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Nose-to-Nose
Now with brother Shane, Nick Reveiz ‘breaks’ something good as LB; Fulmer, Chavis give praise


From breaking his leg to breaking Al Wilson’s weightlifting record — using his once mangled leg to do it.

Nick Reveiz and his tireless work effort — and most recent success of overcoming adversity — has made quite an impression upon Tennessee’s coaching staff as he looks to move up the linebacker depth chart.

“In power clean, I broke Al Wilson’s [team] record for linebackers,” the redshirt freshman said of his 362-pound lift, breaking Wilson’s mark of 358. “I have that plate hanging in my room, it’s something I’m proud of. One of the strength coaches said they hung me up on the record boards.

“I broke a leg, and came back and broke a record.”

Reveiz, who despite being a walk-on standout from Farragut High School, rose to third team status at LB before breaking his leg during spring practice.

Head coach Phillip Fulmer is taking notice. “One young man that I think deserves special note is Nick Reveiz. Nick has played himself into the rotation with our depth at linebacker and on special teams because of his attitude and work ethic,” Fulmer said.

John Chavis, Vol defensive coordinator and linebackers coach, said Reveiz “did a tremendous job in spring practice.”

Saying he had a one-on-one talk with Reveiz just days before the injury, “I can remember saying to him, ‘You deserve to be here, you’re good enough to play, you’ve had that kind of spring.’ … He did a great job competing in spring practice, and I think he put himself in position where he’s going to help us this fall.

“We’re excited about where Nick is,” Chavis added. “He’s going to have to pick up where he left off before the injury. It has set him back a little bit. It looks like he’s back healthy, ready to go.”

Now joined by younger brother Shane Reveiz, another invited Vol walk-on and former FHS standout linebacker (see picture, page 14), Nick said his injury is “still something on-going, it’s more of a mental thing now,” adding that physically, “I’m at 100 percent

“I’m a hard worker and I feel I’ve got to do things to get better,” he added. “The hardest thing for me was to sit down.”

Accessing his injury, “I didn’t understand at first, ‘why is this happening to me?’” the 5-foot-10, 225-pounder. “I think God gave me a peace, I kept praying about it. All the credit’s to Him.”

As for his inclusion in the media guide as an official member of the UT varsity team, “I guess I did catch myself looking at the media guide, being one step further than I was being a walk-on. Now I’m looking to contribute,” Nick said.

As for his current status, “Technically I’m third-string, but I got to rotate in with the second-string,” Nick said of an early practice last week.

“People are still doubting me, that’s my fuel,” he said. “I’m definitely looking at, when we have bigger leads, getting in.

“But I’ve got to do well in fall camp and prove to coach Chavis that I can still play.”

Meanwhile, “I should definitely be starting special teams,” Nick added about his role on kick coverage.

Lost any speed since breaking your leg? Rehabilitating under highly regarded trainer Charlie Petrone, “I owe him so much because he really got me back on track speed-wise and quickness-wise,” Nick said.

Emphasizing how a linebacker needs quickness, “I think I’m quicker than I was [before the broken leg],” Nick said. “I ran a 4.17 pro agility time, which is the fastest I’ve ever run. I ran a 4.28 before spring. That what me and Charlie really worked on, and that’s what the drill measures.”

Meanwhile, Reveiz’s top bench press mark is 405 pounds.

“I feel like every day I’ve got to go out and prove something to somebody,” the former high school All-state linebacker said. “Because if I don’t, I’m not going to get any better.

“If I’m not proving it to somebody, I need to prove it to myself.”

 

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