Former Vols receiver, Oak Ridge native, dies

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (SUBMITTED) -- Former Tennessee wide receiver Emmon Love, a native of Oak Ridge, died suddenly Monday morning in Knoxville. He was 58.

A key member of the 1971-73 Vol squads coached by Bill Battle, Love was starting wide receiver on the 1972 and 1973 UT teams. During his career, Vol squads won 28 games while losing only eight. He helped Tennessee to victories in the 1971 Liberty and 1972 Astro Bluebonnet bowls, while also playing in the 1973 Gator Bowl.

Love was the team’s leading receiver in 1972 with 20 catches for 280 yards and one touchdown. He finished his career with 46 catches for 667 yards and three touchdowns in 31 games played. His longest catch was a 57-yard pass from Dennis Chadwick in the 1971 Alabama contest.

A quality player at Oak Ridge High School under Emory Hale, Love was signed by Battle as member of his first recruiting class in 1970. He earned All-East Tennessee and All-State honors for the Wildcats

Love was vice president of Ameriplan Benefit Corp., in Knoxville. A strong supporter of UT Athletics, Love made a gift in 2003 to UT’s STEP-UP Campaign in which the wide receiver coach’s office was named in his honor. He also was an active member of the UT Lettermen’s T-Club.

Funeral services are pending. Rose Mortuary, Mann’s Heritage Chapel, is in charge.

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