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ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (10/31/2011)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Oct. 31, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.


All five Vols currently touring are returning to their home courts next week for the Knoxville Challenger, which runs Nov. 7-13 at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.


John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 499 (+52)

Doubles: 593 (+4)

Note: Became the first Vol from the 2011 team to crack the top 500 in the ATP rankings thanks to back-to-back final appearances in Texas ... Lost in the first round of qualifying at the Charlottesville (Va.) Challenger but returns next week for the Knoxville Challenger at UT's Goodfriend Tennis Center ... Will be honored at the MTSU football game Saturday at the SEC Athlete of the Year ... Now on Twitter @jpatsmith


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 514 (+9)

Doubles: 604 (+48)

Note: New career best in singles ... Points added for singles quarterfinal and doubles semifinal appearances at the Mansfield Futures in Texas ... Lost in the first round of qualifying at the Charlottesville (Va.) Challenger but returns next week for the Knoxville Challenger at UT's Goodfriend Tennis Center.


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 541 (+2)

Doubles: 732 (+9)

Note: New career best in singles ... Lost in the second round of qualifying at the Charlottesville (Va.) Challenger ... Returning to the Knoxville Challenger next week at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.


Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 497 (+5)

Note: Career high in doubles, breaking the top 500 for the first time in his career ... Playing next week at the Knoxville Challenger at the Goodfriend Tennis Center.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 712 (+10)

Note: Playing doubles this week at the Charlottesville (Va.) Challenger ... Scheduled to play the Knoxville Challenger next week.

No Time For Game At Arkansas On Nov. 12, Yet

CBS has elected to use a six-day selection for games of November 12. The following games are being held: Alabama at Miss. State, Tennessee at Arkansas, Auburn at Georgia and Florida at South Carolina. The television windows for these four games are: CBS at Noon ET, CBS at 3:30 ET, ESPN2 at 6:00 ET and ESPN at 7:45 ET. 

These four games will be televised in one of these four windows. 

Saturday, November 12:
CBS - 12:00 ET - *One of four held games
SEC Network - 12:21 ET - Kentucky at Vanderbilt
CBS - 3:30 ET - *One of four held games
ESPN2 - 6:00 ET - *One of four held games
ESPNU - 7:00 ET - Western Kentucky at LSU
CSS - 7:30 ET - La. Tech at Ole Miss
ESPN - 7:45 ET- *One of four held games

*Held Games: Alabama at Miss. State; Tennessee at Arkansas; Auburn at Georgia and Florida at South Carolina

Vols In NFL Update (10/31)

Big weekend from plenty of Tennessee alums, most notably Arian Foster yet again with 100-plus rushing yards for Houston. 

- Arian Foster ran wild again as the Texans beat the Jaguars, 24-14 gaining 112 yards on the ground on 33 carries including a 4-yard TD (WATCH HIGHLIGHT). He also had a catch for 12 years. On defense, Jason Allen had two tackles and an interception (WATCH HIGHLIGHT).


- The Giants rallied to beat Miami, 20-17 as Deon Grant had a tackle for New York. With Miami, Kevin Burnett led the Dolphins with 10 tackles including two TFLs along with a pass defensed. Tony McDaniel had three tackles including a half-sack (WATCH HIGHLIGHT) as part of two TFLs. Marvin Mitchell had a special teams tackle. 

St. Louis shocked New Orleans, 31-21 for their first win of the season. Robert Meachem had two catches for 12 yards. On defense, Jabari Greer had four tackles and a pass defended. Aubrayo Franklin had two stops. 

- The Ravens outscored the Cardinals, 30-27 with Morgan Cox snapped 11 times on kicks and punts for Baltimore. Dan Williams started at nose tackle for Arizona and had three tackles. 

Minnesota outlasted Carolina, 24-21 by virtue of a last-second missed field goal. Omar Gaither returned from injury with the Panthers and had seven tackles including a sack (WATCH HIGHLIGHT) along with a quarterback hurry. Anthony Herrera is injured and missed the game for the Vikings.


Detroit crushed Denver, 45-10. With the Broncos, Robert Ayers had three tackles including a 7-yard sack (WATCH HIGHLIGHT) as part if two TFLs. Britton Colquitt punted seven times for a 50.4 average. 

Buffalo blanked Washington, 23-0. With the Redskins, Donte Stallworth rushed for two yards, but did not make a catch in two passes to him.

Pittsburgh topped New England, 25-17 with Ramon Foster starting at right guard. With the Patriots, three former Vols played on defense including the return for Jerod Mayo with two  tackles. Albert Haynesworth had a tackle while Shaun Ellis started on the defensive line, but did not have a tackle. 

- The 49ers handled the Browns, 20-10 as Parys Haralson had three tackles and forced a fumble at the end of the game. With Cleveland, Montario Hardesty started at running back, but gained six yards on two carries after suffering a calf injury early. He will have an MRI on Monday. 

Cincinnati romped over Seattle, 34-12 with Gibril Wilson had three tackles and a fumble recovery (WATCH HIGHLIGHT).

- The Sunday night game, Philadelphia pounded Dallas, 34-7. Jason Witten had four catches for 28 yards with the Cowboys. 

- On Monday night, Dustin Colquitt will punt for the Chiefs against San Diego.

The Falcons, Bears, Packers, Jets, Raiders and Bucs all had byes. Jets coach Rex Ryan took in the Vols game on Saturday night during New York's off week. 

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/31)

Happy Halloween! Check out the Monday Football Press Conference on UTSports.com/All-Access starting at 11 a.m. Coach Derek Dooley speaks to the media at 12 Noon.

Here are the latest stories:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols seeking a spark
- Tennessee Journalist: Vols vs South Carolina Report Card

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/30)

The Vols Fell to No. 14 South Carolina, 14-3 on Saturday. Check out all the Postgame Videos as well as the FEAR THE PANTS Flash Mob Video.

Here are stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: QB situation once again up in the air
- Knoxville News Sentinel: QB switch turns out to be trick, not treat
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols fight but fall to Gamecocks, 14-3
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley, UT get away with failed gamble
- Inside Tennessee: Cocks dump Vols, 14-3

ON TOUR: Sandgren Advances in Charlottesville Challenger Qualies

Thanks to a straight-set victory Saturday, former Vol Tennys Sandgren moved on to the second round of qualifying at the Charlottesville Challenger.

Sandgren defeated Virginia senior Drew Courtney 6-3, 6-4. He faces sixth-seeded Mirza Basic on Sunday.

John-Patrick Smith and Rhyne Williams both lost to seeded opponents. Smith fell to second-seeded and world No. 303 Nick Monroe 6-2, 7-5, just three weeks after defeating the American outdoors. Williams was defeated 4-6, 6-2, 6-0 by eighth-seeded Chris Eaton.

360 View Of Neyland Stadium and Vol Walk Before The Game

Check out a 360-view of Neyland Stadium from mid-afternoon before the Vols take on South Carolina at 7:15 p.m. Simply move your cursor to the right or left and take an early look at Neyland today.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/29)

Tonight it will be Football Time In Tennessee! The Vols take on No. 14 South Carolina at 7:15 p.m., in a game that will be televised on ESPN2.

Get all your info on the game game: UT vs #14 South Carolina Sat. at 7:15 pm. Also check out these recent features from UTSports.com:


News from media outlets includes:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things against South Carolina
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols have chance for big step up
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley, Vols still try to focus on process
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Toddler Dooley all set for Halloween
- Inside Tennessee: No 'Heisman dude'

News from South Carolina includes: 

- Anderson Independent Mail: USC rested, ready for Vols
- Charleston Courier-Post: Dabo dancing; USC bracing
- Charlotte Observer: Inside the SEC
- Gamecock Anthem: FINAL NOTES: USC vs. UT

Williams Nabs Bronze With U.S. 4x100m Relay At Pan Am Games

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Former Tennessee sprinter Rubin Williams helped the United States claim a bronze medal Friday in the 4x100-meter relay finals at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    A 16-time All-American during his college days in Knoxville from 2005-08, Williams ran the third leg for the USA as the Americans finished third in 39.17. Brazil seized the gold, clocking in at 38.18, while St. Kitts & Nevis moved the stick around the oval in 38.81.

    That was the final Pan Am assignment for the two-person Big Orange contingent on the U.S. squad. Former Lady Vol Jackie Areson was the other, placing 11th in the 1500m run on Thursday.
   
    Track & field (Athletics) results for the Pan Am Games can be found at the Pan Am Games Results Site



 


Poole Named SEC Community Service Team Player Of Week

Tennessee senior tailback Tauren Poole has been named the SEC Community Service Player of the Week. The native of Toccoa, Ga., has been involved with the following community service initiatives:

- Eagle Strut Walk-A-Thon
- Speaker for Special Olympics of Gatlinburg
- Habitat for Humanity
- Miracle Network Telethon for East Tennessee Children's Hospital
- Punt, Pass and Kick for the Boys and Girl Club

He has also been a three-time SEC Academic Honor Roll selection.

Smokey To Be Featured On Animal Planet's DOGS 101

Tennessee's beloved Bluetick Coonhound, Smokey, will be featured on Animal Planet's DOGS 101 Show on Saturday, Oct. 29, at 8 p.m. The show will include Smokey in action at Vols football games.

Among the other dogs featured on Saturday's show are Brussels Griffon, Swedish Lapphund, Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen, German Wirehaired Pointer, and Bearded Collie.


Vote Arencibia for Heart & Hustle Award

Former Vol and current Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia is a candidate for the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Assocation's Heart & Hustle Award, presented to the player who demonstrates a passion for the game and best embodies its values, spirit and traditions.


In his first full season in the big leagues, Arencibia finished second among all MLB rookies with 23 home runs and 78 RBIs in 129 games for the Blue Jays. He hit .219 with 20 doubles, four triples, 47 runs scored and one stolen base.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/28)

Having the word "freshman" next to their names hasn't lowered the expectations for Tennessee linebackers A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt. Read about it in the Vol Report: Same Expectations along with a Photo Gallery from Thursday

Stories from the media include:

- Inside Tennessee: History of success
- Inside Tennessee: Kickin' it into gear

Stories from South Carolina include:

- Gamecock Anthem: Defense preparing for Worley
- Gamecock Anthem: Defense ready for the run

Williams Aids U.S. Men To Relay Final At Pan Am Games

A former Vol track & field standout helped the United States advance to the finals in a relay event, and an ex-Lady Vol runner was in action in the 1500 meters on Thursday at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Rubin Williams, who ran at UT from 2005-08 and was a 16-time All-American for Tennessee, joined Jeremy Dodson, Perrisan White and Monzavous Edwards in posting a time of 39.19 to win their heat in the semifinal round of the 4x100-meter relay at Telmex Athletics Stadium. St. Kitts & Nevis was second in 39.31, while Brazil was third in 39.44. The final will be held at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT) on Friday.

In the finals of the women's 1500 meters, former Lady Vol Jackie Areson, who competed for the Big Orange from 2006-10, wound up 11th in four minutes, 34.23 seconds. Adriana Munoz of Cuba won the gold medal with a time of 4:26.09.

Track & field (Athletics) results for the Pan Am Games can be found at the Pan Am Games Website.
 

Selections Announced USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoors

The ITA announced the final selections for next week's USTA/ITA National Intercollegiate Indoor Championships in Flushing, N.Y.

The Vol freshman duo of Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese qualified for the exclusive 16-team doubles draw by winning the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championships on Monday.

The Lady Vols will once again have a participant in both the singles and doubles draws. Senior Natalie Pluskota and junior Kata Szekely teamed up for the first time to win the USTA/ITA Ohio Valley Regional Championship doubles tournament in Memphis two weeks ago.

Pluskota also made it into the 32-player singles draw as an at-large invitation.

The USTA/ITA Indoors runs Nov. 3-6 at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., the site of the US Open. A live blog for all Tennessee's matches will be available at UTSports.com and UTLadyVols.com.

The entire list of men's and women's entries is available here.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/27)

Read up on the Vols in the Vol Report: Rogers In Touch With His Chi as Da'Rick met with the media after practice. Watch Highlights from Thursday's practice along with Derek Dooley's post-practice media session.

Here are the latest media stories as the Vols ready for South Carolina on Saturday night:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Rogers still upbeat despite Vols' struggles
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Another day another QB for the Vols
- Inside Tennessee: Baggett still teaching
- Inside Tennessee: Slowing down Spurrier
- Inside Tennessee: Not dumbing it down
- Volquest: Staying the same

News out of South Carolina includes:

- Anderson Independent Mail: Tennessee an impatient program

Ice Bears To Wear UT Themed Jerseys On Friday Night

The Knoxville Ice Bears will be wearing special Tennessee-themed hockey jersey on Friday night when they take on the Mississippi RiverKings. 


Specialty Theme Jerseys will be worn then auctioned off after the game thanks to a one time exception granted to us by the University of Tennessee. Be sure to stick around after the game and bid on your favorite players!

Basketball News and Notes

Here are some news and notes to keep you up to speed with the latest in Tennessee basketball:

Up Close: Cameron Tatum. By Drew Rutherford, UTsports.com
Renaldo Woolridge steps into the post. By Mike Griffith, Knoxville News Sentinel
Vol Hoops Report: Oct. 21. UTsports.com
Golden ready to meet expectations. By Dave Ford, Knoxville Journal
Dale Ellis likes the intensity of practice. By Mike Griffith, Knoxville News Sentinel

The Vols are celebrating 25 years of basketball in Thompson-Boling Arena with 25 days of giveaways. Freshman guard Brandon Lopez recently took part in the #25for25 celebration by delivering season tickets to season ticket holders. Here's some of video:


The Vols are just 16 days away from basketball time in Tennessee! On Thursday, head coach Cuonzo Martin, along with senior guard Cameron Tatum, will travel to Birmingham for SEC Basketball Media Day. UT's rotation at media day is from 2:30-4:30 ET. For more information, log onto SEC Basketball Media Day Central.

Watson to Revisit His Warrior Days for Charity

Catching Up With C.J. Watson of the Chicago Bulls

Former Tennessee point guard (2003-06) and current Chicago Bulls fan favorite C.J. Watson is taking part in the "We Believe" charity basketball game Nov. 5 at the San Jose State Events Center. 

The game, which benefits the Kaiser Permanente Breast Cancer Research Foundation and NBA standout Matt Barnes' Athletes vs. Cancer Foundation, features current and former Golden State Warriors.

Watson played for the Warriors from 2007-10.

"We Believe" was the slogan of Golden State's popular 2006-07 squad, which broke the franchise's 12-year playoff drought and upset the Dallas Mavericks to reach the second round.

Watson, Barnes, Jason Richardson, Gilbert Arenas, Antawn Jamison, Al Harrington and Ike Diogu will represent that popular 2006-07 team during the Nov. 5 exhibition, while Monta Ellis, Stephen Curry, David Lee, Dorell Wright, Jeremy Lin, Charlie Bell, Jeremy Tyler and Lou Amundson are slated to represent the current Warriors.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/26)

We have reached the midway point of South Carolina Week, check out the Vol Report: Randolph Settles At Safety along with Video Highlights and Derek Dooley's Media Session from Tuesday. Here are Photos from practice with Justin Worley leading the first-team offense.

Read up on the Vols in these stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Big hits nothing new for Brian Randolph
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols need to solve second-half slump
- Knoxville News Sentinel: The SEC East isn't what it used to be
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT: Brian Randolph sorer but doing job
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT receivers, Worley work on timing
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: SECond Down
- Inside Tennessee: Randolph relishing role
- Inside Tennessee: Bumps and bruises

News out of South Carolina includes:

- Anderson Independent Mail: USC to face Palmetto State native QB Worley
- Charleston Post Courier: Gamecocks let star QB get away
- Sumpter Item: USC preparing for Worley
- Spartenburg Herald Journal: USC must come together, play through adversity


Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/25)

Monday was a busy day in the UT football program, despite a day off from practice. Check out the Vol Report: Worley To Start At QBDerek Dooley Media Transcript (Oct. 24) and Media Monday with all your videos from Monday's Press Conference.

Here are the latest media stories:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: QB change more about results than anything
- Knoxville News Sentinel: QB change dominates conversation
- Knoxville News Sentinel: No hiding weaknesses from Steve Spurrier
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Freshman Justin Worley new UT starting QB
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: SECond down
- Maryville Daily Times: Dooley shaking up Vols' two-deep
- Inside Tennessee: Weighing in on Worley

From South Carolina, here are some stories:


Meet Recap: News Coverage

In case you missed it, here are links to stories covering the Vols' and Lady Vols' swimming and diving season openers. The Lady Vols swept both Kentucky and Indiana, while the Vols beat Kentucky for the 36th consecutive time and lost to Indiana by two points.

Knoxville News Sentinel:

Former UT Track Standouts To Aid U.S. Cause At Pan Am Games


    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- A pair of former Tennessee track & field standouts will represent the United States on Oct. 27 and 28, when they compete in the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

    Former Vol sprinter Rubin Williams (2005-08) and former Lady Vol distance runner Jackie Areson (2007-11) will be on hand at Telmex Athletics Stadium for the 16th edition of the Pan Am Games, which ranks as the world's second-largest multi-sport event behind the Summer Olympics.   Williams is slated to run in the 4x100m relay semifinals at 3:45 p.m. ET (2:45 p.m. CT) on Thursday and in the finals at 7 p.m. ET (6 p.m. CT)  on Friday, should the U.S. advance.  Areson, meanwhile, will have only one race, the 1500m final, at 6:05 p.m. ET (5:05 p.m. CT) on Thursday.

    During his UT career, Williams was a 16-time All-American and five-time SEC champion, winning an NCAA Indoor title in the 200 meters in 2008 and finishing second indoors and out in the 200m in 2007.  At the SEC level, he raced to indoor crowns in the 55m in 2006, and the 200m in 2007 and 2008, as well as outdoor titles in the 200m (2007) and 4x100m relay (2007).

    Areson, meanwhile, was a four-time All-American and five-time SEC victor on the oval, winning an NCAA Indoor crown in the 5000 meters in 2011. She also claimed SEC crowns in the 3000m (indoors) in 2011, the distance medley relay in 2010 and 2011 and the 5000m (indoors/outdoors) in 2010.  In cross country, she earned All-South Region distinction in 2006, 2008 and 2009 and was All-SEC in 2009 during a career that saw her make three appearances at the NCAA Championship meet.

To follow the track & field (athletics) portion of the 2011 Pan Am Games, please go to the
2011 Pan Am Games Results Site.
 

Vols Homecoming vs. MTSU Game Slated for 7 p.m. on FSN

Tennessee's Homecoming game vs. Middle Tennessee game on Nov. 5 will kickoff at 7 p.m., and be televised on Fox Sports Net. 

Here is the rundown of conference games slated for Nov. 5.

 

- SEC Network, 12:21 ET - Vanderbilt at Florida

- CSS, 12:30 ET - New Mexico State at Georgia

- ESPNU, 3:30 ET - Ole Miss at Kentucky

- FSN, 7:00 ET - Middle Tennessee at Tennessee

- ESPN, 7:15 ET - South Carolina at Arkansas

- CSS, 7:30 ET - Tennessee-Martin at Miss. State

- CBS, 8:00 ET - LSU at Alabama

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (10/24/2011)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Oct. 24, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 523 (-2)

Doubles: 652 (+4)

Note: Reached the quarterfinals of the Mansfield Futures in singles and the semifinals in doubles with Nima Roshan ... Off this week ... Scheduled to play in next week's Charlottesville (Va.) Challenger.


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 543 (+2)

Doubles: 741 (0)

Note: New career best in singles ... Off last week ... Playing in this week's Birmingham Futures event in Alabama.

  

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 551 (+76)

Doubles: 597 (+69)

Note: Finalist in back-to-back weeks, reaching the title match at the Futures of Mansfield in Texas ... Career high in singles and doubles ... Off this week and scheduled to play in next week's Charlottesville (Va.) Challenger ... Now on Twitter @jpatsmith

  

Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 502 (+15)

Note: Career high in doubles ... Reached the finals of the Austin Hill Country Classic in doubles with John-Patrick Smith ... Playing doubles this week at the Futures of Mansfield in Texas this week.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 722 (-186)

Note: Playing next week at the Charlottesville Challenger.

Vols In NFL Update (10/24)

It was a huge day for Arian Foster, as he became the first Texan to have 100 yards rushing and 100 yards receiving in a game as he scored three touchdowns. Foster notched his 11th career 100-yard rushing game and second this season. 

- The Texans romped over the Titans, 41-7 as Arian Foster gained 115 rushing yards on 25 carries including two TDs and had 119 receiving yards on five catches including a 78-yard reception. Watch Texans vs. Titans highlights including all of Foster's TDs. Jason Allen played as a back-up in the secondary, but had no tackles. 



Dallas pounded the Rams, 34-7 as Jason Witten scored another touchdown as part of five catches for 35 yards. Watch Wittten's Touchdown.


Green Bay edged Minnesota, 33-27 as two former Vols linemen started on opposite sidelines. Scott Wells started at center for the Packers while Anthony Herrera started at right guard for the Vikings. Chad Clifton missed his second game for the Packers with a partial tear of his hamstring. "It was a partial tear but not completely off the bone, so no surgery's required," Clifton told the Green Bay Gazette. "With hamstrings, you've just got to keep getting the treatment and keep doing the rehab."

Chicago beat Tampa Bay, 24-18 as rookie tight end Luke Stocker made two catches for 14 yards with the Bucs in a game played in England. 

Cleveland nipped Seattle, 6-3 as Montario Hardesty had a career-high 95 rushing yards to help the Browns reach .500 after six games for the first time since 1999. He also had 27 receiving yards on two catches.
 - Here's a feature on Hardesty from the Cleveland Plain Dealer: Montario Hardesty's hard day's work earns praise from Pat Shurmur

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Denver rallied to beat Miami, 18-15 in OT in a game with five former Vols. Robert Ayers had two tackles before suffering a knee injury for the Broncos. He will be evaluated on Monday. Punter Britton Colquitt had nine kicks for 48.3 average with a long of 66. For the Dolphins, on defense, Kevin Burnett had six tackles, Tony McDaniel had three stops and Marvin Mitchell also played. 

Kansas City blanked Oakland, 28-0 as punter Dustin Colquitt had seven punts for a 52.6 average with three inside the 20-yard line and a long of 65. With the Raiders, Denarius Moore had a catch for four yards and four punt returns for nine yards. John Henderson made a tackle for Oakland. 

Pittsburgh beat Arizona, 32-20 as Ramon Foster started at right guard for the Steelers. On defense, Dan Williams started at nose tackle for the Cardinals and made two tackles. 

Carolina handled Washington, 33-20 as two Vols were inactive, both Donte' Stallworth (Redskins) and Omar Gaither (Panthers) didn't play. Gaither is working his way back from a sprained knee. 

In the Sunday night game, New Orleans routed, 62-7 as several former Vols joined in the action for the Saints. Receiver Robert Meachem had two catches for 27 yards. Jabari Greer had two tackles and a pass defended. Aubrayo Franklin played but had no stats. Turk McBride was inactive after injuring his right shoulder last week. 

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/24)

Watch the Monday's Football Press Conference on UTSports.com/AllAccess today starting at 11 a.m. Coach Derek Dooley speaks at 12 Noon.

Here are the latest news stories on the Vols:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Questions at quarterback
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Run game better for Tennessee
- Inside Tennessee: Why Worley? Why not?
- Inside Tennessee: Notebook: Who's The Guy?

Oct. 29 Game Vs. South Carolina To Air On ESPN2

The Vols' Oct. 29 game vs. South Carolina next Saturday, Oct. 29 will air on ESPN2. 

It is Tennessee's fourth appearance on ESPN2 this season following the Cincinnati, Georgia and Alabama games. 

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/23)

Check out the recap as the Vols Fell to No. 2 Alabama, 37-6 on Saturday. Here are all your Videos from the game along with two galleries Photos 1 and Photos 2.

Here are stories from the media on the loss:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: FINAL: Alabama 37, Tennessee 6
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Second half erases first 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Alabama erupts in second half, wins 37-6
- Inside Tennessee: Bama boots Vols, 37-6

News from Alabama's outlets include:

- Montgomery Advertiser: Inside the Tide

ON TOUR: Smith Reaches Back-to-Back Finals

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For the second Sunday in a row, former Vol John-Patrick Smith will be on court for a Futures Tour title match in Texas.

This week, Smith reached the championship round by knocking out the same player who defeated him in three sets in the final of the Austin Hill Country Classic just six days ago: Peter Polansky of Canada.

Smith snapped Polansky's 18-match winning streak by earning a 6-4, 6-4 victory in the semifinals of the Futures of Mansfield. 

Smith is looking for his second career professional singles title and now faces former ATP top-100 player Jesse Levine, who won two Futures titles and reached the final in another in Canada last month.

Countdown to Kickoff Against Alabama

0: Number of times General Robert Neyland lost to Bear Bryant in seven lifetime matchups

1: Peerless Price's 100-yard kickoff return against the Tide in 1998 is tied for the longest in school history. ... The first-ever Vol Walk took place against Alabama on Oct. 20, 1990 ... The first performance of Rocky Top came at half of the 1972 UT-Bama game.

2: Tennessee has had two All-Americans who hailed from Alabama - Richmond Flowers (1967) and Arron Sears (2006)

3: Eight Vols are tied for the single-game INT record with 3, including Albert Dorsey (1967) and Tim Priest (1970), both vs. Alabama. ... The third time in school history that UT had two 100-yard rushers in a game came against Bama in 1952 (Wade 153, Kozar 124)

4: The Vols have won four times in Tuscaloosa, the last coming in a 5OT, 51-43, win in 2003.

5: Tennessee's first win over Alabama was a 5-0 victory in Birmingham in 1904.

6: Karl Kremser's 54-yard field goal against Alabama in 1968 is the sixth-longest in UT history.

7: Tennessee defeated Alabama seven consecutive times from 1995-2001, the most consecutive wins any school has had over the Tide.

8: Tennessee set the school record with eight interceptions against Alabama in 1970.

9: Tennessee's nine kickoff returns at Alabama in 1987 are tied for the school record.

10. UT has won 10 of the last 16 games in the series dating to 1995, including a 35-24 win 10 years ago in Tuscalooa.

11. QB David Rutter completed 11-of-12 passes for 91.7 percent vs. Alabama in 1978. A UT record for completion percentage (min 10 att.).

12. Tennessee has beaten a ranked Alabama team 12 times in history, the last coming in 1999, a 21-7 win over #10 Bama.

13: In its first ever game on TV, Tennessee defeated Alabama, 27-13, during the 1951 national championship season.

14: The Vols scored 14 points to overcame a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit (27-14) to defeat Alabama, 28-27, in 1984.

15: Tennessee's first win over Alabama in Tuscaloosa was a 15-13 victory in 1928 as Gene McEver had a 98-yard KO return on the opening play.

16: A total of 16 players remain on the Tennessee roster that played in the team's last trip to Tuscaloosa in 2009.

17. Greg Jones racked up 17 solo tackles in the 1976 game, tied for fifth-most in a game in UT history.

18: Tennessee has defeated Alabama on the road 18 times with 14 coming in Birmingham and four in Tuscaloosa.

19: Jeff Francis' 356 passing yards against Alabama in 1987 are the most by a UT quarterback against the Tide, which ranks as 19th-most all-time. ... Keith DeLong had 19 solo tackles in the 1988 game, second-most in UT history.

20: On Oct. 20, 1990, the first Vol Walk took place before the Alabama game. With the Tide in town on Oct. 20, 1962, the stadium was renamed in honor of Gen. Neyland. ... UT has had 20 100-yard rushers against Alabama, the last being Tauren Poole in 2010 with 117 yards.

21: Tennessee defeated Alabama, 21-6, at the 1948 homecoming to record the program's 300th win.

22: Former Vol All-American Richmond Flowers, a native of Montgomery, Ala., wore number 22 at UT ... Ray Nettles had 22 tackles against Alabama in the 1971 game.

23: Saturday's game will mark the 23rd consecutive year that the Tennessee-Alabama game has been televised.

24: Tee Martin started his NCAA record of 24 consecutive completions with his final pass against Alabama in 1998.

Gibson & Grieve Pan Am Softball Update 10-22

Tennessee softball's Lauren Gibson and Kelly Grieve helped Team USA to an 8-0 (6 inn.) victory over Argentina to finish off the Pan Am Games preliminary round with a perfect 7-0 record.  The Americans secured the No. 1 seed in the playoff round and will face-off against No. 2 seed Cuba on Sat., Oct. 22, at 7 p.m. ET.

vs. Argentina

Lauren Gibson doubled, was hit by a pitch, stole a base and scored a run as part of a 1-for-3 effort while starting at second base and hitting third in the line-up.  Kelly Grieve led-off and was 0-for-3 as the starting center fielder.

U.S. vs. Argentina Box Score


Overall Stats

Gibson - Seven games/six starts, .500 avg. (6-for-12), four runs, double, two triples, three RBIs, two walks, three hit by pitch, 2-for-2 stolen bases

Grieve - Six games/four starts, .182 avg. (2-for-11), three runs, two RBIs, two walks


Pan Am Softball Playoffs- Saturday (October 22)

GM 1: No. 3 Canada vs. No. 4 Venezuela - 5 p.m. ET

GM 2: No. 1 USA vs. No. 2 Cuba - 7 p.m. ET

Gametracker - U.S. vs. Cuba 7 p.m. ET

 

Finals- Sunday (October 23)

GM 3: Winner of GM 1 vs. Loser of GM 2 - 11 a.m. ET (Bronze Medal Game)

GM 4: Winner of GM 2 vs. Winner of GM 3 - Noon (Gold Medal Game)

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/22)

Gameday is Tuscalooa has arrived! Your complete preview is here: UT at #2 Alabama; Saturday at 7:15 p.m.

Here are the latest articles on the game:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Cartoon: Dan Proctor draws UT vs. Alabama
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Even Saban says UT is Tide's top rival
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Randolph likely safety starter for Vols

News out of Alabama includes:

- Birmingham News: Unrivaled Tide
- Tuscaloosa News: Lanier at home with Volunteers

ON TOUR: Smith Back in Semifinals at Mansfield

A week after making his second career professional singles final appearance, former Vol John-Patrick Smith advanced to the semifinals of the Futures of Mansfield in Texas on Friday.

Smith beat qualifier and former Texas A&M standout Austin Krajicek 7-5, 6-4. 

He now faces Peter Polansky, a familiar foe indeed. The two faced on Sunday in the title match of the Austin Hill Country Classic, with Polansky winning an extremely close match 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.

Polansky, a former top-200 player from Canada, is making his return from injury and has won 18 consecutive matches and three Futures titles the last month.

This has been the best back-to-back tournament performances for Smith since turning pro in July. He has won one professional singles title, sweep both trophies at the Futures event in Tulsa, Okla., in July.

Rhyne Williams lost both his singles and doubles matches, falling to Polansky 7-6 (8), 6-0. He and doubles partner Nima Roshan of Australia then lost to Devin Britton and Jordan Cox 7-6 (2), 3-6, [10-8] in the semifinals.

Gibson & Grieve Pan Am Softball Update 10-21

Tennessee softball's Lauren Gibson and Kelly Grieve helped Team USA rally from a 5-0 first inning deficit to register a huge comeback victory over Team Canada on Thurs., Oct. 20, and secure a perfect 6-0 record and the top seed in the Pan American Games softball playoff round.  The Americans have one final pool round match-up on Friday against Argentina at 5 p.m. ET.

vs. Canada
Lauren Gibson started the contest at second base and was moved up to hit third in the Team USA order.  The Pasadena, Md., native was 1-for-2 with a run scored, an RBI and two walks.  Kelly Grieve saw action in the game as a pinch runner.

Cumulative Pan Am Stats
Gibson -- Six games played/five starts, .556 avg. (5-for-9), two triples, three runs, three RBIs
Grieve -- Five games played/three starts, .250 avg. (2-for-8), three runs, two walks, two RBIs

Fri., Oct. 21 Team USA Pan Am Schedule

Gametracker - U.S. vs. Argentina - 5 p.m. ET






Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/21)

The Vols head to Tuscaloosa this afternoon as they gear up for tomorrow's game against the No. 2 Crimson Tide. Check out Thursday's Vol Report: F=M*A along with a Photo Gallery. The latest installment of Tennessee 101 on the UT-Alabama Rivalry was posted yesterday.



News on the match-up includes:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Randolph likely safety starter for Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Wilcox has seconds to make defensive calls
- ESPN: What-to-watch
- Inside Tennessee: Xs and Os of defending Bama
- Inside Tennessee: Pump up the volume
- Tricities Sports: Vol Report: F=M*A

From Alabama:

- Birmingham News: 

ON TOUR: Smith, Williams Reach Quarterfinals at Mansfield

Two of the final eight players at the Futures of Mansfield are Volunteers.

Former All-Americans John-Patrick Smith and Rhyne Williams advanced to the quarterfinals Thursday in Texas thanks to three-set victories.

Smith overcame losing the first set to beat sixth-seeded Chris Eaton 4-6, 6-3, 6-4. Williams did the same after a rocky first set, beating 2009 NCAA champion Devin Britton 1-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4). 

Smith plays qualifier and former Texas A&M star Austin Krajicek. Williams faces Canadian Peter Polansky, who is riding a 17-match winning streak.

Williams also advanced to the doubles semifinal as he and Nima Roshan defeated Boris Bakalov and Matthew Short easily 6-1, 6-4. Smith and Ben Rogers lost their quarterfinal match 6-4, 7-5 to top-seeded Peter Polansky and Adam El Mihdawy.

Gibson & Grieve Pan Am Softball Update 10-20

Tennessee softball's Lauren Gibson and Kelly Grieve continued play in the softball competition at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, on Tuesday, Oct. 19, helping Team USA to victories over Cuba (3-0) and Puerto Rico (4-1).  The U.S. remains the only unbeaten team in the event at a perfect 5-0, hitting .369 overall and having outscored the opposition, 34-1.

vs. Cuba
Gibson started at second base for the Americans, going 1-for-2 at the plate with a third-inning triple and an RBI.  Grieve did not see action against the Cuban team.

U.S. vs. Cuba Box Score

vs. Puerto Rico
Grieve started in the designated player role, batting second in the line-up, and also played left field.  The Asheville, N.C., native was 2-for-4 at the plate with a fourth-inning RBI.  Gibson entered the contest as a pinch runner and also played second base, but did not bat against Puerto Rico.

U.S. vs. Puerto Rico Box Score

Cumulative Pan Am Stats
Gibson -- Five games played/four starts, .571 avg. (4-for-7), two triples, two runs, two RBIs
Grieve -- Four games played/three starts, .250 avg. (2-for-8), three runs, two walks, two RBIs

Wed., Oct. 20 Team USA Pan Am Schedule

U.S. vs. Canada Gametracker - 2 p.m. ET




Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/20)

The weather in Knoxville is getting colder. A position change on the Vols' offensive line took place. And the Vols will go on the road for just the second time Saturday. Check out the Vol Report: Change Is Everywhere along with Vol Report HighlightsDerek Dooley's Media SessionJim Chaney's Media Session and Justin Wilcox's Media Session along with Photos from Wednesday's inside practice.

Here are stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols receivers working to cut down drops
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols trying center switch with Alex Bullard
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Multiple QBs common in SEC now
- Tennessee Journalist: Vols take on undefeated Crimson Tide
- Inside Tennessee: Xs and Os of defending Bama
- Inside Tennessee: Halfway home: Defense

News out of Alabama includes:

- Birmingham News: 5 Things to Watch in the SEC
- Montgomery Advertiser: Tide defense impresses Vols coach
- Crimson White: Saban keeps team focused

Out Of Bounds by Jabari Greer: DJ For A Day

Check out former Vol and current New Orleans Saint Jabari Greer and his blog Out of Bounds on NOLA.com. The most recent entry is called DJ For A Day.

Here are the opening paragraphs:


Inspiration!

For the creator, inspiration comes in many forms.

I often wonder how musicians hear a particular note, and through a creative process, turns that note into a composition. Or how an artist starts with a stroke, and by the end, creates a piece that is profound. As a "creator-in-waiting", I understand the difficulty and torment it takes to turn inspiration into something that is easily understood.

In this sense, art and athletics are very similar. In both you are presenting a product, and ultimately opening it up for critique. And although your goal is for everyone to love your work, most of us would settle for just being understood.

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Harrison and Sahagian Featured on Volleyball Voices

As a result of beating South Carolina and Florida the road in the late September, junior DeeDee Harrison and sophomore Carly Sahagian were honored by the Southeastern Conference. Harrison was tabbed the league's Defensive Player of the Week, while Sahagian picked up SEC Offensive Player of the Week honors.

The duo was recently featured on Volleyball Voices, which is a site run by former Lady Vol April Chapple, who was an All-American at UT and a member of the Lady Vol Hall of Fame.

To read Harrison's feature click here, while Sahagian's can be found here.

Gibson & Grieve Pan Am Update 10-19

Tennessee softball's Lauren Gibson and Kelly Grieve continued action on the second day of the softball competition at the Pan Am Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, helping the U.S. Women's Senior National Team to Tuesday victories over the Dominican Republic (10-0, 4 inn.) and home-standing Mexico (7-0).

vs. the Dominican Republic
Gibson started at second base and wasn't credited with an official at-bat after getting hit by two pitches, one with the bases loaded, in recording an RBI.  Grieve was the U.S. starting center fielder and went 0-1 at the plate with two walks (one with the bases loaded), a run scored and an RBI.

U.S. vs. Dominican Republic Box Score

vs. Mexico
In Team USA's nightcap, Gibson again started at second base, going 1-for-3 at the plate with a run scored.  Grieve started for the Americans in right field and was 0-for-3 with a run.

U.S. vs. Mexico Box Score

Overall Pan Am Games Stats
Gibson -- three games played/three starts, .600 avg. (3-for-5), run, triple, one RBI, two hit by pitch, 1-for-1 on steals
Grieve --  three games played/two starts, .000 avg. (0-for-4), three runs, one RBI, two walks


Vols Go Door-to-Door Delivering Season Tickets


To show appreciation for the support of Tennessee fans, this week the Vols have been hand delivering season tickets to basketball season-ticket holders. Transfer Dwight Miller took time Tuesday morning to deliver tickets to Alton and Lisa Blakely as well as Gary and Joani Leeds. WVLT-TV's Jeff Archer tagged along to get it all on camera:

Hart Featured In Tuscaloosa News

Check out Tommy Deas story in the Tuscaloosa News on new Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart: Hart now on other side of Tennessee rivalry.

Here are a few of Hart's comments:

"I'm 100 percent Vol and will be Saturday night," Hart said. "When you represent an institution, you immediately take on all the passion that comes with that for the institution you represent.

"I hadn't given that any thought literally until this week. Literally, I've followed this rivalry since I was an athlete in this conference myself. I've always thought - before I came back to Alabama three years ago and before I came to Tennessee - that this is one of the great rivalries in college athletics. The Third Saturday in October, it gives me chills to even talk about it. To me it's what college football is all about."

"You go through a lot of sleepless nights, as you do any big decision, and it was a big decision to me," he said. "I knew it would be and Tennessee knew it would be.

"I made the decision that this was a great opportunity, and like Alabama this is a university steeped in tradition and one that has the resources. The people have made us feel extraordinarily welcome in the Tennessee Volunteer family. ... It's been a very good transition because they've been so helpful."

"An atmosphere of compliance is the No. 1 priority, and academics," Hart said. "(The merger) is not instantaneous. Of course, the decision has already been made, but the transition hasn't been made."

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/19)

Midway point of the week as the Vols continue to get ready for No. 2 Alabama, check out Tuesday's Vol Report: Trading Spaces including Video Highlights and Coach Dooley's Media Session along with the Photo Gallery.

Here are the stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Marlin Lane building his 'coat of armor'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Prentiss Waggner taking back the corner
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Moving day for Vols at key positions
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Questions and answers with Marlin Lane
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Trent Richardson having Heisman season
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols shuffle it up at Tuesday's practice
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Simms gives Vols chance to win
- Inside Tennessee: Lane showing signs
- Inside Tennessee: New mailman
- Inside Tennessee: Precarious position
- Volquest: Oh snap !


News from Alabama includes:

- Montgomery Advertiser: Tide defense impresses Vols coach
- Times Daily: Tide defense awaits Vols 

ON TOUR: Williams Wins 2 in Mansfield

Former Vol Rhyne Williams opened the Futures of Mansfield by advancing in the singles and doubles draws Tuesday at the Walnut Creek Country Club in Mansfield, Texas.

Williams started the day with an upset, beating former UCLA Bruin and No. 7-seed Dan Kosakowski 6-2, 2-6, 6-4. He later teamed up with Australian native Nima Roshan for a 6-4, 6-2 victory over 2011 NCAA doubles champs Jeff Dadamo and Austin Krajicek. 

Williams has the day off Wednesday, but John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers will be in action. 

Smith plays qualifier Matthew Short in singles. Then Smith and Rogers will face Shane Vinsant and Mitchell Krueger.  

Alesi Helps Venezuela to Bronze in 400 Free Relay

Former Vol Octavio Alesi swam the first leg in Venezuela's third-place finish in the 400-meter freestyle relay Monday at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.

The Venezuelan team finished in a time of 3 minutes, 19.92 seconds. The Brazilian squad set a Pan Am Games record of 3:14.65.

A medal stand photo of the Venezuelan team is here. The Venezuelan squad earned the bronze medal in the 400 free relay in the 2007 Pan Am Game.

Alesi, who lettered for the Vols 2005-08, is not finished at the Pan Am Games. He swims the 800 free relay on Wednesday, the 100 butterfly on Thursday and the 400 medley relay on Friday.

UT Softball's Gibson & Grieve Open Pan Am Games 10-18

Tennessee junior softball player Lauren Gibson and recent UT grad Kelly Grieve each saw action for the USA Softball Senior Women's National Team in its Pan Am Games opener against Venezuela on Monday night in Guadalajara, Mexico.  Gibson was 2-for-2 at the plate with a triple and started the contest at second base, while Grieve scored as a pinch runner as the U.S. overwhelmed Venezuela, 10-0 (4 inn.).  Team USA returns to action on Tuesday at 2 p.m. against the Dominican Republic and at 9 p.m. ET against home-standing Mexico.  Links to last night's box score and today's live stats are below...

USA vs. Venezuela Box Score

U.S. vs. Dominican Republic Gametracker -- 2 p.m. ET/Tues. Oct. 18

U.S. vs. Mexico Gametracker -- 9 p.m. ET/Tues. Oct. 18



Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/18)

The Vols are back on Haslam Field this morning in preparation for No. 2 Alabama. Check out the full preview of UT at #2 Alabama; Saturday at 7:15 p.m. Here's is Monday's Vol Report: Alabama Week as well as Derek Dooley Media Transcript and Media Monday Presser Videos.

News stories include:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Alabama not just another team to Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: No. 2 Alabama looks like No. 1
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Matt Simms at QB helps Vols' run 'rhythm'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols QB Tyler Bray has plate put in broken thumb
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: SEC looking into coaching confrontation
- Inside Tennessee: Monday mash-up: Alabama week


News out of Alabama includes: 

Costello, Bell Strong at CrossKnox 10-Miler

Liz Costello, an All-American and three-time SEC champion last season for the Lady Vol track & field team, and Rolanda Bell, another former Lady Vol runner (2005-09), turned in strong showings at the Pilot CrossKnox 10-Miler point-to-point road race on Sunday.  Costello claimed victory, while Bell finished second.

Read more about the race below at knoxnews.com below.

Liz Costello Wins CrossKnox 10-Miler

Tennessee vs. South Carolina set for 7:15 p.m.

The Tennessee-South Carolina game on Oct. 29 has been scheduled for a 7:15 p.m. start on either ESPN or ESPN2. 

Saturday, October 29:
SEC Network - 12:21 p.m. ET - Arkansas at Vanderbilt
CBS - 3:30 p.m. ET - Georgia vs. Florida (in Jacksonville, Fla.)
ESPNU - 7 p.m. ET - Ole Miss at Auburn
FSN - 7 p.m. ET - Mississippi State at Kentucky
ESPN or ESPN2* - South Carolina at Tennessee

* Network to be selected upon completion of games on Oct. 22

Vols In NFL Update (10/17)

Take a look at how former Vols did in NFL action on Sunday.

- The Steelers edged the Jaguars, 17-13 as Ramon Foster started for Pittsburgh at right guard

- The Giants fended off the Bills, 27-24, Deon Grant made two tackles for New York. 

Redskins fell to the Eagles, 20-13. Donte' Stallworth made three catches for 30 yards. 

 - The Packers handled the Rams, 24-3 as both Chad Cilfton and Scott Wells continued to start on the offensive line for Green Bay.

- In a wild game Detroit suffered its first loss, 25-19 to San Francisco. Parys Haralson started at OLB for the Niners, but had no tackles. 

Cincinnati kept Indianapolis winless with a 27-17 win. Gibril Wilson had three tackles for the Bengals. 

- The Raiders beat the Browns, 24-17. Denarius Moore started at wide receiver for Oakland and had one catch for nine yards. He also returned two punts for minus-6 yards. John Henderson had a tackle for the Raiders. With the Browns, Montario Hardesty rushed 11 times for 35 yards and had two catches for 18 yards.  

Houston lost at Baltimore, 29-14 as Arian Foster had 49 rushing yards on 15 carries along with six catches for 52 yards. Jason Allen played for Houston, but had no tackles. Morgan Cox snapped nine times for Baltimore on kicks and punts. 

New England rallied to win in the final seconds, 20-16 over Dallas. Jason Witten had four catches for 48 yards including a 1-yard TD catch from Tony Romo. WATCH HIGHLIGHT. With the Patriots,Shaun Ellis started on the defensive line and had three tackles and a TFL. Albert Haynesworth had a quarterback hurry. Jerod Mayo is still out with an MCL sprain. 

- The Bucs beat the Saints, 26-20. Rookie tight end Luke Stocker was inactive for Tampa Bay. With New Orleans, Robert Meachem had a catch for 23 yards. Jabari Greer had four tackles and two passes defended. Aubrayo Franklin had a stop too. 

- In the Panthers' 31-17 loss to the Falcons, Omar Gaither was inactive with a sprained MCL for Carolina.

- In the Sunday night game, Chicago dismantled Minnesota, 39-10. Anthony Herrera started at right guard. 

- On Monday night the Dolphins face the Jets. Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and Marvin Mitchell will be in action for Miami. 

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (10/17/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Oct. 17, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 521 (+7)

Doubles: 656 (-5)

Note: No. 521 is a career best in singles  ... Off last week ... Scheduled to play at the Futures of Mansfield in Texas this week.


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 545 (+4)

Doubles: 741 (-1)

Note: New career best in singles ... Off last week ... Off this week.

  

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 627 (0)

Doubles: 666 (-5)

Note: Finalist in both singles and doubles at the Austin Hill Country Classic in Austin, Texas. Points will be added next week ... Playing at the Futures of Mansfield in Texas this week ... Now on Twitter @jpatsmith

 

Boris Conkic

Singles: 1184 (+2)

Doubles: 892 (+10)

Note: Planning to return to tournament play in January.

 

Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 517 (+4)

Note: Career high in doubles ... Reached the finals of the Austin Hill Country Classic in doubles with John-Patrick Smith ... Playing doubles this week at the Futures of Mansfield in Texas this week.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 536 (+24)

Note: Qualified for the doubles main draw at the First Republic Tiburon Challenger in California with Pierre-Ludovic Duclos of Canada ... Off this week.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/17)

The Vols began prepping for their next foe, No. 2 Alabama, on Sunday. Watch today's Football Press Conference, starting at 11 a.m., with Coach Derek Dooley speaking today at Noon on UTSports.com/AllAccess.

Here's a look at some of the media stories for Monday:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Taking the blame, Matt Simms on his return
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Alabama a good game to get past

Manning In CBS Sports Booth On Saturday

Vols legend Peyton Manning stopped by the CBS Sports booth on Saturday while he was at the UT-LSU game. Check out his visit with Verne Lundquist and Gary Danielson as he talks about his connection with Tennessee football.


Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/16)

Tough day for the Vols as they lost to No. 1 LSU, 38-7. Watch Highlights and Postgame Videos  from Saturday. One bright spot was an improved run game, read about here.

Here's the coverage from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: LSU defeats UT, 38-7
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tight-knit Vols of 1956 revel in memories
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Running game takes some positive steps
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Defense doesn't pass test of toughness
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Derek Dooley OK with 'spirited' chatter
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: No. 1 LSU dominates Vols in 38-7 win
- Tennessee Journalist: Vols mauled by Tigers 38-7
- Inside Tennessee: 'Root-canal death'

ON TOUR: Smith Reaches Singles Final in Austin

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith will play for his second-career professional singles title Sunday at the Austin Hill Country Classic, a $15,000 Futures level event in Austin, Texas.

Smith quickly defeated sixth-seeded Adam El Mihdawy 6-2, 6-1 in the semifinals at the Polo Tennis Club in the second meeting between the two players in a month.

He plays eighth-seeded Peter Polansky of Canada in the championship. Polansky defeated former Florida Gator Alexandre Lacroix 6-3, 6-3 in his semifinal match.

Smith captured his first professional singles title in July in Tulsa, Okla., and is looking to become the first Vol from the 2011 squad to win a Futures title at the $15,000 level. Rhyne Williams reached the final of the Tevlin Family Futures in Toronto, Canada, last month.

In Saturday's doubles, Smith and Ben Rogers' nine-match winning streak came to an end as the two lost 7-6 (7), 6-2 to Chris Eaton and Ed Corrie in the doubles final. 

CBS Sports Videos For Today's LSU Game

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley, LB Austin Johnson, and QB Matt Simms sat down with CBS Sports to speak about their strength at quarterback as they take on LSU this Saturday. Watch the game at 3:30 PM ET on CBS and CBSSports.com.

 

LSU safety Eric Reid and QB Jarrett Lee spoke with CBS Sports about their team chemistry as well as their depth especially at the quarterback position. Watch LSU vs. Tennessee Saturday at 3:30 PM ET on CBS and CBSSports.com.

Countdown to Kickoff Against LSU

We have been counting down to kickoff vs. LSU today at 3:39 p.m., on CBS. Check out our hourly countdown here on UTSports.com

24 - The Vols beat LSU, 24-17 in the only bowl meeting between the teams in the 1972 Bluebonnet Bowl.

23 - Kelley Washington set the SEC record for yards per catch (23.3) in game vs. LSU in 2001 with 11 catches for a school-record 256 yards.

22 - In General Neyland's last game vs. LSU, the Vols beat the Tigers, 22-3 in 1952.

21 - The Vols overcame a 21-point deficit (down 21-0) to beat LSU, 30-27 in OT in 2005. The third-largest comeback in UT history.

20 - The Vols have won 20 of the all-time meeting with the Tigers, holding a 20-8-3 lead all-time.

19 - 19 years ago Charlie Garner ran for 104 yards vs. LSU in a 20-0 Vols win in 1992.

18 - In the first-ever meeting between the teams when both were ranked, No. 1 UT beat No. 18 LSU, 20-0 in 1939.

17 - In that 2005 comeback, UT had its largest fourth-quarter rally in history, coming back from down 17 (24-7) to win 30-27 in OT.

16 - Louisiana native Peyton Manning's No. 16 is one of seven retired numbers in UT history.

15 - This is the 15th game between UT and LSU in Knoxville, the Vols lead the series, 11-2-1.

14 - Tennessee beat LSU 14-13 in 1959, the first-ever win by the Vols over a No. 1-ranked team.

13 - The Vols' first-ever night game came against LSU, a 13-0 win in 1944.

12 - The last 12 UT-LSU games have been televised, dating to 1983.

11 - Kelley Washington had 11 catches for a school-record 256 yards in the 2001 game.

10 - The Vols won 10 games in a row in the series, 1934-59.

9 -  Kelley Washington had nine catches in the 2001 SEC Championship game vs. LSU, the last time a UT freshman had at least nine catches.

8 - The Vols are 8-4-2 in games play in Baton Rouge vs. LSU.

7 - The Vols held LSU to less than seven points for seven meetings in a row from 1939-1952.

6 - Tennessee has shutout LSU six times in history, the last coming in 1992, a 20-0 Vols' win.

5 - The fifth-largest crowd in Neyland Stadium history came against LSU, when 108,472 watch the Vols win 26-18 on Sept. 29, 2001.

4 - Four of the last five Tennessee-LSU games have been televised on CBS (2001, 2006, 2007, 2010)

3 - There have been three ties in the series with LSU including the first-ever game a 0-0 tie in 1925 and the first-ever televised UT-LSU game was a 3-3 tie in the 1964.

2 - Tennessee and LSU have faced each other in the SEC Championship game two times (2001, 2007)

1 - The Vols won their first-ever game against a No. 1 team, beating top-ranked LSU, 14-13 in 1959. 

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/15)

It's GAMEDAY! The Vols host No. 1 LSU, seeking the program's third-ever win over the top ranked team in the nation. Check out a Video Package and Photo Gallery from the Rally On Rocky Top on Friday evening. 

Also from UTSports.com
 

Stories from the media include:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: John Chavis' homecoming gift? UT's offense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Smokey to bypass the "T" for LSU game
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Limited tickets remain for LSU-Tennessee
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: No. 1 mission: UT excited to play LSU
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: LSU defense set to badger UT
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Derek Dooley: 'Never lose faith'
- Inside Tennessee: Game Preview: LSU at Tennessee

News out of Louisiana includes: 

- Daily Advertiser: LSU Game Day capsule

Rally On Rocky Top A Big Success

Check out a Photo Gallery from the Rally On Rocky Top as thousands of fans came out to support Derek Dooley and the Vols before they take on #1 LSU. 

On TOUR: Smith Advances to Semifinals in Austin

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith defeated second-seeded Nick Monroe 6-0, 3-6, 7-6 (3) on Friday to reach the semifinals at the Austin Hill Country Classic in Austin, Texas.

Smith will have a busy day Saturday as he will play the semifinals in singles and the doubles final with Ben Rogers later in the day.

In singles, Smith faces sixth-seeded American Adam El Mihdawy, the highest seeded player remaining in the field. The two played earlier this year at the Tulsa (Okla.) Challenger, a meeting Smith won in three sets.

In doubles, Smith and Rogers are playing for their fourth pro doubles title since July and their first title at the $15,000 Futures level. They take on Chris Eaton and former Texas Longhorn Ed Corrie.

Basketball Practice Open to the Public

The first official practice of the Cuonzo Martin era at Tennessee is today from 5-7 p.m. at Thompson-Boling Arena. The basketball team would like to invite all Vols fans to join us at the arena to watch practice and an autograph session.

Fans are asked to park in the G-10 parking garage and enter the arena through the northeast gates (near the pedestrian bridge to G-10), which will open at 4:30 p.m. Fans are also asked to observe practice from the north side of the court in sections 103-107.

Martin and the Tennessee players will be available for autographs behind the west basket for 30 minutes following the conclusion of Friday's practice.


ON TOUR: Smith, Rogers Punch Ticket to Finals

Former Vols John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers are back in a pro doubles final after beating fourth-seeded Jesse Levine and Peter Polansky 3-6, 6-4, [10-7] on Thursday at the Austin Hill Country Classic.

They have the day off in doubles as the other semifinal is going on court Friday at the Polo Tennis Club.

Smith also advanced to the quarterfinals in singles, beating qualifier Harrison Adams 6-4, 6-2. He now plays second-seeded American Nicholas Monroe, who is ranked No. 281. Monroe, who played college tennis at North Carolina, will be representing the U.S. in the Pan American Games next week.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/14)

We are closing in on gameday as the Vols prep for No. 1 LSU on Saturday. Check out Thursday's Vol Report: UT's Resident Ball Hawk along with a Photo Gallery from an indoor practice.

Take a look at Tennessee 101: Top-Ranked Teams with video footage of the Vols' two wins over No. 1 teams in 1959 and 1985.

From the media, here are the latest stories:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: LSU's level is a goal for Dooley
- Knoxville News Sentinel: John Chavis downplays return to UT
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Cartoon: Charlie Daniel draws UT vs. LSU
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: LSU's visit reminds Vols of 2010 agony
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols Need To Circle The Wagons
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: SECond down
- Volquest: Seeking solutions

News out of Louisiana includes:

- Baton Rouge Advocate: Another crack at LSU
- Baton Rouge Advocate: LSU, UT share ties
- Baton Rouge Advocate: Vols crave Tigers' run style
- Tiger Sports Digest: NOTES: Ware's moxie makes a mark

Basketball Media Day Coverage

The Tennessee basketball team hosted its annual Media Day Wednesday at Thompson-Boling Arena. Media members spent two hours interviewing and photographing the Vols players and coaching staff.

 

Here are links to some of the resulting coverage:

 

- Associated Press: Martin working on 'blueprint' for Vols' success 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Trae Golden ready to lead UT basketball 

- InsideTennessee.com: VIDEO Pair of Vols ready for next step 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Trae Golden getting the point 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Cuonzo Martin faces challenge of turning players into 'his' team 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: VIDEO Skylar McBee's new look: Rockin' the 70s 'stache 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: VIDEO Kent Williams hopes to bring his past successes to the future of the Vols 

- Nooga.com: The Hall Way: Vols' big man bulks up 

- Nooga.com: Martin hands UT keys to unseasoned point guards 

- Tennessean: After year of turmoil, Tennessee Vols buy into new Cuonzo Martin 

- VolQuest.com: Vols set to tip it off Friday 

- 247sports.com: More structure ... more respect 

ESPN DirecTV Bus At UT For Dooley Interview Today

The ESPN DirecTV bus is on the Tennessee campus today for an interview with head coach Derek Dooley. Watch Dooley's interview during College Football Live, which starts at 3:30 p.m. today. 

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Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/13)

The Vols are focused in on Saturday's game vs. No. 1 LSU, read about in the Vol Report: Finding Their Mojo including video of Derek Dooley's Media Session. Coordinators Jim Chaney and Justin Wilcox also met with the media. 

Here are the media stories:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT challenge is around the corner
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Jim Chaney frustrated by Vols' struggles
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: AJ Johnson shines on the inside
- Tennessee Journalist: Bray-less Vols face top-ranked LSU

News out of Louisiana includes:

- Baton Rouge Advocate: 'Chief' mum on Vols
- Baton Rouge Advocate: LSU Report for October 13, 2011
- Baton Rouge Advocate: LSU Notebook for October 13, 2011
- Tiger Sports Digest: Hebert embraces versatile role on OL




ON TOUR: Smith, Rogers Beat Top Seeds

Former Vols John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers upset top-seeded Adam El Mihdawy and Nima Roshan 6-3, 7-6 (4) on Wednesday to advance to the semifinals at the Austin Hill Country Classic in Austin, Texas. 

They play fourth-seeded Jesse Levine, a former Florida Gator, and Peter Polansky in Thursday's semifinal.

Rogers lost his first-round match to Boris Nikola Bakalov 6-1, 6-2 on Wednesday, but Smith is still alive in singles. He plays qualifier Harrison Adams on Thursday.

A Look at 2012 NCAA Qualifying Standards

With the swimming and diving season just days away, now is as good a time as any to look at the times and point totals the Tennessee Vols and Lady Vols are aiming toward in hopes of reaching the field at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in March.

For a look at this season's men's and women's NCAA qualifying standards courtesy of Swimming World Magazine, click here.

CBSSports.com To Stream Tennessee-LSU Game

CBS Sports' coverage of SEC College Football continues on Saturday, Oct. 15 (3:30 PM, ET) with national coverage of No. 1-ranked LSU at Tennessee.

CBSSports.com will provide live streaming coverage of the LSU at Tennessee game, as well as the entire 2011 SEC ON CBS football schedule. The games are available exclusively on CBSSports.com, CBS Sports Mobile and can also be accessed through a link on the websites of all CBS affiliates.

All games can be viewed at: CBSSports.com/SECLive

Following Saturday's game, SEC football fans can go to CBSSports.com for the "5th Quarter with Gary Danielson," an interactive show produced live from the SEC ON CBS CRUISER, an all-access mobile media vehicle fully outfitted with the latest technology. The "5th Quarter with Gary Danielson" will provide fans an opportunity to chat with Danielson and discuss all the day's SEC storylines and college football news.  

The "5th Quarter with Gary Danielson" can be viewed by visiting: www.cbssports.com/gary  Fans can also follow Danielson via Twitter: @DanielsonCBS.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/12)

No. 1 LSU comes to Neyland Stadium this Saturday and the Vols will have a new, but old quarterback under center in senior Matt Simms. Check out Tuesday's Vol Report: In Simms We Trust along with Video HighlightsDerek Dooley's Media Session and Simms' Media Session, plus a Photo Gallery from Tuesday. 

If you haven't read Drew Edwards feature on senior Anthony Anderson, check it out: Up Close.

From the media, here are some of the latest stories:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matt Simms Not his "first rodeo"
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Derek Dooley: AJ Johnson is a 'baller'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Series history is encouraging for Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Matt Simms ready to go as UT's new quarterback
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Simms readier in second stint as UT starter
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT: No sudden run spark
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: LSU's Honey Badger Mathieu takes to spotlight
- CBS Sports: LSU-Tennessee Preview
- Inside Tennessee: All about the attitude

News out of Louisiana includes:

- Baton Rouge Advocate: Ware brings power game
- Baton Rouge Advocate: Wing's flap and another day game

ON TOUR: Smith Wins Two in Austin Opener

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith picked up a pair of straight-set victories Tuesday to start the Austin Hill Country Classic in Austin, Texas.

Smith started the day off by defeating former Oklahoma Sooner Andrei Daescu 6-1, 6-4 in one of just two main draw singles matches played Tuesday at the Polo Tennis Club. The last time the two faced was in the finals of the 2009 ITA All-American Championships, a match Smith won 7-6 (7), 6-3.

Smith and Ben Rogers also advanced in doubles, beating Americans Sahak Bazrganian and Alexios Halebian 6-2, 6-4. They face top-seeded Adam El Mihdawy of the U.S. and Nima Roshan of Australia on Wednesday.

Rogers also made his way into the singles main draw as a lucky loser. He plays Bulgarian Boris Nikola Bakalov on Wednesday.

Cuonzo Martin, other Vols teach responsibility and respect

From WBIR.com

Several top Vols, including men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin, are teaching kids to take a slam dunk approach to responsibility and respect. 

The head Vol was the keynote speaker at Monday night's Orange and White Family Night at Sequoyah Elementary School in West Knoxville. School leaders said the event is a way to teach the students about safety, respect and taking responsibility for their actions. 

"I also think it's important that whenever you can speak to the youth about the right things to do--anti-bullying that sort of thing--it's very important to make sure they understand the difference between conflict and bullying," Martin said. "You can have conflict, as long as you are able to resolve the situation. I feel its very important that we understand that."

Former Vols football players Andre Lott and Inky Johnson, as well as the head Lady Vols swimming Coach Matt Kredich, also spoke at Monday night's event. 

The program was a continuation of an anti-bullying program started last year.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/11)

We have all the coverage from Monday's football press conference. Read the Vol Report: LSU Week along with Derek Dooley's Monday Media Transcript. Watch all of the press conference videos in Media Monday and check out the Photo Gallery.

Here are the media stories:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: No. 1 team offers more than opportunity
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Debate about 'The Stop' never stops
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gribbles Scribbles: Notes and quotes
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT run woes 'motivating'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols hoping to avoid more 'doom and gloom'
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: SECond down
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Volunteers Insider: UT has work to do
- Inside Tennessee: 'In Matt we trust'

Stories out of Louisiana include:

- Monroe News Star: FULLY RECOVERED
- Monroe News Star: Ford sidelined after fumble
- Tiger Sports Digest: Week 7: 'Lunch with Les'

Season Preview: The Swimmers Circle

While Tennessee doesn't technically start the swimming and diving season until an Oct. 22 double dual match against Indiana and Kentucky, the Vols are competing in the annual Orange and White Meet on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.

Doors open at 3 p.m. at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

For an early season preview that breaks down newcomers and returning players, check out this entry from The Swimmers Circle.

Vols at Alabama Game Set For 7:15 p.m.

The Vols at Alabama game on Oct. 22 is slated for a 7:15 p.m., start in ether ESPN or ESPN2.
  
Saturday, October 22:
ESPNU - 12:00 ET: Jacksonville State at Kentucky
SEC Network - 12:21 ET: Arkansas at Ole Miss
CBS - 3:30 ET: Auburn at LSU
ESPNU - 7:00 ET: Army at Vanderbilt
ESPN/ESPN2* - 7:15 ET: Tennessee at Alabama 

*Network to be selected upon completion of games on 10/15/2011.

Vols In NFL Update (10/10)

Checking in on Vols in the NFL from Sunday's action:

In an emotional game, Oakland beat Houston, 25-20. With the Raiders, Denarius Moore didn't have a catch, but returned four punts for 34 yards. John Henderson had four tackles and a pass defended. With Houston, Arian Foster rushed for 68 yards on 22 carries and had five catches for 116 yards. On defense, Jason Allen made eight tackles, had an interception and two passes defended. He also had two special teams tackles. Here are some video highlights of the former Vols in action: Foster 20-yard rushAllen interceptionFoster 60-yard reception

Arian Foster Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans carries the ball against the Oakland Raiders  during an NFL football game October 3, 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Texans won the game 31-24.

New Orleans edged Carolina, 30-27 as many former Vols made key plays. With the Saints, Robert Meachem had four catches for 38 yards. On defense, Aubrayo Franklin made five tackles had a sack and forced a fumble Watch Franklin's sack/forced fumble; Jabari Greer had three tackles. With Carolina, Omar Gaither had two tackles and a pass defended. 


Pittsburgh handled Tennessee, 38-17 has Ramon Foster started at right guard for the Steelers. Chris Scott was waived during last week by Pittsburgh.

The Chiefs rallied to beat Indianapolis, 28-24 as Dustin Colquitt punted six times for a 44.8 average and two punts inside the 20. 

Seattle beat the Giants, 36-25 as Deon Grant started at safety and had five tackles, a sack and two passes defended. Watch the sack highlight.

Minnesota romped over Arizona, 34-10 as Anthony Herrera started at right guard for the Vikings. With the Cardinals, Dan Williams started at nose tackle and had three tackles. 

The Bengals beat the Jaguars, 30-20 as Gibril Wilson had a tackle and forced fumble for Cincinnati.

San Francisco rolled over Tampa Bay. 48-3. Parys Haralson had four tackles as he started at OLB for the Niners. Luke Stocker was not active for the Bucs. 

New England beat the Jets, 30-21 as Shaun Ellis had three tackles for the Pats against his former team. Albert Haynesworth had a QB hurry. Jerod Mayo sat out the game with a knee injury. 

The Chargers topped the Broncos, 29-24 as two former Vols saw action with Denver. Robert Ayers started at left defensive end and had five tackles, forced a fumble and had a tackle for loss. Britton Colquitt punted six times for 53.7 average with a long of 60.

In the Sunday night game, Green Bay moved past Atlanta, 25-14 as regular starters Chad Clifton (left tackle) and Scott Wells (center) aided the Packers' 426 yards of total offense. 

The Monday night game pits Chicago vs. 4-0 Detroit, which features lineman Jacques McClendon.

The Ravens, Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Rams and Redskins have bye weeks.

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (10/10/11)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Oct. 10, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 528 (+2)

Doubles: 651 (+1)

Note: Career best in both singles and doubles ... Off last week ... Off this week.


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 549 (0)

Doubles: 740 (+2)

Note: New career best in doubles ... Off last week.

  

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 627 (+18)

Doubles: 661 (+141)

Note: Points added for performance at the Laguna Niguel Futures two weeks ago, giving him a career best in singles and doubles ... Playing this week at the Austin Hill Country Classic in Austin, Texas ... Now on Twitter @jpatsmith

 

Boris Conkic

Singles: 1186 (+12)

Doubles: 902 (-1)

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

 

Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 521 (+72)

Note: Won the doubles title at the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel with John-Patrick Smith ... Playing with John-Patrick Smith at the Austin Hill Country Classic in Austin, Texas, this week.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 560 (-41)

Note: Lost singles in qualifying at the First Republic Tiburon Challenger in California ... Playing qualifying doubles with Pierre-Ludovic Duclos of Canada

Palardy, Rivera Earn CFPA Honorable Mention

Tennessee kicker Michael Palardy and tight end Mychal Rivera were named College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention after their performances vs. Georgia.

Palardy was named to the Kickoff Specialist Honorable Mention list after he boomed two balls for 70.0 yards including a touchback in the game. He also added two field goals of 28 and 43 yards.

Rivera set a new career-high with 85 receiving yards on five catches for the Vols. 

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/10)

The Vols will be without quarterback Tyler Bray, who suffered a fractured right thumb in the loss to Georgia. Read about that and the latest on Derek Dooley's team in these stories:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Run game dismal; numbers even worse
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bray will miss six weeks with broken thumb
- Inside Tennessee: Bray out, Simms in

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/9)

The Vols Fell Short Against Georgia, 20-12 on Saturday. Check out the Highlights and all the Postgame Videos including Derek Dooley's Press Conference

Here are media stories on the game:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bray's injury compounds loss
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Hamstring keeps Poole on sidelines
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bulldogs dig up Vols' shortcomings
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Richt gets 100th win at expense of Vols
- Tennessee Journalist: Vols fall to Georgia, Bray injured
- Inside Tennessee: Dawgs bite Vols, 20-12

From the Georgia perspective

- Athens Banner-Herald: Notebook: Replay stops Vols' momentum

The Rock: Same Old Genes, Brand New Pants...

Check out The Rock on Saturday with one of the best art designs ... Derek Dooley and Vince Dooley ... Same Old Genes, Brand New Pants.

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Countdown to Kickoff Against Georgia

Here is the Twitter @Vol_Football countdown to kickoff starting 24 hours before the kick vs. Georgia at 7:06 p.m., on Saturday.

24- James Stewart tied the UT modern record for points scored in a game with 24 against Georgia in 1994 on four TDs.

23 - Saturday will mark the 23rd time Tennessee and Georgia have played on television. The Vols are 7-3-1 vs. UGa when playing on TV in Knoxville

22 - Tennessee is seeking its 22nd win in the all-time series vs. Georgia, leading 21-17-2 entering the game.

21 - This will be the 21st meeting in Knoxville with the Vols holding an 11-8-1 lead all-time.

20 - The Vols have held Georgia to 20 or fewer points in each of its last four wins over UGa in Knoxville.

19 - Tennessee and Georgia have played in each of the past 19 years, since the 1992 meeting after not playing in 1990-91.

18- Tennessee has won its last four games vs. Georgia by an average of 18 points, winning in 2004, 2006, 2007 and 2009.

17 - The teams played to a 17-17 tie in 1968, a game that was the first played on Artificial Turf at Neyland Stadium.

16 - With a crowd of more than 100,000 for Saturday's game, the Vols will have had a crowd of 100,000-plus for 16 years in a row.

15 - 15 years ago, Peyton Manning threw for 371 yards vs. Georgia in 1996, the most by a Vol against UGa.

14 - The Vols held Georgia to just 14 rushing yards in the 1994 meeting, the fewest by a UT opponent all-time.

13 - The 13th-most rushing yards in a game by a Vol game against Georgia as James Stewart gained 211 yards in the 1994 meeting.

12 - 12 years ago, Leonard Scott tied an NCAA record with a 100-yard kickoff return against Georgia in 1999.

11 - There have been 11 100-yard rushers by Tennessee vs. Georgia.

10 - The 10th-most All-Purpose Yards by a Vol came against Georgia, Jamal Lewis with 247 in 1997.

9 - There have been nine 100-yard receivers by the Vols against Georgia, topped by Mark Jones (117) in 2003.

8 - Eight years ago, Casey Clausen connected with Mark Jones on a 90-yard TD pass vs. Georgia, the longest pass in UT history in 2003.

7 - The seventh-most rushing yards in a game in UT history came against Georgia, as Jamal Lewis ran for 232 yards in the 1997 game.

6 - The sixth-largest crowd at Neyland Stadium (108,470) came vs. Georgia in the 2005 meeting.

5 - Tennessee won the first meeting in the series, 5-0 on Nov. 11, 1899 in Knoxville.

4 - James Stewart tied the UT modern record for touchdowns scored in a game with four against Georgia in 1994.

3 - Georgia was ranked 3rd in 2004 when the Vols upset the Bulldogs, 19-14 in 2004 in Athens.

2 -UT has hosted Georgia for homecoming two times, the last coming in 1989, a 17-14 Vols win.

1 - The Vols set a school record with 35 1st downs against Georgia in the 1997 game.

 

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/8)

GAMEDAY HAS ARRIVED! Check out the latest features from UTSports.com including:


Here are the media's stories heading into the SEC East clash with Georgia on Saturday at the sold-out Neyland Stadium.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: What have you done for me lately?
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things against Georgia
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols won't go 0-for-October in SEC
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols beating UGA would be 'really nice'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee vs. Georgia brings out passion
- Inside Tennessee: Sudden change

Stories out of Georgia include:

- Athens Banner-Herald: Dooley settling in nicely with Vols
- Athens Banner-Herald: It's Gameday: UGA vs Tennessee
- Athens Banner-Herald: Bray emerging as next Manning?
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Georgia's season hangs in the balance Saturday
- Anderson Independent Mail: Breaking down Tennessee
- Anderson Independent Mail: Stakes high for Bulldogs, Vols
- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: Closer look at Georgia-Tennessee game

Fall Practice Continues for Vol Baseball

Now two weeks in to its first fall practice under head coach Dave Serrano, the Tennessee baseball team continues to work hard as it implements his new systems and philosophies. Check out comments from Coach Serrano and practice highlights in the video below.

Missy Whittemore on SEC Volleyball

Missy Whittemore has known the ins and outs of Southeastern Conference volleyball for nearly two decades, first as an All-SEC setter at Florida and, for nearly a decade, as a college volleyball analyst for Sun Sports and CSS.

Four weeks into the 2011 SEC volleyball campaign, Whittemore sat down with the SEC Digital Network to give her analysis of the season so far.

To read Whittemore's entry, including her thoughts on Tennessee, visit Five Questions.

Dooley On Tim Brando Show Today

If you missed coach Derek Dooley on the Tim Brando Show, you can listen back to the segment Listen starting at 10:25 into the clip.


Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/7)

Closing in on a huge Saturday as rival Georgia comes to Neyland Stadium. Check out the most recent Vol Report: Poole Focused including a Photo Gallery from Thursday's practice.

Here are the media's stories 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee-Georgia game sold out
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Georgia a key recruiting area for Vols

News out of Georgia includes:

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Barbara Dooley in defense of her Tennessee cub
- Red and Black: Tennessee Rundown

Bray Featured On ESPN.com College Football Page

Tennessee's quarterback Tyler Bray is featured on the front page of the ESPN.com College Football page. Check out the story From The Frying Pan ... by Rece Davis.

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Jabari Greer's 'Out Of Bounds' Blog On NOLA.com

Check out Jabari Greer's Blog 'Out Of Bounds' On NOLA.com. The former Vol writes about following childhood idols.

  • Out Of Bounds with Jabari Greer: The breath that birthed a legend

  • As a child I had many professional idols. Some, for their spectacular play on the field, while others because they were simply the "lovable loser." As a quite impressionable kid (a trait that still haunts me today), I would often try to emulate Randall Cunningham on the playground. I would DEMAND the ball (Hey, I had skills to show off) run east and west dodging defenders with no intent on passing.

    Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/6)

    We are closing in on the Georgia game. Check out Wednesday's Vol Report: No 'I' In Team as well as Practice Highlights and post-practice interviews with Derek DooleyOffensive Coordinator Jim ChaneyDefensive Coordinator Justin Wilcox and a Photo Gallery.

    Here are various stories from the media:

    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Recruiting in Georgia can trump game
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee's pass protection much improved
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols well aware of Aaron Murray's run ability
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Mark Richt could reach milestone win at Tennessee
    - Memphis Commercial Appeal: Notebook
    - Fox Sports Carolinas: SEC East is an interesting sideshow
    - Inside Tennessee: Precious Memories
    - Inside Tennessee: Pickin' from the Peach State
    - Inside Tennessee: Dynamic Dogs
    - Volquest: Vols battling size

    News out of Georgia includes these stories:

    - Atlanta Journal Constitution: Dogs will encounter a different Da'Rick Rogers
    - Atlanta Journal Constitution: Crunching the numbers on UGA defense
    - Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: Bulldogs memorizing Rocky Top


    Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/5)

    Welcome to Wednesday! The Vols continue prep work for Georgia in a huge game on Saturday at 7 p.m. Check out the Vol Report: Arnett's Opportunity. Watch Video Highlights and Interviews from Tuesday's practice as well as Coach Dooley's Media Session. We also have a Photo Gallery including shots of Justin Hunter saying hello to his teammates at practice.

    Here are the media stories:

    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Derek Dooley 'extremely pleased' with Tyler Bray
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT freshman Arnett off to good start
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Da'Rick Rogers facing team he first picked
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: UGA: Dogs target Vol from Calhoun
    - Memphis Commercial Appeal: SECond down
    - Volquest: Arnett settling in

    News out of Georgia includes

    - Atlanta Journal Constitution: Georgia's front three setting tone for defense
    - Athens Banner Herald: In an instant, SEC East opens up

    Hugh Jackman Supports The Vols

    Movie star Hugh Jackman had a message for the Vols and their fans during his red-carpet event and movie premiere for "Real Steel" on Oct. 3, 2011, at the Regal Pinnacle in Turkey Creek.

    Check out the video on GoVolsXtra.com: Hugh Jackman has a message for Vols

    Hart Serves As Pilot Pumper; Story In KNS

    Tennessee athletic director Dave Hart Jr. admits he's still getting used to seeing new faces in Knoxville, and Monday afternoon was no different. Hart was one of the so-called "Pilot Celebrity Pumpers" who was out at his local Pilot Travel Center greeting customers and filling up their vehicles on as part of a United Way fund-raising campaign.

     "It's only been 11 days, so I'm still assessing, learning and observing,'' said Hart, who assumed his athletic director duties on Sept. 21. "It's still just a snapshot.''

    A few of the customers took the time to get their pictures taken with Hart once he slid them his business card after going to their car door to ask their fuel preference.

    The Pilot Celebrity Pumpers program, which is entering its 17th year in Knoxville, raised $62,080 of the $12 million the United Way generated for charity in Knox County last year.

    After an hour of pumping gas for a dozen or so patrons, Hart headed back over to the University of Tennessee campus where his duties include both fund raising and managing coaches.

    Check out a  Photo Gallery of Hart in action for the charity. 


    Read Mike Griffth's full story from the Knoxville News Sentinel: Dave Hart: Cuonzo Martin needs time, support

    Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/4)

    The Vols held their weekly press conference on Monday. Check out the Vol Report: Georgia Week as well as Derek Dooley's Press Conference Transcript. Watch videos from Media Monday

    Here are the stories from the media:

    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Saturday a great opportunity to measure up
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Special teams still are lagging
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols vs. Georgia close to a sellout
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: LSU-Tennessee set for 3:30 on CBS
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Coach Derek Dooley likes 'rhythm' offense
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Proving itself, not revenge, UT motivation
    - Volquest: Monday night notes


    Stories out of Georgia include:


    Vols In NFL Update (10/3)

    Arian Foster made a huge return to action with the Texans rushing for 155 yards. Check out the big performances for former Vols here in the Tennessee Update.

    Texans topped Steelers, 17-10 as Foster rushed for 155 yards on 30 carries including a 42-yard TD rush. VIDEO: Foster drags Texans to win. Jason Allen secured the win with an INT late to go along with six tackles. VIDEO: Allen seals win for Texans. With Pittsburgh, Ramon Foster started at right guard while Chris Scott also played.

       - Here are some stories on Foster's big return to action: Texans' Foster carries the load in return from injuryTexans benefit from leaning on a healthy Foster


    - The Redskins beat the Rams, 17-10 as Donte' Stallworth didn't have a catch for Washington, but made a special teams tackle.

    - The Saints topped the Jaguars, 23-10 as Robert Meachem had four catches for 59 yards with New Orleans. On defense, Jabari Greer had five tackles and three passes defended, Aubrayo Franklin had a stop. Turk McBride played, but had no stats. 

       Rashean Mathis #27 Of The Jacksonville Jaguars Attempts Turnover Tackle  Robert Meachem #17 Of The New Orleans

    - The Bengals won on a last-second field goal to beat Buffalo, 23-20. Gibril Wilson had two tackles for Cincinnati as he started in a nickel package. David Martin, who had played with the Bills earlier this year was released last week by Buffalo. 

    - The 49ers rallied to beat Philadelphia, 24-23. Parys Haralson started at outside linebacker, but made no tackles. 

    - Cleveland's Montario Hardesty had 22 rushing yards on seven carries and 49 yards on five receptions as the Titans beat the Browns, 31-13.


    - The Lions rallied to beat Dallas, 34-30 to move to 4-0. Dallas' Jason Witten made eight catches for 94 yards including a 1-yard TD catch. VIDEO: Witten's 1-yard TD grab. Guard Jacques McClendon was inactive for the Lions.


    - Omar Gaither of Carolina had his best game as the Bears beat the Panthers, 34-29. The new Panther made five tackles.

    - The Chiefs stopped the Vikings, 22-17. Punter Dustin Colquitt booted three balls for a 48.7 average with a long of 61 and two inside the 20-yard line. With Minnesota, Anthony Herrera started at right guard. 

    - The Giants edged the Cardinals, 31-27 as Deon Grant made three tackles for New York. With Arizona, Dan Williams had a tackle and a quarterback hurry.

    - The Patriots won at Oakland, 31-19. Jerod Mayo made three tackles before leaving with an injury for New England.  Shaun Ellis had a tackle and QB hurry. Albert Haynesworth was inactive. With the Raiders, Denarius Moore continued to score TDs, as he grabbed one as part of three receptions for 19 yards. VIDEO: Moore's 6-yard TD catch. John Henderson also had a tackle for Oakland.

        Here's more on Mayo's Injury (sprained MCL): Defense now must hold it together

    - The Packers crushed the Broncos, 49-23 as Green Bay continued to start former Vols Scott Wells and Chad Clifton on the offensive line. With Denver, Britton Colquitt punted twice for 49.0 average and Robert Ayers had two tackles. 

    - The Chargers beat the Dolphins, 26-16 and some former Vols with Miami. Kevin Burnett returned to his former home and made three tackles with the Dolphins. Marvin Mitchell had three tackles and a sack on defense and a special teams tackle. VIDEO: Mitchell's Sack

    - On Sunday night, the Ravens handled the Jets, 34-17. Morgan Cox snapped 13 times on kicks and punts for the Ravens and downed a punt at the 1-yard line to pin the Jets deep.

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

    Be sure to watch today's Monday Press Conference on UTSports.com/AllAccess.

    Among the players expected are Ja'Wuan James, Zach Fulton, Daniel Hood, Malik Jackson, Tauren Poole, Mychal Rivera, Brent Brewer, James Stone and Austin Johnson.

    ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (10/3/11)

    Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Oct. 3, 2011. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week:


    Rhyne Williams

    Singles: 530 (+3)

    Doubles: 652 (+83)

    Note: Points added for doubles finals appearance with Tennys Sandgren at the National Bank Futures in Markham, Canada ... Lost in the second round of qualifying Sunday at the Rite Aid Natomas Racquet Club Challenger in Sacramento, Calif. ... To play another Challenger in Tiburon, Calif.


    Tennys Sandgren

    Singles: 549 (+3)

    Doubles: 742 (+145)

    Note: Points added for doubles finals appearance with Rhyne Williams at the National Bank Futures in Markham, Canada ... Off this week ... Scheduled to play the two-tournament series in Texas starting Oct. 10.

      

    John-Patrick Smith

    Singles: 645 (+10)

    Doubles: 802 (-8)

    Note: Won the doubles title at the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel in California with Ben Rogers and also made it to the singles quarterfinals ... Off this week ... Scheduled to play the two-tournament series in Texas starting Oct. 10 ... Now on Twitter @jpatsmith

     

    Boris Conkic

    Singles: 1198 (-1)

    Doubles: 901 (-2)

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


    Adam Hubble

    Singles: N/A

    Doubles: 519 (-76)

    Note: Lost in the first round of doubles at the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel in California ... Lost in three sets in the first round of singles qualifying at the Rite Aid Natomas Racquet Club Challenger in Sacramento, Calif.

     

    Ben Rogers

    Singles: N/A

    Doubles: 593 (+5)

    Note: Won the doubles title at the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel with John-Patrick Smith ... Off this week ... Scheduled to play the two-tournament series in Texas starting Oct. 10.

    Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/3)

    Be sure to watch Monday's Football Press Conference starting at 11 a.m., on UTSports.com/AllAccess

    The Vols Rolled Past Buffalo, 41-10 on Saturday. Check out some feature stories from UTSports.com: Rogers Answers the Call and Young Sparks Return Game. Also, view Postgame Videos including Highlights and Derek Dooley's Press Conference.

    Here are some more entries on the Vols from Sunday: 

    Here are Monday's stories from the media: 

    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Georgia game is Dooley's biggest yet
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols offense in sync
    - Inside Tennessee: Notebook: Crunching the numbers


    ON TOUR: Smith, Rogers Win Third Pro Doubles Title

    Former Vols John-Patrick Smith and Ben Rogers captured their third professional doubles title since July, winning the USTA Futures of Laguna Niguel on Sunday in Laguna Niguel, Calif.

    Smith and Rogers did not lose a set all tournament and beat the Japanese team of Yaoki Ishii and Yuichi Ito 6-3, 7-6 (3) in the championship match.

    "We played solid today and did a lot of good things to really take it to the opposition," Smith said. "It was tough because we had never seen or played our opponents before. Overall, it was a good week, and we made it through the tournament without dropping a set. We're looking forward to the next tourneys."

    Smith and Rogers had previously won Futures tournaments in Innisbrook, Fla., and Tulsa, Okla. Smith has won four professional titles since graduating from Tennessee in May, having also won the singles crown in Tulsa.

    After a week off, Smith and Rogers pick back up on the USTA Pro Circuit tour in Texas. 

    At the Sacramento Challenger: Rhyne Williams lost in the second round of qualifying at the Rite Aid Natomas Racquet Club Challenger to Canadian Pierre-Ludovic Duclos 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-3.

    Bray, D.Rogers Earn CFPA Honorable Mention

    Both quarterback Tyler Bray and wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers were honored by the College Football Performance Awards on Sunday. The explosive duo were both named Honorable Mention for their play in the 41-10 win over Buffalo on Saturday. 

    Bray threw for 342 yards on 21-of-30 with four touchdowns including two for Rogers. Bray had his school-record 10th game in a row with multiple-touchdowns and his sixth start with 300-plus passing yards. 

    Rogers had a career-high 180 receiving yards on seven catches. He scored on receptions of 7 and 12 yards. It was his third 100-yard receiving game of the season and his second two-touchdown game of his career. Rogers has a TD reception in five consecutive games, one shy of the UT record. 

    Vols In SEC, NCAA Stat Leaders

    Here's a look at where the Vols stands among the SEC and NCAA leaders after the conclusion of Saturday's games. UT leads in the NCAA in third-down efficiency, converting on 36-of-58 of attempts (62.1 percent).

    - Tyler Bray is 1st in the SEC and 5th in the NCAA in passing touchdowns (15).
    - Tyler Bray is 1st in the SEC and 7th in the NCAA in passing yards per game (332.0).
    - Tyler Bray is 1st in the SEC and 7th in the NCAA in passing efficiency (176.05).
    - Tyler Bray is 1st in the SEC and 13th in the NCAA in total offense (319.75).
    - Da'Rick Rogers is 1st in the SEC and 3rd in the NCAA in receiving touchdowns (6).
    - Da'Rick Rogers is 2nd in the SEC and 24th in the NCAA in receptions per game (6.75).
    - Da'Rick Rogers is 2nd in the SEC and 17th in the NCAA in receiving yards per game (110.5).
    - Da'Rick Rogers is 5th in the SEC and 38th in the NCAA in scoring (9.0 points per game).
    - Tauren Poole is 7th in the SEC and 66th in the NCAA in rushing yards per game (79.5).

    Despite his injury in the first quarter at Florida, Justin Hunter is still 3rd in the SEC in both receptions per game (5.67) and receiving yards per game (104.67). He is still 21st in the NCAA in receiving yards per game.

    As a team, here is where the Vols rank among the leaders in the SEC and NCAA.

    - Third-Down Efficiency: 1st in the SEC, 1st in the NCAA (62.1).
    - Time Of Possession: 1st in the SEC, 5th in the NCAA (35:02).
    - Passing Efficiency: 1st in the SEC, 8th in the NCAA (175.38).
    - First Downs: 1st in the SEC, 11th in the NCAA (25.75 per game).
    - Passing Offense: 2nd in the SEC, 11th in the NCAA (336.5).
    - Total Offense: 2nd in the SEC, 31st in the NCAA (447.5).
    - Fourth-Down Efficiency Defense: 2nd in the SEC, 7th in the NCAA (14.3).
    - Scoring Offense: 4th in the SEC, 21st in the NCAA (37.75).
    - Scoring Defense: 5th in the SEC, 31st in the NCAA (20.5).

    Georgia At Tennessee To Air On ESPN2 Next Saturday

    Early Sunday morning, ESPN released the game schedule for next Saturday's trio of SEC games that will air on their family of networks.

    The Georgia at Tennessee game will be on ESPN2 at 7 p.m.

    Auburn at Arkansas will be on ESPN and Vanderbilt at Alabama will be on ESPNU. Both games also start at 7 p.m.

    Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/2)

    The Vols Rolled Past Buffalo, 41-10 on Saturday. Check out some feature stories from UTSports.com: Rogers Answers the Call and Young Sparks Return Game. Also, view Postgame Videos including Highlights and Derek Dooley's Press Conference.

    Here are stories on the game from the media: 

    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Mistakes, big plays holds back defense
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Reviews are mixed for Devrin Young's debut
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols report card: Oct. 2
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols bully Buffalo Bulls, win 41-10
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Rajion Neal has fun in new receiver role
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Foes' big plays still frustrate Dooley
    - Tennessee Journalist: Vols man-handle Buffalo 41-10
    - Inside Tennessee: Vols belt Buffalo, 41-10

    ON TOUR: Williams Begins Qualifying at Sacramento

    Former Vol Rhyne Williams won his first qualifying match Saturday at the Rely Aid Natomas Racquet Club Challenger in Sacramento, Calif.

    Williams, ranked a career-best No. 533, beat former top 100 player Kevin Kim 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5). He plays fourth-seeded Pierre-Ludovic Duclos of Canada on Saturday. 

    Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/1)

    Hello October and Hello Gameday! The Vols host Buffalo today at 12:30 p.m. For all your latest information on the game, check out Vols Host Buffalo, Saturday At 12:30 pm and Gameday Central.

    Here are the media's stories on Saturday morning. 

    - Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things against Buffalo
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bray continuing to progress
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Any Vols progress likely cannot be gauged today
    - Fox Sports Tennessee: Vols facing identity crisis
    - Fox Sports Tennessee: Vols benefit from bye week

    From the Buffalo perspective, here are a few stories:


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