Defensive tackle Montori Hughes, whose brief tenure at Tennessee ended unhappily, is on his way to the NFL.
Hughes, who finished his college eligibility at UT-Martin, was selected by the Indianapolis Colts Saturday in the fifth round of the NFL draft (139th overall pick).
A 6-foot-4, 329-pound native of Murfreesboro, Hughes played as a reserve during his freshman season in 2009. He missed the season finale of 2010 due to a rules violation and was eventually dismissed from the team before the start of the 2011 season.
But Hughes reached his potential at UT Martin. He had 31 tackles, including 8.5 for loss, four sacks and 13 quarterback hurries as a senior with the Skyhawks in 2012.
Hughes worked out for NFL teams at UT’s pro day in Knoxville last month.
“This kid has more talent than fifth-rounders have,” said NFL.com analyst Mike Mayock. “It’s just a matter of getting it out.”
Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray has gone undrafted through four rounds, but most expect he will be selected before the final day of the draft is finished. Tight end Mychal Rivera and former UT receiver Da’Rick Rogers are other players to watch on Saturday.
Evan Woodbery covers Tennessee football. Follow him on Twitter.