“Rocky Top” is a timeless tradition in Knoxville, Tenn. Brandon Wilds seems indifferent.
South Carolina’s redshirt senior tailback is disinterested when it comes to rival schools’ fight songs, but doesn’t mind when opposing crowds start to feed into the games.
“I just kind of ignore it,” Wilds said during South Carolina’s press conference Tuesday. “Some people say it’s aggravating. I love it when the fans get involved because I do better, just like last week against Texas A&M. I just love the crowd.”
Interim coach Shawn Elliott has a different take on the fight song.
Elliott’s wife is a Chattanooga, Tenn. native, and her family are Vols fans, so he’s familiar with “Rocky Top” and, to be honest, is a bit of a fan.
“I think it’s near,” Elliott admitted. “It’s a traditional song. Every time you hear it, you know where it’s coming from. It represents them and their entire university and entire fan base. So I think it’s kind of neat.”
Wilds rushed for 128 yards on 17 carries against the Aggies on Saturday, and over the past two games under Elliott, Wilds has amassed 247 yards on 41 touches — better than six yards per attempt.
Let’s see if that trend can continue with “Rocky Top” blasting in the backdrop.