KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The first annual Student Appreciation Day will be Saturday in Neyland Stadium. Team 118 and Tennessee head coach, Butch Jones, have invited students out to the stadium to take in one of the final spring practices before their DISH Orange & White Game match up.
This will be the student body's first look at the football team and the chance to mingle with the players. Jones will also speak to them following the practice about their importance to the team's success.
"It's a chance to say thank you to our great student body and everything they're able to do for us in creating a home field advantage for us last year in Neyland," Jones said. "We need them this year as well, this upcoming year, so a very, very busy day and a lot, a lot of work to do on Saturday."
Saturday's practice will be a mixture of scrimmage and positional work that will all be scored according to a special system developed by Jones and his staff.
We have kept score, we basically use the same scoring system last practice in Neyland, we will do the same when we go 11-on-11 in our practice setting," he said. "We will do the same with keeping score, there are points for tackles for loss, three-and-outs, fourth down stops, turnovers, all of that."
Faculty and staff are invited as well. Jones anticipates close to 300 faculty and staff members will be in attendance.
All of this, of course, is in preparation for Tennessee's annual DISH Orange & White game which will take place April 12 at 3 p.m. EST.
"Last year was a great environment and with the youthfulness of our football team playing in front of as many fans as we can have in Neyland Stadium for the Orange and White game is going to be critical," Jones said.
More than 60,000 fans showed up for the 2013 Orange and White game. Jones hopes to break that mark this year.
"I know our fans will come out and support us because they are the best fans in the country and we need them for the Orange & White Game."