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Jeff Jarnigan looks at Neyland Stadium and he sees his opportunity.

"I never thought growing up that I would ever be a part of Tennessee football in any way," said Jarnigan.

Now, the stadium rings with his voice every weekend. He is sitting in the same seat once filled by Vols legend Bobby Denton. Bobby passed away last April.

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"Walking into the booth the first time that I knew I wasn't going to see Bobby in there was surreal. It was sad, but you have a job to do. Bobby would be the very first one to look me in the eye and say, 'Son, you got a job to do and there are fans out there counting on you. Do your job,'" said Jarnigan.

Jarnigan said he could feel Denton's presence in the stadium.

"With the rain and everything, we had a rainbow come up and people were saying that was Bobby's way of looking in over us. And you know in the back of my mind, I kind of lived with that," said Jarnigan.

A part of Bobby stuck around in the booth with Jarnigan. He bought a cigar from the same shop Bobby would and he is going to leave it on the mic in the booth as a way of channeling Denton's spirit.

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Before Jarnigan got to the game, he was already a familiar face.

"Literally hundreds of people who had seen me doing this on TV and they were saying 'good luck' and 'we are looking forward to it' and Tennessee fans are very giving," said Jarnigan.

Jarnigan received the same crew Denton had.

"Once it started I am feeding off Don Talbot on one side and Gary Wyatt on the other who are spotting and the game just kind of goes. It seemed like it last 15 minutes. So I would have to see a video of it to even remember what happened kind of."

And after making it through game one, he breathes a sigh of relief and keeps looking at the stadium he calls home.

"It's just a huge honor and as a fan, I am living the dream," said Jarnigan.

Jarnigan has been a part of UT's announcing staff for years. He was hired on in 1992 as a PA announcer for the marching band then spent nine years as a Vols men's basketball PA announcer leading up to his new role.

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