July 26, 2013
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.
Running Back (1968-70)
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