- Tennessee Volunteers football
TeamName = Tennessee Volunteers Football
CurrentSeason = 2008 Tennessee Volunteers football team
ImageSize = 100px
HeadCoachDisplay = Phillip Fulmer
HeadCoachLink = Phillip Fulmer
HeadCoachYear = 16th
HCWins = 147
HCLosses = 45
DefensiveCoodDisplay = John Chavis
DefensiveCordlink = John Chavis
OffensiveCoodDisplay = Dave Clawson
OffensiveCordlink = Dave Clawson
Stadium = Neyland Stadium
StadCapacity = 102,037
Largest Crowd: 109,061 (Sept. 18, 2004 vs. UF)
StadSurface = Grass
Location = Knoxville, Tennessee
ConferenceLink = Southeastern Conference
ConfDivision = East
FirstYear = 1891
AthlDirectorDisp = Mike Hamilton
AthlDirectorLink = Mike Hamilton
WebsiteName = UTSports.com
WebsiteURL = http://www.utsports.com
ATWins = 771
ATLosses = 320
ATTies = 53
ATPercentage = .697
BowlWins = 25
BowlLosses = 22
BowlTies = 0
NatlTitles = 6
1938, 1940, 1950, 1951
ConfTitles = 16
AllAmericans = 71
Color1 = Orange
Color1Hex = FF9933
Color2 = White
Color2Hex = FFFFFF
FightSong = Down the Field (Official)
MascotDisplay = Smokey
MascotLink = Smokey (mascot)
MarchingBand = Pride of the Southland Band
PagFreeLabel = Outfitter
PagFreeLabel = Rivals
PagFreeValue = Alabama Crimson Tide
The Tennessee Volunteers football team, is the University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK), NCAA division I football team. The team is a member of the Southeastern Conference. They play their home games at Neyland Stadiumin Knoxville, Tennessee. Their last national championship was in the 1998 college football season.
Phillip Fulmeris in his 17th year (2008) as head coachof the Volunteers.
The program's first win would be recorded the following season. On
October 15, 1892The football team defeated Maryville Collegein Maryville, Tennesseeby the score of 25-0. Tennessee would compete their first 5 seasons without a coach. In 1899, J. A. Piercebecame the first head coach of the team. The team had several coaches with short tenures until Zora G. Clevengertook over in 1911.
In 1921, Shields-Watkins field was built. The new home of the Vols was named after William S. Shields and his wife Alice Watkins Shields, the financial backers of the field. The field had bleachers that could seat 3,200 and had been used for baseball the prior year.
In 1922, the team began to wear orange jerseys for the first time..
Neyland Comes to Tennessee
Robert Neylandtook over as head coach in 1926. At the time, Neyland was an Army Captain and an ROTC instructor at the school. Interestingly, in the 1929 season at least, his two assistant coaches (also ROTC instructors) out-ranked him. Former player Nathan Doughertywho had then become Dean of the school's engineering program and chairman of athletics made the standard clear: "Even the score with Vanderbilt."
Neyland quickly surpassed the Nashville school which had been dominating football in
Tennessee. He also scored a surprise upset victory over heavily favored Alabama in 1928. Neyland captured the school's first Southern Conference title in 1927, on only his second year on the job. In 1929, Gene McEverbecame the football program's first ever All-America. He led the nation in scoring, and his 130 points still remains as the school record.
In the 1930s, Tennessee saw many more firsts. They played in the New York City Charity Game on
December 5, 1931, the program's first ever bowl game. They scored a 13-0 victory over New York University, being led by Herman Hickman. Hickman's performance in the game caught the eye of Grantland Rice, and Hickman was added to Rice's All American team. Hickman would later play professionally in New York, for football's Brooklyn Dodgers. After the 1932 season, Tennessee joined the Southeastern Conference, setting the stage for years of new rivalries. Captain Neyland led the Vols to a 76-7-5 record from 1926 to 1934. After the 1934 season, Neyland was called into military service at Panama. This period saw the Vols rattle off undefeated streaks of 33, 28 and 14 games.
Tennessee struggled to a losing record during Neyland's time in Panama. He returned to find a rebuilding project in 1936. In 1936 and 1937, the Vols won six games each season. However, in 1938, Neyland's Vols began one of the more impressive streaks in NCAA football history. The
1938 Tennessee Volunteers football teamwon the school's first National Championship and earned a trip to the Orange Bowl, the team's first major bowl. They outscored their opponents 283-16. The 1939 regular season was even more impressive. The 1939 team was the last NCAA team ever to hold their opponents scoreless for an entire regular season. Surprisingly, the Vols did not earn a national title that year, but did earn a trip to the famed Rose Bowl. They lost that game 14-0 to Southern California. The 1940 Vols put together a third consecutive undefeated regular season. That team earned a National title from two minor polls, and received the school's first bid to the Sugar Bowl, where they lost to Boston College. After the 1940 season, Neyland was again pressed into military service, this time for World War II. His successor, John Barnhill did well in his absence, going 32-5-2 during the war years of 1941 to 1945. The Vols did not field a team in 1943 due to the war. This was the last season that the Vols missed.
Neyland's Final Years
After World War II, Neyland retired from the military. He returned to Knoxville with the rank of
General Officerand led the Vols to more success. From 1946 to 1952, Neyland's Vols had a record of 54-17-4. They won conference titles in 1946 and 1951, and National titles in 1950 and 1951. The 1951 team featured Hank Lauricella, that season's Heisman Trophyrunner up, and Doug Atkins, a future college football and Pro Football Hall of Fameperformer. Neyland retired due to poor health in 1952, and took the position of athletic director. The Vols would see spotty success for some 40 years after that, but it would be the late 90's before the Tennessee program had similar winning percentages.
Harvey Robinsonhad the tough task of replacing General Neyland, and only stuck around for two seasons. Following the 1954 season, Neyland fired Robinson and replaced him with Bowden Wyattwho had seen success at Wyoming and Arkansas. Neyland called the move "the hardest thing I've ever had to do."
took over for Wyatt in 1963, going 5-5.
Before the 1962 season, on
March 28, 1962, General Neyland died in New Orleans, Louisiana. Shields-Watkins Field was then presented with a new name: Neyland Stadium. The stadium was dedicated at the 1962 Alabama game, and by that time had expanded to 52,227 seats. Incidentally, Neyland had a hand in designing the expansion efforts for the stadium while he was athletic director. His plans were so forward looking that they were used for every expansion until 1996, when the stadium was expanded to 102,544 seats.
Dickey and His Three Ts
Doug Dickey, who had been an assistant at Arkansas under Frank Broyles, replaced McDonald in 1964. Dickey was entrusted with rebuilding the program, and his six seasons at the school saw considerable change. Dickey scrapped the single wing formation and replaced it with the more modern T-Formation offense, in which the quarterback takes the snap "under center". He also changed the helmets of the Vols, removing the numbers from the side and replacing them with a "T". His third change, like the change of the helmets, still remains today. Dickey worked with the Pride of the Southland Marching Band to create a unique pregame entrance for the football squad. The band would open a block T with its base at the locker room tunnel. The team would then run through the T to the sideline. The T was reoriented in the 1980s when the locker room was moved behind the north end zone, and the entrance remains a prized tradition of the football program.
Dickey had some success in his six seasons as a Vol. He led Tennessee to a 46-15-4 record and captured SEC titles in 1967 and 1969. The 1967 team was awarded the National Championship by Litkenhous polling.
Following the 1969 season, Dickey left Tennessee to coach at his alma mater, the
University of Florida. He would later return to Tennessee as the Athletic Director. Dickey was replaced by Bill Battle. Battle was a 28 year old coach from Alabama, and was the youngest head coach in the country at the time that he took over. Battle won at least 10 games in his first three seasons; however, he lost to Auburn in each of those seasons. Therefore, he did not win a conference title, and would not do so during his time as head coach.
Majors Moves Home
Johnny Majorswon a National Championship at the Pittsburgh in 1976, but decided that the job at Tennessee was too good to pass up. Majors replaced Battle in 1977, on the heels of two five loss seasons. Majors would go on to lose his first game as head coach by a score of 27-17 to the University of California in Knoxville. Majors struggled his first four seasons going 4-7, 5-5-1, 7-5, and 5-6. His teams saw mild success in 1981, going to the Garden State Bowland going 8-4; and in 1983 winning the Citrus Bowland going 9-3.
Majors' 1985 Volunteer squad (9-1-2, 5-1) was one of the most revered squads. The team won the first conference title since 1969 and earned a trip to the 1986 Sugar Bowl, where they defeated heavily favored and 2nd ranked
Miami Hurricanes, led by Jimmy Johnson, 35-7. The win kept Miami from a national title and earned the scrappy '85 squad the nickname: "SugarVols."
Majors later led the Vols to a resurgence following their losing season in 1988. The 1988 Vols lost their first 6 games and went on to finish with a 5-6 record. The Vols followed that effort with back-to-back SEC titles in 1989 and 1990. The Vols played on a
January 1 bowl gameevery season in the early 90's under Majors. However, in the Fall of 1992, Majors suffered heart problems. He missed the early part of the season. Interim coach Phillip Fulmertook over and scored upsets over Georgia and Florida. Majors returned and lost three straight conference games to Arkansas, Alabama, and South Carolina. The Alabama loss on the Third Saturday in Octobercut the deepest as the Vols had lost seven in a row to the Crimson Tide. The administration decided to make a change after the regular season. Majors was forced to resign and Fulmer took over before the Hall of Fame Bowl.
1994 saw a down turn in the record of the Vols, but events shaped the bright future of the program. Starting quarterback Jerry Colquitt suffered a season ending knee injury in the first series of the season against UCLA. Backup
Todd Heltonsuffered a similar fate early in the fourth game of the year at Mississippi State Universityrequiring backups Brandon Stewart and Peyton Manning to take action. The following week freshman quarterback Peyton Manningwould take over the controls and not let go until he departed to the NFL. Manning would be a 4-year starter for the Vols, and he led them to an 8-4 record in 1994. The next season, Manning led the Vols to a 41-14 win over Alabama, breaking the long winless streak. The only loss of the 1995 season was a 62-37 loss to Florida. The loss to the Gators was the 3rd in a row, and would prove to be the major hurdle between the Vols and the National title.
The Vols would put together 11-1, 10-2, and 11-2 seasons in the final three seasons with Manning as quarterback. Manning entered his senior season as a solid favorite for the
Heisman Trophy. The trophy would eventually be awarded to Charles Woodsonof Michigan, setting off an uproar among the fans. Manning did lead the Vols to an SEC title in 1997, before losing his final game to eventual National Champion Nebraska.
A Champion and a new era
After 3 seasons with high expectations, the Vols faced a new task. Tennessee was expected to have a slight fall off after their conference championship the previous season. They lost QB
Peyton Manning, WR's Marcus Nashand Andy McCullough, and LB Leonard Littleto the NFL. Manning was the first pick overall in the 1998 NFL Draft. They were also coming off of a 42-17 loss to Nebraska in the Orange Bowl, and were in the midst of a 5 game losing streak to their rivals the Florida Gators.
1998 Tennessee Volunteers football teamwould prove to exceed all expectation. Led by new quarterback Tee Martin, All American linebacker Al Wilson, and Peerless Price, the Vols captured another National title and would win the first ever BCS Title game against Florida State. They finished the season 13-0, ending a remarkable run of 45-5 in 4 years. Those four seasons, the Vols were led by Fulmer, Offensive Coordinator David Cutcliffeand Defensive Coordinator John Chavis. Cutcliffe took over at Ole Miss as a head coach following the 1998 regular season.
Since 1998, the Vols have made three trips to the
SEC Championship Game: 2001, 2004, and 2007. The 2001 team beat then head coach Steve Spurrier and Florida in the Swamp 34-32, moving them up to #2 in most polls and giving them a shot at the BCS title game in the Rose Bowl vs Miami. But they would lose to underdog #21 LSU in the SEC Championship Game. In 2005, the team suffered its first losing season since 1988, going 5-6, fielding a nationally-ranked defense but an anemic offense. Cutcliffe returned to the Vols as offensive coordinator before the 2006 season, which reunited the successful group of Fulmer, Chavis and Cutcliffe. Tennessee rebounded to go 9-3 in the 2006 regular season, losing two heartbreakers at home to Florida and LSU. This earned a spot in the 2007 Outback Bowl, where they lost to underdog Penn State, 20-10. The 2007 season was the first in team history in which the Volunteers allowed 40 or more points in more than one game (3 times). Eric Berry, Brent Vinson, Lennon Creer, Gerald Jones, Ben Martin, Dennis Rogan, Chris Donald) as well as upperclassmen Arian Foster, Josh Briscoe, Lucas Taylor, Montario Hardesty Josh McNeil, and All-American Guard Anthony Parker. Jonathan Cromptonstarted at quarterback for the first four games of the 2008 season and went 1-4, after which he was replaced by sophomore Nick Stephens. BJ Coleman is the third quarterback on the roster. On January 11, 2008, it was announced that Dave Clawsonhad been hired as the new offensive coordinatorfor the Vols by head coach Phillip Fulmer. [ [http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/sec/2008-01-11-clawson-tennessee_N.htm Richmond's Clawson named offensive coordinator at Tenn. - USATODAY.com ] ] He replaced David Cutcliffe, who moved to Duke Universityas head coach.
Smokey is the mascot of the University of Tennessee sports teams, both men's and women's. There is a live blue tick hound mascot, Smokey IX, which leads the Vols on the field for football games. There is also a costumed mascot that appears at every Vols game, and has won several mascot championships.
Smokey was selected as the mascot for Tennessee after a student poll in 1953. A contest was held by the Pep Club that year. Their desire was to select a coon hound that was native to Tennessee. At halftime of the Mississippi State game that season, several hounds were introduced for voting. "Blue Smokey" was the last, and howled loudly when introduced. The students cheered and Smokey became the mascot. The most successful of the live dogs was Smokey VIII who saw a record of 91-22, two SEC titles and 1 National Championship.
The "T" appears two places in Vol tradition. Coach
Doug Dickeyadded the block letter T onto the side of the helmets in his first season in 1964. Johnny Majorsmodified the T to a more round look in 1977.
The Volunteers also run through another "T". This T is formed by the Pride of the Southland
marching bandwith its base at the entrance to the Tennessee locker room in the North endzone. The team makes a left turn inside the T and runs toward their bench on the east sideline. When Coach Dickey brought this tradition to Tennessee in 1965, the Vols locker room was underneath the West stands. The Vols would run through that T and turn back to return to their sideline. The locker room change was made in 1983.
Checkerboard End Zones
Tennessee first sported the famous checkerboard design in the mid sixties. They brought the design back in 1989. This tradition was also started by Dickey in 1964, and remained until artificial turf was installed at
The checkerboard was bordered in orange from 1989 until natural grass replaced the artificial turf in 1994. The return of natural grass brought with it the return of the green (or grass colored) border that exists today.
Orange and White
The Orange and White colors worn by the football team were selected by Charles Moore, a member of the very first football squad in 1891. They were from the American Daisy which grew on The Hill, the home of most of the classrooms at the university.
The Orange is distinct to the school, and has been offered by
The Home Depotfor sale as a paint, licensed by the university. The home games at Neyland Stadiumhave been described as a "Sea of Orange" due to the large number of fans wearing the school color.
The color is
Spot colorPMS 151 as described by the university. [http://pr.tennessee.edu/identity/quick.asp University of Tennessee Style Guide] from the University of Tennessee Official Website. Retrieved January 4, 2007.]
Around 200 or more boats usually park outside
Neyland Stadiumon the Tennessee Riverbefore games. The fleet was started by former Tennessee broadcaster George Mooney who parked his boat there first in 1962. Tennessee and the University of Washingtonare the only schools with their football stadiums built next to major bodies of water.
Rocky Top is not the official Tennessee fight song, but is the most popular in use by the Pride of the Southland Marching Band. The Band began playing the fight song during the 1970's after it became popular as a Bluegrass tune by the
Osborne Brothers. The fight song is widely recognized as one of the most hated by opponents in collegiate sports. [http://bleacherreport.com/articles/31765-top-ten-college-football-traditions-fans-love-to-hate Top Ten College Football Traditions Fans Love To Hate] from the Bleacher Report. Retrieved July 19, 2007.] For more info see: Rocky Top.
The Volunteers (or Vols as it is commonly shortened to) derive that nickname from the State of
Tennessee's nickname. Tennessee is known as the "Volunteer State", a nickname it earned during the War of 1812, in which volunteer soldiers from Tennessee played a prominent role, especially during the Battle of New Orleans. [http://www.state.tn.us/TSLA/history/military/tn1812.htm Brief History of Tennessee in the War of 1812] from the Tennessee State Library and Archives. Retrieved April 30, 2006.]
Head football coaching record
As winners of the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division, Tennessee has made 5 appearances in the
SEC Championship Game, with the most recent coming in 2007. The Vols are 2-3 in those games. The Vols also shared the Division with Florida and Georgia in two other years, but tie-breakers allowed Florida and Georgia to go to the game in 1993 and 2003 respectively.
All-Time Bowl Wins
1. Alabama - 32
2. USC - 31
3. Penn State - 27
4. Tennessee - 26
5. Oklahoma - 24
Tennessee entered the 2007 season coming off a 9-4 record (5-3 SEC) in 2006. In 2007 the Vols would have an up and down year. The Vols had huge losses to Cal, Florida, and Alabama but the 2007 team had a lot of fight. The Vols would beat one of the best teams in the country in Georgia 35-14 and secure themselves as SEC East Champions. The Vols would lose a heartbreaker in the SEC Championship to LSU 21-14.
Current Record: 10-4 (final)
AP Top 25: #12 (final)
USA Today/ESPN Coaches' Poll: #12 (final)
Harris Interactive: #19 (as of Jan 10, 2008)
BCS Ranking: #16 (as of Jan 10, 2008)
Tennessee accepted the bid to play in the
Outback Bowlagainst the Wisconsin Badgersof the Big Ten Conference. The game was televised by ESPNon New Year's Day. Erik Ainge threw for 365 yards and two touchdowns in his final game for the Vols, who also got a stellar performance from a defense that has improved dramatically since early season losses to California and Florida. Ainge completed 25 of 43 passes without a turnover to win MVP honors.Jerod Mayo lead the defense with 13 tackles while Jonathan Hefney ended his career with 8 stops. The Vols defense forced 3 turnovers, had 5 sacks, and possibly played their best game of the year.
Sat, Sep 1 @ California 8:00 p.m. ABC 31 - 45 (L)
Sat, Sep 8 Southern Mississippi 7:00 p.m. PPV 39 - 19 (W)
Sat, Sep 15 @ Florida 3:30 p.m. CBS 20 - 59 (L)
Sat, Sep 22 Arkansas State 7:00 p.m. PPV 48 - 27 (W)
Thu, Sep 27 Hargrave Military Academy (Jr. Varsity) 7:00 p.m. 37 - 20 (W)
Sat, Oct 6 Georgia 3:30 p.m. CBS 35 - 14 (W)
Sat, Oct 13 @ Mississippi State 2:30 p.m. PPV 33 - 21 (W)
Sat, Oct 20 @ Alabama 12:30 p.m. LF Sports 17 - 41 (L) Sat, Oct 27 South Carolina 7:45 p.m. ESPN 27 - 24 (W-OT)
Sat, Nov 3 Louisiana-Lafayette (Homecoming) 4:00 p.m. 59 - 7 (W)
Sat, Nov 10 Arkansas 12:30 p.m. LF Sports 34 - 13 (W)
Sat, Nov 17 Vanderbilt 2:00 p.m. PPV 25 - 24 (W)
Sat, Nov 24 Kentucky 1:30 p.m. CBS 52 - 50 (W-4OT)
Sat, Dec 1 LSU (SEC Championship) 4:00 p.m. CBS 14 - 21 (L)
Tue, Jan 1 Wisconsin (Outback Bowl) 11:00 a.m. ESPN 21 - 17 (W)
Current coaching staff
Hall of Fame
Gene McEver- Elected 1954
Beattie Feathers- Elected 1955
Herman Hickman- Elected 1959
Bobby Dodd- Elected 1959 (Player) and 1993 (Coach)
Bob Suffridge- Elected 1961
Nathan Dougherty- Elected 1967
George Cafego- Elected 1969
Bowden Wyatt- Elected 1972 (Player) and 1997 (Coach)
Hank Lauricella- Elected 1981
Doug Atkins- Elected 1985:: Also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Elected 1975)
Johnny Majors- Elected 1987
*Bob Johnson - Elected 1989
Ed Molinski- Elected 1990
Steve DeLong- Elected 1993
John Michels- Elected 1996
Steve Kiner- Elected 1999
Reggie White- Elected 2002:: Also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Elected 2006)
Frank Emanuel- Elected 2004
Chip Kell- Elected 2006
Robert Neyland- Elected 1956
Doug Dickey- Elected 2003
* 16 -
Peyton Manning, quarterbackfor the Indianapolis Coltsand Super Bowl XLIMVP.
* 32 - Bill Nowling, former fullback (1940-1942) who was killed in World War II.
* 49 - Rudy Klarer, former guard (1941-1942) who was killed in World War II.
* 61 - Willis Tucker, former fullback (1940) who was killed in World War II.
* 62 - Clyde Fuson, former fullback (1942) who was killed in World War II.
* 91 -
Doug Atkins, former defensive endfor the Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns, and New Orleans Saints, Member of the College Football Hall of Fameand Pro Football Hall of Fame.
* 92 -
Reggie White, former defensive endfor the Philadelphia Eagles, Carolina Panthers, and Green Bay Packers, Member of the College Football Hall of Fame and Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Individual Award Winners
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award: Phillip Fulmer- 1998
Broyles Award: David Cutcliffe- 1998
American Football Coaches AssociationAssistant Coach of the Year: John Chavis- 2006
Past and present players
Erik Ainge, quarterbackfor the New York Jets
Jason Allen, defensive backfor the Miami Dolphins
Rashad Baker, defensive backfor the Oakland Raiders
Bill Bates, former defensive backfor the Dallas Cowboys
Julian Battle, defensive backfor the Calgary Stampeders
Shawn Bryson, former running backfor the Detroit Lions
Kevin Burnett, linebackerfor the Dallas Cowboys
Dale Carter, former defensive backfor the Kansas City Chiefs
Chad Clifton, offensive tacklefor the Green Bay Packers
Reggie Cobb, former running backfor the NFL
Dustin Colquitt, punter for the Kansas City Chiefs
Omar Gaither, linebackerfor the Philadelphia Eagles
Deon Grant, defensive backfor the Seattle Seahawks
Jabari Greer, defensive backfor the Buffalo Bills
Shaun Ellis, defensive endfor the New York Jets
Terry Fair, former defensive backfor the Detroit Lions
Aubrayo Franklin, defensive tacklefor the San Francisco 49ers
Charlie Garner, former running backfor the Philadelphia Eagles
Chris Hannon, wide receiverfor the Carolina Panthers
Parys Haralson, linebackerfor the San Francisco 49ers
Alvin Harper, former wide receiverfor the Dallas Cowboys
Justin Harrell, defensive tacklefor the Green Bay Packers
Albert Haynesworth, defensive tacklefor the Tennessee Titans
Todd Helton, quarterback, first baseman for the Colorado Rockies
defensive tacklefor the Jacksonville Jaguars
Travis Henry, running backfor the Denver Broncos
Cedric Houston, running backfor the New York Jets
*Anthony Herrera, guard for the
Andy Kelly, quarterbackfor the New Orleans VooDoo Arena football
*Mark Jones, wide receiver for the
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jamal Lewis, running backfor the Cleveland Browns
Leonard Little, defensive endfor the St. Louis Rams
Jesse Mahelona, defensive tacklefor the Atlanta Falcons
Peyton Manning, quarterbackfor the Indianapolis Colts
tight endfor the Miami Dolphins
Tee Martin, former quarterbackfor the Oakland Raiders
Jerod Mayo, linebackerfor the New England Patriots
Turk McBride, defensive endfor the Kansas City Chiefs
Robert Meachem, wide receiverfor the New Orleans Saints
Marvin Mitchell, linebackerfor the New Orleans Saints
wide receiverfor the San Diego Chargers
Carl Pickens, former wide receiverfor the Cincinnati Bengalsand Tennessee Titans
Peerless Price, wide receiverfor the Buffalo Bills
Fuad Reveiz, placekickerfor the Miami Dolphins, San Diego Chargers& Minnesota Vikings
*Jack "Hacksaw" Reynolds,
linebackerfor the Los Angeles Rams
Arron Sears, guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Heath Shuler, former quarterbackfor the Washington Redskins
Donté Stallworth, wide receiverfor the Cleveland Brownsformer New England Patriots, Philadelphia Eagles, and New Orleans Saintsplayer
Haskel Stanback, former running backfor the Atlanta Falcons
Travis Stephens, former running backfor the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
*James Stewart, former
running backfor the Detroit Lions
Trey Teague, former center for the Buffalo Bills
Raynoch Thompson, Ray "Knock Your Head Off" Thompson former linebackerfor the Arizona Cardinals
Jonathan Wade, defensive back for the St. Louis Rams
Darwin Walker, defensive tacklefor the Carolina Panthersand former Chicago Bears
Kelley Washington, wide receiverfor the New England Patriots
*Fred Weary, guard for the
*Scott Wells, center for the
Green Bay Packers
Eric Westmoreland, former linebackerfor the Jacksonville Jaguars
Reggie White, former defensive linemanfor the Philadelphia Eagles, Green Bay Packers, and the Carolina Panthers.
Al Wilson, former linebackerfor the Denver Broncos
Cedrick Wilson, former wide receiverfor the Pittsburgh Steelers
Gibril Wilson, defensive backfor the New York Giants
Jason Witten, tight endfor the Dallas Cowboys
* 2006 Tennessee Volunteers Football Media Guide
* [http://utsports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/tenn-m-footbl-body.html Official UT Football Web Site]
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