KNOXVILLE — New Tennessee football coach Butch Jones is just another person in the crowd when it comes to three Volunteers juniors' decisions regarding the NFL draft.
After meeting with two of them during his first week on the job last week, Jones has had little involvement in that process.
The expectation inside the Vols' program long has been that receivers Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson and quarterback Tyler Bray would enter the draft instead of staying for their senior season, but only Hunter has made any announcement publicly. He stated his choice to declare for the draft via Twitter this week.
"I've pretty much been just like everyone else in what I've heard," Jones said during a 50-minute interview with the Times Free Press in his office late Friday morning. "I've tried to meet with them and give them my opinion and my thoughts. It's hard because obviously we haven't been here through the years to earn that trust, but I tried to be an individual who could bounce some ideas off and give them a couple of ideas here and there.
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