Vols Jersey Countdown #81

June 11, 2013

Player Spotlight
Mychal Rivera
Tight End (2010-12)

The Vols never had an All-SEC selection to wear the No. 81, untilMychal Rivera earned the honor last season.

A John Mackey Award List Candidate in both 2011 and 2012, Rivera has finished his Vol career with 76 catches, including at least one catch in his last 18 games in a row, for 1,018 yards and six touchdowns, five in his senior season alone. In 2012, Rivera set a UT record for receiving yards by a tight end in a season with 562 in 2012, breaking Jason Witten's mark of 493 set in 2002.

Rivera is the second Vols tight end to have 1,000-plus receiving yards in a career, joining Reggie Harper who holds the tight end record of 1,141.

Why I Wore the Number
Mychal Rivera
Tight End (2010-12)
"I wear it because it was my high school number, and it's my favorite number. Growing up, I always enjoyed watching T.O. (Terrell Owens) make plays while wearing 81."
Why I Wore the Number
Jim McDonald
Defensive End 1966-68
"My favorite thing about wearing number 81 was I was always the last one out of the dressing room on gameday. Go Vols!"
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