UT students rev up fan support for final game of football season

UT students rev up fan support for final game of football season

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UT junior Mark Cook (right) has been a Tennessee fan since he was six years old and said now's the chance for things to get back to how they used to be. UT junior Mark Cook (right) has been a Tennessee fan since he was six years old and said now's the chance for things to get back to how they used to be.
"If a lot of people go, that will show them that they still need to play well and that the season does matter for them," said UT student Ashley Richards. "If a lot of people go, that will show them that they still need to play well and that the season does matter for them," said UT student Ashley Richards.
Many students are hoping to build excitement as the Volunteers prepare for their last game of the season, encouraging fans to pack Neyland Stadium. Many students are hoping to build excitement as the Volunteers prepare for their last game of the season, encouraging fans to pack Neyland Stadium.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Many fans are looking at the firing of former head football coach Derek Dooley as an opportunity to improve the University of Tennessee football program.

The next chapter begins Saturday as the Vols try to avenge an embarrassing defeat last year against the Kentucky Wildcats.

Many students are hoping to build excitement as the Volunteers prepare for their last game of the season, encouraging fans to pack Neyland Stadium.

It's no secret that fan morale has taken a hit this season, but the tide seems to be turning a little bit, following the news of Dooley's departure.

"I go here. I have pride in this school and this football team and I'll support them no matter what happens," said UT sophomore Zach Hunn.

Social media sites like Facebook and Twitter have been blowing up with posts from fans trying to renew one another's support for UT football.

"Make sure they're behind them 110 percent because I know they give their 110 percent every Saturday. I hope all the Volunteer fans are here this Saturday and shouting as loud as they can," said UT junior Mark Cook.

Cook has been a Tennessee fan since he was six years old and said now's the chance for things to get back to how they used to be.

"Bring back the energy and excitement that the Vols have always brought me as I was growing up," said Cook.

Selling out this weekend's game is largely about backing the guys on the field.

"They probably don't think they've got a lot of supporters at the moment, so if a lot of people go, that will show them that they still need to play well and that the season does matter for them," said UT student Ashley Richards.

But it's also about resilient Tennessee fans coming together with a winning spirit, even after a losing season.

Coaches may change, but dedication to the orange and white never does.

"It's been a rough season and it would definitely be good to end on a win, especially for our seniors. We still care about them. We still support them. We're still Vols. We're still Vols for life," said Hunn.

Fans said they know a lot of people might go out of town for Thanksgiving, but they hope they'll come back for the game, especially because it is Senior Night.

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