Former Vol Robert Neyland Jr. dies

Robert Neyland Jr., a former Tennessee football player and son of legendary head coach General Robert Neyland, has died.

He was 93.

Neyland Jr.’s son, Blake Neyland, told Vols Wire his father passed away Tuesday in Marietta, Georgia.

Neyland Jr. played for his father on the Vols’ 1951 national championship team and lettered in 1952 and 1953.

He previously discussed being impressed with Josh Heupel and Tennessee’s offense.

“They rushed for 450 yards (at Missouri),” Neyland Jr. told Vols Wire in Oct. 2021 after Tennessee’s, 62-21, win at Missouri. “I am just pleased as I can be. I don’t know the last time Tennessee scored 62 points, it has been a good long while.

“I am very impressed with Coach Heupel and his staff. I think Hendon Hooker has done well. He can run, as well as throw.”

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Story originally appeared on Vols Wire