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Basketball Individual Workouts Continue


Check out the what the Cuonzo Martin's Vols have been up to the last few days in this behind-the-scenes peek at the first individual workouts.




You can always stay up-to-date with what the Vols basketball team is doing on @Vol_Hoops.

More from Fulmer and Holloway

Below are a few comments from interviews with Phillip Fulmer and Condredge Holloway that did not make it into the story posted earlier today about their photos going onto the back of the Neyland Stadium video board:

Coach Fulmer on what winning the 1998 national championship meant to him:

"To me, it celebrates the fact that recruiting was done well and in the right way. And even going back to our 1-3 start in 1994 - that team laid the foundation for what we were able to accomplish. So it's not just a moment we were able to accomplish, but an era that I'm very pleased to have been a part of.

"To recognize the staff and the players, that's how I see it, for the huge accomplishment we were able to do."

Coach Fulmer on how he handled defeating Florida State at the BCS Championship Game:

"I would have done it differently after the game because you don't get those moments often. I never really celebrated it over those first few days because I got off one plane and onto another to go straight to recruiting."

Condredge on remembering his playing days:

"When I look at that photo, the first thing it reminds me of is Coach (Bill) Battle, who gave me the opportunity. I think of Haskel (Stanback), I think of Stanley Morgan, I think of Mickey Marvin. I think of Robert Pulliam, who's no longer with us, and I think of John Murdic. I also think of Emmon Love and I think of Randy Wallace too.

Condredge on his last 12 months and the comment from Bear Bryant:

"The job Kenny (Chesney), Jon Silva and Don Lebore did on the documentary, and their whole crew, what a bunch of professionals. It was fun to do and the way it came out, I couldn't ask for any better.

"There was one shot I was hoping they might use but I don't question anything. I shook Coach (Bear) Bryant's hand at the end of our last game and they had it on tape. He said, 'You had a great career, son, and I'm sure glad we don't have to chase you around anymore.'"

 

3 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee!

3 days until it's Football Time in Tennessee!

 

The Vols have won the Cotton Bowl 3 times.

1951 vs. Texas (20-14)

1990 vs. Arkansas (31-27)

2005 vs. Texas A&M (38-7)

 

Four Vols have earned 3-time All-SEC honors

C/G Chip Kell (1968-70)

FB Curt Watson (1969-71)

G Mickey Marvin (1974-76)

PK Jeff Hall (1995-96, 98)

 

Prentiss Waggner set the UT single-season record for touchdowns returned for interceptions in 2010 with 3.

 

On eight occasions, the individual record of receiving TDs in a game of 3 has been accomplished, most recently by Chris Hannon vs. Mississippi St. in 2003.

 

Willie Gault owns the record for kickoffs returned for touchdowns in a season with 3 in 1980.

 

Al Wilson forced a UT single-game record 3 fumbles vs. Florida in 1998.

 

 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/31)

The preparations for Montana continue for Derek Dooley's Vols. Check out the Vol Report: Mental Sweat as well as Video HighlightsVideo of Dooley's Media Session and a Video Feature On Tyler Bray and a Photo Gallery from Tuesday's action.

Here are various media stories from Wednesday morning:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Pressure a good thing for Vols 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Will Tyler Bray 'rate' as a sophomore?
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley, Bray see progress
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley thinks Vols run game is better
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols one day closer to opener
- Inside Tennessee: Rajion Neal 'ready to roll'
- Inside Tennessee: Tennessee readies for Montana
- Inside Tennessee: Vols continue week one prep

From Montana:
- Montana Grizzlies: Position-by-position breakdown

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (8/29/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Aug. 29, 2011. Listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:

 

Tennys Sandgren
Singles:
590 (+1)
Doubles: 1500 (-13)
Note: Lost in three sets to Stanford's Bradley Klahn in the first round of US Open qualifying last week ... Off this week.
 
Rhyne Williams
Singles:
624 (-4)
Doubles: 1034 (-1)
Note: Advanced to the second round of qualifying at the US Open last week. He beat 10th-seeded Rik De Voest of South Africa 6-4, 6-4 before losing to Guillaume Rufin of France, 6-2, 7-5, in the second round ... Competed in main-draw doubles of the US Open on Tuesday, where he and fellow American Robby Ginepri lost to fifth-seeded Rohan Bopanna and Aisam-Ul-Haq Quresh 6-1, 2-6, 6-2.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles:
703 (0)
Doubles: 800 (+4)
Note: Singles ranking remained unchanged ... Taking several weeks off in hometown of Townsville, Australia ... Now on Twitter @jpatsmith
 
Boris Conkic
Singles:
1314 (-14)
Doubles: 893 (0)
Note: Did not play last week ... Off this week.
 
Ben Rogers
Singles:
N/A
Doubles: 592 (+10)
Note: Ranking up to a career-best No. 592 in doubles ... Off this week.

4 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee!

4 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee!

4 days from 6:07 p.m., kickoff will take place at Neyland Stadium. Here are a look at some famous 4s in UT history.

 - The most rushing touchdowns in a game is 4, set five times, the most recent by James Stewart at Georgia in 1994. The others are Tony Thompson at Vanderbilt (1990), Hubert Simpson vs. Notre Dame (1979), Harold Payne vs. Washington & Lee (1951) and Bob Lund vs. Vanderbilt (1945).

- The most career punt returns for touchdowns is 4, set by Bobby Majors from 1969-1971.

- The most career kickoff returns for touchdowns is also 4, set by Willie Gault between 1979-82.

- The most sacks in a game was 4, by Hall of Famer Reggie White vs. The Citadel in 1983.

- Tennessee has won the Sugar Bowl 4 times: 1943 vs. Tulsa, 1971 vs. Air Force, 1986 vs. Miami and 1991 vs. Virginia.

Dave Serrano Joins Twitter

Tennessee head baseball coach Dave Serrano joined the Twitter world on Tuesday. Follow him @DaveSerranoUT.

Serrano and the rest of the Volunteer baseball program will host Fan Appreciation Day from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. Joining the festivities will be YouTube sensation Domingo Ayala (@DomingoBeisbol).

Lindsey Nelson Stadium will open at 6 p.m. and fans will be able to get autographs from their favorite players, take a few swings in the batting cages, play catch in the outfield and much more. At 7 p.m., Serrano will introduce the team and coaching staff before answering questions from fans until 7:30 when he will turn it over to Ayala until 8 p.m.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/30)


Four days until It's Football Time In Tennessee. The Vols returned to practice on Monday, check out the Vol Report: Money In The Bank as well as Video of Derek Dooley's Post-Practice Media Session along with Video Highlights and a Photo Gallery.

Here are the media stories on Tuesday:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Depth chart reflects UT's youth
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Freshman safety Pat Martin will transfer
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Ben Martin among Vols starters
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Freshmen flank senior as UT 'backers
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols release season's first depth chart
- Inside Tennessee: Secondary loses another
- Inside Tennessee: Justin time


5 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee!

5 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

In his first career start at Memphis, Tyler Bray threw a UT single-half record 5 touchdowns in the first two quarters. His 5 TDs also tie with nine other performances for the second-most touchdown throws in a single game by a UT quarterback.

5 field goals are the most made in a game by a UT kicker. Alan Duncan set the record vs. Kentucky in 1978, while Fuad Reveiz did it twice (vs. Memphis St. and Kentucky in 1982). Alex Walls accomplished the feat most recently, vs. Florida in 2000.

Jackie Walker owns the career record for most interceptions returned for touchdowns with 5, from 1969-71.

Greg Gaines recovered a UT record 5 fumbles in 1980.

The Vols record for two-point conversions in a season? 5 in 1980.

 

Paisley Wins Again on Alps Tour

Former Tennessee golfer Chris Paisley won for the third time on the Alps Tour in eight starts this year when he captured the Styrian Mountain Golf Open on Saturday in Trabach, Austria.

Paisley, whose last season at UT was 2009, leads this year's Alps Tour Order of Merit with the equivalent of nearly $41,000 in prize money.

Paisley claimed Saturday's prize after fashioning a closing round of 63 and then winning with an eagle on the first playoff hole over Spain's Carlos Aguilar. Paisley shot 70-69-63--202 for the tournament.

Earlier this year, Paisley began his debut Alps Tour season with consecutive victories in his first two events at the Peugeot Tour de Valencia and the Peugeot Open de Catalunya, both in Spain. Paisley also owns second- and third-place results and has made the cut in all eight of his Alps Tour events, finishing no worse than 25th.

In addition, the Newcastle, England, native has made four of seven cuts on the next-level European Challenge Tour. Paisley ranks 76th on that list with an additional $20,700 in earnings. Included was an early June tie for third place at the Karnten Golf Open in Klagenfurt, Austria.

The Alps Tour is a developmental professional golf tour sanctioned by the national golf associations of France, Italy, Austria, Switzerland and Morocco. It is a third-level tour behind the European PGA Tour and Challenge Tour. Other third-level tours in Europe include the United Kingdom-based PGA EuroPro Tour, Germany's EPD Tour and the Nordic League in the Nordic countries.

Former Vols Aid In Hood To Coast Triumph

Four former Vol track & field/cross country athletes were members of a Knoxville Track Club team that won the 30th-annual Hood To Coast Relay in Oregon over the weekend.

Andy Baksa, Stewart Ellington, Chris Kane and Michael Spooner helped the KTC win the 200-mile, two-day race, known as the "Mother of All Relays." The race started Friday on Mount Hood and finished on Saturday in Seaside.

Click on the following link to read the Knoxville News Sentinel account of what happened in order for the squad to win.

World Championships Update

Former Tennessee standout Aries Merritt was in action Monday at the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, Korea.

* The Vol For Life closed out his stay at the meet with a sixth-place time of 13.67 seconds in the 110-meter hurdles finals.
* Merritt actually matched the 13.67 readout of Great Britain's William Sharman, but the finish line camera gave the nod for fifth place to Sharman.
* Merritt's American teammate, Jason Richardson, captured the gold medal in 13.16.
* The UT product had run 13.32 in the semifinal round to finish third in heat one earlier on Monday.

Weekend Basketball Recap

Here are a few Tennessee hoops items you may want to check out in case you missed them over the weekend.

First, freshmen Josh Richardson and Quinton Chievous debuted in their new YouTube game show series "Q&A w/ Q&J," a Family Feud-esque game that puts the knowledge of UT students on the clock.




Next, Friday was the first day of individual workouts. Here's a recap of how the Vols did with exclusive footage and insight from head coach Cuonzo Martin: Friday Recap.

Last but certainly not least, UT transfer Dwight Miller began a blog series called "Dwight's Insight." This blog will provide insight into the world as seen through the eyes of an international student-athlete. Miller, a Nassau, Bahamas, native, will update you on various topics throughout his time on The Hill. This first blog is a tribute to Lady Vols head basketball coach Pat Summitt: Dwight's Insight.


As always, you can keep up with what's going on in Tennessee basketball at Facebook.com/BallWithTheVols and on Twitter at @Vol_Hoops.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/29)

The Vols return to the practice field Monday morning as they prepare to face Montana in the season opener on Saturday at 6 p.m. Here are the latest news articles:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dallas Thomas embracing his role
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: McKeefery builds Vols' strength and pride
- Inside Tennessee: Jack of all trades
- Inside Tennessee: Mr. Physical

Vols In The NFL Update (8/29)

In the one NFL preseason game on Sunday night, multiple former Vols saw action as the Saints beat the Raiders 40-20.

With New Orleans, Robert Meachem had three catches for 61 yards, Jabari Greer led the team with five tackles, all solo and Turk McBride had two stops. Aubrayo Franklin (knee) didn't play. With Oakland, rookie Denarius Moore started at wide receiver and had three catches for 23 yards, a kickoff return for 23 yards along with a punt return for four yards. John Henderson (foot) didn't play. 


KNS: Q&A With Joan Cronan

The Knoxville News Sentinel's Mike Strange has a Question and Answer session with Interim Vice Chancellor/Athletic Director Joan Cronan. Check it out here, as she discusses a number of topics.

Football Uniform Number Changes

With the 2011 season nearing, a few Vols have new uniform numbers: 


- Nick Branum 13 to 33
- J.R. Carr 50 to 63
- Chip Rhome 47 to 15
- John Propst 51 to 47
- Jaron Toney 30 to 31

6 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee!

We have reached game week and its 6 Days Until Its Football Time In Tennessee!


- The Vols have won 6 national championships (1938, '40, '50, '51, '67 & '98).

- Joey Kent and Corey Fleming share the UT record with 6 consecutive games with a TD catch. Fleming hauled in nine TDs during his 1993 run, while Kent found the end zone eight times during that span in 1995.

- Tennessee's record for punts blocked in a season is 6 (1940 & 1949).

World Championships Update

Here are some updates on three former Vols competing in the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, Korea.

Sunday
* American Aries Merritt won heat four in the first round of the 110m hurdles, covering the distance in 13.36 seconds.
* American Justin Gatlin bowed out in the semifinal round of the 100m dash, placing fourth in heat three in 10.23 seconds. He will now prepare as a potential member of the U.S. pool for the 4x100m relay, which will be contested on Sept. 4 with both the semis and final.
* Gary Kikaya, expected to represent the Democratic Republic of Congo, did not compete in the 400m dash.

Monday
* Aries Merritt will run in the semifinals of the 110m hurdles. If he advances, he'll also tackle the final on Monday.

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/28)

It's game week! The Vols will take on Montana in the opener on Saturday at 6 p.m., Here's a look at Sunday's stories from the media including various season previews:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Coaching consistency will pay off for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT 2011: A closer look at schedule
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Breaking down the 2011 Vols: Offense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Breaking down the 2011 Vols: Defense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: A history of Tennessee football coaches
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Tennessee preview
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley ready to see Vols in games
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tyler Bray in the saddle
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols 'biggest': Depth, inexperience
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: 3 reasons for big expectations
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Experienced at playing youth
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols in depth

Here's a look at recent stories on the first week opponent, Montana:
- Great Falls Tribune: UM ready to visit Rocky Top

Vols In The NFL Update (8/28)

Here's a look at former Vols in NFL preseason action from Saturday. Notably, Arian Foster tweaked a hamstring with the Texans. We have all your updates here. 

- In the battle of Florida teams, Tampa Bay beat Miami, 17-13. With the Dolphins, LB Kevin Burnett led the team with six tackles along with a pass defended and QB hurry. Tony McDaniel had a TFL and pass defended while Marvin Mitchell had a stop. With the Bucs, Luke Stocker made his preseason debut and had a catch for eight yards. Also, Nick Reveiz played but Jonathan Crompton did not. 

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Bucs tight end Luke Stocker (83) blocks for Arrelious Benn during Saturday night's game against Miami. (TBO.com)

- The Cowboys topped the Vikings, 23-17. With Dallas, TE Jason Witten has four short receptions for 17 yards. Anthony Herrera started at RG for Minnesota returning from knee surgery. Herrera told the Pioneer Press"Everything I wanted to do, I was able to do," Herrera beamed.

- The Texans handled the 49ers, 30-7. The big news was the injury to Arian Foster. Prior to going out of the game, he had eight carries for 38 yards with Houston. Read about it in the: Houston ChronicleESPN.com and Sporting News. DB Jason Allen had a special teams stop for Houston. Parys Haralson started at right outside linebacker, but had no stats for the Niners.

- The Titans rallied to beat the Bears, 14-13. Punter Chad Cunningham had a punt for 44 yards, but also had one blocked, which he recovered and actually rushed for a first down. Watch the crazy play here

- The Broncos knocked off the Seahawks, 23-20. DE Robert Ayers started and had a tackle for Denver. Punter Britton Colquitt had six punts for a 51.0 average with a 43.8 net average. 

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (7) is sacked by Denver Broncos defensive ends Robert Ayers (91), Derrick Harvey (95) (AP)

- The Patriots lost to Detroit, 34-10. LB Jerod Mayo started and made seven tackles for New England. Both Shaun Ellis and Albert Haynesworth did not travel to the game and have yet to see action in the preseason.

- The Chargers beat the Cardinals, 34-31. DL Dan Williams had a tackle for Arizona. With San Diego both WR Kelley Washington and OT Eric Young did not play. 

- The Steelers topped the Falcons, 34-16. Offensive lineman Ramon Foster and Chris Scott both played as reserves fo Pittsburgh. LB LaMarcus Thompson did not play for Atlanta. 

- In the Bills' 35-32 overtime win over the Jaguars, TE David Martin did not play.

7 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee

We are one week from the opener vs. Montana on Sept. 3. With seven days until kickoff, here are a few lucky 7's in UT history.

Erik Ainge threw a UT single-game record  7 touchdown passes in a four-overtime contest at Kentucky in 2007, to help the Vols prevail 52-50 and keep the winning streak alive.

 

Marcus Nash (1997) and Joey Kent (1996) share the UT single-season record for most 100-yard receiving games, recording 7 each.

 

Andy Spiva forced 7 fumbles in 1975, a Tennessee season record.

 

Austin Denney holds the Vols' record for most touchdowns in a season (1966) by a tight end with 7.

 

On nine occasions, a Vol has returned 7 punts in a game, another UT record.


The UT record for most consecutive games with a rushing TD is 7, accomplished three times, most recently by Arian Foster (10 TDs) in 2007.

 

Vols In The NFL Update (8/27)

Two NFL Preseason games last night with several former Vols in action.

- In the Chiefs' 14-10 loss to the Rams, Eric Berry racked up four tackles and Dustin Colquitt had seven punts for a 40.0 average with five punts inside the 20-yard line. ESPN called Colquitt the Chiefs top performer: Rams 14, Chiefs 10

- Three former Vols linemen played in the Packers 24-21 win over the Colts. Chad Clifton started at left tackle and Scott Wells started at center for Green Bay. For the Colts, Jacques McClendon was a reserve lineman. Peyton Manning continues to be sidelined, but hopes to be ready in Week 1 according to this story in the Indianapolis Star. Also, NFL.com has this story: Manning remains determined to start Colts' season opener.

Here's a quick look at former Vols in action on Saturday:

- Jaguars at Bills: TE David Martin (Buffalo)

- Falcons at Steelers: LB LaMarcus Thompson (Atlanta);  T Ramon Foster & T Chris Scott (Pittsburgh)

- Dolphins at Buccaneers: LB Kevin Burnett, DT Tony McDaniel & LB Marvin Mitchell (Miami); QB Jonathan Crompton, LB Nick Reveiz, TE Luke Stocker (Tampa Bay)

- Patriots at Lions: DE Shaun Ellis, DT Albert Haynesworth & LB Jerod Mayo (New England)

- Cowboys at Vikings: TE Jason Witten (Dallas); G Anthony Herrera (Minnesota)

- Texans at 49ers: CB Jason Allen & Arian Foster (Houston); LB Parys Haralson (San Francisco)

- Bears at Titans: P Chad Cunningham (Tennessee)

- Seahawks at Broncos: DE Robert Ayers & P Britton Colquitt (Denver)

- Chargers at Cardinals: WR Kelley Washington & T Eric Young (San Diego); DL Dan Williams (Arizona)

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/27)

Just think, one week from today, Neyland Stadium will be packed for the 2011 opener vs. Montana. The Vols are prepping for the Griz. Check out these stories from the media on Derek Dooley's squad.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Almost game week for Vols and Montana
- Chattanooga Times Press Free:  New UT building a football tribute

Q&A w/ Q&J

Check out the first episode of Q&A w/ Q&J, starring Tennessee freshmen basketball players Quinton Chievous and Josh Richardson.


Serrano to Throw out First Pitch at Smokies Game Tonight

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Tennessee head baseball coach Dave Serrano will make a special guest appearance tonight at Smokies Park where he will throw out the first pitch before the 7:15 p.m. contest between the Tennessee Smokies and Jacksonville Suns. 

For more information, visit SmokiesBaseball.com.



Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/26)

The Vols had a full day off on Thursday. Here are a few stories on the team.

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's Darr finally can focus on punting

Vols In The NFL Update (8/26)

Here's a look back at last night's NFL action and how former Vols performed

- In the Bengals' 24-13 win over the Panthers, Gibril Wilson debuted in the preseason after recovering from a knee injury and had two tackles for Cincinnati. Jonathan Wade had two passes defended and a tackle on the game's opening kickoff. With Carolina, Omar Gaither had a defensive tackle and a special teams tackle. 

- The Eagles scored early and beat the Browns, 24-14. Montario Hardesty also debuted in the preseason and had five carries for 15 yards for Cleveland. Jarrod Shaw saw time as a back-up lineman. Gerald Jones did not play for Philadelphia. 
  - Here is a story from the Cleveland Plain Dealer:Hardesty gets some work

- Ravens topped the Redskins in a shootout, 34-31. WR Donte' Stallworth with Washington and snapper Morgan Cox with the Ravens both saw action, but had no stats.


Former Vol Antone Davis To Appear On "Biggest Loser"

The Knoxville News Sentinel has a story on former Vols OT Antone Davis appearing on the Biggest Loser:  

The 12th edition of "The Biggest Loser" will be a battle of the ages -- which is not a prediction of the season's quality but a statement of fact about the way it's organized this time around.

At the start of the season, which premieres Tuesday, Sept. 20, the 15 contestants will split into three groups based on their ages -- under 30, between 30 and 49 and 50 and older. They'll then quickly have to make one big decision: which trainer to choose. "Biggest Loser" veteran Bob Harper is returning, but he's joined by two newcomers to the show, fitness expert Dolvett Quince and former professional tennis player Anna Kournikova.

The contestants include a former NFL player, Antone Davis, who has seen his weight rise to 447 pounds since he retired in 1997; Bonnie Griffin, a 63-year-old grandmother who lost her home in Hurricane Katrina; and Patrick Ferrari, who wants to lose weight so he can pass the physical requirements to be a police officer.

Here's the full roster of contestants; you can also see them in the gallery below, wearing shirts with their age at the start of filming on the front.

  • Rebecca "Becky" Comet (Math teacher), 50, Benton, Arkansas
  • Mike Danley (High school teacher/football coach), 61, Spencerville, Indiana
  • Antone Davis (Restaurant manager and former NFL player), 44, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Patrick Ferrari (Mental health adult foster care worker), 25, Albany, Oregon
  • John Forger (Realty company owner), 65, Canton, Massachusetts
  • Bonnie Griffin (Retired payroll supervisor), 63, Picayune, Mississippi
  • Vencent "Vinny" Hickerson (Songwriter/entertainer), 27, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jessica Limpert (Travel nurse), 26, San Francisco, California
  • Debbie Lounds (Senior administrative assistant), 60, Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Ramon Medeiros (Tattoo artist), 27, Florence, Colorado
  • Joe Mitchell (Home health therapist), 46, Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Courtney Rainville (Internet marketing specialist), 24, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • John Rhode (Special education teacher/football coach), 40, Mesa, Arizona
  • Jennifer Rumple (Television producer), 39, Alameda, California
  • Sunny Sinclair (Fifth grade teacher), 41, Frisco, Texas

"The Biggest Loser" premieres at 8 p.m. ET Tuesday, Sept. 20 on NBC.

Former Vols Set For World Championships

Three former Vols are set to compete in the IAAF World Track & Field Championships in Daegu, Korea, beginning Saturday.

* Sprinter Justin Gatlin, whose return to the sport has been interrupted by frostbite suffered while using a cryogenic chamber, will compete in the 100m dash and on the U.S. 4x100m relay.  He is picked by Track & Field News to finish seventh in the 100 and help the U.S. to a silver medal in the relay.  Click on the link below to see all event predictions.

* Aries Merritt is slated to run the 110m hurdles for the U.S.  TFN has him pegged to take seventh as well.

* Gary Kikaya is running the 400m for the Democratic Republic of Congo.

* At least two more with UT ties will be in action.  Aretha (Hill) Thurmond, a former volunteer assistant throws coach for the Lady Vols, will toss the discus for the U.S., while Diane Wholey, a former Lady Vol graduate assistant coach, is on the U.S. women's coaching staff.

Competition Schedule at IAAF World Championships

TV Broadcast Schedule for IAAF World Championships

Track & Field News' Event By Event Predictions

Football Opener Sirius, XM Radio Info

The Vol Network broadcast of the Tennessee football opener vs. Montana on Saturday, Sept. 3 will air on XM Channel 200 and Sirius Channel 217. To listen on Sirius, listeners must be subscribers to Sirius Premier (formerly known as "The Best of XM").

9 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

Just nine days until the Vols kickoff the 2011 season!

The Vols have used nine Smokey's since the live mascot debuted in 1953. Smokey IX is 52-37 since taking over in 2004.

After a student poll sponsored by the Pep Club revealed a desire to select a live mascot for the University, the Pep Club held a contest in 1953 to select a coonhound, a native breed of the state, as the mascot. Announcements of the contest in local newspapers read, "This can't be an ordinary hound. He must be a "Houn' Dog" in the best sense of the word."

The late Rev. Bill Brooks entered his prize-winning blue tick coonhound, "Brooks' Blue Smokey," in the contest. At halftime of the Mississippi State game that season, the dogs were lined up on the old cheerleaders' ramp at Shields-Watkins Field. Each dog was introduced over the loudspeaker and the student body cheered for their favorite, with "Blue Smokey" being the last hound introduced. When his name was called, he barked. the students cheered and Smokey threw his head back and barked again. This kept going until the stadium was in an uproar and UT had found its mascot. Rev. Brooks supplied UT with the line of canines until his death in 1986 when his wife, Mildred, took over the caretaking role. She did so until 1994, when her brother and sister-in-law, Earl and Martha Hudson of Knoxville, took over responsibility for Smokey VII and eventually Smokey VIII, with Smokey IX now carrying on the banner of the Smokey lineage. Mrs. Brooks died in July 1997.

One of the most beloved figures in the state, Smokey is famous for leading the Vols out of the giant "T" prior to each home game. The dogs have led exciting lives. Smokey II was dognapped by Kentucky students in 1955 and later survived a confrontation with the Baylor Bear at the 1957 Sugar Bowl. Smokey VI, who suffered heat exhaustion in the 140-degree temperatures at the 1991 UCLA game, was listed on the Vols injury report until he returned later in the season. Smokey III complied a 105-39-5 record and two SEC Championships. Smokey VI, who passed away in 1991, was on the sidelines for three SEC Championships. Smokey VIII is the winningest Smokey, having compiled a record of 91-22 (.805), with two SEC titles and the 1998 National Championship.

The Smokeys

  • Smokey (1953-1954)
  • Smokey II (1955-1964)
  • Smokey III (1965-1977)
  • Smokey IV (1978-1979)
  • Smokey V (1980-1983)
  • Smokey VI (1984-1991)
  • Smokey VII (1992-1994)
  • Smokey VIII (1995-2003)
  • Smokey IX (2004-Present)

Former Vols In NFL Action Tonight (8/25)

Week 3 of NFL preseason action returns tonight with a trio of games. Here's a look at former Vols that will be in action on the gridiron.

- The Panthers travel to the Bengals for a 7 p.m. game. LB Omar Gaither will be in action for Carolina. With the Bengals, look for Jonathan Wade and Gibril Wilson. 
    - Wilson has been sidelined with a knee, but is  Set To Make Preseason Debut tonight. 

- A pair of NFL rookies fighting for roster spot will be in action at 7:30 as Cleveland plays at Philadelphia. Lineman Jarrod Shaw and tailback Montario Hardesty could see action for the Browns while wideout Gerald Jones looks to impress for the Eagles. 
  - Hardesty is ready to make debut and you can read about it in the Chronicle-Telegram after recovering from knee surgery.

- On ESPN, the Redskins play at the Ravens in a Mid-Atlantic tussle at 8 p.m. Donte' Stallworth will be in action for Washington and Morgan Cox will snap for Baltimore. 
   - Here's a feature on Stallworth from NBC Washington: Additions of Gaffney, Stallworth Beginning to Make Sense.

Vols in the Pros Update (8/25)

Catching up on our Vols in the Pros Updates, Todd Helton continues to drive in runs for the Rockies, neither the Mets or Royals can take advantage of strong starts by R.A. Dickey and Luke Hochevar, Cody Hawn records six RBIs in three games, Blake Forsythe blasts his eighth home run of the year and much, much more. Check it all out below.

MLB
J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Helped the Blue Jays pick up wins over the Oakland Athletics and Kansas City Royals on Sunday and Wednesday, respectively. Against the A's, Arencibia had a single and caught a one-hit shutout by Luis Perez and Casey Janssen as Toronto squeaked out a 1-0 victory. He was 0-for-1 with a walk against former UT teammate Luke Hochevar in a 4-3 Blue Jay win yesterday.
Aug. 21: 1-for-3, 1 K
Aug. 24: 0-for-2, 1 BB
Season: .212, 74 H, 38 R, 14 2B, 3 3B, 19 HR, 57 RBIs (98 games)
@JPArencibia9 on Twitter

R.A. Dickey (New York Mets) - Dickey twirled another quality start for the Mets against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday (VIDEO), but it went for naught once again as the Brewers struck for four runs against the NY bullpen in the final two innings to claim a 6-2 victory. Dickey allowed just two runs on six hits while striking out four in seven solid innings of work. The effort marked his sixth straight quality start, although he has just one win during that span.
Aug. 21: ND, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 4 K
Season: 5-11, 3.72 ERA, 27 G, 26 GS, 1 CG, 167.0 IP, 168 H, 43 BB, 109 K, .263 Opp. BA
@RADickey43 on Twitter

Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Helton drove in runs in back-to-back games this week as the Rockies won five straight, finishing off a series win over the Los Angeles Dodgers and sweeping the Houston Astros. He currently ranks fourth among NL first basemen with a .310 batting average and sixth with 67 RBIs.
Aug. 21: 0-for-1, 1 K
Aug. 22: 1-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 RBI
Aug. 23: 0-for-4, 3 K, 1 RBI
Aug. 24: 0-for-0, 1 BB
Season: .310, 120 H, 57 R, 26 2B, 14 HR, 67 RBIs (115 games)

Luke Hochevar (Kansas City Royals) - Hochevar posted six solid innings against former teammate J.P. Arencibia and the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday, but it wasn't enough as the Royals dropped a 4-3 decision. He allowed three earned runs on four hits in six innings, while striking out four and walking just one.
Aug. 24: ND, 6.0 IP, 4 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Season: 8-10, 4.91 ERA, 27 GS, 170.1 IP, 170 H, 54 BB, 101 K, .259 Opp. BA

SINGLE-A
Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
Aug. 21: 0-for-3
Aug. 23: 1-for-4, 2 K, 1 RBI
Aug. 24: 0-for-4, 2 K
Season: .243, 114 H, 69 R, 15 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 42 RBIs, 32 SB (121 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
Aug. 21: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 2 RBIs
Aug. 22: 0-for-3
Aug. 23: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Aug. 24: 0-for-4, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: .294, 68 H, 36 R, 19 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 36 RBIs, 2 SB (62 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
Aug. 21: 0-for-4, 2 K
Aug. 23 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 K, 2 RBIs 
Aug. 24: 2-for-4, 1 K
Season: .227, 77 H, 36 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 37 RBIs (97 games)

Cody Hawn (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers/Brewers)
Aug. 21: 1-for-2, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K, 2 RBIs
Aug. 22: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 3 K, 2 RBIs
Aug. 23: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 1 K, 2 RBIs
Aug. 24: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: .284, 95 H, 44 R, 18 2B, 6 HR, 45 RBIs (90 games)

Khayyan Norfork (Auburn Doubledays/Nationals)
Aug. 21: 0-for-2, 1 SB
Season: .250, 10 H, 5 R, 1 2B, 5 RBIs, 5 SB (15 games)

P.J. Polk (Connecticut Tigers/Tigers)
Aug. 21: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 K, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Season: .167, 33 H, 27 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 14 RBIs, 5 SB (66 games w/ 2 teams)

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
Aug. 23: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Season: .247, 70 H, 54 R, 13 2B, 2 3B, 3 HR, 25 RBIs, 8 SB (93 games w/ 3 teams)

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
Aug. 22: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Aug. 23: 2-for-5, 2 1B
Aug. 24: 3-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 BB, 1 RBI
Season: .270, 51 H, 19 R, 12 2B, 1 3B, 23 RBIs

ROOKIE LEAGUE
Steven Gruver (Elizabethon Twins/Twins)
Aug. 21: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K
Aug. 24: 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 0 K
Season: 0-0, 2.86 ERA, 1 SV, 28.1 IP, 24 H, 7 BB, 31 K, .229 Opp. BA

Aaron Tullo (Orem Owlz/Angels)
Aug. 23: 2.1 IP, 3 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 4 K
Season: 1-1, 7.97, 17 G, 2 SV, 20.1 IP, 23 H, 13 BB, 26 K, .274 Opp. BA

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/25)

Derek Dooley ran the Vols through their annual Mock Game last night. Read about it in the Vol Report: Fall Camp Complete. We also have Video of Post Mock-Game Comments as well as Video of Dooley's entire media session and a Photo Gallery.

Here are some stories from the media:

- Inside Tennessee: Dooley reacts to Jackson, NCAA

10 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

10 days until the Vols kickoff the 2011 season vs. Montana!

-Bobby Majors posted 10 interceptions in 1970, a Vols single-season record.

-Willie Gault returned 10 total kicks at Memphis St. in 1981, also a UT record.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/24)

The football team had its final practice of preseason camp on Tuesday as they prepare for Wednesday's Mock Game. Read about it in Vol Report: Mock Game Looms. Check out videos from Tuesday: HIGHLIGHTSDOOLEYCHANEYWILCOX as well as a Photo Gallery.

Here are the stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Morning glory
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols feel depth better on defense
- Inside Tennessee: Vols rowdy during practice
- Volquest: Offense on track

Williams Advances in US Open Qualifying

Former Vol Rhyne Williams scored an upset Tuesday in the opening round of qualifying at the US Open in Flushing, N.Y.

Williams defeated 10th-seeded Rik De Voest of South Africa 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the second round Thursday where he will meet Guillaume Rufin of France, who is ranked No. 215 in the ATP rankings. 

Tuesday's victory over De Voest was a much different -- and shorter -- story than Williams' first meeting with the South African. Williams lost to De Voest 7-6, 5-7, 7-6 in the opening round of the 2010 Knoxville Challenger.

Williams needs two more victories to reach the main draw of the US Open.

The opening day did not fare as well for Tennys Sandgren, who lost his first match to fellow wild card Bradley Klahn 6-7, 6-2, 6-2. Klahn, a senior at Stanford, won the 2010 NCAA singles title.

UT Soccer's Angela Kelly to be on "The Sports Page" (8/22)

Tennessee Head Soccer Coach Angela Kelly is slated to be a guest on "The Sports Page" radio show with Vince Ferrara and Austin Ward (99.1 & 99.3 FM or AM 990) on Wed., Aug. 23, at approximately 11:45 a.m. ET.  She will discuss UT's perfect 2-0 start to the 2011 soccer campaign as well as this weekend's upcoming First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic at the Regal Soccer Stadium (Aug. 26 & 28), featuring the Big Orange and nationally-ranked squads Florida, Texas A&M and UCLA.

Listen live to "The Sports Page" via The Sports Animal (99.1/99.3 FM or AM 990)

Sandgren, Williams Start US Open Qualifying

Tennys Sandgren and Rhyne Williams are set to begin the first round of qualifying today at the US Open in Flushing, N.Y.

Sandgren faces 2010 NCAA champion Bradley Klahn of Stanford. Williams will play 10th-seeded Rik De Voest in an evening match.

While Sandgren and Klahn have never faced each other in a collegiate or ITF event, Williams and De Voest have a recent history. De Voest beat Williams 7-6 (5), 5-7, 7-6 (6) in a very close opening match at the 2010 Knoxville Challenger.

The Vols duo would have to win four matches to reach the main draw of the US Open, the final Grand Slam of the professional tennis circuit. Both played in the Junior US Open as teenagers.


11 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

11 days until football time in Tennessee!

The Vols longest SEC road winning streak is 11, dating from the final SEC road game of 1937 at Mississippi (W, 32-0) to the final one of 1941 at Kentucky (W, 20-7).

The streak was broken by a 0-0 tie at South Carolina in the 1942 season opener.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/23)

The Vols has a special guest at practice on Monday, longtime NFL star and Vol for Life Leonard Little. Read about it in Vol Report: Little Visits, Big Impact. Also check out Video of Practice Highlights including an interview with LittleVideo of Dooley's Press Session and a Photo Gallery.

Here are the media stories:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Leonard Little speaks to 'sluggish' Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Art Evans seeks leadership role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Byron Moore chats with the media
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dooley's thoughts and other notes
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Former Vol Leonard Little visits practice
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: 'Mental stamina' key for coach Derek Dooley
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tight end Mychal Rivera still a UT concern
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Area college football report for Aug. 22
- Inside Tennessee: Finding their niche

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (8/22/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Aug. 22, 2011. Listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:

 

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 591 (-5)
Doubles: 1487 (-8)
Note: One of eight players invited to the USTA US Open Wild Card Playoff in College Park, Md. He lost to Rhyne Williams 6-4, 6-4 in the opening round ... Granted a wild card into qualifying at the US Open ... Off this week.
 
Rhyne Williams
Singles: 621 (-5)
Doubles: 1033 (-9)
Note: One of eight players invited to the USTA US Open Wild Card Playoff in College Park, Md. He beat Tennys Sandgren 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the semifinals, where he lost to top-seeded Bobby Reynolds 6-3, 7-5 ... Has now competed in three of the USTA's grand slam wild card events: the US Open, the Australian Open and the French Open ... Granted a wild card into qualifying at the US Open ... Off this week.

John-Patrick Smith
 
Singles: 703 (+16)
Doubles: 804 (-7)
Note: Up to a career-best No. 703 in singles after two points were added for his quarterfinal appearance at the Edwardsville Futures ... Taking several weeks off in hometown of Townsville, Australia ... Now on Twitter @jpatsmith
 
Boris Conkic
Singles: 1300 (-333)
Doubles: 893 (-4)
Note: Lost in first round of the Gorenje Open in hometown of Novi Sad, Serbia last week ... Off this week.
 
Ben Rogers
Singles: N/A
Doubles: 602 (-6)
Note: Finished up American summer tour with John-Patrick Smith ... Off this week.

World U Games Update: USA Tops Romania, Germany

The 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team jumped out to a 12-0 run to start its contest against Romania Sunday and never relinquished control of the game, earning a 94-73 win in the 2011 World University Games at Luohu Gym in Shenzhen, China.

That set up a Monday showdown with Germany in the fifth-/sixth-place game. The German squad took a 41-40 lead into halftime in that clash, before the Americans--with first-year Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin on the bench as an assistant--rallied back to post an 86-83 triumph.

The U.S. team went 7-1 at The Games en route to a fifth-place finish.

For a complete recap of Sunday's win over Romania, click HERE. The full story from the victory over Germany is forthcoming.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/22)

Sunday was a day of rest for the football squad, in terms of on-the-field action. Derek Dooley will lead the troops back to Haslam Field this morning. Check out VOL REPORT: Sunday Notebook for some news and notes.

Here's a look at Monday's stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols again clear up some position battles
- Inside Tennessee: No time for pouting

Vols In The NFL Update (8/22)

Two games last night in the NFL. Here's a quick look at former Vols in action.

- On NBC, the Chargers downed the Cowboys, 20-7. Jason Witten scored Dallas' lone touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Tony Romo. (WATCH HIGHLIGHT). Witten finished with three catches for 17 yards. With San Diego, both WR Kelley Washington and T Eric Young played, but neither had any stats. 

Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the San Diego Chargers during first half action of their pre-season game Sunday Aug 21, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Photo: Express-News, EDWARD A. ORNELAS / © SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS (NFS)

- The Bengals fell to the Jets, 27-7. Jonathan Wade returned from a shoulder injury and made four tackles. Gibril Wilson missed the game with a knee injury.

- Also, Aubrayo Franklin suffered a sprained MCL, in the Saints' loss to the Texans this weekend. He will be sidelined for a while. Read about the injury in these stories.


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

13 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

We're officially less than two weeks until football time in Tennessee! The number 13, as it relates to Tennessee football history:

-13 times, a Vol has finished in the top 10 of voting for the Heisman Trophy, including four runner-ups:

  • 1938 - TB George Cafego - 7th
  • 1939 - TB George Cafego - 4th
  • 1940 - G Bob Suffridge - 6th
  • 1951 - TB Hank Lauricella - 2nd
  • 1956 - TB Johnny Majors - 2nd
  • 1964 - MG Steve DeLong - 8th
  • 1967 - C Bob Johnson - 6th
  • 1967 - QB Dewey Warren - 8th
  • 1969 - LB Steve Kiner - 9th
  • 1993 - QB Heath Shuler - 2nd
  • 1995 - QB Peyton Manning - 6th
  • 1996 - QB Peyton Manning - 8th
  • 1997 - QB Peyton Manning - 2nd

-Marcus Nash caught 13 touchdowns in 1997, a UT single-season record.

-Tennessee's defense set a single-game record with 13 sacks vs. Wyoming in 1999.

-13 marks the fewest fumbles the Vols have had in a single season (1990 & 2004).

-The Vols gave up a school-record low 13 yards at Vanderbilt in 1952.

 

Vols in the Pros Update (8/21)

After a brief hiatus, we are back with your daily Vols in the Pros Update. Today we catch up on the action from the last three days. Highlighting the report is Todd Helton who blasted a home run on his birthday for the fifth time in his career. Other notes include R.A. Dickey getting the start tonight, two more RBIs for J.P. Arencibia and much, much more.

MLB

J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Arencibia has hit safely in each of his last four games, including a two-RBI single (VIDEO) in the Blue Jays' 7-0 victory over the Oakland A's on Friday night. He has now knocked in 57 runs this season, placing him third among all MLB rookies.His 19 home runs rank second behind only the Angels' Mark Trumbo.

Aug. 18: 1-for-4, 2 RBI, 1 K

Aug. 19: 1-for-2, 1 BB

Season: .212, 73 H, 38 R, 13 2B, 3 3B, 19 HR, 57 RBIs (96 games)

 

R.A. Dickey (New York Mets) - Dickey will look for a little more luck when he takes the hill against the Milwaukee Brewers tonight than he has had in recent games. Despite delivering quality starts in each of his last four contests, he has not found the win column. He has had some success against the Brewers in his career with a 1-1 record and 2.65 ERA in four appearances (two starts) against the Brew Crew.

Season: 5-11, 3.77 ERA, 26 G, 25 GS, 1 CG, 160.0 IP, 162 H, 43 BB, 105 K, .264 Opp. BA

 

Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - In his last two games, Helton has collected four hits, including his 14th home run of the season and three RBIs. Against the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, he was 1-for-3 with an RBI groundout (VIDEO) and a walk. Yesterday, on his 38th birthday, Helton launched a solo home run to left (VIDEO) and drove in another run with a double (VIDEO) in a 3-for-6 effort as the Rockies outlasted the Dodgers in 14 innings. The longball was the fifth he has hit on his birthday during his MLB career, tying him with Al Simmons and Derek Lee for the most in major-league history, according to the Elias Stats Bureau.

Aug. 19: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Aug. 20: 3-for-6, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBIs, 2 K

Season: .313, 119 H, 55 R, 26 2B, 14 HR, 65 RBIs (111 games)

 

Luke Hochevar (Kansas City Royals) - Hochevar gave up four earned runs in six innings against the Boston Red Sox on Thursday as the Royals dropped a 4-3 decision to drop his record to 8-10 on the season. It was the fifth consecutive start in which he has thrown at least six innings. The Red Sox touched him up for eight hits, but he did strike out six.

Aug. 18: L, 6.0 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K

Season: 8-10, 4.93 ERA, 26 GS, 164.1 IP, 166 H, 53 BB, 96 K, .262 Opp. BA

 

TRIPLE-A

Deunte Heath (Charlotte Knights/White Sox)

Aug. 20: ND, 4.1 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 4 ER, 2 BB, 9 K

Season: 2-7, 4.93 ERA, 28 G, 14 GS, 1 SV, 91.1 IP, 87 H, 57 BB, 108 K, .248 Opp. BA

 

SINGLE-A

Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)

Aug. 18: 1-for-4, 1 K, 2 SB

Aug. 19: 0-for-3, 2 K, 1 CS

Aug. 20: 1-for-4

Season: .247, 113 H, 69 R, 15 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 41 RBIs, 32 SB (118 games)

 

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)

Aug. 18: 1-for-4, 2 K

Aug. 19: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K

Aug. 20: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB (1st pro SB)

Season: .296, 64 H, 34 R, 18 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 33 RBIs, 1 SB (58 games)

 

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)

Aug. 18: 2-for-3, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Aug. 19: 1-for-4, 2 K

Aug. 20: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K

Season: .226, 74 H, 35 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 7 HR, 35 RBIs (94 games)

 

Cody Hawn (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers/Brewers)

Aug. 18: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K, 1 SB

Aug. 19: 0-for-4, 1 R, 2 K

Aug. 20: 0-for-4, 3 K

Season: .284, 91 H, 43 R, 16 2B, 6 HR, 39 RBIs, 3 SB (86 games)

 

Khayyan Norfork (Auburn Doubledays/Nationals)

Aug. 19: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K

Season: .263, 10 H, 5 R, 1 2B, 5 RBIs, 4 SB (14 games)

 

P.J. Polk (Connecticut Tigers/Tigers)

Aug. 18: 1 R (pinch-runner)

Aug. 19: 1 R (pinch-runner)

Season: .170, 33 H, 26 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 13 RBIs, 4 SB (65 games w/ 2 teams)

 

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)

Aug. 19: 1-for-4, 1 K

Aug. 20: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K

Season: .279, 51 H, 34 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBIs, 5 SB (55 games w/ Lancaster)

 

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)

Aug. 18: 1-for-4, 2 K

Aug. 20: 0-for-3, 2 K

Season: .258, 46 H, 18 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 22 RBIs (46 games)

 

ROOKIE LEAGUE

Steven Gruver (Elizabethton Twins/Twins)

Aug. 18: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 1 K

Season: 0-0, 2.67 ERA, 19 G, 1 SV, 27.0 IP, 21 H, 5 BB, 30 K, .214 Opp. BA

 

Stephen McCray (Great Falls Voyagers/White Sox)

Aug. 20: ND, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K

Season: 2-3, 5.67 ERA, 13 G, 6 GS, 39.2 IP, 54 H, 13 BB, 35 K, .325 Opp. BA

 

Aaron Tullo (Orem Owlz/Angels)

Aug. 19: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 0 K

Season: 1-1, 7.50 ERA, 16 G, 2 SV, 18.0 IP, 20 H, 12 BB, 22 K, .274 Opp. BA

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/21)

The Vols racked up 35 points on offense while the defense had many strong showings in the final scrimmage of the preseason. Read about in the Vol Report: Extending Drives. Check out Video Highlights as well as Video of Coach Dooley's Press Session. Also view a Photo Gallery and the complete Stats.

Here are stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Prentiss Waggner showing his versatility
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Scrimmage a chance to fix problems
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols get tough on defense
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT quarterback Bray learning to handle pressure
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley building heroes
- Inside Tennessee: Fighting on two fronts

Vols In The NFL Saturday (8/20)

Here's a look at former Vols in NFL Preseason action on Saturday night. 

- Six former Vols saw action as the Texans topped the Saints, 27-14. Arian Foster made a triumphant return as he scored two touchdowns (watch the TDs: Foster plows in and Foster shake and bake) and gained 47 yards on the ground. Teammate DB Jason Allen had three tackles and a pass defended. All four UT products with the Saints played as Jabari Greer led New Orleans with six tackles, Turk McBride had two tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries, receiver Robert Meachem had a catch for 43 yards. Aubrayo Franklin also played, but had no stats.

  Here are some more stories on the game with mentions of the former Vols


- Three more Vols suited up as the Bay Area rivalry renewed with the Raiders falling to the hosts 49ers, 17-3. Rookie Denarius Moore had two catches for 28 yards and a kickoff return for 48 yards for Oakland and Parys Haralson had a sack for three yards for the Niners. John Henderson did not play for Oakland. 

- Rookie punter Chad Cunningham made his preseason debut for the Titans as Tennessee lost on a last-second field goal to the Rams, 17-16. The first-year pro punted three times for a 34.3 average with two punts inside the 20. 

Denver beat the Bills, 24-10.  Robert Ayers started at left defensive end for the Broncos, but had no stats. Punter Britton Colquitt boomed four punts for an amazing 59.0 average with a long of 62. Buffalo's David Martin had one pass thrown his way, but it was incomplete.

-  Guard Anthony Herrera did not play for Minnesota in a 20-7 loss at Seattle.

World U Games Update: Lithuania 76, USA 74

Plagued by ice-cold shooting, including 0-of-14 from 3-point in the second half, the USA (5-1) fell to Lithuania (5-1) 76-74 in the quarterfinals of the 2011 World University Games on Saturday night at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China. First-year Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin is an assistant coach with the American squad.

After battling back from as many as eight points down in the fourth quarter to tie the game at 74-74 with just under two minutes remaining, the USA missed its last five shot attempts as Lithuania sank two free throws to secure the win.

The USA will play Romania (3-3) at 8:30 p.m. (8:30 a.m. Eastern Time) on Aug. 21, with the winner advancing to the 5th/6th place game.

For a complete recap of the game against Lithuania, click HERE.

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14 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

14 days until football time in Tennessee!

In their first ever win over an AP Poll number one ranked team, the Vols knocked off LSU in 1959 by a score of 14-13 on Homecoming.

Vols To Face Six Top 25 Teams In AP Poll

The Associated Press released its 2011 Preseason Top 25 on Saturday. The Vols are receiving five points, to place them tied for 39th if you extend the rankings out. Tennessee will take on six teams in the Top 25: No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 LSU, No. 12 South Carolina, No. 15 Arkansas, No. 19 Georgia, No. 22 Florida. Also ranked from the SEC are No. 20 Mississippi State and No. 23 Auburn. 

The Top 25 teams in The Associated Press college football preseason poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, 2010 records, total points based on 25 points for a first-place vote through one point for a 25th-place vote, and 2010 final ranking:

RecordPtsPv
1. Oklahoma (36)12-21,4646
2. Alabama (17)10-31,43910
3. Oregon (4)12-11,3303
4. LSU (1)11-21,2868
5. Boise St. (2)12-11,2009
6. Florida St.10-41,16817
7. Stanford12-11,0914
8. Texas A&M9-496519
9. Oklahoma St.11-295513
10. Nebraska10-491020
11. Wisconsin11-29007
12. South Carolina9-584822
13. Virginia Tech11-382116
14. TCU13-06902
15. Arkansas10-368612
16. Notre Dame8-5530NR
17. Michigan St.11-251914
18. Ohio St.12-14435
19. Georgia6-7369NR
20. Mississippi St.9-436115
21. Missouri10-325818
22. Florida8-5228NR
23. Auburn14-02191
24. West Virginia9-4207NR
25. Southern Cal8-5160NR

Others receiving votes: Texas 114, Penn St. 75, Arizona St. 67, Miami 32, Utah 25, Southern Miss. 20, Iowa 19, BYU 15, NC State 15, Air Force 14, Houston 13, Pittsburgh 9, Michigan 7, Tennessee 5, UCF 5, Hawaii 4, N. Illinois 4, Tulsa 3, Arizona 2, Maryland 2, Nevada 1, Northwestern 1, Washington 1.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/20)

The Vols have their third scrimmage of preseason camp on Saturday afternoon. Check in on Friday's Vol Report: Position Changes as well as Video of Derek Dooley's Media Session and a Photo Gallery.

Here's a compilation of the media's stories: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Scrimmage a chance to fix problems
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Anderson, Oliver move to receiver
- Associated Press: Frosh LBs impress Dooley
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: College Football Update
- Inside Tennessee: 'It caught everybody off guard'

Former Vols In The NFL (8/20)

The second week of NFL preseason action was in full swing with six games on Friday. Here's a look at former Vols in action 

- Four Vols saw action as the Dolphins beat the Panthers, 20-10. Miami's Kevin Burnett made a team-high four tackles while Marvin Mitchell made his Phins debut after being signed and had two tackles including a TFL. Tony McDaniel also played, but had not stats. Omar Gaither played his second game as a member of the Panthers and had a tackle.

- The Ravens downed the Chiefs, 31-13. Chiefs' DB Eric Berry had two tackles and a pass defended. Punter Dustin Colquitt booted eight balls for a 46.5 average with a tremendous 45.1 net and five punts inside the 20-yard line. Morgan Cox snapped four times for the Ravens on kicks.

- The Redskins beat the Colts, 16-3. Donte' Stallworth had a nice catch over the middle for 23 yards for Washington. Peyton Manning was still sidelined, but lineman Jacques McClendon suited up for Indy.

- The Super Bowl Champion Green Bay Packers beat the Cardinals, 28-20. Linemen Chad Clifton and Scott Wells played for the Packers while second-year defensive lineman Dan Williams had a 4-yard sack for the Cardinals.

- LaMarcus Thompson had a tackle for the Falcons, who lost to the Jaguars, 15-13

Cleveland lost to Detroit, 30-28. Both rookie Jarrod Shaw and running back Montario Hardesty did not play for the Browns.  

DE Jacques Smith with ESPN's Chris Low

Following Friday's practice, Tennessee sophomore defensive end Jacques Smith took a few minutes to speak with ESPN's Chris Low for a video feature.

 

Five Questions With J.J. Clark

The SEC Digital Network asked UT Director of Track & Field and Cross Country J.J. Clark five questions about the upcoming cross country season.  See his answers here: SEC Digital Network.

Cuonzo Martin Featured in Torchbearer Alumni Mag

Meredith McGroarty profiled first-year Tennessee basketball coach Cuonzo Martin for the most recent issue of Torchbearer Magazine.

In the article, Martin discusses his professional playing career, his battle with cancer, his family and the pursuit of a national championship with the Big Orange.

To read the full article, click HERE (notice that a former Tennessee All-SEC hardwood performer was the first to comment on the piece). 

Vols In The NFL Update (8/19)

The two NFL games last night, featuring lots of action for former Vols. 

The Patriots knocked off the Buccaneers, 31-14. Jerod Mayo made a triumphant debut in the preseason with five tackles, two sacks for 17 yards and two passes defended. Fellow former Vols Shaun Ellis and Albert Haynesworth did not play for New England. With the Bucs, Jonathan Crompton and Nick Reveiz saw time, but had not stats. Luke Stocker is still nursing an injury and didn't play for Tampa Bay. 

Here are stories on Mayo:
- Boston Herald: LB Jerod Mayo gets around
- Boston Globe: Mayo wreaks havoc


In the Steelers 24-14 win over the Eagles. With Pittsburgh, Ramon Foster started at left guard while Chris Scott played as a reserve lineman. He was injured early in the game, but returned to action. Gerald Jones was the story of the game for the Eagles as he had two touchdown receptions (14, 7 yards) as part of his three catches for 36 yards. 

Here are some stories on Jones
- Philadelphia Eagles.com: WR Jones Makes Statement
- Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia: Eagles Update (mentions Jones)

15 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

Just 15 days until football time in Tennessee!

Travis Henry (1997-2000) rushed for 100 or more yard 15 times during his career, a UT record.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/19)

Coach Dooley referenced the old Chinese proverb "Don't curse the darkness, light a candle" in Thursday's Vol Report. Watch the Video Highlights and Interviews as well his Coach's entire Video of his press session. We also have a Photo Gallery from Thursday.

Here are the media stories on Friday morning:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tyler Bray not planning on a long run
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Running backs nicked up
- Knoxville News Sentinel: WR Zach Rogers nursing triceps injury
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Young Vols struggle to move past bad plays
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's young offensive linemen growing up fast

Here's some recent news on the Vols' first opponent Montana, as the Grizzlies are 12th in the preseason FCS poll. 

Abbott & Doepking Named All-National Pro Fastpitch (8-18)

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Former Lady Vol softball standouts Monica Abbott and Shannon Doepking were each honored as members of the All-National Pro Fastpitch Team during a Thursday presentation in Sulphur, La., at the site of the NPF Championship Series.  A 6-3 lefthander, Abbott also claimed a share of the 2011 Diamond Pitcher of the Year award. 

Chicago Bandits Official Release:  Abbott & Doepking Named All-NPF

Harrison Notches Fifth in 200 Free at World University Games

Swimmer Ryan Harrison narrowly missed a bronze medal by a hundredth of a second in the 200m Freestyle final at the 2011 World University Games.

Harrison, a junior, clocked in at 1:49.18 to secure fifth place in the event.

"To not get a medal on such a narrow margin is disappointing," Harrison said. "I really wanted that third position but I raced hard so I can be happy with that."

Results for the meet can be found here

World U Games Update: USA 94, Israel 84

The USA Men (5-0) survived their first test of the 2011 World University games and rode a 10-0 run that stretched from the end of the third quarter into the first two minutes of the fourth period to an eventual hard-fought 94-84 win over Israel (2-3) on Thursday afternoon at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China.

The USA, with Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin serving as an assistant, has secured Group D's. No.1 seed and will take on Lithuania (4-1), the No. 2 seed from Group C in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. (all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time) on Aug. 20, following a day off for all teams on Aug. 19. The semifinals are scheduled for Aug. 21, and the finals will be played on Aug. 22.

Also reaching the medal quarterfinals were Group C's No. 1 seed Russia (5-0), the No. 2 seed out of Group D, Finland (2-3). The No. 1 and No. 2 seeds from Group A and Group B will be known following tonight's final games.

For a complete recap of the win over Finland, click HERE.

Former Vols In NFL Action Tonight

The NFL Preseason continues tonight with pair of games including a good number of former Vols. 

At 7:30 p.m., the New England Patriots play at the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 

Both teams feature three former UT players, but several won't play. The lone Patriot to see action will likely be Jerod Mayo. Fellow Pats Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis (hip) are not expected to see action. Mayo should play his first game, read about it here: Brady, Mayo Highlight Patriots' Marquee Names Who Should Play.

With the Bucs, the three former Vols are all at different stages of camp, which could determine their playing time. Draft pick Luke Stocker has been sidelined with a hip injury and is easing back into practice. "It's been extremely frustrating," Stocker told the St. Petersburg Times. "I got here and, with the lockout, I never really had an opportunity to meet the coaches or be with my teammates. I didn't get a chance to show what I can do. Then, in the first practice I get hurt and I have to sit out. Rookie Nick Reveiz could see action along with recent signee quarterback Jonathan Crompton.


Then at 8 p.m., on FOX check out Eagles at the Steelers with former Vols on both sides. Rookie Gerald Jones is looking make an impact as a free agent with Philadelphia. He had a catch for 18 yards in the preseason opener. 


With Pittsburgh, lineman Ramon Foster and Chris Scott will back in action. NFL.com has a story that mentions Foster being in a battle for the starting right guard spot. Scott is also vying for time according to this story from the Examiner

16 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

Tennessee kicks off in just 16 days!

Retired on Oct. 29, 2005, the No. 16 is most connected with former quarterback Peyton Manning. The most decorated athlete in UT history, he left Tennessee as the SEC's all-time leading passer with 11,201 yards, setting 42 passing records during his Vols career that included two NCAA, seven SEC and 33 UT marks.

Off the field, Manning won the Draddy Award as National Scholar-Athlete of the Year in 1997 and graduated in three years with a degree in speech communications. He graduated with the highest grade-point average (3.61) in his field.

During his pro career, Manning has earned Pro Bowl honors 11 times in his 13seasons played and garnered an NFL-record four MVP awards (2004, 05, 08, 09). Manning has led the Colts to two Super Bowl appearances (XLI & XLIV) including XLI MVP honors following a 29-17 triumph over the Chicago Bears.

He threw a then-NFL-record 49 touchdown passes in 2004 and already has 399 for his career. Manning's career total of 54,828 passing yards stands third on the NFL all-time list.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/18)

Wednesday was the first day of classes at UT, so the players had off from practice. But in the evening they took part in the Welcome Back BBQ with thousands of Vols fans. Check out this video: Welcome Back BBQ and Photo Gallery.

Here are stories from the media on Thursday morning:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT flush with secondary options
- Inside Tennessee: Incentive plan
- Volquest: How Tweet it is?

World U Games Update: USA 124, Finland 64

After a first-quarter fight from Finland (2-2), the 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team (4-0) went on to easily secure a 124-64 win and the No. 1 seed out of Group D in the 2011 World University Games on Wednesday at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China.

The USA, with Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin serving as an assistant, wraps up pool play against Israel at 3:30 p.m. (all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time) on Thursday.

In Wednesday's other Pool D games, Israel (2-2) edged out South Korea (1-3) 87-82, and Mexico (3-1) topped Hungary (0-4) 86-74. Should the USA lose to Israel Thursday and Mexico improve to 4-1, the USA would still be the No. 1 seed having beat Mexico 108-67 on Aug. 13.

For a complete recap of the win over Finland, click HERE.


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All-Star Contest was "Home Game" for Duffy

All-Star Contest was a 'Home Game' for Duffy - Lowell Sun

Check out the article above from the Lowell Sun which details former Vol Matt Duffy's appearance in the New York - Penn League All-Star Game last night just down the road from his hometown in Lowell, Mass. Duffy had quite the fan club in the stands with close to 30 family members and friends in attendance.

Vols in the Pros Update (8/17)

Two former Tennessee teammates joined forces once again as Matt Duffy and Charley Thurber helped the NL squad beat the AL in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game last night. Other highlights from today's Vols in the Pros Update include a home run from Kentrail Davis and seven strikeouts in just three innings by Stephen McCray.

MLB
J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Drove in his 55th run of the season with an RBI single  (VIDEO) in Toronto's 13-7 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday. He currently ranks second among all AL rookies in RBIs and sixth among all MLB catchers.
Aug. 16: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Season: .210, 71 H, 38 R, 13 2B, 3 3B, 19 HR, 55 RBIs (94 games)

Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Reached base twice with a walk and a single and scored a run in Colorado's 6-5 home loss to the Florida Marlins on Tuesday
Aug. 16: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB
Season: .307, 113 H, 53 R, 24 2B, 13 HR, 62 RBIs (108 games)

SINGLE-A
Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
Aug. 16: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBIs
Season: .250, 111 H, 69 R, 15 2B, 6 3B, 8 HR, 41 RBIs, 30 SB (114 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
Aug. 16: 1-for-2, 1 R (NYPL All-Star Game)
Season: .300, 60 H, 33 R, 17 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 32 RBIs (54 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
Aug. 16: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 3 K
Season: .225, 70 H, 33 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBIs (90 games)

Cody Hawn (Wisconsin Timber Rattlers/Brewers)
Aug. 16: Activated from DL
Season: .292, 89 H, 41 R, 15 2B, 6 HR, 37 RBIs, 2 SB (82 games)

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
Aug. 16: 2-for-4, 2 K
Season: .291, 50 H, 33 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBIs, 5 SB (52 games w/ Lancaster)

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
Aug. 16: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 K (NYPL All-Star Game)
Season: ,269, 45 H, 18 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 22 RBIs (43 games)

ROOKIE LEAGUE
Stephen McCray (Great Falls Voyagers/White Sox)
Aug. 16: W, 3.0 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 7 K
Season: 2-3, 6.23 ERA, 12 G, 5 GS, 34.2 IP, 49 H, 12 BB, 34 K

17 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

17 days until football time in Tennessee!

Deon Grant (8 PBU, 9 INT) set the UT single-season record with 17 passes defended in 1999, and Jonthan Wade (13 PBU, 4 INT) matched it in 2006.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/17)

The Vols had their double session of preseason camp on Tuesday. Read about it here: Vol Report: Good Morning Rocky Top. Check out Video Highlights and Interviews as well as Video of Coach Dooley's entire press session. We also have a Photo Gallery from the morning and a Photo Gallery from the evening.

Here's a look at the media's stories: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Wiedmer: UT's Dooley may be future of coaching
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT receivers Hunter, Rogers becoming more mature
- Inside Tennessee: Vols in the middle of two-a-day
- Inside Tennessee: Bombastic 'backers

Poole Named No. 7 Running Back By Rivals

In a ranking of preseason Top 20 running backs in the nation, Rivals ranks Tennessee's Tauren Poole No. 7 in the list. Here is their brief on the senior Vol.

7. TAUREN POOLETENNESSEE 
THE PARTICULARS: 5-10/210, Sr.; Toccoa (Ga.) Stephens County 
THE BUZZ: Poole didn't do much in his first two seasons, then emerged as a star last fall for new coachDerek Dooley. Going into last season, Poole had carried 32 times for 171 yards. He started all 13 games last season and finished with 1,034 yards and 11 TDs. He tied for the SEC lead with six 100-yard games.


World U Games Update: USA 112, South Korea 68

Outsized and overpowered, South Korea (1-2) was no match for the USA Men's World University Games Team (3-0), which featured six players in double figures and a 61-35 rebounding advantage as it cruised to a 112-68 win in the 2011 World University Games on Aug. 15 at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China.

The USA, with Vols head coach Cuonzo Martin serving as an assistant, will continue play in the 2011 World University Games against Finland at 6 p.m. (all times listed are China Standard Time, which is +12 hours from Eastern Time) on Aug. 17 before wrapping up pool play against Israel at 3:30 p.m. on Aug. 18.

Following the preliminary round, the top two finishing teams from each pool will advance to the medal quarterfinals, which will be contested on Aug. 20. The semifinals are scheduled for Aug. 21, and the finals will be played on Aug. 22.

For a complete recap of the win over South Korea, click HERE.

Duffy, Thurber to Represent UT in NYPL All-Star Game

Former Tennessee teammates Matt Duffy and Charley Thurber will join forces once again tonight as they will both be part of the N.L. affiliate roster for the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. The contest will be played at LeLacheur Park in Lowell, Mass. 

Both Duffy and Thurber are in the their first professional season after being drafted in June. A third baseman for the Tri-City ValleyCats in the Houston Astros organization, Duffy is currently hitting at an even .300 clip with 17 doubles, two home runs and 32 RBIs in 54 games.

Thurber, who plays for the Brooklyn Cyclones after being selected in the 39th round of this year's draft by the New York Mets, is hitting .269 with 11 doubles and 22 RBIs through the first 43 games of his pro career.

18 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

We are just 18 days from kickoff!

  • Heath Shuler holds the UT record for most consecutive games throwing a TD pass with 18. His streak began Oct. 17, 1992 vs. Alabama and ended with the final game of his career, the Florida Citrus Bowl vs. Penn State.
  • Tim Priest intercepted 18 passes during his career (1968-70), the most all-time by a Vol.
  • Fuad Reveiz connected on a UT-record 18 consecutive field goals in 1984.
  • Gene McEver rushed for 18 touchdowns in 1929, the most by a Vol in a single season.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/16)

Manning Named Business Week's Most Powerful Sports Figure

Tennessee legend Peyton Manning is listed No. 1 on Business Week's Power 100 list of the most powerful athletes. Fellow alum Arian Foster is listed No. 22 on the list. 

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Peyton Manning is No. 1

By Joel Stonington

What is power in sports? It's not simply the ability to bench-press a truck or crush a golf ball down the fairway. While such talents are impressive, there are other attributes that fans--and advertisers--value just as highly. It's the combination of athletic achievement plus the ability to connect with an audience on a deeper, more personal level that separates mere jocks from the stars. Indeed, the everyman image often earns the highest ranking and the biggest earnings. That explains why the No. 1 spot on the 2011 Power 100 ranking went to Peyton Manning, the well-liked, hard-working Colts quarterback who appeared in two of the last four Super Bowls and led his team to victory in Super Bowl XLI. This year, 2010's No. 1, Tiger Woods, dropped in the rankings when his once-squeaky clean image was revealed to be a sham. Still, Woods has spent an unprecedented 623 weeks atop the World Golf Rankings and in 2010 managed to rack up more than $70 million in earnings, mainly from existing endorsement deals. Even with his earnings down 32 percent from the more than $103 million he took in last year, Woods outpaced all other pro athletes. It's not just likability that moves us. Fans also love the mental toughness it takes to crush competitors and dominate a sport in the manner of Roger Federer or Shaun White.

For the Power Sports 100, Bloomberg BusinessWeek worked with CSE, formerly known as Career Sports & Entertainment, and Businessweek.com columnist and Bloomberg TV contributor Rick Horrow of Horrow Sports Ventures to determine the 100 most powerful athletes on and off the field. No coaches, owners, managers, executives or retired athletes were considered. Off-field metrics included the results of polls on individual athletes by E-Poll Market Research and estimated endorsement dollars. On-field metrics were tallied on those who outscored, out-tackled, or outskated the competition during 2009 and 2010. Sports were weighted according to their popularity in the U.S. For a complete methodology click here.

Click here to see the complete 2011 Power 100.

Peyton Manning

Power 100 rank: 1
Rank last year: 5
Sport: NFL/Indianapolis Colts--QB
Age: 34
Most recent notable achievement: 2011 Pro Bowl (11th selection)
Earnings: $30 million
Key sponsors: MasterCard, Reebok, Gatorade, Oreo

Why he's on the list: If there is one man to take over Tiger Woods's role as the leading man in sports, it's Peyton Manning, the most popular quarterback in America's favorite sport. Apart from his amazing on-field performance, Manning is marketable, recognizable, and down-to-earth. It paid off with an estimated $15 million in endorsements last year.

Arian Foster

Power 100 rank: 22
Rank last year: Unranked
Sport: NFL/Houston Texans--RB
Age: 24
Most recent notable achievement: 2010 NFL Rushing Title
Earnings: $750,000
Key sponsors: Boombah

Why he's on the list: Arian Foster capped an unlikely second season in the NFL with the league's rushing title. If you don't know his name yet, you're not alone: Sponsors have yet to catch up. Eventually, Foster will be as popular as Willow Smith and he won't even have to whip his hair.

Former Vol Star Marvin Mitchell Signs With Dolphins

The Miami Dolphins added their third former Tennessee Vol with the signing of Marvin Mitchell on Monday. The former New Orleans Saints LB, finished his career with the Vols in 2007. 

Here are various stories on the signing as he joins Kevin Burnett and Tony McDaniel with the Dolphins. Here are all the former Vols in the NFL, which now stands at 44: Former Vols In NFL

- Palm Beach Post: Miami Dolphins Talking Points

The Miami Dolphins have signed linebacker Marvin Mitchell, it was announced today.

The 6-3, 249 pound Mitchell spent the previous four seasons (2007-10) with the New Orleans Saints where he played in 55 career games, with two starts. He has 1.0 sacks and two forced fumbles in his career. With New Orleans, Mitchell distinguished himself as one of the team's top special teams performers after being taken in the seventh round (220th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft. Mitchell played collegiately at the University of Tennessee, where he took part in 40 games with 15 starts. He led the Volunteers in tackles in 2006 with 104 stops, adding three pass defenses and a pair of forced fumbles. Born October 21, 1984, Mitchell attended Virginia Pilot (Norfolk, Va.) High School, where he was an all-district selection at both tight end and linebacker.

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (8/15/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Aug. 15, 2011. Listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:

 

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 586 (+134)
Doubles: 1479 (-23)
Note: Jumped up to a career-best No. 586 after 18 points were added for his championship run at the Decatur (Ill.) Futures ... Lost last week to eighth-seeded Wayne Odesnik at the Binghamton Challenger ... Off this week.
 
Rhyne Williams
Singles: 616 (+3)
Doubles: 1024 (-2)
Note: Lost in opening round of the Binghamton Challenger to eventual champion Paul Capdeville ... Lost in his opening-round qualifying match of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati to top qualifying seed Radek Stepanek 7-6, 6-1 ... Next event will be the eight-player USTA US Open Wild Card Playoff in College Park, Md. The winner receives a wild card to the main draw of the US Open.
 
John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 719 (+2)
Doubles: 797 (+48)
Note: Up to a career-best No. 797 in doubles after he and Ben Rogers reached the semifinals of the Decatur (Ill.) Futures. His previous career best was No. 799 in 2008 ... Last week, reached the quarterfinals of the Edwardsville (Ill.) Futures in singles ... Edwardsville tournament marks the end of Smith's US tour before he goes home to Australia.
 
Boris Conkic
Singles: 967 (-7)
Doubles: 889 (-108)
Note: Last week, reached the second round of the Tatry Open in Slovakia ... Scheduled to play the Gorenje Open in hometown of Novi Sad, Serbia, this week.
 
Ben Rogers
Singles: N/A
Doubles: 596 (+24)
Note: Ranked in the top 600 in doubles for the first time in his career, thanks to a semifinal appearance in the Decatur (Ill.) Futures with John-Patrick Smith ... Lost in the opening round of the Edwardsville (Ill.) Futures in doubles.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/15)

Sunday was an off-day for the football team in terms of practice, but they were still at Neyland Stadium -- for Media Day. Check out the Vol Report: Media Day Edition along with a special Video Feature and two Photo Galleries.

Here are the most recent stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' defense starting to show development
- Inside Tennessee: Having a blast

Vols in the Pros Update (8/15)

In today's installment of the Vols in the Pros Update, Andy Simunic goes yard for the second straight day, Kentrail Davis collects two more hits, R.A. Dickey prepares for his second straight start against the Padres and much more. 

MLB
J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Arencibia was hitless in four at-bats on Sunday as the Blue Jays rallied late to claim a 5-4, walk-off win in 10 innings over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. 
Aug. 14: a
Season: a

R.A. Dickey (New York Mets) - The newest Met on Twitter, @RADickey43 will take the mound tonight in San Diego against the Padres at 10:05 p.m. ET. Dickey faced SD in his last start as well, suffering a tough-luck loss after allowing three earned runs in 6.0 innings.
Season: 5-11, 3.75 ERA, 25 G, 24 GS, 1 CG, 153.2 IP, 155 H, 42 BB, 101 K, .264 Opp. BA

Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Reached base twice with a single and a walk in Colorado's 6-2 loss to the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday. Helton's on-base percentage of .390 ranks third among all NL first basemen behind only Cincinnati's Joey Votto and Prince Fielder from Milwaukee.
Aug. 14: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Season: .307, 112 H, 52 R, 24 2B, 13 HR, 62 RBIs (107 games)

SINGLE-A
Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
Aug. 14: 2-for-2, 2 1B
Season: .248, 109 H, 68 R, 15 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBIs, 30 SB (113 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
Aug. 14: 1-for-4, 1 K
Season: .300, 60 H, 33 R, 17 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 32 RBIs (54 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
Aug. 14: 0-for-4, 2 K
Season: .227, 70 H, 33 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBIs (89 games)

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks)
Aug. 14: 1-for-5, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: .293, 48 H, 33 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 20 RBIs, 5 SB (50 games w/ Lancaster)

ROOKIE LEAGUE
Steven Gruver (Elizabethton Twins/Twins)
Aug. 14: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: 0-0, 2.77 ERA, 18 G, 1 SV, 26.0 IP, 20 H, 8 ER, 5 BB, 29 K, .213 Opp. BA

World U Games Update: USA 102 Hungary 53

Thanks in part to a U.S. Men's World University Games record six made 3-pointers from John Jenkins (Vanderbilt/ Hendersonville, Tenn.), the 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team (2-0) easily downed Hungary (0-2) 102-53 on Aug. 14 at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China.

While the USA sank 12 threes overall and all 12 players scored for a second-consecutive game, its defense starved Hungary and allowed just one made field goal in the first quarter and 34.5 percent shooting (20-58 FGs) for the game.

Continue reading at www.USAbasketball.com.


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World U Games Update: USA 108 Mexico 67

The 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team (1-0) fought back from a first-quarter deficit and outscored Mexico (0-1) 65-30 in the second half to secure a 108-67 win in its opening game of the 2011 World University Games on Aug. 13 at the Universiade Main Gym in Shenzhen, China.

Continue reading at USAbasketball.com by clicking here.


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19 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

19 days until football time in Tennessee!

19 Vols were named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in 2010.

The Vols travel to Gainesville, Fla., for their first road contest of the 2011 season on Sept. 17. Tennessee has defeated the Gators 19 times.

20 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

20 days until football time in Tennessee!

The Vols will host LSU at Neyland Stadium on Oct. 15. Tennessee has defeated the Tigers 20 times, owning a 20-8-3 all-time series record.

Click here to purchase tickets for this game and more!

Vols in the Pros Update (8/14)

Check in on the 12 former UT players in action among the professional baseball ranks yesterday in the most recent Vols in the Pros Update below. 

MLB
J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Drove in his 54th run of the season with an RBI single in the Blue Jays' 11-2 romp over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Saturday. Arencibia know ranks sixth among all MLB catchers in RBIs and has more home runs than any other MLB backstop.
Aug. 13: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 K
Season: .212, 69 H, 38 R, 13 2B, 3 3B, 19 HR, 54 RBIs (91 games)

Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Helton ripped a two-run double, the 551st of his career  (VIDEO), to lead the Rockies to a 6-1 road victory over the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. He also walked once in the win.
Aug. 13: 1-for-3, 1 2B, 2 RBIs, 1 BB
Season: .307, 111 H, 52 R, 24 2B, 13 HR, 62 RBIs (106 games)

Luke Hochevar (Kansas City Royals) - Hochevar fell just short in his bid for his fourth win since the All-Star Break after allowing five runs on eight hits while walking three and striking out four in a 5-4 loss to the Chicago White Sox on Saturday.
Aug. 13: 6.0 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 3 BB, 4 K
Season: 8-9, 4.89 ERA, 25 GS, 158.1 IP, 158 H, 51 BB, 90 K, .259 Opp. BA

SINGLE-A
Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
Aug. 13: 0-for-4, 1 K
Season: .244, 107 H, 68 R, 15 2B, 6 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBIs, 30 SB (112 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
Aug. 13: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Last 10 Games: .343, 12 H, 7 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs 
Season: .301, 59 H, 33 R, 17 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 32 RBIs (53 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
Aug. 13: 0-for-2
Season: .230, 70 H, 33 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBIs (88 games)

Bryan Morgado (Williamsport CrossCutters/Phillies)
Aug. 13: W, 5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 1 BB, 5 K
Last 10 Games: 2-0, 1.95 ERA, 10 G, 3 GS, 1 SV, 32.1 IP, 25 H, 10 BB, 36 K, .208 Opp. BA
Season: 2-0, 2.30 ERA, 17 G, 3 GS, 1 SV, 43.0 IP, 36 H, 17 BB, 44 K, .225 Opp. BA

Khayyan Norfork (Auburn Doubledays/Nationals)
Aug. 13: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: .278, 10 H, 5 R, 1 2B, 5 RBIs, 4 SB (13 games)

P.J. Polk (Connecticut Tigers/Tigers)
Aug. 13: 0-for-4
Season: .168, 32 H, 23 R, 1 HR, 13 RBIs, 4 SB (61 games w/ 2 teams)

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
Aug. 13: 2-for-5, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K
Season: .296, 47 H, 31 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 19 RBIs, 5 SB (49 games w/ Lancaster)

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
Aug. 13: 1-for-4, 2 K
Season: .269, 45 H, 18 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 22 RBIs (43 games)

ROOKIE LEAGUE
Aaron Tullo (Orem Owlz/Angels)
Aug. 13: 1.1 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: 1-1, 6.23 ERA, 15 G, 2 SV, 17.1 IP, 19 H, 10 BB, 22 K, .275 Opp. BA

Vols In NFL Update (8/14)

Here's a look at former Vols who were in action on Saturday night in NFL preseason games.

- The Browns beat the Super Champion Packers 27-17. Scott Wells started at center and Chad Clifton drew the nod at left guard for Green Bay. Rookie Jarrod Shaw played late minutes on the O-Line for Cleveland. Montario Hardesty didn't see action for the Browns.

- In Nashville, the Titans topped the Vikings 14-3. Neither former Vol in the game saw action. Guard Anthony Herrera for the Vikings or punter Chad Cunningham with the Titans.

- The Panthers and former Vol Omar Gaither beat the Giants 20-10. Gaither made two tackles.

- The Bears downed the Bills and UT's David Martin, 10-3. Martin didn't have any stats.

- St. Louis handled Indianapolis 33-10. Of course Peyton Manning is still sidelined for the Colts, but Jacques McClendon did play some on the offensive line for Indy.

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/14)

The Vols had their second scrimmage of the preseason on Saturday evening at Neyland Stadium. Read the Vol Report: Scrimmage 2 Efficient for a complete update with stats. You can watch highlights and interviews as well as Coach Dooley's press session after the scrimmage and check out some Photos from Saturday.

Here's a look at what the media wrote after Saturday's scrimmage:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' defense starting to show development
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tyler Bray improving behind the numbers
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley finding answers
- Inside Tennessee: Dooley sees improvement
- Inside Tennessee: Bookends ready to heal

KNS Story On Neutral-Site Football Games

Check out this story Geography of no concern for schedule makers in neutral-site games from the Knoxville News Sentinel which reflects on neutral site football games including the 1987 Kickoff Classic at the Meadowlands and the 1990 Disneyland Pigskin Classic, played in Anaheim. 

21 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

21 days until Football Time in Tennessee! The number 21 carries quite a bit of significance in Tennessee football history. Here's why:

  • General Robert R. Neyland coached 21 seasons at Tennessee, compiling an overall record of 173-31-12 (.829) in three coaching stints (1926-34, 36-40, 46-52).
  • 21 Vols have been inducted into the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame. Among them are 18 players, one coach and two individuals who were inducted as both players and coaches, Bobby Dodd and Bowden Wyatt.
  • In 1929, Gene McEver scored a UT single season record with 21 total touchdowns. McEver led the NCAA in TDs and points (130) that season.
  • The largest margin the Vols have ever overcome in the second half to win? 21. At LSU on Sept. 26, 2005, Tennessee trailed 21-0 in the third quarter only to comeback and win 30-27 in overtime.
  • The Vols record for first downs passing in a game is 21, set vs. Florida in 1996 and repeated vs. Southern Mississippi in 1997.
  • Daniel Lincoln set the Vols freshman record with 21 field goals in 2007.
  • Steve White (1995) and Parys Haralson (2004) share the UT record for most QB hurries in a single season with 21.

Vols in the Pros Update (8/13)

Which Vol gave his team a victory with a walk-off walk last night? Find the answer to that question and much more in today's Vols in the Pros Update below.

MLB
Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Helton had one of just five Rockies hits on Friday as they dropped a 6-1 decision to the St. Louis Cardinals. 
Aug. 12: 1-for-4, 1 K
Season: .306, 110 H, 52 R, 23 2B, 13 HR, 60 RBIs (105 games)

Luke Hochevar (Kansas City Royals) - Hochevar will look to continue his post-All-Star break roll when he takes the mound against the Chicago White Sox tonight at 7:10 p.m. ET at U.S. Cellular Field. In his last five starts, he has gone 3-0 with a 2.41 ERA and 26 strikeouts. Hochevar threw seven innings of one-run ball against the Tampa Bay Rays in his last start, but did not factor into the decision (VIDEO).
Since AS Break: 3-0, 2.41 ERA, 5 GS, 33.2 IP, 24 H, 10 BB, 26 K, 200 Opp. BA
Season: 8-8, 4.79 ERA, 24 GS, 152.1 IP, 150 H, 48 BB, 86 K, .256 Opp. BA

SINGLE-A
Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
Aug. 12: 0-for-2, 1 R, 2 BB
Season: .247, 106 H, 68 R, 15 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBIs, 30 SB (110 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
Aug. 12 (DH-1): 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
Aug. 12 (DH-2): 1-for-3
Season: .302, 58 H, 31 R, 16 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 31 RBIs (52 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
Aug. 12: 0-for-4, 2 RBIs, 1 BB, 3 K (gave Savannah a 5-4 win w/ walk-off walk)
Season: .232, 70 H, 33 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 32 RBIs (87 games)

Khayyan Norfork (Auburn Doubledays/Nationals)
Aug. 12: 0-for-1, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: .294, 10 H, 5 R, 1 2B, 5 RBIs, 4 SB (12 games)

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
Aug. 12: 0-for-4, 1 RBI, 2 K
Season: .292, 45 H, 30 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 18 RBIs, 5 SB (48 games w/ Lancaster)

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
Aug. 12: 1-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: .270, 44 H, 18 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 22 RBIs (42 games)

Vols In NFL Update (8/13)

Here's a look at the former Vols in NFL action on Friday night, the second night of the preseason.

- In one of two games with five former Vols on rosters, the Saints topped the 49ers 24-3. On defense with the Saints, Turk McBride and Jabari Greer (who was on the cover of the game program) each had two tackles. Aubrayo Franklin didn't have any stats. Robert Meachem had two balls thrown his way, but didn't make a catch. With San Francisco, Parys Haralson made two stops.

Jabari Greer graces the first Gameday Program cover of the season...


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#24 of the San Francisco 49ers is tackled by Jabari Greer(notes)#33 of the New Orleans Saints during a preseason game at Louisiana Superdome on August 12, 2011. (Photo by Sean Gardner/Getty Images)

- The Bucs blanked the Chiefs, 25-0. For Tampa Bay Nick Reveiz played late, but didn't make any tackles. Luke Stocker and Jonathan Crompton didn't see any action. With Kansas City, Eric Berry started and made a tackle. Punter Dustin Colquitt boomed seven punts for a 48.0 average.

- Washington got the better of Pittsburgh with a 16-7 win. Donte' Stallworth made three catches for 46 yards for the Redskins. With Pittsburgh, Chris Scott started at left guard and Ramon Foster came on as a back-up lineman.

- The Dolphins beat the Falcons 28-23 as Kevin Burnett made his Miami debut and started, but had no tackles. Tony McDaniel made two stops for the Phins. Rookie LaMarcus Thompson played for Atlanta, but had no stats.

- The Bengals fell 34-3 to the Lions. Both former Vols on Cincinnati, Jonathan Wade and Gibril Wilson, didn't play in the game.

World University Games Opening Ceremonies

Watch Team USA at the opening ceremonies of the 2011 World University Games. 

Click here for photo gallery.


Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/13)

The Vols have their second scrimmage of training camp this evening, at Neyland Stadium. Check out our coverage from Friday's practice with the Vol Report: Time To Refocus along with video of highlights and interviews and Coach Dooley's post-practice media session plus a Photo Gallery.

Here are stories from the media following Friday's workout:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols getting creative with Rajion Neal
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols moving on with second scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Traffic changes greet UT football fans
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Brewer focused on consistency
- Inside Tennessee: Team with wrong mindset
- Inside Tennessee: Finesse at fullback?

Listen To Jim Rome's Interview With Coach Dooley

If you missed Derek Dooley on the Jim Rome Show, listen back here on www.JimRome.com.

Derek Dooley

Info & Stats: University Of Tennessee Head Football Coach 

Derek on SEC fans: "The passion for the programs is unreal."

Topics: 1st year at Tennessee | Turmoil | Playing a lot of freshmen last season | SEC football | The fan's passion in the SEC | High expectations in the SEC | 2nd season at Tennessee? | His boss | Fans supporting them | We have a young talented group | Shakespeare | Pleased with the attitude of the players | Need to get better at execution | QB situation | Taylor Bray driving him crazy | Bray being tall and skinny

Former Vol R.A. Dickey Joins Twitter

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Former Vol and one of the most interesting people in baseball R.A. Dickey has joined the Twitterverse. Make sure you follow the current New York Mets knuckleballer at @RADickey43.

One of the most decorated players in Tennessee history, Dickey was named a first-team All-American in each of his three seasons at Rocky Top. After being named the National Freshman of the Year in 1994, Dickey followed up with two consecutive All-American seasons. The Nashville native still holds the school record for wins (38) and innings pitched (434.0). 

Behind The Scenes: Football Jumbotron

Recently, members of the Tennessee football team participated in a film shoot that will be used for features on the jumbotron at Neyland Stadium during the upcoming season. Here's a behind-the-scenes look:


Vols in the Pros Update (8/12)

Two former Vols launched home runs last night and another had three hits, including two doubles. Find out who in today's Vols in the Pros Update below.

 

MLB

J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Launched his 19th home run of the season (VIDEO), a solo shot to right-center off of Fautino De Los Santos, as the Blue Jays dropped a 10-3 decision to the Oakland Athletics.

Aug. 11: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 K

Season: .212, 68 H, 38 R, 13 2B, 3 3B, 19 HR, 53 RBIs (90 games)

 

SINGLE-A

Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)

Aug. 11: 1-for-5, 1 2B, 2 RBIs, 1 K

Season: .248, 106 H, 67 R, 15 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 39 RBIs, 30 SB (109 games)

 

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)

Aug. 11: 4-for-5, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 HR, 4 RBIs

Season: .301, 56 H, 30 R, 16 2B, 1 3B, 2 HR, 30 RBIs (50 games)

 

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)

Aug. 11: 1-for-4, 1 K

Season: .235, 70 H, 33 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 30 RBIs (86 games)

 

Khayyan Norfork (Auburn Doubledays/Nationals)

Aug. 11: 1-for-3, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB

Season: .303, 10 H, 5 R, 1 2B, 5 RBIs, 4 SB (11 games)

 

P.J. Polk (Connecticut Tigers/Tigers)

Aug. 11: 0-for-1

Season: .177 11 H, 8 R, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 2 SB (20 games w/ Connecticut)

 

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)

Aug. 11: 3-for-4, 2 R, 2 2B

Season: .300, 45 H, 30 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 17 RBIs, 5 SB (47 games w/ Lancaster)

 

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)

Aug. 11 (DH-1): 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 K

Aug. 11 (DH-2: 0-for-4, 1 K

Season: .270, 43 H, 16 R, 10 2B, 1 3B, 22 RBIs (41 games)


22 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

22 days until football time in Tennessee!

2011 marks the 22nd year the Vols will officially participate in the Vol Walk before home games, dating back to Oct. 20, 1990.

Head coach Johnny Majors and his team performed the first Vol Walk into Neyland Stadium prior to the Alabama game. They marched from Gibbs Hall down Yale Avenue (now Peyton Manning pass) and Stadium Drive (now Phillip Fulmer Way) into Neyland Stadium about two hours before kickoff.

In 1989, the team walked unofficially to the games from Bill Gibbs Dormitory. That phenomenon caught on with fans. However, the first publicized and announced Vol Walk did not take place until the Alabama game in 1990.

The Vols have maintained the tradition of greeting fans as they make their way to the locker rooms and prepare for the game.

World U Games Updates

Team USA defeated Chinese professional team New Century 88-61 in an exhibition. Cuonzo Martin serves as an assistant coach along with Butler's Brad Stevens. Purdue Coach Matt Painter is the head coach of USA's World University Games basketball team. 

Check out video highlights of Team USA's win below. 

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Vols In The NFL Update (8/12)

The NFL Preseason got underway last night with five games. Here's a quick look at how the former Vols did.

- The Cardinals with former Vol Dan Williams (1 tackle) topped the Raiders 24-18. In Oakland's side, rookie Denarius Moore had a big game in his first NFL action. The receiver had a team-high three catches for 37 yards, returned a kickoff for 18 yards, had two punt returns for eight yards and made a special teams tackle. WATCH Moore's first reception. John Henderson had a tackle for the Raiders as well.

   Here are some articles mentioning Moore's big game: Raiders rookie receiver Moore continues to impressReviewing the Raiders' opener

(Christopher Chung/ The Press Democrat)

- In the Cowboys' 24-23 win over the Broncos Jason Witten had an early 6-yard catch for Dallas. With Denver, Britton Colquitt boomed four punts for 47.8 with a long of 54. Robert Ayers started at left defensive end, but didn't make any tackles. 

- In the Eagles' 13-6 win over the Ravens, rookie Gerald Jones had an 18-yard catch late in the third quarter for Philly. Morgan Cox snapped on three punts for Baltimore. 

- The Seahawks downed the Chargers 24-17. San Diego's Kelley Washington had a special teams tackle, but did not make a catch. Eric Young played some back-up tackle for the Bolts.

- In the Patriots' 47-12 thumping of the Jaguars, the trio of Shaun Ellis, Albert Haynesworth and Jerod Mayo didn't play. 


Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/12)

Derek Dooley's Vols returned to practice at Haslam Field Thursday morning and again in the evening. We have full coverage on UTSports.com with the Vol Report: Summoning Shakespeare. Check out video highlights and interviews as well as Coach Dooley's entire post-practice media session. Also, we have a photo gallery.

Here are the articles from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bullard versatile for Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' D-linemen get best of O-line

Smith Reaches Quarterfinals at Edwardsville (Ill.) Futures

Former All-American John-Patrick Smith collected another straight set victory Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals of the Edwardsville Futures in Illinois.

Smith, who had to win three qualifying matches over the weekend to get in the main draw, dispatched sixth-seeded Erik Crepaldi of Italy 6-4, 6-2 in the second round. He faces Michigan's Evan King on Friday for a spot in the semifinals. 

This tournament marks Smith fourth event in as many weeks and his final stop on his summer tour in the U.S. before returning home to Australia. 

In Slovakia, Boris Conkic lost his second-round match to top-seeded Kamil Capkovic 6-4, 7-5 at the Tatry Open. Next week, he will be a local favorite when he plays in a Futures event in his hometown of Novi Sad, Serbia.

Cincinnati Masters: Knoxville native Rhyne Williams, who lost in the opening round of the Binghamton Challenger on Wednesday, is headed west this week for the qualifying rounds of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati. The tournament is an ATP Masters 1000 event and serves as the final tuneup for the world's top players before the US Open.

Following the stop in Cincinnati, Williams will compete in the USTA US Open Wild Card Playoff from Aug. 18-20 in College Park, Md. The winner of the eight-man field will receive a wild card into the main draw of the US Open.

Vols in the Pros Update (8/11)

In today's installment of our Vols in the Pros Update, R.A. Dickey posts another solid performance but suffers another tough luck loss, Todd Helton collects two more hits and P.J. Polk returns from the disabled list, among much more. 

MLB
J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Was hitless in four at-bats as the Blue Jays doubled up the Oakland Athletics, 8-4, on Wednesday.
Aug. 10: 0-for-4, 2 K
Season: .211, 67 H, 37 R, 13 2B, 3 3B, 18 HR, 52 RBIs (89 games)

R.A. Dickey (New York Mets) - Posted his fourth straight quality start, but was saddled with his third loss in that span as the San Diego Padres took advantage of a pair of Mets errors to score two unearned runs in a 9-5 triumph Wednesday night. Dickey, who leads the Mets in ERA, fell to 5-11 on the season with another tough-luck loss. He even contributed to his own cause with his second RBI of the season (VIDEO) and cut down another run (former Vol baseball star Blake Forsythe's brother, Logan, as a matter of fact) with a nice defensive play on a squeeze attempt (VIDEO). 
Aug. 10: 6.0 IP, 6 H, 5 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: 5-11, 3.75 ERA, 25 G, 24 GS, 1 CG, 153.2 IP, 155 H, 42 BB, 101 K, .264 Opp. BA

Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Tallied a pair of hits, his 108th and 109th of the season, in a 3-2 loss to the Cincinnati Reds.  
Aug. 10: 2-for-4, 1 K
Season: .307, 109 H, 52 R, 22 2B, 13 HR, 60 RBIs (104 games)

SINGLE-A
Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
Aug. 10: 0-for-4, 2 K
Season: .248, 105 H, 67 R, 14 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 37 RBIs, 30 SB (108 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
Aug. 10 (DH-1): 1-for-3, 1 R
Aug. 10 (DH-2): 0-for-3
Season: .287, 52 H, 28 R, 15 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 26 RBIs (49 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
Aug. 10: 0-for-4, 2 K
Season: .235, 69 H, 33 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 30 RBIs (85 games)

Khayyan Norfork (Auburn Doubledays/Nationals)
Aug. 10: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 K
Season: .300, 9 H, 4 R, 1 2B, 5 RBIs, 3 SB (10 games)

P.J. Polk (Connecticut Tigers/Tigers)
Aug. 10: Defensive replacement
Season: .173, 32 H, 23 R, 1 HR, 13 RBIs, 4 SB (59 games w/ two teams)

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
Aug. 10: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: .285, 43 H, 15 R, 10 2B, 1 3B, 22 RBIs (39 games)

ROOKIE LEAGUE
Steven Gruver (Elizabethton Twins/Twins)
Aug. 10: SV, 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K (first professional save)
Season: 0-0, 2.63 ERA, 17 G, 1 SV, 17.2 IP, 12 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 20 K, .190 Opp. BA

Stephen McCray (Great Falls Voyagers/White Sox)
Aug. 10: 3.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 4 K
Season: 1-3, 6.82 ERA, 11 G, 5 GS, 31.2 IP, 46 H, 12 BB, 27 K, .341 Opp. BA

Aaron Tullo (Orem Owlz/Angels)
Aug. 10: 1.2 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 3 K
Season: 1-1, 6.19 ERA, 14 G, 2 SV, 16.0 IP, 17 H, 9 BB, 21 K, .270 Opp. BA

Rocky Top Talk Story On Dooley's Recruiting Methods

Check out this story from Rocky Top Talk on how head coach Derek Dooley is thriving in the  recruiting process: Dooley's Recruiting Methods Frustrating But Flourishing

Chelsea Hatcher, Lady Vols Ready for Season 8-11

 

 

Mike Strange of the Knoxville News Sentinel visited Lady Vol Soccer practice on Wednesday to work up a feature story on Tennessee senior forward Chelsea Hatcher.  The link to his article and a short video conducted by KNS photographer Amy Smotherman Burgess is included below.  UT will travel to Birmingham, Ala., on Friday to play at Samford in an exhibition at 6 p.m. CT.

Knoxville News Sentinel:  Chelsea Hatcher, Lady Vols Ready for Season

Smith, Conkic Win First-Round Matches

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While playing on different continents, John-Patrick Smith and Boris Conkic both got the job done in their opening round matches on the Futures circuit.

Smith cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 first-round victory over lucky loser Michael Hui at the Edwardsville Futures in Illinois. The four-time All-American now faces sixth-seeded Erik Crepaldi of Italy.

During tournament qualifying over the weekend, the Edwardsville Intelligencer published this story about Smith and his success this summer.

Meanwhile in Slovakia, Conkic also got through his first round in straight sets at the Tatry Open, beating Marko Danis 6-4, 6-4. Conkic, a native of Serbia, has played in Slovakia the last two weeks. He plays top-seeded Kamil Capkovic, ranked 400th, later today.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/11)

The Vols had a day off from practice as they moved in their fall housing on Wednesday. Derek Dooley will lead UT in double sessions today. Check back to UTSports.com for a full Vol Report later today.

Here are various articles on the team to get your ready on Thursday morning:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: SEC offenses will extend UT's defense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Maurice Couch eats up UT experience
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT keeping eye on kicking game
- Inside Tennessee: Thunder in the huddle
- Inside Tennessee: Keep your guard up

23 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

23 days until football time in Tennessee!

23 was a significant number in relation to UT's national championship run in 1998. Here's why:

  • Tee Martin threw a UT and SEC-record 23 consecutive completions at South Carolina. The Vols won, 49-14.
  • The Vols defeated Florida State, 23-16, in the 1998 National Championship to finish off a perfect 13-0 season and capture the first BCS title.

 

Two Vols Football Games Slated For ESPN Radio

Two of Tennessee's football games this fall will be aired live by ESPN Radio. The Sept. 17 game at Florida at 3:30 p.m., along with the LSU at UT game on Oct. 15 (Time TBA) will be broadcast by the Worldwide Leader's radio arm. All broadcasts can be listened to nationwide on ESPN Radio affiliates, on ESPN Radio.com, and through the ESPN Radio Mobile App.  (Blackout restrictions may apply).

 

Big East/SEC Challenge Schedule Released

ESPN finalized the network and time assignments for the inaugural BIG EAST/SEC Challenge, an early-season three-day men's basketball event matching 12 teams from each of the premier conferences against each other December 1-3. ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN3.com will combine to televise all 12 games.

Tennessee's Dec. 3 tilt with No. 17 Pitt will take place on ESPN at 5:15 p.m. The Vols defeated the Panthers last season 83-76 at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh.

The inaugural Challenge involves nine teams ranked in the early preseason top 25 by ESPN.com senior college basketball writer Andy Katz:

No. 2 Kentucky, No. 4 Syracuse, No. 6 Connecticut, No. 7 Vanderbilt, No.

9 Louisville, No. 12 Florida, No. 14 Alabama, No. 17 Pittsburgh and No.

19 Cincinnati. Overall, the field of 24 consists of 13 teams from the

2011 NCAA Tournament (eight from the BIG EAST and five from the Southeastern Conference).

All 12 games will be played at home sites with each conference hosting six games a year. SEC teams will alternate home and away games. Twelve of the 16 BIG EAST teams (17 teams in the second year) will participate each year. The event title will alternate to the SEC/BIG EAST Challenge in 2012 and be played Thursday, Nov. 29 through Saturday, Dec. 1.

 Below is a complete schedule of all BIG EAST/SEC Challenge

Date                   Time (ET)           Game (Network)

Thu, Dec 1          7 p.m.                  Providence at South Carolina (ESPNU)

                          7:30 p.m.             St. John's at No. 2 Kentucky (ESPN2/ESPN3.com)

                          9 p.m.                  Mississippi at DePaul (ESPNU)

                          9:30 p.m.             Georgetown at No. 14 Alabama (ESPN2/ESPN3.com)

Fri, Dec 2            6:30 p.m.             No. 12 Florida at No. 4 Syracuse (ESPN / ESPN3.com)

                          7 p.m.                  No. 19 Cincinnati at Georgia (ESPNU)

                          8:30 p.m.             No. 7 Vanderbilt at No. 9 Louisville (ESPN / ESPN3.com)

                          9 p.m.                 Auburn at Seton Hall (ESPNU)

Sat, Dec 3          3:15 p.m.             Arkansas at No. 6 Connecticut (ESPN/ESPN3.com)

                          5:15 p.m.           No. 17 Pittsburgh at Tennessee (ESPN/ESPN3.com)

                          7 p.m.                 LSU at Rutgers (ESPNU)

                          9 p.m.                 West Virginia at Mississippi State (ESPNU)

 

The new Challenge marks an expansion and modification of the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational that included four matchups between the two conferences from two neutral sites from 2007-10. Over the four years of the SEC/BIG EAST Invitational, the conferences - which each won eight games over the four years - split the series in 2008 and 2009 and each won one (SEC in 2010 and BIG EAST in 2007).

Vols in the Pros Update (8/10)

Just three former Vols were in action at the professional level on Tuesday. Things should get rolling again today though. R.A. Dickey will look to lead the way as he will take to the mound against the Padres. For more details, check out our complete update below.

MLB
J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Went 0-for-3 with a walk and two strikeouts in a 4-1 Blue Jays loss to the Oakland Athletics. 
Aug. 9: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Season: .214, 67 H, 37 R, 13 2B, 3 3B, 18 HR, 52 RBIs (88 games)

Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - A day after going 3-for-5 with a home run, three RBIs and three runs scored, Helton was held hitless in four at-bats as the Rockies edged the Cincinnati Reds, 3-2.
Aug. 9: 0-for-4, 4 K
Season: .305, 107 H, 52 R, 22 2B, 13 HR, 60 RBIs (103 games)

R.A.Dickey (New York Mets) - Dickey will look to make his fourth straight quality start tonight when he toes the rubber against the San Diego Padres at 7:10 p.m. ET. He has thrown at least six innings in eight of his last nine starts and has held opponents to three or fewer runs in seven of those outings. Despite his effectiveness, he has been able to walk away with just two wins during that span.
Season: 5-10, 3.72 ERA, 24 G, 23 GS, 1 CG, 147.2 IP, 149 H, 41 BB, 100 K, .264 Opp. BA

TRIPLE-A
Deunte Heath (Charlotte Knights/White Sox)
Aug. 9: 5.0 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
Season: 2-6, 4.94 ERA, 26 G, 12 GS, 1 SV, 82.0 IP, 75 H, 52 BB, 94 K, .240 Opp. BA, 10.32 K/9 IP

24 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

We're officially 24 days away from Tennessee football!

Against Wofford in 1952, the Vols set a school record with 24 first downs rushing.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/10)

Derek Dooley's Vols ran through their first scrimmage on Tuesday afternoon at Neyland Stadium. We have full coverage on UTSports.com with the Vol Report: Scrimmage One In Books. Check out video highlights and interviews as well as Coach Dooley's entire post-scrimmage media session. Also, we have a pair of photo galleries: PhotosPhotos2.

Here are the articles from the media:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Forget the spring depth chart
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Oiled up? Offense's first check spotty
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bray struggles in Volunteers' first scrimmage
- Chattanooga Times Free Press; Freshman linebackers Johnson, Maggitt shining
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Area college football report for Aug. 9
- Inside Tennessee: Out of his shell
- Inside Tennessee: Kicking game question marks
- Inside Tennessee: Dooley less than pleased
- Volquest: Seeking urgency

Sapp Undergoes Surgery For Fractured Finger

University of Tennessee Associate Athletic Director/Director of Sports Medicine Jason McVeigh announced today that sophomore Dontavis Sapp underwent surgery Monday night to correct a fractured left ring finger.  Sapp suffered the injury in Monday afternoon's practice.

Sapp is expected to return to practice in the next 1-2 weeks and is also expected to be available for the season opener against Montana on Sept. 3. 

The surgery was performed by Dr. Robert Ivy of the Knoxville Orthopedic Clinic.

25 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

25 days until Football Time in Tennessee!

Tennessee boasts 25 all-time bowl wins, which ranks tied for sixth nationally.

TICKETS ARE NOW ON SALE FOR TENNESSEE FOOTBALL, CALL 1-800-332-VOLS

Vols in the Pros (8/9)

Fantastic performances from Todd Helton and Luke Hochevar highlight this Vols in the Pros Update. Check below for notes, stats and video on all of the former UT players that were active in the professional ranks yesterday.

MLB
Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Helped the Rockies blast their way to a 10-7 victory over the Reds with a monster game on Monday, going 3-for-5 with his 13th home run of the season (VIDEO), three RBIs and three runs scored. The three runs he drove in upped his season RBI total to 60, the most by any former Vol at any level of pro baseball.
Aug. 8: 3-for-5, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBIs
Season: .308, 107 H, 52 R, 22 2B, 13 HR, 60 RBIs (102 games)

Luke Hochevar (Kansas City Royals) - Took a shutout into the seventh inning against Tampa Bay, but did not factor into the decision as the Rays claimed a 2-1, walk-off win on Monday. Hochevar continued his mastery since the All-Star break, twirling 7.0 innings of one-run ball while matching his season-high with seven strikeouts.
Aug. 8: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 7 K
Since AS Break: 3-0, 2.41 ERA, 5 GS, 33.2 IP, 24 H, 9 ER, 10 BB, 26 K, .200 Opp. BA
Season: 8-8, 4.79 ERA, 24 GS, 152.1 IP, 150 H, 48 BB, 86 K, .256 Opp. BA

SINGLE-A
Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
Aug. 8: 0-for-3, 1 K
Season: .251, 105 H, 67 R, 14 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 37 RBIs, 30 SB (107 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
Aug. 8: 1-for-5, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 K
Season: .291, 51 H, 27 R, 15 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 26 RBIs (47 games)
Note: Duffy is 4-for-11 in his last three games, all against the Vermont Lake Monsters who play their home games at Centennial Field on the University of Vermont campus where Duffy began his collegiate career.

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
Aug. 8: 1-for-4, 2 K
Season: .238, 69 H, 33 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 30 RBIs (84 games)

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
Aug. 8: 0-for-4, 1 K
Season: .288, 42 H, 28 R, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 17 RBIs, 5 SB (46 games w/ Lancaster)

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
Aug. 8: 3-for-5, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBIs
Season: .293, 43 H, 14 R, 10 2B, 1 3B, 22 RBIs, .366 BA w/ RISP (15-for-41), .522 BA vs. LHP (12-for-23) (38 games)

Charley Thurber Named to NYPL All-Star Team

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Off to a blazing start in his first professional season, former Vol Charley Thurber has been named to the New York-Penn League All-Star Team, along with four of his teammates from the Brooklyn Cyclones.

Thurber will take part in the seventh annual NYPL All-Star Game on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at LeLaucher Park in Lowell, Mass. The contest will pit the National League affiliates against their American League counterparts.  

 Here is what BrooklynCyclones.com had to say about Thurber.

CHARLEY THURBER- Selected in the 39th round out of the University of Tennessee, Thurber seems to be the steal of the draft. Since July 4th, the outfielder is hitting .315 (34-108) and has hit in 22 of 28 games. Always Mr. Clutch for the Cyclones, Charley is also hitting .359(14-39) with runners in scoring position.

A power-hitting lefty for Tennessee last season, Thurber hit .230 with a pair of home runs, 12 RBIs and five stolen bases in 36 games. UT's starting right-fielder for most of the year, Thurber finished second on the squad with seven outfield assists despite playing through a wrist injury on his throwing arm that forced him to miss 14 consecutive contests at one point of the season. During his three years at Rocky Top, Thurber launched 13 longballs and hit at a .259 clip with 60 RBIs.

The Quest


Men's Hoops: Vols Returners Embracing Martin

During the Tennessee basketball coaching staff transition this past spring, several current players were contacted by external parties trying to gauge their interest in transferring.

Each returning Vol, however, chose to wait until a new coach was hired before making a decision on whether or not to stay. And after just one meeting with new head coach Cuonzo Martin, the players quickly reached a consensus:

"I knew I wasn't going anywhere," rising sophomore guard Jordan McRae said. "And the other guys felt the same way."

To read the full story from Jeff Goodman of CBSsports.com, click HERE.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/9)

The Vol Report after Day 6 of football practice focuses on junior Janzen Jackson. Check out a video package of Practice Highlights as well as Derek Dooley's full press session and a Photo Gallery from Monday.

Here are the stories from the media:

- ESPN.com: Mention of Coach Dooley from Ivan Maisel: 3-point stance: JoePa in danger?
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Janzen Jackson opens up on absence
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Janzen Jackson 'happy to be back' at UT
- Inside Tennessee: Dooley's team shows youth
- Inside Tennessee: Vols feelin' California love

Washington Post Mentions UT's Invention Of 'JoePole'

Check out this story from the Washington Post: 'Joe Pole' provides U-Va. quarterbacks with more realistic view of each play during practice 

The story focuses on Virginia's use of the invention of Joe Harrington - Tennessee's sports technology coordinator and the Joe Pole's namesake - came up with this idea years ago. Harrington originally stood on a volleyball scorer's chair to shoot the video. Then he decided attaching a camera to the top of a PVC pipe would allow him to be more mobile.

Vols in the Pros Update (8/8)

In today's Vols in the Pros Update, three former UT teammates and current MLB starters are featured for different reasons. One knocked in two runs last night, another prepares for a start this evening and the third's future is a little uncertain after suffering an injury earlier this week. 

MLB
J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Roped a two-run double off of Baltimore Orioles starter Alfredo Simon (VIDEO) and caught a gem from former Dave Serrano pupil Ricky Romero as the Blue Jays picked up a 7-2 victory on Sunday. The two RBIs moved his total to 52 on the year.
Aug. 7: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 RBIs, 1 K
Season: .216, 67 H, 37 R, 13 2B, 3 3B, 18 HR, 52 RBIs (87 games)

Chase Headley (San Diego Padres) - Headley suffered a fractured left pinkie after sliding headfirst into second stealing a base on Saturday (VIDEO) and will miss an undetermined amount of playing time. The Padres' top hitter, Headley is hitting .292 on the year with four home runs and and leads the squad with 107 hits, 28 doubles, 43 RBIs and 51 walks. 
Season: .292, 107 H, 42 R, 28 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 43 RBIs, 13 SB (107 games)

Luke Hochevar (Kansas City Royals) - Hochevar will make his 24th start of the season on Monday when the Royals make the trek to Tampa Bay for a 7:10 p.m. tilt. In his last start, he picked up his eighth win of the year after allowing just one run on four hits and striking out seven in 7.1 innings of work against the Baltimore Orioles. The Royals have won each of the last eight contests Hochevar has started.
Since All-Star Break: 3-0, 2.70 ERA, 4 GS, 26.2 IP, 19 H, 8 BB, 19 K, .198 Opp. BA
Season: 8-8, 4.95 ERA, 23 GS, 145.1 IP, 145 H, 46 BB, 79 K, .258 Opp. BA

DOUBLE-A
James Adkins (Carolina Mudcats/Reds)
Aug. 7: L, 0.1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 0 K
Season: 0-1, 5.74 ERA, 31 G, 31.1 IP, 33 H, 22 BB, 24 K, .268 Opp. BA

SINGLE-A
Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
Aug. 7: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 1 RBI
Season: .251, 104 H, 66 R, 14 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 37 RBIs, 30 SB (106 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City Valleycats/Astros)
Aug. 7 (Game 1): 1-for-3
Aug. 7 (Game 2): 2-for-3, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB
Season: .294, 50 H, 26 R, 15 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 25 RBIs (46 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
Aug. 7: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB
Season: .238, 68 H, 33 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 30 RBIs (83 games)

Bryan Morgado (Williamsport Crosscutters/Phillies)
Aug. 7: 1 GS, 6.0 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 3 K
Season: 1-0, 2.13 ERA, 16 G, 2 GS, 1 SV, 38.0 IP, 31 H, 9 ER, 16 BB, 39 K, .226 Opp. BA

Khayyan Norfork (Auburn Doubledays/Nationals)
Aug. 7: 0-for-2, 1 R, 1 K, 1 SB
Season: .308, 8 H, 4 R, 1 2B, 4 RBIs, 3 SB (9 games)

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
Aug. 7: 0-for-2, 2 K
Season: .252, 60 H, 47 R, 10 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 21 RBIs, 8 SB (82 games w/ three teams)

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
Aug. 7: 1-for-5, 1 1B
Season: .282, 40 H, 13 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 20 RBIs (37 games)

ROOKIE LEAGUE
Aaron Tullo (Orem Owlz/Angels)
Aug. 7: 2.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R,1 ER, 1 BB, 3 K
Season: 1-1, 6.28 ERA, 13 G, 2 SV, 14.1 IP, 14 H, 9 BB, 18 K, .255 Opp. BA

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (8/8/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Aug. 8, 2011. Listed by highest singles ranking first. Number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 619 (-38)
Doubles: 1022 (0)
Note: Did not compete last week ... Granted a wild card into the Binghamton (N.Y) Challenger this week and will play singles only.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 720 (+500)
Doubles: 1455 (NR)
Note: Zoomed up 500 places in the rankings thanks to tournament victory two weeks ago at the Godfrey (Ill.) Futures ... Followed up that performance with a second title at the Decatur (Ill.) Futures ... Accepted a wild card into this week's Binghamton (N.Y.) Challenger.

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 721 (-7)
Doubles: 845 (-2)
Note: Did not compete in singles last week at Decatur (Ill.) Futures because of illness but did advance to the semifinals with Ben Rogers ... Playing last US tour event in Edwardsville, Ill., this week before returning to Australia.

Boris Conkic
Singles: 960 (+27)
Doubles: 781 (-5)
Note: Played in a Futures event in Slovakia, losing in the first round ... This week, competing in another Futures event in Tatranska Lomnica, Slovakia.

Ben Rogers
Singles: N/A
Doubles: 620 (+2)
Note: Reached the semifinals in doubles of the Decatur (Ill.) Futures with John-Patrick Smith ... Competing in the Edwardsville (Ill.) Futures with Smith this week.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing

The Vols will be back on Haslam Field on Monday afternoon following a day off from practice on Sunday. Check out this look at junior DB Prentiss Waggner in the newest Tennessee 3.

Here are some other stories on the Vols on Monday.

- Louisville Courier-Journal: SEC boasts wealth of running back talent
- Volquest: The weekend wrap

Former Vol Runners Gearing Up For "Mother Of All Relays"

Four former Vol cross country/track & field standouts are among 12 members of the Knoxville Track Club who are training to compete in the upcoming 30th-annual Hood To Coast Relay in Oregon.

The 197-mile race, nicknamed "The Mother of All Relays," starts on Aug. 26 at Mt. Hood and finishes at Seaside, Ore.

To read Dave Alderman's story in the Knoxville News Sentinel about Big Orange letterwinners Andy Baksa, Stewart Ellington, Chris Kane and Michael Spooner, who will run legs for that team, please visit the knoxnews.com story at http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2011/aug/07/knoxville-track-club-preps-for-oregon-event/.



27 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

There are just 27 days until Football Time in Tennessee!

In 1982, Fuad Reveiz set a UT single-season record by making 27 field goals.

Football single game tickets go on sale Monday, August 8 at 8:30 am via UTTix.com or by calling the Ticket Office at 865/656-1200.

Vols in the Pros Update (8/7)

The most recent installment of our daily Vols in the Pros Update is below. 

MLB
Chase Headley (San Diego Padres) - Drove in his 43rd run of the season with an RBI single (VIDEO), stole his 13th bag of the year and scored a run in San Diego's 13-2 rout over Pittsburgh on Friday night. 
Aug. 6: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Season: .292, 107 H, 42 R, 28 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 43 RBIs, 13 SB (107 games)

Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Went 1-for-5 with a single in the Rockies' 15-7 romp over the Washington Nationals on Friday.
Aug. 6: 1-for-5, 1 1B
Season: .304,104 H, 49 R, 22 2B, 12 HR, 57 RBIs (101 games)

SINGLE-A
Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
Aug. 6: 0-for-2
Season: .251, 103 H, 65 R, 13 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 36 RBIs, 30 SB (105 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
Aug. 6: 0-for-3, 1 BB
Season: .287, 47 H, 26 R, 14 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 24 RBIs (44 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
Aug. 6: 1-for-5, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI, 4 K
Season: .237, 67 H, 32 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 5 HR, 29 RBIs (82 games)

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
Aug. 6: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 K, 1 SB
Season: .300, 42 H, 28 R, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 17 RBIs, 5 SB (44 games w/ Lancaster)

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
Aug. 6: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: .285, 39 H, 13 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 20 RBIs (36 games)

ROOKIE LEAGUE
Steven Gruver (Elizabethton Twins/Twins)
Aug. 6: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K
Season: 0-0, 2.86 ERA, 16 G, 22.0 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 26 K, .222 Opp. BA

Longtime Jet Shaun Ellis Signs With Patriots

Former Vols star and 1999 First-Team All-SEC selection Shaun Ellis is changing allegiances in the AFC East as the defensive end signed with the New England Patriots after 11 years with the rival New York Jets. With Ellis joining the Pats, they now have three former Vols stars along with Jerod Mayo and Albert Haynesworth.

Read various stories on the signing:
- Anderson Independent: Shaun Ellis signs with Patriots

Serrano Looking to Win Quickly

Mike Strange, a columnist for the Knoxville News Sentinel, recently caught up with new Tennessee head baseball coach Dave Serrano and asked about his timeline for success. 

His answer might surprise you as he believes that an increased focus on fundamentals can give the Vols a chance to compete on a routine basis as early as this upcoming season. 

"If you can do three things,'' Serrano said, "if you can throw strikes, play catch and put the ball in play, you can be the best team on the field that particular day.''

The link to the complete story by Mike Strange is below. 

Men's Hoops: U.S. Players Rave About Cuonzo Martin

Freelance contributor Ignacio Marquez wrote an in-depth feature for Sunday's Knoxville News Sentinel about the impact first-year UT basketball coach Cuonzo Martin is having on the 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team.

To read what players from other SEC programs had to say about Martin, who was handpicked by USA Basketball as an assistant coach for the U.S. team, click HERE.

After training for a week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo., the U.S. squad departs Monday for China.

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing

Look back at Saturday's practice with the Vol Report as well as video highlights with comments from Coach Derek Dooley and a Photo Gallery.

Here are Sunday's articles on the Vols: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT challenge: get tough, stay healthy
- Knoxville News Sentinel: John Propst loud, clear
- Knoxville New Sentinel: Three position developments
- Knoxville New Sentinel: Notes from Day 5
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Linebackers among top Vols challenges
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Area college football report for Aug. 7, 2011
- Inside Tennessee: Healthy attitude
- Inside Tennessee: Vols bring the noise
- Inside Tennessee: Zach of all trades
- Inside Tennessee: Competition breeds improvement

Take A Look Back At the 1974 Vols

In the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tom Mattingly has this column on the 1974 Vols, who started 2-3-1, but finished 5-0-1 with Condredge Holloway leading the charge to the Liberty Bowl.

Holloway's magic brought the Vols back from the brink in 1974

Sandgren Goes for Back-to-Back Pro Titles

Thanks to a semifinal rally Saturday, junior Tennys Sandgren advanced to his second consecutive professional final at the USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic in Decautur, Ill.

Sandgren bounced back after a lopsided first set to beat Sacramento State's Kiryl Harbatsiuk 1-6, 6-4, 6-0. He faces third-seeded Bassam Beidas in the final Sunday.

Sandgren, a native of Gallatin, Tenn., is playing for his second professional title after picking up his first championship last week at the Lewis and Clark Community College USTA Men's Futures Tennis Tournament.

Dooley-Morgan Place 2nd In Chick-fil-A Golf Challenge

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley and Vols football legend Stanley Morgan combined for a second-place finish at the 2011 Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge charity golf tournament outside Atlanta back in May. The event aired on ESPN2 on Saturday afternoon.

The UT duo competed against a field of 11 other university teams of head coaches and celebrity alumni from the SEC and ACC for a combined scholarship purse of $415,000. Dooley and Morgan's second-place result, on the strength of their 8-under-par score of 64, netted $60,000 in scholarship funds for Tennessee.

Georgia Tech head coach Paul Johnson and former Ramblin' Wreck basketball star Jon Barry combined to shoot an 11-under-par 61 to win this year's event at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Ga.

"We had a spectacular day on the golf course today and this incredible group of coaches and celebrities represented their universities in a first-class way," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. "But the privilege was all ours in being able to give so much back to these great schools and great competitors."

The final standings and scholarship winnings were as follows:

TEAM SCORES
1. Georgia Tech (Paul Johnson / Jon Berry) -11 ($120,000)
2. TENNESSEE (Derek Dooley / Stanley Morgan) -8 ($60,000)
T-3. Mississippi (Houston Nutt / Wesley Walls) -7 ($40,000)
T-3. South Carolina (Steve Spurrier / Sterling Sharpe) -7 ($40,000)
T-3. Virginia Tech (Frank Beamer / Dell Curry) -7 ($40,000)
6. Clemson (Dabo Swinney / Steve Fuller) -6 ($25,000)
7. Wake Forest (Jim Grobe / Riley Skinner) -5 ($20,000)
8. Miami (Al Golden / Gino Terretta) -4 ($15,000)
T-9. Alabama (Nick Saban / Chris Mohr) -3 ($10,000)
T-9. Maryland (Randy Edsall / Stan Gelbaugh) -3 ($10,000)
T-9. Mississippi State (Dan Mullen / Fred McCrary) -3 ($10,000)
12. North Carolina State (Tom O'Brien / Torry Holt) +1 ($10,000)

In addition to the $415,000 scholarship purse, an additional $135,000 was donated to Chick-fil-A's WinShape Homes, a long-term foster care program. The Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge is a significant contributor to the Chick-fil-A Bowl's overall annual charitable and scholarship donations.

In total, $632,000 was donated in charity and scholarship including the Chick-fil-A Bowl's decision to add an additional $70,000 to help aid the storm victims in Alabama. Over the last five years, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Challenge has awarded $2.5 million in charitable and scholarship contributions.

Past winners: 2010 Florida State (Fisher/Buckley /-7), 2009 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12, playoff winners), 2008 South Carolina (Spurrier/Sharpe / -12), 2007 Virginia Tech (Beamer/Dell Curry / -10).

For more information on the event, visit www.Chick-fil-ABowlChallenge.com.

28 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee!

28 days remain until the Vols kick off their season against Montana!

Tom Fisher set the UT individual record for total tackles in a game with 28 against Auburn in 1964. 21 of those tackles were solo stops.

Vols in the Pros Update (8/6)

The most recent installment of our daily Vols in the Pros Update features a grand slam by Chase Headley, strong start from R.A. Dickey and a perfect day at the plate for Khayyan Norfork, among much, much more. 

MLB
Chase Headley (San Diego Padres) - Launched his first career grand slam (VIDEO) and drove in another run with a groundout (VIDEO) as he posted a career-high five RBIs in a 15-5 Padres win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday night.
Aug. 5: 2-for-6, 2 R, 1 HR, 5 RBIs (career high)
Season: .292, 106 H, 41 R, 21 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 42 RBIs, 12 SB (106 games)

R.A. Dickey (New York Mets) - Suffered a tough-luck loss to the Atlanta Braves after allowing just two runs on five hits and striking out five in 7.0 strong innings of work. (VIDEO) It was his third consecutive quality start, but he has just one win to show for it during that span as the Mets managed just one run in a 4-1 loss to the Braves on Friday night.
Aug. 5: 7.0 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 5 K
Season: 5-10, 3.72 ERA, 24 G, 23 GS, 1 CG, 147.2 IP, 149 H, 41 BB, 100 K, .264 Opp. BA

J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Was 0-for-4 at the plate in a 5-4 Blue Jays win over the Baltimore Orioles on Friday.
Aug. 5: 0-for-4, 1 K
Season: .216, 66 H, 36 R, 12 2B, 3 3B, 18 HR, 50 RBIs (86 games)

Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Went 1-for-5 with a single and a run scored on Friday night as the Rockies dropped a 5-3 decision to the Washington Nationals.
Aug. 5: 1-for-5, 1 R
Season: .306, 103 H, 49 R, 22 2B, 12 HR, 57 RBIs (100 games)

DOUBLE-A
James Adkins (Carolina Mudcats/Reds)
Aug. 5: 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 1 K
Season: 0-0, 5.52 ERA, 30 G, 31.0 IP, 32 H, 21 BB, 24 K

SINGLE-A
Khayyan Norfork (Auburn Doubledays/Nationals)
Aug. 5: 3-for-3, 2 R, 3 1B
Season: .333, 8 H, 3 R, 1 2B, 4 RBIs, 2 SB (8 games)

Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
Aug. 5: 0-for-5, 1 K
Season: .252, 103 H, 65 R, 13 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 36 RBIs, 30 SB (104 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
Aug. 5: 0-for-3, 1 BB
Season: .287, 47 H, 26 R, 14 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 24 RBIs (44 games)

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
Aug. 5: 0-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: .291, 39 H, 13 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 20 RBIs (35 games)

ROOKIE LEAGUE
Stephen McCray (Great Falls Voyagers/White Sox)
Aug. 5: W, 5.0 IP, 1 H, 1 BB, 4 K (first win of season)
Season: 1-3, 7.53 ERA, 10 G, 5 GS, 28.2 IP, 12 BB, 23 K

Poole On Cover Of Sports Illustrated SEC Preview

Check out the SEC Preview from Sports Illustrated with the Vols' Tauren Poole on the cover. Pick it up today. 

SI Cover

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing

The Vols went through their first full team practice on Friday combining the newcomers with the veterans. One missing elder statesman as senior defensive lineman Malik Jackson, who is out for a couple of weeks with a right knee injury. Check out the Vol Report: Battling Adversity as well as Videos: HighlightsCoach Derek Dooley Raw and a Photo Gallery.

Here are various stories from the media:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Fullback Fugate a versatile Vol
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT front seven up for grabs
- Inside Tennessee: Vols join forces
- Inside Tennessee: Zach of all trades

Sandgren Rolls to Semifinals at Decatur (Ill.) Futures

Junior Tennys Sandgren nearly shut out Argentine qualifier Carlos Llanes 6-0, 6-1 on Friday to advance to the semifinals of the USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic in Decatur, Ill.
 
He faces unseeded Kiryl Harbatsuik in Saturday's semifinals. Harbatsuik, a Sacramento State player who reached the quarterfinals of the USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships last season, ousted seventh-seeded John Peers in straight sets to reach the semifinals.
 
Sandgren is easily on the pro winning streak of his career, having won eight consecutive matches and picking up his first Futures singles title last week in Godfrey. He has a 10-2 record so far this summer and was a quarterfinalist at the Futures event in Rochester, N.Y., in July.
 
Winning streaks are nothing new to Sandgren, who won 18 matches in a row while playing at the No. 3 position for the Vols as a sophomore. He ended his second collegiate season with a 37-7 record and reached the semifinals of the NCAA Singles Championships.
 
Here's a photo gallery from the Herald & Review

Jonathan Crompton Signs With Tampa Bay

Former Tennessee quarterback Jonathan Crompton agreed to a three-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Friday, according to NFL.com.

Crompton was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft by the San Diego Chargers. He also spent time on the New England Patriots' roster during the 2010 season.

While at Tennessee, Crompton compiled 4,187 yards (seventh all-time at UT), while completing 348-of-629 pass attempts. His competion and attempt figures each rank sixth in Tennessee annals. Additionally, Crompton found the end zone 36 times as a Vol, the fourth-best mark in the UT record book.

The Bucs now have a trio of Vols on their roster. Tight end Luke Stocker was chosen by Tampa Bay in the fourth round of the 2011 NFL Draft, while linebacker Nick Reveiz agreed to a contract just prior to training camp this season.

29 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

29 days until Football Time in Tennessee!

In 1950, the Vols set the UT record for fumble recoveries with 29. In 1979, the Vols forced a school-record 29 fumbles.

Former Lady Vol Monica Abbott Throws Perfect Game (8/5)

 

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Last night at the Rosemont Stadium in Rosemont, Ill., former Lady Vol softball superstar Monica Abbott tossed the first perfect game in stadium history with a 5-0 win over the Akron Racers.  The 6-3 lefthander struck out 10 in picking up her 12th victory of the season.  Link to the brief write-up in today's Chicago Daily Herald is below!

Chicago Daily Herald:  Monica Abbott Throws Perfect Game for NPF's Chicago Bandits

Vols in the Pros Update (8/5)

Highlighting the most recent installment of our Vols in the Pros Update are the return of Khayyan Norfork from the DL and Kentail Davis' seventh home run of the season.

MLB
J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Was 0-for-2, but did walk twice before being lifted for a pinch-runner in the 10th inning of what would eventually be a 7-6 loss to Tampa Bay in 12 frames on Thursday night.
Aug. 4: 0-for-2, 2 BB, 1 K
Season: .219, 66 H, 36 R, 12 2B, 3 3B, 18 HR, 50 RBIs (85 games)

R.A. Dickey (New York Mets) - Dickey's last outing on Saturday in Washington was spoiled by a first-inning home run, but he rebounded to record his second consecutive quality start (6.0 IP, 6 H, 3 ER). He will get the ball tonight against the Atlanta Braves
Season: 5-9, 3.77 ERA, 23 G, 22 GS, 1 CG, 140.2 IP, 144 H, 41 BB, 95 K, .267 Opp. BA

Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Went 0-for-2, but walked twice and scored both times in a 6-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Thursday. 
Aug. 4: 0-for-2, 2 R, 2 BB
Season: .307, 102 H, 48 R, 21 2B, 12 HR, 57 RBIs, 49 BB, 50 K (99 games)

TRIPLE-A
Deunte Heath (Charlotte Knights/White Sox)
Aug. 4: 1 GS, 3.0 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 3 K
Season: 2-5, 4.79 ERA, 25 G, 11 GS, 1 SV, 77.0 IP, 69 H, 50 BB, 88 K, .235 Opp. BA

SINGLE-A
Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
Aug. 4: 2-for-4, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
Season: .256, 103 H, 65 R, 13 2B, 5 3B, 7 HR, 36 RBIs, 30 SB (103 games)

Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
Aug. 4: 1-for-5, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 2 K
Season: .292, 47 H, 26 R, 14 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 24 RBIs (43 games)

Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
Aug. 4: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
Season: .237, 66 H, 31 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 28 RBIs (81 games)

Khayyan Norfork (Auburn Doubledays/Nationals)
Aug. 4: 0-for-1, 1 K (first game since going on DL June 28)
Season: .238, 5 H, 1 R, 1 2B, 4 RBIs, 2 SB (7 games)

Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
Aug. 4: 0-for-2, 1 BB, 1 K
Season: .301, 41 H, 27 R, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 17 RBIs, 4 SB (43 games w/ Lancaster) 

Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
Aug. 4: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 2B, 2 K
Last 10 Games: .385 (15-for-39), 2 R, 3 2B, 3 RBIs
Season: .300, 39 H, 12 R, 9 2B, 1 3B, 20 RBIs (34 games)

Men's Hoops: USA World University Games Scrimmage Video

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Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin travels to China Monday with the 2011 USA Men's World University Games Team. In preparation for the Games, the U.S. squad scrimmaged Thursday night vs. a team of Air Force players. Here are some video highlights.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing

Check out the UTSports.com Vol Report from Day 3 of 2011 training camp. We have a post-practice video report with comments from Coach Dooley, Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney, Defensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox, and Defensive Backs Coach Terry Joseph. View a photo gallery from Thursday's action. Also, watch: Twitter "Ask A Vol to see Justin Hunter and Malik Jackson answer questions.

Here are today's news stories:

  • Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols use Wes Welker as model
  • Chattanooga Times Free Press: Malik crucial for Vols
  • Chattanooga Times Free Press: Wilcox likes his defensive options
  • Volquest: Quick, fast and in a hurry
  • Inside Tennessee: Pads popping at Haslam
  • Inside Tennessee: Silence is golden
  • CBSSports Rapid Reports: Latest Volunteers Reports
  • Sandgren Advances to Quarterfinals at Decatur (Ill.) Futures

    Junior Tennys Sandgren extended his professional winning streak to seven matches Thursday as he advanced to the quarterfinals of the USTA/Ursula Beck Pro Tennis Classic in Decatur, Ill.

    Sandgren, who won his first pro singles titles on Sunday, defeated American qualifier Gregory Andrews 6-3, 7-5. He faces Argentine qualifier Carlos Llanes in Friday's semifinals.

    In doubles, John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers took their first loss as a pairing this summer, losing a very close match 6-7, 7-6, [10-8] to top-seeded Jean Andersen and Josh Zavala. 

    Smith and Rogers are scheduled to play each other in the singles qualifying draw of the Edwardsville (Ill.) Futures on Saturday.

    Sports Illustrated Feature On Tauren Poole

    As part of the Sports Illustrated college football preview Dan Greene wrote this piece about senior tailback Tauren Poole and his decision to stay with the Vols. Read the story here:  Always Follow Your Heart

    "Every time I play the game, I'm thinking, There was once a time when nobody believed in you but yourself," Poole says. "So you gotta keep fighting."


    Men's Hoops: USA World University Games Roster Set

    The 12-man roster that will represent the U.S. in the 2011 World University Games men's basketball competition has been set.

    First-year Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin is an assistant for the U.S. squad. To see what players make up the roster, click HERE.

    The team departs Monday for China. Here is a look at the squad's competition SCHEDULE.

    Be sure to follow @Vol_Hoops on Twitter to stay up-to-date on the team's results. You can also follow @CuonzoMartin and @usabasketball to stay informed.

    Vols Receive 7 Votes In Coaches Poll

    In the initial USA Today Coaches Poll, the Vols are receiving seven votes to place them tied for  40th -- if you extend the rankings out. UT will play six teams in the Top 25: No. 2 Alabama, No. 4 LSU, No. 12 South Carolina, No. 14 Arkansas, No. 22 Georgia and No. 23 Florida. Two other SEC teams are ranked in No. 19 Auburn and No. 20 Mississippi State giving the league a national-best eight teams in the Top 25. 

    Vols in the Pros Update (8/4)

    A total of 10 former Vols saw action among the professional baseball ranks. They combined to go 9-for-25 (.360) at the plate with two home runs and seven runs scored, in addition to 10 innings of three-run ball on the mound. To find out how that broke down individually, check out our most recent Vols in the Pros Update below.

    MLB
    J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - With family and friends on hand in his home state of Florida, Arencibia cracked his 18h home run of the season (VIDEO) to account for the Blue Jays' only run in a 9-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays on Wednesday. He now stands just two longballs away for record by a Toronto catcher, set by John Buck last season.
    Aug. 3: 1-for-3, 1 HR, 1 R, 1 RBI
    Season: .220, 66 H, 36 R, 12 2B, 3 3B, 18 HR, 50 RBIs (84 games)

    Chase Headley (San Diego Padres) - Was 1-for-3 with a walk and his 12th stolen base of the season in a 3-0 victory over the Dodgers. 
    Aug. 3: 1-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K, 1 SB
    Season: .291, 104 H, 39 R, 28 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 37 RBIs, 12 SB

    Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Launched a solo roundtripper (VIDEO), his 12th of the 2011 campaign, and had a run-scoring single (VIDEO) as he posted a 2-for-4, three-RBI effort in an 8-6 loss to the Phillies on Wednesday. 
    Aug. 3: 2-for-4, 1 R, 1 HR, 3 RBIs
    Season: .309, 102 H, 46 R, 21 2B, 12 HR, 57 RBIs

    Luke Hochevar (Kansas City Royals) - Picked up his third straight victory with a sterling 7.1-inning, 7-strikeout performance (VIDEO) against the Orioles on Wednesday. Hochevar held Baltimore to just one run on four hits to improve to 8-8 on the season.
    Aug. 3: W, 7.1 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 7 K (98 pitches/67 strikes)
    Since All-Star Break: 3-0, 4 GS, 2.70 ERA, 26.2 IP, 8 ER, 8 BB, 19 K, .198 Opp. BA
    Season: 8-8, 4.95 ERA, 34 GS, 145.1 IP, 145 H, 46 BB, 79 K, .258 Opp. BA

    SINGLE A
    Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
    Aug. 3: 1-for-4, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 K
    Season: .253, 101 H, 64 R, 13 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 35 RBIs, 30 SB (102 games)

    Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
    Aug. 3: 1-for-3, 2 R
    Season: .295, 46 H, 26 R, 14 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 23 RBIs (42 games)

    Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
    Aug. 3: 1-for-4, 1 R, 2 K
    Season: .240, 66 H, 31 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 28 RBIs (80 games)

    Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
    Aug. 3: 2-for-4, 1 R
    Season: .306, 41 H, 27 R, 7 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 17 RBIs, 4 SB (42 games w/ Lancaster)

    ROOKIE LEAGUE
    Steven Gruver (Elizabethton Twins/Twins)
    Aug. 3: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 BB, 2 K
    Season: 0-0, 3.15 ERA, 15 G, 20.0 IP, 18 H, 7 ER, 3 BB, 24 K

    Aaron Tullo (Orem Owlz/Angels)
    Aug. 3: 0.2 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 0 K
    Season: 1-1, 6.57 ERA, 12 G, 2 SV, 12.1 IP, 12 H, 9 ER, 8 BB, 15 K

    30 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

    There are officially just 30 days until the Vols kickoff vs. Montana on Sept. 3!

    Against South Carolina in 1929, Gene McEver scored a UT individual single-game record 30 points on five touchdowns. Tennessee won 54-0.

    Football single game tickets go on sale Monday, August 8 at 8:30 am via UTTix.com or by calling the Ticket Office at 865/656-1200.

    Skylar McBee's Chase for Glory... The Quest

    Skylar McBee's chase for glory... The Quest... Coming soon!

    Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing

    Check out the UTSports.com Vol Report from Day 2 of 2011 training camp. We have a post-practice video report with comments from Coach Dooley, Mychal Rivera, Da'Rick Rogers and Corey Miller. View a photo gallery from Wednesday's action. Also, watch: Twitter "Ask A Vol" to see Tyler Bray's answers to a pair of fan questions.

    Here are stories from the media after Day 2:
    • Knoxville News Sentinel: Ongoing renovations no distraction for Vols
    • Knoxville News Sentinel: UT leadership? To be determined
    • Chattanooga Times Free Press: James Stone's smarts impressing UT coaches
    • Inside Tennessee: All grown up
    • Inside Tennessee: Vols with plenty of physicality

    Football single game tickets go on sale Monday, August 8 at 8:30 am via UTTix.com or by calling the Ticket Office at 865/656-1200.


    Sandgren Continues Winning Streak in Illinois

    On the heels of winning his first professional singles title, junior Tennys Sandgren kept his winning streak alive Wednesday in the first round of the USTA/Ursula Beck Tennis Classic in Decatur, Ill.

     

    For the second tournament in a row, Sandgren was pitted against 2008 NCAA champion Devin Britton to start an event. Once again, Sandgren came away a winner in straight sets, defeating the former Mississippi Rebel 6-3, 6-4.

     

    Sandgren, who won the Futures event in Godfrey, Ill., on Sunday, has won six consecutive matches. He faces American qualifier Gregory Andrews on Thursday.

     

    In doubles, John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers advanced to the semifinals courtesy of a 6-3, 7-6 win over Erik Crepaldi and David Emery. They face the top-seeded Texas Longhorn duo of Jean Andersen and Josh Zavala for a spot in the final.


    Former Vol Hefney Named CFL Defensive Player Of Week

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers defensive back and former Tennessee Vol (2004-07) Jonathan Hefney has been named the CFL defensive player of the week.

    Hefney registered nine tackles and a 20-yard kickoff return in the Bombers' 25-20 win over the B.C. Lions at Canad Inns Stadium on July 28.

    The award marks the sixth time this season that a member of the Bombers has been named player of the week.

    So far this year, Hefney's third season with the Bombers, he has registered 30 tackles, one sack and one interception.

    Winnipeg Blue Bombers' Jonathan Hefney (23) takes down B.C. Lions' Travis Lulay (14) in first half CFL action in Winnipeg on July 28.


    Team USA reunites Painter, Martin

    They played together for Gene Keady at Purdue. And they coached together at their alma mater.

    Now, current Boilermaker head coach Matt Painter and first-year Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin are reunited as members of the United States' World University Games staff.

    To read the full story, from The Journal & Courier's Jeff Washburn, click HERE.

    31 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee!

    There are just 31 days until Football Time in Tennessee! Football single game tickets go on sale Monday, August 8 at 8:30 am via UTTix.com or by calling the Ticket Office at 865/656-1200.

    Fuad Reveiz attempted a UT single-season record 31 field goals in 1982. Reveiz converted 27 for the best individual percentage of his career that season (.871), which ranks fourth in UT annals.

    The Vols returned 25 punts for 782  yards in 1971, setting the team single-season record for average interception return yardage with 31.3.

    Smith, Rogers Open Decatur (Ill.) Futures with 3-Set Win

    Former All-Americans John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers won their opening-round match Tuesday at the USTA/Ursula Beck Tennis Classic in Decatur, Ill.

    The Vol duo, seeded fourth, defeated Illinois' Dennis Nevolo and Marek Czerwinski 6-1, 4-6, [10-3] in the evening showcase match.

    Smith and Rogers picked up titles over the last month in Innisbrook, Fla., and Tulsa, Okla.

    Junior Tennys Sandgren lost his opening-round doubles match with Michigan's Evan King on Tuesday, but he will start singles play today against Devin Britton after receiving a special exemption into the tournament field. Three days ago, Sandgren won his first career Futures title in Godfrey, Ill.

    For Sandgren, the Decatur event marks his final summer professional tournament before he returns to Tennessee for his junior season. 

    The singles draw is HERE

    The doubles draw is HERE

    Vols in the Pros Update (8/3)

    Want to know how your favorite former Vols are faring at the professional level? Look no further than the Tennessee Update as we keep you informed with daily recaps from the previous days action. 

    MLB
    J.P. Arencibia (Toronto Blue Jays) - Was 0-for-4 at the plate, but helped two Toronto pitchers - former Dave Serrano pupil Ricky Romero and Jon Rauch - throw a combined three-hitter from behind the dish as the Blue Jays picked up a 3-1 road victory over Tampa Bay. 
    Aug. 2: 0-for-4, 4 K
    Season: .219, 65 H, 35 R, 12 2B, 3 3B, 17 HR, 49 RBIs (83 games)

    Chase Headley (San Diego Padres) - Headley had one of just six Padres hits on Tuesday night as they were blanked by the Dodgers, 1-0, behind seven shutout innings by Hiroki Kuroda.
    Aug. 2: 1-for-4, 1 1B
    Season: .291, 103 H, 39 R, 27 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 37 RBIs, 11 SB

    Todd Helton (Colorado Rockies) - Went hitless for the first time in four games as the Rockies were kept off the scoreboard in a 5-0 loss to the Phillies. Helton also made this nice play defensively (VIDEO).
    Aug. 2: 0-for-4
    Season: .307, 100 H, 45 R, 21 2B, 11 HR, 54 RBIs (97 games)

    Luke Hochevar (Kansas City Royals) - Hochevar will take the mound for the Royals at home tonight against the Baltimore Orioles (8:10 p.m. ET). He posted a strong seven-inning outing last Thursday, holding the Red Sox to two runs on six hits. (VIDEO) He gave up just one hit in the last four innings and recorded back-to-back victories for the second time this season.
    Season: 7-8, 5.15 ERA, 22 GS, 138.0 IP, 141 H, 45 BB, 72 K, .263 Opp. BA

    TRIPLE-A
    Deunte Heath (Charlotte Knights/White Sox)
    Aug. 2: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
    Season: 2-5, 4.86 ERA, 24 G, 10 GS, 1 SV, 74.0 IP, 67 H, 48 BB, 85 K, .237 Opp. BA

    DOUBLE-A
    James Adkins (Carolina Mudcats/Reds)
    Aug. 2: 1.0 IP, 1 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 0 BB, 0 K
    Season: 0-0, 5.40 ERA, 29 G, 30.0 IP, 30 H, 21 BB, 23 K, .254 Opp. BA

    SINGLE-A
    Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
    Aug. 2: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 BB, 2 K
    Season: .294, 45 H, 24 R, 14 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 23 RBIs (41 games)

    Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
    Aug. 2: 1-for-3, 1 RBI, 2 BB
    Season: .240, 65 H, 30 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 28 RBIs (79 games)

    Bryan Morgado (Williamsport CrossCutters/Phillies)
    Aug. 2: 4.0 IP, 1 GS, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 5 K
    Last 10 Games: 1-0, 10 G, 1 GS, 1 SV, 23.1 IP, 17 H, 6 R, 3 ER, 1 HR, 10 BB, 31 K, Opp. BA .200
    Season: 1-0, 1.41 ERA, 15 G, 1 GS, 1 SV, 32.0 IP, 25 H, 14 BB, 36 K, .216 Opp. BA (w/ two teams)

    Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
    ug. 2: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 BB, 1 SB
    Season: .252, 57 H, 45 R, 10 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 21 RBIs, 7 SB (78 games w/ three teams)

    Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
    Aug. 2: 1-for-4, 1 K
    Season: .302, 38 H, 11 R, 8 2B, 1 3B, 20 RBIs, 1 SB (33 games)



    Former Vol Hooper Making Big Business

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    Under the careful guidance of native Knoxvillian and new owner Jerome Brown, Baker Peters Fine Dining & Lounge (formerly Baker Peters Jazz Club) is experiencing a renaissance of sorts as it builds on its strong reputation for first-class service, exceptional dining and quality entertainment. 

    Brown lettered as a Tennessee basketball player during the 1993-94 season. This month's issue of Everything Knoxville Magazine features Brown and his West Knoxville business on the cover. Read the full story HERE.

    Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing

    On UTSports.com, we have a full Vol Report from the first day of action at Haslam Field. That includes a video recap with comments from Coach Derek Dooley as well as the raw video of his entire press session. 

    Here are three photo galleries from the first day including the evening session: Day Session 1, Day Session 2,  Night Session

    Here are articles from the media:
    • Knoxville News Sentinel: Daniel Hood's help came from his persistence
    • Knoxville News Sentinel: Smith '100 percent' after surgeries
    • Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols, Derek Dooley overdue for upset
    • Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dual surgeries help UT's Jacques Smith
    • Chattanooga Times Free Press: Ben Martin hoping he can help UT
    • Inside Tennessee.com: Vols open fall camp

    Men's Hoops: WUG Training Camp Video

    USA Basketball's outstanding communications manager, Jenny Maag, has posted video from Monday night's Men's World University Games National Team training camp, which is taking place this week at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.

    Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin is an assistant coach on the team, which heads to China next week to compete in the Games.

    To check out Monday's practice footage, click HERE.

    Be sure to visit the Tennessee Update blog daily, as we'll do our best to keep you informed of Martin and Team USA's progress at training camp and in China.

    32 Days Until Football Time in Tennessee!

    32 days until football time in Tennessee falls on the first day of fall practice.

    • 32 is one of seven retired numbers at UT, honoring Bill Nowling. UT's starting fullback from 1940-42, Nowling was one of four Vols who died during World War II and had their jerseys retired in 1946. Ceremonies were held in 2006. The other three honored were Clyde Fuson (62), Rudy Klarer (49) and Willie Tucker (61).
    • Reggie White (1980-83) owns the UT career record for most sacks with 32.

    Bleacher Report Ranks UT's Football Poster No. 4 In Nation

    The Bleacher Report has ranked the Top 50 college football teams based on their 2011 season posters. Check out the rankings, which places Tennessee fourth overall. The review by five national designers includes the comment: The splatter effect is really cool, now Tennessee hopes to splatter a few more opponents.

    • You can buy this year's poster by clicking this link: BUY 2011 UT POSTERS.
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    Vols in the Pros Update (8/2)

    Slow Monday night for Vols in the Pros, but here is a quick update on the five former UT players that were in action.

    MLB
    Chase Headley (Padres)
    Aug. 1: 0-for-4, 1 K
    Season: .291, 102 H, 39 R, 27 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 37 RBIs, 11 SB (103 games)

    SINGLE-A
    Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
    Aug. 1: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 2B, 1 K
    Last 10 Games: .359 (14-for-39), 7 R, 6 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBIs
    Season: .300, 45 H, 23 R, 14 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 23 RBIs (40 games)

    Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
    Aug. 1: 0-for-3, 1 BB, 2 K
    Season: .239, 64 H, 30 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 27 RBIs (78 games)

    Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
    Aug. 1: 2-for-4, 2 1B
    Last 10 Games: .400 (16-for-40), 5 R, 5 2B, 7 RBIs
    Season: .303, 37 H, 11 R, 8 2B, 1 3B, 20 RBIs (32 games)

    Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
    Aug. 1: 0-for-0, 1 OF assist (8th inning defensive replacement)
    Season: .248, 55 H, 43 R, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 21 RBIs, 6 SB (77 games w/ three teams)

    Watson: Bulls could work out in L.A. or Vegas

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    Former Tennessee point guard (2003-06) and current Chicago Bulls standout C.J. Watson recently told ESPNChicago.com that the NBA lockout hasn't drastically altered his off-season training regimen. But the Las Vegas, Nev., native did admit it's been difficult not speaking with Bulls coaches and working out at the Berto Center.

     

    Check out the full article HERE, in which Watson discusses the possibility of the Bulls players working out together on the West Coast as well as the possibility of him seeking work overseas if the lockout drags on into the projected start of the NBA season.

    Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing

    Take a look back on Monday's football press conference, which opened preseason camp. Read the entire transcript of Coach Derek Dooley and watch some highlights here: Fall Camp Press Conference. The full player video comments are posted as well in Monday's Press Conference.

    Read more stories here:
    • Knoxville News Sentinel: Tyler Bray hungry to improve
    • Knoxville News Sentinel: Tyler Bray hungry to improve
    • Knoxville News Sentinel:  Sizing up the Vols
    • Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols shuffle roster on eve of practice
    • Knoxville News Sentinel: Devrin Young has fractured collarbone
    • Chattanooga Times Free Press: Young Tennessee Vols open football practice today
    • Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bray progressing well, UT teammates say
    • Volquest: The pre-practice blitz
    • Volquest: Monday odds & ends
    • Inside Tennessee: Vols more grounded?
    • Inside Tennessee: Freshmen to watch

    Freshman TB Devrin Young Suffers Injury

    The Tennessee football program announced tonight that freshman tailback Devrin Young has suffered a fractured right collarbone.  Young, a 5-8, 165-pound tailback from Knoxville, will be out of action for an undetermined period of time.  His status for the season opener against Montana is to be determined based on follow-up evaluations in the coming weeks.

    Lady Vol Softball in the Pros Update - August 1

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    Monica Abbott (Chicago Bandits) - A four-time Lady Vol softball All-American, Abbott continues to lead the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) in earned run average at a miniscule 0.91 overall and is tied with Cat Osterman of the USSSA Pride for the league lead in victories with 11.  The Chicago Bandits are currently 18-14 and in second place in the NPF behind the USSSA Pride (23-7).

    Last 7 Days:  2-0, 0.00 ERA, 12.0 inn., 2 games, 2 starts, 1 complete game, 18 K's

    Season:  11-3, 0.91 ERA, 85.0 inn., 15 games, 10 starts, 8 complete games, 124 K's

     

    Shannon Doepking (Chicago Bandits) - The former Tennessee standout catcher has hit safely in the last five Bandit games, raising her season average to .311 overall (14-for-45).

    Last 7 Days: .600 avg. (3-for-5), 3 runs, 1 double, 2 BB's, 2 RBIs

    Season:  .311 avg. (14-for-45), 3 runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 5 BB's, 6 RBIs

     

    Tonya Callahan (USSSA Pride) - The former Lady Vol All-American third baseman has hit safely in three of her last five at-bats to go along with a walk for the NPF-leading USSSA Pride, lifting her average to .167 overall.

    Last 7 Days:  .600 avg. (3-for-5), 1 run, 1 BB, 1 RBI

    Season:  .167 avg. (5-for-30), 2 runs, 4 BB's, 3 RBIs

     

    ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (8/1/11)

    Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Aug. 1, 2011. Listed by highest singles ranking first. Number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:

    Rhyne Williams
    Singles: 581 (+7)
    Doubles: 1022 (-6)
    Note: The 581 ranking is a career best ... Did not compete last week ... Off this week.

    John-Patrick Smith
    Singles: 714 (+504)
    Doubles: 843 (+206)
    Note: The 714 is a career-best ranking, rankings boost from points added by winning Tulsa (Okla.) Futures ... Lost in first round of Godfrey (Ill.) Futures in singles, withdrew in doubles quarterfinal last week ... Not competing in singles this week at Decatur (Ill.) Futures because of illness but is scheduled to play doubles.

    Boris Conkic
    Singles: 987 (-8)
    Doubles: 776 (-5)
    Note: Reached second round at Kikinda Futures in Serbia in return to singles play last week ... Off this week.

    Tennys Sandgren
    Singles: 1220 (+14)
    Doubles: N/A
    Note: Won the Godfrey (Ill.) Futures title Sunday, marking first career title ... Playing in the Decatur (Ill.) Futures this week, his final summer professional event before returning for junior season at UT.

    Ben Rogers
    Singles: N/A
    Doubles: 622 (+84)
    Note: Moved up 84 spots after winning Tulsa (Okla.) Futures with Smith ... Withdrew in doubles quarterfinals at Godfrey (Ill.) Futures last week ... Playing doubles at the Decatur (Ill.) Futures with Smith.

    Vols in the Pros Update (8/1)

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

    MLB
    J.P. Arencibia (Blue Jays) - Helped the Blue Jays pick up a 7-3 win over the Rangers on Sunday, knocking in a run with an RBI single (VIDEO) for his 49th RBI of the season. Arencibia is 6-for-16 (.375) during his current five-game hitting streak.
    7/31: 1-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI
    Season: .222, 65 H, 12 2B, 3 3B, 17 HR, 49 RBIs (82 games)

    Chase Headley (Padres) - Was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple (VIDEO), his first of the season, in an 8-3 triumph over Todd Helton and the Rockies on Sunday. He also scored a pair of runs and stole a base for the second straight day. The theft was his 11th of the year.
    7/31: 2-for-4, 2 R, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 2 K, 1 SB
    Season: .295, 102 H, 39 R, 27 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 37 RBIs, 11 SB (102 games)

    Todd Helton (Rockies) - Posted a 1-for-5 effort in an 8-3 loss at the hands of Headley and the Padres. The single moved his season hit total to an even 100, giving him triple-digits in that category for the 13th time in his career. 
    7/31: 1-for-5, 1 K
    Season: .311, 100 H, 45 R, 21 2B, 11 HR, 54 RBIs (96 games)

    SINGLE-A
    Kentrail Davis (Brevard County Manatees/Brewers)
    7/31: 0-for-4 
    Season: .253, 100 H, 63 R, 13 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 35 RBIs, 30 SB (101 games)

    Matt Duffy (Tri-City ValleyCats/Astros)
    7/31: 0-for-4
    Season: .295, 43 H, 21 R, 13 2B, 1 3B, 1 HR, 23 RBIs (39 games)

    Andy Simunic (Lancaster JetHawks/Astros)
    7/31: 1-for-4, 2 K
    Season: .248, 55 H, 43 R, 9 2B, 2 2B, 1 HR, 21 RBIs, 6 SB (76 games w/ three teams)

    Charley Thurber (Brooklyn Cyclones/Mets)
    7/31: 1-for-3, 1 2B
    Season: .297, 35 H, 11 R, 8 2B, 1 3B, 20 RBIs, 1 SB (31 games)

    Blake Forsythe (Savannah SandGnats/Mets)
    7/31: 2-for-4, 1 2B, 1 RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
    Last 10 Games: .333 (13-for-39), 6 R, 8 2B, 1 3B, 1 RBI, 5 BB
    Season: .242, 64 H, 30 R, 21 2B, 4 3B, 4 HR, 27 RBIs (77 games)

    ROOKIE LEAGUE
    Steven Gruver (Elizabethton Twins/Twins)
    7/31: 2.1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 2 K
    Season: 0-0, 3.50 ERA, 14 G, 18.0 IP, 17 H, 3 BB, 22 K

    33 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee!

    While football season is officially here, today also marks 33 days until it's officially "Football Time in Tennessee."

    On Nov. 30, 1946, the Vols set a UT record, allowing a single-game low of just 33 plays to Vanderbilt. That helped Tennessee clinch the SEC Championship and earn a bid to play in the Orange Bowl.

    Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing

    Its August and that means its football season! The Vols have their opening press conference on Monday at 11 a.m. You can watch here on UTSports.com/AllAccess. The first practice of the season takes places on Tuesday afternoon.

    Here are Monday's stories on the football team.

    • Chattanooga Times Free Press: Young Vols look to make impact