“Rare air,” Smart acknowledged. “Those are guys I grew up watching as a little kid, growing up in Alabama with my dad as a high school coach. A lot of the credit goes to people who have come to this university and played, the players who made those sacrifices, the players who helped win those games.
“I went in the locker room today, and I was looking at Nolan Smith, Jordan Davis, Mecole (Hardman), Malik Herring, Brian Herrien. It’s all these guys that made sacrifices to do this and make it special. I’ve had incredible coaching staffs. Great coaches make head coaches look smart.”
The Bulldogs (10-0, 7-0 SEC) are nine-point favorites over the Vols (7-3, 3-3). Kickoff at Neyland Stadium is set for 3:30 p.m. (CBS).