No 'Comet' but ...

One of the greatest football players in University of Tennessee history was the so-called "Crossville Comet."

Bruising running back Curt Watson led all Volunteer rushers in 1969, 1970 and 1971 on Big Orange squads that went a combined 30-5-0. He ranks ninth on the program's career list with 2,364 yards to this day, even though freshmen were not eligible for varsity competition during his college career.

The Big Orange just might be adding another Crossville native in 2012. He's certainly no comet but he's a massive young man who could add more depth to Tennessee's impressive young offensive line. That would be Kyle Webb, a 6-4, 325-pound offensive tackle from Crossville's Stone Memorial High School.

Webb hasn't gotten a scholarship offer from Tennessee to date but he was so impressed with the Vols' campus, facilities and coaches during their June camp that he says he might join the program as a walk-on.

"Yes, definitely," he said. "The camp was really good. I learned a lot. I'm going to use it this year to improve and get better."

Asked for his opinion of the campus and facilities, Webb literally beamed: "Wild," he said. "Really nice."

Like hundreds of young men across the state, Webb would love to represent his home-state university on the gridiron someday. His affection for Tennessee may have grown even stronger after he got to meet head coach Derek Dooley in June.

"He's a great guy," Webb said. "He's a really good coach, knows what he's doing."

Webb says he recorded 25 pancake blocks as a junior last season and earned all-district recognition. Still, he's something of a sleeper. He previously attended Middle Tennessee's camp and may attend a few more prospect gatherings this summer in hopes of attracting some interest from major-college recruiters.

"I'm looking for somewhere to get a good scholarship, to learn and play football for a great team," he said.

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