According to his coach, Johnny Majors, "they don't come any finer as a college performer than Keith DeLong." DeLong proved as much his senior year, his second consecutive season of leading the Vols in tackles - he had 159 as a senior and 125 as a junior.
Despite the Vols finishing 5-6 in 1988, DeLong earned All-America status
and was a finalist for the Butkus Award given annually to the nation's
best collegiate linebacker.