Texas’ leading tackler transfers to Tennessee

Former Texas linebacker Juwan Mitchell announced Monday he is transferring to Tennessee.

Mitchell led the Longhorns with 62 tackles in 2020, with 4.5 tackles for loss, one pass defended and one fumble recovery. He played in nine games in each of the past two seasons for Texas and will be a senior in 2021.

Mitchell entered the transfer portal after the 2019 season as well, but eventually removed himself and remained at Texas. This year, however, the Longhorns replaced coach Tom Herman with Steve Sarkisian, who’s implementing his own staff, so Mitchell sought a new start.

“This time around I’m choosing the people in the building over a building,” Mitchell told Rivals.com. “As far as Tennessee’s defensive staff, I like their energy. I feel like I can match it and be a spark. It’s just going to be a great move.”

Texas also lost linebacker Joseph Ossai (55 tackles, 5 1/2 sacks in 2020) to the NFL draft, where he was taken by the Cincinnati Bengals in the third round.