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Vols Jersey Countdown #55



July 7, 2012


Timber Tops
#55
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Jesse Mahelona
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.

WHY I WORE THE NUMBER
Mike Overton
Center (1974-76), Current Head Coach West Mesquite (Texas) HS
"I wore No. 55 because it was the number I wore in High School. Also, I was born in 1955."
FAN FAVORITE 55s
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ALL-TIME 55s
William Sanders - 1937
Ray Graves - 1939,40,41
Mason Propps - 1942
David Bailey - 1944
Earle Brown - 1945
George Kelly - 1946
Frank Trubits - 1950,51
John Miltenis - 1952
Ronald Meeks - 1953
Lamar Leachman - 1955
Ray Moss - 1956,57,58,59
Mike Lucci - 1960,61
Tom Fisher - 1963,64,65
Doug Archibald - 1966
Clifton Stewart - 1967
Dave Filson - 1968,69
John Nix - 1970
Art Reynolds - 1971,72,73
Mike Overton - 1974,75,76
Craig Cantrell - 1979,80,81
Dale Sanderson - 1982,83
Bryan Kimbro - 1985,86,87,88
Ryan Peterson - 1990,91,92,93
Ron Green - 1995,96,97,98
Clay Bostic - 1999
Terriea Smalls - 2000,01,02,03
Jesse Mahelona - 2004,05
Dan Williams - 2006,07,08,09
Jacques Smith - 2010,11

BY THE NUMBERS
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