You see them making tackles, hitting jump shots, smashing overheads, making putts, drilling kills, swimming and diving and doing just about everything else that Tennessee's student-athletes can do in their sports.
Hardly ever do you see them together at one time — and many of them dressed to the nines — Lady Vols in stunning evening gowns and Vols in sharp-tailored suits.
Yet there they were Monday night, about 300 Vols and Lady Vols, gathered for the sixth annual Volscars event to celebrate UT's 2011-12 sports year at the Knoxville Convention Center.
UT men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin gave his players some style points after the Orange Carpet welcoming ceremony as athletes walked down the carpet and posed for cameras before the dinner and program began.
"They look good," Martin said of his players. "It's very impressive. Some of my guys, I couldn't recognize them."
A total of 29 awards were presented during the program, which was closed to media. There were two live performances and four video montages on the schedule along with the awards presentations.
"I think it's a great event for our student-athletes to get involved with this," Martin said. "They have fun with it, but it's also rewarding for the work they do on and off the court and field."
Rising junior guard Trae Golden definitely was having some fun with it. Golden was the self-proclaimed best-dressed Vol basketball player even before the program.
"Ask all my other teammates," Golden said. "They already know the deal."
Golden said it's a rare time when all the UT athletes get a chance for dinner and entertainment together.
"We definitely don't get to often, but when we get a chance to, it's huge," Golden said. "All the ladies looking pretty, all the guys dressed up in suits. It's a good thing."
Rising junior Kicker Michael Palardy didn't try to match some of his football teammates' flashy suits and designer sunglasses.
"There's a lot of other guys who have a lot more style than I do," Palardy said. "I'm kind of just a simple, look-nice, look-sharp kind of guy."
Sophomore tennis player Jarryd Chaplin of Sydney, Australia, and rising junior volleyball player Kylann Scheidt, a graduate of Farragut High School, interviewed dozens of athletes and others for UT's website.
"I play tennis in my off time, a little bit," Chaplin, said, jokingly, "but I'm really striving to be a journalist, so get my name out there. Tonight's a really fun night, and everyone coming together, dressing up, that's what it's about."
Chaplin is accustomed to being interviewed, but not putting a microphone in somebody else's face.
"It's a little harder," Chaplin said. "I'm to blame for the awkward silences when I'm interviewing. I can be a little more responsive when I'm asked the questions, but it's something that I enjoy doing and a great way of meeting new people as well."
Scheidt, an aspiring video producer, had some fun interviewing her fellow student-athletes.
"It was great," Scheidt said. "It was a good experience, definitely. We asked some funny questions, so it was fun to just kind of joke around."
Dave Link is a freelance contributor.