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Tenn. Henderson Gets Outland Trophy

January 11, 2001

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) _ Winning the Outland Trophy was not a goal for John Henderson when he started school at Tennessee.

``I didn’t know what the Outland was. I never heard of it until I was nominated for it,″ Henderson said.

Tennessee’s 6-foot-7, 290-pound junior defensive tackle received the 2000 Outland Trophy as college football’s outstanding lineman at the annual banquet Wednesday night.

Now that he knows what the award is about, Henderson says he now will try for two.

``I still think I can reach the top. There’s more to accomplish,″ he said.

Henderson has committed to stay in school for his senior season, which is just fine with Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer.

``I personally think he can be as good as anybody we’ve had at Tennessee,″ Fulmer said.

He said that includes Reggie White, the NFL’s career sacks leader.

Henderson led the Southeast Conference this year season in sacks and tackles for a loss. Overall he had 71 tackles, 64 unassisted, as the Volunteers earned a berth in the Cotton Bowl.

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