Tennessee Vols head coach Josh Heupel got his first taste of some of UT’s storied gameday traditions this past Saturday.

Heupel experienced running through the T and the Vol walk for the first time — two of the best traditions in all of college football.

The UT head coach discussed those experiences during his weekly appearance on Vol calls on Wednesday evening.

“As much as people talk about the Vol Walk and running out the T, it’s better than people talk about,” said Heupel.

“You take in the Vol Walk, you try to have some interaction with the crowd,” added Heupel. “You try to enjoy that, those moments. Shoot, I get goosebumps now just thinking about it. Those are unique and rare opportunities.”

“There’s a handful of places like this in college football. This is unbelievably special, and I think back to as a player, your first time running out of the tunnel, man, I know that I looked around, soaked in. Getting ready to run out that T and when the T splits, the hair on the back of your neck stands up, man, and it’s something that I’ll always remember.”

It’s obvious from Heupel’s words that he fully appreciates what it means to be a Volunteer. Tennessee’s traditions are clearly important to him.

There’s no doubt that Heupel is invested at UT. We’ll see if that investment pays off in the form of a winning season in year one of the Heupel era.

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