July 7, 2012
Defensive Tackle (2004-05)
Junior college transfer Jesse Mahelona burst onto the Tennessee football scene in a big way in 2004 being named All-America by The Sporting News. Showing an uncanny ability to disrupt opponent offenses, Mahelona had 18.5 tackles for loss to finish sixth on UT's season TFL chart. He is second on Tennessee ball-carrier loss charts with 13.5. Mahelona recorded multiple sacks in six games in 2004 and had five in an impressive outing against Notre Dame Nov. 6. He is the only player who wore No. 55 to be named an All-American. The late Mahelona played in the NFL with the Titans, Dolphins and Falcons before passing away in 2009.
Center (1974-76), Current Head Coach West Mesquite (Texas) HS
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