Loyalty lesson

Loyalty is especially important for one of the prospects who attended the recent Tennessee Senior Football Camp. That isn't surprising, since he's been a loyal follower of the Big Orange for much of his life.

"I'm looking for a place with good team chemistry and good team leadership," says Keaton Stigger, a 6-0, 215-pound linebacker from Collierville. "And loyalty means a lot."

Stigger would love to prove his loyalty to Tennessee by playing for the Vols someday. He hopes he turned some heads at last weekend's camp ... and he hopes to turn a few more with a productive senior season. A scholarship offer from the Big Orange would be a dream come true.

"I really like Tennessee," he says. "I've been a Tennessee fan for a very long time."

If Stigger falls short in his bid to become a Vol, he still might wind up playing in the Southeastern Conference. He plans to attend Vanderbilt's camp on July 20 and Ole Miss' camp on July 26. He says the Rebels are showing significant interest in him.

Stigger is worthy of interest after posting 79 tackles, 1 interception and 2 sacks as a junior last fall. Twice he was named "Player of the Week" for Region 7-AAAAA.

If he wasn't on Tennessee's radar before, Stigger hopes he put himself there last weekend. He describes the UT camp as "very fun and exciting ... a little hard work but that was OK."

Like many prospects attending the camp, his favorite part was the 7-on-7 work. Essentially, this is lineman-free football, pitting a quarterback, running backs, receivers and a tight end against three linebackers and four defensive backs.

"I really enjoyed the 7-on-7," Stigger says. "It was something I'd never done before, so it was fun just being out there and trying it out."

Stigger spent the UT camp working primarily with Vol defensive coordinator/linebacker coach John Chavis. So, what did he think of Chief?

"He's a very nice guy," Stigger says. "He knows what he's talking about if you listen to him."

Although he also shows promise as a fullback, Stigger believes he is destined to play exclusively as an outside linebacker at the college level.

"I've been playing it for a long time," he says, "and I really know how to play it."


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