Tennessee Players Turning Pro In 2017
Jan. 25, 2017

#9 Derek Barnett | 6-3 | 265 | JR | Defensive End

Derek Barnett played in 39 games, totaling 197 tackles (131 solo), a Tennessee program-record 33.0 sacks. As Consensus All-American in 2016, he tallied a career-best 13.0 sacks, including the 33rd of his career against Nebraska in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl to break the previous record of 32.0 held by the late great Reggie White since 1983.

His 52.0 career tackles for loss rank second in Tennessee history only to Leonard Little's program-record 53.0.

#51 Kenny Bynum | 6-1 | 235 | R-SR | Linebacker

Kenny Bynum was Tennessee's main SAM linebacker in each of the last two seasons and also starred on special teams return units. He played in 37 games over his four-year career, totaling 29 tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss and one pass breakup.

A respected leader on the team for his work in the community and the classroom, Bynum earned his masters in sport management in December 2016.

#18 Jason Croom | 6-5 | 246 | R-SR | Tight End

Jason Croom returned to action in 2016 as a fifth-year player, switching positions from wide receiver to tight end. He finished the year with 21 catches for 242 yards and his blocking contributed to a UT running game that averaged 205.2 yards per game. Over his five-year Tennessee career, Croom played in 39 games and made 60 catches for 816 yards and six touchdowns.

On Jan. 15, Croom competed in the 2017 Tropical Bowl at Daytona Beach Municipal Stadium, earning MVP honors after catching two touchdowns for the National Team.

#11 Joshua Dobbs | 6-3 | 210 | SR | Quarterback

Joshua Dobbs enjoyed the best season of his distinguished Tennessee career in 2016, completing 63.0 percent of his passes with career highs of 2,946 yards and 27 touchdowns. He also rushed for Tennessee quarterback records of 831 yards and 12 touchdowns on 150 carries. In SEC games, Dobbs' 151.5 passer efficiency rating, 23 total offensive touchdowns, 316.9 total offensive yards per game and 8.6 yards per attempt led the league. He earned All-SEC honors and will compete in the 2017 Reese's Senior Bowl on Jan. 28.

Dobbs, who was one of four team captains in 2016, was one of the key leaders in Tennessee's program turnaround over the past four years. He finished his UT career with a 23-12 record as a starter and his 9,360 yards of total offense (7,138 passing, 2,160 rushing, 62 receiving) rank third in Tennessee history.

#90 Charles Folger | 6-4 | 265 | R-SR | Defensive Lineman

A former walk-on, Charles Folger served as a leader for several of the walk-ons and non-travel players. Folger earned as scholarship in his fifth year and with his tenacious work ethic and upbeat attitude, he emerged as a fan favorite late in his UT career and drew cheers from his teammates and Vol Nation when he tallied three tackles and one tackle for loss against Tennessee Tech on Nov. 5.

#13 Malik Foreman | 5-10 | 190 | SR | Defensive Back

Malik Foreman, who played in the 2017 Tropical Bowl, enjoyed arguably his most productive year as a senior in 2016, finishing with 26 tackles (22 solo), 2.5 tackles for loss, one interception, five passes defended, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. He made a key fourth-quarter interception in UT's comeback win over Georgia on Oct. 1 and followed that with an incredible forced fumble at Texas A&M on Oct. 8, stripping Trayveon Williams at the goal line. For his career, Foreman played in 44 games and totaled 71 tackles (58 solo), 7.5 tackles for loss, three interceptions, 17 passes defended, three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.

#6 Alvin Kamara | 5-10 | 215 | R-JR | Running Back

Alvin Kamara was one of Tennessee's four team captains in 2016 and again proved to be one of the SEC's most dynamic playmakers. As a redshirt junior, he ran for 596 yards and nine touchdowns on 103 carries (5.8 average) and caught 40 passes for 392 yards (9.8 average) and four scores. He also returned 18 punts for 184 yards (10.2 average). Kamara led the Vols with 1,188 all-purpose yards (seventh in the SEC) in 2016 and tallied 13 total touchdowns, which tied for third in the SEC.

Kamara set a new Tennessee record with 312 all-purpose yards against Texas A&M on Oct. 8, rushing for 127 yards on 18 carries and catching eight passes for 161 yards. He and Jamal Lewis (1997 against Kentucky) are the only two Vols to record 100 rushing yards and 100 receiving yards in the same game.

#4 LaTroy Lewis | 6-4 | 256 | R-SR | Defensive Lineman

LaTroy Lewis enjoyed his best season as a senior in 2016, playing in 12 games. After playing most of his career at defensive end, Lewis saw action at defensive tackle toward the end of the season with UT's interior depth affected by injuries. He finished the year with 36 tackles, 2.5 sacks, 4.0 tackles for loss and one fumble recovery. In his four-year playing career, Lewis played in 44 games and recorded 77 tackles, 4.5 sacks, 12.0 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, two pass breakups and eight quarterback hurries.

Lewis was named to the 2016 SEC Community Service Team for his outstanding work in the Knoxville community. He started his own charitable organization - Project Elevate - which is a non-profit organization that focuses on mentoring local children and helping them with goal setting and goal achievement.

#3 Josh Malone | 6-3 | 200 | JR | Wide Receiver

In 2016, Josh Malone posted career and team highs of 50 receptions, 972 receiving yards and 11 receiving touchdowns. His 972 receiving yards rank 10th in Tennessee single-season history and were the most by a Vol since Justin Hunter had 1,083 in 2012. He ranked third in the SEC in both receiving yards and touchdowns. His 11 receiving touchdowns tied for the third-most in UT history and were the most since Robert Meachem had 11 in 2006. Malone's 19.4 yards per reception also set a new UT single-season record for receivers with a minimum of 50 catches

Malone finished his UT career with 104 receptions for 1,608 yards and 14 touchdowns and declared for the NFL Draft on Jan. 3.

#21 Jalen Reeves-Maybin | 6-0 | 230 | SR | Linebacker

Jalen Reeves-Maybin played in only four games in 2016 due to a shoulder injury that ended his season on Oct. 18. He posted 20 tackles and two tackles for loss in those four games.

Reeves-Maybin posted 100-tackle seasons in 2014 and 2015. He enjoyed a breakout sophomore campaign in 2014 with 101 stops, 2.0 sacks, 11 tackles for loss, two forced fumbles and one interception. In 2015, Reeves-Maybin tallied 105 tackles, 6.0 sacks, 14 TFLs, two forced fumbles, two fumbles recovered and four passes broken up. Over his four-year career, Reeves Maybin played in 41 games, recording 240 tackles (149 solo), 7,0 sacks, 27 TFLs, two forced fumbles, four fumbles recovered, one interception and four pass breakups.

#23 Cameron Sutton | 5-11 | 186 | SR | Defensive Back

Cameron Sutton was a shutdown cornerback for the Vols for four-straight years. He was limited to six games this past season due to an injury he suffered against Ohio on Sept. 17 and returned to action against Kentucky on Nov. 12, recording a pair of pass breakups to break Jabari Greer's UT career record for passes defended. He finished the year with 23 tackles, two tackles for loss, one interception, and five passes defended. In 45 games played, Sutton amassed 127 tackles (111 solo), 13.0 tackles for loss, seven interceptions, 37 passes defended, one sack, three forced fumbles and three fumbles recovered. His 37 career passes defended are a Tennessee record.

In 2015, Sutton earned Sporting News First Team All-America honors as a punt returner after leading the nation with an 18.7-yard average and returning two punts for touchdowns. His 14.6 career punt-return average (minimum 30 returns) is the best in Tennessee history.

#50 Corey Vereen | 6-2 | 249 | SR | Defensive Lineman

Corey Vereen enjoyed an outstanding senior year, posting 36 tackles (23 solo) and setting career highs with 7.0 sacks, 11.5 tackles for loss, two fumbles recovered and three pass breakups. He also had five quarterback hurries. Over his four years on Rocky Top, the defensive end played in 48 games, making 29 starts, and recorded 13.0 sacks, 26.0 tackles for loss, three fumbles recovered, five pass breakups and 18 QB hurries.

Vereen was one of the most respected leaders on Tennessee's defensive line and shined as both a run stopper and a pass rusher.

#71 Dylan Wiesman | 6-4 | 310 | SR | Offensive Lineman

Dylan Wiesman was one of the key leaders on Tennessee's offensive line over the last four years, playing in 46 games with 25 starts. He is capable of playing every position on the line and as a senior in 2016 he played in 10 games with four starts at right guard and six starts at center, helping pave the way for 5,768 yards of offense (2,668 rushing, 3,100 passing).

Wiesman, who also earned Academic All-District honors in 2016, graduated early in December with a degree in Kinesiology.


 

 

 

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