Butch Jones congratulates Appalachian State after opener

The college football season got off to a wild start when the Tennessee Volunteers, who are a preseason top ten and one of the favorites in the SEC, struggled to handle Appalachian State in the season-opener.

It took a strong second half defensive performance and some plays down the stretch to overcome a ten-point deficit for an overtime win.

After the game, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones was appreciative of his opponent.

While the Mountaineers were in their post-game huddle on the field, Jones went over and delivered some words of encouragement and praise for their valiant effort which pushed the Vols to the brink.

Butch Jones: “Maybe if I tell them they’re an exceptional football team that means my team isn’t poorly coached.” pic.twitter.com/wTWX3zCgMn

— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) September 2, 2016

You have to love that sportsmanship.

Appalachian State gave it their all, but ultimately fell just short of kicking off their 2016 campaign on a high note. The good news is their strong showing should set a positive tone for the remainder of the season.

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