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Happy Birthday - Sept. 11

Celebrate with us the birthdays of three special Vols, Katie King (rowing), Nia Moore (women's basketball) and Lemond Johnson (football)!

King, a junior, has continuously been a part of the varsity 8+ involved with top-finishes in events. She was also named to the 2014 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll along with being the lone sophomore named to the 2014 C-USA All-Academic Team.

Moore, a junior with Lady Vol hoops, appeared in 21 games as a sophomore and averaged 2.3 points per game and 2.14 rebounds per game.

Sophomore defensive back Johnson, has appeared in both games so far this season. In his debut season, he saw action in 12 games and racked up three tackles. 

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.

Tennessee Coach Butch Jones will be live and on-site at Calhoun's on the River in downtown Knoxville tonight for "Vol Calls" at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central. Following Coach Jones' appearance, College Football Hall of Famer Archie Manning will be calling in as a special guest for the second half of the show. Manning is one of 13 members of the inaugural College Football Playoff selection committee.

LISTEN LIVE at 8 p.m. ET

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/10/14)

The Vols head to Norman on Friday afternoon for Saturday's clash with  #4/3 Oklahoma. Get the latest from UTSports.com with the following stories:

Here's a look at the latest from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Sooners loaded with talent and tradition
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols still tinkering with offensive line
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' O-line shuffle continues
- Tennessee Journalist: Report card: Vols earn high marks 

News out of Oklahoma includes: 

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 10)

Take a look back at the five games the Vols have played on Sept. 10. Just three years ago, Tennessee faced the Butch Jones-led Cincinnati at Neyland Stadium as Tyler Bray threw for 405 yards in a Vols' win. He became the first UT quarterback not named Peyton Manning to throw for more than 400 yards in a game. 

SEPTEMBER 10 (3-2) 
1977 - L, 17-27 CALIFORNIA 
1983 - W, 31-6 NEW MEXICO 
1988 - L, 26-31 DUKE 
1994 - W, 41-23 No. 23 Georgia 
2011 - W, 45-23 CINCINNATI

Happy Birthday - Sept. 9

Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to two current Vols, senior Eric Martin (baseball) and junior Lexi Dempsey (volleyball)!

Martin is a pitcher for the Vols and has seen action in 34 games. In career 34 appearances, he has never lost. This past summer, Martin played with the Bethesda Big Train in the Cal Ripken League. 

In her sophomore season, Dempsey appeared in 32 matches, starting in 1, and dished out 976 assists, 295 digs, 13 blocks and 19 service aces. She also recorded 16 double-doubles, good for third in the SEC. 

#NFLVols Week 1 Recap

It was a successful opening weekend of NFL football for the #NFLVols as 26 of them suited up to take the field. Check out the performances of your favorite VFLs:

Peyton Manning once again broke records and had an outstanding performance to lift the Broncos over the Colts. Manning has thrown a touchdown n 40 consecutive games, which is the longest active streak and fourth longest streak all-time. He also moved into sole possession of second place for the most touchdown passes in a season opener in NFL history with 32. With his three touchdowns, he also recorded his 151st career game with multiple touchdown passes and 85th career game with three or more touchdown passes. 

On the Broncos, Malik Jackson also had a successful game with two tackles, including a sack. 

Eric Berry made the start at the strong safety position and recorded a team-high 14 tackles. Another VFL recording the team-high in tackles was New England Patriots' Jerod Mayo who had 10 tackles, including a tackle for a loss and a fumble recovery.

Cordarrelle Patterson, in just his second season, continues to impress. The Viking had a 67-yard touchdown run fighting off at least four defenders on his way down the field. The opening game with a touchdown marked his sixth consecutive game with a touchdown and sixth all-time in Vikings' history. 

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Lost to Lions 35-14 Played at DE, sack for a loss
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Titans 26-10 Started at SS, team-high 14 tackles
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Titans 26-10 Injured Reserve
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. Colts 31-24 5 punts, 46.8 avg. yds., one inside the 20
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Titans 26-10 5 punts, 42.6 avg. yds., two inside the 20
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Lost to Bengals 23-16 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houston Texans Def. Redskins 17-6 Started at RB, rushed for 103 yds., 2 rec., 17 yds.
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Browns 30-27 Started at LG
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Titans 26-10 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Lost to Falcons 37-34 Played at OLB
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Def. Chiefs 26-10 Played at WR, 3 receptions, 63 yds.
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. Colts 31-24 Played at DE, two tackles, sack for a loss
Ju'Wan James OL Miami Dolphins Def. Patriots 33-20 Started at RT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Lost to Falcons 37-34 Played at FB
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. Colts 31-24 22-36-269 yds-3 TDs, 2nd place for most TD passes in season opener
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Lost to Miami 33-20 Started at LB, 10 tackles, 1 TFL, fumble recovery
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to Eagles 34-17 Started at C
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Def. Packers 36-16 Played at DT, 3 tackles, safety
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Browns 30-27 Inactive
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Lost to Falcons 37-34 Played at WR
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Lost to Jets 19-14 Started at WR, 2 receptions, 8 yds.
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Rams 34-6 Started at WR, rushed for 102 yds, three receptions, 26 yds.
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Rams 34-6 Injured Reserve
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Lost to Jets 19-14 Started at TE, 3 receptions, 31 yds. 
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Def. Raiders 19-14 Practice Squad
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Falcons Def. Saints 37-34 Practice Squad
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Lost to Panthers 20-14 Played at TE, one reception, 8 yds. 
James Stone OL Atlanta Falcons Def. Saints 37-34 Inactive 
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Def. Patriots 33-20 Played at G
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Lost to Vikings 34-6 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Def. Chargers 18-17 Started at NT, 2 tackles
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Lost to 49ers 28-17 Started at TE, 2 receptions, 14 yds.

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 9)

Tennessee has never lost on Sept. 9 in its history. The Vols are a perfect 4-0. Here's a look at the games played on this date.

September 9 (4-0)

1972 - W, 34-3 Georgia Tech

1989 - W, 24-6 No. 6 UCLA 

1995 - W, 30-27 GEORGIA

2006 - W, 31-30 AIR FORCE


On Sept. 9, 1989, an unranked Tennessee went to Pasadena and upset the No. 6 ranked UCLA Bruins.  The Vols jumped out to a 24-0 lead by the 3rd quarter. It was led by freshman running back Chuck Webb who had 134 yards and two touchdowns. It was Tennessee's first-ever win on the West Coast. 

No. 17 Tennessee barely avoided being upset by Air Force a week after upsetting No. 9 California on Sept. 9, 2006. Tennessee stopped a 2-point conversion late in the 4th quarter to ensure a win. With just a few minutes to play in the game, Johnson went for a tackle and jammed his shoulder into the body of the Air Force running back Justin Handley. The hit caused nerve damage in Johnson's right shoulder and ended his playing career.

Since then, Johnson has detailed his story in his autobiography, Inky: An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance. He's mentoring underprivileged youth in Knoxville and his hometown of Atlanta. And he's speaking to crowds about his faith, his ability to overcome adversity and his ability to accept a change of plans from his NFL dreams.

Earlier on that day, the Vols retired the numbers of four Vols who died in service to their country during World War II. The jerseys of Clyde "Ig" Fuson (62), Rudy Klarer (49), Bill Nowling (32) and Willis Tucker (61) all were retired prior to the game against Air Force, giving UT a total of seven retired jerseys.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/9/14)

The Vols have a huge opportunity in front of them as Tennessee travels to #4/3 Oklahoma for a showdown on Saturday night. Get the full rundown in: FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols at #4/3 OU.

On Monday, Butch Jones and several players met with the media to preview the game. Here's a look at the coverage:

Here's a look at the latest from the media: 
- Associated Press: Jones: Vols are learning to win
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols set for toughness test at Oklahoma
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones has team on course
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols in flux after injuries
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Injuries proof a depth chart is fragile
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones reiterates special teams worries
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Serious football with John Adams: UT vs OK
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Owen Williams' emergence excites Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Competition continues on OL
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones, Vols preparing for No. 4 Sooners

News out of Oklahoma includes:
- Tulsa World: Stoops talks SEC

#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (9/8/14)

Here are the new ATP rankings as of Sept. 8, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 193 (-19)
Doubles: 69 (+1)
Note: Competed at the U.S. Open, falling in the first round of qualifying and the first round of main-draw doubles ... Off this week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 204 (+4)
Doubles: 301 (-6)
Note: Reached the second round of qualifying at the U.S. Open ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 291 (-3)
Doubles: 213 (-5)
Note: Made his return from hip injury at the U.S. Open, losing a three-setter in qualifying ... Off this week.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 880 (-8)
Doubles: 593 (-49)
Note: Played Challenger qualifying two weeks ago to former top-20 player Viktor Troicki ... Off last week.

Jarryd Chaplin
Singles: 1974 (NR)
Doubles: 1340 (NR)
Note: Collected first ATP point in singles during multi-week tour through Mexico ... Reached a doubles final and semifinal as well ... Off this week.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/8/14)

It's Oklahoma Week! The Vols head to Norman this week for their first-ever regular-season meeting with the Sooners. The teams haven't played since the 1968 Orange Bowl. 

Butch Jones will meet with the media at 12 Noon ET to preview the game. Watch live on UTSports.com.

Go inside the numbers from the Vols 34-19 Win in Four Downs: ASU Game by the Numbers.

Here's a look at the latest from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Third-down success spurs Vols past Red Wolves
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols impressing more than fans
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones looking for special teams aces
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stoops loves sticking it to the SEC
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Young Vol defense made plays when needed
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Freshman report: Arkansas State

News out of Oklahoma includes: 

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