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Vols WR Justin Hunter also declares for NFL Draft

Tennessee Kentucky Football AP

Monday, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen said the Mountaineers’ leading receiver, Stedman Bailey, would be leaving early for the NFL draft. Not long after that, another dynamic receiver, Tennessee’s Justin Hunter, made the same announcement over his Twitter account.

Hunter’s tweet was simple, yet somewhat out of context:

Hunter did confirm the news to 247Sports a short time later. Just so there’s no confusion. Many NFL draft analysts project Hunter as either a first or second-round selection.

Hunter, a junior, was able to bounce back from an ACL injury in 2011 and become the Vols leading receiving in 2012 with 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns.

You can check out our Underclassmen Draft Declarations Tracker for all the latest announcements.

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4 Responses to “Vols WR Justin Hunter also declares for NFL Draft”
  1. jimbo75025 says: Dec 17, 2012 9:39 PM

    As a Vols fan, no real issue with this. Hunter already had one nasty injury and proved this season he was back from it. I do not recall any off-field distractions from him either so probably a safe pick. Good luck !

  2. vols84 says: Dec 17, 2012 10:53 PM

    Pretty much expected. Made some big plays. Had some big drops too. Hope he does well.

  3. Romulus says: Dec 18, 2012 10:31 AM

    this guy needed another year. sure has upside but was not a dependable receiver. dropped the ball at crucial time. the freshman on the other side was way better. And more of a game breaker.

  4. jimbo75025 says: Dec 18, 2012 4:42 PM

    Romulus says:
    Dec 18, 2012 10:31 AM
    this guy needed another year. sure has upside but was not a dependable receiver. dropped the ball at crucial time. the freshman on the other side was way better. And more of a game breaker.
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    Patterson was a JUCO transfer and not a freshman. I agree Patterson was more of a game CHANGER. but also a back BREAKER at times with his route running. Both Patterson (showboating) and Bray (generally stupid behavior at times) need another year of maturity before they even think of declaring for the draft.

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