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ON TOUR: Smith, Rogers March to Doubles Finals

With another straight-set victory at the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel (Calif.), former Vols John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers reached their third professional doubles final together since June.

Smith and Rogers beat former Virginia Cavaliers Sanam Singh and Lee Singer 6-3, 6-0 Friday in the semifinals. They face Japanese duo Yaoki Ishii and Yuichi Ito in the championship match Sunday.

The Vols pair won two Futures titles together during the summer in Innisbrook, Fla., and Tulsa, Okla.

Smith lost his quarterfinal singles match 7-5, 6-1 to Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe. 

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/30)

The Vols face Buffalo tomorrow at 12:30 p.m., at Neyland Stadium. Check out the latest Vol Report: Moving On including a Photo Gallery from Thursday's practice action. Here are some other interesting stories from UTSports.com.

- Malik Jackson: Leader of the Defense
Tennessee 101: Section X, a look inside Neyland Stadium

From the media, here's a look at the latest articles heading into Buffalo:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Moving on' after Hunter's injury
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Coping not a snap for James Stone
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things against Buffalo
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Palardy looking ahead, not back
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Vols facing identity crisis
- Inside Tennessee: Bounce-back time

From the Buffalo perspective:

ON TOUR: Smith, Rogers Win Again

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith recorded an upset Thursday in the second round of the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel in California.

Smith beat third-seeded Chris Eaton 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals. Eaton of Great Britain is ranked No. 351, the highest-ranked opponent Smith has defeated this year.

Smith plays Takanyi Garanganga of Zimbabwe in Friday's quarterfinals

In doubles, Smith and Ben Rogers also advanced to the semifinals with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Chris Kearney and Sahr Timothy Kpulun. They face former Virginia players Sanam Singh and Lee Singer.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/29)

Good morning. Hope Big Orange Country enjoyed Vols All-Access on ESPNU last night. Check out the latest Vol Report: Fall Break including Videos of Wednesday's Highlights and the post-practice media sessions with Derek Dooley, Offensive Coordinator Jim Chaney and Defensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox as well as a Photo Gallery.

Also on Wednesday, it was announced that sophomore Justin Hunter Underwent Successful Surgery on his left knee after tearing his ACL.

Check out the media stories:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Justin Hunter's knee surgery a success
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols brace for MAC attack
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Rivera steps up as new threat on offense
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Vols must improve run game 
- Inside Tennessee: Vols catch a break
- Inside Tennessee: Identity crisis?
- Inside Tennessee: Green but growing
- Inside Tennessee: Wilcox talks Vols defense
- Volquest: It's time to play

News out of Buffalo includes:

Tavis Bailey Interview On Sports Mecca

Tavis Bailey, a freshman thrower on the Vol track & field team, was featured on The Volunteer Channel show Sports Mecca Wednesday night. Alice Mitchell and Lindsey NeSmith share some insight into the transfer student from Lenoir-Rhyne University, who left behind a football scholarship at the Hickory, N.C., school to pursue track & field at the SEC level at the University of Tennessee.

Here is a video clip of that interview.

Tavis Bailey Interview on Sports Mecca





ON TOUR: Smith Wins First Round in California

Four-time All-American John-Patrick Smith won his opening round of the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel (Calif.) in lopsided fashion Wednesday, beating qualifier Rafael Davidian 6-1, 6-2.

On Thursday, Smith faces third-seeded Chris Eaton of Great Britain, who had an equally easy time in his first match, winning 6-1, 6-0.

Smith and Ben Rogers also resume doubles play Thursday, playing Chris Kearney and Sahr Timothy Kpulun in the quarterfinals.

Vols On ESPNU All-Access Tonight

SNEAK PEEKS:

Derek Dooley and the Tennessee football team will be featured on ESPNU All-Access tonight at both 7 and 10:30 p.m. An ESPN crew spent the day taking part in a behind-the-scenes look at the Vols last Tuesday. 

The film crew spent the day in Knoxville from the early morning breakfast to practice to team meetings. Senior tailback Tauren Poole hosted the morning activities while senior linebacker Austin Johnson and sophomore defensive lineman Jacques Smith gave a tour of Neyland Stadium and the campus in the afternoon.

Check it out tonight at both 7 and 10:30 p.m., on ESPNU. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/28)

Be sure to check out the Vols On ESPNU All-Access tonight at 7 p.m., and 10:30 p.m., on ESPNU. The Worldwide Leader in Sports takes you behind the scenes with Derek Dooley and his squad.

The Vols continued preparation for Buffalo on Tuesday. Check out the Vol Report: Maggitt Meets The Media as well as Video HighlightsVideo of Dooley's Post-Practice Media Session and Photos from the practice. 

Also, UT Is Offering $10 Tix For Students Under 18 for Saturday's Buffalo game.

Here are some stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Offense well aware of Buffalo's No. 46
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols streaking through mediocrity
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Starting role 'blessing' for UT's Maggitt
- Inside Tennessee: Maggitt goes on record

Here are stories from Buffalo:


ON TOUR: Smith, Rogers Advance in California

Former Vols John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers won their opening match Monday at the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel (Calif.), beating former Sacramento State standout Kiryl Harbatsiuk and Boris Nicola Bakalov 6-4, 7-6 (4). 

Smith and Rogers, seeded third, have a day off in doubles before returning Thursday to play Chris Kearney and Sahr Timothy Kpulun. The Vols duo is the highest-seeded team remaining in the tournaments field.

Another former Vol, Adam Hubble, lost his opening doubles match Monday with partner Daniel Cox of Great Britain. They fell in a third-set super tiebreaker to former Virginia players Sanam Singh and Lee Singer 6-4, 1-6, [12-10].

Smith starts singles play Wednesday against qualifier Rafael Davidian of Germany.

Vols In NFL Update (9/27)

In a field goal fest, the Dallas Cowboys downed the Washington Redskins, 18-16. Former Vol star Jason Witten led Dallas with six catches for 60 yards. Donte' Stallworth was in active for Washington. 

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten tries to hold off Washington Redskins inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Arlington. Photo: L.M. Otero/Associated Press, LM Otero / AP

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten tries to hold off Washington Redskins inside linebacker Rocky McIntosh during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 26, 2011, in Arlington.


Here's a look at some former Vols among the leaders in the NFL in statistical categories


 - Witten leads all tight ends in the NFL with 19 catches. His 272 yards is second to New England's Rob Gronkowski. 


 - Among punters Britton Colquitt of the Broncos is fourth in punting net average (43.7). He is also seventh in net yardage (657), followed by his brother Dustin Colquitt of the Chiefs, who is just one yard behind (656). Britton is also fourth in punts into the 20-yard line with six. 


- Oakland's Denarius Moore is third among rookie receivers with nine catches for 180 yards, which also ranks third. 


- With the Saints, Robert Meachem is 22nd in receptions among receivers and 33rd overall in catches with 14 including three touchdowns. 


- New England's Jerod Mayo is 22nd in total tackles by linebackers with 21.


Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/27)

The Vols were back on Haslam Practice FIeld on Monday, check out the Vol Report: Buffalo Week including Video Highlights and Video of Derek Dooley's Media Session as well as a Photo Gallery.

Next week's game vs. Georgia will be a 7 p.m., start on an ESPN Network.

Here are media stories for Tuesday:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Izauea Lanier wants to learn on the job
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Opportunity, ball may be in Neal's hands
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Knee injury can't stop Smokey
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Corner Izauea Lanier to start for UT
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Rajion Neal catching up as Vols receiver
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols continue secondary shuffle
- Inside Tennessee: Ultimate trap game
- Inside Tennessee: Shakeup at cornerback

Vols In NFL Update (9/26)

It was another busy weekend for former Vols in the NFL. Here's a look around the league at some top performances by former UT players. Once again we lead off with rookie sensation Denarius Moore, who stole the show with the Raiders yet again.

- Moore scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 23-yard end-around run in the fourth quarter as Oakland beat the Jets, 34-24VIDEO: Watch Moore's tremendous extension. Moore also had four catches for 34 yards and three punt returns for five yards for the Raiders. John Henderson had three tackles, all in the second half as Oakland moved to 2-1. 

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore(notes) (17) jumps into the stands following his touchdown on a 23-yard run against the New York Jets during the third quarter of an NFL football game in Oakland, Calif. Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011.


Cleveland edged Miami, 17-16  as Montario Hardesty had 14 carries for 67 yards and three catches for 19 yards as Cleveland's primary back Check out VIDEO: Hardesty gains 19 yards. On defense for Miami, Kevin Burnett made two tackles.

Browns running back Montario Hardesty (31) stiff arms Dolphins cornerback Jimmy Wilson after a pass reception in the fourth quarter Sunday in Cleveland.










Browns running back Montario Hardesty (31) stiff arms Dolphins cornerback Jimmy Wilson after a pass reception in the fourth quarter Sunday in Cleveland. ASSOCIATED PRESS

- Big day for several former Vols as the Saints won a shootout over Houston, 40-33. Robert Meachem scored another TD as he had five catches for 51 yards. VIDEO: Meachem 2-yard sliding TD catch. On defense, Jabari Greer had three tackles and an interception (VIDEO: Greer Interception) and Turk McBride had another sack (VIDEO: McBride sack( for the Saints. Jason Allen made three tackles for the Texans. Arian Foster didn't play for Houston due to injury. 

 
Houston Texans wide receiver Andre Johnson (80) jumps over New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Sept. 25, 2011, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)  

- Starting OLB Parys Haralson had a tackle as the 49ers topped the Bengals, 13-8. Gibril Wilson played for the Bengals, but didn't make a tackle. 

-The Titans scored late to beat the Broncos 17-14 as Robert Ayers had four tackles and recovered a fumble for Denver (VIDEO: Ayers fumble recovery) . Punted Britton Colquitt booted five balls for 45.0 average with four inside the 20-yard line with a long of 62. 

- Deon Grant had seven tackles for New York as the Giants handled the Eagles, 29-16

- The Bills rallied again, to beat New England, 34-31. David Martin saw action for the Bills, but had no stats. With the Pats, Jerod Mayo had five tackles 

Lions moved to 3-0, beating Minnesota, 26-23. Jacques McClendon was inactive for Detroit, but Anthony Herrera started at right guard for the Vikings. 

Carolina topped Jacksonville, 16-10 as Omar Gaither played as a reserve linebacker for the Panthers. 

Ravens pummeled the Rams, 37-7 as Morgan Cox snapped 12 times on kicks and punts for Baltimore. 

- The Chargers beat the Chiefs, 20-17 as Dustin Colquitt punted four times for Kansas City for a 45.5 average.

Green Bay topped Chicago, 27-17 as mainstays left tackle Chad Clifton and center Scott Wells started again for the Packers. 

- Rookie Luke Stocker had two second-quarter catches for 33 yards as the Bucs stopped the Falcons, 16-13.

Seattle held off Arizona, 13-10 as Dan Williams started at nose tackle for the Cardinals, but had no tackles. 

- The Steelers rallied to beat Indy, 23-20 as Chris Scott started at left guard and Ramon Foster played as a reserve lineman for Pittsburgh.

- On Monday night, Jason Witten and the Cowboys host Washington and Donte' Stallworth on ESPN. 

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (9/26/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Sept. 26, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 533 (+57)

Doubles: 735 (+304)

Note: Reached the quarterfinals of the National Bank Futures in Markham, Canada, while also making it to the doubles final with Tennys Sandgren ... Points added this week for fourth career pro singles final appearance and second career doubles title at the Tevlin Family Futures in Toronto ... Off this week.


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 552 (+11)

Doubles: 887 (+651)

Note: Reached the quarterfinals of the National Bank Futures in Markham, Canada, while also making it to the doubles final with Rhyne Williams ... Points added this week for singles quarterfinal and doubles title at the Tevlin Family Futures in Toronto ... Off this week.

  

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 655 (+2)

Doubles: 794 (-1)

Note: Reached singles and doubles quarterfinals of the Costa Mesa Tennis Classic in California ... Playing this week at the USTA Futures of Laguna Beach in California ... Now on Twitter @jpatsmith

 

Boris Conkic

Singles: 1197 (-6)

Doubles: 899 (-9)

Note: Did not play last week ... Off this week.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 443 (+1)

Note: Reached the doubles semifinals of the Costa Mesa Tennis Classic, beating John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers in the quarterfinals ... Playing this week at the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel in California.

 

Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 598 (+4)

Note: Reached the doubles quarterfinals of the Costa Mesa Tennis Classic in California with John-Patrick Smith ... Playing this week at the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel in California.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/26)

The Vols return to the practice field this morning after the bye weekend. Here are a few stories on the football team:

- Knoxville News Sentinel:  Michael Palardy focused on bouncing back
- Inside Tennessee: Vision problem

Texas A&M To Join Southeastern Conference

The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors, acting unanimously, announced today that Texas A&M University will join the Southeastern Conference effective July 1, 2012, with competition to begin in all sports for the 2012-13 academic year.  

The addition of Texas A&M will increase the SEC membership to 13 institutions.  It is the first expansion for the SEC since September of 1991 when the University of South Carolina joined the league.  The University of Arkansas joined the SEC in August of 1991.  With the addition of Arkansas and South Carolina, the SEC was the first conference to split into divisions and add a conference championship game in 1992.

"The Southeastern Conference Presidents and Chancellors are pleased to welcome Texas A&M University to the SEC family," said Dr. Bernie Machen, chair of the SEC Presidents and Chancellors and president of the University of Florida.  "The addition of Texas A&M University as the SEC's 13th member gives our league a prestigious academic institution with a strong athletic tradition and a culture similar to our current institutions."

"The Southeastern Conference provides Texas A&M the national visibility that our great university and our student-athletes deserve," said Texas A&M University President R. Bowen Loftin.  "We are excited to begin competition in the nation's premier athletic conference.  This is a 100-year decision that we have addressed carefully and methodically, and I believe the Southeastern Conference gives the Aggies the best situation of any conference in the country."

Texas A&M , located in College Station, will also be the third institution in the Southeastern Conference to hold membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities, joining University of Florida and Vanderbilt University. Texas A&M has an enrollment of 50,000 students, ranking as the sixth-largest university in the country, with 360,000 former students worldwide.


Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/25)

A day after being in New York as part of the SEC On CBS studio shows, Derek Dooley is back in Knoxville to get the Vols prepped for Saturday's game vs. Buffalo. The Bulls lost 17-3 to UConn last night. Here are stories on the Vols on Sunday:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols coaches have different views on stats
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols middle of pack among 2008 rebuilders
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Da'Rick Rogers realizes his role
- Inside Tennessee: The invisible man

Here are a few stories on this week's foe Buffalo:

- Buffalo News: Huskies' 'D' dogs UB
- Hartford Courant: UConn Beats Buffalo, 17-3

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/24)

Saturday's is the Vols' lone off weekend of the season. But Head Coach Derek Dooley has been busy. On Friday, Variety and the Dooleys Gave $220K To Charity and on Saturday, Dooley will be in New York as a CBS Guest Analyst during the Alabama-Arkansas game.

Here are some of the media's stories on Saturday:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dooleys' cause close to home
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooleys present donation

Vol Baseball Holds First Fall Practice

Tennessee head baseball coach Dave Serrano and his staff got their first look at their full team in action on Thursday night when they held the first fall practice at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.

Check out comments from Coach Serrano, shortstop Zach Osborne and outfielder Chris Fritts below.

Also read this story from Grant Ramey which ran in the Knoxville News Sentinel today: Dave Serrano Watches First Practice

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/23)

Tennessee football has its only off Saturday during the season this weekend. The Vols finished a week of practice on Thursday, read about it in Vol Report: Circle of Life. Watch Derek Dooley's Post-Practice Media Session and check out a Photo Gallery from practice. 

This weekend Dooley will be in New York as a CBS As Guest Analyst during the Alabama-Arkansas game. Before he departs for the Big Apple, he and his wife Allison and Variety will Donate $220K To Charity on Friday morning at Neyland Stadium.

The media has the following stories on the Big Orange:

- Memphis Commercial Appeal: SECond down
- Inside Tennessee: Dooley defends O-line

ON TOUR: Williams, Sandgren Reach Doubles Finals

Former Vols Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren earned another straight-set victory Thursday to advance to the finals of the National Bank Futures in Markham, Canada.

On the heels of a doubles tournament title a week ago in Toronto, Williams and Sandgren have cruised through the draw in Markham. They picked up their third straight-set win, beating Canadians Samuel Monette and Filip Peliwo 6-1, 6-3.

The Vol duo will face Canadians Milan Pokrajac and Peter Polansky in the finals.

In second-round singles play, Sandgren lost to top-seeded Roman Borvanov of Moldova 6-4, 6-2, and Williams fell to seventh-seeded Polansky 6-2, 6-2.

In California: John-Patrick Smith advanced to the quarterfinals of the Costa Mesa Tennis Classic in California, beating former Sacramento State star Kiryl Harbatsiuk 7-5, 6-4. He faces fifth-seeded Artem Sitak of New Zealand on Friday.

In doubles, Smith and Ben Rogers lost 6-3, 6-4 in the quarterfinals to former Vol Adam Hubble, who is playing this week with Daniel Cox.

SECSports Blog About Rob Patrick's 300th Win

The SEC Digital Network's Sean Cartell recently posted a blog about the importance of Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick's 300th win and what he has done to help legitimize the sport of volleyball in the Southeastern Conference over the last 15 years.

What Patrick has meant to Southeastern Conference volleyball, however, can't go unnoticed. Consistently turning out teams that have competed with the top squads in the nation gave the SEC legitimacy and respect among other conferences. 

To read the complete story, visit Cartell's Chatter: 300 Wins to Change a League

Basketball Updates: Sept. 22

Here are some links to get you up to speed with what's going on in the world of Tennessee basketball.

First, here are the latest in a series of eight video features entitled "Welcome to Big Orange Country," highlighting the Vols' eight newcomers.

Welcome to Big Orange Country: Wes Washpun



Get to know freshman and Knoxville-native Brandon Lopez in his edition of Welcome to Big Orange Country: Welcome to Big Orange Country: Brandon Lopez

If you haven't been reading Dwight's Insights, a blog by newcomer Dwight Miller, you've been missing out. Dwight is an international student-athlete and shares his perspectives on everything from college athletics to leadership to what he learns from life. Check out his latest entry: Student of Life.

The Vols also added three more TV games to their 2011-12 slate. Click here for Tennessee's entire 2011-12 TV lineup.

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

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/22)

As the bye week continues, check out the Vol Report: 208 Good Plays as well as Video Highlights from Wednesday's practice and these post-practice interviews with Derek DooleyJim Chaney and Justin WIlcox. Plus a Photo Gallery.

Here are stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel:  'Catastrophe' plays have to stop
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Derek Dooley talks to his team about standards
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols 'spirited' in latest drills
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: SEC Notebook
- Inside Tennessee: Great Expectations

ON TOUR: Vols March on in Canada, California

Tennys Sandgren started singles play at the National Bank Futures in Markham, Canada, earning a 7-6 (5), 6-2 victory over Medy Chettar of France.

Sandgren and Rhyne Williams also rolled to the doubles semifinals with a 6-4, 6-2 win against fourth-seeded Devin Britton and Jordan Cox. The former Vols' duo are coming off a tournament title last week in Toronto.

In California: John-Patrick Smith won his opening-round match at the Costa Mesa Tennis Classic in California, beating Nikala Scholtz of South Africa 7-6 (2), 6-4.

Smith plays Sacramento State's Kiryl Harbatsiuk in Thursday's second round. He and Ben Rogers will also resume doubles play, facing former Vol Adam Hubble and Adam Cox.

Matt Duffy Named Tri-City ValleyCats MVP

The Houston Astros Player Development Department announced the 2011 Most Valuable Players for the team's eight minor league affiliates on Thursday. Among those honored was former Vol Matt Duffy who was tabbed the MVP of the Astros' Short-Season A-affiliate, the Tri-City ValleyCats. 

Duffy and the other seven MVPs will be recognized next Spring Training amongst their peers. 

A third baseman, Duffy was named the Tri-City ValleyCats Team MVP after he hit .298 (70-for-235) with 20 doubles and 37 RBIs in 63 games. Duffy, a 20th-round selection in the June 2011 Draft, signed with Houston on June 10 and began his season by winning Tri-City's Offensive Player of the Month for July in his first full month in professional baseball. He went on to be named an NYPL All-Star and led his club in runs scored (36) and doubles (20), while finishing second in hits (70) and RBIs (37). 

Tennessee Soccer's Angela Kelly on "Vol Calls" 9-21

Tennessee Lady Vol Head Soccer Coach Angela Kelly will be appearing on "Vol Calls" on Wed. night at either 8:35 or 8:50 p.m. ET to speak with Bob Kesling about her team's great start to 2011 and the big weekend ahead opening conference play against South Carolina and Florida.  You can listen via the Vol Network (WIVK 107.7 FM or WNOX AM 990 in Knoxville) or at the link below on your computer through All Access.

"Vol Calls" with Bob Kesling

Q&A With New A.D. Dave Hart In KNS

The Knoxville News Sentinel has a Q&A with new UT athletic director Dave Hart.
 

Hart's barely had time to look for a house in Knoxville, or even put his old one in Tuscaloosa on the market. He's been back and forth between the two cities and glued to his cell phone every step of the way, fielding numerous interview requests and communicating frequently with the administrators and coaches he'll now be supervising on a daily basis.

"I've been working since I left the press conference," Hart said.

In between unpacking boxes in his Brenda Lawson Athletic Center office Tuesday, Hart sat down with the News Sentinel to discuss a variety of issues swirling in the world of UT athletics and beyond.

Added on Wednesday morning was a full transcript of Andrew Gribble's interview with Hart.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/21)

The Vols continue their bye week on Wednesday as they focus on fundamentals. Check out the Vol Report: Receiving The Challenge from Tuesday along with Video Highlights and a Photo Gallery.

Here are stories from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT coaches target run game
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bad UT practice irks Dooley
- Inside Tennessee: Bye week has its pros, cons

ON TOUR: Williams Wins First Round, Doubles Teams Advance

Former Vol Rhyne Williams overcame losing a long first-set tiebreaker Tuesday to reach the second round of the National Bank Futures in Markham, Canada, beating American Maciek Sykut 6-7 (11), 7-6 (3), 6-2.

In doubles, Williams and Tennys Sandgren picked up where they left off after winning the Tevlin Family Futures last week in Toronto. They beat former Arkansas Razorback standout Blake Strode and Michael McClune 7-5, 7-6 (3).

In California: John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers kicked off the Costa Mesa Tennis Classic with a 6-2, 6-2 victory over Trent Aaron and Brian Battistone on Tuesday afternoon in Costa Mesa, Calif.

They face a familiar opponent in the second round: former Vol Adam Hubble, who is playing this week with Daniel Cox of Great Britain. They beat former college All-Americans Alexandre Lacroix of Florida and Sanam Singh of Virginia 7-6 (4), 6-4.

Stories On Former Vol Antone Davis On 'Biggest Loser'

Former Vols' All-American Antone Davis is part of the new cast of "The Biggest Loser" Season 12 which debuts tonight on NBC at 8 p.m. ET. Here are a few stories on the former UT lineman.


Former Vols offensive tackle Antone Davis is a contestant in Season 12 of the 'The Biggest Loser.'

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/20)

Monday was an off day for the Vols. The SEC released the times for the games on Oct. 1 as UT will host Buffalo at 12:30 p.m., in a game that will be televised on CSS. Also, you can watch back segments from the Derek Dooley Show here on UTSports.com.

Here are stories from the media: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: SEC making offensive impact on NFL
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols, Buffalo get 12:30 kickoff
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT coaches target run game

ON TOUR: Vols in Canada, California

Four former Vols are in action on the professional circuit again this week with Futures events in Canada and California.

In Canada: The Canadian tour continues for Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren, who are coming off tournament-winning performances last week at the Tevlin Family Futures in Toronto. This week, they are competing in the National Bank Futures in Markham, Canada.

In doubles, Williams and Sandgren teamed up to take the title at the Tevlin Family Futures, but their success didn't end there. Williams reached his fourth career professional singles final and Sandgren made it to the quarterfinals.

Sandgren, now in his third tournament in Canada, reached the semifinals the week before in another tournament in Toronto.

In California: John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers are back in action this week after traveling halfway across the country from Tusla, Okla., to Costa Mesa, Calif.

Smith, fresh off his first Challenger-level match win, qualified for the singles main draw at the Costa Mesa Tennis Classic. He and Ben Rogers are the fifth-highest ranked doubles pairing in the draw.

National Bank Futures Hosted by Mayfair
Markham, Canada
Prize Money: $15,000

Costa Mesa Tennis Classic
Costa Mesa, Calif.
Prize Money: $10,000

Vols In NFL Update (9/19)

Some former Vols had huge days in NFL action on Sunday leading off with rookie Denarius Moore, who racked up 146 receiving yards including a 50-yard TD reception in a late loss for the Raiders. Here's a round-up on the former Vols in the NFL.

- In the Raiders' 38-35 loss to the Bills, Rookie WR Denarius Moore was sensational with five catches for 146 yards and a TD (VIDEO: Moore 50-Yard TD). Also check out VIDEO: Moore 42-yard catch and VIDEO: Moore's great grab. John Henderson made two tackles on defense for Oakland. 

  Here are a few features on Moore's big day:
   - San Francisco Chronicle: Raiders rookie Denarius Moore shows he belongs


- The Chiefs suffered a 48-3 loss to Detroit without injured Eric Berry. With Kansas City Dustin Colquitt had five punts for 38.2 yards with two inside 20. 

Pittsburgh blanked Seattle, 24-0 as Ramon Foster started at left guard for the Steelers after being inactive last week. Chris Scott also played on the line after an inactive week for Pittsburgh. 

Green Bay downed the Panthers, 30-23 as Chad Clifton and Scott Wells started on the offensive line for the Packers. 

- Luke Stocker made his first NFL reception in the Bucs' 24-20 win over Minnesota for 17 yards in the win and also had a key block on a LeGarrette Blount 27-yard TD rush for Tampa Bay. For the Vikings, Anthony Herrera recovered an Adrian Peterson fumble to keep a possession for Minnesota in the second quarter.

Titans beat the Ravens, 26-13 as Baltimore's Morgan Cox snapped on eight punts and kicks.

- Many Vols played a part in the Saints' 30-13 romp over Chicago. WR Robert Meachem had four catches for 10 yards including a 4-yard TD (VIDEO: Meachem touchdown). On defense, Jabari Greer had four tackles and two passes deflection, Turk McBride had two stops including a sack and forced fumble. Aubrayo Franklin also had two tackles. 


Jabari Greer (33) tackling Matt Forte (22) during the first quarter.

- The Redskins edged the Cardinals, 22-21 as Donte' Stallworth had two catches for 16 yards for Washington. Dan Williams had a tackle for Arizona.

Cleveland beat Indianapolis, 27-19. Montario Hardesty had three carries for a yard for the Browns. 

- Jason Witten went over 100 yards as the Cowboys won in OT, 27-24 over San Francisco as he had seven catches for 102 yards. Check out this VIDEO: Witten 25-yard gain. Parys Haralson had three tackles for 49ers. 

- In Arian Foster's return to action, the Texans topped the Dolphins, 23-13. Foster had just 10 carries for 33 yards and two catches for seven yards. But re-injured himself and Arian Foster on hamstring: 'I pulled myself out' On the defensive front, Jason Allen had a tackle and pass defended. For Miami, Kevin Burnett had five tackles and Marvin Mitchell made a stop.

The Patriots downed the Chargers, 35-21 as three former Vols played on defense for New England. Jerod Mayo had a huge game with 11 tackles including this stop (VIDEO: Patriots stop Chargers) and a forced fumble. Shaun Ellis had a tackle Albert Haynesworth suffered a groin injury, but returned to play later in the game. 

   Here are a few features on Mayo's big game
    - Boston Herald: Patriots defense best when backed up
    - Toronto Sun: A little extra Mayo

NFL

Denver beat Cincinnati, 24-22 as Denver's Robert Ayers had a tackle and pass defended VIDEO: Ayers Break-Up.  Also, Britton Colquitt punted six times for 51.0 yards for Denver. With the Bengals, Gibril Wilson had two tackles. 

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (9/19/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Sept. 19, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 563 (+32)
Doubles: 1538 (-16)
Note: Points added from a semifinal Futures appearance in Toronto ... Last week, reached the singles quarterfinals of the Tevlin Family Futures ... Teamed up with Rhyne Williams to win the doubles title at the Tevlin Family Futures, good for their second Futures title together and first since June 2010 ... Canadian circuit continues this week with the National Bank Futures Hosted by Mayfair in Markham.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 590 (-5)
Doubles: 1039 (-3)
Note: Last week, reached his four career Futures final, falling in the last round of the Tevlin Family Futures in Toronto, Canada, to American Jesse Levine in straight sets ... Teamed up with Tennys Sandgren to win the doubles title at the Tevlin Family Futures, good for their second Futures title together and first since June 2010 ... Canadian circuit continues this week with the National Bank Futures Hosted by Mayfair in Markham.
  
John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 657 (+49)
Doubles: 793 (+7)
Note: Reached a career-high in the singles rankings after winning a round at the USTA Challenger of Oklahoma last week in Tulsa, Okla. ... Playing this week at the Costa Mesa Tennis Classic, a Futures event, in Costa Mesa, Calif. ... Now on Twitter @jpatsmith
 
Boris Conkic
Singles: 1191 (-4)
Doubles: 890 (-1)
Note: Did not play last week ... Off this week.

Adam Hubble
Singles: N/A
Doubles: 444 (-7)
Note: After qualifying for the main draw, lost in the first round of singles and doubles at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center USTA Pro Circuit Event in Claremont, Calif. ... Off this week.
 
Ben Rogers
Singles: N/A
Doubles: 602 (-6)
Note: Lost in the first round with John-Patrick Smith at the USTA Challenger of Oklahoma in Tulsa, Okla. ... Playing this week with John-Patrick Smith at the Costa Mesa Tennis Classic in California.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/19)

The big news on Sunday was that sophomore wide receiver Justin Hunter Suffered Torn ACL In Left Knee and will miss the remainder of the season for the Vols. 

Here's the media's coverage on the tough news for the wideout, who was among the national leaders prior to being hurt at Florida.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Justin Hunter out for season
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols lose Hunter to torn ACL

Other stories include: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Open date now looks timely
- Tennessee Journalist: Vols vs Florida Report Card
- Inside Tennessee: Notebook: Silver linings

Rivera Named To CFPA Weekly Honor Roll

Tennessee junior tight end Mychal Rivera was named to the College Football Performance Awards weekly honor roll. He was named to the Honorable Mention list for tight ends around the nation. Rivera had five catches for a career-high 71 yards and a touchdown reception in the loss at Florida. 

Here are the CFPA Tight End honorees: 

Tight End Performer of the Week: D.J. Grant (Texas) 

Honorable Mention: Dwayne Allen (Clemson), Alex Bayer (Bowling Green), Orson Charles (Georgia), Cooper Helfet (Duke), Nick Provo (Syracuse), Levine Toilolo (Stanford), Mychal Rivera (Tennessee)

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Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/18)

The Vols returned to Knoxville late last night after losing at Florida, check out the recap: Vols Fall 33-23 in Swamp including Video HighlightsPostgame Interviews and Photos.

Here's the media's take on the game:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Final score: Florida 33, Tennessee 23
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Loss of Justin Hunter a blow to offense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Snapping ball not on center for Stone
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Gators beat Vols seventh time in row
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bray, Vols not quite there yet
- The Tennesseean: Bray gets mired in Swamp
- Inside Tennessee: Gators gore Vols, 33-23

From the Florida perspective:

- Dayton Beach News-Journal: Florida changes title to SEC 'contenders'
- Gainesville Sun: UF wins 7th straight over UT
- Gainesville Sun: Plenty of unknowns
- Gainesville Sun: Defense comes up huge
- Pensacola News Journal: The good ol' days return to Florida
- Tampa Bay Tribune: Gators starting to get answers

Vols Entering The Swamp Video

Vols Enter The Swamp, Tyler Bray On Field Pregame (9/17) ... Check out the "Vol Walk" in Gainesville followed by the Vols entering the field for the first time and Tyler Bray surveying the field pregame.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/17)

GAMEDAY IS HERE! Hope you are enjoying our Countdown to Kickoff Against Florida with a fun fact from from the Tennessee-Florida series each hour leading to the start of the game at 3:30 p.m. Here are a few features from UTSports.com: Young Vols Ready for Swamp and Catching Up: Travis Stephens (with a Video highlight pack of Stephens).

Also, check out this cool video of the Vols boarding the plane in Knoxville and taking off for Florida: VIDEO.

Here are three videos from CBSSports.com that will be shown during the game today:

Here are Saturday's stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things for UT to beat Florida
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Excitement about Bray could really erupt today
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Derek Dooley takes the Vols to the Swamp today
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols avoiding this-is-it notion
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Bullard filling in nicely for Vols

News out of Florida includes:

- Fox Sports Florida: Florida's Weis keeps Vols guessing

Countdown to Kickoff Against Florida

We're counting down the hours until Saturday's kickoff against Florida (3:30 p.m. ET on CBS), featuring numbers relative to the Tennessee-Florida rivalry.

1 - Justin Hunter had his 1st career touchdown in last year's game in Knoxville. 

2 - The Vols and Gators are both 2-0 coming into the game. The last time the Vols were 2-0 heading to Florida was in 2003, the last time UT won in Gainesville. 

3 - There are only 3 Vols starters from the last game in Gainesville in 2009 that are still on the 2011 team: Art Evans, Ben Martin and Marsalis Teague (who started at WR).

4 - Head coaches Derek Dooley and Will Muschamp coached together for 4 years at LSU (2000-03)

5 - Tennessee has shutout Florida 5 times in the series.

6 - General Robert Neyland was a perfect 6-0 coaching in games against Florida.

7 - 7 years ago, the Vols beat the Gators, for UT's last win in 2004 by the score of 30-28.

8 - Tennessee had 8 TFLs in the last game at Florida in 2009.

9 - Tennessee scored 9 points in the first game between the teams played in Gainesville, as the Vols beat the Gators, 9-7 in 1953.

10 - The longest series win streak for the Vols, winning 10 games in a row from 1916 through 1953.

11 - There are 11 Vols on the 2011 roster from the Sunshine State of Florida.

12 - The Vols beat Florida, 13-12 in 1928. That marked Tennessee's only 1-point victory in the series.

13 - Tennessee held Florida to Minus-13 yards rushing in the 1998 meeting, a Vols' 20-13 overtime win.

14 - Ben Martin sacked former Florida QB Tim Tebow for a loss a 14 yards in the 2009 meeting in Gainesville.

15 - There are just 15 members of the current Vols' roster that played in the 2009 game at Florida.

16 - This year will be the 16th in a row that the Tennessee-Florida game will be televised by CBS

17 - Tennessee held Florida to 17 points in its epic 20-17 overtime win on the way to the 1998 National Championship.

18 - The first time UT played a ranked Florida team, the Gators were ranked No. 18. The Vols won that game 26-12 in 1952.

19 - Wins by Tennessee in the series with Florida.

20 - Tennessee beat Florida, 20-0, in Gainesville in 1955, the Vols' last shutout win.

21 - Games between the Vols and Gators played in Knoxville, UT leads, 11-10.

22 - Andy Spiva had 22 tackles for the Vols in the 1976 meeting, most by a Vol in the history of the series. 

23 - 23 of the 40 all-time meetings between Tennessee and Florida have been televised.

24 - Tennessee beat Florida, 24-0, in the first game of the series in 1916 in Tampa, Fla.

Hoops News: Harris to Play in Exhibition; Tatum on Lindy's Cover


Former Tennessee basketball player Tobias Harris, the 19th overall selection in June's NBA Draft, has joined a star-studded roster of NBA players taking part in an exhibition game at the Marriott Center in Provo, Utah, on Thursday, Sept. 22.

The event is the brainchild of fellow first-round pick Jimmer Fredette, who was taken 10th overall out of BYU by the Sacramento Kings. The exhibition's name: Jimmer's All-Stars.

Other 2011 NBA draftees already committed to participate include Kemba Walker, Nolan Smith and Kawhi Leonard. Full rosters are expected to be announced next week.

The game will be broadcast by BYUtv and KSL radio.

Harris has been staying in shape during the ongoing NBA lockout by training in Tennessee's on-campus basketball facilities. Former NBA All-Star and Vols All-America Dale Ellis also has spent time on Rocky Top in recent weeks putting Harris through various workouts and drills.

Harris, who earned Freshman All-America acclaim last season, also is taking classes at UT this semester.

 

TATUM APPEARS ON COVER OF LINDY'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL PREVIEW

Senior guard Cameron Tatum appears on one of the regional covers of Lindy's Sports College Basketball Preview, which hit newsstands this week.

A native of Lithonia, Ga., and the most experienced returner on the Vols' roster, Tatum enters his final season on Rocky Top just 194 points shy of becoming the 44th all-time member of Tennessee's 1,000-Point Club.

Below is a shot of the cover that features Tatum. 

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Dooley Interview With Tim Brando On CBS Sports Network

Vols head coach Derek Dooley was a guest on the Tim Brando Show on Friday. Listen back to the interview: Derek Dooley- Starting over with Florida

Also, Dooley unveiled during the interview that he will be a special guest on CBS' college football studio coverage next Saturday, Sept. 24 when Tennessee has a bye week. 

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/16)

It's go time for the Tennessee football team. This afternoon the Vols will fly to Florida for tomorrow's battle with the Gators. Check out Thursday's Vol Report: Quiet O-Line Leads Way along with a Photo Gallery from practice. We also have the newest addition of Tennessee 101: Rivalries, focusing on the UT-UF series. 

If you haven't seen it, check out the video of the making of Derek Dooley's custom orange pants: VIDEO: THIS IS TENNESSEE: Dooley's Pants

Here are the media stories heading into the game:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: SEC hype deserved? Yes
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: These Vols take confidence to Florida
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: What's shaking? The postgame handshake
- CBS Sports.com: Tony's Top 10

Stories out of Florida include:

- Gainesville Sun: Q&A with Tauren Poole
- Tampa Bay Tribune: Line change seems to work
- Independent Florida Alligator: Stopping Tennessee on third down will be key

VIDEO: THIS IS TENNESSEE: Dooley's Pants

ESPN.com Feature On Hunter and D.Rogers

When you start reciting some of the most dynamic receiving combos in Tennessee's storied football history, it's a list that grows longer every time you do it. 

In terms of pure talent, the Alvin Harper-Carl Pickens duo in 1990 has few peers. 

You want production? Go back and look at what Joey Kent and Marcus Nash did in 1996, Marcus Nash and Jermaine Copeland in 1997 (Peerless Price was also a big part of that receiving corps) and Donte Stallworth and Kelley Washington in 2001. 

Going back even further, Anthony Hancock and Willie Gault helped elevate Wide Receiver U. to national prominence in the early 1980s, and before that, there was the famed twosome of Larry Seivers and Stanley Morgan. 

It appears that another dynamic duo may be on its way in Vol Land. 

Sophomores Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers have been sensational through two games this season. They've combined for 31 catches, 502 receiving yards and five touchdowns. 

Read the full story: Vols' Hunter, Rogers on a fast track

Dooley On Radio Shows Today

Vols head coach Derek Dooley is scheduled to be a guest on several radio shows today, Thursday. Be sure to listen in. NOTE Times are approximate. 




Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/15)

The Vols will head to Gainesville on Friday for their SEC opener vs. Florida. Check out Thursday's Vol Report: Road Ready along with videos from Wednesday of: Practice HighlightsCoach Derek DooleyOffensive Coordinator Jim Chaney and Defensive Coordinator Justin WIlcox. Plus a Photo Gallery from practice action.

Here's what the media is writing:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jacques Smith the Vols' unknown 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols confidence is up on offense
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: SEC notebook
- Inside Tennessee: Poise vs. poison
- Inside Tennessee: Vols have to go do it

News out of Florida includes:

- Florida Times-Union: Florida Gators short on sacks
- Florida Today: Gators search for offense

Bray Featured On SI.com College Football Page

Check out the Vols' Tyler Bray on the cover of the College Football Page on SI.com.

Also on SI.com, Andy Staples has a story on epic Tennessee-Florida game from 2001. 

Listen Back To Derek Dooley On Sirius/XM

Vols head coach Derek Dooley was a guest on Sirius/XM College Sports Nation today. Dooley was on College Football Playbook with Jack Arute and Coach Mike Leach to discuss Tennessee's 2-0 start and this Saturday's game vs. No. 16/17 Florida down at in Gainesville. 

ON TOUR: Sandgren Reaches Second Round in Toronto

Tennys Sandgren won his opening-round match 7-6, 6-4 over Ohio State qualifier Peter Kobelt at the Tevlin Family Futures on Tuesday in Toronto, Canada. 

Sandgren, the No. 7 seed, plays Filip Peliwo in Wednesday's second round. 

Rhyne Williams faces another Ohio State standout in Chase Buchanan. In their lone collegiate meeting, Williams beat Buchanan 6-1, 7-6 (6) in the second round of the ITA All-American Championships last November.

In tonight's doubles match, Sandgren and Williams face Marvin Rolle of the Bahamas and Oliver Sajous of Haiti.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/14)

We have reached the middle of the week as the Vols continue to prepare for their SEC opener at Florida on Saturday. Read the Vol Report: Heavyweights and watch Highlights from Tuesday's practice as well as the post-practice interviews with Coach Derek Dooley and Quarterback Tyler Bray. Here's a Photo Gallery.

Check out the media coverage on the game:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Passer, pass rush favor Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Da'Rick says attention on him would help Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley: 'We're going to have to block these guys'
- Inside Tennessee: Dooley's Vols bare few scars
- Inside Tennessee: UT fans rejoice


News out of Florida includes:
- Gainesville Sun: UF relies on red-zone runs
- Tampa Bay Tribune: Analyst: Beating Vols is a 'must'

Listen Back To Dave Hart On Sirius XM

New Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart was a guest on Sirius/XM College Sports Nation today, Tuesday. Hosts Jack Arute and Coach Mike Leach interviewed the new leader of the UT athletic department. 

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (9/12/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Sept. 12, 2011. Rankings were delayed because of the Monday finish of the US Open. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 585 (+40)
Doubles: 898 (+136)
Note: Jumped up the rankings after winning a round in singles qualifying of the US Open and playing doubles in the main draw of doubles with Robby Ginepri ... Playing singles and doubles this week with Tennys Sandgren at the Tevlin Family Futures in Toronto, Canada.
 
Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 595 (-5)
Doubles: 1525 (-25)
Note: Reached the semifinals of the Donalda Cup Futures in Toronto, Canada, ousting top-seeded Adam El Mihdawy in the quarterfinals ... Playing singles and doubles with Rhyne Williams at the Tevlin Family Futures, also in Toronto.
 
John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 706 (-3)
Doubles: 801 (-1)
Note: Returned to the United States last week after about a month-long stay in Australia ... Currently playing singles at the USTA Challenger of Oklahoma in Tulsa, Okla., where he won his first-round match against Adam El Mihdawy. Lost in the first round of doubles with Ben Rogers ... Now on Twitter @jpatsmith
 
Boris Conkic
Singles: 1187 (+127)
Doubles: 890 (+3)
Note: Did not play last week ... Off this week.

Adam Hubble
Singles: N/A
Doubles: 437 (-3)
Note: Returned to the United States from Australia to begin comeback from injury, having not played since November 2010 ... After qualifying for the main draw, currently playing singles and doubles with Dennis Lajola at the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center USTA Pro Circuit Event in Claremont, Calif.
 
Ben Rogers
Singles: N/A
Doubles: 596 (-4)
Note: Lost in the first round with John-Patrick Smith at the USTA Challenger of Oklahoma in Tulsa, Okla.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/13)

We have all your coverage from Media Monday as the Vols held their weekly press conference. Check out the Vol Report: Florida Week as well as Monday's Press Conference Videos including Coach Dooley's Monday Media Transcript and a Photo Gallery.

Here's what the media is writing on Monday:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stops give defense confidence
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Don't expect any Florida trash talk
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols 'not as good' without Dallas Thomas
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols realize SEC is best of big boys
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Derek Dooley praises Tauren Poole's game
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols defenders see Gators as mystery
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: SECond Down: Vols offense in high gear
- Inside Tennessee: Poole up for the challenge
- Inside Tennessee: High points: Monday presser
- Volquest: Dooley talks Gators

From the Florida perspective:

- Tampa Bay Tribune: Admit it, UF, this one is big
- Gainesville Sun: Notebook: Dooley vs. Muschamp
- Gainesville Sun: Floyd's return boosts Gators

Vols In NFL Update (9/12-13)

With the first weekend of regular-season NFL action coming to a close, here is a look at former Vols in the pros from Sunday and Monday's action.

- The big news of the weekend in terms of former Vols is another injury story. Eric Berry suffered a torn ACL in a 41-7 loss to the Bills. Read about it here: Chiefs prepare for life without Berry, who has torn ACL and watch video of if: Chiefs lose Berry. With Kansas City, punter Dustin Colquitt punted eight times for a 36.6 average. David Martin had no stats for the Bills. 

- In the 49ers 33-17 win over the Seahawks, Parys Haralson had a huge game with four tackles, two sacks and two forced fumbles. Check out his sack/forced fumbles: WATCH HIGHLIGHTWATCH HIGHLIGHT. Read more about Haralson in the San Francisco Chronicle: 49ers' Parys Haralson just gets the job done.


- The Sunday night thriller saw the Jets comeback to beat the Cowboys, 27-24. With his new contract in place Jason Witten had six catches for 110 yards for Dallas. Check out his 64-yard reception: WATCH HIGHLIGHT.

- In a game that could have pitted two of the Vols most prominent products, the Texans handled the Colts, 34-7. Both the Colts' Peyton Manning (surgery) and Houston's Arian Foster (hamstring) were sidelined. Foster's status for next week is stil unknown. The only active alum in the game, Jason Allen had two tackles for Houston.

- In the Ravens' 35-7 win over the Steelers, Morgan Cox snapped 10 times on Ravens kicks and punts. With the Steelers, both linemen Chris Scott and Ramon Foster were in active.

- The Bengals downed the Browns, 27-17 in the battle of Ohio. Gibril Wilson of Cincinnati had a tackle. With Cleveland, Montario Hardesty had five rushes for 18 yards. Rookie lineman Jarrod Shaw is on the practice squad for the Browns. 

- The Lions beat the Buccaneers 27-20. With Detroit lineman Jacques McClendon was inactive after joining the Lions last week. Luke Stocker made his NFL and had one pass thrown his way that was incomplete. 

- The Cardinals rallied to beat Cam Newton and the Panthers, 28-21. Dan Williams had four tackles for Arizona.  Omar Gaither did not have a stop for Carolina. 

- The Redskins beat the Giants, 28-14 as Deon Grant had four tackles for New York. Donte' Stallworth was inactive for Washington.

- On Monday night, the Patriots downed the Dolphins, 38-24. Jerod Mayo had five tackles for New England. In their Pats' debuts Albert Haynesworth had two stops and Shaun Ellis made a tackle. For Miami, Kevin Burnett had three tackles in his debut with the Phins. Tony McDaniel suffered a hand injury in the first half and was out for the remainder of the game. 

- The last game of the weekend saw the Raiders stop the Broncos, 23-20. With Oakland John Henderson had a tackle. Rookie Denarius Moore played but had not stats for the Raiders in his pro debut. With Denver, Robert Ayers had two stops and punter Britton Colquitt kicked four times for a 31.3 average including a 65-yard long. 


ON TOUR: Smith Wins First Match at a Challenger

John-Patrick Smith collected his first Challenger Tour-level victory Monday at the USTA Challenger of Oklahoma in Tulsa, Okla.

Smith recovered from an up-and-down second set to defeat American Adam El Mihdawy 6-1, 6-7 (3), 6-4 to advance to the round of 16. After a day off, he plays seventh-seeded Tim Smyczek on Wednesday.

Williams Gets Three-Set Victory: Rhyne Williams beat eighth-seeded American Dennis Zivkovic 6-4, 2-6, 6-2 in the opening round of the Tevlin Family Futures in Toronto, Canada.

Williams also teamed up with Tennys Sandgren for a hard-fought doubles victory, beating Americans Mark Oljaca and Phillip Simmonds 3-6, 6-1, [10-5]. Williams and Sandgren won a Futures title together last year in Pittsburgh, Pa.

Sandgren, the seventh seed in the draw, plays Ohio State qualifier Peter Kobelt in the first round Tuesday.

Hubble Advances to Main Draw: Adam Hubble played his way into the main draw of the Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center USTA Pro Circuit Event in Claremont, Calif.

Coming off a long three-set win on Sunday, Hubble defeated Maxime Tabatruong of France 6-4, 6-3 in the fourth round of qualifying. 

Hubble, who has been ranked as high as No. 146 in doubles, will play doubles with American Dennis Lajola. 

Lady Vols Close to Re-Entering Top 25

The Lady Vols are close to being back in the national top 25 volleyball poll following an undefeated weekend in Blacksburg, Va.

Tennessee (7-2) received 63 points in the AVCA Coaches Poll, which was released Tuesday evening. The Lady Vols are ranked 26th, behind Ohio State, which has 76 points. 

Tennessee was ranked in the 25 for school-record tying 19 consecutive polling periods before the team dropped to 26th on Aug. 29 despite starting the year 3-0 after winning the Comcast Lady Vol Classic.

California is ranked first in the poll, followed by Stanford and Illinois.

For a look at this week's full rankings, click here.

In other polls: The Lady Vols are ranked No. 23 in the RickKern.com poll and 27th in the Pablo Rankings.

Domingo Ayala Works Out at Tennessee

During his recent visit to Rocky Top, YouTube sensation and baseball star Domingo Ayala joined Tennessee strength and conditioning coach Herman Demmink for a quick workout.

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

Be sure to watch the Monday Press Conference of the Vols football team as Derek Dooley prepares his team for the Florida game. Coach Dooley will be live at 12 Noon. The players portion begins at 11 a.m., with defensive backs Brent Brewer and Prentiss Waggner.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/12)

It's the start of Florida Week! 

Be sure to watch the live streaming video of Monday's Football Press Conference on UTSports.com/AllAccess, starting at 11 a.m., with Coach Derek Dooley speaking at 12 Noon. Tonight, listen to the Big Orange Hotline at 8 p.m., or join us at the Dead End BBQ.

The Vols posted an impressive 45-23 win over Cincinnati on Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Check out the recap: Bray's Career Day Powers Vols as well as these sidebar features: Three Stops Key for Defense and Palardy's Onside Kick Well Rehearsed

We also have extensive video coverage including: HighlightsDerek Dooley's Press ConferenceTyler Bray's Press Conference and Justin Hunter & Da'Rick Rogers Presser. A trio of photo galleries: Kickoff GalleryHalftime Gallery and Game Gallery.

Check out these stories from the media on Monday:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Ben Bartholomew makes most of first start
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols no longer mired in Urban blight
- Inside Tennessee: Notebook: Bray's brilliance
- Inside Tennessee: The three amigos
- Volquest: The Grade Card

News out of Florida includes these articles:

- Gainesville Sun: Gators await Floyd's return
- Independent Florida Alligator: Under Construction: Gators win, Vols win
- Independent Florida Alligator: Gators get creative in Demps' absence
- Independent Florida Alligator: Nixon, Gators pay tribute to 9/11 during UAB game

ON TOUR: Vols Continue on North American Circuits

Smith Returns to Tulsa for Challenger

After spending much of August at home in Australia, four-time All-American John-Patrick Smith has returned to the United States to resume play on the USTA Pro Circuit. 

His first stop on his tour starts Monday at the USTA Challenger of Oklahoma, where he will be joined by doubles partner Ben Rogers. Smith received a wild card into both singles and doubles for the hard court tournament at Philcrest Hills Tennis Club in Tulsa, Okla.

Smith begins singles play Monday against American Adam El Mihdawy, who is currently ranked No. 359. El Mihdawy lost in the quarterfinals of the Donalda Club Futures to former Vol Tennys Sandgren last week.

Smith and Rogers, who won two Futures titles and reached the semifinals of another in July, drew second-seeded Luis Diaz-Barriga of Mexico and Chris Eaton of Great Britain.

Tulsa has been the site of some of Smith's most impressive individual performances as both a college and professional player. In 2009, he won the singles and doubles titles of the ITA All-American Championships at the University of Tulsa's courts. Two months ago, he won his professional singles title and took the doubles title as well with Rogers.

Sandgren, Williams Take on Canada: Fellow Tennessee natives Sandgren and Rhyne Williams are playing again this week in Canada with the Tevlin Family Futures in Toronto.

Sandgren picked up where he left off on the Futures Tour. After winning back-to-back Futures titles this summer, Sandgren reached the semifinals of last week's tournament, the Donalda Club Futures, upsetting top-seeded Mihdawy in three sets before losing to fifth-seeded Jordan Cox.

This week, Tennys Sandgren is seeded seventh and plays Ohio State qualifier Peter Kobelt. Williams plays eighth-seeded American Dennis Zivkovic.

Sandgren and Williams, who were 20-4 together in the Vols' lineup last year, are teaming up for doubles, where they will start out against American duo Mark Oljaca and Phillip Simmonds.

Hubble's Back: Another former Vol from Australia, Adam Hubble, is making his return to the professional hard courts after missing nearly a year recovering from injury. 

Hubble is in the final qualifying round of the Pomona Vally Hospital Medical Center USTA Pro Circuit Event in Claremont, Calif. He faces Maxime Tabatruong of France on Monday for a spot in the main singles draw.

Bray On ESPN.com Front Page

Check out the front page of ESPN.com as Tennessee's Tyler Bray is featured as part of the College Football coverage, read about him in: GameDay Final

Bray after his career-game with 405 passing yards on 34-of-41 for a UT record 82.9 completion percentage. 

Tyler Bray Named CFPA National Performer of the Week; Hunter honored

Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray's record-setting performance against Cincinnati yesterday continues to get notice nationally as the 6-6 sophomore has been tabbed the National Performer of the Week by College Football Performance Awards.

Bray is the first Vol to earn national player of the week laurels since Eric Berry was named the Lott Trophy IMPACT National Player of the Week on Nov. 11, 2009, after a stellar defensive performance against Kentucky.

Joining Bray in the CFPA's weekly awards was one of his favorite targets and fellow classmate Justin Hunter who was selected as an honorable mention wide receiver performer of the week.

CollegeFootballPerformance.com - CFPA National Performers of the Week

Vote For Bray For Capital One Cup Impact Performance Of Week

Vote For Tennessee Quarterback Tyler Bray For Capital One Cup Impact Performance Of Week on ESPN.com. he is up against Oregon quarterback Darron Thomas, Michigan quarterback Denard Robinson and South Carolina defensive lineman Melvin Ingram. 

 - Vote HERE

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400-100-100-100 For Vols

For just the third time in the last two seasons, in all of FBS, Tennessee had a game with a 400-yard passer, 100-rusher and two 100-yard receivers. Tyler Bray threw for 405 yards, Tauren Poole rushed for 101 yards, Justin Hunter had 156 receiving yards while Da'Rick Rogers hauled in 100 receiving yards. It is the first instance in the NCAA this season and happened just twice in 2010:


Tennessee on Sept. 10, 2011 (Tennessee 45, Cincinnati 23)

Tyler Bray 405 passing yards

Tauren Poole 101 rushing yards

Justin Hunter 156 receiving yards

Da'Rick Rogers 100 receiving yards


Texas A&M on Oct. 30, 2010 (Texas A&M 45, Texas Tech 27)

Ryan Tannehill 449 passing yards

Cyrus Gray 102 rushing yards

Jeff Fuller 171 receiving yards

Ryan Swope 105 receiving yards


Baylor on Oct. 23, 2010 (Baylor 47, Kansas State 42)

Robert Griffin III 404 passing yards

Jay Finley 250 rushing yards

Josh Gordon 141 receiving yards

Kendall Wright 113 receiving yards


The last time an SEC team had a game with 400-100-100-100 was


Kentucky on Nov. 11, 2006 (Kentucky 38, Vanderbilt 26)

Andre Woodson 450 passing yards

Rafael Little 132 rushing yards

Keenan Burton 171 receiving yards

Rafael Little 114 receiving yards

Vols In NCAA, SEC Leaders

The latest NCAA football statistics have been released. With the Vols high-powered offense running on all cylinders, several players are among the national leaders. Here is the complete summary. Perhaps the most remarkable stat is that Tennessee is the ONLY school in the country this season to have a game with a 400-yard passer, 100-yard rusher and 100-receiver (two) after Saturday's performance as Tyler Bray threw for 405, Tauren Poole rushed for 101 yards and both receivers Justin Hunter (156) and Da'Rick Rogers (100) broke the century plateau.

- Tyler Bray: 4th in NCAA/1st in SEC in Total Passing Yards (698)
- Tyler Bray: 5th in NCAA/1st in SEC in Passing Efficiency (204.20)
- Tyler Bray: 6th in NCAA/1st in SEC in Passing Yards Per Game (349.0)
- Tyler Bray: 9th in NCAA/1st in SEC in Total Offense (342.0)
- Justin Hunter: 6th in NCAA/1st in SEC in Total Receiving Yards (302)
- Justin Hunter: 10th in NCAA/1st in SEC in Receiving Yards Per Game (151.0)
- Justin Hunter: 12th in NCAA/1st in SEC in Receptions Per Game (8.0)
- Da'Rick Rogers: 18th in NCAA/2nd in SEC in Receptions Per Game (7.5)
- Da'Rick Rogers: 30th in NCAA/3rd in SEC in Receiving Yards Per Game (100.0)
- Tauren Poole: 33rd in NCAA/4th in SEC in Rushing Yards Per Game (99.5)

The Vols as a team also ranks in the Top 10 nationally in Passing Efficiency (fifth) with a 204.93 mark and Passing Offense (ninth) with 358 yards per game. 

For single-game performances:
- Tyler Bray's 405 passing yards are the fourth-most in the NCAA this season
- Tyler Bray's 408 yards of total offense are the fourth-most in the NCAA this season
- Tyler Bray's 34 completions are tied for the fifth-most in the NCAA this season
- Justin Hunter and Da'Rick Rogers' 10 catches are tied for the 16th-most in a game this year
- Justin Hunter's 156 yards are the 16th-most in a game this season

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/11)

The Vols posted an impressive 45-23 win over Cincinnati on Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Check out the recap: Bray's Career Day Powers Vols as well as these sidebar features: Three Stops Key for Defense and Palardy's Onside Kick Well Rehearsed

We also have extensive video coverage including: HighlightsDerek Dooley's Press ConferenceTyler Bray's Press Conference and Justin Hunter & Da'Rick Rogers Presser. A trio of photo galleries: Kickoff GalleryHalftime Gallery and Game Gallery.

Here is the coverage from the media: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols get momentum from defense's big stops
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee-Cincinnati Report Card
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Passing game success 'not rocket science'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Former Vol Patrick Lenoir honors brother
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bray hurls Vols to 45-23 win
- Maryville Daily Times: Defensive adjustment key to win
- Nooga.com: The perfect weapon
- Cincinnati Enquirer: Vols reveal Bearcats' flaws
- Inside Tennessee: Dooley's gamble pays off
- Inside Tennessee: The IT's take

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/10)

Get set for Saturday's game vs. Cincinnati with all the latest news here in your Tennessee Update. All your info on the game can be found in the Preview: Vols Face Cincinnati, Sat., 3:30 and GAMEDAY CENTRAL. Here are the newest features from UTSports.com:

Check out Saturday's stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things for Vols to beat Cincinnati
- Cincinnati Enquirer: UC-UT scouting report
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols wary of Bearcats' offensive trio
- Volquest: Vols host Bearcats


Big Nights For Former Vols In Packers' 42-34 Win

In the opening game of the NFL season, the Packers topped the Saints, 42-34, in a thriller. Several former Vols played key roles in the game. 

With the Packers, both Chad Clifton and Scott Wells started on the offensive line and helped Aaron Rogers and Green Bay rack up 399 yards of offense.


By playing in his 160th career game tonight, Clifton became only the fourth offensive lineman in franchise history to hit that mark (Forrest Gregg, Larry McCarren, Ron Hallstrom).

For New Orleans, Robert Meachem scored the Saint's first TD of the season on a 31-yard pass from Drew Brees. >> WATCH HIGHLIGHT. Meachem finished with five catches for 70 yards and that score. On defense, Jabari Greer had seven solo tackles for New Orleans while Aubrayo Franklin and Turk McBride each had a stop. 

Here are a few stories with quotes from the UT products:


Saints' Jabari Greer tackles Packers' Jordy Nelson after a catch.

Packers' Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Saints' Jonathan Casillas and Turk McBride.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/9)

The Vols hit the field for Game No. 2 tomorrow afternoon as Cincinnati plays at Neyland Stadium on ESPN2. Check out the Vol Report: Hunter 'Scary' as well as a Photo Gallery from Thursday's practice. Also, this week's Tennessee 101: Athletic Directors is a must watch as Bud Ford and Gus Manning reflect on the leaders of UT's athletic department.

Here are the media stories on Friday:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Zach Collaros is double trouble for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel/SEC Digital Network: Tennessee-Cincinnati preview
- Inside Tennessee: The eyes have it

From the Cincinnati perspective:

- Cincinnati Enquirer: Vols' receivers to offer UC test
- GoBearcats.com: UC's role at Rocky Top
- GoBearcats.com: Can a win erase 4-8?

Ex-Vols Ellis & Haynesworth Featured On ESPN.com

ESPN.com has a great story on former Vols teammates Albert Haynesworth and Shaun Ellis, read it here: Haynesworth: 'Time for sleeping giant to awake'

Here is the start ... 


 Shaun Ellis knew the giant long before he began his slumber.

Ellis and Albert Haynesworth were teammates at the University of Tennessee and, though their paths diverged at the pro level, the two kept in close contact. As Haynesworth navigated two turbulent seasons with the Washington Redskins, Ellis simply told his friend to keep his head high.

Neither Ellis nor Haynesworth dreamed of being reunited in New England this season and that's part of what has made their experience here so fulfilling already for both players. And Ellis, who knows Haynesworth maybe better than anyone else in the Patriots' locker room, said he can already see a difference in his friend.

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AP Photo/Stephan SavoiaPatriots defensive lineman Shaun Ellis, a college teammate of Albert Haynesworth's, is looking forward to a college reuinion in opposing teams' backfields.

"One thing about Albert, he's going to be Albert; he's always going to be himself," said Ellis. "But I definitely see the Albert I saw back in college here in New England."


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Six Former Vols In Action As NFL Debuts Thursday

In a rematch of the last two Super Bowl Champions, six former Vols will be in action as the Green Bay Packers host the New Orleans Saints at 8:30 p.m.

With the defending champions, linemen Scott Wells and Chad Clifton are expected to start for the Packers. Check out a 2011 Packers Preview team preview from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Super Bowl XLIV champion Saints feature four former Vols, the most of any team in the NFL: Aubrayo Franklin, Jabari Greer, Robert Meachem and Turk McBride. 

Here's a feature including Franklin in the Shreveport Times: Marching to New Orleans
Franklin is also mentioned prominently in this story on ESPN.com: Saints have deepest roster in team history. McBride is featured in this story: Former Lion Turk McBride To Start For New Orleans Saints

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/8)

Two days away from the game vs. Cincinnati, the Vols are hard at work in preparation for the Bearcats. Check out Vol Report: Forgiving Field along with these videos from Wednesday: Practice HighlightsDerek DooleyOffensive Coordinator Jim Chaney and Defensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox as well as the Photo Gallery.

Here are stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Marlin Lane eager to show skills
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dooley on expansion
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Expansion about TV, not tradition
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols looking to clean up mistakes on offense
- Volquest: On the right track

More from the Cincinnati perspective:
- Cincinnati Enquirer: Coombs: Vols will test UC secondary

Follow-Up Stories On Dave Hart's Hiring

Here's a look at some stories from the media regarding Tennessee's hiring of Dave Hart as Vice Chancellor/Athletic Director on Monday night.

- SEC Digital Network: Hart Impressed By UT Commitment
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Football, basketball fortunes will determine

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/7)

The Vols returned to practice on Tuesday morning. Read the Vol Report: Monday Night Football as well as Video Highlights and Video of Coach Dooley's Media Session. We also have a Photo Gallery. Also check out this feature story and video about new Strength & Conditioning Coach Ron McKeefery Right at Home.

Here are the most recent media stories heading into the Cincinnati game

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Derek Dooley ready for heart-to-Hart
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Game 2 is time to improve
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley learns lesson from 2010 storm delay
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Vereen shines as nickel linebacker
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols start preparations for Cincinnati
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: SEC notes
- The Chattanoogan: Getting Prepared For Cincinnati
- Inside Tennessee: Bringing the heat
- Inside Tennessee: Vols must prepare for Tuesdays

From the Bearcats side
- GoBearcats.com: Austin Peay To Tennessee
- Cincinnati Enquirer: Doc: A Rocky Top rant for UC
- Cincinnati Enquirer: Tennessee's speed concerns Jones

R.A. Dickey Visits the MLB Fan Cave


Check out this story from MLB.com on former Vol, current New York Mets knuckleballer, future author and Darth Vader impersonator R.A. Dickey's visit to the MLB Fan Cave.

Stories on Dave Hart's Hiring As UT A.D.

Check out various stories from the media across the country on Tennessee's hiring of Dave Hart as its new Vice Chancellor/Director of Athletics on Monday night.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dave Hart final piece of UT puzzle
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Biggest news could be no news for a while
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Athletic director job filled: UT hires Dave Hart
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Alabama's Hart named Tennessee AD
- CBSSports.com: First In Line at UT

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/6)

Monday was an off-day for the Vols in terms of on-field practice, but the team held its weekly press conference, read about it in: Vol Report: Labor Day. Watch all the Videos as well check out a Photo Gallery. Read the entire Derek Dooley Transcript here.

Here are the stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Derek Dooley: Everybody 'whipped' at line
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Derek Dooley wary of Bearcats' 'O'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Justin Hunter's progress 'monumental'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Derek Dooley recaps UT's win over Montana
- Inside Tennessee: High points: Monday presser
- Inside Tennessee: Fate smiles on Vols

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/5)

The Vols opened 2011 with a solid 42-16 win over Montana. Take a look back with our recap: Vols Open with 42-16 Win as well as a pair of features: Dooley's Pants A Hit and Hunter & Rogers Big Nights. Check out postgame Video Highlights as well as several Photo Galleries: Photos 1Photos 2Photos 3

Here are the media stories for a Labor Day Monday:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tyler Bray's stats show up when it counts
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Behind the numbers
- Knoxville News Sentinel: SEC openers, for better or worse
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols look to fix problems in run game
- Tennessee Journalist: Vols vs. Montana Report Card
- Inside Tennessee: Notebook: Bray has a day

Here's a look at the media stories from this week's foe, Cincinnati:

- Cincinnati Bearcats: Leading By Example
- Leaf Chronicle: Bearcats claw Austin Peay
- Cincinnati Enquirer: Abernathy boosts UC kick returns
- Cincinnati Enquirer: Getting out of the blocks quickly

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/4)

The Vols opened 2011 with a solid 42-16 win over Montana. Take a look back with our recap: Vols Open with 42-16 Win as well as a pair of features: Dooley's Pants A Hit and Hunter & Rogers Big Nights. Check out postgame VIDEO: HIGHLIGHTS as well as several Photo Galleries: PHOTOS 1PHOTOS 2PHOTOS 3

Here are stories from the media

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Report Card for Montana game
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Evans makes good on return with TD
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Run game a source of frustration for Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' lightning strikes spark 42-16 win
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols off to electric start
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols defense comes up with some big plays
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT running game far from dazzling
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Evans 'rewarded' for sticking with it
- Tennessee Journalist: Bray, Hunter lead Vols to 42-16 win
- Inside Tennessee: Vols maul Montana, 42-16
- Inside Tennessee: IT weighs in: week one
- Great Falls Tribune: Volunteers victimize Grizzlies

Basketball Updates

Here are a few links that will both get you up to speed with what's been going in Cuonzo Martin's program, as well as get you fired up for Football Time in Tennessee! (Good luck to our football Vols as they start the 2011 season against Montana!)

First, Dwight Miller continues his blog series, "Dwight's Insight," with a Football Time edition that discusses his excitement for his first big football weekend, as well as learning to manage his time as a Division I student-athlete.Read his blog here. Next, check out some football predictions by Jeronne Maymon and Yemi Makanjuola in this Facebook Fastbreak:



Finally, the Vols recently participated in the Butterfly Fund 5K, an event that raised money to fight childhood cancers. Tennessee basketball players congratulated runners as they crossed the finish line while freshmen Brandon Lopez and Josh Richardson ran the race. For a closer look at the event, watch this:

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/3)

GAMEDAY IS FINALLY HERE! Check out a feature story on Justin Hunter: Hunter Growing, On Field & Off along with a Video Feature on Hunter & Da'Rick Rogers. We also have a look at one of the game's legends in: Catching Up: Tim Irwin. Here's another video of a Ben Martin Feature.

Check out the media stories as your primer to the game vs. Montana

- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Time to kick it off' 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things against Montana
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols nervously eager to hit field
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Ugly offseason yields finally to news on fields
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: College Previews
- Birmingham News: Countdown to Football
- Inside Tennessee: Players to watch: Week 1
- Volquest: It's gametime

From the Montana side:

- Missoulian: BY THE NUMBERS
- Great Falls Tribune: Griz hope to vanquish Vols

Denarius Moore Featured On ESPN.com

Check out this nice feature on ESPN.com about former Vol and rookie Denarius Moore of the Oakland Raiders: The 'effortless' summer of Denarius Moore.

Denarius Moore
Here's the starts of the story: Jason Campbell knew the Oakland Raiders had a draft steal before the team's coaching staff did. 

A month after the Raiders took the intriguing, but perhaps inconsistent, Denarius Moore in the fifth round of the draft, he quickly drew attention from his new quarterback at a player-organized camp in Georgia during the lockout. As soon as he started throwing passes to his assembled receivers, Campbell wanted to know more about Moore, a 5-foot-11, 194-pound Tennessee product. 

"He immediately caught my eye," Campbell said this week. "I said 'we need to get some plays for this kid.' From the first day, it was effortless for him." 

Moore has been the story of Oakland's camp. He went from being a late-round project with long-term possibilities to a player who looks ready to help the team right away. There is a chance he will start for Oakland in the regular-season opener Sept. 12 at Denver in the second half of ESPN's "Monday Night Football" doubleheader. If Moore is not starting for the Silver and Black early in the season, he will certainly be in the top of part of the Raiders' receiving rotation. 

The final NFL preseason game saw Seattle beat Oakland, 20-3. A pair of former Vols saw action. Moore made a catch for two yards and John Henderson had a tackle. 


1 Day Until Football Time In Tennessee!

1 day until football time in Tennessee!

-Tennessee won the 1st BCS national championship in 1998, defeating Florida State, 23-16.

-The Vols have finished number 1 in the AP Poll in 1951 and 1998.

-When ranked number 1, the Vols are 15-0.

-Tennessee has defeated the No. 1-ranked team twice, knocking off LSU, 14-13, in 1959 and edging Auburn, 38-20, in 1985.

-All spring and summer, five words sit on the tip of every Vol fan's tongue. 1 minute before kickoff, they can finally say, "It's Football Time in Tennessee!"

UT Cross Country Teams Open 2011 Season Today

The UT cross country teams open the 2011 season this evening in Nashville at the Belmont-VU Opener. The Knoxville News Sentinel's Mike Strange sets the scene for the Vols and Lady Vols here:

Knoxville News Sentinel: UT Cross Country Teams Ready To Run As One.

Meet Domingo Ayala at Baseball Fan Appreciation Day




Come out to Lindsey Nelson Stadium tonight from 6-8 p.m. for the Tennessee baseball Fan Appreciation Day. Fans will have an opportunity to meet and interact with the players and new coaching staff, as well as YouTube sensation Domingo Ayala.

A long-time friend of UT Head Coach Dave Serrano and no semi-pro, Ayala (www.domingobeisbol.com) will show off his "God-given talent" in a personal workout from 7:30-8, followed by an autograph session. 

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.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/2)

One Day Until It's Football Time In Tennessee. Check out Thursday's Vol Report: Learning On The Go along with a Photo Gallery from practice. Also, if you haven't seen it, check out TENNESSEE 101: Season Openers as Bud Ford and Gus Manning talk about famous lid-lifters in Vols' history.

Here are stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: A tall order for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel:  College football is finally here
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Football time
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Finding Vols on pay-per-view
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols not using youthful inexperience as excuses
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols hope to handle no-huddle better than in past
- Inside Tennessee: No Tennessee waltz

From the Montana perspective:

Morning Glory: UT's New Approach To Tickets Working

Check out Andrew Gribble's "Morning Glory" Blog as he writes about Tennessee's new approach to ticketing. Here's a glimpse of the story:

UT has one of the biggest stadiums in the country and a fanbase that stretches for hundreds and hundreds of miles. Gas is expensive. TVs are bigger and better. And, most importantly, the football here hasn't exactly been dominant over the past few years.


Most schools would kill for a season ticket base of 64,000+, which doesn't count students and is where UT currently stands. But for UT, it's considered a disappointment because everyone, rightly or wrongly, associates the school with crowds of 105,000+ for every home game.

They're old standards in a new world. That's why UT deserves some credit for tackling this dilemma with new, innovative thinking.

I didn't fully understand UT's partnership with IMG College Ticket Solutions until yesterday, when I took a tour of the makeshift call center inside the bowels of the Neyland Thompson Sports Center. Packed in this tiny room are nine professional salespeople and a manager who runs the show and keeps the troops motivated. Motivational, sales-driven posters cover the walls. A huge dry erase board tracks everyone's progress and keeps tallies on every sort of statistic you can imagine.

The days of student assistants half-heartedly calling high-figure donors who buy tickets no matter what are over. Instead, this group is reaching out to everybody and anybody with a connection to UT. And when those calls are over, they ask for more names.

What's been quickly realized is that UT's fanbase is even bigger than a 100,000-seat stadium. It just took a little digging, a little data-mining and a some personal interaction to unearth those who previously chose to express their fandom from their couch at home.

Since July 1, the new sales team has sold 2,237 season ticket packages. That, according to senior associate AD Chris Fuller, is unprecedented for this late in the sales season. That amount of tickets is good for more than $1 million in revenue. Also impressive is that the team has generated more than $100,000 in additional donations to the Tennessee Fund.

MORNING GLORY: Why UT's new approach to ticket sales is working and a barrage of links



Vols In The NFL Update (9/2)

Most of the final weekend of action in the NFL Preseason took place on Thursday night. Here's a look at how some former Vols in the league performed last night.

- The Redskins beat the Bucs, 29-24. Donte' Stallworth had the biggest night for a former Vol with five catches for 80 yards including a game-winning 41-yard TD reception. Watch the video. With Tampa Bay, Jonathan Crompton saw his most playing time with 12 completions on 22 attempts for 149 yards with a TD and an INT. 

- Three former Vols played for the Patriots as New England lost to the New York Giants, 18-17. Albert Haynesworth (3 tackles) and Shaun Ellis ( 1 tackle for a sack) made their Pats' debuts. Jerod Mayo also had a tackle. With the Giants, Deon Grant made three tackles. 

- The Packers beat the Chiefs, 20-19 as Eric Berry had three tackles for KC. Punter Dustin Colquitt punted four times for a 30.8 average. 

- In the Bengals' 17-13 loss to the Colts, Jonathan Wade made three tackles and Gibirl Wilson had two stops for Cincinnati. 

- The Dolphins beat the Cowboys, 17-3. With Miami, Marvin Mitchell made five tackles and  Tony McDaniel had a tackle. 

- The Arizona Cardinals stopped the Denver Broncos, 26-7. Britton Colquitt punted seven times for Denver for a 41.0 average. 


2 Days Until Football Time In Tennessee!

Just 2 days until IT'S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!!

Here are a few historic 2's in Vols football history.

- Tennessee has had 2 overall No. 1 NFL Draft picks: Peyton Manning in 1998 by the Indianapolis Colts and George Cafego in 1940 by the Chicago Cardinals. 

- Tennessee has beaten the No. 1 team in the country 2 times. The Vols beat No. 1 LSU on Nov. 7, 1959, by the score of 14-13 and UT topped No. 1 Auburn, 38-20 on Sept. 28, 1985. 

- Tennessee has finished No. 2 in the AP Poll on four occasions and three times in the Coaches' Poll.

- Tennessee has had 2 National Coaches of the Year: Bowden Wyatt in 1956 and Phillip Fulmer in 1998. 

- Tennessee has had 2 Outland Trophy Award Winners: Steve DeLong in 1964 and John Henderson in 2000.


Bodary, Rainey on SEC Men's XC Watch List

Two Vol cross country runners were among 22 named to the 2011 SEC Men's Cross Country Preseason Watch List on Thursday. Making the cut were senior Chris Bodary and sophomore Jake Rainey.

To read about Bodary and Rainey, and see everyone on the SEC list, please go to the SEC Digital Network. 

Bodary and Rainey, as well as the UT men's and women's cross country teams, will open their 2011 campaign on Friday, as they travel to Nashville for the Belmont-VU Opener at Percy Warner Park.  For more information on that event, please go to UTSports.com.

Basketball Updates

Here are a couple good links to stories by Mike Griffith of the Knoxville News Sentinel that will bring you up to speed on former Vols Scotty Hopson and Chris Lofton. 

Hopson recently signed a one-year deal with a professional team in Greece: Hopson SIgns with Team in Greece

ofton recently returned to rehab a back injury: Lofton returns to a rehab back injury.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/1)

Two Days Until It's Football Times In Tennessee! Look back at Wednesday's Vol Report: Come On Feel The Noise along with various videos of Practice Highlights, Derek DooleyOffensive Coordinator Jim ChaneyDefensive Coordinator Justin WIlcox along with a Photo Gallery.

Here are stories from the media: 

- SEC Digital Network: Dooley's SEC Teleconference
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols take on crowd noise today
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' offensive line locked in, unified
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: D-line is versatile for Vols
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Maturity replaces Tyler Bray's bravado
- Knoxville Metro Pulse: Derek Dooley On the Vols' 2011 Season
- Inside Tennessee: Vols shaken by crowd noise

From the Montana media:
- The Missoulian: No. 12 Montana at Tennessee


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