Tennessee football: Derek Barnett breaks Reggie White's Vols sack record, whole team celebrates
Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett closed out his outstanding Vols career Friday in the Music City Bowl against Nebraska by becoming the new all-time sacks leader in program history. His 33rd career sack surpassed Hall of Famer Reggie White.
Not bad company to be in.
With 3:46 left in Friday's bowl game in Nashville, Tennessee, Barnett beat his blocker on the outside right to take down Huskers quarterback Ryker Fyfe on third down to essentially clinch the 38-24 victory. The senior finished his final collegiate game with six tackles and that one record-breaking sack.
To make the moment even more special, Tennessee coach Butch Jones called a timeout after the sack to stop play and allow time for the whole Vols squad to mob Barnett on the field in celebration.
Tennessee's Derek Barnett just passed a legend to become the school's all-time leader in sacks: the Minister of Defense himself. pic.twitter.com/bdqWzTHm2J— ESPN (@espn) December 31, 2016
Alone at the top!— Tennessee Football (@Vol_Football) December 31, 2016
33 sacks in 39 career games: Tennessee’s all-time sacks king! pic.twitter.com/iLByNedCmP
Barnett battled injuries early this season but still finished with 13 sacks as the unquestioned leader of the Vols' defensive unit.