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12/06/13 - Richardson To Declare For NFL Draft...Offensive tackle Antonio Richardson will declare for the NFL Draft, forgoing his final year of eligibility at the University of Tennessee. "We appreciate Antonio's efforts and contributions to the University of Tennessee," said head coach Butch Jones. "He will always be a Vol For Life and we wish him all the best as he looks to further his career in the National Football League."
The Nashville native was an All-SEC second-team selection by the Associated Press in 2012. In 2013, he was an SEC preseason first-team honoree. He was also named to the watch lists for the Lombardi and Outland Trophies. "After praying and talking it over with my family and coaches, I believe that now is the right time to make a statement about my future," said Richardson. "I have truly loved every moment of being a Tennessee Volunteer and will always be a Vol For Life. As much as I have enjoyed my time at Tennessee, I have long dreamed of playing in the NFL and taking care of my family. After careful consideration, I have decided to forego my senior year and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "I am grateful to all of my Tennessee coaches and everyone in the football program who made my life easier, from trainers to tutors to our fans, who are the best in the country. I am ready for the next level and look forward to what I know will be an exciting challenge."
In his three years on Rocky Top, Richardson played in 36 games, starting the final 24 over the last two seasons at left tackle. This past season, Richardson was part of an offensive line that aided the Vols gaining 2,261 rushing yards, the most by the team since 2004. - Tennessee football
12/06/13 - Tennessee OT Richardson opts for NFL Draft...Tennessee offensive lineman Antonio "Tiny" Richardson decided to forgo his final year of college eligibility to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. An All-Southeastern Conference second-team selection in 2012, Richardson started 24 games the past two seasons at left tackle for the Volunteers. He is projected as the No. 6 offensive tackle prospect eligible for the 2014 draft by NFLDraftScout.com. "I have truly loved every moment of being a Tennessee Volunteer and will always be a Vol for life," Richardson said in a statement on Friday. "As much as I have enjoyed my time at Tennessee, I have long dreamed of playing in the NFL and taking care of my family. After careful consideration, I have decided to forgo my senior year and enter the 2014 NFL Draft. "I am grateful to all of my Tennessee coaches and everyone in the football program who made my life easier, from trainers to tutors to our fans, who are the best in the country. I am ready for the next level and look forward to what I know will be an exciting challenge."
The 6-foot-6, 327-pound Richardson anchored a Tennessee line that gave up 23 sacks the past two years, which is the fourth fewest in FBS at 0.67 per game. "We appreciate Antonio's efforts and contributions to the University of Tennessee football," Vols coach Butch Jones said. "He will always be a Vol for life and we wish him all the best as he looks to further his career in the National Football League." - The Sports Xchange
10/21/13 - Clowney's dominance overshadowed in upset loss to Tennessee...Clowney's opponent, 6-foot-6, 327-pound junior Antonio Richardson, had limited South Carolina's superstar to a relatively pedestrian four tackles in last year's contest, thrusting the massive left tackle onto the national stage. Among those four tackles, however, was a sack and forced fumble with 1:10 remaining in the game from then-quarterback Tyler Bray which proved critical in the Gamecocks' 38-35 victory. While Clowney came through when he needed to in last year's game, Richardson controlled him throughout much of that game, demonstrating his own unique combination of size, agility, patience and power that has drawn comparisons to former Dallas Cowboys' Pro Bowl tackle Erik Williams.
Each player referenced the battle during SEC media days, with Richardson admitting that he'd watched the replay of Clowney's sack and forced fumble "hundreds of times" during the offseason. Richardson, who has played well this season and also is a first-round prospect, struggled with Clowney this time around. He was flagged three times on Saturday, including a critical personal foul that pushed Tennessee out of potential field goal range late in the fourthquarter. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
09/23/13 - Despite sloppy play, easy to see NFL talent in SEC showdown....LT Antonio Richardson, Tennessee – There is no denying that he had his struggles today, especially against Florida's talented pass rusher Dante Fowler. But it's easy to see why Richardson is so highly thought of by many at the next level. He has an ideal frame and wingspan for the position with the set-up quickness that is above average for a 330+ pounder. Richardson needs to iron-out issues with his technique, balance and finishing toughness, but he's a very good mover for his size and has a lot of potential if he can continue to develop. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
09/07/13 - ROB RANG'S 09/06/13 TOP 32 2014 DRAFT PROSPECTS: 17. Antonio Richardson*, OT, Tennessee (6-6, 332): Nicknamed "Tiny," Richardson and his game proved anything but last season at left tackle for the Vols. Richardson is certainly a bit raw after just one season of starting action, but he's shockingly smooth for a man of his size. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com