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      Corey Larkins
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Opelika, Ala.

High School:
Opelika

Height / Weight:
5-8 / 205

Position:
TB

Experience:
3L

Full name: Corey LeVance Larkins ... Versatile veteran has spent time both at tailback and in secondary ... Coaching staff impressed with his leadership skills, both on and off field ... Also accomplished kick-return specialist who has moved among UT career leaders in both returns and yards ... Improved career numbers to 49 returns and 1,066 yards--ranking third and fourth, respectively, on UT charts--for a 21.8-yard average ... Missed last three weeks of 2004 spring drills with ankle injury ... Coach Taylor's evaluation: "Corey has been a pleasant surprise with his leadership, even in the spring when he was injured. He's the kind of runner who can take it the distance and who also catches the ball very well.." ... Born: Oct. 23, 1981.

CAREER -
Games/Started: 37/0 ...

2003 - Games/Started: 13/0 ... Was moved back to his original tailback position prior to the season after playing defensive back in 2002 ... Most of his touches came as a kick returner, as he racked up a total of 341 yards on 17 returns ... Improved his career numbers to 47 returns for 1,020 yards--ranking third and fourth, respectively, on UT charts--for a 21.7-yard average ... Had four carries and a 24-yard kick return in Tennessee's victory over Fresno State ... Returned three kicks for a total of 44 yards during the Vols' win at No. 17 Florida ... Fielded three kickoffs against South Carolina for 75 yards, including a 33-yard return ... Had four rushing attempts for 44 yards vs. Alabama, including a strong effort in overtime ... Also returned three kicks for 69 yards against the Tide ... Against Duke, had a critical fumble recovery on a fourth-quarter Blue Devil punt return, leading to UT's first touchdown of the game ... Returned two kickoffs for 41 yards against Miami ... Racked up 41 all-purpose yards vs. Mississippi State ... Had one rush for 22 yards, one reception for 40 yards and one kickoff return for 15 yards in the victory over Vanderbilt ... Finished the regular season with four special-teams tackles.


2002 - Games/Started: 13/0 ... Played a vital role in Vols' secondary rotation during the season ... Finished the regular season with 11 tackles and broke up six passes ... Also led the Vols in kickoff returns ... Had 24 returns for 585 yards ... season best return of 70 yards against Wyoming eventually resulted in a field goal for the Vols ... Also returned three punts during the season including one return for 41 yards against Georgia.

2001 - Games/Started: 11/0 ... Started the season at tailback ... Scored two touchdowns in season opener versus Syracuse ... One came on a 38-yard scamper ... Finished the game with 59 yards on five carries ... Switched to defensive back midway through the season to provide depth ... Key contributor on special teams as he was a member of both the kickoff coverage team and kick return team ... Returned three kicks during the season ... Season long went for 23 yards against Florida.

2000 - Redshirted ...

HIGH SCHOOL - PrepStar All-Southeast region .... Missed most of his senior year with a knee injury, but rushed 23 times for 300 yards and five scores ... Also caught three TD passes ... Was an All-State and All-Area pick as a junior ... Helped his team to 11-1 records in 1998 and 1999 ... A three-year starter at running back and free safety ... Excelled in track, winning the Alabama state title in the 100 meters as a junior ... Also played basketball as a sophomore ... Coach at Opelika High School: Spence McCracken.

DEFENSIVE STATISTICS
TOT
FUM
FUM
Class/Year
UT
AT
HITS
REC
CAU
TFL
PBU
INT
Fr. 2001
1
2
3
0
0
0
0
0
So. 2002
7
6
13
0
0
0
6
0
Jr. 2003
1
3
4
1
0
0
0
0
TOTALS
9
11
20
1
0
0
6
0
RUSHING STATISTICS
Class/Year
NO
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Fr. 2001
17
78
4.6
2
38-SU
Jr. 2003
23
114
5.0
0
23-UA
TOTALS
40
192
4.8
2
38-SU

KICKOFF RETURN STATISTICS
Class/Year
NO
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Fr. 2001
4
68
17.0
0
28-LSU2
So. 2002
26
611
23.5
0
70-Wyoming
Jr. 2003
19
387
20.4
0
33-2x
TOTALS
49
1066
21.7
0
70-Wyoming

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