The list of potential storylines out of Atlanta Monday night are seemingly endless.
Tennessee played a very poor half of football, followed by an exceptional fourth quarter that saw a stagnant offense become near unstoppable by the time the Vols ultimately beat Georgia Tech 42-41 in double overtime. The run defense continues to look borderline pathetic, Quinten Dormady appears to have emerged as “the guy” for Tennessee, Marquez Callaway looks to be a real weapon, John Kelly lived up to the hype and then some with four touchdowns and Jauan Jennings left the game and never returned.
The win came as a result of Tennessee getting a stop, one of the few it had gotten all night, on a failed Georgia Tech two-point conversion. Sometimes, getting one stop is enough, or so it would seem.
While all those topics will have Vol Nation talking all week, one story is unlike any other you expect to hear coming out of a football game — the story of the walk-on saving the day.
Of course, the game would have never gone into overtime in the first place had Paul Bain not blocked Georgia Tech’s field goal attempt in the final moment of regulation. If you are unfamiliar with the name, you aren’t alone. Bain’s addition to the team didn’t come with any accolades, and he currently has more part-time jobs than he had stars attached to his recruiting profile coming out of Hillgrove H.S. in Powder Springs, Ga.
During his postgame press conference, the first question asked of head coach Butch Jones was about his walk-on defensive lineman.
“He pays his own way for school, he has two jobs to make ends meet. We put him out there (on field goal block team) and I’ll tell you what, just coming from the locker room, he probably got the biggest cheer and respect from our players,” Jones gushed. “I respect him so much for who he is and what he means to our football program. Obviously, he had a big hand in helping us win the football game.”
“I respect him so much for who he is and what he means to our football program. Obviously, he had a big hand in helping us win the football game.”
According to Bain, his coach had his figures correct, when he’s not working to help the Vols’ special teams unit, he’s working part-time at Champs or on a farm to make horse feed. Tennessee’s hard-working hero talked to the media about his responsibilities outside the Tennessee football program after the game.
The man of the hour, Paul Bain, tells us about his part time jobs and his big play pic.twitter.com/bHAucMFxB1
— David Cobb (@DavidWCobb) September 5, 2017
Safe to say Bain has three jobs now, as you can add saving Tennessee and Jones from the clutches of defeat to the growing list of jobs Bain is responsible for after the epic season opener in Atlanta.