July 12, 2013
College Football Hall of Famer Chip Kell set the standard for blocking guards at Tennessee by becoming a two-time All-American, a two-time Jacobs Trophy winner for being the SEC's best blocker and a three-time All-SEC member.
Kell manned the line that allowed Curt Watson to pace the Vols three straight years, including an 807-yard season in the 1969 SEC title year. In 1970, Kell helped block for the Vols to run for 2,365 yards, the most since 1951.
Kell's protection allowed the Vols to pass for 1,996 yards, the most in school history at that time. The Vols had eight 100-yard rushing games during Kell's junior and senior seasons
Continuing the tradition of stout linebackers, College Football Hall of Famer Frank Emanuel fulfilled the role valiantly for two years under coach Doug Dickey, earning All-America status his senior year of 1965.
Emanuel started his junior and senior seasons, Dickey's first two years commanding the Vols in which he eliminated the two-way player. That's when Emanuel flourished as the Vols went 8-1-2 and beat Tulsa in the Bluebonnet Bowl.
Tennessee's defense allowed only 98 points that season. The Vols haven't held their opponents to fewer points in a season since. In eight of the 11 games, Emanuel and the Vols held their opponent to a touchdown or less.
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