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Former Heisman Trophy runner-up Lauricella dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 26, 2014 at 6:43 pm •  Published: March 26, 2014

JEFFERSON, La. (AP) — Hank Lauricella, the 1951 Heisman Trophy runner-up at Tennessee who went on to serve more than three decades as a Louisiana state legislator, has died. He was 83.

Lauricella's wife, Betty, confirmed Wednesday that Lauricella died Tuesday at Ochsner Medical Center in Jefferson.

Lauricella was a single-wing tailback at Tennessee from 1949-51. He finished second to Princeton's Dick Kazmaier in the Heisman Trophy balloting while leading Tennessee to a national title.

"He was a gentleman's gentleman with the competitive edge of a Heisman Trophy contender," Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart said in a statement released by the university. "Hank was all Vol and will be missed."

Lauricella earned the nickname "Mr. Everything" at Tennessee, where he starred at tailback and also played safety, punted and served as the main kick and punt returner.

Lauricella was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981.

After his football career, Lauricella returned to his home state of Louisiana. He was a Louisiana state representative from 1964-72 and served in the state senate from 1972-96.

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