Several Tennessee Vols made it a point to throw some shade at Vanderbilt on Saturday night after UT’s 28-10 win against the Commodores in Knoxville.
Former Alabama offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy, who transferred to Tennessee prior to the 2018 season, was among those who took a swing at Vandy.
While Darnell Wright and Wanya Morris’ jabs were more obvious, Kennedy took a more subtle approach.
Kennedy was asked after the game why the Vols were able to run the ball consistently against Vanderbilt (UT racked up 297 rushing yards in the win).
The Alabama native responded by using Vandy’s infamous “anchor down” slogan.
Starting out, we didn’t have it how we wanted to the first couple of drives,
but we were able to anchor down and get it right.
Senior defensive back Nigel Warrior also took a slight dig at Vanderbilt by saying “being able to break this little streak they had going on….it feels amazing”.
There’s no doubt that Vanderbilt has had the upper hand in the rivalry in recent years, winning three in a row and five of eight, but the Vols are still the king of this series. Tennessee is now 76-33-5 all time against Vanderbilt. That’s still quite lopsided in the Vols’ favor.
It’s abundantly clear that beating Vanderbilt and getting back in control of this rivalry was extremely important to everyone on Tennessee’s roster. From the true freshmen to the redshirt seniors, they all understood the importance of beating the Commodores.
Now it’s up to the Vols to start a new streak of their own. Beating Vanderbilt in November used to be a given for Tennessee. Getting back to that point is essential for the Vols if they want to be relevant on the national stage.
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