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Voice of Vols visits
Kesling speaks to Noon Rotary
Bob Kesling
Bob Kesling was Thursdays guest speaker at Noon Rotary. Kesling is the current Voice of the Vols and will begin his 16th season calling UT football games this fall. - photo by Photo provided
McMinnville Noon Rotarians got a special treat Thursday when University of Tennessee broadcaster Bob Kesling visited town.Kesling, who will start his 16th season as the Voice of the Vols when Tennessee kicks off its football season against Utah State in August, regaled the packed crowd with tales of his playing and professional career, his vision of the current team and his work with the United Way in Knoxville.Kesling drew plenty of laughs and applause from the crowd, starting with when he recalled his first freshman game. Kesling was a walk-on fullback playing under former Vol legend Bob Davis and he was called on to play against Vanderbilt after several fumbles plagued his team.“Coach Davis yells out, ‘Kesling, get in there at tailback.’ I was thinking how great a decision it was to come to Tennessee and score touchdowns and be a big star. But right before I went in, I told the coach how I had never played tailback in the game, only in practice,” said Kesling.