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Vols Jersey Countdown #30



Aug. 1, 2012


Timber Tops
#30
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Jim Weatherford
Defensive Back (1966-68)

Former Tennessee defensive back Jim Weatherford is the only Vol to earn All-America honors while wearing the number 30 for UT. His accolades came in 1968, the year between Doug Dickey's two SEC championships and the first season played on Neyland Stadium's artificial turf. One of the six Vols on the 1968 squad who would be named All-Americans during their careers, Weatherford helped the Tennessee defense post two shutouts and hold three other opponents to just a touchdown as the Vols went 8-2-1 on the year. The two-year starter was part of the initial stages of Tennessee's dominant defensive era. Following his career at Rocky Top, Weatherford was drafted in the 15th round of the 1969 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons.

WHY I WORE THE NUMBER
Shane Reveiz
Linebacker (2009-11)
"As a walk-on, you are not allowed to choose or debate over a number for your college career. In fact, walk-ons' locker numbers are assigned #100, 101, 102, etc. If a walk-on is selected to dress on gameday then you are assigned a certain number to wear with pride when you run through the T. I walked on to the University of Tennessee to earn a scholarship, earn a chance to play in Neyland Stadium, and earn my own number. Through God's blessings I achieved all three of those accomplishments. My career was very difficult yet rewarding. I wore several other numbers during my career and I shed blood, sweat, and tears to earn everything I received. I hope every walk-on puts forth that kind of effort when entering any athletic program. Number 30 was special to me because it made me realize all the hard work I put in to earn my own number and to wear that number with pride on Saturdays. I wish the best of luck to my former teammates. Earn and wear your number with pride. Go Vols!"

FAN FAVORITE 30s
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ALL-TIME 30s
Benn McFarlin - 1937
Harry Ford - 1939-40
Casey Stephenson - 1944-45
Bob Stewart - 1946-47
Jimmy Cameron - 1948
Jody Ellis - 1950
Ollie Keller - 1951
Tommy Priest - 1954-55
Neyle Sollee - 1957-59
Pat Canini - 1960-63
Tim Grizzell - 1965
Jim Weatherford - 1966-68
Gordon Turnage - 1969-72
David Parsons - 1974-76
Mike Gaiter - 1977-78
Junior Reid - 1979-80
Kenneth Cooper - 1982-83
B.B. Cooper - 1984
Cedric Kline - 1986-89
Marc Jones - 1990
Roc Powe - 1991-92
Charlie Garner - 1993
Cory Gaines - 1995-97
Andre Lott - 1998-01
Phillip Newman - 2003
Ryan Fusco - 2004
David Holbert - 2005-07
Shane Reveiz - 2009-11

BY THE NUMBERS
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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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