Vols Jersey Countdown #35

July 27, 2013

Player Spotlight
William Howard
Running Back (1984-87)

A four-year letterwinner and member of the 1985 Sugar Vols squad, William Howard was a key contributor at Tennessee before going on to play for two seasons in the NFL with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Lima, Ohio, native played 42 games at UT from 1984-87, rushing 398 times for 1,711 yards and 21 touchdowns, while catching 70 passes for 610 yards and one score. His best season came in 1986 when, despite playing in just eight contests, he was named second team All-SEC after rushing for 787 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Howard would go on to post two solid seasons in the NFL with the Bucs. In 31 career games, he carried the ball 223 times for 809 yards and averaged 7.0 yards per catch with 41 grabs for 285 yards.

Why I Wore the Number
Jack Patterson
Running Back (1963-65)
"As a child, my fondest memory was watching UT playbacks on Sunday nights with my Dad on a small black and white TV. Johnny Majors was my hero. I remember declaring every Sunday night to my Dad that someday I would play for UT. After my childhood dream came true, any number would have been magic to me. What was special about number 35 is that it was a white numeral on an orange fabric combination of colors that I held in reverence. Parenthetically, I recently spoke with Coach Majors. He reminded me that he had recruited me to play for him at Mississippi State, and I turned him down. My reply to him was, "Not so Coach. You recruited me to play for UT long before you began your coaching career!"

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