Jauan Jennings closed out his Tennessee career with his strongest year as a Vol. The wide receiver from Murfreesboro, TN has been impressing in practices for the Senior Bowl over the last week, and he continued to draw attention during the actual game on Saturday.
Jennings was one of two Vols to be invited to this year’s Senior Bowl, and he made his presence felt in the fourth quarter. With former Oklahoma/Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts in the game, Jennings streaked to the end zone and hauled in a great pass from Hurts for an 18-yard score.
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Jennings finished the game with three catches for 22 yards and that touchdown.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound receiver put his name all throughout Tennessee’s record books with a thrilling end to his UT career in his redshirt senior season. Jennings started all 13 of the Vols’ games in the 2019 season and finished the year with 59 catches for 969 yards and eight scores. Jennings also ran for his first-career rushing touchdown as a wildcat quarterback, totaling 51 yards on 13 carries. His 969 receiving yards are the most by a Vol since 2016, and he finished just outside the top 10 for most receiving yards in a season in school history.
In his Tennessee career, Jennings caught 146 passes for 2,153 yards and 18 touchdowns.
Jennings finished his career with the fifth-most catches in school history, the fourth-most receiving yards, and tied with Justin Hunter, Denarius Moore, and Cory Fleming for the fifth-most receiving touchdowns. His six games of 100-plus receiving yards is tied with five other Vols for the eighth-most in school history in a career.
Tennessee outside linebacker Darrell Taylor was invited to the Senior Bowl, but he did not play in the game. Taylor went through practices and the official weigh-ins, however.
Both Jennings and Taylor are expected to be taken in the 2020 NFL Draft, and Jennings helped his draft stock even more during the Senior Bowl practices and game. The 2020 NFL Draft will begin on April 23rd and will run through April 25th. The first round will be on Thursday, April 23rd, the second and third rounds on Friday the 24th, and the fourth through seventh rounds on the 25th.