAAs's nine lives with the lettuce!

givehim6 writes:

Let's see now Matt Milton, Milton? Milton? Oh yea didn't we have a Milton on the scout team?

OrangeForLife writes:

Milton was a QB in high school. He came here as a ATH. project. He couldn't catch in practice so he never played in games. Roster spot available.

papavol writes:

in response to BIVOLAR_BEAR:

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i would like to think that these random names that are being thrown out there are just rumors. for example: Phil Bennet, 116th ranked D. ARE YOU SHARTING ME! why is he even being mentioned at all. Navy DC!? Kevin Steele who just came off of a season with the 70th ranked D.

And to put icing on the cake, if one of these bozos gets hired, they will probably be making a million a year along with Dooley's 2 mill. Its a friggin joke is what it is.

Couchdummy writes:

Could this be a leverage trip arranged by his agent to increase his salary and status at Bama with a revised Bama contract? Makes no sense for him to jump from a cruise ship to what is generally perceived to be a floundering boat.

Noogaorange writes:

in response to volfanlostnbama:

This might be welcome news if true, and have read in another sight that he actually interviewed with this same team already...Notre Dame: Sources tell me Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has interest in Tennessee offensive line coach Harry Hiestand. per coachingsearch.com

Good

Noogaorange writes:

in response to Realist:

I am just hoping Tyler Bray can make it through the summer. I have heard that one more puff and he is out. Apparently he has used all of the NCAAs's nine lives with the lettuce!

You got any proof or are you just spreading BS rumors?

shoalcreekvol writes:

Good luck Matt. Thanks for wearing the orange. Ignore the childish morons on here. The Internet is the only place where society will let them talk.

CantStandCantStandSaban writes:

Good luck in Louisville. Cool town, great basketball team, nice football stadium...lots to offer.

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