Head Coach Butch Jones takes part in the Vol Walk for the first time.
(WBIR-Knoxville) Game day in Big Orange Country had the third largest amount of fans in the NCAA. More than 97,000 people filled Neyland Stadium for Saturday night's game.
However, a new coach and a new season aren't changing those time-honored Tennessee traditions.
For the first time, Head Coach Butch Jones took part in the Vol Walk.
"You could see that pride of who we are coming out and that's what we have here," Coach Jones said, after the game.
The team's walk to Neyland Stadium always begins 2 hours and 15 minutes before kickoff.
"There are no words to describe the excitement of a Vol Walk. I'm shaking. I'm so excited. I've already lost my voice and we haven't taken the first snap. Go Vols!" Renea Winchester said.
Jessica Watson has her own tradition; she's a third generation University of Tennessee majorette and alumna.
The Pride of the Southland Band played its way to the stadium with Jessica's sister, Carolyn Watson, front and center.
"It's a tear dropper pretty much. I love her to death and I'm so happy for her," Watson said, after watching her sister perform.
While Watson is a recent alumna, Anne Dean McWhirter has a longer history with the band.
"I came to UT in '45, '46, and '47 and my husband was drum major at UT for three years.... He was a wonderful drum major," she recalled.
Russ Blackwell's tradition is more about a state of mind.
"I said the same thing today I say every year, 'We're undefeated right now. And I always hope to go as many weeks as possible saying the same thing,'" Blackwell said.
The Vols beat Austin Peay 45-0.