Sitting on the No. 2 pick and with a potential hole at the quarterback position, maybe those motives were selfish.
Whisenhunt joked that he was still hopeful the Heisman Trophy winner might show.
"It would have been great," Whisenhunt said Tuesday. "I'm hopeful he'll still show. He's got a couple of days. As long as he gets here before the game I think we're set."
Baylor's Bryce Petty and Oregon State's Sean Mannion were among the talent on hand for him to catch first hand.
Given Tennessee's extensive wish list, which includes an edge rusher, Whisenhunt is considering this time as a win-win for his staff.