Saying good bye to the seniors is always tough. For most, it's their final football game. Said senior defensive back Prentiss Waggner,"Got to practice and Willie Bo was like, this is my last Tuesday practice ever. I was like hey Willie Bo, don't say nothing like that man. I don't even want to think about it."
This year's senior class has gone through a couple of coaches, and they won't even have Derek Dooley on the sideline for their final game. Reporter-"Would you have preferred him being here for one more game under the circumstances or is it best this way?" Said senior fullback Ben Bartholomew,"We support whatever his decision is." Added senior linebacker Herman Lathers,"If you look at what all has happened here. I think it has made us better men. We enjoy life."
This season held so much promise for Tennessee. But the good times never happened. Said Bartholomew,"We had a lot of expectations. I think we had a lot of potential. We didn't capitilize on it. That's all right. That's how things play out."
Given what the seniors have endured, a win on Saturday would be nice. Said Lathers,"Our whole motto this week. The whole team is buying into playing for the seniors. Leaving this thing with a bang. Not worrying about what happened in the past." Said Bartholomew,"The seniors. We've had a hard time here obviously with all the coaches. We want to go out with a smile on our face. That's what we are playing for."
Quarterback Tyler Bray is just a junior. But will Saturday also be his final game on Rocky Top? Reporter-"Obviously there's a chance that coach Chaney won't be back next year. Will that affect your decision at the next level at all?" Said Bray,"We play Kentucky. That's all I am worried about."