Poll: Which Vol are you most thankful for?

Senior Tennessee wide receiver Zach Rogers waits to return to play against Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The Nashville native has played for the Vols every season since 2009, when Lane Kiffin was the coach.

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Senior Tennessee wide receiver Zach Rogers waits to return to play against Vanderbilt at Vanderbilt Stadium in Nashville on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012. The Nashville native has played for the Vols every season since 2009, when Lane Kiffin was the coach.

Tennessee tight end Mychal Rivera (81) celebrates with teammate Justin Hunter (11) after scoring a touchdown against Missouri during the first half at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

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Tennessee tight end Mychal Rivera (81) celebrates with teammate Justin Hunter (11) after scoring a touchdown against Missouri during the first half at Neyland Stadium Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012.

Which Vol are you most thankful for?

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You think this season has been hard on UT fans? Imagine how it’s been for the players.

As we head into the team’s season finale against Kentucky (12:21 p.m. at Neyland Stadium), consider how it’s been for the upperclassmen on this team. What if you were a senior who had the misfortune to play for Lane Kiffin during his scorched-earth season, only to follow that with three increasingly disappointing years under Derek Dooley? Perhaps it has been even worse for the juniors, who didn’t even have that glimmer of hope under Kiffin before he disappeared into the night.

There’s been enough ugliness at UT lately, so in the spirit of Thanksgiving, we think it’s time to acknowledge the young men who play football for UT. Seniors like Zach Rogers, Mychal Rivera and Herman Lathers and juniors like Tyler Bray, Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson — guys who have put on the orange and white under questionable leadership and still shown moments of greatness, all while risking serious injury for our entertainment.

All things considered, which current Vol are you most thankful for? Pick one of these or post another.

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Comments » 5

NGage writes:

Seriously, KNS? Is this really the kind of thing you want to do?
How about we're thankful for every single one that's willing to risk injury for our enjoyment (and their enjoyment and education)...from the biggest "superstar" to the forgotten, unknown walk-on.

chicknleggs writes:

in response to NGage:

Seriously, KNS? Is this really the kind of thing you want to do?
How about we're thankful for every single one that's willing to risk injury for our enjoyment (and their enjoyment and education)...from the biggest "superstar" to the forgotten, unknown walk-on.

I agree with NGage!!! I am thankful for all my Volunteers. Thanks guys. You will always be Vols for Life!

Volunteer-Varmint writes:

in response to chicknleggs:

I agree with NGage!!! I am thankful for all my Volunteers. Thanks guys. You will always be Vols for Life!

I agree 150%. I'm thankful that they all have given 1 - 5 years for our entertainment.

Some days have not been the best of times but then there are days like when we beat LSU, oh wait, coaching, my bad.

I thank each and every one of the players and managers for their dedication to UT, not to mention the Pride of the Southland Band, cheerleaders, anyone on staff that has unselfishly given their all for TENNESSEE!!!!!

I will always be a Vol. I've followed them since the 60s and like my late sister will be buried in UT ORANGE!!!

GO Vols! Skin the kitties!

dward writes:

I am proud of all players that make a real commitment to UT. The choice that I was asked to make only had offensive players listed. I enjoy watching offense, but I feel that the players you listed were offensive except for Zach Rodgers (thanks Zach for hanging in there in tough times). I would like to see a poll about the defensive.

fullspectrumvol writes:

I have to say personally I am thankful for Derek Dooley and the injury risk he took driving his expensive car over to Hart's office for his much needed firing. In all seriouness, I feel so sorry for these guys and how much negativity they had to go through under his pathetic leadership. What a sad waste of some awesome talent. These boys have nothing to hang there heads about. Ol' Dooley and Fat Sal have plenty to hang there heads over though... finish the job. Fire Sal too.

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