Five from Tennessee invited to NFL Combine

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) passes the ball in the game against Kentucky at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

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Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray (8) passes the ball in the game against Kentucky at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012. (ADAM BRIMER/NEWS SENTINEL)

Five Tennessee players and two former Vols will be among 333 prospects being probed, interviewed and measured at the NFL Scouting Combine.

Seniors Dallas Thomas and Mychal Rivera will be joined by juniors Tyler Bray, Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Feb. 23-26.

They will also run into two former teammates, receiver Da'Rick Rogers and defensive lineman Montori Hughes, both of whom were dismissed after playing two seasons at UT.

At least none of them will have to explain an imaginary girlfriend, like Manti Te'o of Notre Dame, a headliner in the flock who will be grilled by all 32 NFL teams in preparation for the April draft.

Bray, Hunter and Patterson all elected to forego their senior seasons at UT and all three project as possible high draft picks.

Rivera and Thomas recently participated in the Senior Bowl.

Hughes played in 2009 and 2010 before finishing his career at UT-Martin.

Rogers, who had a stellar sophomore season in 2011, played last year at Tennessee Tech.

The 2012 combine featured only two Vols, Malik Jackson and Tauren Poole.

Of the 333 invitees, 79 are from the SEC. LSU leads with 13, followed by Georgia with 11 and Alabama and Florida with 10 each.

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Comments » 7

HooRay_Vol writes:

HooRay!!!!!

Einstein writes:

Sentimore was not invited. Why did he declare for the draft? Grades??

JoeB writes:

in response to Einstein:

Sentimore was not invited. Why did he declare for the draft? Grades??

Because he had a whopping 18 tackles and 4 sacks. Should be a first rounder.

UTvols33 writes:

What's up with the Manti Te'o comment coming out of nowhere? Has nothing to do with the five Vols invited to the combine.

HooRay_Vol writes:

in response to UTvols33:

What's up with the Manti Te'o comment coming out of nowhere? Has nothing to do with the five Vols invited to the combine.

Just poor staff writing. That's all.

rtrchatt writes:

5 is alot for UT. Bama only has 10 and TE Michael Williams was snubbed. Rivera better put on some weight. He will not block anyone at his size.

VolFanInTheBoro (Inactive) writes:

in response to rtrchatt:

5 is alot for UT. Bama only has 10 and TE Michael Williams was snubbed. Rivera better put on some weight. He will not block anyone at his size.

chatt scumbag. the article didn't mention Rivera's size. Are you that obsessed with UT that you know how big he is? Have you thought about getting some help for your Vols obsession?

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