Tauren Poole had 17 yards on five carries and a 14-yard reception in the 87th annual East-West Shrine game in St. Petersburg, Fla., on Saturday.
The former Tennessee running back's biggest honor, however, came when he was given the Pat Tillman Award.
"Just want to thank the #ShrineGame for giving me an opportunity," Poole said on his Twitter account. "I will never forget this moment.
"... Felt good to put that T on too!"
The award is presented to a player who best exemplifies character, intelligence, sportsmanship and service. The award recognizes a student-athlete's achievements and conduct, both on and off the field.
First given in 2005, the award is named in honor of Pat Tillman, a professional football player who walked away from the game after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, to join the U.S. Army.
Tillman served multiple tours of duty, including Operation Iraqi Freedom, before he was killed during a mission in Afghanistan in 2004.
"Never in a million years y'all," wrote Poole, who is the 43rd former Vol to be selected to play in the game. "Mr. Pat Tillman deserves all the credit. Thank you to a great American.
Poole ran for 1,883 yards in his career at Tennessee in 49 games. He scored 16 touchdowns in his career including five as a senior in 2011.
Lennon Creer, who played the 2007-08 seasons at Tennessee before transferring to Louisiana Tech, scored on a 9-yard run with 47 seconds remaining, giving the West a 24-17 victory. Creer finished with 80 yards on 15 carries.
Former UT quarterback B.J. Colemen, who played on season before transferring after the 2009 spring game to Chattanooga, threw a 28-yard pass play to set up a field goal on the East's opening possession, then threw a 21-yard touchdown pass to B.J. Cunningham of Michigan State to give the East a 10-0 lead.
Coleman, who was 10-for-15 for 170 yards, started for the East and was followed by Southern Mississippi's Austin Davis and Florida's John Brantley.