WATCH: Former Vol Snags Interception In NFL Preseason

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    The Green Bay Packers signed former Vol safety Micah Abernathy in the middle of preseason training camp.

    Just a week later, Abernathy made his case to make the Packers’ roster, intercepting an Ian Book pass in Green Bay’s, 20-10, win over New Orleans.

    While Ian Book isn’t an NFL starter, Taysom Hill — the player Abernathy stepped in front of for the interception — has been on the Saints’ active roster in recent years.

    The interception wasn’t the only play Abernathy made in the win. The former Tennessee standout recorded four tackles and one tackle for loss in the week two preseason win.

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    Abernathy has bounced around professional football after going undrafted in the in the 2019 NFL Draft.

    The Minnesota Vikings signed Abernathy to an undrafted free agent deal before spending time with the Indianapolis Colts and Dallas Cowboys.

    Abernathy went outside of the NFL to play football too, spending time in the XFL in 2020 and the USFL earlier this year.

    The Georgia native played in 44 games in four years at Tennessee, totaling 197 tackles, seven tackles for loss, 11 pass deflections and two interceptions. Abernathy recorded both interceptions, six pass break ups, three fumble recoveries and 69 tackles in his sophomore season — his best collegiate season.

    Ryan Schumpert is a recent graduate of the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. Ryan spent three years with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program before joining RTI. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.