Vols faced some quality WRs

Yesterday in this space we recounted six backs Tennessee faced last season who project to be selected in this weekend's National Football League Draft. Today we take a look at some standout wideouts who tested the Vols last fall.

Leading the lineup is LSU's Dwayne Bowe, generally regarded as a first-round lock in the upcoming NFL selection process. Tiger teammate Craig Davis and South Carolina's Sidney Rice are regarded as second-round talents. Florida's Dallas Baker is projected as a third-rounder and Gator teammate Jemalle Cornelius is pegged as a Round 4-6 selection.

What follows is a look at how these draft-eligible wideouts fared against Tennessee last season:

GAME 3: Baker caught four passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns against the Vols. His four-yard TD catch in the third quarter narrowed a 17-7 deficit to 17-14, then his 21-yard scoring grab with six minutes left turned a 20-14 deficit into a 21-20 Gator victory.

GAME 3: Cornelius caught two passes for 29 yards but one produced a 21-yard touchdown that gave the Gators a 7-0 first-quarter lead.

GAME 8: Rice caught three passes for 52 yards against the Vols with a long of 29 yards. He also gained six yards on an end-around play.

GAME 9: Bowe caught six passes for 89 yards vs. Tennessee with a long play of 36 yards. He caught a five-yard touchdown pass that narrowed a 17-7 deficit to 17-14 in the third quarter.

GAME 9: Davis caught three passes for 42 yards against the Vols, including a 23-yard touchdown grab that gave LSU a 7-0 second-quarter lead. He also returned one punt four yards.

(NOTE: Several of the best wide receivers Tennessee faced last fall – Cal's DeSean Jackson, LSU's Early Doucet, Alabama's D.J. Hall, Arkansas's Marcus Monk and Vanderbilt's Earl Bennett – are not included in this exercise because they still have eligibility remaining.)


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