Hardesty out; Scott, Cox in Senior Bowl

One Tennessee player appears out.

Two new Vols are in.

According to the latest roster for Saturday’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., UT running back Montario Hardesty will no longer participate in the showcase game for pro scouts, but left tackle Chris Scott and deep-snapper Morgan Cox have been added for the game.

Scott’s invitation is particularly surprising since he just played last week in the Shrine Bowl, where he struggled at times and reinforced a belief from some talent evaluators that he would be better suited to play guard at the next level. Cox also qualifies as an interesting choice, though he has held the snapping job on special teams for UT for the last three years.

No information was available from UT on the reason behind Hardesty.

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mytrifecta writes:

No reason for Hardesty to play in this game and risk injury. He will be a steal for someone in the draft.

mk4ut writes:

Hardesty would be a good backup for Chris Johnson.The Titans like tough guys like him.

VolInIndy writes:

in response to orangeluvr:

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Peyton doesn't need Hardesty in Indy. Brown and Hart are good back-ups to Adai. But I too would like to see additional Vols on the team. Doubt Dan Williams is around by the end of the first. Rico McCoy would provide some depth or might even start early. Or maybe they'll trade up to get Berry since Sanders can't hit anybody without injuring himself.

golfballs03 writes:

Morgan Cox? That's awesome

pj_ladyvolnMI writes:

in response to VolInIndy:

Peyton doesn't need Hardesty in Indy. Brown and Hart are good back-ups to Adai. But I too would like to see additional Vols on the team. Doubt Dan Williams is around by the end of the first. Rico McCoy would provide some depth or might even start early. Or maybe they'll trade up to get Berry since Sanders can't hit anybody without injuring himself.

Wouldn't that be a blast to have Berry up here, too?!!

LiveFaith writes:

in response to mytrifecta:

No reason for Hardesty to play in this game and risk injury. He will be a steal for someone in the draft.

Was that an oxymoron?

Usually the idea of playing in the game is to try to NOT be a "steal" for someone in the draft. Jason Witten was such a steal and it cost him million$ until his contract was finally renewed.

civilianvol_formerly_marinevol writes:

Cox? Wow! Good for him.

govolsgo777 writes:

Snappers are critical and Cox would represent the Vols well in the NFL. He was spot on for the Vols.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Hardesty ???

VolJoe writes:

All right Morgan!
Great guy

dlorah writes:

maybe suprising to you or maybe he didn't struggle as much as you thought.

Mobbdeep4life writes:

in response to mk4ut:

Hardesty would be a good backup for Chris Johnson.The Titans like tough guys like him.

I have been saying the same thing. My co-workers have called me crazy but I think Hardesty's style would complement Johnson.

Orangeblood13 writes:

Performing drills with fellow South team quarterbacks Zac Robinson of Oklahoma State and Jarrett Brown of West Virginia, Tebow fumbled the ball at least twice while taking snaps under center.

Later in team drills, Tebow fell into his same old habits — holding onto the ball too long, locking onto receivers and throwing wobbly passes.

The scouts noticed.

"He looks like the third QB out there," one NFC South talent evaluator said

lol Superman is a deer in headlights.....

mithomas writes:

No one has worked harder in 4 years than Morgan. Testament to good things happening to good people. Defintion of what it means to "give your all for Tennessee". Good luck Morgan!!

mytrifecta writes:

in response to LiveFaith:

Was that an oxymoron?

Usually the idea of playing in the game is to try to NOT be a "steal" for someone in the draft. Jason Witten was such a steal and it cost him million$ until his contract was finally renewed.

It wasn't. I'm sure Hardesty has an agent and they have a good idea where he'll be drafted. Why would he risk injury playing 8-10 plays in the senior bowl and not be ready for the combine?

illinoisvolfan writes:

NFL scouts at the Shrine Bowl apparently saw the same things from Chris Scott that UT fans have seen, namely, that he's overrated. I guess I can see playing him at guard in the NFL, playing him at tackle in that league will get your QB killed.

Also, playing with lineman on either side of him might hide him from the officials. Hopefully, the NFL striped shirts won't notice all the holding penalties the SEC officials saw. You remember, useless holding penalties on sweeps to the right that sometimes canceled 1st down gains or touchdowns.

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