Vols Jersey Countdown #33

July 29, 2012

Timber Tops
Keith DeLong
Linebacker (1985-88)

According to his coach, Johnny Majors, "they don't come any finer as a college performer than Keith DeLong." DeLong proved as much his senior year, his second consecutive season of leading the Vols in tackles - he had 159 as a senior and 125 as a junior. Despite the Vols finishing 5-6 in 1988, DeLong earned All-America status and was a finalist for the Butkus Award given annually to the nation's best collegiate linebacker. DeLong was a first-round pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1989 and went on to win Super Bowl XXIV with the Niners.

Bud Sherrod
End (1947-50)

Bud Sherrod was an All-America defensive end on the 1950 Vols' squad that went 11-1 and earned a national title from one poll. Many believed it was an even better squad than the 1951 consensus national champions. The quick Sherrod made for an extreme terror on the defensive line in contrast to his approximate 6-foot, 185-pound size. The two-time All-SEC selection helped the Vols shut down the Texas offense and hold on to a 20-14 win in the 1951 Cotton Bowl to cap the season. It was Tennessee's first bowl win in eight years.

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James Cowan - 1937,38
Dick Mulloy - 1939,40,41
Bill Hillman - 1942,46
Leonard Bellis - 1944,45
Bud Sherrod - 1947,48,49,50
Ray Byrd - 1951,52,53
Tom Tracy - 1954
Bob Glascott - 1955,57
Jack Nichols - 1960,61
Bruce Mulkey - 1962
John Pinkerton - 1964
Benny Dalton - 1966,67,68,69
Lamar Caldwell - 1970,71,72
Dan Fair - 1974,75,76
Gary Moore - 1977,78,79
John Brown - 1980
Johnnie Jones - 1982,83,84
Keith DeLong - 1985,86,87,88
Dewayne Dotson - 1990
James Stewart - 1992,93,94
Derrick Edmonds - 1997,98,99
Jabari Greer - 2001,02,03
Jonathan Hefney - 2005,06,07
Ja'Kouri Williams - 2008
Toney Williams - 2009,10
Nick Branum - 2011
Logan Honeycutt - 2011

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Tennessee will open the 2012 campaign at the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game against North Carolina State at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 31. To purchase tickets, visit UTTix.com or call the Tennessee ticket office at 1-800-332-VOLS.





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