KNOXVILLE – It’s been a week of big honors for seven former Vols.
Offensive lineman Dallas Thomas, who just completed his career at Tennessee, has been selected to play in the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala., on Jan. 26 (NFL Network).
It will be a final opportunity for Thomas to use a game setting to boost his already-high stock for the 2013 NFL Draft. The 6-5, 310-pound Thomas is viewed as one of the most versatile offensive linemen in the 2013 draft after spending three seasons as a left tackle before sliding down to left guard in 2012 for the Vols.
He was a second-team All-SEC pick in 2012 by the SEC Coaches and the Associated Press. He received third-team All-America honors from CBSSports.com. Thomas started 37 career games for the Vols and was part of an offensive line that only gave up eight sacks in 2012. As a unit, the offense finished 20th nationally in total offense with an average of 475.9 yards per game.
“Thomas is an impressive athlete, who plays with good flexibility and balance,” CBSSports.com wrote in a scouting report. “He plays with good leverage and possesses an athletic build with good arm length.”
Former Tennessee defensive lineman Malik Jackson was Tennessee’s lone representative for the Senior Bowl last season.
Six other former Vols – safety Eric Berry (Kansas City Chiefs), running back Arian Foster (Houston Texans), quarterback Peyton Manning (Denver Broncos), linebacker Jerod Mayo (New England Patriots), punter Dustin Colquitt (Kansas City Chiefs) and tight end Jason Witten (Dallas Cowboys) will be headed to the NFL’s Pro Bowl, which will be played on Jan. 27 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Tennessee’s six selections ties the University of Miami for the most selected from one college this season.