Full name: Aaron Diarius Kirkland ... Spent last season learning Vol offensive system ... Could quickly advance on depth chart as perhaps most polished of tight end candidates ... Also saw practice time in 2002 at fullback position ... Coach Adkins' evaluation: "Aaron's a guy who has some athletic ability and good strength. I expect to see him contribute at this position in 2003." ... Born: July 13, 1983.
- Games/Started: 10/0 ... Saw extensive action on Vol special team units.
HIGH SCHOOL - Named to the All-America teams of PrepStar, Riddell Footwear, Borderwars.com and Max Emfinger ... Ranked as the No. 3 player in North Carolina by the Charlotte Observer ... Ranked as the No. 1 tight end in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar ... First-team All-State as a senior ... Also named All-Region in addition to being selected All-District and All-Area by the Fayetteville Observer in 2001 ... Named the state's No. 1 prospect by the Fayetteville Observer ... Midsouth All-Conference tight end and defensive end 2000 and 2001 ... Caught 11 passes for 179 yards and five touchdowns as a senior and recorded 101 tackles on defense ... Had 60 pancake blocks as a senior ... Elected captain and named team MVP in his junior and senior seasons ... Played in the North Carolina-South Carolina Shrine Bowl on both sides of the ball ... Three-year starter in basketball and selected All-Conference 2001 ...