Vols Football Thursday Q&A With Center Josh McNeil

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Questions For Vols Center Josh McNeil:

Did you feel like there was some pressure for you to go to Mississippi State coming out of high school?

"I think there was some pressure because my brother went there. There really isn't a chance for brothers to have a legacy at a position. I think my brother and I and the Cottam (Brad and Jeff) brothers are the only two sets of siblings playing the same position at the college level. I was urged to go there and continue the tradition of McNeil centers at Mississippi State, but I earned my scholarship and wanted to have an open mind and try to pick the best place for me."

Are there more nerves for you this week or is this business as usual?

"It is definitely a special week for me. I wouldn't lie and say this is just another game. I heard some cowbells out there at practice Wednesday the managers were ringing to mess with us, and it made me think back to all of the games I have watched there. I know a lot of guys on the State team, some of them are good friends. It's exciting because of the ties I have there. I can't wait for Saturday."

Your brother wrapped up his college career at Mississippi State in 2005. Have you talked to him this week?

"I talk to him every day. He's been pretty good about it. It's awkward for him because he played there but he supports his family. He will be in the UT family section. I'm sure he will be torn. I don't know who he wants to win, but I know he hopes I play well and stay healthy throughout the game. It is probably worse for him than it is for me."

How many tickets did you get for the game?

"I will have at least 20 family members and friends there. I told them they had to wear Tennessee colors or they couldn't have the tickets. If they are coming to watch me, they have to cheer for my team. Nobody with one of my tickets will be in possession of a cowbell."

As far as the game itself, what do you expect from the Bulldog defense?

"I know that they are big and strong, especially their inside guys. It's tradition there. They will come out and smack you in the mouth. Sometimes they would rather just run you over than make the tackle. It's going to be nasty in there. It's going to be a fight. We're going to have to scrap, and I'm looking forward to it."



Former Tennessee captain and two-time All-SEC defensive end Will Overstreet has been added to Saturday's announcing crew for the Vols' pay-per-view telecast at Mississippi State.
Randy Smith is handling the play-by-play duties, with Rick Russo contributing sideline reports for the 1:30 p.m. Central time kickoff. Overstreet is filling in this week for former Vols Quarterback Pat Ryan.

Dish Network and DirecTV also have announced the state of Tennessee channel numbers for Saturday's game.

Tennessee customers can order the pay-per-view game on Dish Network channel 462 and DirecTV channel 698 respectively. Customers should order the broadcast by going to the designated channel and following the ordering instructions on their TV screen using their remote before kickoff on Saturday. Home satellite dish owners with large C-band dishes located outside the service areas of the participating cable systems in the state of Tennessee may order the game by calling (800) 887-8277.

Cable systems across the state of Tennessee also are scheduled to carry the telecast from the VideoSeat pay-per-view service. Fans should contact their local cable system to order the game and receive price information.

For residents living outside the state of Tennessee, the game will be made available through ESPN GamePlan. The game will not be available via pay-per-view or ESPN GamePlan in the state of Mississippi.

Finally, the Vol Network's "StadiumCast" frequency at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville will be 102.3 on the FM dial. Fans attending the game can tune into the Vol Network broadcast by bringing a portable radio. The "Kickoff Call-In Show" begins at coverage at 1 p.m. Eastern time (noon Central).

Story Courtesy: UT Sports Information