“16 Consecutive Carries”

Tennessee running back William Howard set an NCAA record with 16 consecutive carries (over two possessions) in the waning moments of the 1986 Ole Miss game, a 22-10 Tennessee victory, but, more than once the next season, John Majors commented about the team spirit the big guy from Lima, Ohio, helped engender.

Howard had led the 1986 team in rushing with 117 carries for 787 yards and a 4.4-yard average, but gave up a number of carries to freshman phenom Reggie Cobb of Knoxville’s Central High School. He did what was asked of him as the Vols went 10-2-1.

It was a dramatic way to conclude his Vol career. Tennessee fans remember guys like that.

Thursday, July 10, 2014