Knoxville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - University of Tennessee offensive tackle
Antonio Richardson announced on Friday that he will declare for the NFL Draft,
forgoing his final year of eligibility.
Richardson was named an All-SEC second-team selection by the Associated Press
in 2012 and was a 2013 SEC preseason first-team honoree. He was also named to
the watch lists for the Lombardi and Outland trophies.
"I have truly loved every moment of being a Tennessee Volunteer and will
always be a Vol for life," said Richardson. "As much as I have enjoyed my time
at Tennessee, I have long dreamed of playing in the NFL and taking care of my
family. After careful consideration, I have decided to forego my senior year
and enter the 2014 Draft."
In three years, Richardson has played in 36 games (24 starts) and the Vols
have allowed just 23 sacks over the past two seasons, including only eight in
2012, which was the fourth fewest in the NCAA.
Richardson was a part of an offensive line that helped the Vols gain 2,261
rushing yards, the most by the team since 2004.
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