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Vols Jersey Countdown #32

July 30, 2013


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Bill Nowling
Back (1940-42)

No. 32 was worn by Bill Nowling (Aug. 8, 1920 -- Aug. 9, 1944), a fullback 1940-42, from St. Petersburg, Fla., a three-year starter under Robert Neyland and John Barnhill. Nowling started for three years for the Vols at fullback, and played in the backfield for the 1940 national championship team coached by Gen. Robert Neyland. The Vols lost just four games during Nowling's three-year career at Rocky Top, and the '40 team also added an SEC title to the trophy case.

Nowling and fellow Vols Rudy Klarer, Willis Tucker and Clyde Fuson lost their lives fighting for America in World War II. Their numbers, including 32, were officially retired in 2006 prior to the Air Force game.

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