Countdown to September 3rd vs Ball State (Top 250 Vols)

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#232 - James Berry

James Berry was a high school all american and part of UTs great ‘78 recruiting class. Berry lettered from ‘78-‘81 and played behind UT greats Hubert Simpson and Kelsey Finch early in his career. Known as “Mr Clutch,” Berry was a solid inside and outside runner, an excellent receiver out of the backfield, and a great blocker. He led the Vols in rushing in ‘80 and ‘81. He helped the Vols to two Bowl games and was a team captain his senior season. Although a great player in his own right, Berry is probably most remembered for raising 3 future VFLs. For his career, Berry had 1,721 rushing yards and 18 TDs, while also catching 34 passes for 295 yards and a td.

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#231 - Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Reeves-Maybin came to Knoxville from Northeast HS in Clarksville. As a freshman in 2013, he was a star on special teams with 11 tackles and a blocked punt. As a sophomore, he started at linebacker and finished 8th in the SEC with 101 tackles. As a junior, Jalen had 21 tackles vs Oklahoma and again led UT with 105 tackles. He also had 14 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. For his efforts, he was named 2nd team All-SEC by the Associated Press. As a senior in 2016, Reeves-Maybin started the first 4 games before suffering a season ending injury vs UF. In three and a half games he had 20 tackles. In 2017, he was selected in the 4th round by the Detroit Lions.

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What’s that thing in the front row dressed in orange supposed to be?

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That's a male cheerleader. (Bahdumbump)

Peabody and Sherman will take you in the Wayback Machine to the 1970s, back before the dance teams and such like. Back when the cheerleader budget could be carried in cash in a wallet with room for your Student ID and Activities Card.

That "thing in the front row" is a guy in the original Smokey suit. It was just gloriously low rent. I think it cost less than $10 and AD Woodruff begrudged even that.
 
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#230 - Bill Emendorfer

Emendorfer came to Knoxville as one of the greatest HS players in Cleveland, TN history. As a sophomore in 1970, Bill started at DT and had 52 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 forced fumbles, and was named Football News 2nd Team All-American. As a junior and a senior, Emendorfer moved to Guard, where he quickly became one of the best offensive lineman in the 1970s. During his three varsity years, UT went 31-5 and won three straight Bowl Games. Emendorfer was named 2nd Team All-SEC in 1971 and was 1st Team All-SEC in 1972. He was also named to UTs 1970s All-Decade Team. Bill was also a member of UTs wrestling team and played one season in the WFL for the Birmingham Vulcans.

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#229 - Herbert “Deke” Brackett

Brackett play QB under Coach Neyland from 1931-1933. Brackett helped lead the Vols to a record of 25-3-2. Brackett shared the backfield with one of the greatest Vols in history, Beattie Feathers, so his accolades are not what they deserve. In 1931, Brackett helped UT to a 9-0-1 record and a trip to the New York City Bowl. As a junior, Deke was named All-South, while guiding the Vols to another 9-0-1 record. His senior season was compromised by injuries, but he still was named 2nd Team All-American. Not only was Brackett a solid passer, he returned several kickoffs and punts for touchdowns during his career. After playing at UT, Brackett was a successful assistant coach at various universities. His life and career came to a tragic end in 1970, when he and 74 others were killed in the Marshall University plane crash.

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#228 - Will Ofenheusle

Ofenheusle cam to UT from Martin Westview, where he did not allow a sack during his entire HS career. Will was a four year letterman from 1999-2002. As a rs-freshman in ‘99, he mostly played on field goal and extra point teams but really came on as a sophomore, where he started 5 games at guard and even played with a broken wrist for a majority of the season. As a junior, injuries on the OL forced him to move to right tackle, where he started all 13 games and helped UTs balanced attack average over 30 points a game and finish #4 in the country. Will’s senior season in ‘02 wasn’t the best for UT, but Ofenheusle was the lone bright spot on the OL. Will was named 1st Team All-SEC and was captain during his senior season. For his career, Ofenheusle played in 49 games and started 31 of them. We went to a short career with the NY Jets.

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227 Days.........

#227 ~ Walker Leach


Leach played Halfback, End, Punter, and Kicker for the Vols from 1907-1908. During his time in Knoxville, he led UT to a 14-4-1 record. A quote from 1908...: "Captain Walker Leach was possibly the greatest player that ever upheld the standards of the Orange and White. The Star of Dixie was his recognized position and some of the leading critics of the South characterize his work in the Commodore-Volunteer game as the greatest ever put forth on any southern field." In 1908, Leach's 40 yard run gave UT it's only score in the 7-0 win over Kentucky State. In the Georgia win, he scored all 10 points with a 40 yard fumble return and a 40 yard FG. He also score all 9 points vs Vanderbilt in the 13-9 loss. His offense and defensive play single handedly kept UT in the game. On what is called one of the "greatest runs in southern football," he was stopped inches from the goalline on a 60 yard run to end the game. Most in the Nashville crowd thought he scored. Leach was named All- SIAA and named to the All-South 11 after his 1908 season.
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#229 - Herbert “Deke” Brackett

Brackett play QB under Coach Neyland from 1931-1933. Brackett helped lead the Vols to a record of 25-3-2. Brackett shared the backfield with one of the greatest Vols in history, Beattie Feathers, so his accolades are not what they deserve. In 1931, Brackett helped UT to a 9-0-1 record and a trip to the New York City Bowl. As a junior, Deke was named All-South, while guiding the Vols to another 9-0-1 record. His senior season was compromised by injuries, but he still was named 2nd Team All-American. Not only was Brackett a solid passer, he returned several kickoffs and punts for touchdowns during his career. After playing at UT, Brackett was a successful assistant coach at various universities. His life and career came to a tragic end in 1970, when he and 74 others were killed in the Marshall University plane crash.

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Deke Brackett scored for Tennessee in the Charity Bowl on a 75 yard punt return. He was another associated with the UT program who died in a 5 year time span beginning with the three coaches in 1965
 

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#226 - Eddie Moore

Eddie came to Knoxville from South Pittsburgh TN and was a 4 year letterman from 1999-2002. Moore played mainly special teams in ‘99 and was a back-up linebacker in 2000, where he had 34 tackles. He was a full time starter his last two seasons where he combined for 182 tackles, 5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, and 12 pass break-ups. As a senior in 2002, Eddie was named 2nd Team All-SEC and was team MVP. He was a 2nd round pick in the 2003 draft by the Miami Dolphins.



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That 1970 team may be the best Tennessee team ever that didn't win a championship. Probably better than many Tennessee teams that did............
was away at school and watched air force game w/ my Dad. Also remember Wake game because many frat brothers were from Winston-Salem. If Bama game was on tube, I would have watched it. Maybe it was the loss to aubs that clouded my mind.

maybe it was bcause i was in college in 1970
 
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#231 - Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Reeves-Maybin came to Knoxville from Northeast HS in Clarksville. As a freshman in 2013, he was a star on special teams with 11 tackles and a blocked punt. As a sophomore, he started at linebacker and finished 8th in the SEC with 101 tackles. As a junior, Jalen had 21 tackles vs Oklahoma and again led UT with 105 tackles. He also had 14 tackles for loss and 5 sacks. For his efforts, he was named 2nd team All-SEC by the Associated Press. As a senior in 2016, Reeves-Maybin started the first 4 games before suffering a season ending injury vs UF. In three and a half games he had 20 tackles. In 2017, he was selected in the 4th round by the Detroit Lions.

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