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Vols Jersey Countdown #14



Aug. 17, 2012


Timber Tops
#14
PLAYER SPOTLIGHT
Eric Berry
Defensive Back (2007-09)

In his three years at Tennessee, Eric Berry established himself as one of the best defensive backs in NCAA history, garnering unanimous All-America honors in both his sophomore and junior campaigns before leaving as the No. 5 overall pick in the NFL draft.

The 2009 Jim Thorpe Award winner, presented annually to the nation's top defensive back, left Rocky Top as the active NCAA leader and second in major college history with 494 interception return yards. He finished his career fifth in UT history with 14 interceptions and tied for sixth in total passes defended with 30.

Berry twice intercepted former Heisman Trophy winner Tim Tebow, with both picks coming at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, as he was the first player in Vol history to lead the team in interceptions three straight seasons.

The Fairburn, Ga., native also accumulated 245 total tackles, 17.5 tackles for loss, four fumble recoveries and two forced fumbles during his career at UT.

Berry started all 16 games in his first season in the NFL en route to becoming the first Chiefs rookie to be selected to the Pro Bowl since linebacker great Derrick Thomas. In addition to starting every game, Berry was on the field for almost half of Kansas City's special teams plays and was the only Chiefs defender to play every defensive snap, leading the squad in interceptions (4) and finishing second in both tackles (92) and solo tackles(77) behind only Derrick Johnson.

Berry suffered a torn ACL on Sept. 11, 2011, but is expected to return for the start of the 2012 NFL season.

WHY I WEAR THE NUMBER
Justin Worley
Quarterback (2011-12)
"I wore 17 in high school, but when I walked into Tennessee, they gave me 14. I knew it was Eric Berry's number so I knew I had to come in and fill some big shoes. Hopefully I will be able to do that. That's why I wear 14."
WHY I WORE THE NUMBER
David Leake
Defensive End/Quarterback (1963-65)
"I wore number 14 because that was one of the few quarterback numbers available (1-19 ) when I switched from playing end my sophomore year under Jim McDonald's single-wing to quarterback in my junior year under Doug Dickey's new T-formation."

FAN FAVORITE 14s
Tweet @Vol_Football to let us know who your favorite player to wear No. 14 with the Vols was.

ALL-TIME 14s
Van Thompson - 1938-41
Ray Drost - 1942,46-47
Reese Henegar - 1946
Gil Kyker - 1950
Ray Martin - 1951-53
Hugh Garner - 1952-54
Bill Gent - 1956
Don Stephens - 1958
Tommy Donnelly - 1959
Charles Severance - 1960
Gene Tedford - 1961
David Leake - 1963-65
Bill Young - 1966-69
Jimmy Allen - 1970
Bill Cole - 1972-75
Greg Graves - 1976
Roland James - 1977-79
John Lerda - 1981
Terry Brown - 1983-86
Lee England - 1987-89
Chris Russ - 1990
Jerry Colquitt - 1991-94
Shawn Snyder - 1995-96
Cedrick Wilson - 1997-2000
Julian Battle - 2001-02
Jerrone Hale - 2002
Bo Hardegree - 2004-06
Ben Green - 2006
Eric Berry - 2007-09
Justin Worley - 2011-12

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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