Tennessee Football: Top 50 Players in School History

Joel Barker@joelabarkerSenior Writer IOctober 21, 2011

Tennessee Football: Top 50 Players in School History

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    Throughout the 120-year history of Tennessee Volunteers football,  there has been no shortage of incredible athletes walking the halls of the university. 

    There have been no Heisman winners in Vols history, but the legacy of Tennessee football has been built upon some of the nation's very best football players. 

    Most top 50 lists are subjective and open to debate. This one will be no different.  

    While limiting this list to just 50 was difficult, there's no doubt that these are the 50 best players in UT history. 

    Team success, individual statistics and impact in each respective era were all taken into account when forming this list. 

    *All Tennessee stats provided in the UT Media Guide. NFL stats via NFL.com.

50. Cosey Coleman, G

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    Cosey Coleman was the driving force on a Tennessee offensive line that helped produce huge rushing totals for the Vols in the late 90's. A behemoth at 6'5", 310 pounds, Coleman started every game in the Vols' 1998 National Championship season. 

    Coleman was first team All-SEC and second team All-American in '98, and first team in both in his junior year of '99. 

    Coleman left UT after his junior year and was selected by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the second round of the 2000 NFL Draft. The Clarkston, Ga. native played seven years in the NFL. 

49. Arian Foster, RB

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    Arian Foster was on the only two Tennessee teams since 1988 to finish under .500, but the running back finished his UT career second on the all-time rushing list with 2.964 yards.

    Foster had nine 100-yard games in his career at Tennessee. He went on to the NFL as an undrafted free agent and led the league in rushing in 2010his first full season in the NFL.

48. Charlie Garner, RB

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    Charlie Garner came to Tennessee in 1992 as a junior college transfer. His impact on the Tennessee program was almost immediate. 

    The speedster racked up 10 100-yard games in his two seasons with the Vols. The most startling stat for Garner was his 6.7 yards per carry on 313 attempts. Garner is No. 12 on the all-time rushing list at Tennessee, with 2,091 yards in two seasons as a Vol. 

    Garner went on to an 11-year career in the NFL, where he finished with 7,097 rushing yards. 

47. Carl Pickens, WR

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    Carl Pickens was a part of the Vols two SEC Championship teams in 1989 and '90. As a freshman in '89, Pickens had 594 kick return yards and a touchdown. 

    In 1990 and '91, Pickens was the go-to receiver for quarterback Andy Kelly. Pickens is 14th all-time in UT receptions. 

    He skipped his senior year in 1992 and was drafted in the first round by the Cincinnati Bengals. Pickens played nine seasons in the league, with all but one of the seasons with Cincinnati. 

46. Erik Ainge, QB

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    Erik Ainge helped lead the Vols to two SEC Championship Games during his four years at Tennessee. He was injured in the ninth game of his freshman season in which the Vols went on to win the east. But he alone led the team to the east title as a senior in 2007. 

    Ainge is ranked third all-time in passing yards at Tennessee. 

    The Oregon native was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft and spent two seasons as a backup quarterback for the New York Jets. 

45. Jason Witten, TE

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    Jason Witten was one of the greatest receiving tight ends in Tennessee history. He holds single-season records in receptions, receiving yards and touchdowns for a tight end. In three seasons with the Vols, Witten had 68 catches for 797 yards.

    Witten was selected in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Dallas Cowboys, where he has been one of the elite tight ends in the league for nearly a decade. 

44. Bobby Scott, QB

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    Bobby Scott went to Tennessee following an incredible career at Rossville (Ga.) High School. He wasn't named starter until his junior year, but in those final two seasons in Knoxville, Scott guided the Vols to 20-3 record. His 20 wins are the sixth-most by a starting quarterback in Tennessee history.

    Scott led the Vols to an SEC title in '69 and a No. 4 ranking, along with a Sugar Bowl victory in 1970. His 3,371 career yards are good for 11th all-time at UT.

    Scott was selected by the New Orleans Saints in the 14th round of the 1971 NFL Draft. He served as Archie Manning's backup from 1973-81.

43. Keith Delong, LB

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    Keith Delong, son of College Football Hall of Famer and former Vols offensive lineman Steve Delong, was one of the Vols' best linebackers of the 1980s. 

    In 1988, Delong was an All-American and a finalist for the Butkus Award. The Vols were 5-6 that season. The Delong's are the only father-son All-Americans in Tennessee history. 

42. Travis Stephens, RB

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    Probably better known as one-half of the Travises who rescued the Vols 1998 National Championship winning season after starter Jamal Lewis tore his ACL, Travis Stephens tore up the college football scene in 2001.

    He set the Vols single season rushing record that year, with 1,464 yards. Stephens ran for over 200 yards twice that season, including the SEC east clincher at FloridaTennessee's first win in Gainesville since 1971. 

    Stephens was a Doak Walker Award finalist in '01. 

41. Larry Seivers, WR

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    Larry Seivers was the first great Vols wide receiver. He was the first Tennessee receiver to have 800-plus receiving yards in a season. 

    When Seivers graduated, he held the Tennessee record for most career receptions with 117. The two-time All-American is eighth all-time in career receiving yards at Tennessee with 1.924 yards.

40. Dale Carter, DB

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    An electrifying playmaker, Dale Carter excelled at kick/punt returner and free safety at Tennessee from 1990-91. Carter ranks sixth all time at Tennessee in career kickoff return yardage with 1,130 yards. His average of 29.82 yards per return in 1990 still ranks as the highest return average for a single season in school history. 

    Carter was more than adept at his safety position as well. He was a Jim Thorpe Award finalist in 1991.

    Carter was selected 20th overall by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 1992 NFL Draft. He went on to win the 1992 Defensive Rookie of the Year award. Carter was selected to four Pro Bowls in his 14-year NFL career. 

39. Chip Kell, G

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    The most recent Tennessee addition (2006) to the College Football Hall of Fame, Chip Kell, was one of the more prolific offensive linemen in Tennessee history. Kell was a three-time All-SEC pick and a two-time All-American.

    Kell won the Jacobs Memorial Award, given to the SEC's best blocker, twice. According to utsports.com, Kell and his senior classmates never lost a game at home. 

38. Tim McGee, WR

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    When Tim McGee left Tennessee, he left as the top wide receiver in Vols history. He finished his UT career with 2,042 receiving yards on 123 receptions. McGee scored 15 touchdowns as well.

    An All-American in his senior year, McGee helped lead the Vols to the 1985 SEC title and a Sugar Bowl victory over No. 2 Miami. 

    McGee was selected by the Cincinnati Bengals with the 21st overall pick in the 1986 NFL Draft. He spent eight of his nine NFL seasons in Cincinnati. 

37. Jay Graham, RB

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    Jay Graham tore up the SEC in 1995, averaging 131 yards per game. In 1995, Graham ran for 100-plus yards in 11 games, and his streak of nine 100-yard games in a row is still a UT record. His 1,438 rushing yards in '95 was the single-season Vols record when he left UT—a record that has since been broken.

    Graham is still No. 7 on the Vols' all-time career rushing yards list with 2,609 yards. 

    Perhaps best known for his long runs against Alabama in 1995 and 1996, Graham went on to play five years in the NFL before heading back to the college ranks as a running backs coach. He's currently on Steve Spurrier's staff at South Carolina. 

36. Cedrick Wilson, WR

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    Cedrick Wilson is one of the greatest Tennessee wide receivers of all time. Third on the all-time career receptions list, Wilson played on Vols SEC Championship teams in '98 and 99.

    Wilson was the top receiver on the team in 1999 and 2000. The Memphis native went on to a seven year career in the NFL. He was a member of the Steelers Super Bowl-winning team in 2006. 

35. The Colquitt Family, P

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    The name Colquitt is to Tennessee special teams as the name Bush is to American politics. A Colquitt has led Tennessee in punting 15 times since 1975, beginning with family patriarch Craig Colquitt. 

    Craig's nephew Jimmy averaged 46.9 yards per punt in 1982. That still good for No. 2 all-time in a single season. Craig's son Dustin is next on that list, with 45.3 in 2003. Craig himself is next, with 45 in 1977. Craig's youngest son Britton is fourth on the list, with 44.9 yards averaged over the 2006 season. 

    The career punting average list at Tennessee has Jimmy first, Britton second, Dustin third and Craig fourth. 

    The four Colquitt's have a combined 18 years in the NFL. Dustin plays for the Kansas City Chiefs, while younger brother Britton plays in the same division with the Denver Broncos.

34. Steve Kiner, LB

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    Steve Kiner was a force for Tennessee as a linebacker in the late 60's. A two-time All-American, Kiner was the SEC's Defensive Player of the Year in 1969. 

    He went on to play eight years in the NFL as a member of the Cowboys, Patriots and Oilers. 

    Kiner was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. 

33. Frank Emanuel, LB

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    Frank Emmanuel was one of the first in a long line of incredible linebackers at Tennessee. Emmanuel was an All-American in 1965 and was an integral member of a defense that held opponents to 98 points in '65. 

    Emmanuel played five years in the NFL. 

32. Fuad Reveiz, K

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    Fuad Reveiz holds the NCAA record for highest percentage of field goals made from 50 yards or more, at 80 percent. He also holds the SEC record for most consecutive field goals made in a season, at 18 in 1984. Reveiz is also tied for the longest field goal in SEC history, with the 60-yarder featured in the video. 

    Reveiz is at or near the top of every Tennessee kicking list. 

    He went on to a 10-year career in the NFL and was selected to the 1994 Pro Bowl. 

31. Deon Grant, S

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    Deon Grant was a force in the Tennessee secondary in 1998 and '99. During his All-American junior year in '99 Grant had nine interceptions, including three in one game versus Auburn. 

    Grant was a finalist for the Jim Thorpe Award in 1999. He left for the NFL following that stellar '99 season. The Augusta, Ga. native is in his 12th NFL season, currently playing for the New York Giants. 

30. Andy Kelly, QB

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    Dayton, Tenn. native Andy Kelly is No. 4 on the Vols' all-time career yards and touchdowns thrown list.

    Perhaps Kelly's greatest achievement is his 24-5-2 record as a starting quarterback. Kelly led the Vols to SEC Championships in 1989 and '90. Kelly was the Most Outstanding Player in the Vols 1991 Sugar Bowl win over Virginia. 

    Kelly went on to a 14-year career in the Arena Football League, where he set career records in touchdown passes, passing yards, pass attempts, pass completions and interceptions. 

    He is currently the Tennessee sideline reporter on the Vol Radio Network.

29. Peerless Price, WR

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    One of the keys to Tennessee's 13-0 record and National Championship in 1998, Peerless Price was the one of the Vols' go-to receivers for both Peyton Manning and Tee Martin.  

    Price finished third on the Vols' all-time receiving yardage list and fourth in receptions. Price's 100 yard kickoff return against Alabama in 1998 clinched the Vols fourth straight win over the Tide. 

    Price's top play as a Vol was his 79-yard touchdown reception the 1999 Fiesta Bowl. He was named the Offensive Player of the Game. 

    Price went on to a nine-year career in the NFL, playing wide receiver for the Bills, Cowboys and Falcons. 

28. Marcus Nash, WR

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    Marcus Nash was on of Peyton Manning's favorite targets from 1995-97. Nash holds Vols records for most receptions in a season and most touchdown receptions in a season—both set in the Vols' SEC Championship season of '97. 

    The Oklahoma native also holds the record for most touchdowns received in a season with 13, and he's second all-time at UT in career receiving yards and receptions. 

    Nash was selected by the Denver Broncos with the 30th overall pick in the 1998 NFL Draft. He only played in the league two seasons before going on to a successful career in the Arena Football League.

27. John Henderson, DT

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    Big John Henderson was a force on the a couple of the Vols' best defensive lines of the last decade. He was an integral part of the Vols line that allowed only 817 yards rushing in 2000. 

    Henderson was a two-time All-American. He won the Outland Trophy in 2000 and was a finalist for the award in 2001. He won SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2000 as well. 

    Henderson was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars with the ninth overall pick in the 2002 NFL Draft. The big defensive tackle is in his 11th NFL season overall and his second with the Oakland Raiders. 

26. Jeff Hall, K

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    Jeff Hall defined clutch as Tennessee's kicker in the mid-90s. His first clutch kick was against Georgia in 1995, when the sophomore stepped in with just seconds remaining to break the tie and clinch the victory for the Vols. 

    His 1998 season is what sets Hall apart as the clutch-est of the clutch. Hall drilled game-winners against Syracuse and Florida in Tennessee's first and third games of the season to help continue the Vols 13-0 Championship run. 

    Hall is the Vols' all-time career leader in points with 371. 

25. Johnnie Jones, RB

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    Out of all the great running backs in Tennessee history, only one has had back-to-back 1,000 yard seasons. That running back's name is Johnnie Jones. He was also the very first Vols runner in the modern era to rush for 1,000 in a single season in 1983. 

    Jones is fourth on the Vols' all-time career yards list with 2,852 yards. 

    He was the MVP of the 1983 Citrus Bowl. 

24. Al Wilson, LB

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    The emotional and spiritual leader of the Vols' 1998 National Championship team, Al Wilson inflicted fear in all who opposed him. 

    One of the greatest linebackers in Tennessee history, Wilson was the difference maker on that '98 Tennessee defense, and it's highly doubtful that the Vols win a national title that season without him. 

    The linebacker from Jackson, Tenn. was the 30th pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Wilson spent his entire eight-year career with the Denver Broncos, where he was selected to five Pro Bowls as one of the top linebackers in the league. 

23. James "Little Man" Stewart, RB

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    James "Little Man" Stewart was the Vols' leading rusher in the early 90's. Stewart left Tennessee as the all-time career rushing leader, and he still owns the Vols modern record for rushing touchdowns with 35. 

    Now sitting third all-time in career yards, Little Man's impact on Tennessee football is still apparent.

    Stewart was selected by the Jaguars with the No. 19 pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. Stewart played eight seasons in the league. 

22. Willie Gault, WR

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    Willie Gault was an amazing athlete. As a two-sport star (track and football), Gault set all kinds of NCAA records in his time at Tennessee. Gault returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in 1980. 

    The Georgia native finished his Tennessee career with 1,854 kick return yards. Gault is No. 2 on the Vols' career All-Purpose Yards list with 4,035 total yards, which includes his 1,482 receiving yards. 

    Gault was selected with the 18th overall pick in the 1983 NFL Draft. He played 11 years in the NFL with the Chicago Bears and Los Angeles Raiders. 

21. Casey Clausen, QB

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    The Vols No. 2 passer of all time, Casey Clausen doesn't quite get the credit he deserves, but in his time at Tennessee, the California native helped to re-write the Vols record books. 

    Clausen threw for 2,900-plus yards in both his sophomore and senior seasons. The Vols won the east outright once during his tenure and tied for No. 1 in the east a second time. Clausen went 143 attempts without throwing an interception in 2003, also a Vols record.

    The Vols won 34 games with Clausen as the starter. That's good for second all-time behind Peyton Manning. 

    Perhaps if the Vols had won the 2001 SEC Championship Game versus LSU—a game in which Tennessee was favored and subsequently upset—Clausen would get more respect. 

    Nonetheless, Clausen is one of the all-time greats at Tennessee, and the numbers prove it. 

20. Stanley Morgan, WR/RB

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    Stanley Morgan did a little bit of everything for the Vols in the 1970s. Morgan was a running back, wide receiver, kicker and punt returner for Tennessee from 1973-76. 

    Morgan leads the Vols in career All-Purpose Yardage with 4,642 yards, a record that no one has gotten within 600 yards of even tying. 

    The Easley, S.C. native also holds the Vols' modern career record for touchdowns scored with 39.

    Morgan was selected by the Patriots with the 25th overall pick in the 1977 NFL Draft. He spent 13 of his 14 pro seasons with the Patriots and was selected to four Pro Bowls. He led the league in touchdowns in 1979 and yards per reception from '79-81.

19. Bobby Majors, DB

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    Younger brother of former Vols tailback and later head coach Johnny Majors, Bobby was outstanding as a member of the Vols special teams from 1969-71. Over that time, he returned four punts for a touchdown. 

    Majors holds Tennessee records for both career and season punt return yardage, touchdowns and total punts returned. 

    Majors was also the team's punter in '70 and '71. 

    He wasn't too shabby as a defensive back, either, holding the Vols all-time record for interceptions in a season with 10 in 1970. 

    Majors played one season in the NFL. 

18. Joey Kent, WR

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    Joey Kent is the No. 1 wide receiver in Vols history. As Peyton Manning's top target from midway through the 1994 season until Kent's graduation in '96, Kent averaged over 70 yards receiving per game. 

    Perhaps best known for the first play from scrimmage against Alabama in 1995, Kent was as electrifying a receiver as the Vols have ever had. His name being at or near the top of every conceivable receiving statistic is proof of that fact. 

    Kent was draft by the Tennessee Oilers (later known as the Titans) in the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft. He played three seasons in the league. 

17. Steve DeLong, G

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    College Football Hall of Famer and former Outland Trophy winner, Steve DeLong was one of the greatest offensive linemen in Tennessee history. 

    DeLong was All-SEC and All-America in both his final two seasons in Knoxville. What's more remarkable about those accomplishments is that the Vols were 13-16-1 and went through three head coaches during DeLong's time in Knoxville. 

    DeLong and son Keith are the only father-son All-American combination in Tennessee history. 

    The elder DeLong spent eight years in the NFL. 

16. Jamal Lewis, RB

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    Jamal Lewis burst onto the SEC scene as a freshman in 1997, winning SEC Freshman of the Year status that season. 

    Lewis averaged 103 yards per game in 26 games as a Vol. 

    The Douglass (Ga.) High School graduate tore his ACL four games into the Vols' '98 National Championship season and was replaced by Travis Henry and Travis Stephens. 

    Lewis came back and rushed for 816 yards in '99 while splitting time with Henry. He left for the NFL following that junior season and was selected fifth overall by the Baltimore Ravens. 

    Lewis played eight seasons in the NFL. He helped the Ravens to a Super Bowl championship as the team's leading rusher in his rookie season. Lewis won the league MVP and Offensive Player of the Year in 2003. 

15. George Cafego, HB

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    George "Bad News" Cafego was one of the more colorful Vols, both as a player and later as an assistant coach. Cafego was the Vols halfback in 1938 and '39. He finished seventh in the Heisman voting in '38 and fourth in '39. 

    Cafego rushed for 1,589 yards in his two seasons as the Vols halfback. One of the more prolific kick returners in Vols history, Cafego still ranks ninth on the all-time list. He's still 11th all-time on the Vols All-Purpose yardage list. 

    Cafego was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1969. 

    He was selected No. 1 overall by the Chicago Cardinals in 1940. 

14. Heath Shuler, QB

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    The quarterback from Bryson City, N.C. was well on his way to becoming one of the more prolific Vols in Tennessee history when he decided to forego his senior year in favor of the NFL. 

    Heath Shuler racked up 2,353 yards passing and 25 touchdowns thrown in 1993 on his way to SEC Player of the Year status. His 11 touchdowns rushing in 1992 is still the all-time Vols rushing touchdowns by a quarterback mark. Shuler threw a touchdown pass in 18 consecutive games as a Vol, a record that hasn't even been approached, much less broken. 

    Shuler finished second in the Heisman voting in 1993 after leading the Vols to a 19-5 record in two-plus seasons in Knoxville. Shuler was selected No. 3 overall by the Washington Redskins in the 1994 NFL Draft.

    While his NFL career didn't pan out quite like he had hoped (8-14 as a starter in three years with Washington and one with the New Orleans Saints), Shuler has answered a much higher calling. 

    Shuler is currently in his third term as US Congressman representing North Carolina's 11th district.

13. Tee Martin, QB

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    Tee Martin waited his turn. Peyton Manning's understudy in both '96 and '97, Martin was more than ready to take the reins as a junior in 1998. 

    In that '98 National Championship season, Martin set the SEC and NCAA records for consecutive completions in a game (23 vs. South Carolina) and a season (he completed his first pass against Alabama the following week to make it 24). 

    More importantly, Martin led the Vols to a 13-0 record in his first season as a starter. In just two seasons running the Vols offense, Martin racked up 5,206 offensive yards, which is good for sixth on the Vols' all-time list. Martin also ran for 16 touchdowns in his career, another UT record. 

    Martin was drafted by the Steelers in the fifth round of the 2000 NFL Draft, but he only played in three games in two seasons. Martin is currently the Kentucky Wildcats wide receivers coach. 

12. Leonard Little, DE/LB

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    Junior college transfer Leonard Little lit up opposing offenses no matter what position he played. Converted to middle linebacker from defensive end, where he had eight sacks, during his junior year, Leonard Little went on to become one of the more prolific defensive Vols in Tennessee history.

    Little finished second behind Reggie White on the all-time sacks list with 28. He holds Tennessee records for career tackles for loss and tackles for loss in a single game. 

    A third round draft pick in the 1998 NFL Draft, Little played 12 seasons with the Saint Louis Rams. 

11. Eric Berry, S

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    The most decorated safety in Tennessee history is Eric Berry. As a freshman in 2007, Berry burst onto the scene with his nose for the football and a penchant to knock ball carriers into oblivion. 

    Berry was a consensus All-American in his sophomore season, when he won the SEC Defensive Player of the Year award on a 5-7 football team. He was also a Jim Thorpe Award finalist that season before eventually winning the award in 2009. 

    Berry set SEC records for most interception return yards in a season ('08) and a career. He tallied seven interceptions in '08 and had 14 in his three year career. 

    Berry left for the NFL following his junior season. He was the fifth overall selection in the 2010 NFL Draft. The Kansas City Chiefs made Berry the highest paid safety in the history of football a few weeks later. He made the Pro Bowl in his rookie year. 

10. Bob Johnson, C

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    Center Bob Johnson was a two-time All-American at Tennessee. He actually finished sixth in the Heisman voting in 1967.

    Johnson was the first draft pick in the history of the expansion Cincinnati Bengals (No. 3 overall) in 1968.  

9. Travis Henry, RB

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    Taking over the bulk of the duties after Jamal Lewis tore his ACL in the 1998 season, Travis Henry would go on to become the top rusher in Tennessee history (3,078 yards). 

    Pairing with Jamal Lewis in 1999 and Travis Stephens in 2000, Henry was small and compact, but he could pack an incredible punch. 

    Lewis spent seven years in the NFL and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2002.

8. Gene McEver, HB

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    You don't get accolades like "the best player I ever coached... the best I ever saw" from General Robert Neyland and not end up in the top 10 players of all time at Tennessee. 

    McEver was the Vols' first inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954. 

    McEver is credited with bringing Tennessee into the national consciousness with his 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown and, later, the game-winning touchdown reception to knock off a heavily favored Alabama team in 1929. 

    McEver's 37 career rushing touchdowns is the all-time record at Tennessee.

7. Bobby Dodd, QB

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    Bobby Dodd's name is all over Georgia Tech records as one of the greatest coaches in history. As a player, however, Dodd's name was first revered as a Tennessee Vols quarterback. 

    Compiling a record of 27-1-2 at Tennessee, Dodd's teams were responsible for bringing Tennessee into the national spotlight for the first time. 

    Dodd was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as a player in 1959. 

6. Condredge Holloway, QB

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    Condredge Holloway's impact on Tennessee, the SEC and college football as a whole cannot be understated. In 1972, Holloway became the first black starting quarterback in the history of the SEC.

    Holloway is just 10th all time in career yards at Tennessee, but in his era, no one had seen anything like his ability. Nicknamed "The Artful Dodger," Holloway could not be contained by opposing defenses. 

    A two-sport star (baseball and football), some said Holloway could have played Major League Baseball. Holloway played both sports at Tennessee, but he went on to play professional football in the Canadian Football League. 

    Holloway was a four-time All-Star in the CFL. He was the Most Outstanding Player in the league in 1982 and led the Toronto Argonauts to the Grey Cup in 1983. Holloway was elected to the CFL Hall of Fame in 1999. 

5. Hank Lauricella, HB

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    Hank Lauricella was the best offensive player on some of the best Vols teams in history. 

    Lauricella rushed for 1,233 yards in the Vols' 1951 National Championship season. Later that year, Lauricella was runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. 

    Lauricella was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981. 

4. Johnny Majors, HB

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    As the Vols tailback from 1955-56, Johnny Majors won SEC Player of the Year both seasons. Majors was jilted by the Notre Dame-loving media when Paul Hornung, who played for a 2-8 Irish team, beat out the Tennessee running back for the Heisman. Hornung is the only player to win the Heisman while playing for a team with a losing record. 

    Majors rushed for 1,622 yards and threw for 1,135 yards in his Tennessee career. 

    He went on to become a National Champion head coach at Pitt before returning to Tennessee, where he compiled a 116-62-8 record in 15 seasons as the Vols head coach. 

3. Doug Atkins, DE

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    There are three numbers retired in Neyland Stadium. The numbers 91, 92 and 16 are forever enshrined in Vols lore. That No. 91 was arguably one of the greatest to step foot on campus in Knoxville. Doug Atkins was a member of the Vols 1951 National Championship team, and his Tennessee teams had a combined 29-3-1 record. 

    Atkins was the first player to be inducted into both the Pro and College Football Halls of Fame. He was named the SEC's Player of the Quarter Century (1950-74) by the Birmingham Quarterbacks Club. 

2. Reggie White, DE

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    Reggie White was the most prolific pass rusher in Tennessee history. All of his sack records have remained untouched for nearly 30 years. 

    In 1983, White was named SEC Player of the Year and he was a consensus All-American. 

    Nicknamed "Minister of Defense" for his outspoken faith, White went on to become the greatest pass rusher in NFL history with the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers. 

    White is also a member of both the Pro Football and College Football Halls of Fame. 

1. Peyton Manning, QB

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    Peyton Manning is the most prolific passer in the history of Tennessee football.

    Manning holds every important passing record at Tennessee. Manning's final three seasons at Tennessee was one of the best three year stretches in Vols history. Peyton was 39-6 as a starter in three-plus seasons.

    Known as Archie's son when he first committed to Tennessee in 1993, Peyton later would become the No. 1 pick in the '98 NFL Draft.

    He is widely considered as one of the greatest quarterbacks in the history of the NFL.


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