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2015 NFL DRAFT

Tauren Poole, RB

School: Tennessee  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Toccoa, GA
Height/Weight: 5-10 / 205 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
170165
Latest News
03/17/2012 - The University of Tennessee hosted Pro Timing Day on Friday afternoon at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, as 10 former Vols showcased their abilities in front of 21 NFL scouts. Among the former Vols that participated were Anthony Anderson, Art Evans, Nick Guess, Malik Jackson, Austin Johnson, Ben Martin, Tauren Poole, Chip Rhome, Matt Simms and Daryl Vereen. For most of that unit, Pro Day is what they had been training for since the end of their playing careers at Tennessee. For Jackson and Poole - who earned NFL Combine invites - it was another chance to highlight their attributes. But for all 10 former Vols, it was a chance to come home. "This is calmer," Poole said, comparing it to his NFL Combine experience in late February. "You are not as nervous. I have been here, I'm used to it, I'm comfortable and I know everybody. At the combine, you don't' know people and you don't know what to expect. Here, I know what to expect and I am more familiar with this place." Overall, the former Vols were pleased with their performances, including Martin, who spent six weeks at St. Vincent's in Indianapolis to prepare. "I felt like I did pretty well," Martin said. "I showed that I was healthy and that I could do everything. I'm pretty comfortable with it. Now, I just need somebody to take a chance on me." The NFL Draft, which takes place April 26-28, will witness 32 teams taking chances to improve their futures. Johnson hopes he's one of them. "I got a lot of good feedback," Johnson said. "Teams seemed interested in me and wanted to talk more. I think I opened some eyes today to people maybe not looking at me until today. I felt good about the day. I felt strong. I just hope and pray for the best." - Tennessee football

01/21/2012 - EAST-WEST SHRINE WEDNESDAY: RB Tauren Poole, Tennessee: After a slow start, Poole has really separated himself as the top running back on either squad. He runs with low pad level and quickness through the line of scrimmage, routinely getting to the second level. Poole had an up-and-down 2011 campaign, which is why he isn't at the Senior Bowl, but he has been running tough, decisive and quick with smooth acceleration in practices. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

11/05/2011 - Tauren Poole ran for two touchdowns as Tennessee beat Middle Tennessee 24-0 on Saturday night. After a month of struggling to produce on offense in four consecutive losses to Southeastern Conference teams, Tennessee (4-5) found some rhythm from some young Vols on homecoming night. The Vols are 26-2 in homecoming games since 1984 and have only lost 12 regular-season games played in November or December since 1990. Freshman Justin Worley's second start was much smoother than his first. After throwing for just 105 yards in a loss to South Carolina, Worley nearly had that doubled at halftime and finished 23 of 32 for 291 yards and a touchdown. He got his first career touchdown after a drive that saw him hit Rajion Neal on an 18-yard pass and Da'Rick Rogers on a 13-yard toss. On first down, Worley threw 47 yards down the middle of the field to hit Rogers as he fell backward into the end zone to give Tennessee a 14-0 lead with 2:24 to go in the first quarter. Rogers caught the ball nine times for 137 yards and one score. - AP Sports

10/24/2011 - WEEK 8 SEC OUTSTANDING PERFORMANCE: RB TAUREN POOLE (Tennessee) - Rushed for 67 yards on 19 carries and had three catches for 10 yards against Alabama. - SEC football

10/10/2011 - Tennessee's running game has been nothing short of terrible, especially against SEC teams. After having minus-20 yards against Georgia on Saturday, the Vols have averaged minus-14.5 rushing yards in their two SEC games. Tennessee ranks last in the SEC and 114th in the nation running the ball. RB Tauren Poole went down because of an injured hamstring in the first quarter and did not return. His status is uncertain. - The Sports Xchange

09/09/2011 - PLAYERS TO WATCH: RB Tauren Poole - By his lofty standards, he struggled in the season opener, but he still came close to piling up 100 yards. The senior is Tennessee's workhorse and will continue to get the ball even when the running game is struggling. He's one of the team's top leaders and provides an important presence even when he's not finding much running room. - The Sports Xchange

08/23/2011 - 2011 LOWE'S SENIOR CLASS AWARD CANDIDATE: Tauren Poole, Running Back, University of Tennessee, is one of 30 NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) student-athletes selected as a candidate for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for excellence both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I FBS senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence - community, classroom, character and competition. The complete list of candidates follows this release. An active participant in Tennessee football's Vol For Life program, Poole has helped lead the program's efforts in a number of community-service projects. In conjunction with Habitat for Humanity, the Vols played a critical role in the construction of a home for a Knoxville native this past summer. The Vols also teamed up with the Knoxville police department for a training day event that saw UT players and staff join officers in ride-alongs, as well as armed intruder and K-9 chase simulations. Poole also is actively involved in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and has served as a guest speaker at a number of events. - Tennessee football

07/19/2011 - 2011 DOAK WALKER AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tauren Poole (Sr.), Tennessee, has been named one of 52 running backs selected to the 2011 Doak Walker Award Preseason Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The award is presented annually to the nation's top college running back. Poole is one of eight SEC tailbacks and 51 overall eligible for the Doak Walker Award. The Toccoa, Ga., native tied for the SEC lead with six 100-yard rushing games in 2010 en route to just the 16th 1,000-yard season in Tennessee history with 1,034 yards, which ranks as the 14th-best single season total at UT. He is one of 24 tailbacks on the Doak Walker Award Watch List to top 1,000 yards rushing in 2010. In his first year as the starter, Poole earned Associated Press All-SEC honorable mention accolades, while leading the Vols with 12 total touchdowns. - Tennessee football

07/08/2011 - 2011 MAXWELL AWARD PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Tauren Poole, Tennessee, RB, Sr., has been selected by the The Maxwell Football Club to the 2011 Watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football's most outstanding player since 1937. Semifinalists for the Maxwell will be announced October 31st and the three finalists will be unveiled November 21st. Poole, who tied for the SEC lead with six 100-yard rushing games in 2010 en route to just the 16th 1,000-yard season in UT history with 1,024 yards, earned Associated Press All-SEC honorable mention accolades in his first year as the starter. The Toccoa, Ga., native is one of 27 tailbacks on the Maxwell Award Watch List. - Tennessee football

 
Latest News
03/17/2012 - The University of Tennessee hosted Pro Timing Day on Friday afternoon at the Neyland-Thompson Sports Center, as 10 former Vols showcased their abilities in front of 21 NFL scouts. Among the former Vols that participated were Anthony Anderson, Art Evans, Nick Guess, Malik Jackson, Austin Johnson, Ben Martin, Tauren Poole, Chip Rhome, Matt Simms and Daryl Vereen. For most of that unit, Pro Day is what they had been training for since the end of their playing careers at Tennessee. For Jackson and Poole - who earned NFL Combine invites - it was another chance to highlight their attributes. But for all 10 former Vols, it was a chance to come home. "This is calmer," Poole said, comparing it to his NFL Combine experience in late February. "You are not as nervous. I have been here, I'm used to it, I'm comfortable and I know everybody. At the combine, you don't' know people and you don't know what to expect. Here, I know what to expect and I am more familiar with this place." Overall, the former Vols were pleased with their performances, including Martin, who spent six weeks at St. Vincent's in Indianapolis to prepare. "I felt like I did pretty well," Martin said. "I showed that I was healthy and that I could do everything. I'm pretty comfortable with it. Now, I just need somebody to take a chance on me." The NFL Draft, which takes place April 26-28, will witness 32 teams taking chances to improve their futures. Johnson hopes he's one of them. "I got a lot of good feedback," Johnson said. "Teams seemed interested in me and wanted to talk more. I think I opened some eyes today to people maybe not looking at me until today. I felt good about the day. I felt strong. I just hope and pray for the best." - Tennessee football

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