Vols Jersey Countdown #36

July 26, 2012

Timber Tops
Ed Molinski
Guard (1938-40)

During the days of the two-way player, Ed Molinski set the standard for linemen. He was a two-time All-American in 1939 and 1940. The 1939 team is the one that perhaps is remembered best. The Molinski-led defensive line set records galore for holding teams at bay, including the fewest yards allowed (1,023), lowest average per play allowed (2.2 yards) and lowest average per game allowed (103.3 yards). That team also did not allow a single point, a modern NCAA record. Molinski was named All-America in 1939 and 1940. Tennessee teams were a combined 31-2 with Molinski in the trenches, and the Vols finished first or tied for first in the SEC each year. Molinski became prominent physician in Memphis after graduation and served as team doctor for Mississippi State and Memphis State. He passed away on June 26, 1986.

Don McLeary
Running Back (1968-70)
"When I got to UT, I was a little fish in a big pond. I took the number 36 that they gave me and worked hard to make that number memorable. Working hard with great teammates and coaches made the number special to me. The best thing about wearing 36 was blocking for 31 (Curt Watson) and protecting 10 (Bobby Scott) on some very fine teams."

Bill Rudder
Fullback (1971-73)
"I wore number 36 because 3 and 6 were always my lucky numbers, and I felt very fortunate to be playing football at the University of Tennessee. Also to remind me if I got too big and slowed down I could be wearing 63."

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Ed Molinski - 1938,39,40
John Francis - 1941
Richard Jordan - 1942
George Kelly - 1944
Bob Lewis - 1945
John Francis - 1946,47
Clarence Hewgley - 1948
Gene Burgin - 1949
Vic Kolenik - 1952
Lon Herzbrun - 1955
Bill Gent - 1957
Ray Dalton - 1962
Jerry Smith - 1963
Tim Fell - 1964,65
Lee Mace - 1966
Don McLeary - 1968,69,70
Bill Rudder - 1971,72,73
Ricky Davis - 1974,75
Kelsey Finch - 1976,77,78
Roger Jordan - 1980,81 Pete Panuska - 1983,84,85,86
Mark Fletcher - 1988,89,90,91
Steve Johnson - 1993
Tory Edge - 1994,95,96
Michael Traa - 1997
Buck Fitzgerald - 1998,99,00,01
Dusty Ishii - 2003
Roshaun Fellows - 2004,05,06
Chad Cuningham - 2007
Anthony Anderson - 2008,09,10,11

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