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Johnnie Jones, Munford, Tn. '81-'84, is best remembered for his 66 yd. TD dash toward the end of the game vs Bama in the Vols 41-34 in 1983. Jones rushed for over 1000 yds. in both his Junior and Senior seasons. He was a threat to take it to house every time he caught the screen or ran the draw. I remember him best for his ability to catch defenders over pursuing and cut underneath leaving them grasping air. He had great games against Vandy .I've got his autographed picture hanging in my office.
My favorite is probably Travis Henry. Just loved to watch him run. He wasn't fast but the way people bounced off him WOW. Second would be Johnnie Jones and third would be Little Man Stewart. My favorite two running back moments are both from Mose Phillips. The checking the watch after a touchdown and the South Carolina game where he ran over, around,under and through their defense or however John Ward put it.
^^^THIS^^^. What he lacked in size he more than made up for in heart. Stephens just had an iron will. I still have dreams about that 2001 Florida game; he was a man possessed that night. Hard believe it's been 12 years since that game...(I was only 7 years old. Man I feel old now)
"What did he do? All he did was score!" - John Ward
Just going to leave this here. Pretty sure Webb was a Freshman.
Ole Miss was pretty damn good this year too. They don't even show his best run.
All video footage is copyright of the University of Tennessee, but legally reproduced here in conjunction with Fair Use laws. Chuck Webb sets a Tennessee rus...
This post was edited by abkelley74 14 months ago
Yeah he was a FR.... Man that is an awesome video... Bringing back some awesome memories.... Some great players on that team.... Webb, Andy Kelly, Alvin Harper, dale carter, etc..... That's right around when I fell in love with the vols.... I was born in 'dec of 82, so '89 is the first real season I remember....
That was my 9th grade year in HS. My Cousin was at UT. I sat in the student section my whole HS career. I learned a lot.
I would agree with Cobb and Webb.
Jonathon jones from Munford tennessee! I can still hear jw on the call when I was a kid. A real player on some real average teams. Probably my all time fave. Never forget coach jay Graham's breakaway against bama. But as far as a true "bell cow" who could carry the load, cheese was hard to beat.
Those were the three names I thought of first, and I agree about Lewis being the best, pre-injury, of course.
"Old School"! A strong defense wins championships!
My favorite would be Jamal Lewis but I also love Travis Henry's punishing runs. I would say Charlie garner and Travis Stephens for scatter backs!
This post was edited by UT wild willie 14 months ago
Its not a stupid question until you ask it.
Love this series! +1
Jay Graham, Stewart, and Jamal Lewis were my favorites. Probably some bias there as I was at school when they were all there. I was a freshman when Aaron Hayden and Stewart were seniors and a senior when Lewis, Henry, and Stephens were all freshman. Jay and I were in the same class. Was definitely the golden age of running backs during that time!
As for "Littleman", he really wasn't very little despite his nickname. He was pretty big if I recall?
If we are truely talking about running backs and not just half backs or tail backs then you have to remember the big boys in the backfield as well. Shawn Bryson and Mose Phillips were the best big ones I've seen run. Chester Ford was the best blocking back I've seen at UT.
This will show my age. The Crossville Comet Curt Watson.
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