Former Alabama defensive back Brandon Turnage got his first start as a Tennessee Volunteer on Saturday, Oct. 9 against the South Carolina Gamecocks.

Turnage, a redshirt sophomore transferred to Tennessee in July 2021 after spending two years at Alabama.

A couple of Volunteer injuries gave Turnage the opportunity to gain his first start and he did not disappoint.

Turnage finished the game with 14 tackles, including two tackles for loss against the Gamecocks. After the game, Tennessee head coach Josh Heupel described Turnage’s performance as rock solid.

This "rock solid" performance earned Turnage the SEC Defensive Player of the Week.

Many Alabama players showed support for their former teammate on social media including Alabama DB DeMarcco Hellams.


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As a member of the Tide, Turnage earned limited playing time in his two years. As a freshman, Turnage saw action in one game in 2019 against Western Carolina. As a redshirt freshman, Turnage saw action in three games during the 2020 national championship season coming off the bench against Mississippi State, LSU, and Arkansas. He recorded one pass break up against the Bulldogs.

Will Turnage keep the momentum going and possibly earn a starting position for the Vols this season?

Will he make an impact when the Vols face the Tide in a few weeks?

The Volunteers have picked up the pace in recently as they have won two in a row over SEC opponents in convincing fashion. Tennessee earned a big 62-24 win over Missouri and followed that up with a 45-20 route of South Carolina.

Turnage and the Vols travel to Tuscaloosa on Saturday, Oct. 23, for a rivalry matchup against Alabama.

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