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Vols Jersey Countdown #52



July 10, 2012


Timber Tops
#52
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Jackie Walker
Linebacker (1969-71)

Jackie Walker refined the role of linebacker at Tennessee, turning it into a hard-hitting, yet sleek, position with his small body and skillful tactics. Walker was a two-time All-American for the Vols his junior and senior years. In 1970, UT's daunting defense collected 36 interceptions for a seemingly untouchable school record. Walker led the Vols with 82 tackles and 42 assists. He finished his career with 11 interceptions, more than anyone who wasn't a defensive back during his time. He returned those picks for 281 yards and five touchdowns. The 281 yards ranked fourth at the time on Tennessee's all-time chart behind three defensive backs - all his teammates.

WHY I WORE THE NUMBER
Jack Jolley
Center (1979-80)
"As a walk on my freshman year, I was given a number from the legend status, number 72 of George Cafego. I was more than OK with this bit of Tennessee Folklore on my uniform every Saturday. But being a walk on, I could not be picky, therefore, my sophomore year, a new number come my way ... number 55. For a long snapper, a good solid number. However, still a walk on and still at the bottom of the clout poll, number 55 went to a highly recruited player. The junior and senior campaign saw some stability kick in for a jersey number. I was issued number 52. Not sure how the staff arrived at the number, but it stuck with me. As a matter of fact, my South Carolina license plate still promotes the same number to this day...VOLS 52. I feel very fortunate to tell folks that I played for the Vols, but not too many folks can say they had three different numbers, including a college football Hall of Famer. This story still gives me goose bumps sharing the sequence of jersey numbers while playing for the VOLS."
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ALL-TIME 52s
William Leffler - 1937
Hodges West - 1938,39,40
Eugene Field - 1941
Joe Steffy - 1944
Howard O'Neal - 1946
Dennis Babb - 1949
Lawrence Crowson - 1951
Larry Crowson - 1952
Ray Brann - 1956,57,58
Warren Blankenship - 1959,60,61
Joe DeMelfi - 1962
Rod Harkleroad - 1964,65,66
Tod Denny - 1967
Larry Johnston - 1968
Jackie Walker - 1969,70,71
Paul Johnson - 1973,74,75
Lyonel Stewart - 1976,77,78
Jack Jolley - 1979,80
Raleigh McKenzie - 1982,83,84
Milton Gordon - 1986
Tony Clemmons - 1988,89
Craig Martin - 1990,91
Mark Holland - 1993,94
Mark Ingram - 1995,96
Kevin Gregory - 1997
Cosey Coleman - 1998,99
Brian Word - 2000,01
Rob Smith - 2003,04,05
Victor Thomas - 2007,08,09,10
Christian Harris - 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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