It was a year of haves and have-nots...well, mostly have-nots, unless you are an optimist, and you may then choose to believe that everything was peachy.
Honestly though, the Vols' season turned out an impressive finish when it could have been much, much worse.
The haves—so to speak—really come from the passionate play of a few players that leave everything on the field. They wake the next morning looking and feeling like they have been run over by a caravan of dump trucks. They can be recognized on the field a number ways.
They are the ones who get up limping from a play and refuse to leave the field. They are also the ones who are forever pointing at themselves, shouldering the blame for a blown play, when most likely it was them who kept catastrophe from unfolding. They either shrug off the water boy or drink until the squeeze bottle goes flat.
They're also the ones at the end of a game who are bleeding, broken, sprained and have the dirtiest uniforms. They suffer defeat the worst of any and celebrate the hardest when victory is theirs.
When the clock strikes zero, they literally have nothing left, but when the situation arises they still muster up enough energy to crawl through more overtime regulation. These are examples of NCAA football players—and why universities give them free education for their services.
Without further eloquence, here are your 2010 Blue-Collar Vols.