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Happy Birthday - Oct. 9: #VFL Hank Lauricella



Happy Birthday to Tennessee football legend Hank Lauricella, who turns 83 on Oct. 9.

Lauricella was "Mr. Everything" during one of the most prominent stretches in UT football history, His small stature - 5-foot-11, 175 pounds - fit the mold of a Tennessee tailback in Gen. Robert R. Neyland's single-wing attack.

The 1948 recruits have been called the best freshmen class in Vol history, and it is hard to argue.

By his 1950 sophomore campaign, Lauricella called all the plays as the tailback and also played safety. He earned All-SEC honors, but his best was yet to come.

In the 1951 Cotton Bowl against Texas, Lauricella set up Tennessee's first score with perhaps the most memorable run in school history. From the Vols' 20-yard line, Lauricella knifed his way through the Longhorns' defense and reversed field three times to allow for blocking help before finally being brought down at the Texas 5. The 75-yard run led to the Vols' first touchdown in a 20-14 win. Lauricella finished with 131 yards on the day.

He was named All-SEC and All-America in 1951, averaging 7.9 yards per carry in leading the Vols to a 10-0 regular season. Tennessee was named national champions prior to its Sugar Bowl appearance and Lauricella finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting.

During his career, Lauricella helped UT to a 28-4-1 overall record, including a streak of 20 consecutive wins. He led the team in passing, rushing, total offense and punting his junior and senior seasons.

Lauricella later was elected to the Louisiana State House (8 years) and Senate (24 years).

Happy Birthday - Oct. 8: Cheyenne Spade, Carl Svagerko

On Oct. 8, we wish Happy Birthday to UT soccer forward Cheyenne Spade and Vols' swimmer Carl Svagerko.

Cheyenne Spade Carl Svagerko
Happy Birthday on Oct. 7 to current women's tennis freshman Laurence GuevremontAlso celebrating a birthday today are former Vol football long snapper Nick Guess, former men's pole vaulter Robert Rasnick and former baseball pitcher Rich DeLucia, who went on to pitch for the Seattle Mariners, Cincinnati Reds, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Anaheim Angels and Cleveland Indians from 1990-99.

Laurence Guevremont Nick Guess Robert Rasnick




Happy Birthday - Oct. 6: Glenn Jeffries, Faith Johnson, Katie Lenz

On Oct. 6, we celebrate the birthday of the Vols' oldest living letterman Glenn Jeffries, who turns 99 today! Jeffries was a javelin thrower on the Tennessee track & field team from 1934-37. 

We also wish Happy Birthday to Lady Vol swimmer and NCAA relay champion Faith Johnson and senior soccer player Katie Lenz.

Faith Johnson Katie Lenz

Happy Birthday - Oct. 5: Devaun Swafford

On a football Saturday in October, we wish Happy Birthday to freshman defensive back and Kingsport native Devaun Swafford

Devaun Swafford

Happy Birthday - Oct. 4: Bowden Wyatt

A legendary player at Tennessee and former head coach Bowden Wyatt, a College Football Hall of Famer, would have turned 96 years old on Oct. 4, as he was born in 1917. Bowden passed away in 1969 at the age of 51. Wyatt led the Vols to a 49-29-4 record in eight seasons, winning the SEC Championship in 1956.


Happy Birthday - Oct. 2: Chaz Vesser

On Oct. 2, we celebrate the birthday of Tennessee baseball newcomer and Alcoa native Chaz Vesser.

Happy Birthday - Oct. 1: Emily Morrow & Sam Winterbotham

On the first day of October, we'd like to wish a Happy Birthday to freshman Tennessee soccer player Emily Morrow and head men's tennis coach Sam Winterbotham.

Emily Morrow Sam Winterbotham

Happy Birthday - Sept. 30: C. Burdick, T. Callahan, A. Carson, F. Weary

On Sept. 30, we celebrate the birthdays of Lady Vol hoops forward Cierra Burdick and Vols' defensive lineman Allan Carson.

Cierra Burdick Allan Carson

We would also like to wish Happy Birthday to former Tennessee softball standout Tonya Callahan and former Vols football star offensive lineman Fred Weary.

 Tonya Callahan 

Happy Birthday - Sept. 29: Jasmine Jones, Rawane "Pops" Ndiaye

On Sept. 29, we wish Happy Birthday to two Tennessee basketball players - Lady Vol sophomore forward Jasmine Jones and Vol hoops center Rawane "Pops" Ndiaye.

Jasmine Jones Rawane Ndiaye

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