COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 01: Head coach Butch Jones of the Tennessee Volunteers watches on before their game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 1, 2014 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Two University of Tennessee players reportedly quit the team

A surprising decision out of Rocky Top.

Two Tennessee Volunteer football players, senior Dontavius Blair and sophomore Ray Raulerson, reportedly quit the team late Thursday evening.

Blair played in nine games last season, while Raulerson appeared in five games.

A transfer down to I-AA would allow both to play next season without sitting out a year.