Tennessee senior Matthew Butler provided a quote reflective of 2020 earlier this week when asked about the future of the Volunteers up front defensively.
"We set a really good foundation of mental and physical discipline, and it's up to them to adhere to it," Butler said. "There is going to be pressure to adhere to it, because you see people have success. When you see people have success, you typically do what they try to do.
"For all I know, I might be right here with them."
When Tennessee (3-6) and No. 5 Texas A&M (7-1) collide at noon Saturday in the Neyland Stadium finale of this coronavirus-altered season, it will mark a certain farewell for Vols senior left guard Trey Smith, who spoke this week of the emotions he is sure to encounter before trying to become a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL draft.