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The Tennessee Volunteers announced All-SEC linebacker A.J. Johnson will return for his senior season.

At approximately 1:15 p.m., on Tuesday, Head Coach Butch Jones tweeted: "Very excited to announce that ALL-SEC LB (AJ Johnson) will be a member of ! "

Johnson, who was mulling joining offensive tackle Antonio Richardson as an early entry in to the NFL Draft, was named Associated Press 1st team All-SEC in 2013.

The Gainesville, Ga., native led the Vols with 106 tackles (3rd in SEC), including a team-high 8.5 TFL.