LB Kirkland tweets that he is transferring from Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Linebacker Darrin Kirkland Jr. is leaving Tennessee as a graduate transfer.

Kirkland tweeted on Thursday that "Tennessee will always have a special place in my heart." He added that "these moments have no price and I am the best player and man of this experience".

Kirkland graduated this month and has two years of eligibility.

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Kirkland made 10 starts and had 66 facing a freshman in 2015, but injuries limited him in 2016 and prevented him from playing last year. He made six starts and had 45 tackles in 2016, but lost five games with a sprained high ankle. He missed the entire 2017 season with a knee injury.

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