Vols Jersey Countdown #25

Aug. 6, 2013

Player Spotlight
Jay Graham
Running Back (1993-96)

One of the most accomplished running backs in Tennessee history, as a player for Tennessee, Graham rushed for 2,609 yards from 1993-96 and ranks seventh all-time on the Vols' career rushing chart.

His most prolific season was in 1995, when he rushed for 1,438 yards on 272 carries, the second-highest rushing total in a season in UT history and the third-most attempts by a Vol running back in one year. Graham earned All-SEC Second Team honors as both a junior and a senior in 1995 and 1996, respectively, and helped the Vols to three bowl victories.

Graham's 1995 total of 11 100-yard games is the most in Tennessee history in a single season and included a school-record nine consecutive 100-yard rushing efforts. He also posted 14 100-yard games in his Tennessee career, a total that ranks only behind Travis Henry (15) in school history. Additionally, Graham's 25 rushing touchdowns rank tied for ninth on the Tennessee career list, and he rushed for a career-high 211 yards against Vanderbilt on Nov. 25, 1995.

A third-round pick of the Baltimore Ravens in 1997, Graham spent six seasons in the NFL, including four with the Ravens (1997-2000) and single seasons with the Seattle Seahawks (2001) and Green Bay Packers (2002).

In 2004, Graham returned to Knoxville and graduated with a degree in psychology. He also served the 2005 season as a graduate assistant on the Vols staff and completed his master's degree in sports management from UT in 2008. In addition to stints at South Carolina (2009-11), his graduate assistant and season at Tennessee on the Vols staff (2012), Graham has also served as an assistant coach at Miami, Ohio (2008), UT-Martin (2007), the University of San Diego (2007), and UT Chattanooga (2006).

Why I Wore the Number
Richie Noe
Linebacker 1992
"I wore #25 my senior season. Roger Frazier let me change my number because he knew how I was affected by the death of my close friend and cousin Pat Sharp. He wore number 2 his senior year of baseball at Anderson County High School and died on Christmas Day in 1991 from injuries sustained in a car accident. With his passing on December "25" it seemed very appropriate for me to change my number. When I asked Fraz and Max about it, they made it happen. I was grateful for number 25, but my first request was just to ensure I had a number 2 on my uniform so that I could honor my friend and our family for Pat."
Why I Wore the Number
Jeremy Lincoln
Defensive Back (1988-91)
"The memories of wearing the 'T' on my helmet run so deep. Wearing the number 25 was new to me since I had wore the number 1 in high school. My attitude was that just as I made that number great in high school, I will make sure the Vol Nation knows that the number 25 gave his all and would make a name for himself. I believe 'the Miracle in South Bend' would be forever etched in Tennessee Football history for the resilience we showed in making that historic comeback and then having number 25 make the final play that fans would remember forever!"

Fan Favorite 25s

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