Tennessee Offensive Lineman To Play In Senior Bowl

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    Former Tennessee offensive lineman Cade Mays will play in next month’s Reese’s Senior Bowl, joining Vols Velus Jones Jr. and Alontae Taylor.

    Making the full time move to right tackle, Mays turned in a strong final collegiate season, starting in 10 games while earning SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week honors twice and All-SEC Second Team honors.

    Totaling 493 snaps, Mays allowed just one sack. That showed major growth from the Knoxville native. In Mays first three collegiate seasons — both at Georgia and Tennessee — the former Knoxville Catholic standout played across the offensive line, but was inconsistent when he played tackle.

    Mays gave up three sacks in the Sugar Bowl against Baylor, his last game as a Bulldog.

    After missing the final two games of the 2021 season due to injury, Mays considered taking advantage of the NCAA’s COVID-19 eligibility relief and returning for a final season in Knoxville. Instead, Mays decided to pursue his professional football dreams.

    The Reese’s Senior Bowl isn’t the only end of season game that invited Mays to participate. The senior lineman also earned an invited from the East-West Shrine Bowl.

    Mays graded out as Tennessee’s second best offensive lineman during the regular season and the highest graded starter according to the PFF Grades.

    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.