KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee prides itself as Wide Receiver U. because of its history of producing pros at that position and the latest NFL draft decimated the Volunteers' receiving corps.
The departures of first-round draft pick Cordarrelle Patterson and second-round selection Justin Hunter leave Tennessee without any wideouts who caught more than 13 passes or accumulated more than 149 receiving yards last season.
All starting positions in the receiving corps remain up for grabs. Tennessee receivers coach Zach Azzanni jokes that "this season may age me about 10 years," but he feels better about his receivers now than in spring practice. Part of the reason is the arrival of a freshman class headlined by Marquez North.
Tennessee coach Butch Jones says North "has proven that he's going to be one of our playmakers."
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