July 10, 2012
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.
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