Despite injuries, youth and inexperience, the Vols are still in line to make this another November to remember, now that's progress!
When the Vols face the music in Nashville, they'll do so continuing to sport the renewed sense of enthusiasm and accountability this group has seemed to develop over the past few weeks. Stop the presses! This team seems to be buying into the idea that being result driven isn't the way to build a program. The guys appear to be having fun, while not driving head coach Derek Dooley too crazy. By the way, the gesture for going loco has been adopted by Tyler Bray and company following scores. The guys unveiled the move last week against Ole Miss. Coach Dooley approves as long as the postgame film session doesn't drive him crazier.
Unlike recent UT teams, these Vols have not underachieved, in fact, they've done a good job of striving to reach the potential which lies within. It's obvious, their full potential won't be realized this season, but they appear to be on the right track with an offense responding to it's new leader and a defense turning opportunities into points.
Another common thread is emotion. I believe it plays a major role in the outcome of games. Over the past few weeks, the Vols have been able to bottle that excitement and tap into it on game day. It certainly helps to have a prize waiting at the finish line. Victories over Vandy and then Kentucky in the season finale will send the Vols Bowling. Ironically, one of the Bowls the Vols would be eligible for resides in the city they'll be playing in this evening.
A loss to rival Vandy would prevent the Volunteers from possibly doing their singing in the Music City this postseason.
A win tonight would also provide coach Dooley and his Vols with another first this season and that's a road win in the SEC. That would certainly be another important step in a season where big strides have been hard to come by. A true sign of a team's progress is it's ability to overcome adversity. Despite injuries, youth and inexperience, the Vols are still in line to make this another November to remember, now that's progress!