Today on Rocky Top: Chance Hall, Florida Streak, Johnny Majors

Chance Hall’s return, Johnny Majors back for a reunion, and Tennessee’s losing streak to Florida headline the Volunteers news for Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016.

We are past Hump Day in the week leading up to the Tennessee-Florida game, and the epic showdown on Rocky Top is now two days away.

Vol Nation can barely contain their excitement. Heck, they’re going all out with College Gameday here, Checker Neyland happening, and the Smokey Gray jerseys.

Looking ahead to today’s news on Rocky Top, we’ve got some great reports coming out plus a few history lessons.

This includes the awful losing streak to Florida, a team reunion, and a lineman back. So let’s get straight to it.

Focusing on this week, we’ll start with the lineman who’s back.

Vols OT Chance Hall to play vs Florida – Rhiannon Potkey of the Knoxville News Sentinel

Sophomore Chance Hall will make his season debut when No. 12 Tennessee (No. 14 Associated Press) opens SEC play against No. 16 Florida (No. 19 AP) on Saturday (TV: WVLT, 3:30 p.m.) at Neyland Stadium.

“Chance Hall is good to go. We are excited about that,” Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said on Wednesday during a news conference at the Ray & Lucy Hand Digital Studio.

Vols prepare for annual mental crisis vs Florida – Jon Solomon of CBS Sports

They take football a little seriously in Knoxville. Tennessee’s 11 straight losses to Florida is beyond a little serious — and now it has a shot to be historic.

Florida’s 11-year winning streak is tied for the longest annual success by one SEC traditional power over another in league history.

Johnny Majors, 1956 Vols hold 60th reunion – Mike Strange of USA TODAY Network 

More than 40 senior citizens will be recognized Saturday at Neyland Stadium. They’ll be a sidelight to the main event.

They once were the main event.

The 1956 Tennessee football team is holding its 60th reunion this weekend. It will be saluted at the showdown between the Vols and Florida.