Tennessee Football All-Time Phil Fulmer Team Tight End
Jason Witten (2000-2002)
Most football fans remember Jason Witten as the Dallas Cowboys star that was one of the best tight ends in the history of the game. However, before he took his talents to the Lonestar State, he was a standout player for Phil Fulmer and Tennessee football.
Ironically, before he turned into one of the best players in the game, he wasn’t even a tight end. He started his Volunteers career as a defensive end, but he got a bit lucky. Injuries on the offensive side of the ball force Fulmer and company to move Witten to the position where he would blossom.
Witten had a great career with Tennessee football punctuated by setting school records for a tight end in receptions (39) and receiving yards (493) with five touchdowns in his final year in Knoxville.
Tennessee football fans would likely agree that not only did Witten put up those kinds of numbers but among them was one of the most memorable catches in the program’s history. That catch was the game-winner in a six overtime contest with Arkansas.
Despite playing just 20 games at tight end for Tennessee football, he left the school after just three years leading the school in receptions and receiving yards by a tight end.