Tennessee linebacker A.J. Johnson will return for his senior season, per @JimmyHyams.
— Josh Ward (@Josh_Ward) January 7, 2014
Tennessee Volunteers middle linebacker A.J. Johnson has decided to return to Knoxville for his senior year. The 6’2″ 243lb junior has played in all 36 games since he arrived on campus. This past season, he recorded 60 tackles, 8.5 tackes for loss and 3 pass deflections in the middle of the Volunteer defense.
This is good news for Tennessee’s defense under head coach Butch Jones since he will be a senior leader. The Volunteers are coming off of a 5-7 season and Johnson could help them in turning it around and getting back to being a competitive team in the SEC East. Once a routine power in the SEC is now a team trying to get back to being competitive on a yearly basis.
Johnson will also have a chance to be one of the more talented middle linebackers in next year’s draft and one of the top seniors off of the board. The deadline for underclassmen to declare is January 15th, so he could conceivably change his mind between now and then. Nevertheless, the Volunteer fan base should have one of their better players coming back for next season.