Tennessee turned around its season with a big 38-31 win over SEC East foe UGA.
If the Volunteers lost, they would have been 2-4 on the season, but now they sit at .500 with a 3-3 record.
This game was also big from a recruiting standpoint, as the Volunteers hosted some of the nation’s top recruits. For the most part, recruits don’t care if teams win or lose, but they do care about how teams bounce back after being faced with adversity. That’s exactly what Tennessee did today. At one point in the second quarter, the Volunteers were down 24-3, yet they still somehow found a way to win.
The AJC’s SECCountry.com caught up with a few recruits after the game to get their thoughts on Tennessee’s big win.
4-star Carlin Fils-Aime, Naples, Fla., running back (committed to Tennessee) — “We are the better team. Well, I shouldn’t say better, but I can say that they were more hungry than UGA if that makes sense. We’ve had a couple of bad games and we’ve been working hard to not let the obstacles that God has put in our way bring us down. God was testing us to see how we would react to everything, and we responded in a positive way by keeping our heads up, grinding every day and just wanting it more than the other team.”
4-star Chidi Okonya, Riverdale, Ga., defensive end (committed to Tennessee) — “The entire season they’ve lost close game — heartbreakers. I feel as though they were able to focus on finishing tonight against Georgia.”
5-star Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville, Ga., quarterback (undecided) — “I just think they were determined to win/finish that game considering they’ve had three losses in the fourth quarter.”
4-star Emil Ekiyor, Indianapolis, Ind, offensive lineman (undecided) — “I think the difference was Georgia not having Nick Chubb.”
3-star Shug Frazier, Buford, Ga., defensive tackle (undecided) — “The difference was in SEC football or any football in whatever level that is, the team that plays the best defense will win, and in the third quarter, Tennessee capitalized on what Georgia didn’t.”
3-star David Marshall, Upson-Lee, Ga., defensive tackle (undecided) — “Tennessee didn’t give up and the freshmen played a great game in their second big game to date.”