Top TEs, picks 6-10

You'd figure that picking Tennessee's top 10 tight ends of the modern era (1964-2004) would be a relatively simple assignment. Everybody who caught a pass during that time would make the top 10, right?

Well, it wasn't quite that easy … but close. As Big Orange fans are acutely aware, Vol tight ends haven't caught a whole lot of balls the past 40 years. So, those who made a few grabs got a little more consideration in these rankings.

As always, I'm listing picks 6 through 10 on the first take. Then I'll make an agonizing reappraisal of the top five – some last-minute changes are inevitable – before posting them.

That said, what follows are picks 6 through 10:

10. JOHN FINLAYSON: A three-year starter (1999-2001), this 6-4, 275-pounder was primarily a blocker. Finlayson had difficulty getting open but had surprisingly good hands, managing 16 receptions for 182 career yards.

9. DAVID HORN: This 6-4, 235-pounder proved to be one of Heath Shuler's favorite targets, catching 34 passes for 289 yards and three touchdowns between 1992 and 1995. Horn's numbers would've been better except he caught just six balls for 39 yards as a senior before suffering a season-ending injury in Game 4.

8. VON REEVES: Despite backing up Mark Adams for three years, the 6-2, 248-pound Reeves put up some pretty decent numbers – 50 career receptions for 446 yards. His best year was 1991, when he grabbed 21 for 157 yards. Reeves also completed a 47-yard TD on a double-pass vs. Florida as a junior in 1990.

7. KEN DeLONG: Another three-year starter (1967-69), DeLong led all Vol receivers with 34 catches in 1968. He was All-SEC as both a junior and senior.

6. TOMMY WEST: A starter from 1973 through ‘75, West had a big-play knack few Vol tight ends can match. He had an 81-yard touchdown hookup with Condredge Holloway vs. Vanderbilt in 1974 and turned in a 107-yard receiving performance in '75 vs. UCLA. He's now head coach at the University of Memphis.


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