Vol fans excited for 2-0 start, and upcoming Florida game

Vol fans excited for 2-0 start, and upcoming Florida game

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By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE)—  Two games into the season, the Tennessee Volunteers have picked up two wins and a groundswell of positive attention.

The Vols are ranked in the AP Top 25, a first since 2008. For the first time in years, ESPN's College Gameday is coming to Knoxville for a Vols football game.  

Fans said they are quite excited for UT football to be back in the national spotlight.  

"The feeling is good, we just got to keep that feeling going," said Bob Griffitts, member of the Knoxville Quarterback Club.  

Hopes are riding high for this year's UT football team, as fans prepare for Saturday's game against Florida. 

"It's unbelievable; everywhere you go this week, its Florida week. Everyone is excited, finally we have a chance to beat them," said Knoxville resident Tyler Pavlis.

Phillip Fulmer was the head coach the last time UT was ranked in 2008.  

Fulmer was the honorary speaker Monday at the weekly Knoxville Quarterback Club meeting.   "I think they've certainly matured, which is important, to be going into a game like this with mature people and they've got some skill to make it happen," said Fulmer.  

ESPN College Gameday is coming to Knoxville for the first time since 2004, when the Vols hosted Auburn.

It will be the eighth time GameDay will be broadcast from Knoxville and the fourth time from the Florida at Tennessee game in Knoxville.  

Fulmer coached the team for Gameday's seven other appearances in Knoxville.

"It'd be fun, the national recognition will be important and you know all the student body who had hadn't had a chance in a few years to do that. It will be important," Fulmer said.  

With 18 overall appearances, the Vols are among the top 10 schools featured on GameDay all-time. With eight hostings, UT will be tied for fifth-most, according to university officials.

"I think it shows people that Tennessee tradition is back, and that we're going forward from here," said Griffitts.  

The university is still working out all the details for College Gameday.  The show will air live at 9 a.m. ET on ESPNU and 10 a.m. on ESPN with host Chris Fowler, analysts Lee Corso, Kirk Herbstreit, Desmond Howard and David Pollack, and host/reporter Samantha Steele.  

Tickets are still available Monday for the Florida game thanks to a significant portion of the visiting team allotment that has been returned.  

We checked UT's ticket website and found individual tickets only, some in the lower level are selling for $80.

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