Vols explore draft
KNOXVILLE (AP) — Four Tennessee juniors have applied to the NFL’s draft advisory board to gauge where they would fall in the 2008 draft.
Running back Arian Foster, linebacker Jerod Mayo, offensive guard Anthony Parker and punter Britton Colquitt each said they were just trying to see where they ranked at the end of their junior season of college football.
“My take on it has been if they’re going to be a top 15 or 20 pick … then that’s a considerable amount of money, particularly if they have their degree or are close to their degree, which all those guys are,” head coach Phillip Fulmer said. “If they’re beyond that, there’s some legitimate discussion about can they stay and move themselves up.”
Parker is a member of the Vols’ offensive line that has only given up a nationwide-low four sacks this season and was tagged as a member of the Associated Press All-Southeastern Conference and as a second-team All-American.
Mayo leads the Vols with 127 tackles and was also an All-SEC selection.
Foster has tallied 1,163 yards rushing this season and ran in 12 touchdowns.
He has 2,363 career yards rushing and needs only 716 yards to pass Travis Henry’s school record for career yards rushing.
However, the Volunteers may need Foster more than he needs them.
UT dismissed running back LaMarcus Coker after the South Carolina game, leaving the team with just Foster and Montario Hardesty to anchor the Vols’ backfield.
Colquitt punted 55 times this season for a 41.5-yard average and handled kickoff duties for most of the season.
No. 16 Tennessee faces No. 18 Wisconsin on Jan. 1 in the Outback Bowl.