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1999 Tennessee Football Roster

Chad Clifton***
Offensive Tackle
6-6, 320

(Full name: Jeffrey Chad Clifton) ... As productive as his career has already been, spectacular enough to earn All-SEC selection last year, Chad’s on the brink of his best season ever ... Bigger and better things lie ahead for him ... His work in spring practice was remarkable, solidifying his position as a team leader ... His winning attitude was rewarded when the squad selected him late in spring drills as one of the team captains ... Prepared to be a dominant player in his role as first-team left tackle ... Physically attuned now to finishing off every play the way the textbook calls for it ... Coach Barry’s evaluation: “Chad has all the tools for greatness, including the knack for completing the job.” ... Born: June 26, 1976.

HONORS - 1999 Preseason Playboy All-America; 1998 All-SEC (1st team/Football News), (2nd team/AP, Coaches).

1998 - Games/Started: 13/13 ... Earned first-team All-SEC honors from Football News and second-team league honors from the coaches and AP ... A mainstay on the offensive front who was in opening lineup every game at left tackle ... Started 34 of 37 career games, running his string at left tackle to 24 ... Helped lead top-ranked rushing offense in SEC and 17th-ranked nationally ... Chad’s blocking helped Vols spring nine runners for 100-yard performances ...

1997 - Games/Started: 13/12 ... Started 12 of 13 games at left tackle on offense, gaining reputation for steady, consistent play ... Bothered by illness, he was sidelined for the Ole Miss game ... Key member of offensive line that withstood opponent blitz, surrendering only one sack per 35 snaps, a school record ...

1996 - Games/Started: 11/9 ... Took over at right tackle when Jarvis Reado broke his leg in the Florida game and started for rest of the season ... Missed UCLA game, but participated in every other quarter for entire season, including Citrus Bowl ... Also blocks on special teams ...

1995 - Redshirted ...

HIGH SCHOOL - Parade Magazine and Scholastic Coach All-America ... Tennessee Gatorade Circle of Champions player of the year ... Rated No. 1 offensive tackle in nation by Max Emfinger ... On Atlanta Journal-Constitution Super Southern 100 ... Class 2A Mr. Football Award as top lineman in Tennessee ... All-State and All-Region ... Three-year starter at defensive tackle, started at tight end as sophomore and offensive tackle junior and senior years ... Team made state playoffs his junior and senior seasons ... Averaged 10 points in basketball ... Coach at Martin Westview High School: Don Coady.


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