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Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/19/14)

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Tennessee's six legacy freshmen met with the media for the first time as Vols on Friday afternoon. Check out what they had to say: #VolReport: Legacy Freshmen Open Up


Brian Rice filed this feature for UTSports.com: A Legacy Realized.

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Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' legacy class wasn't a slam dunk
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bates focusing on improving, not starting
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Top five quarterbacks in Tennessee history

Chewning Takes 13th on 3M at National Qualifying

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ROCKVILLE, Md. -- Tennessee opened competition Friday at the USA Diving National Preliminary Zone A Championships.

In her Tennessee debut, Sarah Chewning finished 13th on the 3-meter springboard with a score of 230.60.

She was ninth of 44 competitors after the preliminary round with a score of 241.60. 

"I was overall pleased with her performance today, getting back to competition for the first time in a while," Tennessee diving coach Dave Parrington said.

In the men's 1-meter competition, Michael Howell was 36th in the prelims with a score of 238.15

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The USA Baseball Collegiate National Team shut out Chinese Taipei, 3-0, on Friday at Pim Mulier Stadium in the Netherlands. Team USA finished double round-robin play with a 5-1 record and by doing so, has now captured four shutout wins in its last six games.

Tennessee's Christin Stewart went 1-for-3 with one walk in the win, hitting second in the lineup as Team USA's designated hitter. Stewart will enter playoff rounds holding a .387 average through 19 games (16 starts) this summer, while he continues to lead the club with 10 doubles and 24 hits. His 15 RBI also rank tied for first on the squad.

Team USA has now improved to 16-3-2 overall this summer and will advance to a sudden-death playoff round as the No. 1 seed, playing Chinese Taipei in semifinals on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m. local time (8 a.m. ET).

Happy Birthday - July 18: Minnock, Moberg and Ruff

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A trio of birthdays to celebrate today on July 18, senior rower McDarragh Minnock, junior baseball player Jeff Moberg and recent track and field graduate Kianna Ruff


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Happy Birthday - July 17: VFL Luke Stocker

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Celebrating his birthday today is former Vols star tight end and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Luke Stocker. 

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Fulmer Named To Broyles Award Selection Committee

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VFL and College Football Hall of Fame Coach Phillip Fulmer has been named to the Broyles Award Selection Committee. 


Brown led the Longhorns to a national championship in 2006 and won 244 games as a head coach while Fulmer led the Volunteers to a national title in 1998 and won 152 games as a head coach. Both Fulmer and Brown had assistants that won the Broyles Award including Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe in 1998 and Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis in 2005.

The selection committee has won a combined 2,263 games, coached in 178 bowl games and won 11 National Championships. The award is named in honor of former Arkansas head coach and athletic director Frank Broyles, who had 24 of his assistants become head coaches that led their teams to 8 Super Bowls, winning 6 of them, as well as 5 college national championships and over 2000 victories. Some of those assistants included Joe Gibbs, Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors and Hayden Fry.

Dobbs Featured In Hometown Newspaper

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Josh Dobbs during the 2014 Orange & White game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN . Photo by Wade Rackley/Tennessee Athletics
Alpharetta, Georgia native Josh Dobbs is featured in the Neighbor Newspapers in his hometown. The sophomore quarterback is competing to be the Vols' starting quarterback in his second season on Rocky Top. Read the feature: Former Alpharetta star Dobbs shines at Tennessee

Here's the start of the piece: 

Joshua Dobbs didn't waste much time in making an impact on the college level at Tennessee.

The former Alpharetta standout stepped into the starting quarterback role as a true freshman at Tennessee last year and never looked back as he quickly established himself as a player to watch in the SEC.

Dobbs played the last five games at quarterback - including the last four as a starter - for a Tennessee team that went 5-7 in 2013. He completed 72-of-121 passes for 695 yards and two touchdowns - compiling a 59.5 percent completion percentage in the process.

"I've always trusted in my skills and ability," Dobbs said. "The coaching staff has done a great job with all the quarterbacks to be able to play when needed. So when my number was called, I was able to perform. I still have some things to work on and, of course, that has been the key focus throughout the spring and into the summer and into training camp."


Read more: Neighbor Newspapers - Former Alpharetta star Dobbs shines at Tennessee 

Happy Birthday - July 16: Jamol James and VFL J.R. Carr

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On July 16 we send Happy Birthday wishes to senior sprinter Jamol James and recent graduate and long snapper J.R. Carr


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Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/16/14)

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The Vols took part in SEC Media Days on Tuesday in Hoover, Ala. Get the latest on what Butch Jones, A.J. Johnson, Curt Maggitt and Mack Crowder had to say to the more than 1,000 media members assembled.


Coverage from UTSports.com includes: 

Butch Jones met with the local media prior to start of the many interviews. Here's what he said about a variety of topics:


Here's a look at local and national media coverage about the Vols: 

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: There'll be no sudden rise for Jones' fallen Vols
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Tennessee lines up for rebuilding job
- Decatur Daily: Picking up Tennessee
- Independent Florida Alligator: Volunteers looking to improve 'brick by brick'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Representing UT is a snap for Crowder
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Howard on verge of returning to Vols
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Vols' Jones seeks respect, not pity

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Shipman Blasts 2-Run HR To Lift USSSA To 4-2 Win

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Tennessee softball legend Madison Shipman hit a two-run homer to help her USSSA Pride defeat the Akron Racers, 4-2, in a rain-shortened game on Monday.

Shipman also did an in-game interview on the headset. Check out her home run and interview in the video above!

The Pride and the Racers play again tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

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