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Constructing the Vols’ Super Team

Offensive Line

Chad Clifton

One of the most consistent and steadfast offensive linemen in Tennessee history, Chad Clifton was a fixture on Tennessee’s line in the late 90s and was part of the Vols’ 1998 National Championship team. Clifton was a four-year starter at tackle and was a two-time All-SEC selection and was an All-American as a senior. Clifton went on to enjoy a long 12-year NFL career as well.

Harry Galbreath

Back in the late 1980s, Harry Galbreath was one of the best offensive linemen around. His coach, Johnny Majors, called him the best run blocker he ever coached. Galbreath helped pave the way for Reggie Cobb’s early success as a runner, and Galbreath played in every game of his four-year Vol career. He was a three-year starter who was an All-SEC and All-American lineman as a senior. He also won the Jacobs Award which is given to the SEC’s top lineman every year.

Cosey Coleman

Yet another member of the 1998 squad, Cosey Coleman was a two-time All-SEC player and two-time All-American as well. Coleman played in 35 games from 1997-99 and started 30 of them. He didn’t give up a single sack during his sophomore year in 1998, and the guard went on to have a successful NFL career as well.

Scott Wells

Though not as decorated as his peers on this list, Scott Wells was nonetheless one of the best centers to play for the Vols in the program’s history. Wells made an incredible 49 consecutive starts with Tennessee from 2000-03, and he was part of the 2001 offensive line that helped Travis Stephens set the school record for most rushing yards in a single season. Wells was drafted late in the seventh round of the NFL draft, but he wound up being an all-time steal, playing in the league for 11 seasons afterwards.

Arron Sears

If not for an injury early in his NFL career, Arron Sears may still be in the league. As it is, however, Sears was forced into early retirement after sustaining a career-ending neurological condition from a concussion. But before that, Sears was a dominant lineman for the Vols who played mostly tackle in his Tennessee career. Sears was a versatile lineman who played at every offensive line position except for center in his college career, and he earned All-SEC status in his last year as a Vol in 2005.[tps_title][/tps_title]

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  1. I would have included Bob Suffridge at OL, Dewey Warren at QB, Jack Reynolds/Jackie Walker at LB and Curt Watson at RB but that’s just me.

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