For the all-time Tennessee Volunteers lineup, I only picked players that I saw in person with two exceptions. Because I lived during the golden years of UT football, talent-wise, I doubt many people would argue with this team.
For the most part, I picked the best players, but I also considered chemistry and included players that clicked well with the quarterback (Peyton Manning) and a running back that put some heart and soul into the offense too.
Because UT currently does not play with a full back, I did not include one in the lineup.
QB: Peyton Manning—Does this need any explanation?
RB: Travis Stephens—There have been many other more talented backs in school history, but it is Stephens who holds the school single season rushing record and is a former first team All-American and All-SEC player. He was a very determined runner who played with a lot of heart.
WR: Robert Meachem—One of the most explosive receivers ever for the Vols. He was first team All-American and All-SEC.
WR: Joey Kent—He was Peyton Manning’s favorite target back in the day with two seasons with 1,000 yards receiving. He was All-SEC twice.
WR: Willie Gualt— He was one of the fastest players to ever play for Tennessee. He was All-American and All-SEC.
LT: Aaron Sears—All-American.
LG: Cosey Coleman—All-American.
C: Trey Teague—He made the All-SEC team in 1997. Given the importance of good chemistry between center and quarterback, he is reunited with Peyton Manning.
RG: Fred Weary—All SEC.
RT: Jason Layman—Layman was a Tennessee native, a three year starter, former captain and All-SEC.
TE: Jason Witten—He was hands down the best tight end in UT history.
DE: Reggie White—The Minister of Defense is one of few Vols to have his number retired by the university and holds the school career record for sacks with 32. He also holds the single season record (15), as well as the single game record (4). He was the SEC Player of the Year in 1983 and First Team All-American.
DE: Todd Kelly—He had 11 sacks his senior season en route to being named All-SEC and becoming a first round pick.
DT: John Henderson—He was a two time All American and Outland Trophy Winner. He was one of the most dominant run stoppers of his generation.
DT:Darwin Walker—He was All-SEC and an anchor of the national championship team.
OLB: Leonard Little— Little was an All-American and a feared blitzer.
OLB Raynoch Thompson—He started on the national championship team and was first team All-American in 1999.
MLB: Al Wilson—Wilson was an All-American and the heart and soul of the '98 defense. He finished his career with 272 tackles.
CB: Dale Carter—He was a two time All-American as a kick returner and a defensive back, as well as a Thorpe award finalist.
CB: Terry Fair—Fair was a tenacious defender earned All-SEC honors and was an explosive kick returner.
FS: Deon Grant—Grant was an All American and interception machine.
SS: Eric Berry—I honestly believe he will go down as one of the best players in school history. Every time he touched the ball last season it was electric. His 222 interception return yards were the most in the confrence in over 50 years.
K: Jeff Hall—Hall was a very clutch kicker who had many game winning kicks and made the All-SEC team in 1998.
P: Dustin Colquitt—Any All-Tennessee team would be incomplete without a Colquitt at punter, so why not pick the one with the highest average?