This Win’s For You

Kentucky vs. Tennessee | 27 Nov 2010 | Neyland Stadium

12:21 pm EST | SEC Network/ESPN3.com

Let’s not forget what Saturday really is.

Kevin Cooper, Chad Cunningham, Savion Frazier, Gerald Jones, Daniel Lincoln, Ben Martin, Denarius Moore, Nick Reveiz, Jerrod Shaw, Luke Stocker, Victor Thomas, LaMarcus Thompson, Chris Walker, Gerald Williams, and Tyler Wolf.

These are the senior lettermen. These are The Group That Never Quit, so eloquently named by senior wide receiver Gerald Jones.

They never quit. It is the last home game for many who thought that Phil Fulmer would be their head coach on Saturday. It is the last home game for most who thought that Lane Kiffin would be their head coach on Saturday. It is the last home game for all who had never heard of Derek Dooley a year ago.

It is the last home game for young men that, when they decided to come to Knoxville to play their college football, never thought things would turn out the way they did.

But, they never quit. They never quit when the powers in the tower, and the majority of the fan base, quit on Phil Fulmer. They never quit when Lane Kiffin quit on them. And I’m sure that on Saturday they will not quit on Derek Dooley, his staff, their teammates, and the entire Vol Nation.

Saturday is their day – Senior Day. It is the last time these young men will play for Tennessee in Neyland Stadium.

Message to the freshmen, sophomores and juniors who will suit up this Saturday: Someday, you too will be a senior playing your last game on Shields-Watkins Field. On that day, you will expect the underclassmen to give all they have FOR YOU. So, on Saturday, you are expected to give your all for The Group That Never Quit.

We’ve all been through a lot these last four seasons. So, it’s time for all brothers and sisters of the Vol Family to give one hundred percent of their energy to these young men, because Saturday isn’t about The Streak, or becoming bowl eligible, bringing that extra practice time in December to further develop the underclassmen heading into 2011. And, Saturday isn’t about anybody’s quest of being 12-0 in pre-game predictions.

It’s about the seniors.

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Thus, my prediction isn’t about what I might really think about Kentucky’s high-powered offense, or the frailties of Tennessee’s 2010 squad. It’s only purpose is to give a little bit of support from this dusty corner of the college football blogosphere to seniors who deserve more support than is possible to give.

Saturday’s win is for you, seniors. It will happen.

Tennessee 38 Kentucky 28

Go Vols!

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5 responses to “This Win’s For You”

  1. tk says :

    IVE GONE CRAZY…….THIS GAME GOES TO OT. AND WE PULL IT OUT CAUSE WE ARE THE HOME TEAM. A REAL SLUGFEST THIS SATURDAY ALONGSIDE THE TENNESSEE RIVER. UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSE 34==UNIVERSITY OF KENTUCKY 31. A LINCOLN 34 YARD FIELD GOALS SEALS IT.
    MY NEXT PREDICTION IS THAT NORCALVOL AND MYSELF ARE THE ONLY FOLKS TO PREDICT THIS WEEKEND!!!!!!!!

  2. orangebobber says :

    Kentucky and Cobb want this bad. Will have to play our best and keep their offense off the field. It a home game and I like our chances for that reason. We have seniors also and they want to play good. Montori Hughs loss may play a big part. Kentucky has a good running game with veterans. We need to jump out an not look back. Just fair catch the ball please!!!! We will get this one but close TN 31 Kent ucky 27

  3. Bert says :

    i hope TK’s first prediction is better than his second…

    i’m goin’ with justin wilcox and the way his defense has
    played the last 3 games. maybe it’s taken this long for
    the “D” to get it…

    granted, memphis and vandy aren’t great offensively
    but missippissi has put up points this year…

    UK has lost their last 3 road games by an average of
    16 points…throw in senior day and the “D” and i like our chances…

    vols 45
    UK 31

  4. Billy (CW) Smart says :

    I’m going to have to say Tennessee has 6-6 season record. Although this will be a mighty tough game, I think they’ll pull it off and make a Bowl Game.

    UT-17
    KT-10

  5. Sandy says :

    The streak goes on… the Vols cannot lose to Kentucky, especially at home. Kentucky will find a way to lose.

    I’m thinking along the same lines as TK… Vols in overtime, 45-42.

    A late prediction is better than no prediction :)

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