Defensive Lineman Paul Bain Receives Scholarship

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    According to one of his teammates on Tennessee’s football team, defensive lineman Paul Bain has finally been awarded a scholarship.

    Nyles Gaddy, a freshman walk-on linebacker on the Vols’ roster, tweeted out on Tuesday night that Bain had picked up a scholarship after playing as a walk-on for his first three years as a Vol. Gaddy would go on to say that UT didn’t produce a video of Bain receiving his scholarship, however.

    Bain transferred to Tennessee from Tusculum College prior to the 2015 season. Bain redshirted at Tusculum and was a member of UT’s practice squad in 2015. As a redshirt sophomore in 2016, Bain made his collegiate debut during the Vols’ match-up with Tennessee Tech, and he later appeared during UT’s bowl match-up with Nebraska in the Music City Bowl after the regular season. Then in 2017, Bain grabbed headlines when he blocked a potential game-winning field goal attempt by Georgia Tech in the fourth quarter during the Vols’ 42-41 double-overtime victory to start the season.

    This season, Bain played in Tennessee’s season opener against No. 17 West Virginia and once again came up with a big play. Bain recovered a fumble in the second half of the Vols’ contest against the Mountaineers, helping create the only turnover by either team in the game.

    Bain has become a favorite among Vol fans for his humble attitude and work ethic despite being relegated to a walk-on role the last couple years. He’s still known as “Paul Bain from Champs” because of his job he works at Champs Sporting Goods outside of football. He also worked on a horse farm, but he quit that job to focus more on football.

    And it appears that decision has paid off for the redshirt senior.

    The 6-foot-2, 292-pound lineman from Powder Springs, Georgia has now appeared in five games for the Vols in his career. He’s totaled two tackles, half a tackle for loss, a quarterback hurry, a fumble recovery, and a blocked field goal in those five games.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.