Stocstill wears orange

Friday, October 4, 2013
Joe Stocstill faces off with a South Alabama Jaguars player during the game on Sept. 28, which the Vols won 31-24. Photo by Scotty Brock

Former Bulldog's dream comes true

Former Cornersville High School quarterback / linebacker Joe Stocstill is living his dream of playing football for the Tennessee Volunteers. Prior to attending Tennessee, he was on his way to having an outstanding football career. While in high school, Stocstill received several accolades including 2010 All Region 1A, 2010 Murphy Fair Preseason 1A All-State, 2010 preseason TN Football Coaches Association Class 1A All-State Team and finishing the year on the TN Football Coaches Association 1A All-State team.

Even though he did not always play quarterback full-time, Stocstill put up solid numbers, passing for 1,562 yards and nine touchdowns while rushing for an additional 770 yards and 11 touchdowns. Unfortunately, Stocstill's high school athletic career was cut short after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee on Aug. 12, 2011 during the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce Pigskin Preview, forcing him to sit out his entire senior year.

Successful recovery Stocstill underwent surgical reconstruction of the ACL as well as medial meniscal repair and a partial lateral meniscectomy. According to his physician, Michael J. Pagnani, M.D., Joe had a remarkable recovery from his ACL injury returning to normal strength and full range of motion. Dr. Pagnani said Joe worked extremely hard during the rehabilitation process and he had one of the most outstanding recoveries that he has ever witnessed after an ACL reconstruction stating that he has normal knee stability.

In 2012, Stocstill was able to make the University of Tennessee team as a walk-on, joining fellow quarterbacks Tyler Bray, Justin Worley, Nate Peterman and Patrick Ashford. Not being content just to be on the team, Stocstill continued to push his 6' 215 pound frame in the team workouts as seen by his ranking 5th on the team according Ron McKeefery's Top 10. He also received the Grinder Award for the hardest worker of the week during summer workouts.

Dream realized

Entering the 2013 season, Stocstill bulked up at a solid 232 pounds, working as a utility player with the special teams, linebackers and the tight ends during position drills. On Aug. Stocstill saw his first college action at the up-back position on punt coverage against Austin Peay.

Although the Vols don't have a true fullback on the roster, Stocstill has also received some first-team reps at the fullback position prior to the South Alabama game and was able to get in on short yard situations as fullback during Saturday's win against South Alabama. Stocstill was willing to answer some questions about his experience at the University of Tennessee.