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Paul Naumoff
1966
Linebacker
Columbus, Ohio

Paul Naumoff earned All-America honors his senior year of 1966 after moving from defensive end to linebacker under coach Doug Dickey.

He entered the season as a favorite for national notoriety on the line, but volunteered to change positions as co-captain of the team after linebacker Tom Fisher's sudden death by automobile accident earlier in the year.

Helping the Vols to consecutive eight-win seasons, Naumoff is perhaps best remembered for tackling Syracuse's Larry Csonka in the 1966 Gator Bowl to keep the superstar from scoring and preserving Tennessee's 18-12 win. The victory gave Tennessee an 8-3 record and helped set the stage for the Vols' first SEC title in nine years the following season.

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