Happy Birthday - June 19

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On June 19 we wish a happy birthday to baseball pitcher Jacob Westphal



A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Westphal recently completed his freshman season on Rocky Top. He appeared in 12 games over the course of the season, posting a record 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 19.0 innings of work. His first win of the season came against ETSU when he threw 3.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four. 

Westphal is 19 years old today.

Happy birthday, Jacob!




Defensive lineman Owen William was named NFL.com's third strong player in college football. NFL.com published its top 15 list on Thursday. Read what they wrote here:

A 2014 transfer from Butler (Kan.) Community College, Williams (6-2, 290 pounds) quickly established himself among his new teammates as a workout warrior. He can squat 710 pounds and bench presses 510 (36 reps at 225). He made 21 tackles and two sacks last year, and figures to be an even more effective presence in the interior for the Volunteers this fall as a senior.

For the full list, click HERE.


Former Lady Vol Cierra Burdick has officially signed with the WNBA's Atlanta Dream. Burdick was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Sparks in the second round (14th overall). 

Read the official Atlanta Dream release HERE



With kickoff just 80 days away, the buzz around Tennessee Football continues. NFL.com's Bryan Fischer released his top 10 defensive linemen duos and have redshirt senior Curt Maggitt and sophomore Derek Barnett at No. 6. The duo is one of three in the top 10 from the SEC. 

Read what Fischer wrote here:

6. Tennessee: Derek Barnett and Curt Maggitt

The skinny: All Barnett did as a true freshman for the Vols was rack up 10 sacks and set numerous Tennessee and SEC records as a relentless pass rusher. One of the biggest bright spots on a young team, he'll figure to see more double-teams in 2015 but seems qualified to handle them given his skill set and size. He teams up with Maggitt, who led the team in sacks last season. Barnett will show off his versatility by also playing linebacker in addition to defensive end depending on the situation.

Click HERE for the full list. 

Manning Leads Colorado Symphony In Rocky Top

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Vol Nation, you will love this!

Check out Peyton Manning's entire performance as he led the Colorado Symphony in Rocky Top last night: Fast forward to the 5:50 mark: PEYTON LEADS ROCKY TOP.

Maggitt Featured On SI.com

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Check out this feature on Vols fifth-year senior Curt Maggitt from SI.com:  The 'old man' and Tennessee: Senior Curt Maggitt seeks a lasting impact

The clunk-clunk-clunk of marching cleats echoes through the south wing of Tennessee's football facility. It's a sunny March afternoon, and a sea of players file through an open door in the program's Anderson Training Center. The Volunteers have just completed another practice this spring on Haslam Field. Each passing player dons either an orange or white jersey, save for the handful of quarterbacks, who wear red tops.


Sitting a few yards away from his teammates, Curt Maggitt sports a different outfit. Tennessee's fifth-year senior linebacker wears a black shirt with a bulky shoulder harness. Due to off-season surgery, Maggitt hasn't been able to practice. Instead, he has watched his young team and realized he's become a senior citizen. Some of his teammates, he notes, don't even know the old location of the locker room.

"I'm the old man around here," Maggitt says. "It's weird."

Read More: The 'old man' and Tennessee: Senior Curt Maggitt seeks a lasting impact

Happy Birthday - June 16

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On June 16 we're wishing a very happy birthday to Vol basketball great Wayne Chism



A Tennessee native, Chism averaged 11.3 points per game over his four year career on Rocky Top. Chism was the focal point of the Volunteer offense during his senior season, averaging 12.6 points per game to go along with 7.2 boards per contest -- both team highs. He earned first team All-SEC honors that season and led Tennessee to its first-ever Elite Eight appearance. 

Since completing his career at UT, Chism has had success playing professionally overseas. He is currently playing in the Philippines.

Wayne Chism is 28 years old today.


Happy Birthday - June 15

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We've got a trio of birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top today as we wish a happy birthday to football's Corey Vereen, former Vol defensive lineman Darwin Walker, and a past All-SEC hurdler out on the track in Terry Benson.



A rising junior from Winter Garden, Florida, Vereen is coming off a sophomore season in which he appeared in all 13 games for the Vols. He finished the year with 24 total tackles -- 15 solo and nine assisted. He also recorded 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and three quarterback hurries. His most noteworthy game of the 2014 season came against Ole Miss when he posted a career-high six tackles, 2.5 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks. Born this day in 1995, Vereen is 20 years old today. 



VFL Walker was a junior captain on the 1998 national championship team. He posted 46 tackles and six sacks for a defense that gave up less than 100 yards rushing per game during the Vols' run to the national title. He was named All-SEC by the Associated Press the following season. He opted to leave Rocky Top a year early and put together a 10 year pro career in the NFL. His most notable professional stop came with the Philadelphia Eagles -- a franchise with which he spent seven seasons and helped to a Super Bowl XXIX berth. Walker is 38 today.



Lastly, we wish a happy birthday for former All-SEC hurdler Benson. A native of Las Vegas, Benson ran for two seasons at Tennessee after transferring from Central Arizona College. He was a seven-time SEC scorer, making his mark in the hurdles and the relays. In 2012, he was named the Indoor Vol Most Valuable Track Athlete and was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Happy birthday Corey, Darwin, and Terry!




Happy Birthday - June 13

On June 13 we're celebrating the birthdays of men's swimmer Ben Miller and rowing's Kahala Schneider!



A freestyle specialist, Miller recently concluded his junior season at Tennessee. He set two new PRs in 2014-15, including a new career-best in the 50 free (21.73) and the 400 IM (3:54.57). The Raleigh, North Carolina, native finished the year as a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Born this day in 1994, Miller is 21 years old today.



Schneider is a junior from Honolulu, Hawai'i, and has spent all three of her collegiate seasons on the varsity rowing squad. She was a member of the Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Team in 2015 and was a part of the second varsity four that finished third (7:53.85) in the grand finals of the Big 12 Championships. Today is Schneider's 21st birthday. 

Happy birthday, Ben and Kahala!




Happy Birthday - June 12

On June 12 we're wishing a happy birthday to former Vols quarterback Erik Ainge



A native of Hillsboro, Oregon, Ainge played quarterback for Tennessee from 2004-07 and amassed 8,700 passing yards and 72 touchdowns. One of his most memorable performances came during his senior season when he threw for 397 yards and seven touchdowns in a 52-50 triple overtime victory over Kentucky. Following his time with the Vols, Ainge was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He remained with the franchise until the summer of 2011.

Happy birthday, Erik!


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