Justin Worley and the Tennessee Volunteers’ offense heard the boo-birds last Saturday against South Alabama, after a couple of three-and-outs.
One future Tennessee Volunteer, Chris Weatherd, took to Twitter on Friday to voice his opinion about the fans booing.
Another thing I noticed Volnation fans Let’s not booo the offense after a bad series or play.. I’m sure you guys couldn’t do better. #family
— Christopher. ™ (@Ummmm_Dubb) October 4, 2013
Weatherd’s tweet brings a couple of things to mind.
First off, it’s nice to see that Weatherd is already backing his future team. That feeling of team chemistry and “having each other’s back” is an important component of any team. That can’t be overstated.
Weatherd, despite not yet officially being a part of the Tennessee Volunteers, is already extremely invested into the program. That’s the kind of kids that Butch Jones needs on Rocky Top.
The second thing it brings to mind is passion.
Fans, coaches, players, recruits — they’re all very very passionate about Tennessee football.
As far as the fans and their passion goes, well it’s all about expectations.
You see Tennessee fans have grown to expect nothing but the best on the field. They haven’t got that the last five seasons, so the frustration is understandable. We all know it’s going to take a little bit of time for Butch Jones to rebuild the Tennessee football program. Some fans’ patience has grown thin, so they’re expecting results now.
The fans and Chris Weatherd could each learn a little from each other.
Weatherd is learning that he’s coming to play for some of the most passionate fans in the country. Those fans are going to have big-time expectations, and there’s no doubt he wants to do everything he can to live up to those expectations.
The fans need to look at Chris Weatherd as a representation of the type of players that Butch Jones recruits — passionate, loyal and above all, talented.
Chris Weatherd, along with the 2014 recruiting class, represents the resurgence of Tennessee that is soon to come.
So be patient fans, ease up on the booing. After-all, could you do any better?