Source: UT LB Jerod Mayo to turn pro

By: Wes Boling Email
By: Wes Boling Email

KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) -- Tennessee linebacker Jerod Mayo has decided to forego his senior season and make himself eligible for the NFL draft, a source close to the UT athletic department told the Volunteer TV Sports Overtime team Tuesday.

Mayo, a junior from Hampton, Va., led the Vols in tackles with 140. He also tallied a sack and a half. While he will skip his senior season of eligibility, his education is complete: he graduated in December with a degree in sport management.

The same source also confirmed that Tennessee running back Arian Foster had not yet decided whether he would skip his senior season. Foster's mother said on a Volquest message board that the NFL committee projected him to be a "solid" second round pick.

In addition to Mayo and Foster, two other Tennessee players submitted paperwork to the NFL to get a picture of where they would be drafted if they made themselves eligible: offensive lineman Anthony Parker and punter Britton Colquitt. Neither has announced his intentions for next season, but both are expected to stay at UT.

Be sure to watch WVLT Sports Overtime at 6pm for more information.

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