KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson is bypassing his senior season to enter the NFL draft.
"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," Richardson said Friday in a university release announcing his decision. "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."
Richardson's departure means that Tennessee must replace all its starting offensive and defensive linemen from a team that went 5-7 this season.