Former Tennessee football player Orvis Milner dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 6, 2014 at 6:14 pm •  Published: August 6, 2014
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Orvis Milner, who played football for Tennessee during Robert Neyland's coaching tenure in the 1940s, has died. He was 90 years old.

Traci Moats, a nursing supervisor at the Clarity Pointe assisted living center in Knoxville, confirmed Wednesday that Milner had died at Clarity Pointe on Tuesday.

Milner lettered in football from 1946-47 and also played baseball at Tennessee. He was a starting blocking back on the 1946 team that won a share of the Southeastern Conference title and reached the Orange Bowl, where it lost 8-0 to Rice. Milner also played football for Richmond in 1944.

He later served as a longtime director of the Tennessee Golf Association and the Southern Golf Association.