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Vols Jersey Countdown #86

June 6, 2013


Player Spotlight
Andy Kozar
Fullback (1949-52)

A member of the Vols' 1951 national championship team, Andy Kozar was a three year starter at fullback for the Vols from 1950-52, averaging more than five yards per carry for a career that included 27 touchdowns and 1,837 rushing yards on 350 carries. A native of St. Michael, Pa., he led the team in scoring two years and was named the Most Outstanding Back of the 1951 Cotton Bowl. Kozar was named All-SEC in 1952 and, despite an injury that caused him to miss the season's final two games, made the Associated Press second team All-America listing. After his UT playing days, Kozar served in the U.S. Army from 1953-55. He returned to the gridiron with the Chicago Bears in 1955 but after a brief stint decided to turn his energy and intelligence toward academic endeavors as he re-entered school and earned his master's (1957) and Ph.D. (1961) at the University of Michigan, where he also served on the faculty in physical education. In 1966, Kozar returned to UT to become head of the Men's Physical Education Program. He served in that role until 1974, when he decided his true passion was teaching. He was designated the prestigious title of University Professor and remained part of UT's Exercise Science Department for 25 years. In 1978, Kozar was honored as an NCAA Silver Anniversary Award winner, presented to former athletes who have distinguished careers in other fields. Honors continued to come his way as he was named to the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1979, the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame in 1989 and the Cotton Bowl Hall of Fame in 2005. In 2002, Kozar authored the book" Football as a War Game--The Annotated Journals of General R.R. Neyland." He passed away in 2010 in Knoxville.

Why I Wore the Number
Mike Stratton
Left End (1959-61)
"My number 86 was special to me because Buddy Cruze, who I got to watch for the three or four years while in high school, wore 86. I thought surely I would like to be as good as Buddy Cruze."
Why I Wore the Number
Terry Dalton
Wide Receiver (1965-68)
"For the fans, a player's number is a way to individually recognize a player. For me, number 86 designated my inclusion into the most elite group of people I have ever known. What we accomplished together as a team was awesome. There was leadership both off the field as well as on the field, unbelievable coaching talent and an overwhelming desire among all to uphold the pride of the University of Tennessee."
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