In 1999 Attorney Sam "Mac" McAllester III and family created the Sam J. McAllester Athletic Endowment at the University of Tennessee in honor of his father and grandfather, both Volunteer lettermen. This year, he traveled to Knoxville to personally congratulate the 2012-2013 recipient, Senior Herman Lathers. Herman who is from Baton Rouge, LA has been on the SEC Academic honor roll his entire time at UT and completed his undergraduate degree. He is currently in graduate school and is the starting middle linebacker and one of the leaders of the defense. Herman hopes to have the opportunity to play in the NFL after this year.