Vols Jersey Countdown #24

Aug. 7, 2012

Timber Tops
Tony Thompson
Running Back (1987-90)

Tony Thompson came to the Vols from Lake Wales, Fla., and proved his worth whenever his number was called. He had 124 yards against Memphis in 1988 when Reggie Cobb went down, 128 yards against Vanderbilt in 1989 when Chuck Webb was injured and, when Webb was lost for the season in the second game of 1990, Tony stepped to the front and led the SEC in rushing with 1,261 yards en route to first-team all-conference honors. He had the game-winning score with 31 seconds remaining in the 1991 Sugar Bowl against Virginia and was captain of the 1990 team.

Thompson earned his bachelors degree in mathematics in 1992 and his MBA in 1995, both from UT, and is now the president of Thompson Services Group in Newbury Park, Calif.

Aaron Hayden
Running Back (1992-94)
"I wore number 24 because it was the first number I ever wore in Little League. I wore it in high school, college and the NFL. When I was deciding where to go to college, Tony Thompson was graduating and the number 24 was available. That was actually part of my decision to become a Vol."

Tweet @Vol_Football to let us know who your favorite player to wear No. 24 with the Vols was.

Gerald Hendricks - 1937-38
Albert Hust - 1940-42
Red Arnold - 1945
Billy Joe Rowan - 1946-47
Jerry Hyde - 1951-53
Bobby Jones - 1957
George Shuford - 1961-62
Mike Reynolds - 1963
Doug Archibald - 1964-65
Lanny Pearce - 1967
Haskel Stanback - 1971-73
Eddie Lawson - 1974
Glen Powers - 1975
Frank Foxx - 1976-78
Clyde Duncan - 1980-83
Tony Thompson - 1987-90
Aaron Hayden - 1992-94
Shawn Bryson - 1996-98
Charles Small - 2000-02
Andy Kerr - 2003
Antwan Stewart - 2004-06
DeAngelo Willingham - 2008
Corey Eichholtz - 2010
Eric Gordon - 2009-12
Deanthonie Summerhill - 2011-12

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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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