Vols Jersey Countdown #7

Aug. 24, 2012

Timber Tops
Condredge Holloway
Quarterback (1972-74)


A fixture in Tennessee athletic history, past and present, Condredge Holloway is best known to Vol fans for the razzle-dazzle offense he quarterbacked during his undergraduate days of the 1970s. Nicknamed "The Artful Dodger," Holloway packed excitement into every play, whether it developed into a pass or a scramble.

In his three seasons (1972-74) as a starter, Holloway directed the Vols to the 1972 Astro-Bluebonnet, 1973 Gator and 1974 Liberty bowls and an overall record of 25-9-2. He ended his career with the best interception-to-attempt ratio in Tennessee history, throwing just 12 interceptions in 407 collegiate attempts.

In addition to being the first black quarterback at Tennessee and in the Southeastern Conference, Holloway also was the first black baseball player in UT history.

The outstanding prospect had been selected out of high school by the Montreal Expos with their first-round pick (fourth overall). Holloway opted instead for a two-sport collegiate career and went on to excel on the diamond, garnering All-SEC and All-America honors as a shortstop in 1975 and finishing with a .353 career batting average.

In 2009, Holloway -- still the owner of UT's longest hitting streak at 27 games -- was selected to Tennessee's All-Century Baseball Team, making him the only UT student-athlete named to all-century squads in both baseball and football.

Holloway left Knoxville and played 13 seasons in the Canadian Football League, compiling impressive numbers for the Ottawa Rough Riders (1975-80), Toronto Argonauts (1981-86) and British Columbia Lions (1987). He threw for more than 25,000 yards and rushed for another 3,167 while scoring 155 touchdowns. He was league MVP in 1982.

After his professional playing days ended, Holloway returned to UT and earned his degree. He has spent the past 14 years on the Tennessee staff and is currently UT's Assistant Athletics Director for Student-Athlete Relations and Letterman.

Recently, Holloway's amazing career was the subject of an ESPN documentary, "The Color Orange: The Condredge Holloway Story," produced by Kenny Chesney. It recounted the life and playing days of the SEC's first African-American starting quarterback.

In addition to his recent induction in Alabama, Holloway is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame, Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the UT Baseball Hall of Fame, among others.

Chris White
Defensive Back (1983-85)

Chris White had one opportunity and he made the most of it.

As a fifth-year senior in 1985, White made his first career start in the season opener against UCLA as an injury replacement. Three interceptions later, White had secured his place as the Vols' starter the rest of the season. He recorded nine interceptions on the season to lead the NCAA. White ended with 62 tackles and three fumble recoveries.

His place in the Tennessee secondary that Cinderella season earned him All-America honors as the Vols went on to become SEC champions and defeat No. 2 Miami 35-7 in the Sugar Bowl for a 9-1-2 and No. 4 national finish.

Deon Grant
Defensive Back (1997-99)

Deon Grant tied for the NCAA lead in 1999 with nine interceptions for 167 return yards, propelling him to All-America status his junior year.

Grant finished the 1999 campaign with 69 tackles and eight pass breakups. He had two picks in three different games and earned SEC Defensive Player of the Week after intercepting three passes versus Auburn. His leaping interception in UT's overtime win over Florida in 1998 was one of the biggest plays of in the Vols' march to the national title.

Grant left Tennessee after his junior year to go to the NFL, but left his mark as one of the Vols' all-time great defensive backs. His nine picks in 1999 tied him for second on the single-season interception chart, and he stood fifth on the career list with 14.

Condredge Holloway
Quarterback (1972-74)
"As a long-time baseball player, I grew up idolizing Mickey Mantle, who wore number 7, so it was only natural that I would want to wear number. 7 in the Orange & White as both a football and baseball player. "

Tweet @Vol_Football to let us know who your favorite player to wear No. 7 with the Vols was.

Condredge Holloway - 1972-74
Martin Marriel - 1976
Wilbert Jones - 1977-80
Chris White - 1982-85
Anthony Miller - 1987
Jason Julian - 1989-91
Jason Parker - 1993-94,96
Tom Windle - 1998
Deon Grant - 1998-99
Casey Clausen - 2000-03
Jerod Mayo - 2006-07
Demetrice Morley - 2008
Nu'Keese Richardson - 2009
Mandela Shaw - 2010
Nash Nance - 2011
Corey Alexander - 2012
Drae Bowles - 2012

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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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