Defensive end Jacques Smith and offensive linemen Ja’Wuan James and Antonio “Tiny” Richardson will join coach Butch Jones in representing Tennessee at SEC Media Days next week in Hoover, Ala.
Smith and James are seniors. Richardson is a junior but is widely expected enter the NFL draft after this season.
James is making his second appearance at the media event. He joined quarterback Tyler Bray and linebacker Curtis Maggitt in 2012.
Three three-day event begins July 16. The Vols will be featured on the second day along with Arkansas, Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Texas A&M. All four of the league’s new coaches — Jones, Bret Bielema of Arkansas, Mark Stoops of Kentucky and Gus Malzahn of Auburn — will share the spotlight during Day 2.
Updated at 11:50 a.m. on July 8 to correct the number of new head coaches in the league.