FCC: Together again

Between 1993 and 1998 Tennessee's football team won 63 of 74 games, two Southeastern Conference championships and a national title. Those six seasons produced an average of 10.5 victories per year.

The Vols had some great players during that span. The offensive stars included quarterbacks Heath Shuler, Peyton Manning and Tee Martin, tailbacks Jamal Lewis and Travis Henry, wide receivers Joey Kent, Marcus Nash and Peerless Price, linemen Kevin Mays, Trey Teague, Chad Clifton and Cosey Coleman. The defensive standouts included linemen Leonard Little, Shaun Ellis and Darwin Walker, linebackers Scott Galyon, Al Wilson and Raynoch Thompson, backs Terry Fair, Deon Grant and Dwayne Goodrich.

The star players came and went during those six years. The constant was the FCC – Fulmer, Cutcliffe, Chavis. That would be head coach Phillip Fulmer, offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe and defensive coordinator John Chavis.

Now, after a seven-year stretch which produced zero SEC titles, zero national titles and an average of 8.7 victories per season, the FCC is together again. Tennessee fans can only hope Fulmer, Cutcliffe and Chavis team up as successfully as they did between '93 and ‘98.

"It was a great team at one time," Fulmer said recently. "I'm excited to have that team put back together, with each of us having our opportunities to excel in different areas."

Coming off a 5-6 disaster in 2005, Tennessee is no longer seen as an elite program. But that hasn't changed Fulmer's expectations for 2006.

"We expect to be good," he said. "Our goals don't change, as far as winning championships. We're going to work like heck to be as good as we can be. Our goal hasn't changed to compete for championships."


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