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Vols Jersey Countdown #19

Aug. 12, 2013


Player Spotlight
Jeff Francis
Quarterback (1985-88)

A three-year starter at quarterback for the Vols from 1986-88, Jeff Francis threw for 5,867 career yards and 31 touchdowns to rank fifth on the UT all-time passing yardage chart. He finished his career in 1988 as the Vols' all-time career passing yardage leader.

Francis was named Most Valuable Player for his performance in the 1986 Liberty Bowl versus Minnesota and helped guide Tennessee to a 10-2-1 record and a victory over Indiana in the Peach Bowl as a junior. A four-year letterman, Francis was a backup quarterback on Tennessee's 1985 SEC championship team.

Why I Wore the Number
Devrin Young
Running Back/Wide Receiver(2011-pres.)
"I just took number 19 as an opportunity to put it on the map. When you see number 19 no one significantly stands out to you, so I just took it as an opportunity to make it known. Hopefully, I'm able to put good thoughts into people's minds when they see the number 19."
Why I Wore the Number
Johnny Watts
Defensive Back(1977-79)
"I was a walk on in 1975 and 1976. Coach Majors came to town for the 1977 season and I got my shot, mostly on special teams and limited action at defensive back. I was called into Coach Major's office before our Monday night practice for Vandy. I had a good game against Kentucky when our cornerback was injured late in the game, forcing a fumble that gave us a chance to win and Coach Majors told me he was putting me on scholarship and I was first team. When I first walked on in 1975 it was the first year the NCAA limited scholarships to 30 a year. We had 98 walk ons that year and 30 scholarships. To earn a ride for the next three years and play was the best. I lettered the next two years and we went to Houston for the Bluebonnet bowl. I wore number 19 proud. Really any number would have been great, but number 19 was MINE!"
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