|35 William Tanner
Returned to action in the spring after missing most of last season with an injury ... Has been a dedicated performer in practice during his three seasons with the team ... Has good hands ... A willing, capable blocker ... Also has a role as the team's backup holder on placekicks.
2012 (Sophomore): Continued to practice with the team although he missed much of the season because of an injury.
2011 (Redshirt Freshman): Continued to practice with the team.
2010 (Freshman): Redshirted ... Scout Team Special Teams Player of the Week once during the season.
High School: Helped lead Montgomery Bell Academy in Nashville, Tenn., to Division II - 2A state championship title his sophomore season, while taking home runner-up honors his senior season ... Lettered three years, while starting two seasons as a wide receiver and free safety ... Had 63 catches for 865 yards and 10 touchdowns his junior season en route to setting the school record in both categories in a single season ... Had 41 catches for 455 yards and five touchdowns his senior year ... Defensively, he had 63 tackles, two fumbles forced, four interceptions and a return for a touchdown his senior year ... Best game of his career came against Ensworth, where he had 10 catches for 140 yards and two touchdowns ... Named All-Midstate, all-regional and all-state both his junior and seniors seasons ... Played in the Clinic Bowl Kickoff his senior year, earning offensive MVP award ... Played centerfield for the baseball team, where he lettered two seasons ... Member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and earned a bronze medal on the National Spanish Exam.
Personal: Born in Nashville, Tenn. ... Parents are Hugh Tanner and Ellen Tanner ... Major is agricultural economics.
Community Cats: Worked with the Big Blue U Move-In (2011, `12) and the God's Pantry project (2012).
William Says ... My nickname is: Carwash ... Other than the NFL, my dream job is: President of the United States ... I couldn't live without: my family ... The one thing I like most about football is: the camaraderie with all the guys ... Something people might not know about me is: I am an Eagle Scout.