They arrived full of optimism and confidence. Their goal was, obviously, to win championships. They're down to their last game.For 13 Tennessee seniors, today is the final run through the 'T' at Neyland Stadium.
After starting his career at Pittsburgh, Alexander transferred to Tennessee as a walk-on. He competed in track and has been a practice squad player in football.
A longtime reserve offensive lineman, the Florence, Ala., native saw action in parts of nine games since signing in 2008.
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Tennessee football is a family tradition for the fifth-year fullback/tight end. His grandfather was captain of the Vols' 1939 SEC championship team and brother was a member of the 1998 national championship team and a captain in 2001. Bartholomew has 10 catches for 89 yards and his first career touchdown in 2012.
After being a defensive lineman for his first four seasons, he switched to linebacker as part of Tennessee's transition to a 3-4 defense. The Mobile, Ala., native had a career-high five tackles at Mississippi State.
The College Park, Ga., native played sparingly during his first four years in the program, but he's seen more playing time as a fifth-year senior in 2012.
He started six games at center after transferring to Tennessee from Butte Junior College in 2010, but played only sparingly in 2011 and has not played at all this year.
A serious ankle injury cost him the 2011 season, but the linebacker bounced back to be the team's third-leading tackler this year. A native of Baton Rouge, La., Lathers has also been honored for his volunteer work.
A 6-foo-3, 244-pound tight end, Rivera began his career at Oregon, transferred to a junior college in California and came to Tennessee in 2010. He could go over 1,000 career yards receiving in today's game.
The speedy receiver from Nashville has blossomed as a senior. He has 61 catches for 878 yards in his career, and six of his eight touchdowns have come this season.
The Paris native started the first four games of his college career in 2009 as a receiver, but switched to cornerback in 2010. He started 16 games on defense in 2010 and 2011, but has played more sparingly this year.
Another Baton Rouge native, the 6-5, 310-pound offensive lineman has started 36 games in a row for the Vols. He moved to left guard this year after spending most of his career at tackle.
He had started 33 games until briefly losing his job a few weeks ago. Waggner has nine career interceptions, including five in 2010. The Clinton, La., native has switched between cornerback and safety for much of his career, but has played exclusively at corner in 2012.
The reserve defensive back from Smyrna has played in 40 games but never earned a start. His best game was last year against Vanderbilt, when he made seven tackles and recovered a fumble.