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BYU Fans Flying Tennessee Uniform Artist To Boise State Game

Sep 17, 2019, 11:12 AM | Updated: 12:24 pm
Graphics courtesy of Unlimited Dynamics...
Graphics courtesy of Unlimited Dynamics

PROVO, UtahΒ – BYU’s trip to Tennessee earlier this month has made an impact on the lives of many people. First, the Cougars came away with a thrilling double-overtime victory which gave Cougar fans a memory they will never forget.

Then in the postgame, the Knoxville Police Department came away impressed with how they were treated by BYU fans. Now we have another feel-good story to emerge from this game.

17-year-old Tennessee fan and graphic designer Ryan came away so impressed with BYU fans before and after the game against his beloved Vols.

Usually, Ryan designs Tennessee uniform concepts for Volunteer fans. But as thanks to the kindness of BYU fans that were in attendance in Knoxville, he decided to create some helmet edits for BYU’s fans.

“The BYU fans were incredibly nice before and after the game,” Ryan said. “In fact, many BYU fans I’ve interacted with became Vol fans. After recovering from the loss against BYU, I found myself rooting for BYU to beat USC. Partially because it made us (Tennessee) look better but also because BYU had grown on me. I’ve been wanting to create something new, so I had a random idea to create a cream helmet for BYU. I thought I’d post it on Twitter. Since then my account has exploded with BYU fans.”

Cougar fans definitely exploded Ryan’s account putting in requests for additional uniform concepts and edits of their beloved Cougars. Ryan kept creating.

“I’ve been overwhelmed by the support from the BYU fans,” Ryan said.

BYU fans were so impressed with the jersey concepts and phone wallpapers that they decided to raise money to send Ryan and his family to an upcoming BYU football home game against Boise State.

Devin Pyne, a BYU fan from Lehi, who was one of many Cougar fans involved in helping spread the word on the fundraiser had this to say, “I love how college football can bring people together, especially after all of my friends who went to Knoxville said how much they loved it and how nice the Vol fans were. So, I saw the tweet of Ryan’s (cream helmet edit) that said he’s now a BYU fan. I thought we need to make this guy feel the love that BYU fans felt in Tennessee.”

In less than 24 hours after Pyne and some other BYU fans spread the word on Twitter, the donations quickly followed.

One Cougar fan donated Delta SkyMiles to cover the flights from Nashville to Salt Lake City on the weekend BYU will host Boise State. Then over $1,400 were raised to a Venmo account that will cover hotel, transportation, souvenirs, and more for the Volunteer family to experience BYU football firsthand.

“This is literally insane,” Ryan said. “I don’t even know what to say or do. It feels so surreal and the fact they want me to take some family with me makes it even more surreal.”

BYU and Boise State square off on Saturday, October 19th, the same day Tennessee squares off against rival and No. 2 ranked Alabama. Ryan isn’t too worried about missing his Vols take on the Crimson Tide as this trip to BYU will be a unique chance for him and his family to see another part of the country.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. I don’t think Tennessee will beat Alabama, unfortunately, so it’s not a huge deal even though I love Vol football to death,” Ryan said.

According to Pyne, Cougar fans will meet up with Ryan and his family and sit next to them at the Boise State game next month.

Ryan’s message to Cougar Nation, “Thank you guys so much! To those of you who have donated and followed me, you all are incredible!”

And yes, he plans to keep creating Vols and BYU uniform concepts going forward.

Mitch Harper is a BYU Insider for KSLsports.com and host of the Cougar Tracks Podcast and Cougar Sports Saturday (Saturday from 12-3 pm) on KSL Newsradio. Follow him on Twitter:Β @Mitch_Harper.

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