A.J. Johnson returning would provide needed leadership on defense next season

Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (11) is tackled by Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) during the first half against Georgia at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (KEVIN MARTIN/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (11) is tackled by Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson (45) during the first half against Georgia at Neyland Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013, in Knoxville, Tenn. (KEVIN MARTIN/NEWS SENTINEL)

Only weeks after he was hired as Tennessee’s coach last December, Butch Jones pulled off what might have been his biggest recruiting victory of the season.

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Comments » 8

DroopyDrawers writes:

Stay A.J. Go Big Orange Stay A.J.

MooseandSquirrelVol writes:

Did you ever get the feelin' that you wanted to go?
Still got the feelin' that you wanted to stay?

tennbigdog writes:

A.J. is GONE. This is done and comes from a VERY reliable source (no, not Brent Hubbs or Chris Lowe).

Dickattrade writes:

My guess is only A.J. knows and he may not be 100% sure.
One thing for sure we still have a 12 game schedule in 2014 and I hope we get to play them all

Slats writes:

Next years young team will will need a seasoned veteran to step up to provide leadership and encouragement and A.J. is a wonderful leader and would be a tremendous asset to a young team!

With that being said I would encourage him to do what is best for A.J., since only he knows his situation! (Stay with your VOL family if at all possible A.J.)

OrangePride writes:

I would love to see AJ return since we really need some depth on this defense. If Maggitt is ready to go next year (and who knows if he will return to his former self), that would be a good nucleus at LB. I know we will be looking to a lot of the new talent to help us set a new tone, but some old hands will help keep the new guys on the right page out there.

SummerfieldVol writes:

AJ should stay, just look what happened to Bray who left early,was not drafted by any team. One more year could mean a whole lot to AJ's future in the NFL. We are going to need someone to anchor the middle of a all new defense. Spring training should be something to watch and see who will be the starters on a new offensive and defensive line. Lots of work ahead, time for the coaches to step up and do their jobs.

SmokeysPup writes:

He is much like Craig Puki in late 70's. Excellent college player, maybe an All American next year, but I don't think he will be a high draft pick. Middle rounds would be pushing it (he's just not fast enough). I would say late or undrafted. If he stays he will go down as a VOL legend especially with a solid winning season next year. Here's hoping he stays.

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