Tennessee completed a 7-5 regular season in Josh Heupel’s 1st year, and the Volunteers are waiting to find out what bowl game they will play in.

They will be playing, however, without one of their top defensive backs, as senior cornerback Alontae Taylor announced Wednesday that he would not participate in a bowl game.

He will focus instead on his professional prospects.

Taylor has been invited to compete in the 2022 Senior Bowl and will also declare for the 2022 NFL Draft.

The 6-foot, 195-pounder recorded 60 tackles, 6 pass breakups, and 2 interceptions for the Volunteers this season.

Taylor was a 3rd-team All-SEC preseason selection heading into the 2021 season, and he was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in the fall of 2019 and 2020.