Tennessee OL Richardson Declares For NFL Draft

Junior Tackle Played In 36 Games And Started 24 Times

Friday, December 6, 2013 - by Special to Chattanoogan.com
Antonio Richardson, center, has decided to forego his senior year at Tennessee and enter the 2014 National Football League draft. Richardson played in 36 games for the Vols, starting 24.
Antonio Richardson, center, has decided to forego his senior year at Tennessee and enter the 2014 National Football League draft. Richardson played in 36 games for the Vols, starting 24.
- photo by UT Sports

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Offensive tackle Antonio Richardson will declare for the NFL Draft, forgoing his final year of eligibility at the University of Tennessee.

"We appreciate Antonio's efforts and contributions to the University of Tennessee Football," said head coach Butch Jones. "He will always be a Vol For Life and we wish him all the best as he looks to further his career in the National Football League."

The Nashville native was an All-SEC second-team selection by the Associated Press in 2012. In 2013, he was an SEC preseason first-team honoree. He was also named to the watch lists for the Lombardi and Outland Trophies.

"After praying and talking it over with my family and coaches, I believe that now is the right time to make a statement about my future," said Richardson. "I have truly loved every moment of being a Tennessee Volunteer and will always be a Vol For Life. As much as I have enjoyed my time at Tennessee, I have long dreamed of playing in the NFL and taking care of my family. After careful consideration, I have decided to forego my senior year and enter the 2014 NFL Draft.

"I am grateful to all of my Tennessee coaches and everyone in the football program who made my life easier, from trainers to tutors to our fans, who are the best in the country. I am ready for the next level and look forward to what I know will be an exciting challenge."

In his three years on Rocky Top, Richardson played in 36 games, starting the final 24 over the last two seasons at left tackle. This past season, Richardson was part of an offensive line that aided the Vols gaining 2,261 rushing yards, the most by the team since 2004.

In 2012, Richardson helped the offense to 475.9 yards per game (20th in NCAA) and 315.6 yards of passing offense (15th in NCAA).

With Richardson manning left tackle, the Vols allowed just 23 sacks over the last two years, including just eight in 2012, the fourth fewest in the NCAA at 0.67 per game. Tennessee had five games of more than 500 yards of total offense in 2012.

(E-mail Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com)

Dalton State Roadrunners Take Campbellsville 66-63

The Dalton State Basketball Roadrunners extended their win streak to five on Tuesday night as they knocked-off Campbellsville (KY) 66-63 at Mashburn Arena. The Roadrunners have been on a roll since they lost to the Tigers back on Halloween afternoon. Dalton State Coach Tony Ingle said it was a debt paid. “The good book says not to believe in revenge, but to pay your debts,” ... (click for more)

Covenant Falls To Berry, Birmingham Southern

Trailing by 18 at halftime, the Covenant men's basketball team nearly pulled an incredible comeback before falling 90-79 at Berry  on Tuesday  night inside the Cage Center. The loss snaps a three-game win streak to begin the year for Covenant who falls to 3-1. Berry, who came in winless despite losing all three games by a combined six points, improves to 1-3 overall. ... (click for more)

Monica McMillon, 37, Shot And Killed In Alton Park On Tuesday Night

Monica McMillon, 37, was shot and killed in Alton Park on Tuesday night. The Chattanooga Police responded to the 3800 block of Highland Ave. on the report of a shooting. Once on scene police located one victim inside a residence. She  was struck by gunfire and  succumbed to her injuries on scene.   No suspect information is available at ... (click for more)

Judge Denies Motion By Walker County To Delay Closing Of Hutcheson Hospital

A bankruptcy judge in Atlanta on Tuesday denied a motion by Walker County, Ga., is asking a delay in closing Hutcheson Medical Center and laying off employees. Judge Paul Bonapfel said he appreciated the position of Walker County, but he said he would not interfere with the business decision made by the trustees appointed to operate the Fort Oglethorpe hospital. He also said ... (click for more)

A Thankful List

David Jeremiah said it best, that we have a tendency to concentrate on the things we don’t have rather than what God has already blessed us with.  Perhaps, he said, it is because there is not enough parchment available in this world to record all God’s bountiful blessings should we try to list them. This Thanksgiving let us gather our family close to us, whisper a prayer ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Vote DesJarlais Out!

There are two good bills in both the Senate and the House of Representatives right now that are directly aimed at the sadistic villains who derive some sick pleasure out of torturing helpless Tennessee Walking Horses. They call it “soring,” where caustic materials are lathered into a horse’s forelegs and then wrapped in plastic so they’ll cook. Sometimes they use nails or screws ... (click for more)