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."
Fulmer names captains for '99
Published: Mon Mar 29, 1999 | Modified: Sat Aug 06, 2005 01:48 p.m.