'The Rock' painted on the UT Campus ahead of Vols opener

The University of Tennessee canceled classes for Thursday's football season opener.

KNOXVILLE - University of Tennessee student Payton Miller did it again.

The senior biochemistry student finished painting The Rock on the UT campus early Thursday morning ahead of the Vols season opener against Appalachian State.

Miller painted UT’s mascot Smokey the Dog in a white jersey with the No. 00.

She also painted the border of the states Tennessee and North Carolina. Appalachian State is located in Boone, N.C.

Photo Gallery: 'The Rock' by Payton Miller

According to UT Athletics, The Rock weighs more than 80 tons and was unearthed in the 1960s during excavation of the area that became Fraternity Row on the west side of campus.

The Rock has featured a number of different messages, including birth announcements, memorials, break-up messages, marriage proposals, protests of war, messages of peace and celebrations of Tennessee Vol victories.

Kickoff between Tennessee and Applachian State is set for 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, and the SEC Network will broadcast the game.

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