Stephens transferring to Tarleton St.

Former Tennessee Volunteers quarterback Nick Stephens said Monday he's transferring to Division II Tarleton State, in Texas.

Stephens said a review of his transcripts revealed he'll have two years to play. He left Tennessee this spring after falling behind Matt Simms.

"If anything I'm even more sure of my decision now," Stephens said. "A lot of things were happening around me. I had an unsettling feeling and I didn't want to have that feeling. There were some things that happened at practice that I don't really want to get into. But I needed to find somewhere else to play."

Stephens said he hopes to graduate in December and pursue a master's degree.

"I'll watch the Tennessee games when I can," Stephens said. "I still have a lot of good friends on the team that I'll continue to support."

Stephens played in three games for Tennessee last season and started six games in 2008, finishing with a career total of five touchdowns and four interceptions.

Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN.