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Fiesta Bowl Preview
12/15/1999

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Tennessee vs. Nebraska
- quick facts -

opponent ------------------------------------
Nebraska Cornhuskers

date ------------------------------------------
Jan. 2, 2000

rankings -----------------------------------
Tennessee
(#6 AP/#5 ESPN/USA Today)

Nebraska
(#3 AP / #3 ESPN/USA Today)

site -------------------------------------------
Sun Devil Stadium (73,185)

kickoff --------------------------------------
6:20 MST

broadcast -----------------------------------
RADIO:
Vol Network (Bob Kesling, Tim Priest and Jeff Francis). Pinnacle Sports Productions (Warren Swain and Adrian Fiala). ESPN Radio (Steve Levy, Todd Christensen and Holly Rowe).

TELEVISION:
ABC (Tim Brant, Dean Blevins and Leslie Gudel)

the coaches --------------------------------
Phillip Fulmer (Tennessee 1972)
Overall Record: 8th year -- 76-13 (.854)
at Tennessee: 8th year -- 76-13 (.854)

Frank Solich (Nebraska 1966)
Overall Record: 2nd year -- 20-5 (.800)
at Nebraska: 2nd year -- 20-5 (.800)

series ---------------------------------------
Nebraska leads 1-0
at Neutral site Nebraska leads 1-0
Last Meeting: #1 NU 42, #3 UT 17
Miami, FL Jan. 2, 1998

THE SERIES
Tennessee and Nebraska have met only once at the 1998 Orange Bowl for the Bowl Alliance National Championship. The Cornhuskers broke the game open with a 21- point third quarter en route to a 42-17 triumph and a share of the national title. The Vols have played 10 of the 12 teams that comprise the Big 12 except Kansas State and Missouri. They have fashioned an 8-6-1 mark in 15 meetings, going 3-6 in bowl games.

TOSTITOS FIESTA BOWL
Tennessee will be making its third consecutive appearance in an Alliance Bowl and/or Bowl Championship Series game in the 2000 Fiesta Bowl. UT played in the 1998 Bowl Alliance national championship game and the first-ever BCS championship game in the 1999 Fiesta Bowl.

The Vols' first appearance in the Fiesta Bowl came in 1992 against Penn State, a game the Nittany Lions won 42-17.

Last year, the Vols won the national championship with a 23-16 victory over Florida St., completing a perfect season with a 13-0 mark.

BOWL HISTORY
Tennessee will be making its 40th bowl appearance, which ranks second all- time behind Alabama's 50. It will be the Vols 11th straight bowl appearance, which is the longest string in school history, and 18th in the last 19 years. It is also the fifth consecutive January bowl appearance for UT.

The Vols are tied for third all-time with Penn State in the number of bowl victories with 22. Alabama ranks first with 28, while USC is second with 25. UT has won seven of its last 10 bowl games and 12 of their last 17.

Tennessee's first bowl appearance came in the 1939 Orange Bowl with a 17-0 win over the Oklahoma Sooners.


BOWL APPEARANCES	BOWL WINS
1.  Alabama	50	1. Alabama	28
2.  Tennessee	40	2. USC	        25
3t. USC	39	
3t. Tennessee	22
3t. Texas	39	3t. Penn State	22
5.  Nebraska	38	5. Oklahoma	20

ALL-TIME VICTORIES
Tennessee enters the Fiesta Bowl against Nebraska with 699 all-time wins which ranks eighth all-time. With one more victory, the Vols will become one of eight NCAA Division I schools to record 700 all-time wins.

100 WINS IN THE 1990s
From the Jan. 1, 1990 Cotton Bowl win over Arkansas to the Nov. 27, 1999 triumph over Vanderbilt, Tennessee won 100 games in the 1990s. The Vols are one of only five Division I-A teams to post 100 wins in the decade. It is the most wins ever recorded in a decade by a Vol team.

The Vols will also be looking for their fifth consecutive season with at least 10 victories against Nebraska. UT has compiled a 54-7 record over the last five years, winning two Southeastern Conference titles and a national championship.

FULMER EARNS EDDIE ROBINSON DISTINCTION AWARD
Head coach Phillip Fulmer was honored with the second annual State Farm Eddie Robinson Coach of Distinction Award in 1999. The award is presented to an active college football head coach who best exemplifies Coach Robinson's legacy of being a role model and mentor to students and players.

The award carries a $10,000 prize that will go to UT's general scholarship fund.

ALL-AMERICA VOLS
Tennessee boasted three first team All-America players in junior right guard Cosey Coleman, junior free safety Deon Grant and senior linebacker Raynoch Thompson.

The Vols have had a total of 62 individual All-America selections, who have been recognized a total of 76 times since 1929. It is the first time since DB Conrad Graham, PK Ricky Townsend and LB Jamie Rotella earned All-America honors in 1972 that three Vols were placed on All-America squads. Thompson, the Vols leading tackler, is the third Vol linebacker in the last three years to garner first team All-America accolades as he was honored by the American Football Coaches Association and Associated Press. Thompson was also one of four finalists for the Butkus Award. Last season, he was an Associated Press third team selection.

Coleman, who started 30 straight games at right guard, became the first offensive lineman to snag All-America honors since tackle Antone Davis was a consensus honoree in 1990. Coleman was honored by AP, Walter Camp, the Football Writers Association of America, the AFCA and Football News.

Grant, who tied for the nation's lead in interceptions, became the first defensive back since two-time All-America Dale Carter in 1990 and 1991 to gain such honors. Grant, a Thorpe Award finalist, was honored by Walter Camp, the AFCA, The Sporting News and Football News. He was second team AP.

Defensive tackle Darwin Walker and offensive tackle Chad Clifton were named second team All-America by The Sporting News. Walker was also named third team by AP. The Sporting News also named DT Albert Haynesworth and KR Leonard Scott to its Freshman All-America team.

ALL-SEC VOLS
Tennessee set a school record, leading all SEC teams with seven players on the Coaches first team and had two additional players on the second team, giving the Vols a league-high nine players on both units. UT also placed nine players on the Associated Press All-SEC team, with six first team members and three players on the second team.

The Coaches first team members included QB Tee Martin, OG Cosey Coleman, DE Shaun Ellis, DT Darwin Walker, LB Raynoch Thompson, FS Deon Grant, CB Dwayne Goodrich. The second unit included OT Chad Clifton and RB Jamal Lewis.

Thompson was the only repeat first-team selection from the Coaches 1998 squad. Coleman, Walker and Goodrich were second team members last season who made the first team this year. Grant was one of three unanimous selections. Grant was named the AP's SEC Defensive Player of the Year, while joining Coleman as UT's unanimous selections.

Martin, Coleman, Ellis, Walker, Thompson and Grant were AP first team choices. Cedrick Wilson, Lewis and Goodrich were on the AP second team unit. Coleman, Walker and Thompson were two-time AP first team honorees. DT Albert Haynesworth and all-purpose player Leonard Scott were named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel SEC All-Freshman squad.

ACADEMIC ALL-SEC VOLS
A total of 15 Vols were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll for 1999. Topping the list was four-time honoree Benson Scott who was given a $10,000 Burger King Scholar-Athlete Award during the South Carolina game. Eleven of the student- athletes honored have been selected at least twice during their careers.

Vols named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll include: Will Bartholomew, Eric Campbell, Marcus Carr, John Finlayson, Sammy Frogg, Josh Houston, Eli Jones, David Leaverton, Casey Mabry, Joey Mathews, Will Overstreet, Josh Plemons, Benson Scott, Josh Tucker and Burney Veazey.

Leaverton, Tucker and Carr were three-time honorees, while Bartholomew, Campbell, Finlayson, Frogg, Houston, Plemons and Veazey were all two-time selections. A total of 78 Vols have been named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll over the past five years. In addition, Tennessee has earned five American Football Coaches Association Awards over the last 10 years for posting a 70 percent graduation rate.

Tee Martin was named to the SEC Goodworks Team for his community service dedication.

HOME COOKIN'
Tennessee has the sixth-winningest home record in college football during the 1990s of 57-7 (.891) thanks to a 31-1 mark over the last five seasons. Tennessee has won 22 in a row at Neyland Stadium which ties Kansas State for the second longest streak in the nation. Marshall has a 31-game home winning streak to lead the nation.

The Vols have also won 15 straight SEC home games which is a school record and the third longest in league history, trailing Alabama's string of 35 from 1973-82 and Florida's streak of 16 from 1994-99.

The longest UT home winning streak is 30 games from 1928-33 and the longest unbeaten string of 55 came from 1925-33.

VOL DEFENSE
The Vols rank seventh nationally in scoring (14.8) and rushing (89.6) defense while placing 11th total defense (297.7). In the SEC, they were second in scoring, third in total and fourth in rushing defense. They allowed 17 points or less seven times, including posting a 24-0 blanking of Auburn. Four times they held opponents to 10 points or less. Three times in the last four years, UT's defense held opponents to less than 15 points per game (1998-14.4; 1996-14.3).

The Vols tightened up in the second half of games, allowing 75 points. They gave up 88 in the first half. They have allowed just 35 points in the second half over the last six games.

Tennessee has gained 85 points off opponent turnovers, nearly half of the opponent point total for the season.

Tennessee's eighth ranked rushing defense gave up just three rushing touchdowns, the lowest total in since full record keeping began at UT in 1950. Over the last 23 regular season games, the Vols gave up only eight scores on the ground.

The Vols did not allow a rushing touchdown through the first seven games, becoming the last team in Division I or I-AA to give up a rushing score, when Notre Dame scored in the second quarter of that game.

The Vols held six opponents to less than 100-yards rushing, while Arkansas' Cedric Cobbs is the only individual to rush for more than 100 yards against the defense. Opponents averaged just 2.7 yards per rush.

The Vols also topped the SEC interception chart with 21 picks on the season.

That total tied the 1972 team for the 10th most in school history. It was the first time since 1990 that a Vol team had intercepted at least 20 in a season. They intercepted at least one pass in a game nine times, including a season- high five against Kentucky. UT also had four versus Auburn and three against Florida.

UT's defense allowed only 18 touchdowns this season which ranked second in the SEC.

Opponents converted 44-of-153 third down opportunities (28.8 percent) and only 2-of-14 fourth downs (14.2 percent). Notre Dame converted twice on fourth down. Over the last five games, opponents converted only 17-of-67 (25 percent) third down opportunities.

The Vols also made 110 minus yardage plays with sacks and tackles for loss combined. That is the second-most in school history behind the 113 stops recorded in 1996. It is the fifth straight year the defensive unit has charted at least 100 stops behind the line of scrimmage.

TRAVIS HENRY
Tailback Travis Henry started the last two games of the season for the injured Jamal Lewis and gained more than 100 yards in each contest. For the season he posted three 100-yard games and now has eight in his career. Over the last four games he rushed for 543 yards on 70 carries, averaged 7.8 yards per rush and scored six touchdowns.

He gained 132 yards against Notre Dame, 79 vs. Arkansas, 179 vs. Kentucky and 153 vs. Vanderbilt during that four-game stretch. The 179 yards against Kentucky was the second-best day of his career (197 vs. Arkansas 1998). He rushed for at least 50 yards in a game six times with a 54-yard output against Wyoming and an 84-yard, two TD effort versus Auburn, in addition to the last four games.

Against Kentucky, he gained 125 yards in the first quarter and got all 153 yards versus Vanderbilt in the first half before leaving with an injury. He led the Vols with a 6.3 per carry average and was second to Tee Martin with eight rushing scores. He had 10 runs of at least 20 yards or more on the season.

Henry also became the 17th Vol to gain 1700 yards rushing in a career and ranks 12th on UT's career rushing list with 1764 yards.

HENRY'S RUNS OVER 20 YARDS
Wyoming--23; Auburn--34; Georgia--36; Notre Dame--40 TD; Arkansas--28 TD, 24; Kentucky--40 TD, 61 TD; Vanderbilt--63 TD, 48.


TRAVIS HENRY'S CAREER STATS
	No.	Yards	Avg.	TD	100G
1997	2	4	2.0	0	0
1998	176	970	5.5	7	5
1999	125	790	6.3	8	3
Totals	303	1764	5.8	15	8

GRANT'S INTERCEPTIONS
Thorpe Award finalist Deon Grant tied with California's Deltha O'Neal and UAB's Rodregis Brooks for the nation's lead with nine interceptions. Grant intercepted at least two passes in a game three times, earning SEC Defensive Player of the Week honors after tying the school record with three interceptions against Auburn. He also broke up two passes and recorded a tackle for loss among his seven total tackles against the Tigers. He returned a Tiger aerial 19 yards for a touchdown on its first play.

He began the season with a pick versus Wyoming and snagged two more in the Florida game to push his string to four straight regular season games with an interception.

Following the Auburn game, he went five games in a row without an interception until he grabbed two enemy aerials in the Kentucky game and got a late pick versus Vanderbilt to make him the first Vol since Chris White in 1985 to have nine picks in a season.

His total of nine ties four others (White, Tim Priest 1970, Bill Young 1968, J.W. Sherrill 1949) for the second-most in school history. His 167 yards on interception returns ranks as the fourth-highest total in school history.

Grant now ranks in fifth-place on Tennessee's career interceptions list with 14. Tim Priest holds the all-time UT mark with 18.

VOLS OFFENSE
Tennessee led the SEC in rushing (191.3) and scoring (31.6) while ranking third in total offense (406.2) and eighth in passing (214.9). The Vols led the conference with a 191.3 rushing average per game while pacing all 12 league schools with 30 rushing touchdowns and a 4.58 average per rush. They also led the SEC with 42 offensive touchdowns and ranked second with a 5.8 average per play.

They rushed for more than 200 yards in three of the last four games, gaining 995 yards on 177 carries for a 5.6 yards per carry average. They gained a season-high 315 yards against Vanderbilt. It was the most yards gained on the ground since a 334-yard output against Houston in 1998. Against Kentucky, they ran for 294 yards while scoring six rushing touchdowns.

The Vols averaged 213.4 yards per game over the last eight games and scored 24 rushing touchdowns during that span. They had a 100-yard rusher in five of the last six games while scoring at least two rushing touchdowns and totalling at least 165 yards running in each of those eight games.

UT had an individual top 100 yards rushing six times (Jamal Lewis-3; Travis Henry-3) while having two players top 100 yards receiving four times (Cedrick Wilson-3; Donte' Stallworth-1).

For the seventh straight year, UT's offense averaged more than 400 yards per game, rating third in the SEC with a 406.2 average. They gained more than 400 yards total offense in each of the last five games and eight times on the season. Against Wyoming, they rolled up a season-high 522 yards while scoring a season-high eight touchdowns in the Kentucky game.

The Vols ranked eighth in the SEC in passing, averaging 214.9 yards through the air. They passed for over 200 yards in a game five times, with a season- high 311 coming in the Arkansas game.

Tennessee ranked second in third down conversions at 40.3 percent. Its success rate on third downs improved over the last seven games as they converted 48 percent (49-of-102), compared to just 25.9 percent in the first four games (14-of-54),

TOTAL ATTENDANCE MARK
With seven home games in 1999, the Vols established a total attendance mark of 747,870, bettering the mark of 667,280 set in seven games 1993. They had four crowds top 107,000 this season, including the second-largest of 107,619 for the Notre Dame game. It was only the third time a single-game attendance topped 107,600.

The four crowds of over 107,000 (Wyoming-107,597, Memphis-107,261, Georgia- 107,247 and Notre Dame-107,619) all ranked among the top eight in Neyland Stadium history.

The 1999 average attendance of 106,839 ranked as the second highest to last year's mark of 106,914.

The Vols have averaged more than 106,000 in attendance the last three years and at least 105,000 since expansion in 1996.

Average attendance over the last four years:
1996--105,418; 1997--106,538; 1998--106,914, 1999--106,839.

SCORING STREAK
UT has scored in 70 consecutive games, 105 straight road games and 37 home games in a row. The last time the Vols were shutout was a 31-0 blanking by Florida in Knoxville in 1994. The last time UT was shutout on the road was a 44-0 win by Georgia in 1981.

SACK ATTACK
Tennessee was second in the SEC with 42 sacks which tied for the second- highest total in school history with the 1995 team. The record of 47 was set in 1997. They recorded a school-record 13 sacks in the season opener against Wyoming and registered at least five sacks on three more occasions (Georgia, Notre Dame and Kentucky).

Five Vols recorded at least four sacks, with Tennessee's defensive front four leading the way with 27 of the 42 sacks (64 percent). Defensive ends Shaun Ellis and Will Overstreet led the Vols with 8.5 and 7.5 sacks respectively. Defensive tackle Darwin Walker added seven, while fellow tackle John Henderson and linebacker Anthony Sessions had four apiece.

TEE MARTIN
Tee Martin owns a 22-2 mark as a starter, going undefeated at home, posting a two-year mark of 13-0.

His 2317 passing yards ranks as the sixth-best single-season mark in school history, while his 2634 yards of total offense is fifth. His 165 completions rates ninth while the 305 attempts is sixth.

Martin led the squad with nine rushing touchdowns, two shy of the UT single- season record for quarterbacks, and ranked third on the team with 317 yards rushing, averaging 28.8 yards per game. He gained at least 40 yards in five of the last seven games while posting three rushing scores against Georgia and two more versus Alabama.

He earned SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors in back-to-back games against Georgia and Alabama. He racked up 332 yards of total offense and accounted all four scores (three rush, one pass) versus the Bulldogs. Martin accounted for all three scores (two rush, one pass) against the Tide.

He passed for a season-high 311 yards against Arkansas, the second highest total in his career, while establishing a highwater career mark of 354 yards of total offense. It was the fourth time in his career that he eclipsed the 300-yard mark in total offense.

He threw for at least 200 yards on five occasions and opened the season with 264 yards and two touchdowns versus Wyoming. He has thrown for over 200 yards 10 times in his career.

Martin had at least one scoring pass in eight of the 11 games and 19 of 24 career starts. He was intercepted only twice in the last six games, a span of 155 pass attempts after being intercepted seven times in first 150 attempts.

He has not been picked off in his last 82 pass attempts.

MORE TEE
Tee Martin finished his career ranked fourth in career passing yardage (4592), completions (326), attempts (588), touchdown passes (32) and total offense (5206) at Tennessee. He also owns the school mark for most career rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 16.

He became the 10th Vol to pass for 2000 yards in a season. In 11 games, he had 2317 yards to rank sixth. He also became the 11th Vol to roll up 2000 yards total offense with 2634 yards which ranked fifth all-time.

Martin became the fourth Vol to enter the 5000-yard total offense club with 5206 career yards passing and rushing. He joins Peyton Manning (11,020), Andy Kelly (6427) and Jeff Francis (5900) in the club.

He is the sixth UT quarterback to throw over 30 career touchdown passes with 32 which ties for fifth.

TURNOVER MARGIN
The Vols finished with a plus-4 in turnover margin on the season which ranked fourth in the SEC and tied for 30th nationally. They closed the season strong, going a plus-5 in turnover margin over the last four games, after going minus-6 in previous three games against Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina when the defense forced only one turnover. UT was a plus-5 in the first four games, forcing 16 turnovers. They had only 12 in the last seven games while giving it up 13 times themselves.

RAYNOCH'S REIGN
Butkus Award finalist Raynoch Thompson finished as UT's tackle leader for the second straight year with 87 tackles. He recorded three double-digit tackle games against Florida (12), Memphis (11) and Kentucky (12). He made at least five tackles in every game, with at least seven six times.

Thompson also intercepted a pass in three consecutive games against Notre Dame, Arkansas and Kentucky. Prior to those, he had only one interception in his career.

He recorded five tackles for loss in a four-game span covering Auburn, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina, while registering his only sack versus Wyoming. Thompson broke up three passes while posting six quarterback pressures. He also made nine tackles each against Arkansas and Notre Dame He made seven stops with two TFLs and a PBU versus Georgia and had five tackles with one sack against Wyoming. Thompson has nine double-digit tackle games, making 243 tackles with 22 tackles for loss and four sacks in his career.

CEDRICK WILSON
Cedrick Wilson was the go-to receiver this season, catching nearly twice as many passes for over two times as many yards as UT's second-leading pass catcher Eric Parker. He finished with 57 catches for 827 yards which ranked sixth and seventh-best respectively in school history. He also added four touchdowns.

Wilson posted three 100-yard receiving days, including the ninth-best day in school history with a career-high 183-yard, two-touchdown effort against Wyoming. He had back-to-back 100-yard games versus Auburn and Georgia, notching 112 yards on six catches against the Tigers and 107 yards on eight receptions versus the Bulldogs.

He set a career-high for receptions in a game with 10 for 88 yards against Memphis. His last catch was the game winning score that lifted the Vols to a 17-16 win over their cross-state rival.

Wilson, who had 42 catches 598 yards and three touchdowns in the first six games, was on pace to set UT single-season receiving marks until he injured a hamstring in the first quarter of the South Carolina game. He was held to 15 receptions for 229 yards and one score over the last five.

He hauled in five balls for 93 yards in the Arkansas game for his fourth- best day of the season. He posted eight games of at least 50 yards receiving on the season.

JAMAL LEWIS
Jamal Lewis finished as UT's rushing leader with 816 yards and seven touchdowns. He was also the fourth-leading receiver with 15 catches for 193 yards and one score, to average 100.9 all-purpose yards per game. UT's third all-time leading rusher with 2677 yards was hampered by a shoulder and ankle injury over the last four games, that caused him to miss the Kentucky contest while seeing only limited action against Vanderbilt.

He posted three 100-yard rushing games against Wyoming (159), Alabama (117) and South Carolina (146). Against the Gamecocks, he recorded the 13th 100-yard rushing game of his career to tie the school record held by Jay Graham from 1993-96. He reached the milestone on a 70-yard touchdown run which was the longest of his career.

Lewis rushed for five touchdowns and 258 yards on 47 carries in the first two games. Against Wyoming, he became the eighth Vol back to go over 2000 career rushing yards with a 159-yard three touchdown effort.

He also became the fastest Vol to accomplish the feat in only his 17th career game. It was the fifth time in his career he rushed for at least 150 yards in a game.

He followed the Wyoming contest with his fourth-best game of the season versus Florida when he rushed for 99 yards and two TDs.

After rushing for less than 65 yards against Memphis (45) and Auburn (64), he gained 79 yards on 22 carries versus Georgia before posting back-to-back 100-yard rushing efforts against Alabama (117) and South Carolina (146). He averaged 7.1 yards per carry in those two games, scoring his first touchdown in five games against the Gamecocks.

Lewis also ranks fourth on UT's career all-purpose yardage chart with 3161 yards, and is 231 yards shy of UT's all-time rushing mark of 2890 yards held by James Stewart.

SACRAMENTO DUO
Two of Sacramento's finest, receiver Donte' Stallworth and running back Onterrio Smith, showed flashes of brilliance as the season progressed. Stallworth, a redshirt freshman, finished as the Vols' third-leading receiver with 23 catches for 407 yards and one score while leading receivers with at least 10 catches with a 17.7 average per catch. He was the only other Vol besides Cedrick Wilson to post a 100-yard receiving game with a 130-yard effort against South Carolina, including a career-long 71-yarder which was the longest pass play of the season. Stallworth made 17 catches for 303 yards and one touchdown over the last five games of the season. He made at least one catch for over 20 yards in four of those five games while hauling in a season-high seven passes against Arkansas.

Smith, a true freshman, did not play in the first three games, but finished with 189 yards and a 6.1 yards per carry average. He also added four touchdowns.

He gained 30 yards in his first game against Auburn, but saw significant action in the final two games when he rushed for 82 yards each versus Kentucky and Vanderbilt, scoring twice in both contests.

Smith scored his first career touchdown on a 24-yard reception versus South Carolina.

PUNT RETURNER PARKER
Eric Parker took on double duty this season as the Vols' No. 2 receiver and main punt returner. He finished with 30 catches for 411 yards and one score while also returning the second-most punts for the fifth-most yards in school history with 41 for 387 yards and one touchdown.

Parker was the only Vol to catch at least one pass in each game, posting a season-high 88 yards against Florida, while grabbing five catches on two occasions versus Georgia (69 yards) and Notre Dame (22 yards). He made his only touchdown reception against the Irish. Over the last four games, he caught 15 passes for 167 yards.

Parker dazzled the crowd in the Memphis game when he returned a punt 69 yards for a touchdown, gaining 101 yards on four returns. It was the longest return in the SEC in 1999. He tied a school record with seven punt returns against Vanderbilt, while returning at least five punts in a game four times.

SCOTT'S RETURNS
Kickoff returner Leonard Scott, who was named to the Knoxville News-Sentinel SEC All-Freshman team as a specialist, led the SEC and ranked 11th nationally with a 27.0 average per return. His return total of 540 yards ranks as the eighth-best and 20 returns is ninth-best in school history. Scott's 27-yard average set a school record for freshmen and was the Vols' best since Dale Carter led the nation with a 29.8-yard average in 1990.

Scott set a school record with 169 kickoff return yards against Georgia when he also tied the school mark with a 100-yard kick off return for a touchdown. He opened the season with 90 yards on four returns versus Wyoming.

He also caught seven passes for 140 yards and two touchdowns against Notre Dame on a 43-yarder and Vanderbilt on a 33-yarder.

NON-LEAGUE ACTION
Tennessee has enjoyed remarkable success against non-conference opponents. Since 1989, the Vols have amassed a 39-6-1 mark in games against foes from outside the SEC. The Vols have not dropped a non-conference home decision since a 34-29 loss to No. 1 ranked Notre Dame in 1990, a string of 21 consecutive games.

SENIORS FINISH STRONG
The Vols have a total of 23 seniors who fashioned a 43-6 (.878) mark over the last four years, winning a national championship in 1998 and two SEC titles in 1997 and 1998. They won two bowl games against Northwestern in the Citrus Bowl and Florida State in the Fiesta Bowl.

The seniors include: Mikki Allen, Matt Blankenship, Marcus Carr, Chad Clifton, Phillip Crosby, Derrick Edmonds, Shaun Ellis, Dwayne Goodrich, Kevin Gregory, Gerald Griffin, Robert Loudermilk, Casey Mabry, Tee Martin, Bryan McCann, Troy McMaken, Billy Ratliff, Spencer Riley, Benson Scott, Raynoch Thompson, Josh Tucker, Darwin Walker, Jason Waters and Fred White.

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