Vols' Derek Barnett ties Reggie White's sack record

Derek Barnett records his 32nd career sack in his hometown of Nashville, tying Reggie White's school record.

Derek Barnett has rewritten the record books at Tennessee.

The junior defensive end tied the legendary Reggie White's all-time school record for sacks in the first half of Tennessee's game with Vanderbilt.

Barnett did it on the final play of the first half in his hometown of Nashville. He sped past the Commodores' right tackle and took down quarterback Kyle Shurmur for his 32nd career sack. White had 32 sacks from 1980-83. 

"I play to win only," Barnett said of his accomplishments Saturday after the Vols' 45-34 loss to Vanderbilt. "Records are great, but I don't play this game for records. I play the game to get victories with my teammates. That's why I play the game."

Barnett is just a junior, but will likely be leaving early for the NFL.


Pro Football Focus projects him as the number four overall pick in the draft.

The Nashville native has 12 sacks for the season, the third straight year he's recorded 10 or more, the first SEC player to accomplish that feat.

White had 15 sacks during his senior season, another Tennessee record.

Barnett has done the vast majority of his damage against good competition - 29 of his 32 career sacks have come in SEC play.


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