KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee quarterback Alan Cockrell has signed a baseball contract with the San Francisco Giants and will pass up his senior season with the Vols.
Cockrell, the Vols' all-time leading passer and a power-hitting outfielder in baseball, was San Francisco's top pick in Monday's free agent draft.
'I'm happy with the terms offered by San Francisco,' said Cockrell, who refused to say what the contract includes.
Cockrell, who skipped spring practice to play baseball, had said for months he would turn professional if the price was right.
Tennessee Coach Johnny Majors used the spring to restructure his offense to take advantage of strong points of Tony Robinson, a junior from Tallahassee, Fla., who is expected to step into Cockrell's spot.
'It's the break I needed,' said Robinson, who possesses a strong arm and the ability to run the option. 'It doesn't bother me at all to move up this way. I think I'm ready to play.'
Robinson played sparingly last season when the Vols finished 9-3 with a 30-23 victory over Maryland in the Citrus Bowl.