Top guards, picks 6-10

If you're going to "pound the rock" you need a powerful hammer. In other words, if you're going to run the football between the tackles, you'd better have a couple of guards who can knock people off the line of scrimmage and onto their backs.

Tennessee has been blessed with some outstanding guards throughout the past four decades, which is why the Vols generally have been able to run the ball with success. I'd forgotten what a high-quality group of guards the Big Orange has produced until I tried to select the top 10 for the years 1964 through 2004. It proved to be a formidable but enjoyable chore.

Picks 6 through 10 are listed below, with picks 1 through 5 to follow later today:

10. JOHN BRUHIN: This rugged Powell product was Tennessee's starting right guard in 1985, '86 and '87. Although he never earned any all-star recognition, he was a fourth-round pick of the Tampa Bay Bucs in the 1988 NFL Draft who ultimately spent four seasons with the team. His son, Zane, is now on scholarship at Marshall University.

9. BILL MAYO: A rare four-year starter, Mayo played right guard from 1981-83, then switched to left guard as a senior. He was All-SEC as a junior, All-SEC and All-America as a senior. His son, Cameron, is a reserve center for the 2006 Vols.

8. CHARLES ROSENFELDER: An All-American in 1968, this Humboldt native started at left guard as a sophomore, then at right guard as a junior and senior. He was All-Southeastern Conference his last two years with the Vols.

7. FRED WEARY: After one year at defensive tackle, Weary moved to offense and made a splash. He started two years at guard (1999, 2001) and started the first two games of 2000 at center before being felled by injury. A team captain and All-SEC selection as a senior, he was a third-round pick of the Houston Texans in the 2002 NFL Draft. He has been a part-time starter the past four seasons.

6. KEVIN MAYS: Another converted defensive lineman, Mays started at left guard in 1993 and '94. One of UT's most aggressive blockers of recent vintage, this rugged Kingston native was tabbed a team captain and an All-SEC performer as a senior. He suffered a horrific knee injury during a pre-draft workout for NFL scouts that destroyed his hopes of a pro career.


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