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LOOK: Tennessee Football honored Chris Oats ahead of UK-UT game

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The story behind Chris Oats’ journey over the last several months has been heart-breaking yet encouraging at the same time.

The Kentucky Football linebacker recently made his return home after staying at a rehabilitation center up in Ohio since June. The exact nature of the injury has not been specified by the University, although head coach Mark Stoops recently said that he believes Oats will make it back on the field one day.

Ahead of Kentucky’s record-shattering 34-7 victory over the Tennessee Volunteers on Saturday, the UT social media team put out a tweet honoring Oats, hashtagging it with #22OatsStrong.

Kentucky linebacker Jamar “Boogie” Watson was donning the No. 22 jersey in the win over the Vols, recording six tackles, four of them solo, and a sack.

Article written by Zack Geoghegan

Recruiting reporter for KSR. Follow me on Twitter: @ZGeogheganKSR

14 Comments for LOOK: Tennessee Football honored Chris Oats ahead of UK-UT game



  1. goteam94
    3:04 pm October 18, 2020 Permalink

    That’s very cool. Classy move by the Vols



    • blueballs80
      3:11 pm October 18, 2020 Permalink

      Thank you to the VOL administration for this kind gesture. It’s a reminder life is bigger than football.



    • magimae
      8:39 pm October 18, 2020 Permalink

      Like these comments, thumbs up Tennessee for honoring #22



  2. jpgfile
    3:25 pm October 18, 2020 Permalink

    Awesome gesture, Rocky Top. Well done.



    • UKinIN
      3:29 pm October 18, 2020 Permalink

      Speaking of Rocky Top … did not miss it yesterday.



  3. UKinIN
    3:25 pm October 18, 2020 Permalink

    Nice move by Tennessee yet UK still smacked them around. I’d call that a Win-Win.



  4. Nickerbocker05
    4:20 pm October 18, 2020 Permalink

    Very classy move and finally after 36 years of being a football fan, Tennessee Vols actually earns some respect from this football fan.



  5. UKFanSC
    4:49 pm October 18, 2020 Permalink

    Damn….. that is very classy of the Vols. Fabulous. I may sing Rocky Top later tonight.



  6. cats646
    4:51 pm October 18, 2020 Permalink

    Nice move. I still hate them tho lol.



    • ClutchCargo
      5:52 pm October 18, 2020 Permalink

      Damn right. I respect them a lot more for doing that (except Fat Phil, F that guy), but I still want to beat their asses every chance we get.



  7. NUM1UKFANFROMTHEVILLE
    11:03 am October 19, 2020 Permalink

    Agree awesome gesture from the UT Administration. This is what it’s all about!