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Happy Birthday - April 30: Vols Legend Phil Garner

Former Tennessee Baseball star Phil Garner celebrates his birthday today, April 30. Garner is one of two Vols to have their baseball number retired (18). The Jefferson City, Tenn., native went on to play in the majors from 1973-88 with the A's, Pirate, Astros, Dodgers and Giants. He also managed the Astros to the 2005 World Series. 

Here's a look at Garner through the years in baseball cards:


Matt Simms Invited To Jets Mini Camp

Vols quarterback Matt Simms has been invited to New York Jets Mini Camp. Check out the following stories which include quotes from Simms.


Vols in the Pros Update (4/30)

A total of 18 former Vols are currently active in professional baseball, including five at the Major League level. Find out how they are doing in this week's Vols in the Pros Update.

TODD HELTON (Colorado Rockies)
Last 10: .290 (9-for-31), 6 R, 3 HR, 8 RBIs, 1 SB
Season: .270 (17-for-63), 6 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 16 RBIs, 1 SB

R.A. DICKEY (New York Mets)
Season: 3-1, 4.44 ERA, 4 GS, 24.1 IP, 25 H, 12 ER, 8 BB, 22 K, .269 Opp. BA, 1.36 WHIP

J.P. ARENCIBIA (Toronto Blue Jays)
Last 10: .345 (10-for-29), 2 R, 5 RBIs, 1 SB
Season: .197 (12-for-61), 4 R, 3 2B, 1 HR, 10 RBIs, 1 SB

CHASE HEADLEY (San Diego Padres)
Last 10: .212 (7-for-33), 5 R, 2 RBIs, 8 BB, 1 SB
Season: .253 (20-for-79), 16 R, 6 2B, 4 HR, 14 RBIs, 19 BB, 2 SB

LUKE HOCHEVAR (Kansas City Royals)
Season: 2-1, 4.98 ERA, 4 GS, 21.2 IP, 20 H, 12 ER, 8 BB, 16 K, .250 Opp. BA, 1.29 WHIP

TRIPLE-A
Julio Borbon - Round Rock Express (Rangers)
Last 10: .158 (6-for-38), 5 R, 3 RBIs
Season: .200 (18-for-90), 13 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 12 BB, 1 SB

Yan Gomes - Las Vegas 51s (Blue Jays)
Last 10: .375 (15-for-40), 4 R, 7 2B, 1 HR, 5 RBIs
Season: .342 (26-for-76), 8 R, 9 2B, 1 HR, 12 RBIs

Deunte Heath - Charlotte Knights (White Sox)
Season: 1-0, 1.54 ERA, 1 SV, 7 G, 11.2 IP, 8 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 14 K, .190 Opp. BA

DOUBLE-A
Kentrail Davis - Huntsville Stars (Brewers)
Last 10: .283 (13-for-46), 5 R, 2 2B, 6 RBIs, 2 SB
Season: .265 (13-for-49), 5 R, 2 2B, 6 RBIs, 2 SB

Andy Simunic - Corpus Christi Hooks (Astros)
Last 10: .448 (13-for-29), 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 8 RBIs, 4 BB, 3 SB
Season: .366 (15-for-41), 6 R, 2 2B, 1 HR, 9 RBIs, 6 BB, 3 SB

SINGLE-A (Advanced)
Blake Forsythe - St. Lucie Mets (Mets)
Last 10: .147 (5-for-34), 2 R, 2 2B, 5 RBIs
Season: .158 (6-for-38), 2 R, 2 2B, 6 RBIs

Stephen McCray - Winstom-Salem Dash (White Sox)
Season (including w/ Kannapolis): 0-2, 1.83 ERA, 7 G, 2 GS, 19.2 IP, 14 H, 4 ER, 6 BB, 16 K, .197 Opp. BA

Cody Hawn - Brevard County Manatees (Brewers)
Last 10: .135 (5-for-37), 3 R, 2 2B, 2 RBIs, 1 SB
Season: .195 (17-for-87), 9 R, 5 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBIs, 2 SB

Ty'Relle Harris - Daytona Cubs (Cubs)
Season: 2-1, 3.46 ERA, 8 G, 13.0 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 9 BB, 14 K, .174 Opp. BA

SINGLE-A
Matt Duffy - Lexington Legends (Astros)
Last 10: .326 (14-for-43), 8 R, 3 2B, 3 HR, 5 RBIs
Season: .296 (29-for-98), 11 R, 4 2B, 4 HR, 13 RBIs, 1 SB

Charley Thurber - Savannah Sand Gnats (Mets)
Last 10: .200 (8-for-30), 3 R, 3 RBIs
Season: .197 (12-for-61), 4 R, 6 RBIs, 1 SB

Steven Gruver - Beloit Snappers (Twins)
Season: 1-3, 4.57 ERA, 5 G, 5 GS, 21.2 IP, 32 H, 11 ER, 5 BB, 14 K, .340 Opp. BA

Bryan Morgado - Lakewood BlueClaws (Phillies)
Season: 2-0, 3.65 ERA, 6 G, 12.1 IP, 14 H, 5 ER, 7 BB, 11 K, .304 Opp. BA








ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (4/30/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of April 30, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 333 (+32)

Doubles: 393 (-3)

Note: Made first career Challenger quarterfinal, reaching the final eight at the Savannah Challenger ... 333 a new career best ... Traveling to Italy for a Challenger next week. 


John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 337 (+12)

Doubles: 182 (+2)

Note: Points added from reaching the semifinals of the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures in singles and doubles two weeks ago ... Beginning a three-week Futures circuit in Florida this week at Vero Beach.


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 352 (+52)

Doubles: 332 (+32)

Note: Points added for sweeping the singles and doubles titles at the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures, beating John Peers 6-1, 7-6 in the title match ... Off this week ... Beginning a three-week Futures circuit in Florida this week at Vero Beach.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 378 (-5)

Note: Off this week ... Preparing for three-week swing in South Korea.


Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 591 (-7)

Note: Playing doubles at the Vero Beach Futures with John-Patrick Smith.


Matteo Fago

Singles: 1629 (-4)

Doubles: N/A

Note: Qualified for a $15,000 Futures event in Italy after winning three straight-set matches but lost in his opening-round match of the main draw.

Holmes, Skinns Earn Top-20 Showings

David Holmes posted his second straight top-20 finish and David Skinns had a successful week on the Nationwide Tour to highlight the professional golf weekend.

Holmes closed with consecutive rounds of 69 to tie for 19th place at the NGA Tour's Savannah Lakes Village Classic in McCormick, S.C. The former Vols captain earned $2,368 and moved up four places to 33rd on the 2012 money list with $9,460.

Holmes has five made cuts in seven starts this year, with 27th his worst showing thus far. The Knoxville native's last three finishes are 20th, 15th and now 19th.

Skinns was second on the NGA Tour money list going into the weekend but bypassed the Savannah Lakes event after qualifying Monday for the Nationwide Tour's South Georgia Classic in Valdosta. The former All-American at Tennessee shot a final-round 68 to tie for 18th and earn $7,111.

Skinns remains fourth in the NGA Tour money standings with $39,436.

Philip Pettitt, who won the NGA's Savannah Lakes event in 2011, also made the Nationwide cut in South Georgia. The Murfreesboro native tied for 63rd in his third made cut out of seven attempts. Pettitt earned $1,750 this weekend and is 53rd in the Nationwide Tour rankings with $26,111.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/30)

Patrick Brown has a story in the Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley 'fixing' UT staff

With Austin Johnson Heading To The Ravens and Tauren Poole To Panthers, here are a few stories on the newest Vols to enter the NFL ranks.


Also, here's a full list of signees from the NFL: Undrafted free-agent deals for all 32 NFL teams

Vols Reunion: Manning Visits Helton & Dickey At Rockies-Mets Game

Peyton Manning
Jim Caple from ESPN.com has this story on a Vols reunion in Denver on Sunday: Peyton visits old friend Helton at Rockies game. Here are a few segments:

Peyton Manning and Colorado Rockies first baseman Todd Helton were quarterbacks at the University of Tennessee in the mid '90s and the two have maintained their friendship over the years. So during last summer's NFL lockout, Helton helped arrange to have Manning work out at Coors Field.

A lot has happened since then. For one thing, Manning is now the quarterback for the Denver Broncos, not the Indianapolis Colts. For another thing, Michael Cuddyer has taken his locker.

"I was here for a week. I was truly a Rockie for a week," Manning said after watching batting practice before Sunday's Mets-Rockies game. "I had my own locker. Cuddyer is using my locker now. He didn't ask for my permission but I guess it's OK. It was a great week. I'm indebted to the Rockies because I needed a place to work out during the lockout.

"The whole Rockies organization, I can't thank them enough for opening their arms up to me last year when I was truly an outsider." Because of his friendship with Helton, Manning has visited with the Rockies several times, occasionally taking batting practice and ground balls. 

He even hit a ball over the fence during one visit, though he just watched batting practice Sunday. 

Manning also visited briefly with New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey, who was at Tennessee at the same time. "RA is 35, I'm 36 and Todd is 38, so that's pretty good for three guys all in school at the same time in the mid-90s to still be doing it. I'm real proud of RA. All that he has accomplished and conquered. Tennessee Volunteers all keep up with each other."

Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (4/30)

On this final day of April, check out a couple of stories on the Tennessee men's basketball squad as the team is going through off-season workouts before final exams.

- Inside Tennessee: No rest for the weary

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/29)

Malik Jackson Was Selected By Denver Broncos In Fifth Round of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Check out stories on his selection as Jackson becomes the fourth former Rocky Topper to join the Rocky Mountain team.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Denver picks Malik Jackson in 5th round
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Broncos select UT Vols' Malik Jackson

Here are some other football-related stories on the Vols:

Happy Birthday - April 28: Honeycutt, Quinn, Rainey

A trio of Vols birthdays on April 28 as football's Logan Honeycutt along with track & field's Kyle Quinn and Jake Rainey all celebrate. 

Logan Honeycutt  Kyle Quinn  Jake Rainey

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/28)

Vols coach Derek Dooley spent early Friday speaking at Orange Grove in Chattanooga. Check out the latest news on the Orange & White: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: A side of Dooley all UT fans should cheer
- Chattanoogan: Vols' Dooley Says Life Lessons Learned Daily At Orange Grove Center

Happy Birthday - April 27: Hall of Famer Bridgette Gordon

On April 27, we wish Happy Birthday to Women's Basketball Hall of Famer and Lady Vols Hall of Fame member Bridgette Gordon. 

Gordon made an NCAA-record four consecutive trips to the Final Four at the University of Tennessee. She won two national championships (1987 and 1989); tallied an overall record of 115-21. Gordon was one of only 20 players recognized as Legends of the Final Four in 1996 and was a two-time Kodak, Naismith and USBWA All-American (1988, 1989). She was named the Women's Final Four Most Valuable Player in 1989; Final Four All-Tournament team member in 1987 and 1989. Gordon was the Co-SEC Rookie of the Year in 1986; All-SEC team (1986-1989); SEC Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year in 1989; Led the SEC in scoring in 1988 & 1989. She was only one of two collegiate members of gold-medal winning USA Olympic women's basketball team in 1988 

Watson Heads To Playoffs; Harris Finishes First NBA Season

C.J. Watson heads into the NBA playoffs with the No. 1 seed in the East, the Chicago Bulls. Watson finished the season averaging 9.7 ppg and 4.1 assists per game in 49 contests with 25 starts. Watson saw significant playing time much of the year due to injuries to Derrick Rose in Chicago. 

Watson's Bulls will take on the No. 8 seed 76ers in the first round of the postseason on Saturday at 1 p.m., on TNT. During the 2011-12 season, Watson scored in double-figures 25 times including a season-best 23 on two occasions. He also had a season-best 11 assists at the Nets on Feb. 6. 


Tobias Harris finished his first NBA season with the Milwaukee Bucks on Thursday night with a 16-point, nine-rebound game against the playoff-bound Celtics. Harris averaged 5.0 ppg in 42 games with nine starts. Harris posted his best game as a pro on Wednesday night vs. the 76ers as he racked up his first-career double-double with 15 points and 13 rebounds in a career-high 37 minutes. 

Happy Birthday - April 27: Soccer's Kylie Bono

On April 27, we wish Happy Birthday to rising senior Kylie Bono of the soccer team. 

Kylie Bono

Dick Vitale Praises Cuonzo Martin

Dick Vitale was in Nashville on Thursday speaking at the Renaissance Hotel. Check out this story from The Tennessean: Dick Vitale has no plans to lower his volume. Among the topics Vitale spoke about was Tennessee basketball and coach Cuonzo Martin. Here's what Vitale said about the Vols' head hoops man:

"No, I'm not surprised at all," he said of Tennessee's improvement throughout last season. "I know Cuonzo Martin. I knew him when he was a player at Purdue. He was a winner then. He made my All-Rambo team at that time. He's also a cancer survivor. At the end of the year, you could the players getting better and better and better. The future is very bright for Tennessee under the leadership of Cuonzo Martin."

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/27)

As Derek Dooley continues to take part in post-spring media opportunities, Listen Back To Derek Dooley Radio Interviews on several radio stations from this week. 


Here are the latest stories on the Vols football squad:


Listen Back To Derek Dooley Radio Interviews

Vols head coach Derek Dooley has taken part in various radio interviews this week. Take a listen back to the replays here:

ESPN.com: Herman Lathers an inspiration for Vols

Just seeing No. 34 out there on the practice field this spring was a major pick-me-up for everybody associated with Tennessee's football team. 

And, yes, it had been a long time coming for Herman Lathers

"It seemed like forever since I'd really played football," said Lathers, the Vols' fifth-year senior middle linebacker, who missed all of last season with a fractured ankle. 

"When you go through some of the things I've gone through, you soak up every second you're out there and make the most of it." 

Check out this full feature from ESPN.com's Chris Low: Herman Lathers an inspiration for Vols

News On Malik Jackson, Tauren Poole As NFL Draft Nears

With the NFL Draft starting tonight, several Vols are hopefully of hearing their names called over the next three days. Check out Vols Gearing Up For NFL Draft for the latest on UT's hopefuls including Malik Jackson and Tauren Poole. 

Here are some stories and blogs from around the country that mention the duo as possible selections as soon as Round 3. 

Malik Jackson Mentions
 There are many highly regarded defensive linemen in this year's draft. However, one who has received little attention is Tennessee tackle Malik Jackson. He is not viewed as an elite prospect, but our sources told us he has impressed teams that use the 3-4 scheme. Jackson (6-5, 284) is a strong, powerful player who can jolt and control blockers to be a real force against the run. Those skills could make him an excellent asset in a 3-4.

- Detroit Lions Bleacher Report: Detroit Lions Mock Draft: Final 7-Round Predictions
- Philadelphia Eagles.com: Draft Buzz -- Defense

Tauren Poole Mentions
- Sporting News: NFL Draft Dish
   Tennessee running back Tauren Poole is moving up draft boards due to his combination of smooth athleticism, deceptive quickness through the hole and good strength. In addition, he is viewed as a good potential starter who can stay on the field for three downs. We have been told Poole (5-10, 205) likely will be the first running back chosen after the second tier of backs

Happy Birthday - April 26: Football's James Stone

On April 26, Happy Birthday to junior football lineman James Stone.

 James Stone

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/26)

Check out the following stories from GoVols247 on the football squad on Thursday.

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (4/26)

Vols coach Cuonzo Martin met with the media on Wednesday, check out his comments here:

From the media, here are some stories coming out of Martin's meeting with the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: New NCAA rule should help Vols, but UT changes won't

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: New NCAA rules benefit Vols basketball

- Nooga.com: Offseason of hope precedes season of expectations for Vols

- Tennessee Journalist: Martin, Vols make progress during spring workouts

- Volquest: Martin talks offseason workouts


UT track & field and cross country student-athletes Chelsea Knotts and Elizabeth Tiller are among the inaugural class of Haslam Scholars at the University of Tennessee.  Below are links to a Tennessee Today story on all of the Haslam Scholars and their collegiate careers as well as a Q&A interview with Knotts and Tiller that appeared on www.utladyvols.com last week.

UT's Inaugural Class of Haslam Scholars Prepares for Graduation
Knotts-Tiller Q&A


Happy Birthday - April 25 Softball's Ellen Renfroe

On April 25, we wish Happy Birthday to softball pitcher Ellen Renfroe
Ellen Renfroe

What They're Saying About Tennessee At The Penn Relays

The Tennessee track & field teams will compete in the 118th Penn Relays, Thursday through Saturday, in Philadelphia. Check out the links below to see what is being said about the Big Orange in advance of this week's meet at the University of Pennsylvania's Franklin Field.

Editor's Note: The Chanelle Price featurette references 2010 in the first paragraph. The Lady Vols actually won two events that season. It was 2011 when Tennessee was unable to secure a relay win in Philly.

Penn Relays Press Conference Transcript (Includes J.J. Clark)
Penn Relays Press Conference Audio/Video (Includes J.J. Clark)

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/25)

Here's a look at a few Tennessee football stories on Wednesday:

- Volquest: Spring camp rewind

Vols Remain 16th in ITA Rankings

After reaching the quarterfinals of the SEC Tennis Championships last week, the Vols kept their No. 16 position in Tuesday's ITA national rankings.

The Vols (14-13) are on the borderline of hosting the first and second rounds of the NCAA Championships next month. Typically the top 16 schools host, though regional considerations and whether the women's team can host is also weighted in the decision. NCAA.com will broadcast the tournament selection show May 1 at 5:30 p.m. Eastern.

Individually a pair of Vols reached career bests in singles. On the heels of defeating his first top-10 opponent, Mikelis Libietis improved to two spots to No. 30 nationally, putting him well within the safety zone of being selected for the 64-player NCAA singles tournament. Hunter Reese, who also went 2-0 at the SEC Championships, moved up six spots to No. 74.

In doubles, Libietis and Reese are ranked 12th as a pairing and should make the NCAA tournament as well.

VIDEO: Peyton Manning On Pat Summitt

Peyton Manning stopped by Rocky Top last week and discussed his friendship with legendary Lady Vols Coach Pat Summitt. Manning said Summitt always had good advice and he respects her as a coach and a mentor to so many student athletes.

 

Latest ITA Rankings (4.24.12)

TEAM

Tennessee dropped two spots in the latest ITA rankings to 22nd, released Tuesday, after defeating Auburn 4-2 in the SEC Tournament first round, but falling 4-0 to eventual conference champion Florida in the quarterfinals.

In singles, Brynn Boren (29), Natalie Pluskota (33) and Kata Szekely (56) represent the Lady Vols. Pluskota was the lone Lady Vol to improve her ranking, rising two spots.

In doubles, Pluskota and Szekely lead UT in 11th, while Pluskota is also ranked with Caitlyn Williams at 17. Boren is ranked with Sarah Toti in 33rd.

The NCAA.com Selection Show takes place on Tuesday, May 1, at 5 p.m. ET.

TENNESSEE - 22
SINGLES
Brynn Boren-29
Natalie Pluskota-33
Kata Szekely-56

DOUBLES
Natalie Pluskota/Kata Szekely-11
Natalie Pluskota/Caitlyn Williams-17
Brynn Boren/Sarah Toti-33


Happy Birthday - April 24: Eric Gordon, Kat Dodson

Happy Birthday on April 24 to football junior defensive Eric Gordon and softball junior outfielder Kat Dotson.

Eric Gordon  Kat Dotson

Features On Former Vols Star, New Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie

With the NFL Draft taking place later this week, new Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggie McKenzie is in the spotlight. Here's a look at a few feature stories from California on the former Vols star lineman.

- San Francisco Chronicle: Raiders have a new man running draft
- Vallejo Times-Herald: McKenzie looking for self-starters
- Sacramento Bee: Raiders seek depth in draft

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/24)

Here are the latest stories on the football team including a full spring recap from the Chattanooga Times Free Press. 


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Holmes, Skinns Shine on NGA Tour

David Holmes earned his best professional finish and David Skinns moved back into second place on the money list to highlight a pair of former Tennessee Vols on the NGA Pro Golf Tour.

Holmes finished 15th at the Mountain Lakes Classic in Seneca, S.C., earning $2,440 on the strength of a 68-71-72-70--281 scorecard. The 2010 Vols captain has made the cut in four of his six starts this year and stands 37th on the money list with $7,092. Holmes made $8,595 in 18 starts last year in his first season on the NGA Tour.

Skinns shot 70-67-75-66--278 to tie for eighth at the Mountain Lakes event and earn his third top-10 result in five starts this year. Skinns won the Cutter Creek Golf Classic in late March and also finished third at the Killearn Country Club Classic to start the season.

For the year, Skinns has $39,436 in earnings to trail only Brandon Brown of Shelbyville, Ky., by $6,676 on the 2012 money list. Brown jumped into first place after winning this week's tournament and he is the defending NGA Pro Golf Tour money champion from 2011.

Another former Vols golfer, Cameron Lawrence, tied for 50th at the Mountain Lakes event to snap a string of three missed cuts and post his best professional showing. Lawrence had two eagles during the weekend, both on par 4s, and shot 69-76-77-68--290. The two rounds in the 60s were his first since March 1 in the opening round of the season's very first tournament.

The Nationwide Tour resumes this week in Valdosta, Ga., with Philip Pettitt 45th on the 2012 money list at $24,361. Pettitt has made the most of his two made cuts in six starts thus far, finishing 25th and ninth.

Former UT players on the European Challenge Tour return to action May 10-13 at the Madeira Islands Open in Portugal. Chris Paisley is 39th on the early money list with approximately $4,439 and Charlie Ford is 55th with approximately $3,076. Another former Vol, Robin Wingardh, is scheduled to begin playing the Challenge Tour in May.

Both Paisley and Ford have made the cut twice in three Challenge Tour events played on three continents - Asia, South America and Africa.

Dooley To Speak At 'Breakfast Of Champions' At Orange Grove

UT Vols head football coach, Derek Dooley, is the speaker for the 2012 "Breakfast for Champions" at Orange Grove Center on Friday, April 27, at 7:30 a.m. in the Bucky Williams Auditorium at Orange Grove Center at 615 Derby Street in Chattanooga.
  

"Breakfast for Champions" honors those who contribute to the center, or who are the "champions" of showing their support of the center. It is invitation-only, but others are welcome with reservation by emailing pr@orangegrove.org or by calling 423-308-1160.

Vols Football Coach Is "Breakfast Of Champions" Speaker At Orange Grove

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (4/23/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of April 23, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.


John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 349 (+5)

Doubles: 184 (-4)

Note: Reached the semifinals of the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures in singles and doubles, playing doubles for the first time with Nima Roshan ... Off this week ... Scheduled to play in series of Florida Futures later this month.


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 365 (+8)

Doubles: 390 (-1)

Note: Played in the Sarasota Challenger last week, losing in the first round ... In the final round of singles qualifying today for the Savannah Challenger in Georgia. 


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 404 (+22)

Doubles: 366 (-3)

Note: Points added for reaching the semifinals of the Oklahoma City Futures ... Swept the singles and doubles titles at the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures, beating John Peers 6-1, 7-6 in the title match ... Off this week ... Scheduled to play a series of Florida Futures later this month.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 373 (-2)

Note: Off this week ... Preparing for three-week swing in South Korea.


Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 584 (+1)

Note: Lost in singles qualifying at the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures.


Matteo Fago

Singles: 1625 (-3)

Doubles: N/A

Note: Off last week ... In the final round of qualifying in a $15,000 Futures in Italy today.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/23)

With the DISH Orange & White Game in the books, spring football has wrapped up its practices. 
Here are the Monday stories on Derek Dooley's squad:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols' defense makes progress with new scheme
- UT Daily Beacon: Orange wins spring game, 17-14

News On Athletics Board Meeting

The Athletics Board held its spring meeting on Saturday morning. Here are a few stories on the event:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dave Hart outlines leaner, more efficient athletic department

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/22)

The Orange Took Home A 17-14 Win In DISH O&W Game which comes along with a steak dinner for the winning squad on Sunday night. Check out  Postgame Videos: DISH O&W Game including this highlight package:


Here are stories from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Is Bray being better good enough for Vols?
- Inside Tennessee: Defense rallies

Happy Birthday - April 22: Richard Carter, Brittany Jackson

On April 22, we wish Happy Birthday to baseball freshman outfielder Richard Carter and sophomore runner Brittney Jackson.

Richard Carter  Brittney Jackson

Happy Birthday - April 21: Zack Godley

Happy Birthday to baseball pitching ace Zack Godley on April 21. 

Zack Godley

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/21)

Check out GAMEDAY CENTRAL: DISH O&W Game for all the latest info on today's Orange & White Game. 

Here are the latest stories on the Vols:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Byron Moore now 'settled' as one UT safety
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Steak dinner at stake as UT Vols face off
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Some Vols in particular need good spring wraps
- Associated Press: Vols adjusting to new scheme
- Inside Tennessee: The right stuff

ON TOUR: Vol vs. Vol

Former Vols John-Patrick Smith and Tennys Sandgren will face a familiar foe in Saturday's semifinals at the St. Vincent Tour de Paul Tennis Tournament in Little Rock, Ark.

They'll be playing each other, of course.

Smith and Sandgren both won in straight sets to punch their tickets for the all-Vol semifinal. The winner of the match will play either Baylor standout -- and Smith's frequent doubles partner -- John Peers or Hawaii graduate Dennis Lajola.

Smith won his Friday quarterfinal 6-1, 7-5 against Chris Wettengel, while Sandgren beat Christian Harrison 6-3, 7-6 (4). 

Sandgren will also be playing doubles Saturday to conclude his semifinal match where he and Ouellette were up 6-2, 2-1.

Knuckleball! Premieres Tonight at Tribeca Film Festival

Knuckleball!, a documentary featuring former Vol R.A. Dickey and fellow knuckleball pitchers, is set to premiere tonight at 8 p.m. at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. 


Here is a preview of the film from Tribeca Film Festival Programmer Cara Casumano:

Acclaimed documentarians Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg (The Devil Came on Horseback, TFF 2007; Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work, TFF 2010) deconstruct the unpredictable and erratic pitching style known as the knuckleball in this highly entertaining and enlightening sports doc. Anchoring the history of the controversial pitch itself are the trials and triumphs of two of its best known practitioners in the major league: veteran Tim Wakefield of the Red Sox as he struggles to clinch his 200th career win, and up-and-comer R.A. Dickey looking to make a name for himself with the New York Mets. 

A classic sports story from its glorious highs to its crushing lows, Stern and Sundberg's energetic documentary explores the knuckleball phenomenon through copious archival footage and illuminating interviews with legends like Charlie Hough, all with a level of reverence and detail that would make a true baseball aficionado proud. Through Wakefield and Dickey's tumultuous stories, Knuckleball! demonstrates why the titular pitch is renowned as one of the most difficult to hit in baseball, and also one of the most difficult to master.


Latest Features, Columns On Lady Vols Basketball

Here are the latest features and columns of Lady Vols Basketball after Thursday's press conference:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Pat Summitt's principles passed along to her son
- Comcast SportsNet New England: A woman worthy of her name
- Fort Wayne Jornal Gazette: Zolman wasn't surprised
- Inside Tennessee: To our coach Pat Summitt.
- Knoxville News Sentinel: All things forever change
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Holly Warlick's Performance under pressure
- Louisville Courier-Journal: Pat Summitt rose beyond basketball
- Maryville Daily Times: Summitt steps aside, gives up whistle
- SLAM Online: Farewell, Coach Summitt
- Springfield News-Sun: Summitt's career truly amazing
- Tampa Bay Tribune: Summitt: 'A great ride'
- Waterbury Republican-American: Big East official talks about Pat Summitt
- Waterbury Republican-American: Pat Summitt: Nothing but admiration

Spring Game Flag Football Participants

Here's a look at some of the players expected to take part in the Flag Football Game being held at halftime of the DISH Orange & White Game.


Orange Team

Sterling Hinton

Jeff McMichael (1981-82)

Antwuan Hill

Andy McCullough (1994-97)

Jonathan Hefney (2004-07)

Austin Kemp (1997-98)

Bobby Graham (1999-01)

Montrell Jones (2001-02)

Tyrone Graham (1998)


White Team

Peerless Price (1995-98)

Cedrick Wilson (1997-2000)

Eric Westmoreland (1996-2000)

Rashad Moore (1999-2002)

Jeff Smith (1992-95)

Jeff Francis (1985-88)

Jabari Davis (2001-04)

Cory Gaines (1995-97)

Al Wilson (1995-98)


More are expected and these players are subject to change. 

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/20)

The Vols host their annual DISH Orange & White Spring Game on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. The team wen through its final practice, at Neyland Stadium, on Thursday. Check out the VOL REPORT: Summitt's Impact as well as a video package on Practice No. 14. 


Here are the latest stories from the media: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Derek Dooley details Orange and White Game
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Byron Moore now 'settled' as one UT safety
- Inside Tennessee: Bray ready to punt?
- Inside Tennessee: Hot dogs v. steaks

ON TOUR: Smith, Sandgren Winners Again in Little Rock

Former Vols John-Patrick Smith and Tennys Sandgren picked up straight-set wins Thursday to advance at the St. Vincent Tour de Paul Tennis Tournament in Little Rock, Ark.

The highest remaining seeded player at No. 3, Smith beat American Tyler Hochwalt 6-2, 6-4 to move on to the quarterfinals. He faces American Chris Wettengel next, who reached the quarterfinals after a first-set retirement by sixth-seeded Jaan-Frederik Brunken.

Sandgren reached the quarterfinals with a 6-3, 6-4 win against American qualifier Daniel Stahl. He plays qualifier Christian Harrison, who upset top-seeded Stefan Seifert in his first-round match. 

If Smith and Sandgren both win Friday, they would face each other in Saturday's semifinal.

Sandgren was already in the doubles semifinals, and Smith joined him there thanks to another straight set win. He and Nima Roshan beat Ryan Rowe and Mark Verrwyth 6-1, 6-3. Smith is now 20-2 this year in doubles with four titles.

Kata Szekely On The Sports Animal

LISTEN HERE

Junior Kata Szekely was on The Sports Animal (99.1 FM) on Wednesday, April 18, to discuss the Lady Vols' season and the 2012 SEC Tournament. Click the link above to listen!

Szekely headed into Tennessee's first-round match with Auburn with a 22-8 record in singles and a 27-4 mark in doubles this season.

Happy Birthday - April 19: Kirstyn Sweeney

Happy Birthday on April 19 to women's track & field junior Kirstyn Sweeney.

 Kirstyn Sweeney

Stories On Pat Summitt's Career At Tennessee

Here are some national stories focusing on Pat Summitt and her career as head coach at Tennessee.

- Austin American-Statesman: Pat Summitt made a difference
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Pat Summitt ends reign at UT after 38 years
- Chattanooga Times Free Press:  'Emeritus' intent -- respect, protect
- Desert (Utah) Sun: My glorious day with Pat
- Indianapolis Star: A legend leaves the bench
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Pat Summitt steps down Court Adjourned
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Timeline: Pat Summitt through the years
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: 'Will never be another Pat Summitt'
- Minneapolis Star Tribune: Summitt was one of a kind
- New York Daily News: Iconic Summitt steps aside
- Washington Post: Pat Summitt goes out on top

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/19)

It was assistant coach Wednesday as Derek Dooley's staff met with the media following practice No. 13. Check out VOL REPORT: Tennessee's Toy Story as well as this video report from Bob Kesling.


Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Inside Tennessee: Putting in the work

ESPN Marathon of Pat Summitt Coached Games

Beginning tonight, ESPN will celebrate the career of Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt across multiple platforms after it was announced today that Summitt has been named head coach emeritus following 38 seasons, with Holly Warlick assuming head coaching duties. ESPNU and ESPN3 will carry Tennessee's formal press conference of the announcement live Thursday, April 19, at 1:30 p.m. ET. SportsCenter will also offer coverage with George Smith reporting from Knoxville, Tenn.

Full Release & Schedule


DateTime (ET)GameNetwork
Wed, Apr 189 p.m.1996 Women's National Semifinal: Connecticut vs. TennesseeESPN Classic
 11 p.m.1996 Women's Championship: Tennessee vs. GeorgiaESPN Classic
Thu, Apr 191 a.m.1997 Women's Midwest Regional Final: Connecticut vs. TennesseeESPN Classic
3 a.m.1997 Women's National Championship: Old Dominion vs. TennesseeESPN Classic
7 a.m.2011 Women's Sweet 16: Ohio State vs. TennesseeESPN Classic
9 a.m.1998 Women's National Championship: Tennessee vs. Louisiana TechESPN Classic
 10:30 a.m.2007 Women's National Championship: Rutgers vs. TennesseeESPNU
11 a.m.Tennessee vs. Connecticut (2000)ESPN Classic
Noon20087 National Championship: Stanford vs. TennesseeESPNU
1 p.m.2007 Women's National Championship: Rutgers vs. TennesseeESPN Classic
1:30 p.m.Live Tennessee Press ConferenceESPNU, ESPN3 &SportsCenter
3 p.m.1996 Women's National Semifinal: Connecticut vs. TennesseeESPN Classic
5 p.m.1996 Women's National Championship: Tennessee vs. GeorgiaESPN Classic
7 p.m.Connecticut vs. Tennessee (2001)ESPN Classic
9 p.m.2008 Women's National Championship: Stanford vs. TennesseeESPN Classic
11 p.m.1997 Women's National Championship: Old Dominion vs. TennesseeESPNU
11 p.m.2012 Women's Regional Semifinal: Kansas vs. TennesseeESPN Classic

ON TOUR: Smith, Sandgren Win Openers in Little Rock

Neither John-Patrick Smith nor Tennys Sandgren had much trouble advancing in their first round singles matches of the St. Vincent Tour de Paul Tennis Tournament on Wednesday in Little Rock, Ark.

Smith, the No. 3 seed of the $15,000 Futures event, needed just 50 minutes to beat unranked qualifier Ryan Rowe 6-0, 6-1. He faces Tyler Hochwalt in the second round Thursday.

Sandgren, the No. 5 seed, enjoyed a similar opening match against a qualifier, beating Peter Aarts 6-2, 6-1. He plays another qualifier Daniel Stahl next. He and Smith are both on the same half of the draw and could potentially meet in the semifinals.

Between singles and doubles, Smith lost only four games all day Wednesday. Seeded second in doubles, he and Nima Roshan beat Joseph Cadogan and Mitchell Polnet 6-3, 6-0 in their opening match. 

Sandgren started doubles Tuesday and advanced to the quarterfinals Wednesday as he and Gregory Ouellette defeated Peter Aarts and Daniel Chu 7-5, 2-6, [10-5].

Summitt Special On SiriusXM Tonight

Legendary Tennessee Lady Vol basketball coach Pat Summitt, who was named head coach emeritus today, will be celebrated during a 3-hour special on SiriusXM College Sports Nation-Channel 91 on Wednesday evening.

The show airs from 7-10 p.m. ET and is hosted by Chris Childers.

Scheduled to join the show so far in honoring Summitt are former Tennessee star Tamika Catchings (7:45 p.m. ET), former Purdue and current Indiana Fever coach Lin Dunn (8:05 p.m. ET), former Tennessee star Shyra Ely (Time TBD) and former Tennessee assistant coach Mickie DeMoss (Time TBD).

Vol Fans Guide To NFL Schedule

The NFL released its 2012 schedule on Tuesday night. Here's a look at games that will be of special interest to Vols fans.


Week 1

Wed., Sept. 5 - Cowboys at Giants, 8:30 (NBC) Super Bowl Champions with Deon Grant hosts Jason Witten

Sun., Sept. 9 - Patriots at Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS) New England's Jerod Mayo and Donte' Stallworth return to Tennessee

Sun., Sept. 9 - Rams at Lions, 1 p.m. (FOX) Scott Wells debut with St. Louis

Sun., Sept. 9 - Falcons at Chiefs, 1 p.m. (FOX) Eric Berry returns to action with Kansas City

Sun., Sept. 9 - Dolphins at Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS) Arian Foster and Houston host Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and Jonathan Wade

Sun., Sept. 9 - Steelers at Broncos, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) Peyton Manning debut with Denver

Mon., Sept. 10 - Chargers at Raiders, 10:15 p.m. (ESPN) Robert Meachem debut with San Diego at Denarius Moore and Oakland


Week 2

Mon., Sept. 17 - Broncos at Falcons, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Peyton Manning Monday Night Football debut with Denver



Week 3

Sun., Sept. 23 - Buccaneers at Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX) Battle of UT tight ends as Luke Stocker and Bucs travel to Jason Witten and Dallas

Sun., Sept. 23 - Chiefs at Saints, 1 p.m. (CBS) Eric Berry and KC play at Jabari Greer, Turk McBride in New Orleans

Sun., Sept. 23 - Texans at Broncos, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Arian Foster and Houston at Peyton Manning, Britton Colquitt and Robert Ayers in Denver


Week 4

Thu., Sept. 27 - Browns at Ravens, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN) Montario Hardesty on national Thursday night game

Sun., Sept. 30 - Chargers at Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS) See if Eric Berry defends Robert Meachem

Sun., Sept. 30 - Titans at Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS) Arian Foster can be seen on all TVs in Tennessee

Sun., Sept. 30 - Raiders at Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS) Denarius Moore and Oakland at Peyton Manning in Denver

Mon., Oct. 1 - Bears at Cowboys, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Jason Witten on MNF


Week 5

Sun., Oct. 7 - Dolphins at Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS) Former Dolphin Jason Allen hosts at trio of former Vols in his new home Cincinnati

Sun., Oct. 7 - Broncos at Patriots, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Peyton Manning at Tom Brady, along with his mates Jerod Mayo and Donte' Stallworth

Sun., Oct. 7 - Chargers at Saints, 8:20 p.m. (NBC)  Robert Meachem returns to Saints, faces former mates Jabari Greer, Turk McBride on SNF

Mon., Oct. 8 - Texans at Jets, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Arian Foster on Monday Night Football


Week 6 

Sun., Oct. 14 - Chiefs at Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX) Former UT teammates: Eric Berry at Luke Stocker

Sun., Oct. 14 - Packers at Texans, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) Back-to-back national night games for Arian Foster

Mon., Oct. 15 - Broncos at Chargers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Manning & Company at Meachem on national stage


Week 7 

Thu., Oct. 18 - Seahawks at 49ers, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN) Parys Haralson and San Francisco host national audience

Sun., Oct. 19 - Packers at Rams, 1 p.m. (FOX) New Ram Scott Wells welcomes his former team and mate Chad Clifton to St. Louis


Week 8 

Sun., Oct. 28 - Raiders at Chiefs, 4:05 p.m. (CBS) Denarius Moore at Eric Berry Round I; Colquitts Round I 

Sun., Oct. 28 - Patriots vs. Rams, 1 p.m. (CBS) In London Mayo and Stallworth face Scott Wells and St Louis

Sun., Oct. 28 - Giants at Cowoboys, 4:15 p.m. (FOX) Deon Grant at Jason Witten in Dallas

Sun., Oct. 28 - Saints at Broncos, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) UT reunion with Greer and McBride at Manning, Ayers and Colquitt in Denver

Mon., Oct. 29 - 49ers at Cardinals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) D-Linemen on display: Dan Williams and Arizona host Parys Haralson and SF


Week 9 

Thu., Nov. 1 - Chiefs at Chargers, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN) Eric Berry and Dustin Colquitt at Robert Meachem in San Diego

Sun., Nov. 4 - Buccaneers at Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (FOX) 2011 Draft Picks Luke Stocker and Denarius Moore match-up in Oakland

Sun., Nov. 4 - Cowboys at Falcons, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) SNF for Jason Witten

Mon., Nov. 5 - Eagles at Saints, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Monday Night for Greer and McBride


Week 10

Sun., Nov. 11 - Giants at Bengals, 1 p.m. (FOX) Deon Grant vs. Jason Allen in dual of DBs

Sun., Nov. 11 - Texans at Bears, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) More national spotlight for Arian Foster on SNF

Mon., Nov. 12 - Chiefs at Steelers, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Berry, Colquitt at Ramon Foster and Chris Scott on MNF


Week 11

Sun., Nov. 18 - Saints at Raiders, 4:05 p.m. (FOX) Jabari Greer tries to defend Denarius Moore in Oakland

Sun., Nov. 18 - Chargers at Broncos, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Robert Meachem at Peyton Manning, Robert Ayers and Britton Colquitt


Week 12

Thu., Nov. 22 - Texans at Lions, 12:30 p.m. (CBS) Start Thanksgiving with a dose of Arian Foster and Houston

Thu., Nov. 22 - Redskins at Cowboys, 4:15 p.m. (FOX) More Turkey Day with Jason Witten

Thu., Nov. 22 - Patriots at Jets, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) Jerod Mayo and Donte' Stallworth and New England with some pumpkin pie

Sun., Nov. 25 - Broncos at Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS) Peyton Manning plays at Kansas City and Eric Berry


Week 13

Sun., Dec. 2 - Texans at Titans, 1 p.m. (CBS) Arian Foster back in Tennessee

Sun., Dec. 2 - Buccaneers at Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (FOX) Luke Stocker at Manning and Company


Week 14

Thu., Dec. 6 - Broncos at Raiders, 8:20 p.m. (NFLN) Manning, Ayers and Colquitt pay D-Mo a visit on Thursday

Mon., Dec. 10 - Texans at Patriots, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN) Jerod Mayo gets his chance to stuff Arian Foster


Week 15

Sun., Dec. 16 - Buccaneers at Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX) NFC South match-up pits Stocker vs. Greer and McBride

Sun., Dec. 16 - Chiefs at Raiders, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) AFC West showdown could see Eric Berry defending Denarius Moore

Sun., Dec. 16 - 49ers at Patriots, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) Parys Haralson and San Fran at Jerod Mayo and Donte' Stallworth in New England


Week 16

Sun., Dec. 23 - Saints at Cowboys, 1 p.m. (FOX) Greer and McBride try to stop Jason Witten in Dallas

Sun., Dec. 23 - Browns at Broncos, 4:05 p.m. (CBS) Could Montario Hardesty be stopped by Robert Ayres

Sun., Dec. 23 - Chargers at Jets, 8:20 p.m. (NBC) More national night action for Robert Meachem and San Diego 


Week 17 

Sun., Dec. 30 - Chiefs at Broncos, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Finish the season with Colquitt vs. Colquitt Part II

Sun., Dec. 30 - Raiders at Chargers, 4:15 p.m. (CBS) Receivers on display Denarius Moore and Robert Meachem 

Happy Birthday - April 18: Golfer Erica Popson

On April 18, we wish Happy Birthday to star golfer Erica Popson.

Erica Popson

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/18)

Wednesday brings Practice No. 13 of Vols' spring football. Check out Tuesday's VOL REPORT: Finishing Strong as well as this video update from Bob Kesling.



Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Three Vols quietly making moves on offense
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols working Jordan Williams at linebacker
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Line redshirts now help Vols
- CBS Sports.com: Young OLs making progress
- Inside Tennessee: Putting in the work
- Inside Tennessee: Mo's on the move

Lady Vols Move Up Another Spot In ITA Rankings

APRIL 17 ITA RANKINGS

The Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team moved up a spot in the ITA rankings for the second consecutive week, coming in at No. 20 in Tuesday's poll.

Tennessee will face No. 69 Auburn in the opening round of the SEC Tournament on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET in Oxford, Miss.

Brynn Boren (28), Natalie Pluskota (35) and Kata Szekely (52) lead Tennessee's top half of the singles lineup and remained ranked in singles.

In doubles, Pluskota and Szekely are ranked 10th, while Pluskota is also ranked 14th with Caitlyn Williams. Boren and Sarah Toti are 30th.

TENNESSEE (20) IN THE ITA RANKINGS
SINGLES
Brynn Boren - 28
Natalie Pluskota - 35
Kata Szekely - 52

DOUBLES
Pluskota/Szekely - 10
Pluskota/Williams - 14
Boren/Toti - 30

Happy Birthday - April 17: H.Baker, J.Harrison, S.Reveiz

Happy Birthday to a trio of Tennessee student-athletes on April 17: senior softball outfielder Holly Baker, junior track thrower Jessie Harrison, senior football linebacker Shane Reveiz.

Holly Baker  Jessie Harrison  Shane Reveiz

UT Olympian Enshrined In Artwork

Four-time Olympic runner Joetta Clark Diggs, brother of UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark and a Lady Vol standout from 1981-84, had her portrait unveiled and welcomed into Hillsborough's (N.J.) public art collection Friday night.

The painting shows an elegantly-dressed Clark Diggs posing in front of an American flag and Olympic Rings, track spikes slung over her left shoulder.

Read Hillsborough Beacon Article

2012 Combined Scrimmage Football Statistics

Check out the combined statistics from Tennessee's two football scrimmages leading up to the DISH Orange and White Game on Saturday, April 21.

PASSING (Comp-Att-Int, Yards, TD)

Tyler Bray - 26-55-2, 322 yards, 2 TD

Justin Worley - 11-20-1, 248 yards

Nathan Peterman - 4-8-0, 13 yards

Tyler Page - 6-7-0, 40 yards, 1 TD

 

RUSHING (Att-Yards-Long, TD)

Rajion Neal - 27-139-23, 1 TD (5.1 ypc)

Devrin Young - 15-95-24, 1 TD (6.3 ypc)

Marlin Lane - 19-79-22, 2 TD (4.2 ypc)

Alden Hill - 9-39-15 (4.3 ypc)

Tom Smith - 12-24-5 (2 ypc)

Deanthonie Summerhill - 6-23-6 (3.8 ypc)

Jaron Toney - 5-17-6 (3.4 ypc)

Da'Rick Rogers - 2-9-8 (4.5 ypc)

 

RECEIVING (Rec-Yards-Long, TD)

Mychal Rivera - 9-88-16, 1 TD

Jacob Carter - 8-140-46

Rajion Neal - 4-52-27

Cameron Clear - 4-36-16

Cody Blanc - 4-27-12

Justin Hunter - 3-70-50, 1 TD

Devrin Young - 3-59-35

Zach Rogers - 3-35-18

Brendan Downs - 3-20-9

Tyler Drummer - 3-19-8

Alex Ellis - 3-14-6

Da'Rick Rogers - 2-14-12

Marlin Lane - 2-7-8

Naz Oliver - 1-11-11

Austin Bolen - 1-11-11

Ben Bartholomew - 1-7-7

Tom Smith - 1-4-4

Dakota Summers - 1-4-4

Jaron Toney - 1-4-4

 

PUNTING (No.-Yards-Average-Long)

Matt Darr - 8-333-41.6-50

Michael Palardy - 5-208-41.6-45

 

FIELD GOALS (Made-Att.-Long)

Derrick Brodus - 3-4-44

Michael Palardy - 2-4-42

 

DEFENSE (U-A-TT, Other)

A.J. Johnson - 8-3-11, 1 TFL

Rod Wilks - 7-3-10, 2 TFL, 2 PBU

Izauea Lanier - 7-2-9

Herman Lathers - 7-2-9, 2 PBU

Justin Coleman - 5-4-9, 2 PBU

Brian Randolph - 5-3-8, 2 INT, 1 PBU

Greg King - 4-4-8

Marsalis Teague - 4-4-8, 1 PBU

Tino Thomas - 6-1-7, 1 INT, 1 PBU

Willie Bohannon - 2-5-7, 2 TFL, 1 sack

John Propst - 2-5-7

Raiques Crump - 5-1-6, 1 FF

Byron Moore - 4-2-6, 1 TFL

Steven Fowlkes - 3-1-4, 4 TFL, 2.5 sacks

Jordan Williams - 2-2-4, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU

Max Arnold - 2-2-4, 1 TFL

Corey Alexander - 1-3-4

Eric Gordon - 2-1-3, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FR

Channing Fugate - 2-1-3

Joseph Ayres - 2-1-3

Nigel Mitchell-Thornton - 1-2-3, 1 TFL

Marlon Walls - 1-2-3, 1 TFL

Logan Honeycutt - 1-2-3

Dontavis Sapp - 0-3-3, 1 TFL, 0.5 sack

Tyrin Fairman - 2-0-2

Gregory Grieco - 2-0-2

Prentiss Waggner - 2-0-2

Gregory Clark - 1-1-2, 1 FR

Trevarris Saulsberry - 1-1-2

Darrington Sentimore - 1-1-2

Jacques Smith - 1-1-2, 2 PBU, 1 TFL

Allan Carson - 1-0-1, 1 FR

Brent Brewer - 0-1-1

Maurice Couch - 0-1-1

Trent Taylor - 0-1-1, 1 TFL

Michael Cantwell - 0-0-0, 1 PBU

U.S. Teammate Connections Still Strong For Joetta Clark

NCAA.org tells the story of three female student-athletes who became friends through track & field and travels abroad, and they continue to have strong bonds to this day.  Former Lady Vol middle distance great Joetta Clark, older sister of UT Director of Track & Field J.J. Clark, reminisces with Connie Price-Smith and Candy Young.

NCAA.org: Track & Field Bond Continues To Link Former Student-Athletes



Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/17)

The Vols return to Haslam Field to begin their final week of practice before Saturday's DISH Orange & White Spring Game. Here are the latest stories on the squad.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols could buck SEC's running trend
- Inside Tennessee: Redeemed rusher

Final Vol Calls Tonight At Texas Roadhouse At 8 p.m.

The last "Vol Calls" of the 2011-12 season will feature former Vol Chad Clifton (1996-99) of the NFL's Green Bay Packers as a special guest. As a lead in to this weekend's DISH Orange and White Spring Football Game, Bob Kesling will also have interviews with Tennessee Head Football Coach Derek Dooley. Tennessee head swimming and diving coach Matt Kredich, baseball outfielder Chris Fritts and former Vol offensive lineman Phil Stuart with "Camp 76" will also be on the show. "Vol Calls" originates from the Texas Roadhouse at Turkey Creek in West Knoxville at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central. 

The show can be heard across the state on the Vol Radio Network and online at utsports.com. Fans may ask questions by calling 1-800-688-8657 or Verizon customers may dial #TENN. Fans may also submit questions through the Vol Network-IMG Facebook page.

Erin Gabriel Talks 34 K's on Fox & Friends

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Future Tennessee Lady Vol and current USA Softball Junior Women's National Team pitcher Erin Gabriel (freshman in 2013) recently struck out an incredible 34 batters over 16 innings in a win over nationally-ranked Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage School.  On Sunday she paid a visit to "FOX and Friends" to talk about that amazing effort and to take the opportunity to strikeout the show's hosts.  Take a look at the video evidence through the link below.

Erin Gabriel on "Fox and Friends"

Daugherty Third at AJGA Georgia Tourney

Tennessee signee Grant Daugherty finished third over the weekend at the 2012 Exide Technologies Junior Open in Johns Creek, Ga.

Daugherty shot 73-70 to post 1-under-par 143, two strokes behind champion Lee McCoy of Clarkesville, Ga. The Alcoa native birdied three straight holes down the stretch Sunday to finish one shot behind the low round of the day. On Saturday, Daugherty carded five birdies over a six-hole stretch in the middle of his round before faltering at the end with a bogey-triple bogey finish.

Conducted by the American Junior Golf Association, the 36-hole stroke play competition took place at The Country Club of the South, site of last year's PGA Championship won by Keegan Bradley.

Daugherty won the Tennessee State High School Class A-AA Championship in 2010, completing a sweep of four prep postseason tournaments that year.

He then captured the 2011 Tennessee Junior Amateur title and qualified for the U.S. Junior Amateur, where he was 10th in stroke play before losing 1-down in the match play round of 64.

Daugherty concluded the 2011 AJGA circuit with three top-20 finishes.

Daugherty is joined in the Vols' 2012 signing class by Chad Merzbacher of Dublin, Ohio, and Michael Nagy of Manistique, Mich.

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (4/16/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of April 16, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.


John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 354 (+30)

Doubles: 180 (+45)

Note: Won the doubles title at the $35,000 Challenger in Leon, Mexico, with John Peers last week. It was their third Challenger title this year and boosted Smith's doubles ranking into the top 200 for the first time ... Also advanced to the singles quarterfinals at Leon to reach a career best No. 354 ... Playing this week at the Little Rock Futures in Arkansas.


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 373 (-3)

Doubles: 389 (-3)

Note: Off last week ... Received a wild card into this week's Sarasota Open, a $100,000-level Challenger. Faces No. 165 Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia in the opening round Monday.


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 426 (+2)

Doubles: 363 (+4)

Note: Reached the semifinals of the Oklahoma City Futures last week ... Playing this week at the Little Rock Futures in Arkansas.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 371 (+0)

Note: Off this week ... Preparing for three-week swing in South Korea.


Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 529 (+5)

Note: Lost in the first round of doubles at the Oklahoma City Futures ... Playing this week at the Little Rock Futures in Arkansas.


Matteo Fago

Singles: 1622 (-101)

Doubles: N/A

Note: Did not play this week ... Scheduled to play qualifying next week at a $15,000 Futures in Italy.

Happy Birthday - April 16: Kaelyn Angelo, Kyle Walter

On April 16, we wish Happy Birthday to soccer's rising sophomore Kaelyn Angelo and freshman distance runner Kyle Walter.

Kaelyn Angelo  Kyle Walter

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/16)

We are into "Game Week" for the Vols as the DISH Orange & White Spring Game takes place on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Here are various stories on the football team after it held its second scrimmage on Saturday. 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Brian Randolph maturing before UT's eyes
- Inside Tennessee: New lease on life
- Inside Tennessee: Starter experience to spare
- Volquest: Week three rewind
- Volquest: Lane back on track

ON TOUR: Smith, Peers Win 3rd Challenger Title of 2012

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith and Baylor standout John Peers captured their third ATP Challenger doubles title of the year Saturday evening in Leon, Mexico.

Smith and Peers defeated the Mexican wild card pair of Cesar Ramirez and Bruno Rodriguez 6-3, 6-3 in the title match of the $35,000 Leon Challenger. The collegiate pair did not drop a set and upset second and third seeds during the week on their way to a check for $2,200 and 80 tour points.

Currently ranked No. 225 in the world in doubles, Smith will crack the ATP top 200 when new rankings are released Monday. He reached the quarterfinals in singles as well, good for 15 tour points.

Smith continues his current three-week circuit next week in Little Rock, Ark., for a $15,000 Futures event. He will be joined by fellow Vols Tennys Sandgren and Ben Rogers.

Just a few weeks removed from his third career pro title at the Calabasas Futures in California, Sandgren picked up where we left off last week at the Oklahoma City (Okla.) Futures. He reached the semifinals.

Happy Birthday - April 15: Anderson, Dickson, West

On April 15, we wish Happy Birthday to junior rower Arin Anderson, sophomore rower Liz Dickson and sophomore football receiver Dylan West.

Arin Anderson  Liz Dickson  Dylan West


Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/15)

The Vols had a strong showing in their second scrimmage of the spring. You can read all about it in: VOL REPORT: Scrimmage Two Recap along with VOL REPORT: Scrimmage Two Notebook. Plus all your videos can be found here: Post-Scrimmage Media Interviews.

You can check out Justin Hunter's 50-yard touchdown pass at the 1:20 mark of this highlight package.


Here are the latest stories from the media: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Hunter makes impact in Vols scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols trying to play through the pain
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Statistical MVPs from second scrimmage
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Hunter 'happy' after scrimmage
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: New pains not halting Lathers
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Gruden Vitale of football
- Inside Tennessee: 'Touchdowns and yards'
- Inside Tennessee: Starter experience to spare
- Volquest: Lane back on track

Chris Fritts Diving Grab Named Top Play on SportsCenter

Junior Chris Fritts' diving catch that helped preserve Tennessee's 5-4 victory over No. 4 Florida on Saturday night earned top billing on SportsCenter's Top 10 Plays. It was Fritts' second appearance on the list in his career as he also earned a spot after a similar diving grab at Oregon State on March 2, 2010.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/14)

Scrimmage No. 2 is on the docket for this afternoon at Neyland Stadium. The Vols took part in their 10th practice of the spring on Friday. Check out this video feature: 



Here are the latest stories on the team from the media afte a busy day on Rocky Top:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Curt Maggitt has variety
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: James Stone and Zach Fulton fighting for UT spot
- Inside Tennessee: Father knows best
- Inside Tennessee: Work in progress

Happy Birthday - April 13: Jarryd Chaplin

On Friday the 13th of April, we wish Happy Birthday to tennis sophomore Jarryd Chaplin.

Jarryd Chaplin

Check out Jarryd as he co-hosted "Live From the Orange Carpet" at the Volscars on Monday. 

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/13)

The Vols' football coaches clinic is underway and tonight alum Jon Gruden will be the featured speaker. Check out Thursday's VOL REPORT: Assistant Coach Round-Up as well as info on the DISH O&W Spring Game Broadcast.

Here are the latest stories on Derek Dooley's squad which takes part on Practice No. 10 this morning:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: LB Greg King is ready to 'rock and roll'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols still sorting through cornerbacks
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols' Darrington Sentimore progressing well
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Vols' success depends on Bray's arm
- Inside Tennessee: Kicking it, old school
- Volquest: Just being Tiny

ON TOUR: Smith Moves On With Straight-Set Wins

With a pair of straight-set victories Thursday, former Vol John-Patrick Smith advanced in singles and doubles at the $35,000 Leon Challenger in Mexico.

Smith defeated Riccardo Ghedin of Italy 7-6 (3), 6-3 to reach his second career quarterfinal at the Challenger level where he will face former Illinois standout and No. 2 seed Rajeev Ram on Friday.

In doubles, Smith and John Peers stayed in pursuit of their third Challenger title together this season. They rolled into the semifinals by collecting a 6-3, 6-4 win against second-seeded Andre Begemann and Jordan Kerr. With the 29 added points, Smith will move up to close to 200 in the world doubles rankings.

In Oklahoma City: Tennys Sandgren once again got the best of Reid Carleton. The former Vol rallied to beat the recent Duke graduate 4-6, 6-3, 6-0 in the second round of the $15,000 Oklahoma City Futures in Oklahoma. He will play former Texas star Ed Corrie in Friday's quarterfinal.


Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (4/12)

The Vols Held Their Annual Hoops Banquet on Wednesday at Calhoun's On the River. Earlier in the day, Guard Armani Moore Signed With Vols. Check out various media stories on the two news-making events. 

Happy Birthday - April 12: Emily Shore

Happy Birthday to senior soccer midfielder Emily Shore on April 12.
Emily Shore

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/12)

The Vols assistant coaches met with the media on Wednesday. Check out the VOL REPORT: Checkdown To Checkerboards along with video highlights and interviews.


Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee keeping kicking consistency
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' tight ends are on the move
- Inside Tennessee: Back in the mix

Holmes Featured on 'The Third Nine'

Former Tennessee captain David Holmes is featured on this week's video edition of "The Third Nine" from the NGA Pro Golf Tour.

Holmes is playing his second full season on the NGA Tour and has made three cuts in five tournaments thus far in 2012. His best pro finish was a tie for 20th at the recent Cutter Creek Golf Classic in North Carolina, where this video was recorded.

The Knoxville native stands 47th on the money list with $4,652.

Holmes lettered four seasons for the Vols from 2007-10 and was a 2009 Ping All-America honorable mention. Holmes captained the squad in 2010, when he earned All-SEC second team honors and led the Vols to a top-25 NCAA Championship finish for the second year in a row.

Holmes finished 13th and 25th in his last two NCAA Championship appearances and was second at the 2009 NCAA Northeast Regional. He also made the Academic All-SEC team three straight years and was a member of the 2007 SEC Freshman Academic Honor Roll. In 2009, Cleveland Golf/Srixon named him an All-America Scholar.

Tennessee Among Tops In NFL Draft Picks

With the NFL Draft around the corner, here's a look at some interesting statistics of where the Vols rank in terms of NFL Draft picks according to The Kickoff. Tennessee ranks seventh among all schools with 329 selections, which leads all SEC schools. Florida is second with 302. 

Schools With the Most Draft Picks All-Time

1. USC - 472 

2. NOTRE DAME - 469 

3. OHIO STATE - 399 

4. OKLAHOMA - 350 

5. NEBRASKA - 341 

6. MICHIGAN - 337 

7. TENNESSEE - 329 

8. TEXAS - 326 

9. PENN STATE - 325 

10. MIAMI (FL) - 307 

11. FLORIDA - 302 

12. ALABAMA - 292 

13. UCLA - 291 

14T. GEORGIA - 289 

14T. MICHIGAN STATE - 289 


Over the last 20 years (1991-2011), the Vols have had 24 NFL First-Round Draft Picks, marking the fifth-most of any team in college football. That mark is also the most among all schools in the SEC. Here's a look at the top 10. 

 

1. MIAMI (FL) - 37 

2. OHIO STATE - 32 

3. FLORIDA STATE - 27 

4. USC - 26 

5. TENNESSEE - 24 

6. FLORIDA - 22 

7. TEXAS - 19 

8. MICHIGAN - 18 

9. PENN STATE - 17 

10T. CAL - 16 

10T. GEORGIA - 16 


The 2012 NFL Draft will be held April 26-28, 2012, in New York City. The first round will take place on the 26th, the 2nd and 3rd rounds on the 27, and rounds 4-7 on the 28th. 


Lady Vols Remain Third In Average Attendance

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ATTENDANCE RANKINGS

The Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team continues to draw among the highest attendance in the country, placing third nationally and first in the SEC in the most recent ITA rankings.

Tennessee was also third in the initial ITA attendance rankings, which were unveiled at the beginning of March for matches up to that point.

With 224 fans per contest, Tennessee has its highest April rating since the ITA began releasing the figures in 2008.

The Lady Vols' average attendance is just nine behind second-place Michigan (233).

UT's home match against Florida is the fourth-highest attended women's tennis match this season, as 435 came out to Goodfriend Tennis Center on March 2.

At this point last season, Tennessee ranked eighth in average attendance and finished the season seventh.

Recent Tennessee Lady Vol softball signee and current USA Softball Junior National Team member Erin Gabriel turned in one of the most impressive pitching performances of all time at any level of softball on Monday night (April 9) against nationally-ranked Delray Beach (Fla.) American Heritage School.  The Poland (Ohio) Seminary pitcher and two-time Gatorade Ohio Softball Player of the Year pitched all 16 innings during Poland Seminary's 2-1 victory, and in the process, struck out a staggering 34 batters.  That's an average of over two K's-per-inning pitched.  For more info on the amazing feat, visit the link below to a write-up by Cameron Smith of Yahoo Sports.  

Gabriel Strikes Out 34 in Marathon Victory - Yahoo Sports - Written by Cameron Smith

ON TOUR: Vols Advance in Mexico, Oklahoma City

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith picked up the best ranked win of his professional career Tuesday to start singles at the Leon Challenger in Mexico.

Smith toppled No. 220 Jamie Baker of Great Britain 6-5, 6-7 (0), 6-3 to advance to the second round, where he will face Riccardo Ghedin of Italy. 

Smith had one match point in the second set serving at 5-4 but ended up losing the set in the tiebreaker. He bounced back to break Baker twice in the third set. Eventually serving out the set at 5-3. 

Still alive in both singles and doubles with John Peers, Smith is not scheduled to play Wednesday.

In Oklahoma City: Tennys Sandgren had an easy first round to start the Oklahoma City Open in Oklahoma on Tuesday, defeating Dekel Bar 6-2, 6-0. He faces a familiar foe in the next round: Reid Carleton, a former All-American at Duke. Sandgren defeated him at last year's NCAA Singles Championships.

Happy Birthday - April 11: Track's Alex McCandless

On April 11, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore distance runner Alex McCandless of the track & field and cross country programs. 

Alex McCandless

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/11)

Practice No. 9 is set for a chilly Wednesday morning. Get the latest on Tuesday's session in 
VOL REPORT: Rushing To Improve. Check out Bob Kesling's recap of the action as well in this video feature.


Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Darrington Sentimore knows 3-4 and SEC
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols go back to work after first scrimmage
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Marlin Lane works on hitting holes hard
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Greg Clark making extra reps pay off
- Inside Tennessee: 'World of difference'
- Inside Tennessee: Immediate help
- Inside Tennessee: Back in the mix

New ITA Rankings Released


The doubles tandem of Natalie Pluskota and Kata Szekely, undefeated in dual-match play at 7-0, vaulted ahead 10 spots to No. 8 in Tuesday's ITA rankings, while Tennessee moved up one spot to 21.

Pluskota and Szekely have gone 14-1 together overall in 2011-12, and began playing together in dual match play on March 21 vs. UNLV. They've defeated three ranked opponents since then.

In singles, Brynn Boren moved up a spot in singles to 27, while Pluskota (31) and Szekely (53) are also ranked.

Pluskota is also ranked with Caitlyn Williams in doubles at 13th, while Boren is ranked with Sarah Toti at 25th.

Tennessee is the only school with three duos ranked in the Top 25.

TENNESSEE - 21

SINGLES
Brynn Boren-27, Natalie Pluskota-31, Kata Szekely-53

DOUBLES
Natalie Pluskota/Kata Szekely-8, Pluskota/Caitlyn Williams-13, Brynn Boren/Sarah Toti-25

Tennis Team At The Volscars

Team is featured in photos 1, 32, 33& 61

Team is featured in photos 9, 30, 53 & 61

The Lady Vol tennis team was in attendance at Monday evening's Volscars, the annual award show recognizing performances of Tennessee's student-athletes.

Natalie Pluskota took home the Female Big Orange Heart Award, while the team was honored with the Lady Vol Big Orange Cup Award. Read more about the accolades below.

Also, Natalie Pluskota and Joanna Henderson presented the Dr. Todd A. Diacon Male Volunteer Award, given to Skylar McBee.
 
Female Big Orange Heart Award - Natalie Pluskota
Intent on playing at Tennessee since the age of nine, Natalie Pluskota represents everything a Lady Vol should be, leading the tennis team on the court, and leading athletes in her passion for Tennessee off of it.

 Lady Vol Big Orange Cup Award - Women's Tennis 
The Lady Vol tennis team is extremely active in the community taking part in events such as Feed The Need, Toys for Tots and the grand opening of a tennis club in Pigeon Forge. Among many other efforts to give back, the tennis team surprised a less fortunate family with a Thanksgiving basket in November. 

ON TOUR: Smith, Peers Win to Start in Mexico

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith and Baylor standout John Peers got off to a fast start Monday at the Leon Challenger in Mexico.

Smith and Peers beat Riccardo Ghedin of Italy and Fabrice Martin of France 6-4, 6-4 to advance to the quarterfinals. 

Smith begins singles play Tuesday against Jamie Baker of Great Britain.

In Oklahoma City: Former Vol Tennys Sandgren is seeded third at this week's $15,000 Futures in Oklahoma City, Okla. He is set to face Dekel Bar of Israel in the opening round. Sandgren could potentially face Duke standout Reid Carleton in the second round, an opponent he upset in the opening round of the 2011 NCAA Singles Championships.

Sandgren is not playing doubles this week, but another former Vol will be in the field. Ben Rogers and Brazilian Clayton Almeida face third-seeded Haydn Lewis and Milan Pokrajac.


Happy Birthday - April 10: Kenny Hall

Happy birthday to men's basketball forward Kenny Hall on April 10. 

Kenny Hall 


Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/10)

The football team will be back in action this morning on Haslam Field for Practice No. 8. Here are the latest stories on the team including several on the defense and new assistant Derrick Ansley. 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: New UT defense is food for thought
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols corners learning hands-on style
- Volquest: Two week review

News Sentinel: Dressed For Success

You see them making tackles, hitting jump shots, smashing overheads, making putts, drilling kills, swimming and diving and doing just about everything else that Tennessee's student-athletes can do in their sports.

Hardly ever do you see them together at one time -- and many of them dressed to the nines -- Lady Vols in stunning evening gowns and Vols in sharp-tailored suits.

Yet there they were Monday night, about 300 Vols and Lady Vols, gathered for the sixth annual Volscars event to celebrate UT's 2011-12 sports year at the Knoxville Convention Center.

Read the full story from the Knoxville News Sentinel: Dressed for success UT athletes cut loose for Volscars

Pettitt 9th at Nationwide Event After Closing 65

Philip Pettitt had his best Nationwide Tour result of the season this weekend with a tie for ninth at the Soboba Golf Classic in San Jacinto, Calif.

Pettitt shot 65 in Sunday's final round to lead the field and match the low round of the tournament. His scorecard for the week read 71-74-72-65--282, which earned him a check for $20,250 and his best Nationwide Tour golf payday.

The former All-SEC selection in 2007 at Tennessee vaulted from 94th to 38th on the 2012 Nationwide Tour money list with $24,361. This week was Pettitt's second made cut in five tournaments to start the season.

The tour stays in California this week for the TPC Stonebrae Championship in the San Francisco Bay city of Hayward.

David Skinns is third on the NGA Pro Golf Tour money list after tying for 33rd at the Avoca Classic in Windsor, N.C.

Skinns opened the tournament Wednesday with a 4-under-par 68, but then shot 73-74-76 over the next three rounds amid several weather delays. The former SEC Championship medalist in 2005 at Tennessee already has a win under his belt this season and has claimed $35,816 in just four tournaments.

The NGA Tour returns to action April 19-22 at the Mountain Lakes Classic in Seneca, S.C.

Peter King Mentions Passing Of Joe Avezzano

Sports Illustrated's Peter King wrote about the passing of former Vols assistant coach Joe Avezzano in his Monday Morning QB


RIP, Coach Joe.

Joe Avezzano was always in search of another coaching gig, or another country song. And if he couldn't find a coaching gig here, he'd go anywhere. That's why he was in Italy when he died of a heart attack while on a treadmill Thursday, preparing to coach the Milano Seamen of the Italian league.


In 1991, I went on a scouting trip prior to the draft with the Dallas Cowboys coaching staff. The Cowboys used their coaches to scout. So on this trip, to North Carolina State, Tennessee, Michigan State and Notre Dame, Jimmy Johnson brought some of his key guys along: Norv Turner and Hubbard Alexander on offense, Butch Davis and Dave Wannstedt on defense, and Avezzano, the special teams coach, to look at the punters and kickers. Fascinating trip. That was the draft enriched by the Herschel Walker trade, and others, and the Cowboys picked Russell Maryland, Alvin Harper and Dixon Edwards, among others that year.


But the star of the trip was Avezzano. Boy, did he know how to have a good time. The group went to Tennessee coach Johnny Majors' house (that's how long ago this trip happened -- Majors was the Vol coach) one night, staying long past 12, and Avezzano picked up a guitar and started crooning. "Mamas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys'' was first. Avezzano was no phony. The man could sing, and he could play the guitar. Then, to Majors' delight, Avezzano launched into a rousing "Rocky Top'' rendition.


"Rocky Top, you'll always be,
Home sweet home to me.
Good ol' Rocky top,
Rocky Top Tennessee!''


By the end of it, he had everyone doing the chorus. And I thought it was a good thing that Majors didn't have any neighbors close by. They'd have all been woken up by the bad singing.

"Joe,'' Johnson said to him on that trip, "I wish you could just learn to relax a little bit.''


Don't let that give you the wrong impression of the guy. He could coach the kicking game. Three times he was named special teams coach of the year, and he was part of three Super Bowl championship teams in Dallas, where he coached for 13 years. And TV networks loved him, because he was one of the most demonstrative coaches ever. A sideline ranter, with that wild white hair. Other than Johnson, he was easily the most charismatic and well-known of the Dallas coaches on that staff. Just an unforgettable man.

Vol Calls Live From The Volscars

Tonight's edition of Vol Calls will take place on remote live from the Volscars at the Knoxville Convention Center from 8-9 p.m. ET. Among the guests will be head baseball coach Dave Serrano along with football players Jacques Smith and Antonio Richardson. Super Bowl Champion Deon Grant is also expected to be a guest on the show. Plenty of other guests will be on the show throughout the night as part of the Volscars. 

Listen Live on the Vol Network or online via UTSports.com/AllAccess.

PHOTOS: Sunrise Rowing Gallery

Check out a gallery of rowing photos from an early morning session on Monday:  Photo Gallery

Tennesse

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (4/9/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of April 9, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 370 (-1)

Doubles: 386 (+4)

Note: Selected as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team, which played last weekend in Monte Carlo against France in the World Group quarterfinals.


John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 384 (-2)

Doubles: 225 (+10)

Note: Nearing the top 200 in doubles after reaching the quarterfinals with John Peers at the Tallahassee Challenger ... Playing the $35,000 Challenger in Leon, Mexico, this week after getting in the singles main draw as an alternate. Playing doubles again with Peers.


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 428 (-1)

Doubles: 367 (+59)

Note: Moved up in doubles after reaching the quarterfinals of the Tallahassee Challenger with Brian Baker ... Playing the $15,000 Oklahoma City Futures this week.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 371 (+76)

Note: He and Adam Feeney reached the doubles finals at the Bundaberg Futures two weeks ago, enough to move him up to No. 371 ... Off this week.


Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 529 (+5)

Note: Hitting the USTA circuit this week in Oklahoma City ... Lost in the second round of qualifying ... Playing the Little Rock (Ark.) Futures next week.


Matteo Fago

Singles: 1521 (N/R)

Doubles: N/A

Note: Fago returned to the pro circuit in March and collected his first ATP point since 2007 two weeks ago in Croatia ... Listed as a qualifying alternate for next week's Futures stop in Italy.

Happy Birthday - April 9: Bianca Blair, AJ Newell

On April 9, we wish Happy Birthday to freshman golfer AJ Newell and senior track & field performer Bianca Blair.

AJ Newell  Bianca Blair

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/9)

The Vols return to the practice field on Tuesday for week three of spring football. Here's a look at Monday's stories from the media.

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Benefit of John Palermo's age aids UT Vols
- Volquest: Two week review

Vols in the Pros Update (4/8)

The professional baseball season officially got underway this week with former Vols dotted throughout both the Major and Minor Leagues. Hghlighting the first week were strong pitching efforts by both Luke Hochevar and R.A. Dickey, as well as a 16th-inning home run by J.P. Arencibia that brought in the winning runs in the longest Opening Day game in MLB history.

Check out complete stats and video highlights for all former Vols currently active at the professional level below:

LUKE HOCHEVAR (Kansas City Royals)
April 7: W, 6-3 vs. Los Angeles Angles of Anaheim
6.1 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K

R.A. DICKEY (New York Mets)
April 7: W, 4-2 vs. Atlanta Braves
6.0 IP, 5 H 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K

TODD HELTON (Colorado Rockies)
April 6: 1-for-4, 1 RBI, 1 R, 1 BB, 1 2B
April 7: 0-for-4, 1 RBI
Season: .125, 1 R, 2 RBIs

J.P. ARENCIBIA (Toronto Blue Jays)
April 5: 1-for-7, HR, 3 RBIs
April 7: 0-for-5

CHASE HEADLEY (San Diego Padres)
April 5: 0-for-4
April 6: 0-for-4
April 7: 0-for-3, 1 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB

TRIPLE-A
Yan Gomes (Las Vegas 51s - Blue Jays)
3 Games: .462 (6-for-13), 1 2B, 4 RBIs

Julio Borbon (Round Rock Express - Rangers)
3 Games: .182 (2-for-11), 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI

Deunte Heath (Charlotte Knights - White Sox)
1 Game: 9.00 ERA, 2.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 4 K, .250 Opp. BA

DOUBLE-A
Andrew Simunic (Corpus Christi Hooks - Astros)
1 Game: .333 (1-for-3), 1 RBI, 1 BB

Kentrail Davis (Huntsville Stars - Brewers)
3 Games: .182 (2-for-11), 3 R, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 2 SB

SINGLE-A
Cody Hawn (Brevard County Manatees - Brewers)
3 Games: .250 (3-for-12), 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBIs

Charley Thurber (Savannah Sand Gnats - Mets)
2 Games: .444 (4-for-9), 2 RBIs

Matt Duffy (Lexington Legends - Astros)
3 Games: .100 (1-for-10)

Blake Forsythe (St. Lucie Mets - Mets)
1 Game: .250 (1-for-4), 1 RBI

Steven Gruver (Beloit Snappers - Twins)
1 Game: 1.50 ERA, 6.0 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 0 BB, 5 K, .238 Opp. BA

Stephen McCray (Kannapolis Intimidators - White Sox)
1 Game: 0.00 ERA, 4.0 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 2 BB, 5 K, .143 Opp. BA

Ty'Relle Harris (Daytona Cubs - Cubs)
1 Game: 0.00 ERA, 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 0 K, .000 Opp. BA

Bryan Morgado (Lakewood Blue Claws - Phillies)
1 Game: 1-0, 9.00 ERA, 1.0 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, .500 Opp. BA

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (4/7)

Volquest has a story on the men's basketball are offseason workouts are in full swing. Read Rob Lewis' story here: Vols dive into offseason work

Happy Birthday - April 8: Allie Sirna

On April 8, we wish Happy Birthday to rising sophomore soccer player Allie Sirna


Allie Sirna

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/8)

On Easter Sunday, here's a look at the latest stories on the Vols.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: A time for good 'Vol'brations
- Inside Tennessee: Rhyming reminder
- Inside Tennessee: Everyone's chipping in
- Inside Tennessee: Dynamic Dallas

Saturday Baseball Briefing (4/7)

Tennessee took down No. 10 South Carolina, 5-4, in a thrilling contest in front of a sold-out crowd at Carolina Stadium on Friday night. Check out what UT head coach Dave Serrano had to say about the win below: 


Read the media coverage from the contest below:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT stuns No. 10 South Carolina, 5-4
- PerfectGame.org: Friday Roundup
- The Times and Democrat: Godley's evolution moving him into SEC's upper echelon on the mound
- GamecockCentral.com: Gamecocks fritter away game 1
- The State Vols swipe series opener from Gamecocks ($)

Happy Birthday - April 7: Gilmartin, Tiller

On April 7, we wish Happy Birthday to senior men's track runner Tom Gilmartin, and senior women's track runner Elizabeth Tiller.

Tom Gilmartin   Elizabeth Tiller

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/7)

Tennessee's first spring scrimmage is in the books. The Vols put an emphasis on the rushing attack as they gained 265 yards on the ground. Check out VOL REPORT: Vols Hold First Scrimmage and VOL REPORT: Scrimmage Notebook to get all the details on the scrimmage.


Here's a look at the coverage from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee's 'Tiny' has big goals
- CBS Sports.com: Passing game needs work
- Inside Tennessee: Rhyming reminder

Happy Birthday - April 6: Luther, Royster, Williams

A trio of birthdays among Tennessee student-athletes on April 6. Celebrating are junior baseball infielder Zach Luther, freshman cross country runner Zack Royster and junior basketball guard Kamiko Williams.

Zach Luther  Zack Royster  Kamiko Williams

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (4/6)

The basketball team held another spring workout session on Thursday, see what they had to say in Vols Discuss Hoops Workouts

Here are some stories from the media: 


Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/6)

The Vols will hold their first scrimmage of the spring this morning at Neyland Stadium. Check back for stats and a complete update early this afternoon on UTSports.com.

Here are the latest stories on the football team:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Quarterback a deeper subject for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Three Vols who could use a good scrimmage
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Josh Conklin enjoying 'intriguing' jump
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT run game on the mend
- Inside Tennessee: Ready to blow up?
- Inside Tennessee: A candid Coiner
- Volquest: Doing it Jay's Way

Also, former Vols assistant coach Joe Avezzano passed away on Thursday. Here are some stories on the special teams guru. 

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/5)

On Wednesday the Vols nine assistant coaches met with the media. Check out what the coordinators Sal Sunseri and Jim Chaney had to say in VOL REPORT: Built Vol Tough. You can view highlights and a full report from practice here:


Read up on what the media had to write here:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Sal Sunseri's lesson plan catching on
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Sal Sunseri has UT defense working
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT run game on the mend
- CBS Sports.com: OC Chaney impressed with QBs
- Inside Tennessee: Fresh start
- Inside Tennessee: Teaching the 3-4 transition

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (4/4)

Offseason Skill Workouts Are Underway for the men's basketball team after a second-place finish in the SEC in 2011-12. Check out a Photo Gallery of action as well as these stories from the media:

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/4)

The football team will be on the practice field for their sixth spring session this morning. Be sure to check back around 12 Noon for a Vol Report.

Here are the most recent stories from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: First-team reps energize Byron Moore
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Pre-scrimmage prep important for Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Prentiss Waggner leader of Vols' corners

Lady Vols Drop To 22nd In ITA Rankings

APRIL 3 RANKINGS

After splitting two matches over the weekend, Tennessee fell three spots to No. 22 in Tuesday's ITA rankings.

The Lady Vols host their final two home matches of the season this weekend, facing No. 63 Auburn on Friday at 5 p.m. and No. 11 Alabama on Sunday at 1 p.m.

Caitlyn Williams WBIR Feature



Freshman Caitlyn Williams was recently featured by WBIR's Kris Budden. Check out the video above.

ON TOUR: Smith, Peers Win Again

Four-time Tennessee All-American John-Patrick Smith and former Baylor standout John Peers had not played a match together since early February, but picked up right where they left off Monday at the $50,000 Tallahassee Challenger in Florida.

Smith and Peers, who won back-to-back Challengers in Australia earlier this year, won their opening match in Tallahassee. The collegiate Aussie pair beat lucky losers Adham El-Effendi and Darren Walsh 6-3, 6-4.

Smith has won 14 consecutive doubles matches this season and has quickly risen to No. 235 in the world. Peers is also climbing up the doubles ladder, ranked No. 190.

In singles, Tennys Sandgren lost his opening round in unusual fashion to Jamie Baker of Great Britain 0-6, 6-0, 6-4. Sandgren has a wild card in doubles with Brian Baker.

Happy Birthday - April 3: Athan, Bailey, Hatcher

On April 3, we wish Happy Birthday to a trio of Lady Vols: rowers Taylor Athan and Jennifer Bailey along with senior soccer player Chelsea Hatcher.

Taylor Athan  Jennifer Bailey  Chelsea Hatcher

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/3)

Derek Dooley put the Vols through their fifth spring practice on Monday. Check out the latest VOL REPORT: Exercising a Level of Grit as well as Bob Kesling's video update.


Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Da'Rick Rogers clears the air
- Inside Tennessee: Size matters

Vol Calls Tonight At Texas Roadhouse At 8 p.m.

The latest edition of Vol Calls takes place tonight at the Turkey Creek Texas Roadhouse starting at 8 p.m. Listen live on the Vol Network or online here

The show will include interviews with football coach Derek Dooley, baseball head coach Dave Serrano, fresh off a sweep of Alabama as well as men's basketball coach Cuonzo Martin with his pick for the NCAA Championship, which takes place on Monday night. Bob Kesling also has a taped interview with Da'Rick Rogers. 

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (4/2/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of April 2, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 369 (-1)

Doubles: 390 (+8)

Note: Selected as a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team, which is playing this week in Monte Carlo against France in the World Group quarterfinals.


John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 382 (+17)

Doubles: 235 (+11)

Note: Points added from reaching the semifinals again at the Sherbrooke Futures in Canada ... Made it to the doubles quarterfinal of the Rimouski Challenger with Colin Ebelthite before Ebelthite had to withdraw because of illness ... Playing doubles this week with John Peers at the Tallahassee Challenger. The two won a pair of Challengers earlier this year in Australia.


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 427 (+100)

Doubles: 426 (+28)

Note: Moved up 100 spots after winning the Calabasas Futures, his third career title and first at the $15,000 level ... Reached the quarterfinals of the Costa Mesa Futures the next week ... Received a main draw wild card in singles and doubles at the Tallahassee Challenger.


Adam Hubble

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 403 (+76)

Note: Jumped up in the rankings after winning the Ipswich Futures title with Adam Feeney in Australia ... the pair reached the final the next week at the Bundaberg Futures the next week.


Ben Rogers

Singles: N/A

Doubles: 534 (-1)

Note: Off this week ... Hitting the USTA circuit next week in Oklahoma City.


Matteo Fago

Singles: N/A

Doubles: N/A

Note: Fago returned to the pro circuit in March and collected his first ATP point since 2007 last week ... the Vols' recent graduate won four rounds of qualifying before outlasting Dragos Dima 5-7, 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the first round at a $10,000 Futures in Croatia ... Qualified for a $15,000 Futures this week in Rome after receiving a qualifying wild card and drew No. 357 Claudio Grassi.

Happy Birthday - April 2: Tyler Law, Zach Osborne

On April 2, we wish Happy Birthday to rising sophomore soccer forward Tyler Law and senior baseball shortstop Zach Osborne

Tyler Law  Zach Osborne

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/2)

Monday morning brings the fifth spring practice for the Vols as the team will be back on Haslam Field at 9 a.m. Here are the latest stories from the the media as UT begins its second week of practice.

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Running-game boost is spring focus for UT Vols

Skinns 2nd on NGA Money List

David Skinns jumped to second place on the NGA Pro Golf Tour money standings after his win Saturday at the Cutter Creek Golf Classic in North Carolina.

Skinns claimed the $22,000 first prize thanks to his birdie on the second playoff hole that edged Chas Narramore, who hails from Kingston and played collegiately at Middle Tennessee. Skinns has finishes of third, 12th and first in his three starts this year to amass $34,467 in earnings and trail money-leader Tyson Alexander by only $371.

Skinns played for the Vols from 2002-05 and not only won the SEC individual championship his senior season but also earned second team, third team and honorable mention All-America honors during his career.

David Holmes (2007-10) tied for 20th at the same tournament and earned the best paycheck of his young professional career. Holmes pocketed $1,909 after climbing 20 places on the final leaderboard with a closing round of 70.

Through four events, Holmes has made three cuts with finishes of 27th, 23rd and now 20th. He is 38th on the 2012 money list with $4,652.

On the European Challenge Tour, Charlie Ford turned in his best finish of the season with a tie for 30th at the Barclays Kenya Open in Africa. Ford earned approximately $1,825 for his efforts and has $3,124 for the year to rank 55th on the money list.

Chris Paisley missed his first Challenge Tour cut of the year this week but still stands 39th on the money list with approximately $4,509.

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/1)

Derek Dooley conducted the Vols' fourth spring football practice on Sunday, read about in VOL REPORT: Rogers Makes It Right. Check out the video highlights from Saturday's action.


Here are the latest articles from the media:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: It's Clear he's ready to have an impact
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT's receiving corps talented, uncertain
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols' offensive line determined
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Ex-Owl Smith loving Vols role
- CBS Sports.com: Brewer working at S
- CBS Sports.com: OL Stone shows versatility
- Inside Tennessee: Clear sailing


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