The originator of Wide Receiver U, Larry Seivers was similar to Eric Berry in that he was a transcendent superstar for Tennessee football who just happened to play for the school when it was in a declining era. As the Vols fell apart under Bill Battle from 1974 to 1976, Seivers remained one bright spot.
It started his first year playing, in 1974. After a rough 6-3-2 regular season, the Vols wanted to send Condredge Holloway off right in the Liberty Bowl. However, he was knocked out of that game, and it became a defensive struggle against the Maryland Terrapins. But in the fourth quarter, Seivers was able to grab an 11-yard pass from backup Randy Wallace for a late touchdown to secure a 7-3 victory for the Vols.
That was just the start. Seivers became a superstar the next two years, becoming an All-American in 1975 and 1976. Only four two-time All-Americans for the Vols who aren’t kickers or punters failed to win an SEC or national title while in Knoxville. Seivers is one of them.
He is also now an SEC Football Legend and a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.His NFL career didn’t really pan out, but nobody can forget his college days. And starting the WRU tradition has to count for something.
In three years, Seivers had 117 receptions for 1,924 yards and eight touchdowns. Those were huge numbers at the time, and it’s why he remains a legend. It’s just unfortunate for him that the program was slipping during that period.