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Jackie Walker
1970, 1971
Linebacker
Knoxville

Jackie Walker refined the role of linebacker at Tennessee, turning it into a hard-hitting, yet sleek, position with his small body and skillful tactics.

Walker was a two-time All-America for the Vols his junior and senior years. In 1970, Tennessee's daunting defense collected 36 interceptions for a seemingly untouchable school record. Walker led the Vols with 82 tackles and 42 assists.

He finished his career with 11 interceptions, more than anyone who wasn't a defensive back during his time. He returned those picks for 281 yards and a then-NCAA record five touchdowns. The 281 interception return yards ranked fourth at the time on Tennessee's all-time chart behind three defensive backs - all his teammates.

CAREER DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
Class/Year UT AT Total Hits FR FC Sacks TFL INT
Sophomore 1969 NA NA NA NA NA NA NA 2
Junior 1970 86 46 132 1 3 3 0 5
Senior 1971 74 52 126 3 3 0 0 4
Totals 160 98 158 4 6 3 0 11
 
 

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