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      Derrick Tinsley
Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Marietta, Ga.

High School:
Marietta

Weight:
195

Position:
WR

Experience:
3L

Full name: Derrick Jerome Tinsley ... This dangerous threat looks for breakout senior year in Tennessee offense ... Made most of first year at wide receiver by turning three of his seven pass receptions into touchdowns ... Moved to wide receiver in 2003 and found new home ... Always an intimidating runner from out of backfield, transfer was attempt by coaching staff to get ball in his hands more often in favorable matchups ... Earned SEC Special Teams Player of Week nod last year after recording two special teams tackles and recovering game-clinching fumble at Miami ... In addition, scored game's only touchdown on end around just before halftime ... Has 10 career touchdowns ... Continues to offer coaching staff flexibility thanks to his multiple skills ... Coach Washington's evaluation: "I think Derrick now feels better about playing receiver. He understands what we're trying to do both from a concept and technique standpoint." ... Born: Oct. 31, 1982

HONORS -
2003 SEC Special Teams Player of the Week (Nov. 8) CAREER - Games/Started: 39/0 ...

2003 -
Games/Started 13/0 ...
Saw action in every game ... His first touch of season came on special teams when he recovered blocked South Carolina punt on USC 10-yard line to set up Tennessee touchdown ... Had first two offensive touches of season vs. Alabama, taking reverse up right sideline for 28 yards and catching six-yard touchdown pass in traffic in first overtime ... Emerged as hero of Miami game, scoring contest's only touchdown on 2-yard reverse at end of first half, then recovering fumbled punt to ice win late in fourth quarter ... Named SEC Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts ... During win over Mississippi State, scored third touchdown in four games when he caught 12-yard scoring strike in first quarter ... Finished with 40 all-purpose yards against Bulldogs ... Had one rush, one reception and two punt returns (14 yards) vs. Vanderbilt ...

2002 - Games/Started 13/0 ... Lined up at tailback, in slot and at wide receiver during season ... Versatile back was Tennessee's third leading rusher with 202 yards, caught 20 passes for 256 yards and also threw touchdown pass at Georgia ... Five touchdown receptions tied for team lead ... Added five tackles on special teams play ... Averaged 6.1 yards every time he touched ball on offense ... Finished regular season with bang as he led Vols in both rushing and receiving versus Kentucky ... Carried ball eight times for 48 yards and caught four passes for 72 yards ... Two catches went for touchdowns ... Second touchdown reception came when he went against flow and caught pass on opposite side of field ... Nifty footwork down sideline enabled him to get into end zone ... Also tallied 48 rushing yards against Vanderbilt ... Added touchdown receptions against Florida, Rutgers and Georgia ... Threw for touchdown on halfback pass against Bulldogs ...

2001 - Games/Started: 13/0 ... One of talented trio of Tennessee freshmen running backs ... Started the season with four carries for 23 yards against Syracuse ... Had one run for 12 yards against the Orangemen ... Scored his first collegiate touchdown in Homecoming win over Memphis ... Carried the ball three consecutive times against the Tigers with the last rush going 16 yards for a score ... Made a nifty move in the Tiger secondary to break free for the score ... Also a key contributor on special teams ... Recorded nine tackles as a member of the punt coverage and kick coverage teams ... Also returned six kickoffs for 102 yards with a long of 22 yards.


HIGH SCHOOL - SuperPrep All-America ... First-team 5A All-State and "Marvelous Metro 11" by Atlanta Journal-Constitution ... Ran for more than 1,300 yards and 15 touchdowns as senior for 8-3 Marietta team that advanced to Class 5A playoffs ... Covered 40-yard dash in under 4.4 seconds ... Missed much of junior season after suffering broken ankle but posted excellent numbers before injury ... Coach at Marietta High School: James Friday.

KICKOFF RETURN STATISTICS
Class/Year
NO
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Fr. 2001
6
102
17.0
0
22-SC
So. 2002
1
13
13
0
13
TOTALS
7
115
16.4
0
22-SC
RUSHING STATISTICS
Class/Year
ATT
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Fr. 2001
10
59
5.9
1
16-UM
So. 2002
45
202
4.5
0
25-Ky.
Jr. 2003
6
67
11.2
1
28-UA
TOTALS
61
328
5.4
2
28-UA
RECEIVING STATISTICS
Class/Year
ATT
YDS
AVG
TD
LONG
Fr. 2001
2
10
5.0
0
7-UK
So. 2002
20
256
12.8
5
35-UK
Jr. 2003
7
68
9.7
3
18-DU
TOTALS
29
334
11.5
8
35-UK

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