As a result, just seven of the 23 seniors will be in the lineup – guard Cody Douglas, wide receiver C.J. Fayton, defensive ends Parys Haralson and Jason Hall, defensive tackle Jesse Mahelona, linebackers Kevin Simon and Omar Gaither. Gandy and Clausen are slated for backup action, along with tight ends Justin Reed and Jake Finlayson, linebacker Jon Poe and wide receiver Chris Hannon. Deep snapper Adam Miles will take the field if the Vols attempt a field goal or conversion kick.
Although this senior class carries a modest four-year won/lost record of 32-17 into today's game, head coach Phillip Fulmer says these young men deserve credit for helping UT through some trying times.
"I'm really appreciative to a great number of our seniors for the way they've gone about their business and their leadership," he said. "It's really tough to be a leader and out front, to continue working hard and being a good example when times are tough. It's easier when things are going really well.
"They have done a really good job of being the kind of young men – for the most part – that have led this football team in the proper direction by example and have continued to work."