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.
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.