Hefney goes home

A Tennessee football player who hails from the Palmetto state figures a couple of six packs will have South Carolina fans making a lot of noise this evening in Columbia. But he figures a couple of quick six-pointers could silence them.

"The fans are going to be a big factor," said Vol safety Jonathan Hefney, a native of Rock Hill. "You know they're going to be drunk and tailgating and doing everything else.

"Their fans are going to be pretty loud. We've just got to go in there and quiet them down, take over the game. They'd be shocked if we go down there and score on our first two drives."

Hefney picked the Vols over the Gamecocks three years ago following a heated recruiting battle. Carolina fans haven't forgotten. Many of them chided him unmercifully after the Cocks upended the Vols 16-15 last year in Knoxville.

"They beat us last year, and it stuck in my mind," he said. "Every time I go home you've got to hear, ‘Carolina beat you all' and you see all the Gamecock things all around my hometown. I pretty much don't like it. I wouldn't say I hate it but I really don't like it."

Asked how much the South Carolina game means to him, the 5-9, 185-pound junior safety shrugged.

"I don't really look at it as being big," he said. "My freshman and sophomore year it maybe was big because I had some teammates from my high school there. Now I'm just going into the game trying to get a victory."

Getting a victory at Williams-Brice Stadium won't be easy, however. South Carolina's fans are among the most loyal and most rabid in all of college football. They get especially revved up when Clemson or Tennessee comes to town.

"I hear ‘em talking about Clemson more than Tennessee," Hefney noted. "But I know they dislike us more than anything, too. We've just got to go down there and play our game. Hopefully, they can't control us and we'll get the win."

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