On October 5, when Georgia visited Neyland Stadium, so did a squirrel in a Tennessee football helmet. Since then, the Vols have taken off.
Tennessee was looking at a possible two-win season down the barrel, and it looked like it could also be Jeremy Pruitt‘s second and final season as the Tennessee football head coach.
Then, everything turned around after the Georgia game. The Vols competed in the Georgia game, and it was a nice change at the beginning of the season.
After the Georgia game, Tennessee went on a 6-1 run and not only became bowl eligible, but also finished third in the SEC East.
Could this turnaround be because of Pruitt changing the culture at Tennessee? Yeah, probably, but could it also be because of the rally squirrel from the Georgia game? I think that’s the fairest assumption.
This squirrel lit a spark in the Tennessee offense, and soon it traveled throughout the entire team. Some have questioned the bag policy at Neyland Stadium and how the squirrel got past security, but I think we should embrace it.
It’s not that this is even a regular squirrel. It’s a squirrel with a dang Tennessee helmet and a Tennessee jersey. Who even does that?
I am all for a rally squirrel. I mean, look at the little thing he fits in perfectly. His name is Sinan, and I think he should be an honorary VFL.
Not because he’s a squirrel in a Tennessee uniform, but because he brought the Vols back to bowl eligibility.
If it weren’t for Alabama, the Vols might very well be undefeated after Sinan witnessed his first Tennessee football game.
Is Sinan the squirrel the reason that the Vols are now bowl eligible after a 1-4 start? I don’t know if we can say he is or isn’t the reason.
For now, I’m going to split the credit 50/50 between Pruitt and Sinan. Maybe he’ll take a trip to Tennessee’s bowl game.