Dan Williams (55)
Jan. 29, 2010
Five Tennessee footballers who recently completed their collegiate careers are participating in a pair of upcoming all-star competitions.
Morgan Cox, Chris Scott and Dan Williams are playing in the Senior Bowl on Saturday in Mobile, Ala. (3 p.m. Central, CBS College Sports), while Jonathan Crompton and Vladimir Richard are suiting up for the Texas vs. The Nation contest Feb. 6 from El Paso (noon Mountain, NFL Network).
Crompton is coming off an outstanding senior season. He finished third in the SEC in passing yards per game, completing 58.3 percent of his throws for exactly 2,800 yards and 27 touchdowns against only 13 interceptions. His passing yardage total was the eighth best season mark in Tennessee history.
Richard started three games this season for the Vols and finished with nine career starts. He was part of an offensive line rotation that allowed only 12 sacks during the regular season and sparked teammate Montario Hardesty to a career-high 1,345 rushing yards.
Cox handled Tennessee's snapping duties for punts, extra points and field goals for three full seasons. He was a later addition to the Senior Bowl roster, but certainly has taken advantage of the opportunity this week to impress the professional scouts.
Scott played in last Saturday's East-West Shrine Game in Orlando before being a late addition to the Senior Bowl roster. He was named an All-SEC second team performer by both the league coaches and writers, and finished as one of three UT offensive linemen to start every game of 2009.
Williams capped his finest collegiate season by earning All-SEC first team honors from the Associated Press and a second-team nod by the league's coaches. His nine tackles for loss paced the Vols, as did his nine quarterback hurries. Williams finished the year third on the team with 70 tackles.
VOLS' RECENT SUPER BOWL STREAK LONGEST IN SEC HISTORY
Tennessee's streak of 17 consecutive seasons with a player in the Super Bowl ended last year when neither the Pittsburgh Steelers nor Arizona Cardinals had a former Vol in uniform. This year, UT has started another streak with four representatives set to appear Feb. 7 in Miami.
Cornerback Jabari Greer, wide receiver Robert Meachem and linebacker Marvin Mitchell are wearing the colors of the New Orleans Saints, while Peyton Manning is guiding the Indianapolis Colts from the quarterback position. Tennessee will have had a former player in the Super Bowl for 18 of the last 19, 21 of the last 23 and 32 of the overall 44 Super Bowls.
UT's streak of 17 consecutive seasons with a player in the Super Bowl is an SEC high, according to league figures. See the chart below.
SEC Teams Longest Streak of Former Players in Super Bowl
Tennessee (17 years: 1993-2008)
Alabama (12 years: 1983-94)
Georgia (9 years: 2002-2010)
LSU (9 years: 2002-2010)
Georgia (8 years: 1985-92)
Georgia (8 years: 1971-78)
Kentucky (7 years: 1968-74)
Kentucky (6 years: 1991-96)
Florida (6 years: 2005-2010)
Georgia (6 years: 1995-2000)
Auburn (5 years: 1970-74; 1992-96)