Tennessee's Richardson decides to enter draft

Updated: December 6, 2013, 6:23 PM ET
Associated Press

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio "Tiny" Richardson is bypassing his senior season to enter the NFL draft.

In a university release Friday announcing his decision, Richardson said that "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's departure means that Tennessee must replace all its starting offensive and defensive linemen from a team that went 5-7 this season.

Richardson, listed on Tennessee's roster as 6-foot-6 and 327 pounds, was Tennessee's starting left tackle each of the last two years. He earned second-team all-Southeastern Conference honors in 2012 as part of a line that allowed only eight sacks. This year, Richardson's blocking helped Tennessee gain 2,261 yards rushing, its highest total since 2004.


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