As the longtime pastor of Gunnings Baptist Church in Blountville, Tenn., Bob Ferguson has begun to hear the words almost daily.
"So you're Riley Ferguson's grandfather?" they'll ask the Chattanooga native and 1964 Kirkman High School graduate. "You must be so proud. We're so happy Riley's a Tennessee Vol."
And the preacher certainly is proud that his grandson will compete for the starting quarterback job at Tennessee as a true freshman out of Charlotte when practice begins next month. Bust-a-gut proud. Cow-over-the-moon proud, because Tennessee's his school, too. At least in Big Orange spirit.
As Bob said last week, "I've been a Tennessee fan all my life. I would have been happy wherever Riley went, even Alabama. But I was praying he'd choose Tennessee."
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