Brian Randolph, SS

School: Tennessee  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Marietta, GA
Height/Weight: 5-11 / 204 lbs.
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Player Overview

While Tennessee's secondary was leaky, as a whole, Randolph proved a standout, leading the team with four interceptions while recording another three pass breakups and making 75 stops, 50 of them solos. Randolph started all 12 games at strong safety in 2013, a year after tearing the ACL in his right knee just three games into his sophomore campaign.

Randolph's injury in 2012 was a critical loss to Tennessee's secondary as the talented defender was coming off a freshman campaign in which he started eight games (and played in all 12) and posted 55 tackles while splitting duty between free safety and nickel.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Randolph is an athletic, aggressive safety with good open-field tackling skills. He sports a compact frame with good overall musculature and is reportedly "noticeably" bigger in his upper body after his year in the weight room.

He shows good body control and vision to avoid would-be blockers in the open field and is generally a reliable wrap-up tackler. He's shown good hands when interception opportunities are there, as well as a flair for big plays in clutch situations.

WEAKNESSES: Randolph doesn't possess elite straight-line speed and is high in his back pedal but he deciphers the action quickly and closes on the ball aggressively.

Randolph's medical will play an important part in his ultimate grade. Besides the ACL tear, he struggled a bit last season with recurring shoulder issues, including stingers. Coach Butch Jones joked that Randolph was 180 pounds last year and the safety made it a point to bulk up in the offseason. Randolph claims he's gained 15 pounds since last year and the Vols' official website lists him at a solid 209 pounds.

Randolph was overshadowed by A.J. Johnson a year ago and that may occur again in 2014. If the redshirt junior elects to give up his final year of eligibility, however, he could "surprise" as the Vols' top NFL prospect in 2015.

Rob Rang (8/26/14)

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09/28/2013 - Brian Randolph made a game-clinching, fourth-and-goal interception in the end zone with 1:51 remaining as Tennessee squandered most of a 24-point lead before hanging on for a 31-24 victory over South Alabama. South Alabama (2-2) had first-and-goal at the 7 in the closing minutes but was unable to get the tying touchdown. Facing fourth-and-goal from the 8, South Alabama quarterback Ross Metheny was hit by Corey Vereen while releasing the pass that Randolph intercepted.

Tennessee's Rajion Neal rushed for a career-high 169 yards on 25 carries. Neal's 11-yard touchdown run gave Tennessee (3-2) a 31-7 lead early in the third quarter. Metheny was 21 of 42 for 234 yards with two interceptions. He also rushed for 67 yards and two touchdowns. Tennessee overcame a three-interception performance from Justin Worley, who was 20 of 36 for 234 yards. Worley threw touchdown passes to freshmen A.J. Branisel and Josh Smith. - AP Sports

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