June 21, 2012
The only Tennessee player to ever earn All-America honors while wearing number 71, Darris McCord captained the 1954 squad that went 4-6 under second-year head coach Harvey Robinson. The tackle played on both the offensive and defensive lines after Robinson switched back to the old two-way player system. Robinson looked for leadership from McCord, and found it in a steady blocker on the offensive end and a brute tackler in contrast. His hard work and grit earned him All-American status from the Football Writers Association of America in 1954 before embarking on 13-year NFL career with the Detroit Lions.
Defensive Line (1997)
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