Robert Meachem made the most of his one season as a Tennessee starter, setting a school record for receiving yards in a season and earning All-America honors from three different publications. He caught 71 passes for 1,298 yards in 2006 and finished the season leading the SEC in receiving yards per game with 99.8.
His two best performances that season came in big games. He caught five passes for 182 yards and two scores in the Vols’ opener vs. California, and he hauled in five passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns vs. LSU. He was named All-SEC by the league’s coaches and the Associated Press after the season.
Meachem led Tennessee in catches (29) and receiving yards (383) in 2005, despite only starting two games. He also led the Vols in receiving yards (459) and yards per catch (18.4) in a reserve role in 2004.
He is only one of six Volunteers to top the 2,000-yard mark in his career. He ranked fourth all-time in receiving yardage (2,140), fifth in receptions (125) and fifth in receiving touchdowns (17) when he left Rocky Top for the NFL in 2006.