Meet Tennessee's Smokey

Sam WestmorelandFeatured ColumnistOctober 27, 2010

CLEVELAND - APRIL 03:  Smokey, the mascot of the Tennessee Lady Volunteers performs against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during the 2007 NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Game at Quicken Loans Arena on April 3, 2007 in Cleveland, Ohio. Tennessee won 59-46. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Meet Smokey

Smokey is the mascot of the Tennessee Volunteers, and he’s filled that role since 1953. This bluetick coonhound is most easily distinguished by his unique orange suit, which is occasionally replaced by the team’s uniform. He’s a six-time entrant in the Capital One Mascot Challenge, and he has his eyes—and nose—on the prize.


Smokey’s Experience

Smokey is a veteran mascot who’s seen pretty much everything there is to see in college football. From a national title in 1998 to one of the greatest college football players ever in quarterback Peyton Manning, Smokey’s been on the sideline for one of college football’s legendary programs. He’s seen future NFL stars and fantastic coaches while watching Neyland Stadium grow into one of the greatest places in all of football.


Smokey’s Leadership Abilities

Smokey is a leader by example. He is forever loyal to Rocky Top, through thick and thin. In 1957, he infamously took on Baylor’s bear mascot, Judge, to prove his courage in the face of insurmountable odds. He loves to keep his fans happy and entertained and inspires his beloved Vols to do the same on the field.


What Separates Smokey from the Rest

What, you mean being a 6-foot-tall bluetick coonhound isn’t enough for you? Smokey also enjoys dancing with the Tennessee cheerleaders and conducting the band in a rousing rendition of "Rocky Top.”


Smokey’s Campaign Promise

If Smokey wins the 2010 Capital One College Mascot Challenge, he promises to teach the entire country to howl just like he does when the Tennessee student section says his name.

A vote for Smokey is a vote for America’s top dog.