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#VFL McDaniel Revels In Seahawks' Success


Former Tennessee defensive lineman Tony McDaniel is seeking his second Super Bowl title as his Seahawks seek to repeat on Sunday. McDaniel spoke to The Tennessean at Super Bowl media day on Tuesday: Former Vol McDaniel revels in Seahawks'success.

"Honestly, it feels like I am living in a dream. I wake up every morning and wonder if it's real," McDaniel said Tuesday. "It's truly a blessing, to play as long as I have and not even played in the playoffs. I thought that would be great. To get to the Super Bowl, and now two years in a row, it's beyond that."


Maggitt Among NFL.com's Top 10 For 2016 Senior Bowl


According to NFL.com, rising senior Curt Maggitt is among the Top 10 candidates to play in the 2016 Senior Bowl. Check out the story:  Senior Bowl 2016: 10 SEC candidates for next year's game.

Here's what Chase Goodbread wrote about Maggitt:

The buzz: Maggitt couldn't have rebounded any more impressively from a knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 2013 season. The fourth-year junior led UT in sacks with 11 and had 15 tackles for loss among 48 stops, showing an ability to rush off the edge that the Volunteers are hopeful he can duplicate as a fifth-year senior this fall. At 6-3, 250 pounds, he's too small to play defensive end in the NFL. But unlike a lot of 6-3, 250-pound pass rushers in the college game, Maggitt has experience in pass coverage and playing other linebacker spots. Scouts at the Senior Bowl would quickly recognize a level of versatility in Maggitt that could help his draft stock immensely.

Inside The T - Tuesday's Look Ahead



Tennessee basketball hits the road tonight, looking for its first 4-0 SEC road start since 1982 as the Volunteers face Arkansas in Fayetteville at 9 p.m. ET. 

Tennessee has won eight of its last 10 games, including three straight on the road. Junior guard Kevin Punter is shooting .692 from 3-point range over the last three games (9-of-13). Sophomore Robert Hubbs III has averaged 9.2 ppg in the last nine games after averaging just 3.0 ppg through UT's first nine.

You can see the game on ESPNU or watch live online HERE.
Listen to the Vol Network broadcast HERE.



Lady Vol Illustrated returns to the airwaves tonight at 7 p.m., on the Lady Vol Network. Lady Vol fans can tune in once a week for Lady Vols Illustrated, a weekly radio show featuring Lady Vol basketball Head Coach Holly Warlick, one women's basketball student-athlete and one other Lady Vol student-athlete or coach. The show is hosted by Voice of the Lady Vols Mickey Dearstone along with Knoxville News Sentinel sports writer Dan Fleser.

 

Tonight's Lady Vols Illustrated features assistant coach Dean Lockwood and live appearances from senior Cierra Burdick and women's tennis player Caitlyn Williams.


Burdick is averaging 9.3 points per game and 6.6 rebounds per game. 

 

The program begins at 7 p.m. ET and fans can listen on 99.1 FM and 990 AM, as well as online at http://www.sportsradiownml.com/ or HERE on the Lady Vol Network. 

Happy Birthday - Jan. 26

Today, we celebrate an astronomical birthday on Rocky Top! Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs celebrates his birthday today. 

Joshua Dobbs

Witten Has Four Catches In Pro Bowl


VFL Jason Witten had four catches for 32 yards as his Team Irvin won the Pro Bowl, 32-28, on Sunday night. 

Witten Set For 10th Pro Bowl

#VFL Jason Witten will take part in his 10th Pro Bowl on Sunday night as a member of Team Irvin. Witten is the third VFL to be selected for this year's game joining quarterback Peyton Manning and running back Arian Foster. Both Manning and Foster will not play do to injury. 


Witten will play for Team Irvin, guided by fellow Cowboys star Michael Irvin. Here's a look at some stories mentioning Witten:

#VFL Hardegree Hired By Chicago Bears

Former Vols quarterback Bo Hardegree has been hired by the Chicago Bears as an offensive assistant. Read the official release: Bears hire Hardegree as assistant.


The Bears on Saturday reached an agreement with Bo Hardegree to become an offensive assistant.

Bo Hardegree
Hardegree has seven years coaching experience at the collegiate and NFL levels. In 2014, he served as an offensive quality control coach under new Bears coach John Fox with the Denver Broncos, who were second in the NFL in scoring offense (30.1 points per game) and fourth in total offense (402.9 yards per game). 

Prior to his time with Denver, Hardegree spent three years at LSU working as an intern on both defense (2011) and offense (2012-13). In his three seasons at LSU, the Tigers posted a 33-7 record and captured the 2011 SEC title while earning a trip to the BCS National Championship Game.  

Hardegree started his coaching career at Duke, where he served as a graduate assistant from 2008-10 working primarily with the offense under head coach David Cutcliffe.

Hardegree played both football (quarterback) and tennis at the University of Tennessee, graduating from the school in 2007 with a degree in exercise science. The Jackson, Tenn., native was named to the All-SEC Academic team from 2004-07.

#VFL Kacy Rodgers Named Jets Defensive Coordinator

Former Tennessee defensive lineman Kacy Rodgers has been named the new defensive coordinator for the New York Jets. 


As a Tennessee DE/LB, Kacy played in three consecutive New Year's Day bowl games -- the 1990 Cotton Bowl Classic, '91 Sugar Bowl and '92 Fiesta Bowl. He was an undrafted free agent who went to training camp with the Steelers in 1992 and also played football in Louisiana (the Shreveport Pirates) for a Canadian league (the CFL) in 1994.

Rodgers and new Jets head coach Todd Bowles worked together on Bill Parcells' Dallas staff in 2005. They were Cowboys for three seasons, then stayed together on Tony Sparano's Miami Dolphins staff for the four years after that.


And from 2008-14, his entire tenure with Miami, Rodgers' Dolphins D-lines have contributed strongly to 287 sacks, third-most in the NFL in that span behind only Minnesota and Philadelphia.


Before the pros, Rodgers coached D-line at Tennessee-Martin, Louisiana-Monroe and Middle Tennessee State. He also rose to assistant head coach at UT-Martin (1997) and MTSU (2000-01).



Happy Birthday - Jan. 23

Today, we have two special #Team119 birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top! Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to both Rashaan Gaulden and Jalen Hurd!

Rashaan GauldenJalen Hurd

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