Four of the most productive juniors in coach Derek Dooley’s final season at Tennessee won’t stick around for Butch Jones’ first.
Quarterback Tyler Bray, wide receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson and defensive end Darrington Sentimore will forego their senior seasons and enter the NFL Draft. The university announced the players' decisions Wednesday, which confirmed earlier reports of their intentions.
Bray finishes his career ranked fourth in school history in passing yards (7,444), completions (540), attempts (922), total offense (7,237) and touchdowns (69).
Hunter and Patterson are projected as potential first or second-round draft picks. Hunter caught 73 passes for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns after suffering a season-ending knee injury in 2011.
In his lone season at Tennessee, Patterson set the school for all-purpose yardage with 1,873 total yards. The junior college transfer earned All-SEC First Team honors and caught 46 passes for 778 yards. He scored 10 total touchdowns – five receiving, three rushing, one by punt return and one via kickoff return. He is only the second player at UT to score four different ways, joining Carl Pickens (1989-91).
Sentimore, also a junior college transfer, started nine games in his only season with the Vols. He recorded 18 tackles, five tackles for loss, four sacks, six quarterback hurries and recovered a fumble.