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Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/22/14)

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The Vols continued prep for their second consecutive Top 5 foe as #4 Alabama comes to Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Get the latest coverage from UTSports.com: 

Here's what the media is writing: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee's defense works to keep improving
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols managing injuries on offensive line
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gilliam gets another chance
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley 'making progress' from injury
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT billboards aim to reach recruits
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones gives updates on injured Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Injured starters' statuses unclear

From the Alabama perspective: 
- The Crimson White: Tide defense gaining confidence

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 22)

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On Oct. 22, 1977, Kelsey Finch set the Tennessee record with the longest run in program history with a 99-dash against No. 19 Florida in Gainesville. 

OCTOBER 22 (11-5-1)
1900 T, 0-0 Vanderbilt
1904 L, 0-2 Georgia Tech
1910 L, 5-35 Georgia
1921 W, 9-0 FLORIDA
1932 W, 60-0 MARYVILLE
1938 W, 44-0 THE CITADEL
1955 W, 53-7 DAYTON
1960 W, 35-0 CHATTANOOGA
1966 W, 29-17 SOUTH CAROLINA
1977 L, 17-27 No. 19 Florida
1983 W, 37-3 GEORGIA TECH
1988 W, 38-25 Memphis State
2005 L, 3-6 No. 5 Alabama
2011 L, 6-37 No. 2 Alabama

On Oct. 22, 1983, the Vols dumped Georgia Tech, 37-3. Alan Cockrell threw for 189 yards and TD scores to Clyde Duncan and Lenny Taylor. Johnnie Jones ran for 128 yards and a score.

Saturday's Alabama Game Officially Sold Out

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Saturday's game vs. Alabama is officially sold out. It marks the third sellout of the season along with the Utah State game on Aug. 31 and the Florida game on Oct. 4.

With the crowd of 102,455 on hand for Saturday, it will mark the first time since the 2007 season that Neyland Stadium drew three or more crowds of that size. The attendance for a sellout has fluctuated over the last decade due to construction and seating adjustments at Neyland. In 2007, Tennessee welcomed more than 104,000 on five occasions. 

Witten's Story On ESPN's E60 on Tuesday Night

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Be sure to watch ESPN's E60 on Tuesday night at 8 p.m. ET, for Jason Witten's story as you have never heard before:

As a string of domestic violence scandals rocked pro football, one NFL star looked on from a very personal perspective.  Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten's once lived that nightmare, witnessing the abuse of his loved ones at home.  Witten sat down with E:60's Jeremy Schaap to tell his story of pain and perseverance, and his unwavering goal of breaking the cycle of violence.


Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/21/14)

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Butch Jones and three members of the Vols defense met with the media on Monday to preview Saturday's rivalry game against Alabama. 

Here's a look at coverage on UTSports.com from Monday:

Here's what the media is writing: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Crimson Tide say they are motivated for Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Corey Vereen has breakout game for UT Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones still sees progress
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Sacks not just on offensive line
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Beating Kiffin most important to fans
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols have to close gap in 'Bama rivalry
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Midstate Vols on Nashville billboards
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols fighting through top-10 gauntlet
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Jones discusses injured starters

News on Alabama includes: 
- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: Sims rolls with the Tide
- The Crimson White: Tide gears up for Tennesse trip

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 21)

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On Oct. 21, 1972, the song "Rocky Top" was performed at halftime at Neyland Stadium for the first time. As part of a country music halftime show, it was played at the Vols games vs. Alabama. The song attracted so much attention and became beloved by Vols fans everywhere. It was adopted as an official song in 1982.

OCTOBER 21 (9-10-1)
1892 L, 4-22 Vanderbilt
1893 L, 0-56 KENTUCKY A&M
1902 W, 34-0 MARYVILLE
1905 L, 0-45 VANDERBILT
1907 W, 4-0 Clemson
1911 W, 22-5 MARYVILLE
1922 L, 3-7 Georgia
1933 L, 6-12 ALABAMA
1939 W, 21-0 No. 8 ALABAMA
1944 T, 0-0 ALABAMA
1950 W, 14-9 ALABAMA
1961 L, 3-34 No. 5 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1967 W, 24-13 No. 6 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1972 L, 10-17 No. 3 ALABAMA
1978 L, 17-30 No. 4 ALABAMA
1989 L, 30-47 No. 10 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
2000 W, 20-10 ALABAMA
2006 W, 16-13 ALABAMA

The Vols beat Alabama on each of the last two games played on Oct. 21. Tennessee took down the Tide in 2000, 20-10:

On Oct. 21, 2006, Tennessee beat Alabama, 16-13. That is UT's last win vs. Alabama.

#NFLVols Week 7 Recap

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Again, more records were broken in week seven of NFL action.

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Peyton Manning broke the previous touchdown passing record of 508, set by Brett Favre, when he threw four touchdowns on Sunday night in his 246th career NFL game. Manning's total was brought up to 510. His 509 career touchdown passes were to 45 different players over his career with both the Broncos and Colts. He also broke the record in 56 games fewer than Favre. He now stands 125 scoring passes ahead of the next active quarterback, Drew Brees.

 - Manning has thrown multiple touchdown passes in all six games to start the year, only the 14th time a player has accomplished that.
 - Manning has 156 career games with multiple touchdown passes, second to only Brett Favre (159) in NFL history.
 - Manning has thrown at least one touchdown in 45 consecutive games, marking the fourth longest streak in NFL history. The record is 54 by Brees. 

After becoming the third tight end with 10,000 receiving yards, Witten climbed into the No. 2 spot all-time for career receiving yards by a tight end to pass Shannon Sharpe. He is now 40th among all-time receivers and second among tight end in the NFL for receiving yards with 10,065 receiving yards. Tony Gonzales leads with 1,325 receptions and 15,127 yards. 

Check out the rest of the VFLs in the NFL performed:

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Lost to Dallas 31-21 One tackle
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Def. San Diego 23-20 Inactive, injured
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Def. San Diego 23-20 Injured Reserve
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. San Fran. 42-17 4 punts, 42.8 avg., two inside the 20
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Def. San Diego 23-20 4 punts, 43.3 avg., two inside the 20
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. Atlanta 29-7 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houston Texans MNF MNF
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers MNF MNF
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Def. San Diego 23-20 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Lost to Detroit 24-23 Three tckls, one sack, 2 QH
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Lost to Washington 19-17 One reception for 6 yards
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. San Fran. 42-17 One tckl, one sack for a loss of nine
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami Dolphins Def. Chicago 27-14 Started at RT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Lost to Detroit 24-23 One rec., 13 yds., first career TD, 1 tckl
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. San Fran. 42-17 22-26-318-4 TDs, new passing TD record
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Def. NY Jets 27-25 Injured Reserve
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Def. Cleveland 24-6 Played at G
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Lost to St. Louis 28-26 Started at LDT
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers MNF MNF
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Lost to Detroit 24-23 Started at WR
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Lost to Arizona 24-13 One reception for 13 yds.
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Lost to Buffalo 17-16 Two recs., nine yds., TD
Tauren Poole WR Carolina Panthers Lost to Green Bay 38-17 Practice squad
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Lost to Buffalo 17-16 Injured Reserve
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Lost to Arizona 24-13 One reception for 18 yds.
Chris Scott G Carolina Panthers Lost to Green Bay 38-17 Practice squad
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Lost to New England 27-25 Practice squad
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Falcons Lost to Baltimore 29-7 Practice squad
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs BYE BYE
James Stone OL Atlanta Falcons Lost to Baltimore 29-7 Played at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Def. Chicago 27-14 Played at G
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Def. Seattle 28-26 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Def. Oakland 24-13 Two tackles
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Def. NY Giants 31-21 Two recs., 27 yds.

Happy Birthday - Oct. 20

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Happy Birthday to current defensive back Brian Randolph and VFL Pat McGlothin, a former Tennessee baseball player who went on to play with the Brooklyn Dodgers. 
Brian Randolph

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones and selected players will address the media today and preview this week's game against the Alabama Crimson Tide at Noon at the regular Monday press briefing. Live coverage starts at Noon HERE on UTSports.com

The Vol Network's Big Orange Hotline broadcasts live from Dead End BBQ tonight at 8:00 p.m. Bob Kesling and former Vol QBs Jeff Francis and Pat Ryan will give fans a preview of Saturday's game against Alabama on Vol Network stations across the state and HERE on UTSports.com

#NFLVols Prepared For Week 7

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Sunday Football Preview

Falcons vs. Ravens, 1 p.m. (FOX)
James Stone who has played the last two weeks will travel to Baltimore to take on the team of long snapper Morgan Cox. 

Vikings vs. Bills, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cordarrelle Patterson will be back in action to take on Buffalo. The wide receiver is still not 100-percent healthy after an injury that has prevented him from playing at full speed. 

Dolphins vs. Bears, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas will head to Chicago to take on the Bears. James has started in every game this season as a rookie. 

Saints vs. Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Austin Johnson, Parys Haralson and Robert Meachem will hit the field to take on Detroit. The three are coming off of a bye week.

Browns vs. Jaguars, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Jacques McClendon will be the lone VFL when Jacksonville hosts Cleveland in their week 7 matchup. 

Seahawks vs. Rams, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Seattle's Tony McDaniel and St. Louis' Scott Wells will come face-to-face when their two teams meet. McDaniel had four tackles in last week's game.
Titans vs. Redskins, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Justin Hunter will return to the field after a 77-yard field day in last week's win. In the last two weeks, Hunter has posted his best numbers in the regular season. 

Chiefs vs. Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
After a bye week, Kansas City will travel to San Diego. Eric Berry, Zach Fulton and Tyler Bray all spent the last weekend in Knoxville for the Homecoming game. Fulton has started in every game as a rookie. Bray is on the injured reserve list. Berry returned to practice for the first time this week since spraining his ankle. 

Giants vs. Dallas, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Robert Ayers Jr. will travel to the home of record breaking tight end Jason Witten. In last week's Cowboys' win, Witten reached the 900 receptions mark to make him the fastest tight end to do so and just the 16th player in NFL history. 

Cardinals vs. Raiders, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Dan Williams of the Arizona defense will travel to Oakland to defend against VFLs Denarius Moore and Mychal Rivera. Williams had two tackles in last week's game.

49ers vs. Broncos, 8:25 p.m. (NBC)
In the Sunday night game, Peyton Manning, Malik Jackson and Britton Colquitt will host San Francisco. Manning is just two passing touchdowns away from tying Brett Favre for the record number. With three, Manning will break the NFL record for passing scores. 

Monday Night Football

Texans vs. Steelers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
In the last two games, Foster has both rushed for well over 100 yards and has run in two touchdowns in each game. Ramon Foster and Daniel McCullers will host the Texans in the matchup. 

Thursday Night Football

Patriots 27, Jets 25
With the loss of Jerod Mayo due to a torn patellar tendon, Matt Simms was the lone VFL on a roster for the Thursday night game. Simms remains a member of the practice squad. Mayo is expected to be out for the rest of the season.

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