Tennessee Football Countdown: 71 Days

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    There are officially 71 days separating the Tennessee Volunteers from the first game of the regular season. Or, in other words, there are two months and ten days until it is Football Time in Tennessee.

    Over the historic lifespan of the Tennessee football program, 29 players have worn the No. 71 for the Volunteers. Out of those 29 players, 24 of them have been offensive linemen. Three players were on the defensive line, one player was a linebacker, and Ronald Bergmeier, the first Volunteer to sport the No. 71, was a back/wing-back during his time in orange.

    Tennessee and head coach Josh Heupel will kick off the football season against Ball State on Thursday, Sept. 1, at 7:00 p.m. ET.

    If you have a specific standout memory from one of the players listed, make sure to drop it in the comment section below!

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    Ronald Bergmeier, B, 1946, 47, WB, 1948, 49

    Don McGuire, LG, 1950

    John Powell, LG, 1951, G, 1952, 53

    Darris McCord, RT, 1954

    Jerry Hurst, T, 1955

    Howard Jackson, T, 1956, 57, RT, 1958

    Paul Tilson, RT, 1959

    Harold Chambers, RT, 1960

    Dick Husband, LT, 1961

    Dale Brown, LT, 1962, 63

    Derrick Weatherford, RT, 1964, DT, 1965, 66, 67

    Steve Robinson, OT, 1968, 69, 70

    Mike Mohrman, DT, 1972, 73, 74

    Donnie Stowers, OG, 1975

    Jim Woofter, DT, 1975, 76

    Greg Kapusta, OT, 1977

    Jay Williams, OT, 1979, OG, 1978, 80

    Mike Vaccarella, OT, 1981

    Darrin Miller, LB, 1984, 85

    Otis Coffey, OT, 1986, 87

    Rex Hargrove, OG, 1988, 89, 90

    Bubba Miller, C, 1992, 93, 94, 95

    Brent Beavers, DL, 1997

    Reggie Coleman, OL, 1998, 99, 00, 01

    Steven Jones, OL, 2003, 04, 05, 06, 07

    Dallas Thomas, OL, 2008, 09, 10, 11, 12

    Dylan Wiesman, OL, 2013, 14, 15, 16

    Tanner Antonutti, OL, 2018

    James Robinson, OL, 2020

    Source: Tennessee Football 2021 Media Guide

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.

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