Six senior members of the Tennessee football team were tabbed team captains

for 1999 following Saturday morning's practice. The squad voted Chad

Clifton, Dwayne Goodrich, Tee Martin, Billy Ratliff, Spencer Riley and

Darwin Walker as team captains.

The Vols had four captains in 1998.

"All of those guys have been very good players for us and have the ability

to be good leaders," head coach Phillip Fulmer said. "We have good

leadership and the voting was close. We thought it was appropriate to name

them all captains."

Last season, Clifton and Riley anchored an offensive line that paved the

way for Tennessee to lead the SEC with 211.3 rushing yards per game.

Goodrich finished the season with three interceptions and 41 hits. Not

included in Goodrich's three regular season interceptions is his

interception and 54-yard return in the Fiesta Bowl that put the Vols ahead

of the Florida State Seminoles 14-0.

In 1998, Martin took over at quarterback and set three NCAA passing records

versus South Carolina en route to leading the Vols to the national

championship. Ratliff contributed 29 hits, four tackles for loss, two

recovered fumbles, two passes broken up, a blocked field goal and a sack.

Walker notched 46 hits along with six sacks, five tackles for loss, two

caused fumbles, two passes broken up and a recovered fumble.

Saturday morning's practice session marked the first day of contact drills

for Tennessee's football team and its third session of the spring overall.

The Vols donned full pads under sunny skies on Upper Hudson Field for the

two-and-a-half hour practice.

The highlight of the practice was the first Tennessee Drill of 1999. Fulmer

said Will Ofenheusle, Shaun Ellis, Ratliff, John Henderson and Clifton were

impressive in the drill.

"There's no place to hide," Fulmer said of the Tennessee Drill. "It's

one-on-one with everybody watching." Fulmer also noted that "we're a

stronger football team overall at this point than we were in January."

Contact was mixed with teaching during the remainder of the lengthy

practice. The Vols drilled within position groups and as a team. "We had an

outstanding and long practice," Fulmer said. "We really pulled the cork out

and stayed on the field longer than normal. We had a lot of individual

contact. We've had a lot of carryover with the older guys knowing what to

do. The emphasis is still on the younger players."