Velus Jones Jr, Cade Mays Land On AP All-SEC Teams

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    Tennessee receiver Velus Jones Jr. and offensive lineman Cade Mays landed on the AP All-SEC teams. Jones Jr. earned first team all purpose honors while Mays landed on the second team.

    The awards come a day both players — as well as senior defensive back Theo Jackson — landed on the Coaches All-SEC Team.

    Jones Jr. has earned a plethora of honors the last two days including co-SEC Special Teams Player of the Year and the Reese’s Senior Bowl All-American team.

    The senior receiver had a breakout season, totaling 772 receiver yards and six touchdowns. Jones Jr. was elite in the return game, as well. The Alabama native returned 18 kicks for 506 yards and a touchdown and 17 punts for 272 yards.

    After a successful super senior season, Jones Jr. will to play in the Reese’s Senior Bowl in his hometown of Mobile.

    Mays improved upon his play in his junior season, playing right tackle exclusively during the 2021 season. The Knoxville native graded out as the Vols’ best offensive lineman according to PFF allowing just one sack and five pressures.

    The Georgia transfer missed the regular season finale with an injury and is questionable for the Music City Bowl matchup with 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.