Lynch is among six heralded backs the Vols faced last fall who project to be drafted this weekend. Here's a look at how each of them fared against the Big Orange:
GAME 1: Marshawn Lynch, Cal: Rated the draft's No. 2 back behind Oklahoma's Adrian Peterson, the 5-11, 217-pound Lynch carried 12 times for 74 yards against the Vols with a long run of 22 yards. He also caught a team-high five passes for 22 yards.
GAME 3: DeShawn Wynn, Florida: Ranked a Round 4-5 pick by most draft analysts, the 5-11, 234-pound Wynn carried 22 times for 104 yards against UT with a long run of 26 yards. He also caught two passes for 13 yards.
GAME 4: Ahmad Bradshaw, Marshall: Although he's relatively unheralded, Bradshaw is considered a solid Day 2 draft pick with good "upside." The 5-11, 200-pounder carried 24 times for 72 yards vs. Tennessee with a best gain of 11 yards. He did not catch a pass. (Then again, Marshall completed just eight passes all day.)
GAME 7: Kenneth Darby, Alabama: Once considered a Day 1 draft pick, Darby is now viewed as a Round 4-5 pick following a disappointing senior year. The 5-10, 211-pounder carried 14 times for just 26 yards against the Vols with a long of 6 yards. He did not catch a pass.
GAME 8: Syvelle Newton, South Carolina: He played quarterback for the Gamecocks but projects as either a tailback or wideout in the NFL. The 6-2, 194-pounder ran 14 times on scrambles and quarterback draws vs. Tennessee, gaining 85 net yards and scoring a touchdown. His longest run was 12 yards. Obviously, he did not catch a pass since he was the guy throwing them.
GAME 13: Tony Hunt, Penn State: Widely regarded as a Round 3-4 draft pick, the 6-1, 233-pounder shredded Tennessee for 158 yards on 31 carries with a long of 24 yards. He didn't score a touchdown but his consistency enabled the Nittany Lions to control the ball in a 20-10 Outback Bowl win.