Bob Suffridge was the best there was on some of Tennessee's best teams. And during the two-way playing days, "Suff" was dominant on both sides of the ball.
Suffridge is the Vols' only three-time All-America, earning the honors from 1938-40. UT never lost a regular season game during his career, collecting a 30-0 record.
His sophomore year, the speedy Suffridge anchored a dominant line that paved the way to an 11-0 finish. The 1939 season saw Suffridge help lead Tennessee to another undefeated regular season, one in which the Vols' defense did not allow a single point. Both years Tennessee was crowned conference champs and finished as the second-ranked team in the country.
Suffridge's senior year was just as impressive. He won the Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy as the nation's most outstanding collegiate lineman and was named MVP by the Atlanta Touchdown Club. Meanwhile, his blocking and tackling helped pave the way for a third consecutive undefeated regular season and a third consecutive SEC title. Again, he was named All-America and All-SEC as the Vols earned national champion status from two polls.
The Vols lost two games in Suffridge's three years, both being postseason bowls. In honor of his achievements, Suffridge became a member of the all-time AP All-America Team, the all-time All-SEC Team (1933-82) and the Half-Century All-America Team (1950). He also is a member of the 35-Year All-SEC Team named by the Atlanta Journal, the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Sugar Bowl, Rose Bowl and Orange Bowl halls of fame.