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Vols Jersey Countdown #66



June 26, 2012


Timber Tops
#66
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Bill Johnson
Guard (1955-57)

Bill Johnson helped usher in the Bowden Wyatt coaching era with three consecutive winning seasons and an SEC Championship. After a 6-3-1 season, Johnson was Wyatt's starting guard in 1956 and 1957. The lineman pushed Tennessee to the national spotlight his junior season as the Vols finished with an undefeated regular season and won the SEC as the nation's second-ranked team. But the next year, Johnson earned national notoriety himself when he was given All-America status. On the defensive side, Johnson helped hold UT opponents to 109 pass attempts for just 501 yards on the season, both school records.

WHY I WORE THE NUMBER
Cody Sullins
Center (2007-09)
"I was very proud to finally have my number 66. I came to Tennessee as a walk-on for the 2005 season and dressed out in four games that year. I made the travel squad during the 2006 season and again in the 2007 season and each time I had a different number for each season. Each spring and fall, I kept wondering what new number the equipment staff would give me. The equipment staff gave me number 66 at the start of spring practice in 2007 and for the season that fall, but I wasn't sure if I would get to keep the number for the rest of my career at Tennessee. It was somewhat disheartening not being able to have that identity of your own number. People on the street would ask, "Do you play for Tennessee?" Then I would proudly say, "Yes I do." And it was almost certain that next would come, "What number are you?" I would respond with whatever number I wore last season, not knowing if my number would be the same next year. Also, signing autographs became tough as well because you had to make sure you were signing the right number next to your name. It wasn't until the fall of 2008 when I knew that #66 was going to be my number. That August during camp, Coach Fulmer awarded me with an athletic scholarship. It was one of the proudest moments of my life, but not quite as proud as being selected as the starting center for the 2009 season and playing alongside my brother Cory throughout the season. It was really just a dream come true."
FAN FAVORITE 66s
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ALL-TIME 66s

Emil Hust - 1939-41

Royal Price - 1942, 46-47

Robert Olafson - 1944-45

Harold Johnson - 1948, 50

Bill Dukes - 1951

Jim Demo - 1953

Bill Johnson - 1955-57

Ken Sadler - 1959

Bob Dalton - 1960-63

Sam Robertson - 1964-65

Rick Marino - 1966-68

Richard Earl - 1970-71

Lee Hidinger - 1973-75

Brent Akin - 1976

Alan Lynn - 1977

Bill Christian - 1978-79

Severin Anderson - 1980-81

Ronnie Booker - 1982

Todd Kirk - 1984-87

Martin Williams - 1989

James Warren - 1990

Jason Layman - 1992-95

Thomas Stallworth - 1999

Sean Young - 2001-03

David Ligon - 2004-06

Cody Sullins - 2007-09

Marques Pair - 2011

BY THE NUMBERS
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Tennessee will open the 2012 campaign at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. To purchase tickets, visit UTTix.com or call the Tennessee ticket office at 1-800-332-VOLS.


 

 

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