At Monday's noon press conference, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones announced junior quarterback Justin Worley had won the starting job for Saturday's home opener against Austin Peay.

Around fifteen hours earlier, a former UT quarterback found out his role for the 2013 season; one that appears to include a spot on an NFL roster. writer Bill Williamson reported Sunday evening on his AFC West Blog that Tyler Bray had in all likelihood secured his spot as the Kansas City Chiefs' third-string quarterback, beating out former Iowa Hawkeye Ricky Stanzi.

Despite throwing for over 3,500 yards and 34 touchdowns in his final year in Knoxville, the Kingsburg, Calif., native went undrafted in April before signing with Kansas City only hours after the draft's conclusion.

Bray, however, is only one of many former Volunteers continuing to impress as NFL rookies.

Current Minnesota Vikings receiver Cordarrelle Patterson hasn't missed a beat since being selected 29th overall in the 2013 NFL Draft, wowing coaches and teammates with his unprecedented athleticism and versatility, all while donning a smile the size of Neyland Stadium.

In his NFL debut against the Houston Texans on Aug. 9, Patterson grabbed the opening kickoff, sprinted up the right sideline and rumbled 50 yards before being tripped up by Texans kicker Randy Bullock.

"For him to do what he did tonight, that is going to help his confidence," head coach Leslie Frazier told The Associated Press of Patterson's performance.

Through Minnesota's first three preseason games, Patterson leads the team in catches and is second in both receiving and kick return yards; a trend the Vikings hope continues as he looks to replace all-purpose star Percy Harvin.

For former teammate Justin Hunter, though, the transition to the pros has been much rockier.

The Tennessee Titans' second round pick was bothered by a nagging hamstring injury, causing him to miss a majority of offseason practices and workouts. Nevertheless, Hunter's position coach, Shawn Jefferson, commented that the first-year receiver did not display enough toughness and could have easily pushed through the pain.

In addition, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder continues to hear comments about his softness and tendency to avoid contact over the middle, something Hunter wants to put an end to.

"It makes me mad because I am not soft," Hunter told The Tennessean earlier this month. "Hearing that, it makes me want to go harder to prove people wrong."

The former Volunteer – expected to be the Titans third receiving option behind Kenny Britt and Nate Washington because of an injury to 2012 first-round pick Kendall Wright — has turned things around as of late, snagging his first career touchdown reception against the Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 24.

Other UT NFL rookies making splashes across the league include Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera, New York Jets wideout Zach Rogers and New England Patriots fullback Ben Bartholomew.