Oct. 15, 2012
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - After a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, the fifth longest in school history, junior wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson has been named one of the Southeastern Conference's Special Teams Players of the Week Monday.
Patterson tallied 195 all-purpose yards, aided by his 98 yard return, tying his career best (195) set against Georgia State earlier this season. Patterson finished 57 yards rushing, 25 receiving and 113 kickoff return yards.
The return was the first conventional kick return for a TD since 2002. The last Vol to return a conventional KO for a TD was Mark Jones against Alabama on Oct. 26, 2002. Bret Smith returned an onside kick 44 yards for a TD at South Carolina on Oct. 30, 2004.
Patterson's return ties for the fifth longest in school history and is the longest since Leonard Scott returned one 100 yards against Georgia on Oct. 9, 1999.
The 98-yard return was Tennessee's longest play this season, surpassing a 72-yard reception by Zach Rogers against NC State on Aug. 31. Patterson's longest play had been a 67-yard touchdown carry against the Wolfpack.
Patterson now has six touchdowns this season. Two rushing, three receiving and the kickoff return.
In addition to the SEC honors, Patterson was also named the College Football Performance Awards National Kickoff Returner of the Week for his achievements.
A.J. Johnson, who finished the game with 21 tackles against Mississippi State was also honored by the CFPA as an Honorable Mention Linebacker of the Week.
Johnson became the first Vol with 20 or more tackles since Keith DeLong had 23 tackles at Alabama on Oct. 15, 1988. While his 17 assisted tackles set a new school record, besting the old record of 13 held by four different Vols, the last being Lavoisier Fisher at Auburn on Sept. 29, 1984.
His 21 tackles against Misssissippi State were eight more than his previous career high of 13 set against Alabama in 2011 and marked his seventh career game of double digit tackles. He has now recorded 10 or more tackles in each of the last four games.