Vols Jersey Countdown #36

July 26, 2013

Player Spotlight
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.

Why I Wore the Number
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."

Why I Wore the Number
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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