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04:38 PM ET 12.13 | No. 1 Tennessee wide receiver Justin Hunter is expected to leave for the NFL Draft, where he'll likely be picked in the first or second round. In 2012, Hunter led the Volunteers in receptions, with 73, receiving yards, with 1,083, and touchdowns, with nine. The Volunteers finished the season at 5-7 overall and 1-7 in the Southeastern Conference.

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December 13, 2012  04:39 PM ET

Well this is a major surprise to absolutely no one.

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December 13, 2012  06:01 PM ET

Bummer.

December 13, 2012  06:05 PM ET

Not terribly surprised. He didn't have a "1st-rounder" sort of season this year, though-- I would guess early 2nd.
CP is rumored to have been skipping classes for weeks, so I'd be shocked if he returns-- I think he WILL be a 1st rounder (somewhere in the middle).
Bray will probably move along also, even though I wouldn't be surprised if he went as low as 3rd round.

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December 13, 2012  11:38 PM ET
QUOTE(#2):

Yeah no kidding...CP is also prob out the door..Any news on Braysus

CP is as good as gone. Projected to be a potential top 10 pick. I would be surprised if Bray stays. I'm sure he doesn't want to learn a new system and Jones makes no bones about wanting a more mobile quarterback for his system

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December 14, 2012  09:10 AM ET

Bray isn't ready for the pros. If he opts for the 2013 draft, he should go in the lower rounds and get a contract that won't make the press, except as a story of crushed expectations.

December 14, 2012  09:13 AM ET

Do any of the UTk guys know if he is 100% recovered from the injury? I was not impressed with him at all this season. I thought CP was the guy that looked more like the NFL-ready player.

December 14, 2012  09:17 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Time to reload, huh.

Stocstill, Peterman, and Ashford will compete for the starting QB spot.

WRs, Blanc, Bowles, Carter, Cranford, Croom, Dallas, Drummer, Howard, Joslin, and West will have to step up to sort out who inherits the starting spots vacated.

December 14, 2012  09:22 AM ET

Hunter is reported to be fully recovered. His stats are very good. His 2012 performance lacks the big game winning/changing plays to make 'em pop. That's not entirely his fault. The guy tossing the ball to him still doesn't have his head straight for the game, and the Braying One is coming out anyway. Hubris...

December 14, 2012  09:30 AM ET
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Do any of the UTk guys know if he is 100% recovered from the injury? I was not impressed with him at all this season. I thought CP was the guy that looked more like the NFL-ready player.

He seemed to be fine physically but he always seemed afraid of getting hit, but he wanted to protect that NFL stock. I can't say I blame him. However, he still got over 1000 yards.

CP is definitely the better athlete, no question there. The trouble Chaney had was creating simple plays to get Patterson the ball. Apparently, if rumors are to be believed, he was about as good at remembering routes as most 2nd graders are. But if he can be coached up in the league he can be something special.

December 14, 2012  01:01 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Bray isn't ready for the pros. If he opts for the 2013 draft, he should go in the lower rounds and get a contract that won't make the press, except as a story of crushed expectations.

disagree - the pros are in desperate need of clipboard holders/ headset cord tenders...

December 14, 2012  01:18 PM ET
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disagree - the pros are in desperate need of clipboard holders/ headset cord tenders...

He would follow in a rich heritage of recent UTk QB's who carried clipboards with pride. Matt Simms, Jonathan Crompton, Erik Ainge...

December 14, 2012  05:48 PM ET
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Stocstill, Peterman, and Ashford will compete for the starting QB spot. WRs, Blanc, Bowles, Carter, Cranford, Croom, Dallas, Drummer, Howard, Joslin, and West will have to step up to sort out who inherits the starting spots vacated.

You don't think Worley will compete for the starting QB spot?

December 14, 2012  05:49 PM ET
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Do any of the UTk guys know if he is 100% recovered from the injury? I was not impressed with him at all this season. I thought CP was the guy that looked more like the NFL-ready player.

Hunter ran well this season. He didn't catch well in clutch situations, for the most part.

 
December 14, 2012  05:51 PM ET
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He would follow in a rich heritage of recent UTk QB's who carried clipboards with pride. Matt Simms, Jonathan Crompton, Erik Ainge...

Not bad work if you can get it. League minimum rocks.

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