KNOXVILLE – Tennessee wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter, along with left guard Dallas Thomas, left tackle Tiny Richardson and tight end Mychal Rivera all received postseason honors on Monday.
Patterson was voted first-team All-SEC by the Associated Press and CBSSports.com at the “all purpose” position. Hunter was chosen first-team All-SEC by CBSSports.com and second team by the AP.
Rivera received first-team honors from CBSSports.com and was chosen to the second by the AP. Richardson was voted second-team All-SEC by the AP. Thomas was chosen second-team All-SEC by the AP and third-team All-America by CBSSports.com.
Tennessee tied Alabama for the most offensive players selected to the AP first and second teams with five each. The total of five players selected ranked the Vols fourth behind Alabama (8), Florida (7) and LSU (6) in total number of players selected by the AP.
Of the five players honored, only Richardson, a sophomore, is likely to be back in 2013. Rivera and Thomas are seniors, while Patterson and Hunter, both juniors, are expected to declare for early entry into the NFL Draft, though neither has officially announced yet.
Patterson led the SEC with an average of 154.8 all-purpose yards per game this season. He was utilized as a receiver, running back, kick returner and punter returner. Hunter led the Vols and was third in the SEC with 73 catches for 1,083 yards. Rivera set the school record for receiving yards by a tight end with 562 yards.
Thomas started every game at left guard next to Richardson, who started every game at left tackle.