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Vols Jersey Countdown #26



Aug. 5, 2012


Timber Tops
#26
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Willie Gault
Wide Receiver (1980-82)

Willie Gault was in a class of his own, and his performances spoke for themselves. The speedy receiver earned All-America honors his senior season in 1982 after hauling in 50 receptions for 668 yards.

Gault, also a prolific hurdler and sprinter for Tennessee, finished his career with the Vols holding 12 school records in football and three in track and field.

Half of his football records were SEC records as well as he posted more total yards in kickoff returns (1,854) than in receiving (1,482) and returned five kickoffs for touchdowns in his career, including a school-record 100 yard return against Pittsburgh in 1980. For his career, Gault averaged 16.4 yards each time he touched the football and covered 2,513 total yards in returns.

The Big Orange legend was a first-round draft pick of the Chicago Bears in the 1983 draft and played in the NFL for 11 seasons for the Bears and Los Angeles Raiders. He was a member of the Bears team that won Super Bowl XX and was part of the team's highly-popular Super Bowl Shuffle rap song and video.

WHY I WORE THE NUMBER
Jim Watts
Defensive Back (1971-74)
"I was given number 26 because Tim Priest had worn the number a couple of years before. Being from Florida, I did not understand the significance and legacy of the number. It turned out that Tim coached the DBs on our freshman team as a GA and we formed a friendship. As I learned more about his qualities over the years, I was honored and respected wearing Tim's number."

FAN FAVORITE 26s
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ALL-TIME 26s
Frank Crawford - 1937
Wesley Ott - 1938
Bernard O'Neill - 1939-40,42
Hobart Jones - 1941
Bill Beeler - 1945
Alan Fielden - 1946-49
Frank Alexander - 1950-52
Frank Davis - 1958
Albert Dorsey - 1965-67
Tim Priest - 1968-70
Jim Watts - 1972-74
Chip Linebarier - 1975-78
Willie Gault - 1980-82
Vernon Bass - 1984-86
Beau Mainous - 1988
David Bennett - 1989-92
Shane Begnaud - 1994-97
Myles Atherton - 1998
Leonard Scott - 1999-02
Corey Campbell - 2004-05
Michael Odell - 2009
Daniel Lincoln - 2007-10
Derrick Brodus - 2011-12
Geraldo Orta - 2012

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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