Vols In The NFL - Week 13 Update/Week 14 Schedule

Witten Reaches 1,000 Career Receptions

VFL Jason Witten had five catches for 45 yards against Washington on Nov. 22 and now has 1,003 career catches, 10th-most all-time. He passed Hines Ward and Larry Fitzgerald (1,000 each) on the all-time list in the 19-16 win for the Dallas Cowboys.

Witten is just the second tight end in NFL history to amass 1,000 career receptions, joining the great Tony Gonzalez (1,325). Of the all-time top 10 in receptions, only Witten (Cowboys), Marvin Harrison (Colts) and Reggie Wayne (Colts) recorded all of their catches with one team. He ranks third in career receptions among active players, trailing only free agent Reggie Wayne (1,070) and Colts wideout Andre Johnson (1,040).

Patterson Is NFL's Top Kick Returner

VFL Cordarrelle Patterson returned a kick 101 yards, untouched for a touchdown in Minnesota's 38-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks last week. He leads the NFL with a 31.1 kickoff return average and is the only player with two kickoff returned for scores this year.

Misc Notes

  • The New Orleans Saints signed VFL Austin Johnson to their active roster after a month on the practice squad. Read about it on NOLA.com.
  • VFL Jordan Williams made his NFL debut in Week 13 for the Miami Dolphins. Miami defeated Baltimore 15-13. He signed with the Dolphins off of their practice squad last week.
  • Player Pos. Team Last Week Result Week 13 Stats Week 14 Opponent
    Robert Ayers DE NY Giants vs. NY Jets L, 23-20 5 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 pass def at MIA, MNF, 8:30 ET, ESPN
    Eric Berry DB Kansas City at Oakland W, 34-20 3 tackles vs. SD, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Tyler Bray QB Kansas City at Oakland W, 34-20 Non-Football Injury List vs. SD, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Justin Coleman DB New England vs. Philadelphia L, 35-28 DNP at HOU, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Britton Colquitt P Denver at San Diego W, 17-3 5 punts, 36.6 avg, 2 in 20 vs. OAK, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City at Oakland W, 34-20 5 punts, 50.0 avg, 2 in 20 vs. SD, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at Miami L, 15-13 -- vs. SEA, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Matt Darr P Miami vs. Baltimore W, 15-13 9 punts, 45.8 avg, 2 in 20 vs. NYG, MNF, 8:30 ET, ESPN
    Arian Foster RB Houston at Buffalo L, 30-21 Injured Reserve vs. NE, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis W, 45-10 Started at LG at CIN, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Zach Fulton G Kansas City at Oakland W, 34-20 Started at C (first start at C) vs. SD, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. Jacksonville W, 42-39 Injured Reserve at NYJ, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Malik Jackson DE Denver at San Diego W, 17-3 2 tackles, 2 pass def vs. OAK, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Ja'Wuan James T Miami vs. Baltimore W, 15-13 DNP vs. NYG, MNF, 8:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Austin Johnson FB New Orleans vs. Carolina L, 41-38 Practice Squad at TB, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Peyton Manning QB Denver at San Diego W, 17-3 DNP vs. OAK, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Jerod Mayo LB New England vs. Philadelphia L, 35-28 4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 pass def at HOU, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Jacques McClendon C/G Miami vs. Baltimore W, 15-13 DNP vs. NYG, MNF, 8:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh vs. Indianapolis W, 45-10 -- at CIN, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta W, 23-19 1 tackle, 1 pass def vs. NO, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. Seattle L, 38-7 5 KR, 39.0 avg, 101-yd TD at ARI, TH, 8:25 pm ET, NFLN
    Mychal Rivera TE Oakland vs. Kansas City L, 34-20 2 rec, 13 yards at DEN, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Chris Scott G Carolina at New Orleans W, 41-38 DNP vs. ATL, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Matt Simms QB Atlanta at Tampa Bay L, 23-19 Practice Squad at CAR, 1 pm ET, FOX
    James Stone C/G Atlanta at Tampa Bay L, 23-19 -- at CAR, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay vs. Atlanta W, 23-19 1 rec, 4 yards vs. NO, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Dallas Thomas G Miami vs. Baltimore W, 15-13 Started at LG vs. NYG, MNF, 8:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Dan Williams DT Oakland vs. Kansas City L, 34-20 3 tackles, 0.5 sack at DEN, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Jordan Williams DL Miami vs. Baltimore W, 15-13 -- vs. NYG, MNF, 8:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Jason Witten TE Dallas at Washington W, 19-16 5 rec, 45 yards at GB, 4:25 pm ET, FOX
    Justin Worley QB Chicago vs. San Francisco L, 26-20 Practice Squad vs. WAS, 1 pm ET, FOX
    -- = played, no stats

    Tonight's Vol Calls Lineup - Dec. 7

    Be sure to tune in at 8 p.m. ET to the Vol Network for tonight's Vol Calls lineup!

    Dec. 7 Lineup

    Dave Hart (Live - phone)
    Coach Butch Jones (Taped interview)
    Jim McVay, President and CEO of Outback Bowl (Live - phone)
    Coach Rick Barnes - (On-site at Calhoun's)

    Listen live in Knoxville on WNML (990 AM/99.1 FM) or ONLINE HERE

    Located on the Tennessee River in the shadows of Neyland Stadium, Calhoun's on the River has been the home of "Vol Calls" since 2012. Famous for its award-winning ribs, BBQ and other delicious Southern dishes, Calhoun's is one of Tennessee's most famous landmark restaurants. The restaurant will give away prizes each week during football season through its Facebook and Twitter pages including two game tickets and two corporate hospitality passes for each home UT football game. Weather permitting, some shows during the season will be held out on the restaurant's large deck overlooking the Tennessee River and Neyland Stadium.

    "Vol Calls" is the exclusive radio program and event where Tennessee fans can call in and talk with the head coaches of the Volunteers and Lady Vols. Fans can place a "Vol Call" anywhere in the United States by dialing 1 (800) 688-8657 or Tennessee customers of Verizon can dial #TENN. Patrons at Calhoun's On the River may ask a question in person and fans may also submit questions through the IMG-Vol Network Facebook page. The program can be heard on close to 50-plus radio stations across the state of Tennessee and the Southeast on the Vol Radio Network. The weekly program can also be heard online live or archived for free each week through UTSports.com.

    Vols In The NFL - Week 13 Schedule

    Witten 2 Catches Away From 1,000

    VFL Jason Witten needs two catches today to tie Hines Ward (1,000 catches) for 10th all-time in NFL history and becoming just the second tight end with 1,000 catches, joining Tony Gonzalez (1,325).

    Player Pos. Team Week 13 Opponent
    Robert Ayers DE NY Giants vs. NYJ, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Eric Berry DB Kansas City at OAK, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Tyler Bray QB Kansas City at OAK, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Justin Coleman DB New England vs. PHI, 4:25 pm ET, FOX
    Britton Colquitt P Denver at SD, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City at OAK, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at MIA, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Matt Darr P Miami vs. BAL, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Arian Foster RB Houston at BUF, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh vs. IND, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Zach Fulton G Kansas City at OAK, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. JAC, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Malik Jackson DE Denver at SD, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Ja'Wuan James T Miami vs. BAL, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Austin Johnson FB New Orleans vs. CAR, 4:25 pm ET, FOX
    Peyton Manning QB Denver at SD, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Jerod Mayo LB New England vs. PHI, 4:25 pm ET, FOX
    Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh vs. IND, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay vs. ATL, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. SEA, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Mychal Rivera TE Oakland vs. KC, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Chris Scott G Carolina at NO, 4:25 pm ET, FOX
    Matt Simms QB Atlanta at TB, 1 pm ET, FOX
    James Stone C/G Atlanta at TB, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay vs. ATL, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Dallas Thomas G Miami vs. BAL, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Dan Williams DT Oakland vs. KC, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Jordan Williams DL Miami vs. BAL, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Jason Witten TE Dallas at WAS, MNF 8:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Justin Worley QB Chicago vs. SF, 1 pm ET, FOX
    -- = played, no stats

    Senzel Ranked No. 14 on MLB Top 50 List

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    Tennessee junior Nick Senzel continues to bring in 2015-16 preseason accolades, as the infielder was recently named to Major League Baseball's 2016 Top 50 Draft Prospects list this week. Tabbed as the No. 14 overall player on the 2016 MLB charts, Senzel is one of just 19 position players to make the Top 50 and sits as No. 8 among those position players who will become draft eligible following their 2016 campaigns.

    To view the complete list of MLB.com's Top 50 draft prospects, click HERE.

    Named a Summer Collegiate All-American First Team player by Perfect Game this year, Senzel hit .364 for the Cape Cod League's Brewster Whitecaps with a league-leading 33 RBI to earn a 2015 All-Star bid, Most Outstanding Pro Prospect and Cape Cod League Most Valuable Player honors. Over 40 games, the Knoxville native recorded 56 hits, 16 doubles and scored 34 runs, leading the Cape Cod League in each of those offensive categories.

    As a sophomore last season, Senzel was named a Preseason All-SEC player and hit .325 with a .399 OBP in 50 starts for the Volunteers. In 2014, he earned Freshman All-American honors from Louisville Slugger and Perfect Game, as well as an SEC All-Freshman Team nod, after hitting .315 with 57 hits, 37 runs scored and 14 stolen bases during his freshman campaign on Rocky Top.

    This Day In #Vols History (12.2.15)

    The Vols are a perfect 6-0 on Dec. 2, winning all six games against Vanderbilt by a combined score of 213-56.

    On Dec. 2, 1978, the Vols beat Vanderbilt, 41-15 in Nashville as Jimmy Streater combined for 235 rushing and passing yards for a new Tennessee record of 2,011 total yards in a season. Alan Duncan also made two field goals to give him 13 for the season, also a single-season record at the time.

    On Dec. 2, 1989, Tennessee beat Vanderbilt, 17-10, as Tony Thompson ran for 128 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter.

    DECEMBER 2 (6-0)
    1950 W, 43-0 at Vanderbilt
    1961 W, 41-7 VANDERBILT
    1967 W, 41-14 VANDERBILT
    1972 W, 30-10 Vanderbilt
    1978 W, 41-15 at Vanderbilt
    1989 W, 17-10 VANDERBILT

    Vols In The NFL - Week 12 Update/Week 13 Schedule

    Witten Reaches 11,000 Yards

    VFL and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten became the 32nd player in NFL history to record 11,000 receiving yards when he caught four passes for 36 yards in the Cowboys' 33-14 loss to the Carolina Panthers on Thanksgiving.

    Witten currently has 998 catches for 11,010 yards and 59 touchdowns. He ranks seventh in career receiving yards among active players, trailing only free agent Reggie Wayne (14,345), Baltimore's Steve Smith (13,932), Indianapolis' Andre Johnson (13,920), Arizona's Larry Fitzgerald (13,143), San Francisco's Anquan Boldin (12,964) and Detroit's Calvin Johnson (11,326).

    Witten is also two catches away from tying Hines Ward (1,000 catches) for 10th all-time in NFL history and becoming just the second tight end with 1,000 catches, joining Tony Gonzalez (1,325).

    NFL Week 12 Results/Week 13 Schedule

    Player Pos. Team Last Week Result Week 12 Stats Week 13 Opponent
    Robert Ayers DE NY Giants at Washingotn L, 20-14 3 tackles, 2 solo vs. NYJ, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Eric Berry DB Kansas City vs. Buffalo W, 30-22 5 tackles, 5 solo at OAK, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Tyler Bray QB Kansas City vs. Buffalo W, 30-22 Non-Football Injury List at OAK, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Justin Coleman DB New England at Denver L, 30-24 DNP vs. PHI, 4:25 pm ET, FOX
    Britton Colquitt P Denver vs. New England W, 30-24 8 punts, 43.4 avg at SD, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City vs. Buffalo W, 30-22 3 punts, 39.0 avg at OAK, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at Cleveland W, 33-27 -- at MIA, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Matt Darr P Miami at NY Jets L, 38-20 8 punts, 45.0 avg vs. BAL, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Arian Foster RB Houston vs. New Orleans W, 24-6 Injured Reserve at BUF, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh at Seattle L, 39-30 Started at LG vs. IND, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Zach Fulton G Kansas City vs. Buffalo W, 30-22 -- at OAK, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. Oakland L, 24-21 Injured Reserve vs. JAC, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Malik Jackson DE Denver vs. New England W, 30-24 1 tackle at SD, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Ja'Wuan James T Miami at NY Jets L, 38-20 DNP vs. BAL, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Austin Johnson FB New Orleans at Houston L, 24-6 Practice Squad vs. CAR, 4:25 pm ET, FOX
    Peyton Manning QB Denver vs. New England W, 30-24 DNP at SD, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Jerod Mayo LB New England at Denver L, 30-24 5 tackles, 4 solo vs. PHI, 4:25 pm ET, FOX
    Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh at Seattle L, 39-30 DNP vs. IND, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay at Indianapolis L, 25-12 2 tackles vs. ATL, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota at Atlanta W, 20-10 -- vs. SEA, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Mychal Rivera TE Oakland at Tennessee W, 24-21 2 rec, 28 yards vs. KC, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Chris Scott G Carolina at Dallas W, 33-14 -- at NO, 4:25 pm ET, FOX
    Matt Simms QB Atlanta vs. Minnesota L, 20-10 Practice Squad at TB, 1 pm ET, FOX
    James Stone C/G Atlanta vs. Minnesota L, 20-10 DNP at TB, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay at Indianapolis L, 25-12 Started vs. ATL, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Dallas Thomas G Miami at NY Jets L, 38-20 Started at LG vs. BAL, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Dan Williams DT Oakland at Tennessee W, 24-21 2 tackles vs. KC, 4:05 pm ET, CBS
    Jordan Williams DL Miami at NY Jets L, 38-20 Practice Squad vs. BAL, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Jason Witten TE Dallas vs. Carolina L, 33-14 4 rec, 36 yards at WAS, MNF 8:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Justin Worley QB Chicago at Green Bay W, 17-13 Practice Squad vs. SF, 1 pm ET, FOX
    -- = played, no stats

    This Day In #Vols History (12/1/15)

    On Dec. 1, 1951, No. 1 Tennessee defeated Vanderbilt, 35-27, on homecoming. The Vols would go on to win the National Championship for a second year in a row under General Neyland.

    On Dec. 1, 2001, in a re-scheduled game after the events of Sept. 11, 2001, Tennessee upset No. 2 Florida, 34-32 in a epic game at The Swamp. Travis Stephens ran for 226 yards and two touchdowns. Look back at the game on the 10-year anniversary with Andy Staples: Remembering Tennessee-Florida 2001.

    DECEMBER 1 (10-1)
    1900 W, 12-6 GEORGETOWN
    1945 W, 45-0 VANDERBILT
    1951 W, 35-27 VANDERBILT
    1956 W, 27-7 Vanderbilt
    1962 W, 30-0 Vanderbilt
    1973 W, 20-17 VANDERBILT
    1979 W, 31-10 VANDERBILT
    1984 W, 29-13 Vanderbilt
    1990 W, 49-20 Vanderbilt
    2001 W, 34-32 No. 2 Florida
    2007 L, 14-21 No. 5 Louisiana State (N) @ Atlanta, Ga. (SEC Championship)

    Vols In The NFL - Week 12 Schedule

    Follow your favorite Vols in the NFL in Week 12 action!

    Player Pos. Team Week 12 Opponent
    Robert Ayers DE NY Giants at WASH, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Eric Berry DB Kansas City vs. BUF, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Tyler Bray QB Kansas City vs. BUF, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Justin Coleman DB New England at DEN, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Britton Colquitt P Denver vs. NE, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City vs. BUF, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at CLE, (MNF) 8:30 pm ET, ESPN
    Matt Darr P Miami at NYJ, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Arian Foster RB Houston vs. NO, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh at SEA, 4:25 pm ET, CBS
    Zach Fulton G Kansas City vs. BUF, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. OAK, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Malik Jackson DE Denver vs. NE, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Ja'Wuan James T Miami at NYJ, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Austin Johnson FB New Orleans at HOU, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Peyton Manning QB Denver vs. NE, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Jerod Mayo LB New England at DEN, 8:30 pm ET, NBC
    Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh at SEA, 4:25 pm ET, CBS
    Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay at IND, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Denarius Moore WR Buffalo at KC, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota at ATL, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Mychal Rivera TE Oakland at TENN, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Chris Scott G Carolina W, 33-14 vs. DAL (THURS)
    Matt Simms QB Atlanta vs. MIN, 1 pm ET, FOX
    James Stone C/G Atlanta vs. MIN, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay at IND, 1 pm ET, FOX
    Dallas Thomas G Miami at NYJ, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Dan Williams DT Oakland at TENN, 1 pm ET, CBS
    Jason Witten TE Dallas 4 rec, 36 yds; L 33-14 vs. CAR (THURS)
    Justin Worley QB Chicago W, 17-13 vs. GB (THURS)
    -- = played, no stats

    This Day In #Vols History (11/27/15)

    The Vols have won their last four games played on Nov. 27, all since 1993.

    On Nov. 27, 1993, Tennessee crushed Vanderbilt, 62-14, at Neyland Stadium.

    On Nov. 27, 2004, Tennessee outlasted Kentucky, 37-31, as Gerald Riggs Jr. scored on a 12-yard TD with 12 seconds left.

    On Nov. 27, 2010, the Vols won their 26th consecutive game vs. Kentucky, 24-14 in Knoxville. Freshman Tyler Bray threw for 354 yards and two touchdowns as the Vols became bowl eligible.

    NOVEMBER 27 (10-6)
    1900 W, 28-0 GRANT
    1902 L, 0-11 CLEMSON
    1913 W, 13-7 Kentucky State
    1919 L, 0-13 Kentucky
    1924 L, 6-27 KENTUCKY
    1930 W, 8-0 KENTUCKY
    1948 L, 6-28 No. 15 Vanderbilt
    1954 L, 0-26 Vanderbilt
    1965 W, 21-3 VANDERBILT
    1971 W, 19-7 VANDERBILT
    1976 W, 13-10 Vanderbilt
    1982 L, 21-28 Vanderbilt
    1993 W, 62-14 VANDERBILT
    1999 W, 38-10 VANDERBILT
    2004 W, 37-31 KENTUCKY
    2010 W, 24-14 KENTUCKY

    D. Colquitt Named AFC Special Teams Player Of Week

    #VFL Dustin Colquitt was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week.  Colquitt averaged 40.6 yards per punt on five attempts, with four being downed inside the 20-yard line Sunday in Kansas City's beatdown of the division-rival San Diego Chargers. It meant that Philip Rivers had to try and lead his team on long drives, which is part of the reason they only managed to score three points all game.

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