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Tennessee lands four on 2022 Reese’s Senior Bowl watch list

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The Tennessee Volunteers had four members named to the Reese’s Senior Bowl watch list on Thursday morning. Seniors Cade Mays, Velus Jones Jr., Princeton Fant and Alontae Taylor made the initial group for the event.

The NFL’s premier all-star event hosted in Mobile, Alabama takes place every year, and is a critical part of the NFL Draft process. Teams are permitted individual interviews with players, as well as getting access to on-field drills throughout the week, in addition to the game itself on Saturday.

This year’s game is slated for February 5th, with NFL Network carrying the coverage.

Last season, Tennessee sent wide receiver Josh Palmer and offensive guard Trey Smith to the event. Both guys ended up getting drafted, with Palmer going in the third round to the Chargers, and Smith in the sixth round to the Chiefs. Jauan Jennings and Darrell Taylor played in the 2020 game.

Mays, a former five-star prospect, has been an NFL prospect for some time now. The Knoxville native seems set to make a move to tackle this season, as Tennessee replaces three starters from last year’s offensive line.

Jones, a veteran entering his second season at Tennessee, could end up being the No. 1 receiver for Tennessee this fall, set to benefit from a wide-open offense. Alontae Taylor should slot in as Tennessee’s top cornerback, as the Vols replace Bryce Thompson.

Princeton Fant is a bit of a surprise on this list, but has a chance to lockdown the starting tight end role in camp. Miles Campbell, Julian Nixon, Hunter Salmon and Jacob Warren are also in the mix here at one of the most wide open position battles on the roster. The 6-2, 240 pound Fant is athletic enough to contribute, but we’ve yet to see much to this point.

Official invites to the game will be sent out at the end of the year.