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When John Hardin senior defensive tackle Matt Elam visited the University of Tennessee, the Volunteer coaching staff didn’t offer him a scholarship. Despite not having an offer on the table, Elam remained in contact with the coaches and still considered Tennessee a possible destination.
According to Elam, the coaches told the mammoth 6-foot-6, 340-pound wrecking ball at first he was too big. But after viewing film on the size of defensive linemen in the Southeastern Conference, first-year coach Butch Jones and his staff reconsidered.
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