BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Tennessee Volunteers, with 16 starters returning from last year's 10-3 team,…
For Osemwegie, a commitment is a commitment
Following the 2004 college football season, a record 55 underclassmen made the decision to leave school early and declare for the NFL Draft. The number of players coming out early has steadily increased over the last decade, from a trickle at first, to a small flood. (Don't even get us started on college basketball.) 'Tis a growing and seemingly irreversible trend, but one from which, thankfully, Vanderbilt has largely been insulated. OK, Brad Gaines did it back in the late 80's. Through the 90's, there was a Jermaine Johnson here, a Jamie Winborn there... but for the most part the Commodores' most talented senior players shunned the lure of the NFL and stayed for their senior seasons. Why? Perhaps it was because of the inherent value of the Vanderbilt diploma... or maybe it was just the scarcity of NFL-caliber talent through most of the 90's. For whatever reason, loyal Commodore fans never had to worry much about losing players early to the League. Until last year, that is...
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