Top kickers, picks 1-5

Guys who come through in the clutch are far more valuable than guys who pile up impressive numbers against lesser opposition, then disappear at crunch time of The Big Game. I relied heavily on that formula while selecting what I consider to be the five greatest Tennessee place-kickers between 1964 and 2004.

All of these guys were great in the clutch. Four of the five started for four years. Each made at least two field goals of 50 yards or more. In other words, this is an impressive group.

That said, here goes:

5. ALEX WALLS: Tennessee's starting kicker from 1999 through 2002, he connected on 53 of 68 field goal tries (77.9 percent) and 133 of 137 extra point attempts. He was deadly as a sophomore, hitting 18 of 20 field goal tries and 39 of 39 PATs. Although lacking the leg strength of the Reveiz brothers and some other Vol kickers, Walls was 2 for 2 from beyond 50 yards, hitting 51-yarders vs. South Carolina in 1999 and vs. LSU in the 2001 SEC Championship Game. An All-SEC selection in 2000, he ranks fourth on UT's all-time scoring list with 292 points.

4. CARLOS REVEIZ: Following in the footsteps of older brother Fuad proved to be no problem for Carlos. A transfer from UT-Chattanooga, he nailed 24 of 28 field goals and 30 of 30 PATs en route to All-SEC honors as a Vol junior in 1985. Carlos added 10 more field goals and 26 more PATs as a senior. He booted four field goals of 50 yards or more in his two years on The Hill, including a 55-yarder and a game-tying 51-yarder in the final seconds against Georgia Tech in '85.

3. JOHN BECKSVOORT: A starter in 1991, '92, '93 and '94, this talented Chattanooga native was automatic on extra points, hitting 161 of 161 for his career. He was pretty good on field goals, as well, connecting on 52 of 75 for 69.3 percent. Becksvoort hit 12 of 13 field goals as a junior and insists to this day he was 13 of 13. He made All-SEC that year (1993) and was tabbed All-America by the Football Writers and Scripps-Howard. He booted three field goals of 50-plus yards, including a career-best 53-yarder vs. Arkansas in 1992. His 317 career points rank him second on UT's career scoring list.

2. JEFF HALL: The No. 1 kicker from 1995 through ‘98, he was voted All-SEC in '95, '96 and '98. Hall helped UT win two conference championships and a national title. He nailed a career-best 53-yard field goal against Oklahoma State and a 50-yarder against Kentucky, both in 1995. For his career he connected on 68.5 percent of his field goal attempts (61 of 89). Incredibly, the Winchester native hit 47 PATs in each of his four seasons, going 47 of 49 as a freshman, sophomore and junior, then 47 of 47 as a senior. Hall is UT's all-time scoring leader with 371 points. He spent one year with the NFL's St. Louis Rams.

1. FUAD REVEIZ: A first-teamer from 1981 through '84, Fuad's 60-yard field goal against Georgia Tech in 1982 still stands as the school record. His 55-yarder against Kentucky the same year is third-best in program history. All told, he made 10 kicks of 50 yards or more during his career. He nailed 71 career field goals, 10 more than runner-up Jeff Hall. Remarkably accurate, Fuad made an SEC-record 18 consecutive field goals in 1984 and finished the year 20 of 23. He was even more accurate (27 of 31) as a sophomore, earning All-SEC recognition for the only time in his career. Fuad ranks third on UT's career scoring list with 314 points. Selected in Round 7 of the 1985 NFL Draft, he went on to enjoy an illustrious 11-year pro career with the Dolphins and Vikings.


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