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Tennessee Cornerback Gabe Jeudy-Lally Declares for the NFL Draft

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Tennessee transfer Gabe Jeudy. Photo via @GabeJeudy on Twitter.

After five years of college football at three different schools, Tennessee cornerback Gabe Jeudy-Lally announced on Tuesday night that he will be entering his name into the 2024 NFL Draft and will forego his final season of eligibility remaining.

Jeudy-Lally’s decision comes just one day after starting and helping Tennessee find a win over No. 17 Iowa in the 2024 Citrus Bowl from Orlando, Florida.

“To the BEST fan base in the country! Thank you for all the support, cheers, and sold-out stadium all year,” Jeudy-Lally said in his announcement post on Tuesday. “Choosing to come to Tennessee has genuinely been a blessing and one of the best decisions I have made in my life. I wouldn’t have my journey end in any other way. Though this might be the end of this current journey with all of you, know it’s GBO til I die! With all this said, I am excited to announce I will be foregoing my final year of eligibility and declaring for the 2024 NFL Draft. Thank you!”

Jeudy-Lally played in all 13 games for Tennessee this season and started the final 11 games, including the Citrus Bowl, at cornerback for the Vols’ defense.

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The Austin, Texas, native played his high school prep ball in Charlotte, North Carolina, before attending Vanderbilt for his first three collegiate seasons from 2019 to 2021. Jeudy-Lally redshirted his first season at Vanderbilt but saw in-game work against the Volunteers in each of his three seasons with the Commodores.

The 6-foot-2 defensive back then transferred to BYU prior to his redshirt junior season in 2022 and played one season with the Cougars as a high-level contributor. Jeudy-Lally racked up 47 total tackles and recorded seven defended passes for BYU in his one season there.

With Tennessee needing help in the secondary entering the 2023 season, Jeudy-Lally announced his transfer to Knoxville and became an important piece in Willie Martinez’s defensive back unit in Tim Banks’ defense. Jeudy-Lally had 41 total tackles, five defended passes, and one interception for 36 yards in 13 games with Tennessee this past season.

Jeudy-Lally also finished the Citrus Bowl as Tennessee’s leading tackler in the game with five tackles, all solo tackles, and one pass defended.

While Tennessee had a handful of players decide to opt out of the bowl game in preparation for the NFL Draft, Jeudy-Lally decided to stay and help his team win their final game of the season before announcing his decision.

Gabe Jeudy-Lally’s decision to enter the NFL Draft wasn’t the only big announcement from Tennessee football on Tuesday night, though. Vols wide receiver Bru McCoy announced on social media that he will be returning to Knoxville for his super senior season next year.

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