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Vols Jersey Countdown #57

July 5, 2013


Player Spotlight
Steve Kiner
Linebacker (1967-69)

Steve Kiner's outstanding play at linebacker fits the tradition Tennessee holds for the position. And while playing for the Volunteers, Kiner developed a tradition of his own - domination on the field. His junior and senior seasons, Kiner took the nation by storm. He was named All-SEC and All-America in 1968 and 1969, making him Doug Dickey's first player to twice earn consensus recognition. Kiner was SEC Defensive Player of the Year thanks in part to Tennessee's 41-14 victory over Alabama in 1969. The linebacker had five sacks, 11 tackles with five assists, four quarterback hurries, an interception and a forced fumble. Kiner was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999.

Player Spotlight
Jamie Rotella
Linebacker (1970-72)

Jamie Rotella became the sixth Tennessee linebacker to earn All-America status in seven years following his senior campaign in 1972 despite his name missing on preseason predictions. Nobody predicted the greatness of his tackling ability. After making 112 tackles as a sophomore and 111 as a junior, Rotella dominated on the defensive side his senior year and collected 190 total tackles at linebacker. His 413 career tackles were good enough to destroy the school record, although it has since been broken. However, Rotella earned his total in just three years of varsity play. He topped the single-season Tennessee list of tackle assists with 90 in 1972.

Why I Wore the Number
Ron McCartney
Linebacker (1973-75)
"My number was 57 and it was special to me because all the great Tennessee linebackers wore that number."
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