The all-time leading receiver in Tennessee history is joining the InsideTennessee team.
Joey Kent scored 25 touchdowns in his career with the Volunteers and now is a major score for IT.
"I have a passion for Tennessee athletics so I'm really excited about joining IT team,” Kent said. “Being a former player, I feel like I can bring a unique perspective to the table that will provide insight and content throughout this season and beyond.”
Kent, 42, is not only one of the all-time greats at Tennessee but also in the Southeastern Conference.
In four seasons with the Big Orange, the playmaker caught 183 passes for 2,814 yards and 25 touchdowns — all career records at Wide Receiver U.
On Oct. 14, 1995, Kent reeled in an 80-yard touchdown pass from legendary quarterback Peyton Manning on Tennessee's first play from scrimmage against Alabama in Birmingham. That vaulted the Vols to arguably the most impressive victory over the Crimson Tide in Tennessee's 38 wins in the series.
Kent, who registered seven straight 100-yard receiving games in 1996, became the 46th pick overall and fifth wide receiver selected in the 1997 NFL Draft, going to the Tennessee Titans. He also played for the Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams.
The Huntsville, Alabama, native suited up for the Orange & White from 1993-96. Kent now lives just outside of Nashville, makes a living in pharmaceutical sales and works on the Tennessee Tailgate Show on Nashville's 104.5 FM.
“Tennessee's fan's are loyal and passionate about all things Tennessee,” Kent said. “Obviously the support for the football program is there but it extends to the Lady Vols and all sports and that is what makes our fanbase special and also makes me proud to be a Vol.”
Scott Hall took over as the publisher at InsideTennessee last week and immediately reached out to the VFL to team up with the IT staff.
“Joey Kent is such an iconic figure for so many Vol fans,” Hall said. “We recall ‘touchdown on play 1’ with such fond memories of not just the games themselves but the people we enjoyed them with. With all that said Joey is even a better person to spend time with and I am so excited to get to do just that at InsideTennessee.
“We want to be known as the place to get expert analysis and having Joey on our team is a great step in making that a reality!”
The InsideTennessee team now includes the most decorated pass catcher in the 120-year history of Vols football, a former Division I recruiting coordinator, an award-winning reporter and an award-winning photographer.
Kent will be an active participant on VolChat along with providing football game analysis and previews as well as weekly predictions.