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Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/25/14)

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It's Game Week! Check out the latest from the media as the Vols are gearing up for the 2014 opener vs. Utah State. 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Hurd 'hungry' as Tennessee Vols' debut nears
- Knoxville News Sentinel: QBs could have UT defense on run
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thigpen knows about defensive turnarounds
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Five Things: Vols' concerns in 2014
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Crowder clears up snapping questions
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Future taking shape at Tennessee
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT schedule is full of challenges
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT offensive preview
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT defensive preview
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley relishing final chance with Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Williams sprinting to starting spot
In week three of the NFL Preseason, 11 VFLs had a starting spot in their respective team's lineup. 

Peyton Manning
All three former Vol quarterbacks had at least one one touchdown in their games. Tyler Bray of the Chiefs went 9-for-25 for 85 yards. Matt Simms of the Jets was 9-for-14 for 104 yards, and showed off some salsa moves. The great Peyton Manning started at the position and went 21-for-27 for 243 yards.

VFL wide receivers also had a productive week. Oakland Raiders' Denarius Moore had two receptions and a touchdown. Justin Hunter of the Titans had three catches for 48 yards. Continuing his success so far this preseason, Cordarrelle Patterson started and had a touchdown on top of three receptions for 71 yards.

 - ProPlayersInsiders.com: Cordarrelle Patterson Primed to Breakout

Defensively, at least five former Vols recorded a tackle, including defensive end Robert Ayers who had two.

Check out how each NFLVol performed:

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. New York Jets 35-24 Played at DE, had two tackles
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 DNP
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 Played at QB, completed 9-25 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown
Alex Bullard OL Detroit Lions Def. Jacksonville 13-12 Played at G
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 Had seven punts for 364 yards
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Lost to Houston 18-17 Had two punts for 74 yards
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. Washington 23-17 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houstan Texans Def. Denver 18-17 DNP
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Philadelphia 31-21 Started at LG, had a fumble recovery
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Def. Indianapolis 23-17 Started at OLB, assisted with one tackle
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Def. Atlanta 24-17 Played at WR, three receptions for 48 yards
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Lost to Houston 18-17 Played at DE
Ju'Wan James OL Miami Dolphins Def. Cowboys 25-20 Started at RT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Def. Indianapolis 23-17 Played at FB, one reception for three yards
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Lost to Houston 18-17 Started at QB, completed 21-27 passes for 243 yards and one touchdown
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Def. Carolina 30-7 DNP
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to Detroit 13-12 Started at C
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Def. Chicago 34-6 Played at DT
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Philadelphia 31-21 Played at DL, recorded a tackle
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Def. Indianapolis 23-17 Played at WR
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Lost to Green Bay 31-21 Played at WR, two receptions for 46 yards
Raijon Neal RB Green Bay Packers  Def. Oakland 31-21 Inactive
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Kansas City 30-12 Started at WR, three receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown
Tauren Poole  RB Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Philadelphia 31-21 Played at RB
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Kansas City 30-12 DNP
Dontavis Sapp LB Dallas Cowboys Lost to Miami 25-20 Played at LB, had one tackle
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Lost to Green Bay 31-21 Started at TE, two receptions for three yards
Chris Scott OL Carolina Panthers Lost to New England 30-7 Started at RG
Jarrod Shaw OL Oakland Raiders Lost to Green Bay 31-21 DNP
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Lost to Giants 35-24 Played at QB, completed 9-14 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Flacons Lost to Tennessee 24-17 DNP
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Def. Bills 27-14 Played at TE
James Stone OL Atlanta Flacons Lost to Tennessee 24-17 Played at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Def. Cowboys 25-20 Played at G
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Def. Browns 33-14 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Lost to Cincinnati 19-13 Started at NT, had one tackle
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Lost to Miami 25-20 Started at TE, one reception for 11 yards

NFLVols made their presence in Saturday's games. 

In the Vikings game, VFL Cordarrelle Patterson had a 53-yard touchdown to highlight his performances. He went 3-71 in receptions for the night. 

Justin Hunter of the TItans had three catches for 48 yards. The Saints' Austin Johnson also recorded a touchdown on a three-yard catch from Drew Brees. 

In quarterback news, Peyton Manning went 21-for-27 for 243 yards with two touchdowns. Tyler Bray of the Kansas City Chiefs went 9-for-15 and had a touchdown. 

In the Cowboys win, Jason Witten had an 11-yard catch and Dontavis Sapp recorded a tackle in their loss to fellow VFL's Ja'Wuan James and the Dolphins.


In the final game of the third week of the NFL Preseason, expect to see one VFL in the Sunday Night Game:

Bengals vs. Cardinals,  8:00 p.m. (NBC)
With the loss of Darnell Dockett for the Cardinals, nose tackle Dan Williams is expected to be in the forefront of the Cardinals defensive front moving forward. 
In the eight games slated for the third weekend of NFL Preseason action, VFLs will take the field in each of them. Check it out here:

Buccaneers vs. Bills, 4:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
Tight end Luke Stocker will travel to take on Buffalo in the early game of the day. Stocker is coming back off an injury and expected to make an appearance.

Titans vs. Falcons, 7:00 p.m.
Wide receiver standout Justin Hunter takes his skills to Atlanta to take on linebacker Jacques Smith and James Stone. 

Cowboys vs. Dolphins, 7:00 p.m.
Linebacker Dontavis Sapp and tight end Jason Witten will travel to Miami to take on starting VFLs Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas.

Redskins vs. Ravens, 7:30 p.m
Long snapper Morgan Cox will be the lone VFL representing the Ravens in the game against Washington. 

Rams vs. Browns, 8:00 p.m. 
Center Scott Wells will represent St. Louis as they travel to Cleveland. Wells is off an injury and will once again be expected to play.

Saints vs. Colts, 8:00 p.m. (CBS)
Parys Haralson, Austin Johnson and Robert Meachem will take center stage in Indianapolis.

Vikings vs. Chiefs, 8:00 p.m. 
Rising star Cordarrelle Patterson and Antonio Richardson will travel to Kansas City to take on VFLs Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt and Zach Fulton. All are expected to make contributions.

Texans vs. Broncos, 9:00 p.m.
Denver players Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning will host Arian Foster and the Texans.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/23/14)

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Just 8 days until It's Football Time In Tennessee!

The Vols went through their final practice of the week on Friday afternoon. Check out coverage in the #VolReport: The Power Of The Power T

Also, Brian Rice has a fantastic feature on sophomore defensive back Michael Williams, who is a two-sport athlete, also competing in track & field: Williams Playing For A Purpose.

Here's what the media had to say about the Vols heading into game week. 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Worley relishing final chance with Tennessee Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols' battle at kicker 'ongoing'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones frustrated during practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Justin Coleman commanding nickel spot
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Kicking competition continues
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Williams sprinting toward starting spot

In the five games that are set for Friday night, each game will feature at least one VFL. Check out what to expect:

Jaguars vs. Lions, 7:30 p.m.
Jackonsville OL Jacques McClendon is expected to be in the starting lineup as the Jaguars travel to Detroit. During this last week in training camp, McClendon spent three days working with the first-team. Fellow VFL Alex Bullard will welcome McClendon and should play at G.

Jerod Mayo (center) has returned to practice this week, trying to pull his weight as the season approaches. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Panthers vs. Patriots, 7:30 p.m. 
Chris Scott and the Panthers will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on Jerod Mayo and the Patriots. Scott is expected to start at RG.  Mayo has not played this preseason but was back to action in practice this past week.

 - Blackandbluereview.com: 10 Panthers to Watch Against the Patriots

Giants vs. Jets, 7:30 p.m.
QB Matt Simms will welcome VFL Robert Ayers and the Giants. Both played in last week's games. 

Raiders vs. Packers, 8:00 p.m. (CBS)
Four VFLs will come face-to-face when three Raiders, Denarius Moore, Mychal Rivera and Jarrod Shaw travel to the home of Rajion Neal. Neal sat out last week with an injury and is not expected to return this week.

Bears vs. Seahawks, 10:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Tony McDaniel will be the lone VFL in the final game of the night. McDaniel has been consistent for the Seahawks adding depth to the field.

SEC Network All-Access With The Vols

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The SEC Network goes behind the scenes and gives you an all-access glimpse into the Vols football squad.

Butch Jones On The Zone 104.5 (8/21/14)

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Vols head coach Butch Jones was a live in-person guest on 104.5 The Zone on Thursday afternoon as 3HL broadcast live from Knoxville. Listen back to Jones' insightful interview: Butch Jones on 3HL

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/22/14)

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Abbott Helps Chicago Stay Alive In NPF Playoffs

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Tennessee softball legend and Chicago ace Monica Abbott tossed three hitless, shutout innings in relief and struck out three batters on Thursday to help the Bandits take a 4-1 victory over the Akron Racers and force a third game in their NPF Championship series semifinal best-of-three.

The Bandits, who also feature UT legend Ellen Renfroe on their roster, and the Racers will play on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. That game will feature a live radio broadcast on MSASports.net.

The winner will advance to face the USSSA Pride in the final best-of-three series for the league championship. The first game of the finals is on Friday 8 p.m. ET. A matchup between the Chicago Bandits and the USSSA Pride would feature all of the UT alums currently in the NPF. Tennessee legend and NPF Rookie of the Year Madison Shipman stars for the Pride.

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