Former Maryland running back Justus Pickett transferring to Tennessee

Former Maryland running back Justus Pickett transferring to Tennessee

[dropcap]F[/dropcap]ormer Maryland running back Justus Pickett says he’s transferring to Tennessee.

pickettFollowing a disappointing sophomore season, Pickett withdrew from school in December to return home to Charlotte, N.C. and “attend to a family matter.”

Six months later, he posted to Twitter that he will be a Vol.

Pickett has not used his redshirt, and would have two seasons to play after sitting out 2013 due to NCAA transfer rules. Tennessee has not confirmed the addition.

A quick, shifty runner that is also a threat as a receiver out of the backfield, Pickett showed promise during his 2011 true freshman campaign.

He played in all 12 games at running back and on special teams, and finished third on the team with 74 rushes for 274 yards (3.7 ypc). He led the team with 30 kick returns for 568 yards.

But things didn’t go as well last season.

Pickett played in all 12 games for the Terps in 2012, rushing 69 times for just 142 yards (2.0 ypc) and three touchdowns. He had 19 receptions for 138 yards and another touchdown.

A 3-star recruit and the nation’s No. 10 all purpose running back by Rivals in 2011, Pickett was recruited by Derek Dooley’s Tennessee staff.

He called UT “one of his favorite schools” but was never offered a scholarship.

Photo: Nick Wass/Associated Press

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