July 2011 Archives

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Photo courtesy: Garrett Ellwood/USA Basketball.

Following three days of training camp that featured 20 elite college players, USA Basketball on Sunday announced 14 finalists for the 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team.

Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin is serving as an assistant coach on the U.S. squad. For an in-depth update of the team's activity at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., click HERE.

34 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee

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34 days until it's officially Football Time in Tennessee! Today's 34 marks the number of consensus All-American in Tennessee history. The last was Eric Berry in 2009, pictured below.

Manning Arrives At Colts Training Camp

On Sunday, Vols legend Peyton Manning, armed with a new five-year, $90 million contract -- likely the last of his career, reported to the Indianapolis Colts' training camp with a sense of relief.

"You take a look at things and what's potentially going to happen, and I realized that I've got to have these guys around me,'" Manning said. "I've had that title, if you will, for the past seven years and I appreciate Bill (Polian) and Jim (Irsay) doing that seven years ago. I did everything I could to play like it, and I think there is an extra responsibility that comes with it. If they're going to pay you like the highest-paid player, you better play like it."

Read some more here:

• Indianapolis Star: QB Peyton Manning: I'll be a Colt my entire career

• Associated Press: Manning shows up on time for Colts training camp

Daily Briefing: Tennessee Football

Here are Sunday's stories on the Vols as Derek Dooley prepares for the first day of training camp on Sunday. The team reports back on Monday with the preseason press conference being held on Monday at 11 a.m. The presser can be watched live on UTSports.com/AllAccess.

• Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols expecting much better running game

From the historical perspective, Tom Mattingly has this column in the Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Team game' summed up best in three recent examples

Postseason Q&A With Tennessee Softball's Ralph Weekly


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Maria Cornelius of Scout.com/Rocky Top News recently spoke with Tennessee Softball Co-Head Coach Ralph Weekly about the end of this past season and to preview what should be an exciting 2012 campaign. Scout.com Q&A With Tennessee Softball's Ralph Weekly.pdf 

Vols in the Pros Update (7/31)

Lots of former Vols in action among the professional ranks last night (12 to be exact). Check out how they all played in our most recent Vols in the Pros Update below.

J.P. Arencibia (Blue Jays) - Tallied one of just four Toronto hits off of Rangers starter Derek Holland who twirled his MLB-leading fourth shutout of the season. Arencibia has now hit safely in six of his last seven contests.
7/30: 1-for-3, 2K
Season: .221, 64 H, 34 R, 12 2B, 3 3B, 17 HR, 48 RBIs (81 games)

R.A. Dickey (Mets) - Posted his second straight quality start, allowing three runs on six hits over six innings of work against the Nationals. Suffered another tough-luck loss though as the Mets were shutout, 3-0, by four Washington pitchers.
7/30: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 1 K
Season: 5-9, 3.77 ERA, 23 G, 22 GS, 140.2 IP, 144 H, 41 BB, 95 K, .267 Opp. BA

Chase Headley (Padres) - Scored a pair of runs and stole his 10th base of the season in a 10-6 loss to the Rockies.
7/30: 0-for-3, 2 R, 1 BB, 1 SB, 1 K
Season: .292, 100 H, 37 R, 27 2B, 3 HR, 36 RBIs, 10 SB (101 games)

Todd Helton (Rockies) - Singled and scored a run in the Rockies' 10-6 triumph over Headley and the Padres. The hit was his 99th of the season. His next hit will give him 13 MLB seasons with at least 100.
7/30: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 K
Season: .312, 99 H, 45 R, 21 2B, 11 HR, 54 RBIs, 47 BB, 49 K (95 games)

James Adkins (Carolina Mudcats/Reds)
7/30: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Season: 0-0, 5.28 ERA, 28 G, 29.0 IP, 21 BB, 23 K

Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
7/30: 2-for-4, 2 1B
Season: .256, 100 H, 13 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 35 RBIs, 30 SB (100 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
7/30: 3-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBIs
Last 10 Games: .385 (15-for-39), 8 R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBIs
Season: .303, 43 H, 21 R, 13 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 23 RBIs (38 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
7/30: 2-for-4, 2 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: .238, 62 H, 29 R, 20 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 26 RBIs (76 games)

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
7/30: 1-for-3, 1 K
Season: .248, 54 H, 43 R, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 21 RBIs, 6 SB (75 games w/ three teams)

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
7/30: 3-for-4, 3 1B
Last 10 Games: .341 (14-for-41), 6 R, 4 2B, 9 RBIs
Season: .292, 33 H, 11 R, 7 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 19 RBIs (29 games)

Stephen McCray (Great Falls Voyagers/White Sox)
7/30: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 BB, 3 K
Season: 0-3, 9.13 ERA, 9 G, 5 GS, 23.2 IP, 42 H, 11 BB, 19 K

Aaron Tullo (Orem Owlz/Angels)
7/30: 1.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Season: 1-1, 5.40 ERA, 11 G, 2 SV, 11.2 IP, 11 H, 8 BB, 15 K

Stories On Manning Re-Signing With Colts

The Colts have re-signed quarterback Peyton Manning to a long-term deal that could keep him in Indianapolis for the rest of his career. According to various media reports, the Vols legend has signed a 5-year contract worth $90 million. In a statement released by the team owner Jim Irsay said he was "thrilled to have the deal done."

Here are some stories about the deal:

Relive some Manning moments at UT.

35 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee

35 days until it's officially Football Time in Tennessee! Today's 35 centers on Jabari Greer, who played from 2000-03. Greer set the record for most passes defended in a UT career 35

Also, the Vols record for most first downs in a game is 35, set against Georgia in 1997.

Sandgren Plays for Title at Godfrey (Ill.) Futures

Junior Tennys Sandgren earned a three-set victory Saturday to advance to his first career professional final at the USTA Lewis and Clark Community College USTA Men's Futures Tennis Tournament in Godfrey, Ill.

Sandgren defeated former Texas A&M player Jeff Dadamo 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the semifinals to earn a spot in Sunday's championship match. Sandgren, a native of Gallatin, Tenn., faces unseeded Rudolph Siwy for the title.

Photo courtesy of S. Paige Allen, Lewis and Clark Community College

Vols in the Pros Update (7/30)

Our most recent update on the various former Vols currently playing professional baseball can be found below.

J.P. Arencibia (Blue Jays) - Launched a three-run shot off of Rangers All-Star Alexei Ogando to lead Toronto to a 3-2 victory on Friday (VIDEO). The longball was his fifth home run in his last six games and 17th of the year. During that six-game stretch, all seven of Arencibia's hits have gone for extra bases (2 2B, 5 HR) and he has knocked in nine runs. 
7/29: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 3 RBIs
Season: .220, 63 H, 34 R, 12 2B, 3 3B, 17 HR, 48 RBIs (80 games)

Chase Headley (Padres) - Knocked in a run with an RBI single (VIDEO) and walked twice in a 3-2 loss to the Rockies on Friday. The single was Headley's 100th hit of the season, 
7/29: 1-for-2, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Season: .295, 100 H, 35 R, 27 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 36 RBIs, 9 SB (100 games)

Todd Helton (Rockies) - Tallied his 21st double of the season and 548th of his career in a 3-2 win over Headley and the Padres. 
7/29: 1-for-4, 1 2B
Season: .314, 98 H, 44 R, 21 2B, 0 3B, 11 HR, 54 RBIs, 47 BB, 48 K (94 games)

R.A. Dickey (Mets) - Will make his 22nd start of the season for the New York Mets against the Washington Nationals tonight. The Mets have won six of his last seven starts, with Dickey going at least 6 1/3 innings in six of them. 
Season: 5-8, 3.74 ERA, 22 G, 21 GS, 134.2 IP, 138 H, 39 BB, 94 K, .265 Opp. BA

Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
7/29: 1-for-4, 1 K
Season: .253, 98 H, 63 R, 13 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 35 RBIs, 30 SB (99 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
7/29: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 HR (first as pro), 1 RBI, 1 K
Season: .290, 40 H, 21 R, 12 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 21 RBIs (37 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah Sand Gnats/Mets)
7/29: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 1 K
Season: .233, 60 H, 29 R, 18 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 26 RBIs (75 games)

Bryan Morgado (Williamsport Crosscutters/Phillies)
7/29: SV (first as pro), 3.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 7 K
Season: 1-0, 1 SV, 1.61 ERA, 14 G, 28.0 IP, 21 H, 13 BB, 31 K, .208 Opp. BA

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
7/29: 1-for-5, 1 HR (grand slam), 1 R, 4 RBIs, 2 K
Season: .247, 53 H, 43 R, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 21 RBIs, 6 SB (74 games w/ 3 teams)

Steven Gruver (Elizabethton Twins/Twins)
7/29: 2.0 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Season: 0-0, 4.02 ERA, 13 G, 15.2 IP, 16 H, 2 BB, 20 K, .267 Opp. BA

Dooley Emphasizes Support Of High School Coaches

The Knoxville News Sentinel has this story on Saturday: Derek Dooley emphasizes support to high school coaches.

Dooley gave a warm welcome Friday to high school coaches and administrators at the Knox County Coaches' Kickoff Luncheon at Thompson-Boling Arena.

Former Vols Star Burnett To Sign With Dolphins

Various media outlets are reporting that former Vols football star Kevin Burnett has signed with the Miami Dolphins after spending the last two years with the San Diego Chargers. Burnett, 28, broke out in San Diego last season, recording 95 tackles with 6 sacks, 2 interceptions, 2 forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown. 

Here are various stories on Burnett: Sporting NewsESPN.comMiami HeraldPalm Beach Post.

With the Vols, he was an All-America and two-time All-SEC. In 2003, he and T Michael Munoz became first juniors to serve as team captains since 1944. In 2004, they became first two-time captains since J.G. Lowe in 1924-25. Burnett was a 2004 semifinalist for Butkus and Nagurski Awards.

Watch Monday's Football Press Conference At 11 a.m.

The inaugural football press conference for the 2011 season will be held on Monday morning, starting at 11 a.m. The entire press conference including Coach Derek Dooley (at 12 p.m.) will be shown on UTSports.com/AllAccess. Several Vols student-athletes will be featured including seniors Tauren Poole and Malik Jackson.

Sandgren Reaches Semifinals at Godfrey (Ill.) Futures

Courtesy of an upset victory Friday, junior Tennys Sandgren advanced to the semifinals of the Lewis and Clark Community College USTA Men's Futures Tennis Tournament in Godfrey, Ill. 

Sandgren, the Vols' top returner, defeated former Texas Longhorn star and fourth-seeded Dimitar Kutrovsky 6-3, 6-2 to reach his first career semifinal of a Futures event. 

He now faces unseeded Jeff Dadamo, a former Texas A&M player, on Saturday for a spot in the championship match.

The tournament draw is HERE.

Senator, Former Vol Bob Corker to Speak at UT Economics Forum


Former Volunteer baseball player and current Tennessee senator Bob Corker will share his insights on the current US economic situation at the Knoxville Economics Forum, organized by the College of Business Administration's Department of Economics at the University of Tennessee on Monday, Aug. 8, at Club LeConte in downtown Knoxville.

Corker played in 13 games for the Vols as an outfielder in 1972 and graduated from UT in 1974. He went on to become mayer of his hometown Chattanooga before winning election to the U.S. Senate in 2006.

For more information on the Knoxville Economics Forum, click HERE

Daily Briefing: Tennessee Football

A couple of Tennessee football links to get your weekend started right.

Sporting News: Tennessee Volunteers At A Glance

247sports.com: Ten days, ten battles: Backup WRs

InsideTennessee.com: The Tennessee Standard



Fenton's Tori Bailey Thriving for Tennessee Soccer

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Current Tennessee Lady Vol sophomore soccer player Tori Bailey was recently featured in a profile in the Tri-County Times, the local newspaper of her hometown of Fenton, Mich.  The 4-11 midfielder/defender tallied four points on a goal and two assists while playing in 19 matches during her rookie season at Rocky Top.  Her first career goal proved to be a big one as her tally at 68:23 downed Richmond, 2-1, in the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic.

Tri-County Times/Dave Troppens: 7-13 Tori Bailey story -- Tri-County Times.pdf



36 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee

36 days until it's officially Football Time in Tennessee! 36 is a number that carries plenty of significance in UT football history:

-The Vols have gone undefeated at Neyland Stadium 36 times, most recently in 2007 (7-0).

-Peyton Manning set the UT individual record with 36 touchdown passes in 1997.

-36 Vols have earned Freshman All-American honors. Sophomore James Stone was honored last season by the FWAA and Sporting News.

-The Vols set a school and SEC record with 36 interceptions in 1970.

Vols in the Pros Update (7/29)

Our most recent update on the various former Vols currently playing professional baseball can be found below.

Luke Hochevar (Royals) - Picked up his seventh win of the season with seven strong innings against Boston at Fenway Park (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS). Hochevar allowed just two runs on six hits and a walk while tying his season high with six strikeouts. He retired 14 of the last 16 batters he faced and gave up just one extra-base hit. 
7/28: W, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 6 K
Season: 7-8, 5.15 ERA, 22 GS, 138.0 IP, 141 H, 45 BB, 72 K, .263 Opp. BA

J.P. Arencibia (Blue Jays) - Drove in his 44th and 45th runs of the season with a 2-for-3, two-RBI effort in Toronto's 8-5 win over the Orioles on Thursday. Both RBIs came on a double off of Brad Bergesen in the third inning (VIDEO). He later doubled off of Koji Uehara as well. Over his last five games, Arencibia is hitting .353 (6-for-17) with four home runs, two doubles and six RBIs.
7/28: 2-for-3, 2 2B, 2 RBIs, 1 BB
Season: .218, 62 H, 12 2B, 3 3B, 16 HR, 45 RBIs

Chase Headley (Padres) - Was 0-for-4 at the plate hitting cleanup for San Diego, but did steal his ninth base of the season in a 4-3 win over Arizona on Thursday.
7/28: 0-for-4, 1 K, 1 SB
Season: .294, 99 H, 27 2B, 3 HR, 35 RBIs, 9 SB

Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
7/28: 0-for-3, 1 K
Season: .253, 97 H, 63 R, 13 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 35 RBIs, 30 SB (98 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
7/28: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 3 RBIs
Season: .291, 39 H, 19 R, 12 2B, 1 3B, 20 RBIs (36 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah Sand Gnats/Mets)
7/28: 1-for-4, 1 2B, 3 K
Season: .233, 59 H, 29 R, 17 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 26 RBIs (74 games)

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
7/28: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 K
Season: .248, 52 H, 42 R, 9 2B, 2 3B, 17 RBIs, 6 SB (73 games w/ 3 teams)

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
7/28: 0-for-4, 1 K
Season: .275, 30 H, 11 R, 7 2B, 1 3B, 19 RBIs, 1 SB (28 games)

Cunningham Honored To Get Chance At NFL

Read this story from the Gainesville Times: Cunningham signs free agent deal with Tennessee Titans as the former Vols punter gets his shot in the NFL just down the road from Knoxville.

"It's really an honor just to get a chance in the NFL," Cunningham said. "I'm going to go out there and give it my best."

Chad Cunningham has used all his time since graduating from Tennessee to prepare for a chance to latch on with a team. Even though he was disappointed when he went undrafted, it didn't curtail his training.

He worked every day at the University of Memphis with players already in the NFL like New England Patriots kicker Stephen Gostkowski, long snapper Morgan Cox of the Baltimore Ravens and former Tennessee teammate Britton Colquitt, now a punter with the Denver Broncos.

Former Vols Star Mayo Emerging As Leader With Patriots

Check out this feature on ESPN.com about former Vols star Jerod Mayo: Mayo emerging as veteran leader

Now in his fourth season, Patriots linebacker Jerod Mayo took a leadership role by coordinating player workouts during the NFL lockout. 

"It's my fourth year in the league. But at the same time I feel like I've learned enough over these past few years to really hand down some information to those guys, and that's what I'm going to try to do." 

The Boston Herald also has a short piece on Mayo and his new Patriots teammate, another former Vol Albert Haynesworth.

Gerald Jones Inks With Eagles

Former Tennessee wide receiver Gerald Jones has agreed to a contract with the Philadelphia Eagles. A team-high 55 receptions in 2010 made Jones just the fifth receiver to lead the Vols in catches in three consecutive seasons. He was the first to do so since Joey Kent in 1994-96.

Jones finished fifth on UT's career receptions list with 142 and 11th in receiving TDs with 13. Compiling 1,710 career receiving yards, he was just 37 short of reaching the top 10 in that category.

The Patriot-News: Eagles sign rookie free agent wide receiver Gerald Jones

Toles to Play in Cape Cod All-Star Game on CSS Tomorrow

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CSS, the regional sports channel focused on sports throughout the south, has announced it will broadcast the 2011 Cape Cod Baseball League All-Star game on Friday, July 29 at 7 p.m. ET. The live broadcast from Fenway Park will showcase some of the top players from NCAA baseball programs, including Andrew Toles, a rising sophomore at Tennessee.

Toles is the first Vol to play in the CCBL All-Star Game since Luke Hudson in 1996. UT legend Todd Helton also participated in the event in 1994. 


The game will also be carried on Comcast SportsNet New England, Comcast Sportsnet Chicago, Comcast SportsNet California, Comcast SportsNet MidAtlantic, and The Mountain, reaching an estimated 34 million homes. Eric Frede and Lou Merloni will handle play-by-play and analyst duties

"SEC on ESPN" Apparel Collection

Looking for more Tennessee apparel? Click "Download Photos" in the link below to check out the Big Orange options in the new "SEC on ESPN" apparel collection.

ESPN Consumer Products, in collaboration with the Southeastern Conference, announces the launch of the "SEC on ESPN" apparel collection, a t-shirt line inspired by the conference's achievements, traditions and rivalries, as well as ESPN's dedication to being the home of college football. The collection features slogans and logos from each of the twelve schools and gives fans a new way to show their passion for college football, SEC style.

"SEC on ESPN" Apparel Collection

37 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

There are just 37 days until the Vols kickoff against Montana on Sept. 3!

Tennessee's team record for passing touchdowns in a season is 37, which took place in 1997. Peyton Manning threw for 36 of those, while Tee Martin accounted for the other.

37 is also the UT single-game record for completions, set by Manning in a game vs. Florida in 1996. The record was matched in 2000 by A.J.Suggs in an overtime contest against LSU.

Vols in the Pros Update (7/28)

Our most recent update on the various former Vols currently playing professional baseball can be found below.

J.P. Arencibia (Blue Jays) - Launched his 16th home run of the season in a 3-0 win over the Orioles on Wednesday (VIDEO). It was his fourth longball over his last four contests. He currently leads all AL catchers with his 16 dingers. The only catcher with more is Brian McCann with 18. Arencibia's four home runs since the All-Star break rank sixth among all MLB players.
7/27: 1-for-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Season: .214, 10 2B, 16 HR, 43 RBIs

Chase Headley (Padres) - Was 0-for-4 in a 4-3 loss to the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
7/27: 0-for-4, 2 K
Season: .297, 99 H, 27 2B, 3 HR, 35 RBIs, 8 SB

Todd Helton (Rockies) - Came on as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning of a 3-1 win over the Dodgers on Wednesday.
7/27: 0-for-0, defensive replacement in 9th
Season: .315, 97 H, 20 2B, 11 HR, 54 RBIs

Luke Hochevar (Royals) - Will get the nod on the mound this afternoon against the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Hochevar will be looking for his second win this month after defeating the Rays on July 15.
Season: 6-8, 5.29 ERA, 21 GS, 131.0 IP, 66 K, 44 BB

James Adkins (Carolina Mudcats/Reds)
7/27: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Season: 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 27 G, 28.1 IP, 23 K, 20 BB

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
7/27: 1-for-4, 1 2B
Season: .285, 11 2B, 1 3B, 17 RBIs

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
7/27: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBIs
Season: .286, 7 2B, 1 3B, 19 RBIs


Andrew Toles (Brewster Whitecaps/Cape Cod League)
7/27: 3-for-4, 1 1B, 1 2B, 1 3B, 1 R
Summer: .312, 35 G, 43 H, 16 R, 4 2B, 3 3B, 9 RBIs
*Toles wll play in the CCBL All-Star Game on Friday. The contest will be televised live on CSS at 7 p.m. ET from Fenway Park

Chris Fritts (Alexandria Beetles/Northwoods League)
7/27: 2-for-4, 3 RBIs, 2 SB
Summer: .331, 44 G, 57 H, 43 R, 14 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 31 RBIs, 10 SB

Nick Williams (Danbury Westerners/Northeast Collegiate Baseball League)
7/27: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
*Pitched in the NECBL All-Star Game on Wednesday

Daily Briefing: Tennessee Football

Today's links in relation to Tennessee football.

ESPN.com: Video: Tennessee's Malik Jackson

Knoxville News Sentinel: Year of the RB: Burning questions with Tauren Poole

247sports.com: Jackson defends Vols young DL

247sports.com: Ten days, ten battles: Tight end

InsideTennessee.com: Can Bray lead?

InsideTennessee.com: Another summer another strength coach


Haynesworth Traded To Patriots

Former Vols star Albert Haynesworth has been traded to the New England Patriots. Here are various stories on the move. 

30th Annual Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Ceremony Thursday

The 30th annual Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony takes place Thursday night at the Knoxville Convention Center. Former UT basketball All-America Bernard King is the keynote speaker at the event, and UT athletic department legend Gus Manning is among those to be honored.

Manning, 88, is the "Thanks for the Memories" honoree. Thursday's Knoxville News Sentinel has more HERE.

And speaking of King, Thursday's New York Post highlights the Brooklyn, N.Y., native's involvement with a New Jersey Nets facility event Wednesday. Read the full story HERE.

KNS Feature On Reveiz Joining Bucs

Check out Austin Ward's story on Nick Reveiz joining the Tampa Buccaneers in the Knoxville News Sentinel: Reveiz on Tampa Bay: 'This is where I'm supposed to be'.

Find out what former Bucs star was a childhood idol for the former Vols star. 

Stories On Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame Induction

Thursday night will be a special one in town as the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame will hold its annual induction ceremony. Legendary UT basketball star Bernard King will be the featured speaker. The Tennessean has this story on former Vol Mike Jackson, who will introduce his Vol teammate from 1974-77 King at tonight's ceremony: Ex-Stratford star befriends UT royalty.

The Knoxville News Sentinel has this piece: Honor befits Gus Manning with plenty of memories as it focuses on the fixture in UT athletics, who has been on the GKSHOF committee since it started in 1982.

Heath Shuler, the 1992 Heisman Trophy runner-up will be joined in the 2011 class by Reggie Cobb, Scott Gaylon and Jim Smelcher as Tennessee football contributes four inductees. 

Former Stratford star Mike Jackson, left, was a teammate of Bernard King's at Tennessee (1974-77).
Former Stratford star Mike Jackson, left, was a teammate of Bernard King's at Tennessee (1974-77).

Denarius Moore Inks Deal With Raiders

Former Tennessee wideout Denarius Moore inked a deal with the Oakland Raiders valued at $2.2 million over four years. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2011 NFL Draft in April.

Moore, a four year letterman at Tennessee, became the seventh receiver in school history to surpass 2,000 career yards. In 2010, he was the only player in major college football to have two 200+ yard receiving games.

Read some more on the Raiders and their start of training camp in the Mercury News from the Bay Area.

Dooley Honors Farmers Who Turned Switchgrass Into Biofuel

Football is played on grass, but that is where the relationship ends between UT coach Derek Dooley and the source of bioenergy called switchgrass.

"What they are converting is switchgrass, that nobody wants, and thats the beauty of it, so they are not going to be competing with anything, I don't want them to touch Neyland Stadium, we can't convert that to ethanol, we have to keep that for the team," said Dooley.

While the coach may be a little protective, Tuesday night he helped honor the 16 farmers who took part in the UT program to turn switchgrass into biofuel.

Read the full story from WBIR.com.


38 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee

In 1985, the unranked Tennessee Volunteers defeated No. 1 Auburn, 38-20. The 1985 Vols went on to win the SEC Championship and finish No. 4 nationally in all polls. It was the last time UT has knocked off a No. 1-ranked opponent in six tries since. The only other time the Vols defeated the top-ranked team in the country was a 14-13 win vs. LSU on Nov. 7, 1959 in Knoxville.

Walker Onto Other Opportunities

Former Tennessee defensive end Chris Walker tweeted Wednesday (@cwalk8432) that he did not pass his physical to join the NFL's Baltimore Ravens.

"I'm coming home AGAIN! I can't even get passed a playing physical! Maybe God has something different! This hurts! "

The Tobias Harris School of Business Basketball Camp

The Tobias Harris School of Business Basketball Camp, which will be held at the Hills West gym, is an intense three-day skill-building program starting Aug. 1, for young players who are serious about making the sport a part of their future.

For the full story, click HERE.

Articles On Vols Signing With NFL Teams

Check out these stories on some former Vols that agreed to join NFL teams as undrafted free agents

The Daily Advertiser: Ex-Viking Shaw agrees with Browns

Daily Briefing On Tennessee Football

Vols in the Pros Update (7/27)

Want to know how former Vols currently playing professional baseball fared on Tuesday? Check out our most recent update below. 

Chase Headley (Padres) - Upped his batting average to .301 on the year with a 2-for-4 effort against the Diamondbacks on Tuesday. Headley has now hit safely in four straight games and has five hits in his last two contests alone. 
7/26: 2-for-4, 2 singles
Season: .301, 99 hits, 27 2B, 3 HR, 35 RBIs, 8 SB

Todd Helton (Rockies) - Knocked in both of the Rockies' runs in a 3-2 loss to the Dodgers on Tuesday with an RBI single (VIDEO) and a run-scoring groundout (VIDEO). Helton now has 54 RBIs this season.
7/26: 1-for-3, 2 RBIs, 1 BB
Season: .315, 97 hits, 20 2B, 11 HR, 54 RBIs

James Adkins (Carolina Mudcats/Reds)
7/26: 0.2 IP, 2 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 1 K
Season: 0-0, 5.60 ERA, 26 G, 27.1 IP, 26 H, 20 BB, 22 K

Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
7/26: 2-for-5, 1 3B, 1 RBI
Last 10 Games: .326 (14-for-43), 9 R, 2 3B, 9 RBIs, 2 BB, 3 K, 5 SB
Season: .258, 97 H, 13 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 35 RBIs, 30-36 SB/CS

Stephen McCray (Great Falls Voyagers/White Sox)
7/26: 1.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
Season: 0-3, 9.55 ERA, 8 G, 5 GS, 21.2 IP, 41 H, 10 BB, 16 K

Aaron Tullo (Orem Owlz/Angels)
7/26: 0.1 IP, 0 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K
Season: 1-1, 6.10 ERA, 2 SV, 9 G, 10.1 IP, 10 H, 8 BB, 13 K

Daily Briefing: Tennessee Football

Want the easiest access to Tennessee football in the news? Check out the links below.


  -The SEC's best 25 players: No. 25 (Janzen Jackson)

Knoxville News Sentinel

  -DOOLEY QUOTED: Vols coach takes another spin at ESPN car wash


  -Thomas ready to lead Vols up front

  -Ten Days, Ten Battles: Center


2011 Football Media Guide Now Online

The 2011 Tennessee football media guide is now online. Check it out at https://bitly.com/UTFBMediaGuide

2011 Football Media Guide

Vols in the Pros Update (7/26)

R.A. Dickey (Mets) - Picked up his fifth win of the season after allowing just two runs on eight hits and striking out seven against the Reds. Watch Dickey's strong outing HERE
7/25 - W - 6.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 7 K
Season - 5-8, 3.74 ERA, 134.2 IP, 39 BB, 94 K

Chase Headley (Padres) - Had three hits, all off of Phillies ace Cliff Lee, to lead the Padres to a 5-4 win on Monday. Watch Headley's RBI double off of Lee HERE
7/25 - 3-for-5, 2 singles, 1 double, 1 RBI
Season - .298, 26 2B, 3 HR, 35 RBIs

Todd Helton (Rockies) - Did not have a hit in four at-bats, but did use a sacrifice fly to drive in his 52nd run of the season in the Rockies' 8-5 loss to the Dodgers.
7/25 - 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 SF, 1 RBI
Season - .315, 20 2B, 11 HR, 52 RBIs

Deunte Heath (Charlotte Knights/White Sox)
7/25 - ND - 5.1 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 7 K
Season - 2-5, 4.93 ERA, 23 G, 10 GS, 1 SV, 73.0 IP, 47 BB, 83 K

Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
7/25 - 1-for-4, 1 K
Season - .256, 13 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 34 RBIs, 30 SB

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
7/25 - 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 3 K
Season - .286, 10 2B, 1 3B, 17 RBIs

Blake Forsythe (Savannah Sand Gnats/Mets)
7/25 - 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
Season - .233, 16 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 26 RBIs

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
7/25 - 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Season (w/Lancaster) - .291, 5 2B, 1 3B, 12 RBIs, 3 SB

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
7/25 - 2-for-4, 1 K
Last 10 Games - .317 (13-for-41), 3 2B, 9 RBIs
Season - .290, 6 2B, 1 3B, 17 RBIs

Steven Gruver (Elizabethton Twins/Twins)
7/25 - 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K
Season - 0-0, 4.61 ERA, 12 G, 13.2 IP, 13 H, 7 R, 2 BB, 18 K

Daily Briefing: Tennessee Football

It's been four days since the Vols took stage at SEC Media Days, but that didn't stop the extended coverage and recaps during the weekend. Links are below.

Knoxville News Sentinel

  -Tauren Poole's got plenty to prove


  -A (media) day in the life of Dooley


  -Ten days, ten battles: Left OT

  -Ten days, ten battles: RB rotation

  -Notes: Dooley enjoys underdog role


  -'On the same page'

  -Video Central: Dooley, Part I

  -Video Central: Dooley, Part II

  -Video Central: Dooley, Part III

Chattanooga Times Free Press

  -Poole, Jackson positioned as UT leaders



Daily Briefing: Tennessee Football

2011 Tennessee Football Media Guide Cover Unveiled

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Check out the 2011 Tennessee Football Media Guide Cover. It features seniors DL Malik Jackson and TB Tauren Poole. The guide will available at the SEC Media Days starting Wednesday in Hoover, Alabama.


Updating Former Vols In The CFL

Here's a look at some former Tennessee football players who are seeing action in the CFL:

• 11-year CFL veteran Jeremaine Copeland is in his second season with the Toronto Argonauts. The slotback has eight catches for 151 years early on. Copeland has posted some impressive career numbers, playing for Montreal, Calgary and now Toronto. He is closing in on 10,000 career receiving yards, standing with 9,532 on 587 catches and 75 touchdowns. Copeland would become the 14th player in CFL history to gain more than 10,000 career yards. 

• Defensive back Demetrice Morley is in his first season with the Calgary Stampeders and has three tackles in three games. Running back LaMarcus Coker is on the practice squad and has not played in any games in 2011.

• With the Edmonton Eskimos, linebacker Rico McCoy is on the practice squad after being signed on July 14. 

Jonathan Hefney is in his third year with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers and leads the team with 19 tackles through three games and a 2-1 start. 

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