April 28, 2013
Several Vols that were not drafted agreed to free agent contracts Saturday night. Ben Bartholomew (Patriots), Zach Rogers (Jets) and Prentiss Waggner (Cardinals) confirmed their signings. Tyler Bray is reportedly going to the Kansas City Chiefs.
Former Vols receiver Da'Rick Rogers agreed to join the Buffalo Bills.
Bartholomew agreed to a free agent deal with the New England Patriots. The Vols starting fullback, Bartholomew played in 31 games as a Vol with 13 starts. As a senior, he had his most productive season with 11 catches for 102 yards along with a pair of carries for 10 yards. Bartholomew was a fantastic blocker in helping the Vols to more than 450 yards of total offense per game. He is a Tennessee legacy as he brother Will played on the 1998 National Championship team and captained the 2001 team and his grandfather Sam was the captain of the 1939 SEC Championship team.
Rogers joins the New York Jets after a four-year career as a receiver with the Vols. Rogers played in 48 games with the Big Orange, hauling in 63 passes for 906 yards and nine touchdowns. Seven of those scores came during his breakout senior campaign as he was one of the team's top targets with 32 catches for 491 yards. He tied the Vols record for single-game receiving touchdowns with three at South Carolina (10/27/12). That was his career games, as he made six catches for a career-high 107 yards. He also had six catches vs. Georgia. Rogers was an Academic All-SEC selection in 2010 and 2011 and named to the Academic Honor Roll as a freshman.
Officially a New York Jet!-- Zach Rogers (@ZRO83) April 28, 2013
Waggner heads west with the Arizona Cardinals. A 6-2, 182-pound defensive back with the ability to play both cornerback and safety, Waggner finished his career at Rocky Top with 159 tackles, nine interceptions and 24 passes defended which ties for 10th in school history. As a senior, the Clinton, La., native finished sixth on the team with 48 tackles, along with two picks and a forced fumble. He played in 50 games with the Vols, making 38 starts including 33 in a row from his sophomore through senior season. Waggner was a 2010 All-SEC Second Team selection after he had a career-best five interceptions and career-high 57 tackles.
According to media reports, Bray will join the Kansas City Chiefs.
Bray was named to the 2012 Davey O'Brien and Manning Award Watch Lists, Bray had a sterling career with the Vols, starting 24 of his 28 career college games.
In his junior season, Bray helped spur a Tennessee offense that recorded 434 points, 26th nationally, 5,711 total yards, 19th nationally and 3,787 passing yards, 16th nationally.
Individually, Bray's 34 passing touchdowns tied for sixth most among all NCAA players, while he ranked 11th in passing yards (3,612), 13th in passing yards/game (301.0) and 31st in passing efficiency (146.26).
During his Tennessee career, Bray is and sixth in total offense per play (7.36) and seventh among active NCAA quarterbacks in passing yards per game (265.9). Bray is also eighth among all active NCAA players in career passing touchdowns (69) and 13th in total offense per game (258.5).
In doing so, Bray plastered his name all over the Tennessee record books in just two and a half seasons as the starting quarterback for the Vols. He sits fourth on the Tennessee career passing touchdowns list with 69, and fourth in career passing yards (7,444), pass attempts (922) and completions (540). He also has had 21 multiple touchdown games in his career.
In 2012, Bray set a new school record for single-game passing yards, besting Peyton Manning while throwing for 530 yards against Troy. Bray and Manning account for the top-seven single-game passing performances in Tennessee history. The 530 passing yards are the second-most by an SEC quarterback all-time, Eric Zeier threw for 244 for Georgia in 1993.
He had 12 career 300-yard games including six in the 2012 season and two career games with five TD passes. Bray had 10 career games with four TD passes of more and three of more TD passes in 13 games. Bray threw for multiple touchdown passes in 21 games, all in last 24, including 10 games in 2012