Vols Jersey Countdown #22

Aug. 9, 2012

Timber Tops
Richmond Flowers
Wingback (1966-68)

The versatile Richmond Flowers was one of the most exciting athletes to come to Tennessee, and left with the same title.

He garnered All-America honors his junior season in 1967 as wingback for the Vols. Although Flowers only carried the ball 10 times for 24 yards, the Montgomery, Ala., native led Tennessee with 41 receptions for 585 yards and four touchdowns.

Flowers, a world-class hurdler, missed the 1968 Olympics following a hamstring injury. Later that fall, he returned to the Vols and moved to tailback. His junior year was also his best at returning kicks with 173 total yards. Flowers finished with a career average of 21.6 yards on kickoff returns.

A stellar track star, Flowers won one NCAA title, six SEC championships and was a three-time All-American.

Drafted in the second round by Dallas in 1969, Flowers played five seasons in the NFL as a safety with the Cowboys (1969-71) and New York Giants (1971-73). He then spent one season in the World Football League (1975) before going to law school.

Matt Gurdak
Wide Receiver (2002)
"I walked on at Tennessee in the spring of 2000. I was assigned the number 22 and that number has stuck with me ever since. While at Tennessee, my dorm room number was 222, I got married on October 22nd and my wife's birthday is April 22nd. Also, one of my first jobs out of college, on the pay-stub I was employee number 22. So now the number 22 means everything to me and reminds me of my time at Tennessee...GO VOLS!"

Tweet @Vol_Football to let us know who your favorite player to wear No. 22 with the Vols was.

Thomas Harp - 1937
Johnny Butler - 1939-41
Junie Whittaker - 1942
Billy Carter - 1944
Ralph Chancey - 1946-49
Tommy Jumper - 1950-51
Frank McCroskey - 1952-53
Ron Meeks - 1954
Vic Micol - 1956
Billy Smith - 1960
Jackie Cotton - 1964-65
Richmond Flowers - 1966-68
Andy Bennett - 1969-71
Ricky Townsend - 1972-74
Marcus Starling - 1975-76
Wayne McCoy - 1977
Avery Huff - 1978-80
Charles Davis - 1983-86
Floyd Miley - 1988-91
Jessie Sanders - 1993-95
Corey Terry - 1997-98
Anthony Sessions - 1999-00
Matt Gurdak - 2002
Robert Boulware - 2002-04
LaMarcus Coker - 2006-07
David Harrington - 2009
Rod Wilks - 2008-12
Reggie Juin - 2010-12

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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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