Golden Anniversary for 1951 National Champs
September 2, 2001
By Smokey's Trail
The 1951 Vol national championship football squad, one of the most honored teams in Tennessee history, was recognized 50 years later at the Tennessee-Syracuse game. The crowd of 107,725 watch the Tennessee Vols win against the Orangemen 33-3.
More than 50 members of the squad plus coaching and support staff returned to Neyland Stadium September 1, 2001 for the team's golden anniversary.
Those who attended were Ralph Adams, Bill Addonizio, Frank Alexander, Doug Atkins, Bill "Moose" Barbish, Don Bordinger, Frank "Boomer" Boring, Dan Butler, Ray Byrd, Ray Cloninger, Larry Crowson, Billy Jack Cunningham, Ted Daffer, Bob Davis, Tex Davis, Dick Ernsberger, Mack Franklin, Hugh Garner, Jimmy Hahn, Jim Haslam, Hal Hubbard, Tom Jumper, Vince Kaseta, Ollie Keller, Joel Kinley, Vic Kolenik, Andy Kozar, Dan Laughlin, Hank Lauricella, Buddy Lyons, Joe Maiure, Charles Meyer, John Michels, Gene Moeller, Ed Morgan, Jerry Morris, Colin Munro, Andy Myers, Bob Neyland Jr., Ed Nickla, Herky Payne, Bill Pearman, Gordon Polofsky, John Powell, team captain Bert Rechichar, Dan Sekanovich, PatShires, Charles Stokes, Francis Trubits, Ken Watson, and Oaka Williams.
Coaches present were Harold Johnson and Ike Peel. Sports publicity director was Gus Manning, and team manager was Arthur Marks. Head coach was the late Robert R. Neyland.
Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year
The Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year award is given annually to a college football coach by the Football Writers Association of America. The award honors Eddie Robinson, former coach at Grambling State who holds the record for most Division I wins with 408.
- 1956 -- Bowden Wyatt (AFCA)
- 1998 -- Phillip Fulmer (AFCA, FWAA, Maxwell, TSN)
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award is given annually to college football's top head coach. The award for the Division I Football Bowl Subdivision is selected by ESPN and ABC college football analysts. No coach has ever won the award twice.
The Broyles Award is an annual award given to honor the best assistant coach in college football. First awarded in 1996, it was named after former University of Arkansas men's athletic director Frank Broyles. The award is presented in Little Rock, Arkansas at the Downtown Rotary Club.
American Football Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year
The American Football Coaches Association is an association of over 10,000 football coaches and staff on all levels. According to its constitution, some of the main goals of the American Football Coaches Association are to "maintain the highest possible standards in football and the profession of coaching football," and to "provide a forum for the discussion and study of all matters pertaining to football and coaching."
Robert R. Neyland Award
The Trophy, first awarded in 1967, is named in honor of Hall of Fame and legendary head coach General Robert R. Neyland, who led the Vols from 1926-52. The Robert R. Neyland Trophy, presented each year by the Knoxville Quarterback Club.
Named for James E. Sullivan, the founder of the Amateur Athletic Union, awarded annually to the nation's top amateur athlete. The award is based on qualities of leadership, character, sportsmanship and the ideas of amateurism. The award was established in 1930.
- 1998 -- Peyton Manning (Quarterback)
The Heisman Trophy was established in 1935 by the Downtown Athletic Club in New York to honor the nation's most outstanding college football player. Four Tennessee players have finished runner-up in the national balloting -- Hank Lauricella (1951), Johnny Majors (1956), Heath Shuler (1993) and Peyton Manning (1997).
To see the list from 1938-97, Click UT Top Finishers in the Heisman Trophy Race
Presented to the nation's top college football player by the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia. The award was first given in 1937.
- 1997 -- Peyton Manning (Quarterback)
Awarded to the nation's outstanding interior lineman (Center, Guard, Tackle) as selected by the Football Writers Association of America. The first selection was made in 1946.
- 1964 -- Steve Delong (Guard)
- 2000 -- John Henderson (Tackle)
John Unitas Golden Arm Award
Since 1987, awarded annually to the nation's top senior quarterback by the John Unitas Golden Arm Educational Foundation of Louisville, Ky.
Knute Rockne Memorial Trophy
Presented to the College Lineman of the Year by the Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C. First selection was made in 1939.
Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award
Awarded annually to the nation's top quarterback by the Davey O'Brien Foundation of Fort Worth, Texas since 1977. Three finalists are chosen for the award each year.
- 1993 -- Heath Shuler (Finalist)
- 1995 -- Peyton Manning (Finalist)
- 1997 -- Peyton Manning (Winner)
The William V. Campbell trophy, formerly the Vincent dePaul Draddy Trophy, is a trophy awarded by the National Football Foundation that is given to the American college football player with the best combination of academics, community service, and on-field performance. It is considered by many to be the "Academic Heisman."
- 1997 -- Peyton Manning
- 2004 -- Michael Munoz
Jim Thorpe Award
The Jim Thorpe Award, named in memory of multi-sport legend Jim Thorpe, has been awarded to the top defensive back in college football since 1986. It is voted on by the Jim Thorpe Association, an Oklahoma based organization.
SEC Coach of the Year
The Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year awards have been chosen by three organizations since 1935. The Nashville Banner award was chosen by the league coaches from 1935-97 and is currently presented by the Sec office. United Press International chose a coach of the year from 1960-90. The Associated Press has chosen a league coach of the year since 1946.
- 1936 - Robert R. Neyland (Coaches)
- 1938 - Robert R. Neyland (Coaches)
- 1944 - John Barnhill (Coaches)
- 1950 - Robert R. Neyland (Coaches)
- 1951 - Robert R. Neyland (AP)
- 1956 - Bowden Wyatt (AP, Coaches)
- 1965 - Doug Dickey (Coaches)
- 1967 - Doug Dickey (AP, UPI & Coaches)
- 1985 - Johnny Majors (AP, UPI & Coaches)
- 1998 - Phillip Fulmer (AP, Coaches)
SEC Player of the Year
Each year since 1933 the coaches of the Southeastern Conference select the most valuable player in a poll. Note: Formerly conducted by The Nashville Banner from 1933 to 1997. Currently the award is presented by the SEC office.
- 1933 - Beattie Feathers (Back)
- 1938 - George Cafego (Back)
- 1939 - Bob Foxx (Back)
- 1955 - John Majors (Back)
- 1956 - John Majors (Back)
- 1983 - Reggie White (Def. Tackle)
- 1993 - Heath Shuler (Quarterback)
- 1997 - Peyton Manning (Quarterback)
Atlanta Touchdown Club Awards
Originated in 1939 with the selection of the Southeast Player-of-theYear. Since 1945 a back and lineman have been chosen as co-recipients. Beginning in 1980 both an offensive and defensive lineman and back have been selected.
- 1940 Bob Suffridge - (Guard)
- 1956 John Majors - (Tailback)
- 1981 Lee North - (Center)
- 1983 Reggie White - (Def. Tackle)
- 1984 Bill Mayo - (Offen. Guard)
- 1986 Dale Jones - (Linebacker)
- 1992 Dale Carter - (Def. Back)
- 1997 Peyton Manning (Quarterback)
- 1998 Al Wilson - (Linebacker)
- 1998 Phillip Fulmer
|Deion Sanders (Florida State), Peyton Manning (Tennessee) and Warren Sapp (Miami, Fla.), left to right, arrived in the NFL from the three schools that have sent the most players to the pro ranks during the past 20 years. [Getty Images photo]|
INSIDE THE DRAFT DATA
| The Miami Hurricanes have had 136 players drafted, including 41 first-round picks since 1988. |
NFL teams have drafted seven quarterbacks from Southern California, and John David Booty is expected to be the eighth this weekend.
In the 1988 draft, the average offensive lineman stood 6-4 3/5 and weighed 289 pounds. In 2007: 6-4, 308 pounds.
NFL teams have drafted more running backs from Nebraska (21) than from any other school.
Jackson State leads all Division I-AA teams with 23 draft picks.
Tennessee has produced 120 draft picks, third-best among all schools.
Of the 20 overall No. 1 picks, five were from the SEC, five from the Big Ten and five from the Pac-10.