Daryl Vereen only reflected on his career for a couple seconds.
The now former Tennessee linebacker acknowledged the obvious, that it didn't play out exactly as expected after all the adversity the program has encountered over the last few years.
But even while briefly looking back on his time with the Vols on Friday morning at Pratt Pavilion, the smile never left Vereen's face as he was surrounded by family and a couple teammates. He's not leaving UT with a championship ring, but that didn't seem to matter much compared to what Vereen will be taking with him after graduating with a degree in psychology.
"It's just a happy day for me, and we worked hard to get here," Vereen said. "It wasn't the greatest season for us, but I've got some great memories and a degree.
"I'm just excited about it. It's going to be a party tonight."
The Vols certainly didn't have much to celebrate during the year, and Vereen's role might not have been as significant as he would have hoped as a senior.
The same was true for defensive backs Art Evans and C.J. Fleming as they wrapped up their college careers with the team. But none of them appeared to be giving that much thought as they posed for pictures and accepted congratulations from a stream of well-wishers — including some from Derek Dooley, their third coach at UT.
"At the end of the day, I'm still a Vol," Evans said. "You want to win them all, and it's unfortunate it didn't go the way we wanted it to go, but I know they'll get it back on track over the years.
"But, I mean, getting a degree was one of my reasons to come to school. That's exactly what it boils down to, having your parents and everybody proud of you. That's what means the most."