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Tennessee football’s most underrated player from 1951 passes away

Herky Payne (left) and Wayne Cronan both of Knoxville and both former Farragut football coaches talk before the West versus Farragut high school football game at West high school Friday Sept. 21, 2018. Payne said he meant to sit on the Farragut side, but accidentally chose the West bleachers.Westfarragut Football Jt 0921 14 Of 7

When anybody talks about Robert Neyland’s final two national championship teams for Tennessee football in 1950 and 1951, defense and the trenches are what stand out. Doug Atkins has his number retired. Bud Sherrod, Ted Daffer, Bill Pearman and John Michels are All-Americans.