'Grateful' Antonio 'Tiny' Richardson declares for NFL draft

Tennessee offensive lineman Antonio Richardson (74) hugs head coach Butch Jones at the conclusion of the game against Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. UT won their final game 27-14. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Tennessee offensive lineman Antonio Richardson (74) hugs head coach Butch Jones at the conclusion of the game against Kentucky Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, KY, Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. UT won their final game 27-14. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Tennessee junior offensive lineman Antonio “Tiny” Richardson will skip his final year of college eligibility to enter the NFL draft, forcing the Vols to replace their entire starting offensive line in 2014.

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Comments » 8

slb1zellwood#1421797 writes:

You can't blame the young fellow for leaving. The dream and the possibility of the big bucks is there so reach out and grab hold you won't pass this way again. Thanks for your time and effort these pass three years so go get-em Tiny we will miss you.

fannotsheep writes:

Congratulations on being one of the very few to make it this far. Hope he does great and adds to the number of Vols making us proud in the NFL. I remember a list of the top 100 offensive and defensive NFL players a few years ago when Haynesworth was #1 on defense and Manning #1 on offense. There were more former Vols than any other school, including USC, Notre Dame, FSU, etc.

Ah, the good old days!

wazzya69vol writes:

Congratulations Tiny on making it to this point in your young life, pursuing a career in the NFL. I cannot imagine the blood, sweat and tears you went through to earn this opportunity--so much self-discipline and commitment. You are, and always will be, a Vol for Life.

wigmeister writes:

Good luck lung man. Can't wait to watch you play in the NFL.

Plasticman85 writes:

Would have loved to have Tiny around 1 more year but can't blame him for following his dream. Hopefully AJ will stay as I do not think he would go in the first 2 rounds right now.

johnlg00 writes:

On one hand, I join others in wishing Tiny would stay another year to help steady a grass-green OL next year. On the other, I can't blame him for striking while the NFL iron is--presumably--hot. On the gripping hand--a nod to a classic sci-fi novel I am fond of--it might be a good thing for next year's OL to all be starting out together. The pressure on them will be tremendous. They should have an enormous chip on their shoulders, giving them every incentive to show themselves at least the equal of the bunch that is moving on.

Rookie2 writes:

If this turns out like his other previous declarations, this a good indication he'll be playing for the Vols again next year.

oldster writes:

He should not be drafted in the first three rounds based upon the way he played this year. He might start next year for a bad team, but he has not shown that he is good enough to play for a good team. However, it is possible that, like many another Vol Jr. who have been told as Sophomores how great they are, he dogged it this last year in order to prevent injury and preserve himself for the pros and maybe a paycheck will motivate him as amateur competition did not.

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