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ESPN.com's Chris Low detailed the excitement surrounding the Tennessee football program right now with its first trip to a bowl game since 2010.



Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/19/14)

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The Vols finished their third practice in as many days on Thursday with a spirited session inside the Anderson Training Center. Get the full report: #VolReport: Eyes On The Prize.

Butch Jones spoke with pride as the Vols posted a record for highest grade point average in program history. Read about it in Brian Rice's feature: Winning In The Classroom

Also on UTSports.com:

Check out the TaxSlayer Bowl Central for full info on the game which is two weeks away. 

Here's a look at recent coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols mix fun into bowl preparations
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Sawyers back on field with Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Vols set record in classroom
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Walk-on RB Pickett leaves Vols

News out of Iowa includes:
- The Daily Iowan: Catching a Hawkeye legacy
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Ticket sales sluggish for Iowa bowl game
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Scherff, Iowa OL have Tennessee's attention


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Hall of Fame #VFL Reggie White would have turned 53 years old today, on Dec. 19. 
Take a moment to remember the legendary man known as the 'Minster of Defense.' #RIPReggie

Tauren Poole Signs With Baltimore Ravens

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Former Tennessee standout running back Tauren Poole has signed with the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. He has spent most the season with the Carolina Panthers on their practice squad. He has played in one game. Here is the release from the Baltimore Ravens

Tennessee Finishes Third In USA Today Fan Index

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Tennessee has finished third in USA Today's first-ever Fan Index. The Vols came in behind Ohio State (5,578 points) and Alabama (4,333), finishing with 3,636 points. 

College Football Fan Index presented by Degree is a cumulative, data-based ranking of America's most engaged fan bases as determined by social media activity and online polling. These are the final results for the 2014 season.

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The Volunteers (6-6) were middling this season, but don't tell their fans. For 14 of the last 16 weeks, Tennessee has ranked in the Fan Index top five. Vols fans are vocal, loyal, and extremelywell-organized. Just look at the above photo.

1. Ohio State
2. Alabama
4. Oregon
5. Texas A&M
6. USC
7. Nebraska
8. Florida State
9. Notre Dame
10. Georgia

#NFLVols Ready for Week 16

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Titans vs. Jaguars, 8:25 p.m. (NFL Network)
Justin Hunter will remain out for the season after suffering from a lacerated spleen against Houston. Jacques McClendon, a guard for Jacksonville, will be the lone VFL in the game. McClendon saw his first bit of action last week for the first time since starting in week 10.


Ravens vs. Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arian Foster is coming off of a week with 99 yard rushing. He is sixth in the league for rushing yards with 1,127. He's fourth in the league for touchdowns with 12 on the year. Foster was held out of practice on Wednesday with a hip injury. 

Vikings vs. Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas are coming off of a loss to the New England Patriots and will host Minnesota in hopes of a win. Thomas has not been practicing due to an injury. Cordarrelle Patterson had more touches on the ball this last week and had two good kickoff returns, which is what he has primarily done for Minnesota. 

Falcons vs. Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)
The starting center for the Falcons, James Stone, has constantly improved and helped the offensive line. He will travel to home of VFLs Robert Meachem and Parys Haralson. Haralson has racked up more tackles in the last half of the regular season. Meachem played for the first time in a few weeks after being on the inactive list due to an injury. 

Chiefs vs. Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dustin Colquitt and Zach Fulton will make their way to Pittsburgh to take on starter Ramon Foster and rookie DL Daniel McCullers. 

Colts vs. Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Jason Witten had key third down plays in the Cowboys win over the Eagles. He had 69 yards on seven catches. 

Bills vs. Raiders, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Mychal Rivera will seek yet another big week as they take on Buffalo. Denarius Moore has been inactive the last two weeks.

Seahawks vs. Cardinals, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
It'll be another big game for the two NFC teams. In their first meeting, NT Dan Williams suffered a loss to Tony McDaniel and Seattle. Without their starting quarterback, the Cardinals will seek to clinch the NFC West and home-field advantage for the play-offs.


Broncos vs. Bengals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Peyton Manning will look for another win with Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson as they take on Cincinnati on Monday night. 

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 18)

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Tennessee beat Tulsa, 27-6, in the Bluebonnet Bowl on Dec. 18, 1965, in the team's only game on this date. 

Tennessee made its first bowl appearance since the Gator Bowl victory over Texas A & M in 1957 and made it a successful return by taking the measure of the Tulsa Hurricanes 27-6 in a swampy Rice Stadium.

The game was played in the wettest weather that ever confronted a Tennessee team, a steady downpour that that did not cease until long after the game was over.

The Vols took care of business quickly, moving to a 20-6 halftime lead by taking advantage of Tulsa turnovers and some brilliant work on the kicking game.

Tulsa fumbles led to the Vol touchdowns by Hal Wantland and Dewey Warren and Jerry Smith's 45-yard punt return led to the third, another score by Warren. Glenn Gray's pass interception led to the final Vol score, an 11-yard burst by fullback Stan Mitchell.

Tulsa gained 250 yards through the air despite the wet conditions, but three fumbles and four Vol interceptions turned the game Tennessee's way.

The Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame announced its 2015 class of women to be inducted. Included in the list of 11 women is former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings. Catchings is the recipient of the Indiana Fever Silver Medal, which included Hall of Fame induction. The Silver Medal is given in recognition of contributions to Indiana high school basketball by someone other than a high school player or coach.

At Tennessee, Catchings was a four-time All-American and consensus 2000 National Player of the Year. She has been with the Indiana Fever for 14 years and is a nine-time WNBA All-Star, 11-time all-WNBA selection and a member of three U.S. Olympic Gold Medal teams.She leads the league in free throws and steals and is third in scoring and fourth in rebounds in WNBA history. As an advocate for her community, she is a two-time winner of the WNBA Sportsmanshop Award, WNBA Community Assist Award and has been nationally recognized for her contributions to society. 

Catchinfs will be honored and inducted on Saturday, April 25, 2015 at the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame's 14th Annual Women's Awards Banquet in Indianapolis.

After a successful fall season, including two runner-up finishes, the Lady Vols are among the teams being talked about as both most improved and surprising leading into the spring season.

Lance Ringler of GolfWeek says: "For me, it's the Lady Vols. Judi Pavon has a strong, athletic team that could cause some damage if it is able to stick around in the postseason. Don't be surprised if this team turns a few heads this spring."

Read the full roundtable HERE

The #13 Lady Vols were also given an A+ midseason grade. 

Check out the full list of the top-30 teams and their grades HERE.

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 17)

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The Vols rallied to beat Maryland, 30-23, on Dec. 17, 1983 to capture the Florida Citrus Bowl. 

The Vols closed out their finest season since 1972, scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns to defeat Maryland 30-23, before a sellout crowd of 50,500 and millions more on ESPN.

Johnnie Jones and Alan Cockrell were the Vols' offensive stickouts. Jones gained 154 yards on 29 carries and tallied twice. Cockrell completed 16 of 23 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown. Clyde Duncan caught six passes for 59 yards and Lenny Taylor caught four for 68 yards and one touchdown.

The Vols were led on defense by linebacker Alvin Toles, who recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass, both efforts leading to Vol scores.

The Vols finished the year No. 15 by the New York Times, No. 17 by USA Today and No. 14 by Sports Illustrated.

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