Steve Kiner's outstanding play at linebacker fit the tradition Tennessee holds for the position. And while playing for the Volunteers, Kiner developed a tradition of his own - domination on the field.
His junior and senior seasons, Kiner took the nation by storm. He was named All-SEC and All-America in 1968 and 1969, making him Doug Dickey's first player to twice earn consensus recognition.
Kiner was SEC Defensive Player of the Year thanks in part to Tennessee's 41-14 victory over Alabama in 1969. The linebacker had five sacks, 11 tackles with five assists, four quarterback hurries, an interception and a forced fumble.
Kiner was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.
|Complete Defensive Stats were not kept until 1970|