Goodbye Seniors: We Hardly Knew Ya

One of the aspects of college sports that distinguishes it from its professional counterpart is that your team’s players are generally more ephemeral and on a more predictable basis. And one of the great traditions is saying goodbye to the seniors. It is always their team. And saying goodbye, in the proper way, is important. Tennessee does that. This year’s Vanderbilt game was Senior’s Day, where each senior player was allowed to go through the famous “T” individually rather than as part of the team. I just got chills writing that sentence.

So here is my tiny salute to our seniors, the leaders of this year’s version of our Tennessee Volunteers. I’m thankful we will have one more look – at least at most of them – on New Year’s Eve. Admittedly, preparing this list introduced me to a couple of you them the first time.

So here’s to the seniors. From Brown to Williams.

Goodbye. It seems like we hardly got to know them. A list follows the jump.

The 2009 Senior Volunteers

94 Wes Brown DT
Athens, Alabama
The true Vol warrior.
We will always remember his INT and return for a TD in the dying seconds against Vandy on Senior Day 2009. His Senior day.
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9 Bram Cannon H/QB
Memphis
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80 Jeff Cottam TE
Germantown
Academic All SEC 2006, 2007, and 2008.
A dependable tight end and fine pass catcher.
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53 Morgan Cox DS
Collierville
Academic All SEC 2006, 2007, and 2008.
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8 Jonathan Crompton QB
Waynesville, North Carolina
Turned from a caterpillar into a butterfly before our eyes against Georgia this season because of his belief in himself and this coaching staff’s belief in him. Nobody else seemed to see it coming. We’re all glad it happened.
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6 Derrick Furlow DB
Atlanta, Georgia
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87 Quinton Hancock WR
Saint Augustine, Florida
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2 Montario Hardesty RB
New Bern, North Carolina
2009 All-SEC second team AP.
3M-My Main Man.
Through plain old hard work, he overcame injuries to have a memorable senior season, and one of the best for a RB in the history of Tennessee football.
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64 Jonny Harrison OL
Vienna, Virginia
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25 Steven Hensley WR
Coalfield
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31 Marsalous Johnson DB
Smyrna
Named 2007 Andy Spiva Award winner, given to the most improved defensive player in UT’s spring practice.
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46 Andre Mathis DT
Erie, Pennsylvania
I will always remember him for his vicious tackle in the 2006 opening kickoff against Cal saw ’round the college football world.
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65 Jacques McClendon OG
Cleveland
Academic All SEC 2007 and 2008.
One of the stalwarts of a fine Vol offensive line.
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5 Rico McCoy LB
Washington, D.C.
2008, 2007, 2006 All-SEC Coaches (2nd). 2009 and 2007 All-SEC AP (2nd). 2006 Freshman All-American-Collegefootballnews.com (3rd). 2006 Freshman All-SEC Coaches.
A continuation of the tradition of fine linebackers at Tennessee.
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50 Josh McNeil C
Collins, Mississippi
2007 All-SEC Associated Press (honorable mention); 2006 Freshman All-America Rivals.com; 2006 Freshman All-SEC Coaches; 2005 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll.
One of the stalwarts of a fine Vol offensive line.
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51 Vladimir Richard OG
Sunrise, Florida
One of the stalwarts of a fine Vol offensive line.
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21 Austin Rogers WR
Nashville
Academic All-SEC 2006, 2007, and 2008. Will be remembered for catching the deciding two-point conversion pass in heavy traffic during the fourth overtime of Tennessee’s memorable 52-50 victory at Kentucky in 2007.
It is possible that Rogers may get another year of eligibility from the NCAA.
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79 Chris Scott OT
Riverdale, Georgia
2009 All-SEC second team AP.
One of the stalwarts of a fine Vol offensive line.
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66 Cody Sullins C
Cottontown
Academic All-SEC 2006, 2007, 2008.
Twin brother of Cory Sullins.
One of the stalwarts of a fine Vol offensive line.
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69 Cory Sullins OL
Cottontown
Academic All-SEC 2006, 2007, 2008.
Twin brother of Cody Sullins.
One of the stalwarts of a fine Vol offensive line.
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29 Sean White RB
Denver, Colorado
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55 Dan Williams DT
Memphis
All-SEC first team, 2009.
His memorable play was his block of Kentucky’s 34-yard field goal attempt in the second overtime, extending the game that Tennessee eventually won 52-50 in four overtimes to advance to the 2007 SEC Championship Game.
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