The Vols are back in action today at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. To open the event on Wednesday, redshirt sophomore pole vaulter Tyler Porter recorded a lifetime best en route to a seventh-place finish. Just three years ago, Porter suffered a broken back during a competition before coming to Rocky Top. Check out this story on his journey to All-America status from his hometown newspaper.
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Also from the archives, May 11 was the day that former football player Clyde Fuson was born in 1923. "Ig" is one of seven Vols to have their number (No. 62) retired in football. He was one of four Vols to not return home from World War II and was memorialized along with Bill Nowling, Rudy Klarer and Willis Tucker. Fuson, a native of Middlesboro, Ky., and fullback on the 1942 team, who shared playing time with Nowling. Ig had a younger brother, Herschel (Ug) Fuson, who was a freshman on the 1942 team and transferred to West Point where he graduated.
On May 10, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols track & field performer Kevin Carney, who is currently working in the Thornton Center.
Also on May 10, two Tennessee legends were born.
Willis Tucker, who is one of seven Vols to have their number (No. 61) retired in football was born on May 10, 1918. Tucker was a graduate of Knoxville High School, who earned a Vol football letter in 1940 and was a sprint star on the Vol track team. He was one of four Vols to not return home from World War II and was memorialized along with Bill Nowling, Rudy Klarer and Clyde Fuson.
With the track & field program, Darius Pemberton was also born on May 10 in 1975. Pemberton was an SEC Indoor Champion in the long jump in 1995 with a jump of 26-5 1/2 as well as the 55-Meter hurdles with a time of 7.25 in 1995.
The No. 20 Vols and Lady Vols will be looking to continue their success at the country's most prestigious meet this week, the 119th edition of the Penn Relays. Joining the Big Orange at Franklin Field will be a slew of former standouts, including Justin Gatlin, DeeDee Trotter, Tianna Madison, Phoebe Wright and Chanelle Price, representing Team USA. Price, a native of Easton, Pa., recently discussed her current training on Rocky Top with her hometown newspaper. Also joining the Lady Vols in Philadelphia will be incoming commit and Washington Post All-Met Winter Track Athlete of the Year Felecia Majors. The multi-event talent talked about her ongoing journey to Rocky Top.