Award Winner Description

Willie Gault was in a class of his own and his performances spoke for themselves. The speedy
receiver and kick returner earned All-America honors on the football field in 1982 and remains
Tennessee’s record holder in total kick returns with 2,513 yards with 5 TD returns. As a two sport
letterman, Gault was also a prolific hurdler and sprinter. Gault, an 11 time All-America and
three time NCAA Champion, finished his track career with the Vols holding three school records. In
all Gault set the 110m hurdles record three times during his career with his best mark a 13.26
which stood until 2006 when it was bested by Aries Merritt (13.21). At the 1983 NCAA Indoor
Championships, Gault won both the 60-yard high hurdles and the 60-yard dash with times of 6.98 and
6.18, respectively. At the 1983 NCAA outdoor championships, Gault placed third in the 110-meter
high hurdles, was sixth in the 100m and on the gold medal winning 4×100 meter relay. In 1982, Gault
finished second in the 60y hurdles, second in the 100m dash in a school record 10.10 which remains
the sixth best outdoor mark, and was second in the 110m hurdles. In 1981 Gault was second in the
60y hurdles and the 110m hurdles in NCAA action. In SEC action Gault won conference indoor titles
in the 60 yard HH in 1981, 1982 and 1983. Gault’s conference outdoor crowns included the 1983 200m dash and the 1981and 1982 110 m
hurdles and he also ran a leg on the 1983 champion 4×100. Gault qualified in the 110 meter hurdles,
and would have participated in the 1980 Summer Olympics if the United States had not boycotted the
event. In the 1988 Olympics, he made the American bobsledding team.