Aug. 9, 2013
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A day after being named to the Sports Illustrated Preseason All-America list, junior offensive lineman Antonio Richardson has been tabbed the 13th-best player in the SEC by ESPN.com, and landed in the top 10 of College Football News’ national preseason player rankings.
In addition to Richardson, who was ranked seventh in the nation and fourth in the SEC by CFN, Vols A.J. Johnson, Daniel McCullers, Maurice Couch, Justin Coleman and Ja'Wuan James were all ranked in the top 30 at their respective positions according to the organization.
Johnson led the way at third in the country and first in the SEC at linebacker, while McCullers, a fellow Bednarik Award watch list honoree, is ranked 14th in the nation and fifth in the league at defensive tackle. Coleman comes in at No. 26 on the corner back’s list, while Couch rounds out the defensive side of the ball at 27th at tackle.
James joins Richardson on the offensive tackle rankings, coming in at No. 14 in the country.