A group of 12 seniors will be honored Saturday in Neyland Stadium. It's Senior Day for the Vols, and this will be the last time they play in Knoxville for the Big Orange. Many in this group were part of Butch Jones' first class as head coach with Tennessee. Some are fifth years who got their start with Derek Dooley, but have had a chance to watch the program grow under Jones. Whether they were the face of the program or a walk-on who rarely saw the field, here are some highlights of the 12 that showed it truly was great to be a Tennessee Vol.
Dobbs started 4 games his freshman year and 5 his sophomore year, but since then, the offense, and the team, has been his. Dobbs is the fourth player in school history with at least 8,000 yards of total offense. He also owns the record for most rushing touchdowns by a quarterback for the University of Tennessee.
While Reeves-Maybin has been hurt for most of this season, he solidified his importance to the program his sophomore and junior year. He started all games at WILL linebacker over those two seasons, racking up 206 tackles, 8 sacks and 25 tackles for loss. He was a leader on and off the field for the defense and for the team.
An incredible athlete, Cam Sutton has had success throughout his career in Tennessee. His freshman year, Sutton was named on the freshman All-SEC team. Before this season, Sutton had 104 tackles, 3 forced fumbles, 26 passes defended, 6 interceptions, one of which, was returned for a touchdown. But Sutton contributed more than just on defense. He was a dangerous punt returner. He has brought three to the house in his career. In 2015, Sutton ranked first in the nation in punt return average, with 18.7 yards per return. He also holds the Tennessee record for most punt return yards in a single season. His 16.0 career punt return average is the best in Tennessee history as well.
A product of Dobyns-Bennett High School in Kingsport, Tennessee, it was always Foreman's dream to play for the Vols. During his time at Tennessee, Foreman has three interceptions and 13 passes defended. Perhaps one of the most memorable plays he's every made came earlier this year. In the 4th quarter, as Tennessee trailed Texas A&M, Foreman stopped what seemed to be a sure touchdown after running it down from behind, punching the ball out and forcing a fumble, which led to overtime in College Station.
Vereen has worked alongside Derek Barnett for most of his career at Tennessee, and while his numbers may not match those of his fellow defensive lineman, they are nothing to scoff at. Vereen has 12 sacks in his Vol career, half of which have come in his senior season. One of his best moments came this year as well. With less than three minutes in the 4th quarter in Athens against the Georgia Bulldogs, Vereen recovered a fumble in the end zone to put the Vols ahead.
A versatile and veteran interior offensive lineman, Wiesman played all over in the trenches, starting games at right and left guard, but staying mostly at center this year. Wiesman helped lead an offensive line that, in 2015, blocked for running backs Jalen Hurd, Alvin Kamara and quarterback Josh Dobbs. The crew ran for over 2,500 yards combined that season.
A five-year-Vol, LaTroy Lewis is one of the few players on Team 120 that played for Derek Dooley. After redshirting his freshman year, Lewis has 3.5 sacks and 7 quarterback hits in his time with the Vols. LaTroy Lewis has made a name for himself in the East Tennessee community, however. Project Elevate is a non-profit organization that Lewis founded. It's designed to help mentor and educate young children in the area.
Jason Croom started his career at Tennessee as a wide receiver. The team used his redshirt after a shoulder injury would keep him out his freshman year. In 2013 and 2014, Croom played well, grabbing 39 catches, averaging just under 15 yards a catch. In 2014, Croom had a career-high 4 touchdown receptions, but a knee injury would keep him from playing in the TaxSlayer Bowl. Just before the start of the 2015 season, Croom would have surgery on his knee, keeping him off the field for another year. In his senior season, Croom made the transition from wide receiver to tight end.
After deciding to go to Tennessee over Cincinnati, Bynum sat his freshman year with a redshirt, only to have the Cincinnati coach who tried to recruit him, Butch Jones, become the head coach of the Vols. During his time in Tennessee, Bynum has totaled 25 tackles in 34 games played. He was given the start at linebacker in the TaxSlayer Bowl. That postseason game was played in his hometown, Jacksonville, Florida.
A redshirt senior, Folger was given a scholarship in August of this year, after walking on the team back in 2012. He recorded his first tackle as a Tennessee Vol this year against Tennessee Tech. Folger had three tackles, 1 for loss, against the Golden Eagles. After he graduates, Folger plans on going into teaching and coaching.
- Walk-on wide receiver Jaye Rochell and walk-on defensive back Devin Williams will also be honored on Senior Day.