Buck Buxton, part of Vols' 1997 championship team, dies at 41

KNOXVILLE, TN - AUGUST 31, 1996 - Defensive back Buck Buxton #97 of the Tennessee Volunteers during the game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Rebels in Knoxville, TN. Photo By Tennessee Athletics

Former Tennessee football defensive lineman and member of the program’s 1997 SEC Championship team William “Buck” Buxton died earlier this week.

Buxton lettered for UT in the 1996 and 1997 seasons, playing on the defensive line and helping lead the Volunteers to a 21-4 overall record in that span. Buxton played in 11 games, making 16 total tackles and recorded two sacks during the 1996 season in which UT went 10-2 and defeated Northwestern, 48-28, in the Citrus Bowl.

The Girard, Ga, native was also a member of the Vols 1997 SEC Championship team, recording 13 tackles and a tackle for loss that season. During his two seasons on Rocky Top, Buxton made 29 total tackles while registering had four tackles for loss, two sacks and a forced fumble.

Funeral services for Buxton will be held on Saturday, May 26, at 11 a.m., at Waynesboro Deliverance in Waynesboro, Ga. Family viewing will be held Friday morning with guest visitation from 12-7 p.m.