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Vols Jersey Countdown #52

July 10, 2013


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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