It appears that Marquez North’s Tennessee career is over. Even more confirmation was offered on Monday that North’s Tennessee career had come to an end.
“Confirmed that Tennessee wide receiver Marquez North is entering the NFL draft,” ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg stated via Twitter. “School had confirmed he wasn’t enrolled in spring semester classes, but his plans weren’t known. North had only six catches in seven games as he was plagued by injuries throughout his UT career.”
North looked like a future NFL player when he flashed his athletic potential as a freshman, starting all 11 games in 2013. He was second on the team with 38 catches and had a team-high 496 yards and a touchdown. His 38 catches are the second-most by a freshman in Tennessee history. His 496 receiving yards are the third-most by a freshman in school history.
North also turned in highlight worthy plays against Western Kentucky and South Carolina in 2013. The latter helped the Vols upset the Gamecocks 23-21.
After his freshman season it was mostly downhill. North only caught 36 passes for 378 yards during his sophomore and junior season combined. Once known for his ability to stretch the field, North’s longest reception was just 24 yards in those two seasons. Injuries were clearly a factor. North suffered several, unrelated injuries during his sophomore and junior seasons. He caught just six passes for 58 yards this season.