Three Vols Land On Coaches All-SEC Teams

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    Three Tennessee player landed on the two Coaches All-SEC Teams, Tuesday. Tennessee receiver Velus Jones Jr is a First Team all purpose player and returner specialists. Offensive lineman Cade Mays and defensive back Theo Jackson landed on the Second Team.

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    Jones had a breakout super senior season, catching 52 passes for 722 yards and six touchdowns. The Alabama native moved to the slot early in the season and took off. Jones was fantastic in the screen game and could take the top off the defense with his speed.

    The USC transfer was a strong returned for the Trojans and in 2020 for the Vols. Jones totaled 506 kick return yards and one touchdown, averaging 28.1 yards per return. The return specialist averaged 16 yards per punt return with a long return of 50 yards.

    (Photo courtesy of Tennessee Athletics)

    Speaking of breakout super senior seasons, Jackson played his best ball during the 2021 season. The defensive back bounced around positions during his career before settling at the STAR this season.

    Jackson recorded 73 tackles, nine tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and one pick six during the season. The Nashville native became one of Tennessee’s most consistent players, playing in 11 games and grading out as one of the Vols’ best players.

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    (Photo courtesy of Tennessee Athletics Communications)

    Mays was fantastic in his senior season, moving to right tackle full time. After struggling as a tackle for much of his career, Mays was solid throughout the 2021 season.

    The Knoxville native earned a 73.4 PFF grade, the highest of any Tennessee starting offensive lineman.

    Mays suffered an injury in Tennessee’s win over South Alabama that sidelined him for the regular season finale against Vanderbilt. Mays is questionable for the bowl game against Purdue.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.