August 2012 Archives

Swimming Stories: Lady Vol Preview, Volunteer Assistant

SwimSwam, one of the largest American swimming news sites, published its season preview for the Lady Vols. The women's swimming and diving squad had a breakout season in 2011-12, finishing seventh at the NCAA Championships. 

SwimSwam figures the team will continue to excel in the coming year, especially with the contributions of senior Kelsey Floyd, who reached the A finals in the 100- and 200-meter butterfly at the USA Swimming Olympic Trials.

Tennessee head coach Matt Kredich has added a volunteer assistant coach to its swimming and diving coaching staff: veteran coach Bill Boomer. He has been working with the team since the end of the Olympic Trials in June. 

Boomer, an expert in stroke mechanics, coached collegiately at the University of Rochester and has also served as a guest coach for high level programs at Texas and Stanford. 

Happy Birthday - Aug. 31 WR Jacob Carter

On 2012 football opening day, junior receiver Jacob Carter celebrates his 21st birthday. Carter was recently awarded a scholarship with the Vols after joining the team as a walk-on several years ago. 

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (8/31)

Vols coach Cuonzo Martin Enjoyed A Busy Day on Rocky Top on Thursday. Check out some stories from the media as the Vols finished a building a home as part of Habitat for Humanity and then he took part in eating lunch with students at the Presidential Court Cafe. 

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/31)

GAMEDAY! It is finally here. Get all the latest information in FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols vs. NC State, plus check out a flashback at the last UT-NC State game in 1939: VIDEO: 1939 HIGHLIGHTS.

Here are the latest stories from the media on gameday morning:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' offensive line vows to set tone
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Majors likes what he sees from Dooley
- Inside Tennessee: Wideout Worries
- Inside Tennessee: Springboard games
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols look at change in identity
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee vs. N.C. State: 5 Big Things
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchups, stocks, tweets
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Who has the advantage?

From NC State's media:

Vols In NFL Thursday Night Football (8/30)

Tonight is the final night of the 2012 NFL Preseason featuring 24 NFL Vols.

New York Jets vs. Philadelphia Eagles Game Center
Featuring Matt Simms - NYJ

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Green Bay Packers Game Center
Featuring Eric Berry and Dustin Colquitt - KC

Minnesota Vikings vs. Houston Texans Game Center
Featuring Marvin Mitchell - MIN and Arian Foster - HOU

Baltimore Ravens vs. St. Louis Rams Game Center
Featuring Morgan Cox - BAL and Scott Wells - STL

Carolina Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Game Center
Featuring Tauren Poole - CAR and Ramon Foster and Chris Scott - PIT

New Orleans Saints vs. Tennessee Titans Game Center
Featuring Jabari Greer and Turk McBride - NO

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Indianapolis Colts Game Center
Featuring Jason Allen - CIN

Chicago Bears vs. Cleveland Browns Game Center
Featuring Montario Hardesty and Jarrod Shaw - CLE

Oakland Raiders vs. Seattle Seahawks Game Center
Featuring Denarius Moore - OAK

San Diego Chargers vs. San Francisco 49ers Game Center
Featuring Aubray Franklin and Robert Meachem - SD and Parys Haralson - SF

Denver Broncos vs. Arizona Cardinals Game Center
Featuring Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Mannin - DEN and Dan Williams - ARI

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/30)

The Vols will depart for Atlanta this afternoon as final preparations for the Chick-Fil-A Kickoff Game are in the works. Check out VOL REPORT: Friday Night Lights and Orange, Red, Blue & Orange Thanks to 1080i as all four teams in the weekend event will wear their home colored jerseys.

Here are the lastet stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols ready to play, adjust on defense
- Inside Tennessee: Schooled by the master
- Inside Tennessee: Rivera leads banged up group
- Knoxville News Sentinel: SEC players ready for bigger roles
- Rocky Top Talk: In Neal ... Can We Trust?
- UT Daily Beacon: Excitement grows for season
- Volquest: Bray ready to go

Stories from NC State's media include:
- Burlington Times News: Wolfpack throws in new receivers
- Wilmington Star News: ACC FOOTBALL PREVIEW: NC State

Vol Calls - Wednesday Night At 8 p.m.

Join Head Coach Derek Dooley live from Calhoun's on the River, Wednesday night at 8 PM ET/7 PM CT for Vol Calls. 

Calhoun's will be giving away 2 UT-Georgia State tickets, 1 Premium Parking Pass, 2 VIP Pre-Game Hospitality Passes, and Feed 5 Family Pack from Calhoun's. 

Listen Live:


Photo: Join Head Coach Derek Dooley live from Calhoun's on the River -Knoxville, TN tonight at 8PM ET for Vol Calls.  Also, Calhoun's will be giving away 2 UT-Georgia State tickets, 1 Premium Parking Pass, 2 VIP Pre-Game Hospitality Passes, and Feed 5 Family Pack from Calhoun's.  See you tonight!

Former UT Scoreboard Operator Dies

David Wilson, who operated the scoreboard clock at Tennessee women's basketball games from 1987-2002, passed away at UT Medical Center in Knoxville on Aug. 25. According to his obituary, Wilson died after suffering complications from hip surgery.

Wilson started and operated the clock for the first official game at Thompson-Boling Arena in 1987 and also was at the scorer's table as UT hosted the 1990 NCAA Women's Final Four.

A feature story on Wilson and his obituary can be accessed at the links below.

--  Educator, Coach David Wilson Dies
--  Robert David Wilson Obituary

Vols In NFL Wednesday Night Football (8/29)

A little unusual, but it's time for Wednesday Night football.

After Monday's roster cuts, just five NFL Vols will be taking part in the three games tonight.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Washington Redskins Game Center
Luke Stocker and the Bucanneers (2-1) will head north to take on the Washington Redskins (2-1) at 7 p.m. Stocker got the start the last time out against the Patriots, but did not record any catches despite playing about a quarter of the game.

Luke Stocker (right)

New England Patriots vs. New York Giants Game Center
In a Superbowl XLVI rematch, the New England Patriots (1-2) and Jerod Mayo will head to New Jersey for a battle with the New York Giants (1-2)  at Metlife Stadium at 7 p.m. The game will be aired live on NFL Network. Mayo earned the start at linebacker last time out against the Bucs tallying five tackles while playing the majority of the game. 

Miami Dolphins vs. Dallas Cowboys Game Center
Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and the Dolphins are in Dallas for a meeting with Jason Witten and the Cowboys at 8:30 p.m. All three NFL Vols have been out with injuries in the preseason. Burnett and McDaniel could make an appearance tonight but Witten still likely to be out with a lacerated spleen.

Behind The Scenes Of Big Orange, Big Ideas TV Spot

Check out this feature from Tennessee Today about the new University Of Tennessee Knoxville commercial that will debut on Friday night during the Vols' opener on ESPNU. 


Happy Birthday - Aug. 29: Bronson Heflin

On Aug. 29, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vols pitcher Bronson Heflin, who went on to pitch in the majors for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1996. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/29)

Just two more days until it's football time in Tennessee. Read up on Tuesday's indoor practice in: VOL REPORT: Knowing Coach O'Brien. Also, check out this package from the day's action.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols ready to play, adjust on defense
- Inside Tennessee: Clear and present danger
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Powerhouse?' Vols hope O'Brien is right

From the NC State perspective, here are some stories:

- Fox Sports Carolinas: Wolfpack ready for Tennessee test
- Pack Pride: Strong "D" For State?

Knoxville: College Football's 10th Highest Rated Market In 2011

College Football's Top-25 Highest Rated Markets

As fans across the country prepare for the start of the 2012 college football season, ESPN examined the ratings for its game telecasts in the 56 metered markets from 2000 to 2011. The results show the Top 25 markets from 2011, how the markets compare to this year's Top 25 teams and overall trends from the past 12 years.

Top 25 Markets for 2011
No. 1       Birmingham: 5.9 rating
No. 2       Oklahoma City: 4.3 rating
                Columbus: 4.3 rating
No. 4       Greenville: 4.1 rating
No. 5       New Orleans: 3.4 rating
                Atlanta: 3.4 rating
No. 7       Jacksonville: 3.3 rating
                Tulsa: 3.3 rating
No. 9       Las Vegas: 3.2 rating
No. 10     Knoxville: 3.0 rating

Knoxville, Tenn. trends
 - Six of the 56 markets have finished a season in the second highest-rated spot
      (Knoxville, Tenn. in 2009, 2008, 2006, 2004 and 2002)
 - Thirteen markets have been in the top five highest-rated at least once from 2000 to 2011.
 - Knoxville was in the top five in eight years (2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2004, 2003 and 2002).
 - The home city of the Tennessee Volunteers wasn't a metered market in 2000 or 2001, and finished 10th in 2011, and sixth in 2005.
 -  Solid Debuts: Knoxville and Greenville each debuted as a metered market in 2002 to impressive finishes. Knoxville finished the season in second while Greenville finished in 12th.
 - Knoxville has finished in the top 10 every year since 2002 when it was first metered.

Vols In NFL Update (8/28)

The National Football League required each team to trim down their rosters to 75 from the 90 players who took part in training camps by Monday afternoon at 4 p.m.

Let's see who was able to survive the cuts in an extended Vols In NFL Update

Arizona Cardinals
Dan Williams - Williams has four tackles through Arizona's preseason games.

Baltimore Ravens
Morgan Cox - The longsnapper has gotten into each of Baltimore's three preseason games in 2012.

Carolina Panthers
Tauren Poole - The rookie put up some good numbers in his first ever NFL game carrying four times for 26 yards and a scoring on a 1-yard run, but has been out after suffering a concussion during camp.

Cincinnati Bengals

Jason Allen - The seven year veteran of the NFL hasn't played a snap of the preseason as he is rehabbing an injury, but is still one of 75 remaining Bengals.

Allen looks to make his preseason debut Thursday: Sunday update

Cleveland Browns
Montario Hardesty - After an injury to Trent Richardson, Hardesty has had the opportunity to step up for the Browns and has succeeded. The third-year veteran has tallied 73 rushing yards on 24 carries in the preseason also scoring a touchdown. 

Warren Tribune Chronicle: Hardesty wants to protect the ball
The News Herald: Browns haven't demoted running back Montario Hardesty

Jarrod Shaw - The backup guard has seen action in each of Cleveland's first three preseason games

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten makes a reception as the offense runs plays during NFL football training camp, Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, in Oxnard, Calif. / SA

Dallas Cowboys
Jason Witten - In the Cowboys' first preseason game, Jason Witten was knocked out of the game with a lacerated spleen. He hasn't seen playing time since (obviously) but the 10 year veteran is currently rehabbing and trying to get back on the field in 2012.

ESPN:  Jason Witten hopes to avoid surgery
San Antonio Express: Witten back rehabbing with Cowboys

Denver Broncos
Robert Ayers - Ayers is entering his fourth year with the Denver Broncos and through the first three preseason games, the defensive end has accumulated two tackles and a sack.
Britton Colquitt - Colquitt has been steady for the Broncos, getting the majority of reps as a punter booting 15 punts for an average of 48.3 yards while getting four inside the 20.
Malik Jackson
- Jackson, a rookie for the Broncos, has impressed at defensive end tallying four tackles and a sack while forcing one fumble.

Denver Post: Broncos' Malik Jackson making good first impression on coaches, league

Peyton Manning - Manning has shaken the rust off and had his best outing of the preseason the last time out against the San Francisco 49ers. The veteran, entering his 15th year in the league, has had outings of 4-for-7, 44 yards, 1 INT; 16-for-23, 177 yards, 2 INTs, and  10-for-12, 122 yards, 2 TDs. He will more than likely not play in the Broncos final game of the preseason. 

Denver Post: Denver Broncos believe Peyton Manning well poised for regular season Peyton Manning magical in Denver Broncos third preseason game

Peyton manning played magically Sunday in the Broncos third preseason game of the 2012 season.

Detroit Lions
Jacques McClendon- McClendon was cut from the Lions Monday afternoon.

Houston Texans
Arian Foster - Foster is a lock at the starter role for the Texans. He has rushed for 89 yards on 19 carries this preseason while also making four catches for 16 yards and scoring a TD.

CBS Texans quietly build their super roster around character Arian Foster Still Favorite to Lead NFL in Rushing Despite New Vegan Diet

Omar Gaither - After signing with the Texans the day before Houston's first preseason game, Gaither has been let go.

Kansas City Chiefs
Eric Berry - Berry is back for the Chiefs and has impressed during his three preseason games tallying nine tackles.

Kansas City Star: Chiefs counting on players coming back from torn ACLs

Dustin Colquitt - The elder Colquitt continues to stay solid for Kansas City through the first three preseason games. He has tallied 11 punts for an average of 48.2 yards/punt while dropping four inside the 20. Last time out he booted a preseason long of 70 yards against the Seahawks.

Miami Dolphins
Kevin Burnett - Burnett has missed much of the preseason with a back injury, not seeing a snap yet in 2012.
Tony McDaniel - McDaniel is in the same boat as Burnett and has missed the last two preaseon games. He recorded one tackle in the Dolphins' first preseason game of the year.
Jonathan Wade - Wade was scratched from the Dolphins roster prior to their game against the Atlanta Falcons back on August 25.

Minnesota Vikings
Marvin Mitchell - Mitchell has had a good preseason during his first year in Minnesota tallying nine tackles and forcing a fumble.

Pioneer Press: Vikings create intriguing competition at linebacker in preseason

New England Patriots
Jerod Mayo - Mayo will embark on his fourth season as a captain of the New England defense. The veteran has some missed game play due to his status on the team, but will be back out for the Patriots opener at the Titans September 9.
Donte' Stallworth - Fighting with many other veteran wide receivers for a spot on the squad, Stallworth was edged out and released from the Patriots Monday.

New Orleans Saints
Jabari Greer - Greer, who has yet to play in the 2012 preseason after suffering a sports hernia during training camp, looks to return for the regular season. Meanwhile he has been doing good around New Orleans through his charity. Jabari Greer and the New Orleans Saints lift young cancer patient's spirits

Turk McBride - McBride came up big for the Saints his last time out registering two tackles, a sack and a forced fumble against the Texans.

New York Jets
Matt Simms - The rookie has yet to see game time in the preseason despite some positive words from head coach Rex Ryan. With Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow likely sitting this Thursday, Simms will have a chance to prove himself for the third QB spot.

San Francisco Chronicle: Sanchez plus Tebow equals no TDs so far for Jets\

Oakland Raiders
John Henderson - Released from the team a couple of weeks ago.
Denarius Moore - Hasn't played in the preseason and has been rehabbing a hamstring injury, but looks to be back for the regular season. One of Oakland's top-receivers in 2011, his rookie season.

Pittsburgh Steelers
Ramon Foster - Has seen a couple starts at right tackle during the preseason and will likely battle for the starting role.
Chris Scott - Has entered the game as a reserve on the offensive line for the Steelers this preseason

San Diego Chargers
Aubrayo Franklin - Has netted two tackles and a pass defended this preseason in two games after coming over from the Saints.
Nick Guess - Released Monday after not seeing any game time during the preseason.
Robert Meachem - Looks to be one of the starters in the San Diego offense but has registered just one catch for seven yards in the preseason.

San Francisco 49ers
Parys Haralson - Had a huge hit on Peyton Manning the last time out, the biggest hit Manning has taken this preseason.


St. Louis Rams
Scott Wells - Returned to action for his first preseason game after coming back from an injury. In his first season with the Rams. He had a very interesting offseason however (see below)

Yahoo! Canada: Rams center Wells adds three Ugandan children to family in offseason

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Luke Stocker - Hasn't played in the last couple of preseason games for the Bucs after suffering a concussion but reeled in one catch for 14 yards in game one against the Dolphins.

Washington Redskins
Jonathan Crompton - Was released from the Redskins Monday.

Free Agents
Chad Clifton - Free Agent
Shaun Ellis - Free Agent
Deon Grant - Free Agent
Albert Haynesworth - Free Agent
Anthony Herrera - Free Agent
David Martin - Free Agent
Gibril Wilson - Free Agent

Happy Birthday - Aug. 28: Alexander, Fassino, L.Smith

Three birthdays among Tennessee track and field on Aug. 28. Celebrating are thrower Annie Alexander, runner Steve Fassino and former UT track star thrower Leigh Smith of the early 2000s

Annie Alexander Steve Fassino  Leigh Smith

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/28)

The countdown days are dwindling down as we are just three days from kickoff to 2012. Check out the VOL REPORT: Prepping For NC State and video highlights from Monday's indoor session in Knoxville.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols know selves enough to know they must throw
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT defense faces big test
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Vincent Dallas back at receiver
- Inside Tennessee: Forget that idea
- Inside Tennessee: Notes: Vols ramp up game week
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vincent Dallas feels at home at receiver
- Knoxville News Sentinel: From hot seat to hot commodity?

News out of NC State includes:

Fans Will See More At SEC Football Stadiums This Season

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (August 27, 2012) - When fans attend football games at Southeastern Conference stadiums this season, they will witness more game action on stadium video boards, including replays of officiating reviews.

Starting with games this weekend, institutions are not limited in the use of replays except when a stoppage occurs for an official review.  The time during which replays may be shown is from the end of a play until the beginning of the next play, except when a stoppage occurs for an official review.

During official reviews, stadium video boards will be able to show replays from the television network that is broadcasting the game.  During an official review, the video feed from the television network will be shown on the stadium video board only between the referee's announcement to stop play for the review and his communication of the review's outcome.

In previous years, the SEC had a standard one real-time replay policy for all plays in a game for all sports.

"The change in policy will allow our fans to see more of the action, including great plays and close calls," said SEC Commissioner Mike Slive.  "Fans in the stadium now can see many of the same views of a play seen by fans watching on television.  This should add to the overall game experience for fans inside our stadiums."

Replays of touchdowns not stopped for official review can be shown following the point-after-touchdown attempts until the ensuing kickoff begins. 

There are exceptions to the policy for game-highlight packages shown later in the contest.

The change in policy was approved by the SEC Athletics Directors in August following a recommendation prepared by the conference's Working Group on Fan Experience.  The Working Group is chaired by Mississippi State University Athletics Director Scott Stricklin.

Another policy change approved by the Athletics Directors and recommended by the Working Group, permits bands to be amplified when playing during designated times.  Bands will not be allowed to play once the center takes his place over the football until the play is whistled dead.  Previously, bands were not allowed to be amplified during the game and were not allowed to play once the offensive team broke the huddle.

Vol Network Stadiumcast On 101.9 In Georgia Dome


The Vol Network's on-site "StadiumCast" frequency for Tennessee's game in the Georgia Dome Friday will be 101.9 on the FM dial. Fans attending the Tennessee-NC State game in Atlanta can tune into the Vol Network broadcast at the stadium by bringing a portable radio. The "Kickoff Call-In Show" begins at 6 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. CT on Friday.


Happy Birthday - Aug. 27 Aubrayo Franklin

On Aug. 27, we wish Happy Birthday to defensive tackle of the San Diego Chargers and former Vols great Aubrayo Franklin.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/27)

The Vols continue preparation for Friday night's opener vs. NC State. Check out the latest from the media on Derek Dooley's squad:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Devrin Young stands tall for Tennessee's Vols
- Inside Tennessee: Patterson ready to make impact?
- Inside Tennessee: Sense of urgency
- Inside Tennessee: All grown up
- Inside Tennessee: How to attack the opposition

Tennessee Update: Volleyball Blog (8/26)

The 15th-ranked Tennessee volleyball team rebounded after a three-set loss to No. 12 Florida State on Friday night, to defeat Cincinnati in four frames and upset No. 10 Iowa State, 3-2, on Saturday to claim second place in the annual Comcast Lady Vol Classic this weekend. Check out last night's recap, which features match highlights, video interviews and a photo gallery as well as the Knoxville News Sentinel's story on the Big Orange's win over the Cyclones and Kelsey Robinson's big night.

Tournament Central: Comcast Lady Vol Classic

Vols In NFL Sunday Night Football (8/26)

Saturday night, 14 NFL Vols were in action.

- Scott Wells returned to the gridiron earning the start at center for his new team, the St. Louis Rams.
- Arian Foster started for the Houston Texans tallying eight carries for 32 yards and a touchdown, a six yard run. Omar Gaither came into the game tallying one tackle.
- Watch Foster's run here on
- Arian Foster highlights here at 1:26
- For the Saints, Jabari Greer was still out with his sports hernia, but Turk McBride returned with a huge night tallying two tackles, including a sack for a loss of 9 yards while forcing T.J. Yates to fumble.
- Jacques McClendon came off the bench for the Lions on the offensive line, while Denarius Moore did not play for the third-straight preseason game.
- Chris Scott and Ramon Foster saw action on the offensive line for the Steelers.
- Jonathan Crompton did not see action for the Redskins.


On Sunday, six more NFL Vols will help close out the third week of the preseason.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Denver Broncos Game Center
Peyton Manning, Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and the Denver Broncos play host to Parys Haralson and the San Francisco 49ers at 4:00 p.m.

Last time out, all four Vols saw action. Manning was 16-for-23 for 177 yards and two INTs, Ayers recorded one tackle, Jackson registered a tackle for a loss of five yards, and two quarterback hurries and Colquitt tallied six punts for an average of 52.7 yards, with a long of 69. For the 49ers, Haralson earned the start on defense netting two tackles.

ESPN: Three things: 49ers-Broncos
Denver Post: Woody Paige: Peyton Manning not about to pass up a shot at super year

Carolina Panthers vs. New York Jets Game Center
Tauren Poole and the Carolina Panthers head to New York to face Matt Simms and the New York Jets for Sunday Night Football at 8 p.m.

Last time out Poole missed action after suffering a concussion during camp. Simms also did not see any action.

Anderson Independent Mail: Poole makes his case for spot with Panthers

Happy Birthday - Aug. 26: Carson Anderson & Jamal Lewis

On Aug. 26, we wish Happy Birthday to senior offensive lineman Carson Anderson and legendary Vols running back Jamal Lewis.

Carson Anderson 

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/26)

It is finally game week! The Vols will open the 2012 season this Friday in Atlanta vs. NC State. Check out Sunday's stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Derek Dooley knows UT nation needs wins now
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT: Strengths and Concerns
- Inside Tennessee: Patterson ready to make impact?
- Inside Tennessee: Rajion's redemption
- Inside Tennessee: Sense of urgency
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Big things ahead for the Vols in 2012
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Evan Woodbery previews Tennessee's offense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Evan Woodbery previews Tennessee's defense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: John Adams' SEC preview

Tennessee Update: Soccer Blog (8/25)

Caroline Brown and the UT soccer team pulled off a marathon double-overtime win over William & Mary Friday night at Regal Soccer Stadium. Brown's penalty kick heroics at the end moved Tennessee soccer to 3-0 for the first time in program history. Check out Brendan F. Quinn's article in the Knoxville News Sentinel where Caroline talks about stepping up under pressure.

Also, the Daily Beacon cast a spotlight on senior captain Amy Harrison! Caroline Brown steps up under pressure for Lady Vols
Daily Beacon: Harrison back as leader

Vols In NFL Saturday Night Football (8/25)

On Friday night, 14 Vols took part in NFL games, Saturday brings five more professional games featuring 11 more NFL Vols.

Indianapolis Colts vs. Washington Redskins Game Center
The No. 1 draft pick vs. the No. 2 draft pick as the Colts (1-1) and the Redskins (1-1) face off at 4 p.m. on the NFL Network. Also taking part is former Vol Jonathan Crompton as he vies for a back up role behind Robert Griffin III for the Redskins.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Buffalo Bills Game Center
Ramon Foster, Chris Scott and the Steelers (1-1) shuffle off to Buffalo to take on the Bills (0-2) in a 7 p.m. meeting. Foster got the start for the Steelers at right tackle in week two of the preseason while Scott saw action as a reserve.

Detroit Lions vs. Oakland Raiders Game Center
Jacques McClendon and the Detroit Lions (1-1) head to Oakland for a meeting with Denarius Moore and the Raiders (0-2) that will kick off at 7 p.m.

Last time out, McClendon came on in relief on the offensive line, however, Moore was not active as he is rehabbing a hamstring injury.

Houston Texans vs. New Orleans Saints Game Center
Arian Foster, Omar Gaither and the Houston Texans travel to New Orleans to square off with Jabari Greer, Turk McBride and the New Orleans Saints in an 8 p.m. battle on CBS.

In week two, Foster earned the start at running back, leading all rushers with 10 carries for 46 yards also making three catches for 16 yards. Gaither saw his first action as a Texan and registered two tackles, one for loss.

Neither Greer nor McBride saw action last time out for the Saints. Greer is coming back from a sports hernia.

Best of New Orleans: Preview: Saints-Texans as good as it gets in preseason New Orleans Saints injury update: Darren Sproles, Turk McBride

St. Louis Rams vs. Dallas Cowboys Game Center
The final game of the night is a meeting between Scott Wells and the St. Louis Rams and Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys. Both Vols missed game time last week. Witten (spleen) making good progress Rams get Wells, two others back on field

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/25)

Check out the latest stories on the Vols from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Cordarrelle Patterson more necessary now
- Inside Tennessee: Rajion's redemption

Vols In NFL Friday Night Football (8/24)

Friday night means 14 more NFL Vols are in action as the National Football League takes part in six games.

Three games will begin at 7:30 p.m. and three more will start at 8 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cleveland Browns Game Center
The first game of the night will feature Montario Hardesty, Jarrod Shaw and the Cleveland Browns (2-0) hosting the Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) in a 7:30 p.m. contest.

Last time out, Hardesty led all rushers with 12 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown, while Shaw did not play.

Washington Post: Hardesty finding fun, filling in for Browns' injured Trent Richardson

Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins Game Center
Game number two of the night sees the Atlanta Falcons (0-2) head to Miami for a meeting with the Dolphins (0-2), Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and Jonathan Wade.

Last time out, Wade picked up a tackle on special teams while Burnett and McDaniel did not see action.

New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Center
Donte' Stallworth, Jerod Mayo and the New England Patriots (1-1) have been in Tampa Bay since Monday taking part in joint practices with Luke Stocker and the Buccaneers (1-1) prior to tonight's game.

Last time out, Stallworth hauled in a 20-yard reception while Mayo and Stocker did not see game action. Jerod Mayo previews the season with The Big Show

Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants Game Center
The only nationally televised game of the night between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants (8 p.m., CBS) is unfortunate to have no former Vols on the sidelines.

San Diego Chargers vs. Minnesota Vikings Game Center
Aubrayo Franklin, Nick Guess, Robert Meachem and the San Diego Chargers (2-0) head north to Minnesota for a meeting with Marvin Mitchell and the Vikings (1-1) at 8 p.m. at Mall of America Field.

Last time out, Meachem picked up the start on offense for San Diego also making one reception for seven yards while Franklin started on defense registering two tackles. Nick Guess did not play.

Marvin Mitchell came on as a sub netting three tackles for the Vikings.

Pioneer Press: Vikings create intriguing competition at linebacker in preseason
North County Times: CHARGERS: Finding Meachem more often

Robert Meachem

Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs Game Center
The final game of the night will begin at 8 p.m. as the Seattle Seahawks (2-0) head to Kansas City to face Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the Chiefs (1-1).

Last time out, Berry got the start at strong safety, leading all Chief tacklers with five while Colquitt launched four punts for an average of 52.3 yards including a long of 60.

Arrowhead Pride: Dustin Colquitt, Sports Reporter
Kansas City Star: NFL team rankings for 2012 from No. 1 to No. 32

Tennessee Update: Volleyball Blog (8/24)

Tonight marks the start of the 2012 season for the Lady Vol volleyball team, which welcomes No. 10 Iowa State, No. 12 Florida State and Cincinnati to Thompson-Boling Arena for the annual Comcast Lady Vol Classic. Check out the Tournament Central page as well as the Knoxville News Sentinel's story on redshirt senior Kayla Jeter and the Lady Vols' season opening event.

Happy Birthday - Aug. 24: NFL Star Arian Foster

On Aug. 24, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vols tailback and NFL All-Pro running back Arian Foster, who turns 26 years old. 

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (8/24)

- Listen to Cuonzo Martin on The Gary Parrish Show Memphis ESPN Radio 92.9 FM, skip to the 43:45 mark of the interview. 

- On CBS, Gary Parrish writes about the Vols: Trippin': Tennessee prepares on court and in classroom

- On, Andy Katz writes about the Vols in his: 3-point shot: Vols' Italian experience.

What did Tennessee coach Cuonzo Martin learn about the Vols on the recent trip to Italy? "Jarnell Stokes and Yemi Makanjuola are more explosive; Trae Golden did a good job running the team and he really exerted energy on the defensive end; Jeronne Maymon is healthy." Martin, whose squad should be in the top four in the SEC with Kentucky, Florida and Missouri, also said the Vols got great experience playing together in tough atmospheres, got plenty of reps for the newcomers and the extra practice time on fundamentals was a must. The team bonding was invaluable for a squad and staff that is entering its second season together. Meanwhile, the Vols lost freshman guard Derek Reese for the next six months due to right shoulder surgery. But the Vols actually have depth and Martin said it won't hurt UT at this time. The Vols finished 10-6 in the SEC, 19-15 overall and lost to Middle Tennessee State in the NIT second round. 

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/24)

Although the big news of the day outside of practice was the indefinite suspension of Da'Rick Rogers, the focus during practice remained solely on the goal of beating NC State in just eight days at the Georgia Dome, read about it in the: VOL REPORT: Moving Forward. Also, the  Vols released their Depth Chart For Opener.

Here are the stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Daniel McCullers listed as No. 1 nose
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Calhoun's Da'Rick Rogers booted from Vols team
- Columbia Daily Tribune: Lathers has experience with pain
- Inside Tennessee: Replacing an All-SEC wideout
- Inside Tennessee: Strong secondary looms
- Inside Tennessee: 'Da'Rickulous'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Rajion Neal named starting running back
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee releases depth chart for opener
- UT Daily Beacon: UT alumni host BBQ event

2012 Fall Roster Announced, No Walk-On Tryouts To Be Held

The Tennessee baseball team announced its 2012 fall roster this week with 42 players set to don the Orange and White. 

With the roster already at its upper limit, the Vols will not hold walk-on tryouts this season. 

Included among the 42 players are 25 newcomers with 20 freshmen and five junior college players. They hail from a total of nine states with Tennessee leading the way with 19 players, followed by California (8), Georgia (6), South Carolina (4) and one each from Virginia, Ohio, Washington, North Carolina and Maryland.

Vol Network Broadcast On SiriusXM Week 1

The Vol Network broadcast of the Tennessee-NC State game will be available on SiriusXM on Friday, Aug. 31, live from the Georgia Dome in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game.

Listen on Sirius Channel 93 and XM Channel 199.

Vols In NFL Thursday Night Football (8/23)

Just three NFL Vols in action tonight in this week's edition of Thursday night football. Each game highlights one former Vol.

The three games between the Green Bay Packers/Cincinnati Bengals, the Jacksonville Jaguars/Baltimore Ravens and Arizona Cardinals/Tennessee Titans represent the start to week three of the postseason.

Green Bay Packers vs. Cincinnati Bengals Game Center
The Packers/Bengals game kicks off the night of football at 7 p.m. and features UT cornerback Jason Allen (Bengals), who is not expected to play for the third-straight game of the preseason due to a muscle-related injury. The Packers enter the game with an 0-2 record while the Bengals are 2-0. Bengals vs. Packers scouting report

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Baltimore Ravens Game Center
With a 7:30 p.m. kickoff, Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens (1-1) play host to the undefeated Jags (2-0).

Arizona Cardinals vs. Tennessee Titans Game Center
Mr. Dan Williams and the Arizona Cardinals (1-2) will travel to Tennessee to face off with the Titans in an 8 p.m. game on ESPN.

Williams has seen action in each of the Cardinals' first preseason games this year. During the Hall of Fame game, Williams registered a tackle, picked up one more tackle in Kansas City and finished last week  with two tackles against the Oakland Raiders.

Happy Birthday - Aug. 23 - Thrower Drew Thomas

On Aug. 23, we wish Happy Birthday to rising senior track & field thrower Drew Thomas.

Drew Thomas

SEC Announces Women's BB Tournament Format Changes

For the second time in league history, the Southeastern Conference Women's Basketball Tournament will undergo a format change. The tournament, which had been a four-day event featuring 12 teams since 1992, will now expand to 14 teams in 2012-13, adding an extra day of competition.

To read the full story from the SEC Digital Network's San Inocencio, or to view the 2013 SEC Tournament bracket format, please click on the links below.

SEC Announces Women's Basketball Tournament Format Change

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/23)

The Vols return to the practice field on Thursday morning as preparations for NC State are underway. It is expected that head coach Derek Dooley will release the team's depth chart for the opener on Thursday. 

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Expectations high for UT's Brian Randolph
- Inside Tennessee: Young can't 'cut' it
- Inside Tennessee: Another wideout-turned-DB
- Inside Tennessee: The Swim King
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Comfort improved at UT's stadium
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Video: Know your Vols' choir

Summitt At Food City Race Night

KNOXVILLE - Tenn. -- Tennessee Head Women's Basketball Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt, Knoxville-native and NASCAR driver Trevor Bayne, and the orange No. 60 "We Back Pat" car were popular attractions Wednesday night, as the annual Food City Race Night was held at the Knoxville Expo Center.

Summitt, who will serve as the grand marshal of Friday night's Food City 250 Nationwide Series Race at Bristol Motor Speedway, was recognized at the event. The race's presenting sponsor, Food City, also announced it was donating $1,000 to the Pat Summitt Foundation Fund, which is a fund of the East Tennessee Foundation.

The Pat Summitt Foundation's mission is to make grants to nonprofits that provide 1) education and awareness of Alzheimer's, its onset and treatment, 2) support services to patients, their families and caregivers, and 3) research to treat, prevent, cure, and ultimately eradicate this disease.

On July 13, Bayne, along with, The Pat Summitt Foundation, Roush Fenway Racing, K-VA-T Food Stores/Food City and Bristol Motor Speedway announced the "We Back Pat" Racing promotion and unveiled the popular vehicle. The promotion is designed to raise national awareness of The Pat Summitt Foundation's mission and contribution to the fight against Alzheimer's disease.

On Wednesday night, presented $8,981 from sales of "We Back Pat" Racing shirts as well as from fans paying to have their names painted on the car for the race.

While Bayne will pilot the No. 60 Roush Fenway "We Back Pat™"-themed Ford Mustang on Friday night, Summitt will be serve as grand marshal and command drivers to "start your engines" in her first visit to the "World's Fastest Half-Mile."

Summitt, who stepped down as head coach of the Lady Vols in April of this year, was diagnosed with early on-set dementia, Alzheimer's type, in August of 2011 and is now the Lady Vols' head coach emeritus. She is the only basketball coach in NCAA history, and one of three college coaches overall, with 1,000 wins.

Happy Birthday - Aug. 22: Chanelle Price & Jay Vandeventer

On Aug. 22, we wish Happy Birthday to Academic All-American runner Chanelle Price and rising senior golfer Jay Vandeventer.

Chanelle Price  Jay Vandeventer

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/22)

Happy first day of school at Tennessee. The Vols return to the classroom on Wednesday as we are into single-digits before the opening game of the 2012 season, just nine days to kickoff. 

The Vols announced: 2012 Football Gameday Improvements on Tuesday.

Here are the latest stories from the media following an off-day from practice on Tuesday. The team did go through its "Mock Game," which is a logistical breakdown of gamedays at Neyland Stadium. 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Hunter frets about repaired knee 'no more'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT backup Justin Worley is ready if needed
- Inside Tennessee: Huge challenge
- Inside Tennessee: Wise guy at safety
- Inside Tennessee: Neal separating himself

12th Annual Herbie Award Winners

Tennessee was honored five times in the 12th annual Herbie Awards, an annual list of the best in college football. Compiled by Kirk Herbstreit, the elite players and coaches of college football are celebrated.

Junior wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers was honored three times during the "award night".

He was featured in the Catching On: Top Wide Receivers Category and in the Dress For Success: Looks the Part category.

Catching On: Top Wide Receivers

1. Marqise Lee, USC
2. Tavon Austin, West Virginia
3. Robert Woods, USC
4. Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee
5. Marquess Wilson, Washington State

Dress for Success: Look the Part
1. William Gholston, Michigan State
2. Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
3. Shayne Skov, Stanford
4. Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee
5. Marqise Lee, USC

In addition, Rogers was named to the: 

All-Herbie Team: What a college team should look like.

QB Logan Thomas, Virginia Tech DL William Gholston, Michigan State
RB Marcus Lattimore, South Carolina DL Sam Montgomery, LSU
RB Rex Burkhead, Nebraska DL Corey Lemonier, Auburn
WR Marqise Lee, USC DL Jadeveon Clowney, South Carolina
WR Tavon Austin, West Virginia LB Shayne Skov, Stanford
WR Da'Rick Rogers, Tennessee LB Jarvis Jones, Georgia
TE Jake Stoneburner, Ohio State LB Jamie Collins, Southern Miss
T Oday Aboushi, Virginia
T Jake Matthews, Texas A&M CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
C Barrett Jones, Alabama CB Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
G Chance Warmack, Alabama S Kenny Vaccaro, Texas
G Braden Hansen, BYU S Tony Jefferson, Oklahoma

Defensive Coordinator Sal Sunseri, and head coach Derek Dooley for hiring him, got the nod in the category of Sudden Impact: Best Coordinator Hires.

Sudden Impact: Best Coordinator Hires

1. Mike Stoops, Oklahoma
2. Doug Nussmeier, Alabama
3. Sal Sunseri, Tennessee
4. Brian VanGorder, Auburn
5. Justin Wilcox, Washington

And for the final award of the night, the Tennessee Vols earned the honor as a team in the category Surprise Party: Teams.

Surprise Party: Teams
1. Mississippi State
2. Purdue
3. Boise State (Chris Petersen!)
4. Tennessee

"The Herbie Awards" airs on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET Tuesday night.

Vols In The CFL Update (8/21)

Last week saw the match up of former UT wide receiver Jermaine Copeland (1995-98) and former defensive back Jonathan Hefney (2004-07) as the Hamilton Tiger Cats traveled halfway across the country to face off with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

Hefney is now a strong-side linebacker for the Blue Bombers while Copeland is the receivers coach for the Tiger Cats after an 11-year CFL career.

The younger CFL Vol had a stellar game helping the Blue Bombers to their second win of the season racking up four tackles and his first sack of the season. Hefney now has 30 tackles on the year.

Hefney said after the game he had only one regret about his sack. "It was fun but (Burris) kind of ducked on me so I didn't get to hit him all the way," Hefney said. "Still, I'll always take a sack."

Winnipeg 32, Hamilton 25 Recap

Tennessee has two former Vols on the Calgary Stampeders in Demonte' Bolden and Demetrice Morley. Just as Bolden played in his first game of the season the last time out against Toronto, Morely went on the 9-game injured list.

In a 22-14 loss against the Argonauts, Bolden picked up four tackles and a sack. Bolden's sack went for eight yards

Calgary’s Demonte Bolden sacks Toronto QB Ricky Ray, one of the few highlights in Saturday’s 22-14 loss. Bolden's long wait to play again finally appears over
The Globe and Mail: Toronto, Calgary in Photos

Thursday, August 23
Copeland and the Tiger Cats head to Montreal for a 7:30 p.m. meeting with the Alouettes

Friday, August 24
Hefney and the Blue Bombers play host to the BC Lions at 7 p.m.

Saturday, August 25
Bolden, Morley and the Stampeders head to Saskatchewan for a Saturday afternoon matinee against the Riders

Williams, Sandgren Start US Open Qualifying Today

FLUSHING, N.Y. -- Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren will start their journey to the U.S. Open main draw Tuesday with their first-round qualifying matches at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. 

The qualifying matches are being televised for the first time ever by CBS Sports Network. Williams' match this afternoon will be on one of the televised courts. He's the third match on court 11.

Williams takes on a familiar foe in Vasek Pospisil of Canada, the seventh seed in qualifying. The pair last faced in the first round of last year's Knoxville Challenger, with the big-serving Canadian winning 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. Williams won the first meeting between the two in 2010 on clay, a surface the former Vol has excelled on professionally.

Last year, Williams won his first qualifying match with a victory over South African veteran Rik DeVoest. This is Williams' second year to play qualifying. The former All-American has already qualified for one ATP-level event this year, playing his way into the BNP Paribas Open in Indian Wells, Calif.

Pospisil is one of Canada's rising young stars. The 22-year-old enters the week ranked No. 104 and reached the second round of the US Open last year. He won the Granby Challenger in Canada in July.

Sandgren takes on Franco Skugor of Croatia later this afternoon. Sandgren has won five USTA Pro Circuit Futures titles since beginning his professional career in 2011, including three this year. Like Williams, Sandgren played in qualifying last year where he lost to Stanford standout Bradley Klahn. He has been ranked as high as No. 266 in singles.

Franco is currently ranked No. 977 in the world rankings though it was only a year ago his was up to No. 147. The 24 year old is among the tallest players on tour at 6-foot-8. He has never made the main draw of a Grand Slam, though he did make it to the second round of qualifying at the French Open.

John-Patrick Smith has the day off and will not start qualifying until Wednesday. He's set to take on veteran Chilean Paul Capdeville, who's currently ranked No. 167. The 29-year-old has made the second round of the U.S. Open three times. 

Smith is playing U.S. Open qualifying for the first time, riding the wave of a strong summer in which he won his first Challenger title in Winnetka, Ill., and led the Orange County Breakers to the World TeamTennis. The last time Smith was on the outdoor courts in Flushing was as an 18 year old playing in the boy's competition, his final ITF junior tournament before coming to Tennessee as a freshman.

Happy Birthday - Aug. 21: Cheyanne Tarango, Kelley Washington

On Aug. 21, we send birthday wishes to rising sophomore softball player Cheyanne Tarango and former football star and longtime NFL receiver Kelley Washington.

Cheyanne Tarango 

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/21)

The Vols went through their final practice of training camp on Tuesday. Check out VOL REPORT: Ready For School as Tennessee will not return to the practice field until Thursday.

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

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols glad 'physical' camp over
- Inside Tennessee: Neal sepearating himself
- Inside Tennessee: Fifth-year Vol paying the price
- Inside Tennessee: Notes: Vols grooving at Haslam
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Herman Lathers to rehab during rest period
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Edgy Vols ready for football

Lawson Honoring Summitt With Another NYC Marathon

With 75 days until the 2012 ING New York City Marathon, Kara Lawson announced she will join her husband, Damien, and some of their closest friends in running the 26.2-mile race for the second-consecutive year.  Lawson once again hopes to honor her former college coach, Pat Summitt, and raise awareness regarding the desperate need for Alzheimer's research.

To read about Lawson's announcement, click on the following links:

Kara Lawson Announcement via Connecticut Sun Blog

Vols In NFL Update (8/20)

After week two of the preseason (almost) coming to a close, here are some articles about the NFL Vols.

Modesto Bee: Raiders' receivers might be fast, but they are hurting (Denarius Moore)
Boston Globe: Donte' Stallworth a changed man after fateful turn in 2009 Stallworth: 'Nikko' plays on

New York Times: Kansas City Chiefs, 2012 NFL Season Preview
Washington Post: Hardesty finding fun, filling in for Browns' injured Trent Richardson
Chronicle-Telegram: Browns RB Hardesty feeling good after solid preseason start Browns and Montario Hardesty give fans reason to smile after victory

Also a big congrats to Luke Stocker as he and his wife Daine are expecting their first child. Vol For Life!


There is one more game in week two as Jerod Mayo, Donte' Stallworth and the New England Patriots play host to the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football beginning at 8 p.m. You can find the game on ESPN.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. New England Patriots Game Center

Last time out, Stallworth reeled in one reception while Mayo led all New England tacklers with four in a 7-6 victory over the Saints.

Former Lady Vols On Tour

Two former Lady Vols competed professionally over the weekend.

Angela Oh finished tied for 54th at the Safeway Classic. The Baltimore, Md., native sunk 11 birdies over three rounds. Oh carded a three-day total of 70-70-78=218 (+2).

A member of the LPGA Symetra Tour, Nicole Smith wrapped up the Eagle Classic in Richmond, Va., in a tie for 26th. Smith was one of 13 players out of 145 to notch a sub-70 round during the tournament. She closed out the weekend 3-over-par (219).

At the conclusion of the Symetra Tour, the top 10 on the money list earn their LPGA tour cards. Smith is currently fifth on the list with four tournaments remaining.

ON TOUR: ATP Rankings (8/20/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Aug. 20, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 225 (+3)

Doubles: 136 (+2)

Note: Off last week ... Career-best ranking in doubles ... Will play US Open qualifying for first time in his career starting Tuesday

Rhyne Williams

Singles: 283 (+6)

Doubles: 269 (+2)

Note: Off last week ... Received US Open qualifying wild card and will start Tuesday

Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 313 (+8)

Doubles: 231 (0)

Note: Off last week ... Received US Open qualifying wild card and will start Tuesday

Adam Hubble

Singles: 1292 (+3)

Doubles: 197 (+4)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week

Happy Birthday - Aug. 20: Vols Legend Todd Helton

Knoxville native and former Vols baseball and football player Todd Helton celebrates his birthday on Aug. 20. The Colorado Rockies first baseman is a five-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger, four-time National League Player of the Month, and three-time Gold Glove winner. Helton holds the Colorado Rockies club records for hits (2,407), home runs (354), doubles (566), walks (1,283), runs scored (1,355), RBIs (1,340), games played (2,105), total bases (4,107) and other categories. Helton hit his 2,000th career hit against the Atlanta Braves on May 19, 2009.


Helton received an athletic scholarship from the University of Tennessee to play both football and baseball. He was named a Gatorade Player of the Year for football and baseball at Tennessee. As a freshman and sophomore, he backed up Heath Shuler at quarterback. Entering his junior season in 1994, he was the back-up to Jerry Colquitt and ahead of Peyton Manning. After Colquitt tore knee ligaments in the season opener at UCLA, Helton took over as the starter. Three weeks later against Mississippi State, he suffered a knee injury himself and was replaced by Manning. Manning went on to break several records and eventually be drafted first overall by the Indianapolis Colts. Helton did, however, win the Dick Howser Trophy as National Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year following his junior baseball season.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/20)

The Vols were back in action on Sunday after an off-day on Saturday, check out the VOL REPORT: Locking In for Strong Finish.

Here are the latest stories from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Daniel McCullers in good shape at 6-7, 360
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols give Greg King tight end trial
- Inside Tennessee: McCullers the merciful
- Inside Tennessee: Notes: Vols return to Haslam
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Cornerback Naz Oliver has healthy approach
- Knoxville News Sentinel: McCullers working toward big things
- Maryville Daily Times: Vols continue search for depth

Vols In NFL Sunday Night Football (8/19)

Lots of big stats for the NFL Vols last night.

  • Arian Foster had 10 carries for 46 yards as the Texans defeated the 49ers 20-9.
  • Dustin Colquitt had four punts for a 51.0 yd./punt average while Eric Berry led all tacklers with five tackles but the Chiefs feell 31-17 to the Rams.
  • Robert Meachem had one catch for seven yards, his first catch as a Charger while Aubrayo Franklin tallied two tackles as the San Diego Chargers defeated the Cowboys 28-20.
  • Peyton Manning finished the game on 16-for-23 passing for 177 yards but had two INTs while Britton Colquitt booted six punts for a 45.7 avg. with a long of 69 yards.
  • Also for the Broncos, Robert Ays picked up a tackle while Malik Jackson had a huge five yard sack against former NC State/Wisconsin QB Russel Wilson, but the Broncos fell 30-10.

San Francisco 49ers' Chris Culliver, left, hangs onto the shirttail of Houston Texans' Arian Foster (23) in the first quarter an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Photo: David J. Phillip, Associated Press / SF

Tonight, Ramon Foster, Chris Scott and the Steelers will face off against the Colts in some Sunday Night Football airing on NBC at 8 p.m. at Heinz Field.

The Colts are coming off of a 38-3 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 1 while the Steelers fell to the Philadelphia Eagles in the final minutes of the game, 24-23.

Hi-res-5828374_crop_exact Steelers: What to watch for in preseason game No. 2 vs. Colts

Happy Birthday - Aug. 19 - Lauren Gibson, Shelby Cannon

On Aug. 19, we wish Happy Birthday to Tennessee star softball infielder and member of Team USA Lauren Gibson as well as former men's tennis star Shelby Cannon.

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/19)

Tennessee's annual Media Day and Photo Day was held at the Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Take a look back at the festivities in VOL REPORT: Media Day at Neyland. Check out photos from the day including the official team photo in our Photo Gallery.

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

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols receivers 'Earth, Wind and Fire'?
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Downs latest injured Vols tight end
- Inside Tennessee: McCullers the merciful
- Inside Tennessee: Video: Dooley at media day
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Daniel McCullers working toward big things
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols have 13 days to correct breakdowns
- Knoxville News Sentinel: One redshirt size does not fit all
- Volquest: Only time will tell

Vols In NFL Saturday Night Football (8/18)

Saturday night football features 16 Vols in six different games starting with a nationally televised game on NFL Network featuring Met Life Stadium's inhabitants, the New York Giants and New York Jets.

New York Giants vs. New York Jets Game Center
Matt Simms is the lone representative for the Vols in this game. Simms did not see any game action last week as the New York Jets (0-1) took on the Bengals.

Yahoo Sports: New York Jets use garbage cans to improve their passing  (Matt Simms)

Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears Game Center
Jonathan Crompton and the Washington Redskins (1-0) will head to Chicago to take on the Bears (0-1) at Soldier Field with an 8 p.m. start.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans Game Center
Parys Haralson and the 49ers (1-0) head to Houston to take on Arian Foster, Omar Gaither and the Texans (1-0) at Reliant Stadium.

Last time out Foster rushed for 11 yards on one carry against the Panthers. Gaither did not see playing time after signing with the Texans the night before.

Sacramento Bee: Houston Texans Star Arian Foster and Kroger Southwest Kick Off Season
KHOU: Texans sign veteran LB Omar Gaither 49ers notebook: LB Aldon Smith no longer using a cane

Kansas City Chiefs vs. St. Louis Rams Game Center
Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) head to St. Louis to take on the Rams (0-1) and Scott Wells in an 8 p.m. contest.

Last time out, Berry saw action for the first time since his knee injury making one tackle against the Cardinals. Dustin Colquitt handled three punts for an average of 37.3 yards/punt.

New York Times: Kansas City Chiefs, 2012 NFL Season Preview
Atlanta Black Star: Chief Eric Berry's Family Helps In His Knee Rehab

Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos Game Center
The Denver Broncos (1-0) boast four Vols, Roberty Ayres, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning. Manning will make his debut at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium against the Seahawks (1-0) starting at 9 p.m.

ESPN: Broncos' Jason Hunter suffers triceps tear
New York Daily News: Myers: Peyton set for second act
Denver Post: Peyton Manning to play more for Broncos in second preseason game

Attendance at Broncos summer practices averages nearly 3,000 per day as Manningmania easily replaces Tebowmania as source for Denver excitement. Photo by AP

Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers Game Center
Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys head to San Diego to take on Aubrayo Franklin, Nick Guess and Robert Meachem on their home turf of Qualcomm Stadium in a 9 p.m. nationally televised game on NFL Network.

Last time out, Witten came out of the game after recording two catches for six yards. Later in the week it was reported that Witten lacerated his spleen and will more than likely not see any time tonight. Robert Meachem picked up a tackle for the Chargers, but no catches, in their victory over Green Bay

ESPN: Nobody to blame for Jason Witten injury
Fort Worth Star Telegram: Injured Witten likely done for rest of preseason
Yahoo Sports: Juggernaut Index No. 14: The San Diego Chargers Chargers Thrilled With Addition of Explosive Meachem

Vols Receive 15 Points In Preseason AP Poll

The Vols received 15 points in the 2012 Preseason Associated Press Poll. With the poll extended, Tennessee would be ranked 33rd. Tennessee takes on four teams in the AP Team 25: No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Georgia, No. 9 South Carolina and No. 23 Florida. Additionally, UT will play several others receiving votes: NC State, Missouri  and Mississippi State.

In addition to the Vols' opponents these teams are ranked in the Top 25: No. 3 LSU, No. 10 Arkansas while Auburn and Texas A&M are also receiving votes. 

AP Top 25
1USC (25)0-014456
2Alabama (17)0-014111
3LSU (16)0-014022
4Oklahoma (1)0-0128616
7Florida State0-0109323
8Michigan (1)0-0100012
9South Carolina0-09949
11West Virginia0-085617
13Michigan State0-074211
16Virginia Tech0-054821
18Ohio State0-0474NR
19Oklahoma State0-04303
22Kansas State0-030015
24Boise State0-02128

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/18)

Derek Dooley ran the Vols through various situations in the team's final scrimmage of camp, read about here: VOL REPORT: Vols Prep For Any Situation. Check out video highlights:

Here are the latest stories from the media:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols stage Bray injury for Worley's sake
- Inside Tennessee: Vols wrap up scrimmage No. 2
- Inside Tennessee: Roles cementing for Vols
- Inside Tennessee: Dynamic defenders
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Steven Fowlkes embraces rush role

Happy Birthday - Aug. 18: Tory Lewis

On Aug. 18, we wish Happy Birthday to rising junior softball player Tory Lewis.

Tory Lewis

Happy Birthday - Aug. 17: Kyra Elzy; Kelsey Kane, Andy Yates

Celebrating birthdays on Aug. 17 are women's basketball assistant coach and former Lady Vols star Kyra Elzy along with track's Kelsey Kane and baseball's Andy Yates.

Kyra Elzy  Kelsey Kane  Andy Yates

More Honors Coming Summitt's Way

Tennessee Head Women's Basketball Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt has a couple more honors coming her way.

On Aug. 22, Summitt will be honored during welcome ceremonies at the annual Food City Family Race Night at the Knoxville Expo Center.

At the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame induction dinner on Aug. 23, NCAA basketball's all-time winningest coach will receive the inaugural Pat Summitt Ignite Greatness Award.

To read more about these two upcoming recognitions for Summitt, please click on the links below.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Summitt To Be Honored At Food City Family Race Night

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Pat Summitt to be honored by Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame

Vols In NFL Update (8/17)

Thursday night saw all NFL Vols earn road victories as Montario Hardesty and the Cleveland Browns took down Green Bay 35-10 at Lambeau Field while Jason Allen and Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Falcons 24-19 in Atlanta.

Hardesty finished the night as the leading rusher in the game with 12 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown.

Hardesty Touchdown Run via
Cleveland at Green Bay Box Score

Jason Allen was held out of his second straight game with a muscle-related injury.

Cincinnati at Atlanta Box Score


Friday Night Lights

Six games will be held Friday night in week two of the NFL preseason involving 13 former Vols.

Tennessee Titans vs. Tampa Bay Bucaneers Game Center

Luke Stocker and the Tampa Bay Bucs (1-0) will kick off Friday night football at 7:30 when they play host to the Tennessee Titans (0-1) at Raymond James Stadium. Stocker had one catch for 14 yards his last time out.

Detroit Lions vs. Baltimore Ravens Game Center
Jacques McClendon and the Detroit Lions (0-1) will head to Baltimore to face off with Morgan Cox and the Ravens (1-0) for a nationally televised contest on FOX beginning at 8 p.m.

Miami Dolphins vs. Carolina Panthers Game Center
The Miami Dolphins (0-1) roster features three Vols in Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and Jonathan Wade while Tauren Poole is on the Panthers (0-1) for his rookie season.

Wade will more than likely be the only active participant in the game tonight as Burnett and McDaniel have been sidelined for the Dolphins while Poole, who netted his first TD as a Panther last week against the Texans, was carted off the field on Monday with what looked like a concussion.


Linebackers Kevin Burnett, Karlos Dansby and Cameron Wake were on the sideline and didn't practice at Dolphins Camp at Nova Southeastern University in Davie on August 14, 2012.

Buffalo Bills vs. Minnesota Vikings Game Center
Marvin Mitchell and the Vikings (0-1) will play host to Buffalo (0-1) at 8 p.m. Friday night at Mall of America Field. Last time out, Mitchell netted three tackles in a 17-6 loss to San Francisco. Minnesota Vikings defense under spotlight in Buffalo Bills

Jacksonville Jaguars vs. New Orleans Saints Game Center
Jabari Greer, Turk McBride and the New Orleans Saints will partake in their third preseason game of the year, first at home, after winning the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio and falling at the Patriots last week.

McBride has tallied six tackles over the two weeks while Greer has missed time recovering from a sports hernia.

Jackson Sun: Dads question best path of fatherhood (Jabari Greer)

Oakland Raiders vs. Arizona Cardinals Game Center
The final game of the night will feature John Henderson, Denarius Moore and the Oakland Raiders (0-1) vs. Dan Williams and the Arizona Cardinals (0-2) at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/17)

The Vols will hold their second scrimmage of the preseason on Friday night at Neyland Stadium. Thursday the Vols returned to the practice field in Knoxville. Read all about it: VOL REPORT: Back Home at Rocky Top.

Here are the media's stories on the return to campus and more:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Steven Fowlkes embraces rush role
- Inside Tennessee: Defense hoping for big showing
- Inside Tennessee: Proving ground
- Inside Tennessee: Notes: Vols return to Haslam
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Last scrimmage to have situational focus
- Maryville Daily Times: Vols focus in for second scrimmage

Happy Birthday - Aug. 16 Dena Head

Happy Birthday to former Lady Vols basketball star Dena Head, who was the first-ever player drafted in the WNBA by the Phoenix Mercury in 1997. She celebrates on Aug. 16. Head attended the University of Tennessee with a degree in sports management. She played four years of basketball, while winning NCAA women's college basketball championship in 1989 and 1991. Head was named to the 1992 Kodak All-America Team. She was the Southeastern Conference Player of the Year as a senior, and was the 1989 SEC Freshman of the Year. As a senior, she was named to the Naismith All America Team, and in 1990 she was named to the NCAA All Regional Tournament Team East.

Vols In NFL Thursday Night Football (8/16)

Thursday Night Football features Jason Allen and the Cincinnati Bengals on the road in Atlanta against the Falcons.

The Bengals are 1-0 after taking a 17-6 victory from the New York Jets last weekend. Allen did not see game action due to an injury.

The game will be televised live on FOX beginning at 8 p.m.

Montario Hardesty, Jarrod Shaw and the Cleveland Browns will also be in action at  8 p.m. when they face off against the Packers at Lambeau Field.

AJC: Bengals vs. Falcons: 5 position battles to watch Secondary Under Scrutiny

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/16)

The Vols wrapped up a great week of practice in the Tri-Cities area on Wednesday as Coach Dooley rewarded the Vols with the night session off as the team returned to Knoxville. Check out the VOL REPORT: Throw That Dog a Bone.

Here are the latest stories from the media: 

- Elizabethton Star: Volunteers finish local workouts
- Inside Tennessee: Palardy finding the mark
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Cordarrelle Patterson adjusting his speed
- Maryville Daily Times: UT offense wants to pass with attitude

Tennessee Update: Volleyball Blog (8/15)

Following a team retreat, the Tennessee volleyball team came together on the court of Thompson-Boling Arena for Day 5 of preseason on Tuesday. Check out the complete coverage of the practice featuring videos and quotes from head coach Rob Patrick and freshman setter Bianca Arellano as well as a video interview with UT's pair of fifth-year seniors, DeeDee Harrison and Kayla Jeter. Jeter, Harrison video interview

Vols In NFL Update (8/15)

Time for the midweek recap of Vols in the NFL Update.

Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys edged out Denarius Moore and the Oakland Raiders 3-0 in Monday Night Football. Witten finished the game with two catches for six yards while Moore didn't see any action.

ESPN Box Score: Dallas 3, Oakland 0

ESPN: Jerry Jones held breath on Jason Witten hit
Pro Football Talk: Witten out at least for rest of preseason with spleen injury
Yahoo Sports: Denarius Moore: (Hamstring) Sits Out Monday

ESPN: Foster, Love, Parker in Disney's 'TRYathlon' Chiefs' Berry fights back from ACL to find rightful spot as a top safety New Orleans Saints CB Jabari Greer has no timetable but is eager to return
USA Today: Peyton Manning, Champ Bailey feed off each other in practice Poole makes splash in preseason debut Tempers flaring in Panthers camp means it's time to play other teams

Berry's best writing has not been signing his autograph, but expressing himself in verse. (US Presswire)
Eric Berry signs autographs for the fans post practice

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (8/15)

Tennessee basketball wrapped up its tour of Italy with a win over Amici del Campetto, 109-59.

Check out the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Hoop Vols to scrimmage Jackets at UTC
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Italian experience deemed success

Williams, Sandgren Receive Wild Cards to US Open Qualifying

Three former Vols will be competing next week in the qualifying draw of the US Open in Flushing, N.Y.

The USTA, the national governing body of tennis, announced the men's wild cards Tuesday afternoon with two qualifying wild cards going to Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren for the second consecutive season. The All-Americans from the 2011 squad had barely missed the cutoff for the qualifying draw.

Thanks to the points from winning the Winnetka Challenger in July, former Vol John-Patrick Smith will be playing US Open qualifying. 

Qualifying begins Tuesday, Aug. 21. The Vols would have to win three matches to advance to the main draw and a $23,000 paycheck. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/15)

Vols assistant coaches spoke with the media on Tuesday. Check out a detailed breakdown of more than 30 Vols progress in camp in VOL REPORT: Camp Progress Report

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Volunteers considering kickoff plan
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's O-line gets more 'physical'
- Inside Tennessee: Vols offense has 'maturity'
- Maryville Daily Times: UT offense wants to pass with attitude

Vols Basketball vs. Amici del Campetto (2 p.m. ET)

Follow today's Tennessee basketball game vs. Amici del Campetto, starting at approximately 2 p.m. ET via live tweets from @Vol_Hoops. Follow the tweets on the live blog below. 

Check out ITALY CENTRAL to relive the trip so far.

Tennessee Update: Track & Field Blog (8/14)

In his first Olympic Games, former Vol track & field standout Aries Merritt won gold in the 110-meter hurdles last week in London. For an inside look at how Merritt enjoyed his experience at the Olympics, check out the story below from his hometown newspaper, the Marietta Daily Journal.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/14)

The Vols went through a double session at Milligan College on Monday. Check out VOL REPORT: Time for Leadership for a look at the players take on camp.

Here are the most recent stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Channing Fugate feeling better at LB
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Eric Gordon a 'Star' in secondary
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Big room to improve on big plays
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Evan Woodbery's Observations

UT's Arian Foster & Candace Parker In Disney XD's TRYathlon

Two former Tennessee stars are part of Disney XD's TRYathlon, which begins on August 13. Football player and current Houston Texan Arian Foster along with basketball Olympian and member of the Los Angeles Sparks Candace Parker will compete with Disney stars and lucky fans in the TRYathlon. Foster coaches the Green Team called Kickin' It. Parker will be coaching the Red Team, known as the Lab Rats. Check out a preview and sneak peak heres: 

Williams Takes Southern Adult Claycourt Title

Caitlyn Williams

The one seed of the Southern Adult Claycourt Championship, Tennessee sophomore women's tennis player Caitlyn Williams outlasted her teammate and second seeded Jesse Grace to earn the title.

Williams defeated Grace 6-1 in the first set but had to battle to a 7-5 victory in the second set to earn the win.

ON TOUR: ATP Rankings (8/13/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Aug. 13, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 228 (-3)

Doubles: 138 (-1)

Note: Off this week ... Will play US Open qualifying for first time in his career next week.

Rhyne Williams

Singles: 289 (-6)

Doubles: 271 (0)

Note: Off this week ... US Open wild cards for qualifying -- and a few main draw wild cards -- have not been announced yet.

Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 321 (-36)

Doubles: 231 (0)

Note: Off last week ... US Open wild cards for qualifying -- and a few main draw wild cards -- have not been announced yet.

Adam Hubble

Singles: 1295 (-5)

Doubles: 201 (-3)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week

Reese, Collins March on at ITA Summer Nationals

The Vols tennis team is making good on its No. 1 seeds in singles and doubles this week at the ITA National Collegiate Summer Circuit Championships in Bloomington, Ill.

Sophomore Hunter Reese has advanced to the singles quarterfinals as the top seed while he and senior transfer John Collins have reached the doubles semifinals.

In singles, Reese bounced back from a slow start Sunday to beat Texas A&M's Jordan Szabo 3-6, 6-2, [10-2]. He faces Illinois' Farris Gosea in singles in the quarterfinals Monday.

Reese and Collins, playing a tournament together for the first time, started doubles Sunday and received a bye as the top seeds. The Tennessee duo then beat Daniel McCall of Duke and Nick Ballou of Cal Luthuran 8-6 in the second round and fifth-seeded Gosea and Alex Jesse of Illinois 8-5. 

Reese and Collins face another combined school team in the semifinals Monday, taking on Brady Bohrnstedt of Collins College and Will Stein of TCU.

Winners of the singles and doubles tournaments receive main draw wild cards to the ITA All-American Championships, college tennis' outdoor major of the fall season. 

Vols In NFL Update (8/13)

With the first full weekend of preseason games complete, here is a Vols in the NFL update, Monday morning edition. Recapping this trip: The St. Joseph, Mo. edition (with special guest Eric Berry) Chiefs and Cardinals pleased with productivity of joint practice
WGNO (La.): Vitt says Robinson will return to practice (Jabari Greer)
Sun Sentinel: Dolphins linebacker Kevin Burnett held out of exhibition opener
Bucs Nation: Tampa Bay Buccaneers Position Battle Review: Luke Stocker Cleveland Browns finally play a game, watch Montario Hardesty
Fox Sports Ohio: Hardesty looks to revive career in 2012
KHOU: Texans sign veteran LB Omar Gaither
Yahoo Sports: Denver Broncos and Peyton Manning Beat Out the Olympics
Washington Post: A look at Peyton Manning's performance at Broncos training camp Peyton Manning reflective after Denver Broncos debut
Charlotte Observer: Reflections on Panthers' crowded backfield (Tauren Poole)
ESPN Boston: Mayo's Night Warrants Notice

Jerod Mayo (right)

One final game remains on Monday night when the Cowboys square off with the Oakland Raiders at 8 p.m. at the O.Co Coliseum.

Game Central

KLTV: Cowboys ready to kick off season with lofty expectations (Jason Witten)
ESPN: Jason Witten can be role model for Dez Bryant


Jason Witten signs autographs for fans post practice

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/13)

Sunday was the Vols first "off day" since training camp started as the team did not practice. Check out the latest VOL REPORT: Brotherly Bond along with a look back at the highlights from Saturday's scrimmage.

Here are the latest stories from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Experience likely to aid Vols offense
- GoVols247: Stone-cold Snapback
- Inside Tennessee: Déjà vu for Downs
- Inside Tennessee: Doggin' it
- Inside Tennessee: Vol offense coming alive
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Arkansas a special role model for Vols

Vols Basketball vs. Basket Club Zeta Golubovci (12:30 p.m. ET)

Follow today's Tennessee basketball game vs. Basket Club Zeta Golubovci, starting at approximately 12:30 p.m. ET via live tweets from @Vol_Hoops. Follow the tweets on the live blog below. 

Check out ITALY CENTRAL to relive the trip so far.

Grace, Williams To Face Off In Claycourt Open

University of Tennessee sophomores Jesse Grace and Caitlyn Williams will face off Sunday in the finals of the Southern Adult Claycourt Open at the Knoxville Racquet Club.

Williams, a native of Knoxville, and the No. 1 seed in the tournament will take on her teammate and Germiston, South Africa native Grace, the No. 2 seed.

Williams has not dropped a game during the tournament defeating Erin Allen in straight sets, 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals followed by another 6-0. 6-0 victory over Kathryn Evans in the semifinals yesterday.

Grace took down Emily Holloway 6-0, 6-1 in the quarters and defeated Tennessee teammate Kayla McMurry 6-1, 6-0 in the semis. (McMurry advanced to the semis after a 6-0, 6-0 victory over Rachel Hinkle).

Also of note, Grace and McMurry took home the doubles championship with an easy 6-2, 6-1 victory over Megan Conley and Holloway.

Singles Championships
Q             (2) Jesse Grace d. Emily Holloway             6-0; 6-1
Q             Kayla McMurry d. Rachel Hinkle                6-0; 6-0

Q             Kathryn Evans d. Sarah Rainwater            6-2; 7-5
Q             (1) Caitlyn Williams d. Erin Allen               6-0; 6-0
SF           (2) Jesse Grace d. Kayla McMurry             6-1; 6-0
SF           (1) Caitlyn Williams d. Kathryn Evans       6-0; 6-0

Vols In NFL Update (8/12)

Saturday night featured the clash of former Vol running backs as Arian Foster and the Houston Texans and Tauren Poole and the Carolina Panthers met in Charlotte for their first preseason games of 2012.

Houston Texans 26, Carolina Panthers 13

Foster had just one carry on the night for an 11 yard gain.

Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub (8) prepares to hand off to Arian Foster (23) during the first half of an NFL preseason football game against the Carolina Panthers in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Photo: Mike McCarn / AP
Matt Schaub hands off to Arian Foster

Poole netted his first touchdown in a Panthers uniform on a one yard rush which you can see here! ( The rookie finished as the leading rusher for the Panthers with four carries for 26 yards and a touchdown.

The Carolina fans have already begun the Poole cheers.
Carolina Panthers' Tauren Poole (33) runs the ball as Houston Texans' Tim Jamison chases during the first half of an NFL preseason football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Photo: Bob Leverone / AP     RETRANSMISSION FOR ALTERNATE CROP - Carolina Panthers' Tauren Poole (33), bottom, scores a touchdown against the Houston Texans during the first half of a NFL preseason football game in Charlotte, N.C., Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. Photo: Bob Leverone / AP
Poole picking up some yardage (left). Poole (bottom) scores his first NFL TD (right)

Omar Gaither, picked up by the Texans on Friday, did not see game action. He came to the Texans after playing 2011 in Carolina.

Reese Advances at ITA Summer Championships

Sophomore Hunter Reese picked up a pair of straight set victories Saturday to advance to the fourth round of the ITA National Collegiate Summer Championships.

After getting a bye in the first round, Reese beat Collin College's Brady Bohrnstedt 6-4, 6-4 and Ohio State's Kevin Metka 6-4, 6-4. 

Reese, the tournament's top seed, now faces Texas A&M's Jordan Szabo. 

Senior Taylor Patrick won his opening match 3-6, 6-2, [10-6] against Xavier's Michael Moe but lost in the second round 7-6, 6-2 to a 5-8 seed Robert Stineman of Stanford. Fellow senior John Collins lost his first match to 9-16 seed Vikram Hundal 1-6, 6-3, [10-5] but won his match in consolation 6-3, 6-2 to Mississippi's Zach Wilder.

The doubles draw has not been released.

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/12)

The Vols went through their scrimmage of 2012 training camp. Read about it in VOL REPORT: Neal Shines in Scrimmage. View highlights and interviews here

Here are stories from the media on the Vols' first competition of the summer:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Neal runs 'great' in Vols' scrimmage
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Juco transfers star in Vols' defensive line
- Inside Tennessee: Vols 'locked in'
- Inside Tennessee: Vol offense coming alive
- Inside Tennessee: Sack or no sack?
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols make impression from a distance
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Can Bray make a pass at UT's record book?

Vols In NFL Update (8/11)

Here's a look at former Vols did in the NFL on Friday night:

- The Bucs beat the Dolphins, 20-7 in a Florida battle. Second-year TE Luke Stocker had a catch for 14 yards for Tampa Bay. With Miami, Jonathan Wade made four tackles and had a pass defended while Tony McDaniel had a stop. Kevin Burnett was sidelined late with an injury.

- Eric Berry returned to action with the Chiefs in a 27-17 win over Arizona. Berry had a tackle as he started at strong safety. Dustin Colquitt punted three times for the Chiefs for a 37.3 average with two punts inside the 20. With the Cardinals, Dan Williams had a tackle.

- The 49ers topped Minnesota, 17-6. Parys Haralson made two tackles including a half-sack. In his debut with San Francisco, Marvin Mitchell had four tackles, TFL and a forced fumble for the Vikings.

- In the Browns 19-17 win over Detroit, Montario Hardesty had four carries for 16 yards. Jarrod Shaw also saw action on the offensive line for Cleveland. With Detroit, Jacques McClendon played as a reserve offensive lineman.

- The Bengals downed the Jets, 17-6. None of UT's products played as Matt Simms did not see action as a back-up QB with New York. Jason Allen missed the game for Cincinnati with an injury.

- On Saturday, rookie Tauren Poole makes his NFL debut with the Carolina Panthers as he takes on star tailback and former Vol Arian Foster with the Houston Texans at 7 p.m. The game airs on NFL Network.

- In other NFL news related to Vols, Omar Gaither has signed with the Houston Texans.  Here are a few stories: Texans place Keyaron Fox on IR, sign Omar Gaither and Texans sign veteran linebacker Omar Gaither.

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (8/11)

The Vols Defeated Atletas, 82-68 on Friday. Check out the latest on Cuonzo Martin's squad as the Vols Hoops Schedule Was Released on Friday.

Here are stories from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Hoop Vols to scrimmage Jackets at UTC

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/11)

The Vols made their debut in the Tri-Cities area with a practice at Science Hill High School on Friday. Saturday will see Tennessee take part in its first scrimmage of camp. Check out the latest in the VOL REPORT: Rocky Top to Science Hill.

Here are the latest from the media. 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Rain forces Vols to work at Science Hill
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: 'Pass-pro' big for UT backs
- Inside Tennessee: Vols prep for first scrimmage

Vols In NFL Friday Night Football (8/10)

On Thursday night, 17 Vols took to the field for the first full night of NFL preseason games. Peyton Manning made his return to the gridiron this time in a Denver Broncos uniform with a 4-for-7, 44 yard effort.

Also seeing action for the Broncos were Robert Ayers who finished with a huge sack, Malik Jackson who recovered a fumble and Britton Colquitt who booted four punts, three inside the 20.

In the rest of the NFL games, Jerod Mayo came up with four tackles for the Patriots, Donte' Stallworth hauled in a pass, also for the Pats and Turk McBride registered two tackles for the Saints.


Fifteen more Vols will be in action tonight as the NFL Preseason continues.

Jets/Bengals Game Center
The Jets vs. the Bengals will kick off the night on the NFL Network as Matt Simms, rookie quarterback for the Jets will face off against Jason Allen and Gibril Wilson in Cincinnati starting at 7:30 p.m.

Browns/Lions Game Center
Montario Hardesty and Jarrod Shaw will try and lead the Cleveland Browns to a victory over Jacques McClendon and the Detroit Lions in a game also set to kickoff at 7:30 p.m.

Buccaneers/Dolphins Game Center
Tennessee will see four former Vols square off when Miami (Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and Jonathan Wade) heads to Tampa Bay to face Luke Stocker and the Buccaneers at 7:30 p.m.

Cardinals/Chiefs Game Center
Dan Williams will play in his second preseason game of 2012 when the Arizona Cardinals head to Kansas City. The 8 p.m. kickoff will feature the return of Eric Berry to the gridiron. Berry and Dustin Colquitt comprise the Kansas City contingent of NFL Vols. Williams and the Cardinals are coming off of a 17-10 loss to New Orleans in the Hall of Fame game on Sunday night in Canton, Ohio.

Vikings/49ers Game Center
The final game of the night will kickoff at 9 p.m. in San Francisco as Marvin Mitchell and the Minnesota Vikings come to town to take on Parys Haralson and the 49ers.

Check back for updates as your Tennessee Vols compete in Friday night's NFL Preseason games.

ITA Summer Collegiate Championships Draw Released

The singles draw for the ITA National Collegiate Summer Championships was released on Friday with three Vols vying for a title and a chance to earn a wild card into the fall's ITA All-American Championships.

Sophomore Hunter Reese is the top-seeded player in the draw. Reese played primarily No. 2 doubles as a redshirt freshman and was No. 70 in the final college rankings, earning second-team All-SEC honors. 

Reese has a bye in the first round but could play two rounds on Saturday.

Also in the draw are UT seniors Taylor Patrick and John Collins. Patrick was the Vols' usual starter on court 6 last season, his first year as a starter while Collins played last year at Maryland. Patrick plays Xavier's Michael Moe in the first round, and Collins received a bye to the second round, where he will play Georgia Tech's Vikram Hundal.

The winner of the tournament receives a main draw wild card into the All-American, college tennis' major outdoor fall tournament. The finalist receives a wild card into qualifying. The same prizes are at stake in the doubles draw, which has not been released yet.

Former Vol Matt Brewer was a finalist in the ITA Summer Championships in 2009. Chris Racz is Tennessee's most recent winner of the national tournament, taking the trophy in 2007.

Libietis Loses in Finals: Sophomore Mikelis Libietis and partner Oskars Vaskis couldn't quite close the deal on the doubles title Friday at the Futures stop this week in Latvia.

Libietis and Vaskis won the first set handedly but lost 0-6, 7-6 (5), [10-5] to second-seeded Giammarco Micolani and Giorgio Portaluri.

This week was Libietis' final tournament of the summer before returning for the fall semester. He has had a successful run in tournaments lately, reaching the singles quarterfinals of a Futures in Lithuania last week. Libietis played at the top of both lineups for the Vols last season.

Vols Basketball vs. Atletas (Lithuanian) (2 p.m. ET)

Follow today's Tennessee basketball game vs. Atletas (Lithuanian), starting at approximately 2 p.m. ET via live tweets from @Vol_Hoops. Follow the tweets on the live blog below. 

Check out ITALY CENTRAL to relive the trip so far.

Justin Hunter Named 16th Best Player In SEC By ESPN

Justin Hunter becomes the third Vol on the list of the top-25 players in the SEC coming in at No. 16 ahead of teammates No. 19 Tyler Bray and No. 24 Da'Rick Rogers.

Hunter, named to the Biletnikoff Watch list earlier in the season, will return to the starting line up Aug. 31 against NC State in Atlanta, Ga. for the first time since suffering a season ending knee injury against Florida in 2011.

In just two games in 2011 Hunter caught 17 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns. The junior from Virginia Beach, Va. has totaled 32 receptions for 717 yards receiving and nine touchdowns during his career at Tennessee.

According to Chris Low: "Had it not been for the injury, the general feeling around the SEC is that the 6-4, 200-pound Hunter would have emerged as perhaps the most feared big-play threat in the league last season."

"Hunter also has excellent body control and makes the most difficult mid-air adjustments look easy. He's a weapon whether you're in the red zone or need a big play to get you out of your own territory."

Tennessee Update: Volleyball Blog (8/10)

The defending SEC Champion Lady Vol volleyball team kicked off the 2012 season on Thursday, coming together on the court for the first time as a unit. Check out the VOL REPORT: Lady Vols Serve Up 1st Practice Of 2012 as well as a story from the Knoxville News Sentinel below.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stacked lineup returns

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/10)

The Vols spent their first night at Milligan College on Thursday and will take part in their first practice session on Friday. Check out the VOL REPORT: Shuffle Off To Milligan as well as a STORIFY with comments from the players about their trip to the Tricities via yellow school buses. 

Here are the latest stories from the media

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Kenny Bynum tears a meniscus
- Inside Tennessee: Vol LB talks team's potential
- Inside Tennessee: Bigger is better
- Inside Tennessee: Dramatic drills
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Depth at linebacker a concern for Vols

Dickey Fires Complete Game, Among MLB Best

Former Vol R.A. Dickey fired his fourth complete game of the season on Thursday, striking out 10 and allowing just one run on five hits against Miami Marlins.

The victory improves his record to 15-3 on the year, tying him with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's Jered Weaver for the most in the Major Leagues.

The 2012 National League All-Star also took the NL lead with his fourth complete game and jumped into a tie with the Detroit Tigers' Justin Verlander for the most strikeouts in the Majors with 166.

Dickey Among MLB Leaders
T-1st - 15 Wins
T-1st - 166 Strikeouts
2nd - 4 Complete Games
3rd - 162.1 Innings Pitched
3rd - 1.00 WHIP
T-3rd - 2 Shutouts
4th - 4.61 Strikeouts/Walk
7th - .217 Opponent Batting Average
7th - 23 Games Started
8th - 9.20 Strikeouts/9 Innings
10th - 2.72 ERA 

Vols In NFL Thursday Night Football (8/9) UPDATE

UPDATED 11:48 p.m.

Tonight 17 former Vols will be in action for eight different teams taking part in their first (or in some cases second) preseason game of 2012. (Click on the pictures for the game center links).

Washington Redskins 7, Buffalo Bills 6

Jonathan Crompton and the Washington Redskins will start off the night at 7 p.m. against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Baltimore Ravens 31, Atlanta Falcons 17

Morgan Cox and the Ravens will kick their game off at 7:30 in the Georgia Dome (also the site of UT's first game of the Year vs. NC State on 8/31). Cox is going into his third year as a long snapper with Baltimore.

New England Patriots 7, New Orleans Saints 6

Jabari Greer, Turk McBride and the Saints will partake in their second preseason game after earning the 17-10 victory over Arizona on Sunday night in the Hall of Fame game. The duo will meet up with Shaun Ellis, Jerod Mayo and Donte' Stallworth, all currently with the Patriots for the 7:30 kickoff. The two teams participated in joint practices the past two days in Foxborough in front of record crowd of 14,830.

Philadelphia Eagles 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 23

Ramon Foster and Chris Scott will be in action for the Steelers tonight also starting at 7:30 p.m. when they take on cross-state rivals the Philadelphia Eagles.

San Diego Chargers 21, Green Bay Packers 13

Chad Clifton and the Packers will take on three new Vols on the San Diego Chargers (Aubrayo Franklin, Robert Meachem and Nick Guess) in the nationally televised Thursday night game to be featured on ESPN starting at 8 p.m. Franklin and Meachem recently joined the Chargers after playing for the Saints last season, Guess is in  his rookie season with the Bolts.

Denver Broncos 31, Chicago Bears 3

8:30 p.m. marks the return on Peyton Manning to the gridiron. The 15 year veteran of the NFL will put his pads back on and step on the first for the first time since the 2010 Playoffs when the Denver Broncos take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field beginning at 8:30. Joining Manning on the Broncos are former Vols Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson.

Libietis Reaches Doubles Final in Latvia

Sophomore Mikelis Libietis and partner Oskars Vaskis knocked off the No. 1 seeds Thursday to advance to the finals of this week's ITF Futures in Jurmala, Latvia.

Libietis and Vaskis overcame a slow start to beat Andis Juska and Deniss Pavlovs 2-6, 6-4, [10-6] in the semifinals. 

The Latvian duo, winners this week against the Nos. 1 and 3 seeds already, face the second seeds in the title match: Giammarco Micolani and Giorgio Portaluri of Italy. 

Libietis is playing in his first Futures final since 2010. He has one ITF Futures doubles title in his career and has previously reached the finals of three other events. He has a career high doubles ranking of No. 624. 

Happy Birthday - Aug. 9: Shyra Ely, Chamique Holdsclaw

Happy Birthday to two Tennessee women's basketball legends on Aug. 9: Shyra Ely and Chamique Holdsclaw.

Shyra Ely  

Tennessee Track & Field Olympic Update (8/9)

Former Vol and current U.S. Track & Field team member Aries Merritt captured Olympic gold in the 110-meter hurdles yesterday. The former NCAA Champion became UT's  22nd Olympic gold medalist with a career-best time of 12.92. Merritt is the first UT gold medalist since former Lady Vol basketball players Tamika Catchings, Kara Lawson and Candace Parker won gold at the 2008 Games in Beijing.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/9)

The Vols are set to head to Milligan College to continue preseason camp after this afternoon's practice on Haslam Field. Assistant coaches met with the media on Wednesday, see what they had to say: VOL REPORT: Insight From Assistants.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Sal Sunseri sees progress in Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Cordarrelle Patterson set for next step
- Inside Tennessee: Dramatic drills
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Maggitt, Johnson Alabama-like linebackers

Vols Basketball Vs. All-Star Italy (2 p.m. ET)

Follow today's Tennessee basketball game vs. All-Star Italy, starting at approximately 2 p.m. ET via live tweets from @Vol_Hoops. Follow the tweets on the live blog below. 

Check out ITALY CENTRAL to relive the trip so far.

Happy Birthday - Aug. 8: Hopson, Nowling, B.Watson

On Aug. 8, we wish Happy Birthday to the following from the Tennessee family: current women's swimmer Brooke Watson and former basketball star Scotty Hopson, who is set to play in Israel in 2012-13.  

 Brooke Watson

From the archives, Aug. 8 was the day football veteran Bill Nowling was born in 1920. Nowling, a fullback 1940-42, from St. Petersburg, Fla., a three-year starter under Robert Neyland and John Barnhill. Nowling started for three years for the Vols at fullback, and played in the backfield for the 1940 national championship team coached by Gen. Robert Neyland. The Vols lost just four games during Nowling's three-year career at Rocky Top, and the '40 team also added an SEC title to the trophy case. Nowling and fellow Vols Rudy Klarer, Willis Tucker and Clyde Fuson lost their lives fighting for America in World War II.

Tennessee Track & Field Olympic Update (8/8)

Former University of Tennessee track & field standout Aries Merritt continues his quest for Olympic Gold in the 110-meter hurdles today. Merritt, who is making his first Olympic appearance, posted the event's best time of 13.07 in the qualifying round to reach the semifinals. A former NCAA Champion in the event, Merritt will run the semis at 2:15 p.m. ET today with hopes of earning a place on the podium in the finals just two hours later.

Here's an AP story that landed in Merritt's hometown newspaper, the Cherokee Tribune, in Marietta, Ga.

Vols In NFL Update (8/8)

Time for the mid-week edition of Vols in the NFL.

Peyton Manning to see action on the field for the first time since the 2010 Playoffs; A different perspective on Arian Foster's veganism; Robert Meachem working to develop connection with Rivers in San Diego and more.

ESPN: Peyton Manning has Broncos abuzz
Brush News Tribune via Denver Post: Broncos likely to get Peyton Manning 10-12 plays in preseason vs. Bears
Houston Chronicle: Foster's veganism is food for thought for Texans
ESPN: Play of the day: Tony Romo threads needle to Jason Witten
North County Times: CHARGERS: Meachem working to build connection with Rivers
Comcast SportsNet: Stallworth's perspective on the greatness of Brady, Brees       Robert Meachem

Floyd's Race Featured in Swimming News

Kelsey Floyd won her first national title on Tuesday evening, taking first place in the 200-meter butterfly thanks to a late charge at the end. Here's a look at some media coverage of her race.

Libietis Advances in Doubles in Latvia; KNS Tennis Notebook

Sophomore Mikelis Libietis and partner Oskars Vaskis advanced to the quarterfinals of an ITF Futures event Tuesday in Jurmala, Latvia. 

Libietis, winner of one Futures doubles event and a finalist in three others, and Vaskis beat Roberto Marcora and Gvida Sabeckis 6-1, 4-6, [10-4] in their first-round victory. They now face third-seeded Mark Vervoort and Francois-Arthur Vibert.

In singles, Libietis lost 6-3, 7-6 (6) to third-seeded and world No. 484 Michal Schmid.

This week marks Libietis' final summer tournament before returning to Tennessee for his second season. He was first-team All-SEC as a freshman last year, starting every match at No. 1 singles and doubles.

KNS Tennis Notebook: Jimmy Hyams' weekly tennis notebook centers on associate head coach Chris Woodruff and where professional tennis fits in the Olympic Games. Woodruff, one of the top Americans in the 1990s and early 2000s did not play in Atlanta in 1996. 

Also included in the notebook are junior Lady Vol Brynn Boren, former Vol and current pro John-Patrick Smith and the Vols waiting until 2015 to host the SEC Championships. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (8/8)

Check out the Vols Day 3 in Italy: Vols Visit The Vatican

From the Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols 'soaking' in educational activities in Italy

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/8)

The Vols will take part in their first true double-session of training camp on Thursday with practice at 9:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Check out the VOL REPORT: Installation Near Completion from Wednesday.

News from the media includes: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Up-front Tennessee Vols take leadership
- Inside Tennessee: Williams does know JACK
- Inside Tennessee: Notes: Vol camp hits Day 5

Tennessee Soccer Receiving Votes in NSCAA Preseason Poll


The NSCAA/Continental Tire NCAA Division I Women's National Preseason Rankings were released today and Tennessee is receiving votes. The SEC has six team represented in the preseason poll, including No. 21 Florida, No. 24 South Carolina and No. 25 Auburn. UT, LSU and Kentucky are all receiving votes.

Top Drawer Soccer Picks UT 3rd in SEC Eastern Division (8/7)


Top Drawer Soccer released its SEC preseason predictions on Monday with the Tennessee soccer team projected to finish third in the Eastern Division. Although, TDS ranks South Carolina and Florida ahead of UT, it suggests that the Lady Vols have a loaded roster heading into 2012. 

Ethan Bennett - Most Interesting Man in the NECBL

Tennessee junior catcher Ethan Bennett apparently enjoyed his time playing for the Laconia Muskrats in the New England Collegiate Baseball League this summer. Want proof? Check out this video touting him as the "Most Interesting Man in the NECBL."

In 18 games with the Muskrats this summer, Bennett hit .313 with eight doubles, five home runs and 18 RBIs.

Helton Out For Season, Plans to Return

Former Vol Todd Helton will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip on Friday and miss the remainder of the season, the Colorado Rockies have announced

Although he is just two weeks shy of his 39th birthday, Helton has no plans to retire. After a six-month recovery period, the Knoxville native expects to be ready to go for the opening of Spring Training. 

"We knew when I was on the DL that [the labrum] was torn, there was something wrong with the bone and then there was cartilage messed up," Helton told on Monday. "I was going to give [playing] a shot. I wanted to finish the year, but it wouldn't have been the best outcome.

"If I wanted to play next year, it was best to go ahead and get it done so I can be ready for Spring Training."

A career .320 hitter, Helton has played 15 MLB seasons, all with the Rockies after being a first-round pick out of Tennessee in 1995. He has 960 extra-base hits, tying him with Hall of Famer Robin Yount for 44th all-time, including 354 career home runs.

Helton has also recorded 1,345 RBIs and has walked (1,295) more times than he has struck out (1,088) throughout his 2,123-game career.

Vols In The CFL Update (8/7)

It's time for the weekly Vols in the CFL Update.

With a Thursday night meeting between the Calgary Stampeders and the Hamilton Tiger-Cats impending, both teams had the weekend off.

Demetrice Morley of the Stampeders will face off against Jermaine Copeland, now the wide receivers coach for the Tiger-Cats Thursday Night at 7 p.m.

Copeland and the Tiger-Cats are coming off of a comeback victory over the Saskatchewan Rough Riders while Morley and the Stampeders fell to the BC Lions in their last time out on July 28.


The only Vol to be in action this past weekend was Jonathan Hefney as he and the Winnipeg Blue Bombers dropped a 36-26 decision to the Montreal Alouettes in front of a crowd of 30,000.

Hefney tallied five tackles in the game, second on the team to bring his season total to 26.

Game Recap

ESPN Ranks Tyler Bray as 19th-Best Player in the SEC

In's running countdown of the top-25 players in the SEC, Edward Aschoff has ranked Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray No. 19. He is the second Vol to earn a spot on the list after wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers came in at No. 24.

On the preseason watch lists for the Davey O'Brien, Manning and Maxwell Awards, Bray has thrown for 3,832 yards and 35 touchdowns in just 16 games over the last two years. 

Low says that Bray has "displayed one of the league's strongest arms, and isn't afraid the tough passes. He puts just the right zip on his passes and has the ability squeeze them into tight spaces to find receivers." 

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (8/7)

The Vols are entering Day 3 of their trip to Italy, check out a recap from the first two days: Ciao From Roma, Italia. Also for all the latest on the overseas venture, visit: ITALY CENTRAL.

Here are a few stories about the hoopsters:

- Inside Tennessee: Golden oldies

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/7)

Monday saw the Vols come together as a full team for football practice for the first time in training camp. Check out the latest in VOL REPORT: Together As One. Get all your camp info in: CAMP CENTRAL.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Inside Tennessee: Looking for touches
- Inside Tennessee: Williams does know JACK
- Inside Tennessee: Notes: Vols go full-squad Day 4
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Brent Brewer ready for test

Libietis to Start Play in Latvia Futures

Sophomore Mikelis Libietis starts his final tournament of the summer Tuesday at an ITF Futures event in Jurmala, Latvia.

Libietis, who received a wild card into his home country's event, faces third-seeded Michael Schmid of the Czech Republic in the opening round. 

Schmid is ranked No. 484 in the world tour rankings. Libietis enters the week unranked but will be back on the international ATP list next week when his two points are added from reaching the quarterfinals in Lithuania. 

Libietis is also teaming up with fellow Latvian Oskars Vaskis in doubles. The two are facing Roberto Marcora and Gvidas Sabeckis in the first round. Libietis has won ITF Futures doubles title to his credit already and has reached the finals of three other tournaments. 

Vols In NFL Update (8/6)

Last night marked the start of the NFL preseason games as the Arizona Cardinals featuring former Vol Dan Williams and the New Orleans Saints (Turk McBride, Jabari Greer) faced off in the Hall of Fame game with the Saints earning a 17-10 victory.

McBride registered four tackles, third most on the Saints while Williams chipped in one for the Cardinals.

New York Jets quarterbacks Greg McElroy #14, Mark
Matt Simms (far right)

Vols In The Headlines:

ESPN: Peyton Manning Talks
Sacramento Bee: Raiders' Moore working while injured
Comcast SportsNet: Stallworth: No light at the end of the tunnel Donte Stallworth focused on fine-tuning
Kansas City Star: Punter D. Colquitt says new special teams coach brings 'good things' Charles, Berry, Moeaki look good on first day
ESPN: Camp observations: Jason Witten's TDs
New York Post: Simms opening eyes in Gangs arms race
Chicago Tribune: Broncos get jolt of confidence from Manning
Washington Post: Steelers' offensive line embraces 'nastiness' (Ramon Foster)
Los Angeles Times: Chargers' Robert Meachem wants more tossed his way      Peyton Manning
Donte' Stallworth                                   Peyton Manning

ON TOUR: WTA Rankings (8/6/12)

Here are the Lady Vols' updated WTA Tour rankings as of Aug. 6, 2012. The Lady Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. 

Caitlin Whoriskey

Singles: 587

Doubles: 453

Note: Playing this week in the $25,000 Hechingen Ladies Open in Germany ... Off last week.

Natalie Pluskota

Singles: 839

Doubles: 348

Note: Shot up the doubles ranking after reaching the final of the $100,000 Vancouver Challenger last week off this week ... Off this week.

ON TOUR: ATP Tour Rankings (8/6/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Aug. 6, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.

John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 225 (+4)

Doubles: 137 (+23)

Note: Moved up in the doubles rankings with finals appearance at Vancouver Challenger ... Has won 5 titles and reached 3 finals this year in doubles ... Off this week

Rhyne Williams

Singles: 283 (+5)

Doubles: 271 (0)

Note: Lost in the first round of qualifying at the Aptos Challenger to former Texas A&M star Jeff Dadamo ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 285 (-19)

Doubles: 231 (-3)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

Adam Hubble

Singles: 1290 (-7)

Doubles: 198 (0)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week

Happy Birthday - Aug. 6: Basketball Legend Dale Ellis

On August 6, we wish happy birthday to former Vol Dale Ellis (1980-83), one of the NBA's all-time greatest 3-point shooters. Scored 19,004 NBA points!

Tennessee Track & Field Olympic Update

Two products of the University of Tennessee track & field program earned bronze medals on Sunday at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. In her third appearance at the Games, DeeDee Trotter captured her first individual medal to go along with the gold she won in 2004 as a member of the USA 4x400m relay team. Justin Gatlin, meanwhile, collected his fourth Olympic medal in his second trip to the Games. In 2004, Gatlin won gold in the 100m, silver in the 4x100m relay and bronze in the 200m.

- Recap: Trotter, Gatlin Earn Olympic Bronze

 Here are some news items after their performances at Olympic Stadium on Sunday:

-           JUSTIN GATLIN

-       - Knoxville News Sentinel: Justin Gatlin wins bronze in fast 100

-          - Pensacola News Journal: Justin Gatlin's bronze shines as bright as gold

-          - The Guardian: Justin Gatlin on winning 100m bronze at London 2012 Olympics - video

-          - The Washington Times: Tears flow for Gatlin and Gay after 100 final



-           - Knoxville News Sentinel: Former Lady Vol DeeDee Trotter takes bronze in 400 meters

-          - NBC Olympics: DeeDee Trotter's legacy as clean athlete bronzed

-          - DeeDee Trotter thanks fans after winning bronze in 400 meters: 'I'm so excited'


Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/6)

Get the latest on the football team with the: VOL REPORT: Time For Pads To Crack. Check out all of your training camp information in CAMP CENTRAL

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Brent Brewer ready for test
- Knoxville News Sentinel:Justin Coleman part of position battles
- Knoxville News Sentinel: History says N.C. State a must-win
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Evan Woodbery's practice observations

Vols In NFL - Hall Of Fame Edition (8/5)

New Orleans Saints 17, Arizona Cardinals 10 Recap

For the Saints, Turk McBride finished the game with four tackles, third most on the team during the game.

Dan Williams saw action for the Cardinals notching a  tackle during the second half of the game.

The NFL Preseason gets underway tonight with the Hall of Fame game in Canton, Ohio pitting the Arizona Cardinals against the New Orleans Saints. The game is slated for an 8:05 p.m. start and will be broadcast nationally on the NFL Network.

Three former Vols will be a part of the annual tradition, Jabari Greer and Turk McBride of the Saints and Dan Williams of the Cardinals.

Greer, however, will not be in uniform tonight after partaking in surgery to repair a sports hernia which will see him missing the first three preseason games. Greer is slated to return for the first game of the regular season.

The Advocate: Greer sidelined with sports hernia

Sports NOLA: Saints Camp Q&A: Joe Vitt, Adrian Arrington, Turk McBride Broken arm motivates Cardinals nose tackle Dan Williams

Pluskota Falls In Odlum Brown Van Open Finals

Final Bracket

After a thrilling run in the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open, University of Tennessee women's tennis player Natalie Pluskota fell in the doubles championship with partner Jacqueline Cako, Saturday.

The duo battled to the end falling in the first set 6-4, but earning the second set victory over Julia Glushko (ISR) and Olivia Rogowska (AUS), 7-5.

Pluskota and Cako's third set went to extra points for the second straight match, however this time it was not in their favor as Glusko and Rogowska went on to earn the 6-4, 5-7, 10-8 win.

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (8/5)

The basketball team leaves for Italy on Sunday, check out the Vols' information on the trip here: 
I Volontari in Italia.

Here are the latest stories from the media on the trip overseas:

Happy Birthday - Aug. 5: Soccer's Amy Harrison

On Aug. 5, we wish Happy Birthday to senior soccer midfielder Amy Harrison.

Amy Harrison

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/5)

Get the latest on Day 2 of training camp with the VOL REPORT: Workmanlike Approach. Also check out CAMP CENTRAL for all your news and info from camp.

Here are Sunday's stories from the media on the Vols:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols corner Coleman feels wiser

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Stone snapping with each hand

- GoVols247: Coleman focused on earning top spot

- GoVols247: Versatile Bullard back on the move

- GoVols247: Notes: Dooley discusses newcomers

- GoVols247: Stone settling in at center again

- GoVols247: Neal focused, ready to compete

- GoVols247: Hood: Vols have plenty to prove

- Inside Tennessee: Unexpected lift

- Inside Tennessee: Lane competing; Da'Rick excited for '12

- Inside Tennessee: Vols off to strong start in fall camp

- Knoxville News Sentinel: James Stone, Alex Bullard in battle to start at center

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Call him Omari Phillips, not Dante Phillips

- Knoxville News Sentinel: All-Vols for the last 25 years

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Running game needs fresh start

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Saturday practice report

- Lindy's Sports Annuals: Vols WRs + Bray = Tough to Handle

- Tennessee practice notebook

- Volquest: Lane trying to make mark in camp

- Volquest: Stone solid in center mix

- Volquest: Rogers says Vols off to fast start

- WKRN: Dooley pleased with 2nd day of camp

- WVLT: Vols "workmanlike" on Day 2

Pluskota Advances To Odlum Brown Doubles Finals

Recent graduate Natalie Pluskota has advanced on to the doubles finals of the Odlum Brown Vancouver Open with partner, and Arizona State junior Jacqueline Cako.

The duo came back to defeat third seeded Jessica Pegula and Taylor Townsend 3-6, 6-3, 10-8 in the semifinal round Friday night.

Pluskota and Cako will face off against Julia Glushko (ISR) and Olivia Rogowska (AUS) in the final once again on Centre Court Saturday night.

ON TOUR: Smith, Peers Reach $100k Final

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith and Baylor standout John Peers stayed in the running for their fourth Challenger title of the year thanks to a comeback win Friday at the VanOpen in Vancouver, Canada.

Smith and Peers dropped the first set and fought off break points in the second to beat Austin Krajicek and Devin Britton 3-6, 6-3, [10-5] in the semifinals. The finals will be played Sunday as the Aussie collegiate duo will face either Danai Udomchoke and Jimmy Wang or Maxime Authom and Ruben Belemans.

Smith and Peers have formed a successful doubles pairing this year, having won three $50,000 Challenger titles. They were finalists at the $50,000 Winnetka Challenger last month, a tournament in which Smith won the singles title. This is their first doubles final at the $100,000 level.

Williams Starts Qualifying: Former Vol Rhyne Williams is set to begin qualifying at the $100,000 Aptos (Calif.) Challenger. Williams is seeded fourth and facing former Texas A&M star Jeff Dadamo in the first round.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/4)

The Vols held their first football practices of the season on Friday. Read all about it in VOL REPORT: Back To Work For Vols. Check out our CAMP CENTRAL page for the latest on the team. 

Here are the latest stories from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tyler Bray: I've learned, 'moved on'
- Inside Tennessee: Putting the UT in UniTy
- Inside Tennessee: Unexpected lift
- Inside Tennessee: Vols take lesson from Phelps
- Knoxville News Sentinel: A.J. Johnson image of Vols' offseason work
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Observations on Vols' first practice

Happy Birthday - Aug. 4: J.Chaney, C.Ciesielski, J.Walker

A trio of birthdays on August 4. Celebrating are: junior distance runner Jordan Chaney, junior swimmer Courtney Ciesielski and senior golfer Justin Walker.

Jordan Chaney  Courtney Ciesielski  Justin Walker

Vols In NFL Update (8/3)

Take a look at some of the headlines across the country as your former Vols compete in NFL camps.

Tauren Poole helps out Derek Anderson at Panthers Camp: Saints CB Jabari Greer undergoes sports hernia surgery Cowboys: 5 questions with Jason Witten

The Sacramento Bee: Forget Parys? No way. Fangio sees three starters at OLB

ESPN: Peyton Manning talks
ESPN: Peyton Manning, WR Thomas click

Cowboys veteran Jason Witten and newly acquired Chargers Nick Guess, Robert Meachem and Aubrayo Franklin will meet up when: Chargers practice with Cowboys

Pluskota To Odlum Brown VanOpen Semis

Recent Tennessee graduate Natalie Pluskota has been making her way through the International Tennis Federation Pro Circuit this summer.

After winning the U.S. Open Southern Sectional Qualifying in Alpharetta, Ga., she will play in the U.S. Open National tournament Aug. 17-20 at Yale University to earn a wild card spot in the Grand Slam tournament.

Pluskota defeated Alabama junior Mary Anne Macfarlane 7-6 (4), 2-6, 6-4 to earn her bid into the qualifier, rallying from a 4-0 third-set deficit to win the last six games in 100-degree heat.

Most recently the Newnan, Ga. native traveled west, and north, to Vancouver where she has found herself in the semifinals of the Odlum Brown VanOpen doubles tournament.

Partnered with Jacqueline Cako of the Arizona State women's tennis team, the duo will play Friday, August 3 on Centre Court at approximately 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.

Watch Pluskota live as she looks to advance to the finals of the tournament, to be held Saturday.


Also of note, returning junior Brynn Boren has spent much of her summer in Europe playing in clay court tournaments.

Boren recently spoke to Jimmy Hyams of AM 990, FM 99.1, FM 99.3, the Sports Animal here in Knoxville.

Listen Live Friday night between 6 and 7 p.m. during the Tennis Hour to hear all about Boren's experience.

ON TOUR: Smith, Peers Back in Semifinals

Australian collegiate duo John-Patrick Smith and John Peers advanced to their fifth Challenger doubles semifinal in 2012 on Thursday at the Odlum Brown Vanopen in Vancouver.

Smith and Peers, seeded fourth, beat Nick Monroe and Jack Sock 6-2, 6-3 in the quarterfinals to assure themselves of at least 35 points this week. They face former Ole Miss star Devin Britton and Texas A&M standout Austin Krajicek in today's semifinals. 

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/3)

The Vols kickoff the 2012 season with their first practice this afternoon, at 2:15 p.m., on Haslam FIeld. On Thursday, the team held its pre-camp press conference, check out the following from 

Here are the stories from the media: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Recruits look more impressive in August
- Associated Press: Tennessee trying to bounce back
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Johnson image of Vols' offseason work
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Lot of Vols changes now include Lott
- GoVols247: Camp Competition: No. 2 (Kicking)
- Inside Tennessee: Putting the UT in UniTy
- Volquest: Weapons galore

Libietis Finishes Play at Lithuania Futures

Rising sophomore Mikelis Libietis wrapped up his most successful week at a Futures event Thursday in Lithuania.

Playing in his first career ITF Futures quarterfinal, Libietis lost 6-4, 6-0 to world No. 645 Viktor Galovic at the Lithuanian President's Cup in Vilnius. 

By all accounts, the tournament was a successful one for Libietis. The Latvian native ousted the tournament's No. 2 seed -- world No. 290 Jordi Samper-Montana -- 6-4, 6-1 in the second round Wednesday.

Libietis, the Vols' top returner, has one tournament to go before returning to Knoxville for the fall semester. He is playing in an ITF Futures event in Latvia next week. 

Vols Receive Votes in Preseason USA Today Coaches Poll

The preseason USA Today Coaches Poll was released on Thursday with Tennessee receiving three votes. 

Check out the complete poll HERE.

The Vols are scheduled to play four teams ranked among the top-25 in No. 2 Alabama, No. 6 Georgia, No. 9 South Carolina and No. 23 Florida. Overall, UT will play six teams included in the poll as both Mississippi State and North Carolina received votes as well. 

Softball's Gibson Featured In SEC 40/40


In the SEC's celebration of 40 years of Title IX, the conference checks in with Tennessee softball's Lauren Gibson. In the article, Gibson talks about reaching her dreams of playing collegiate softball and representing the U.S.

SEC: SEC 40/40: Even Without Olympics, Gibson Still Golden

Vols In NFL Update (8/2)

As the current Tennessee Volunteers report to camp today, let's check back in with former Tennessee Vols in NFL camps.

During the offseason, Eric Berry traveled out of the United States for the first time in his life to help produce a new video game called Adidas micoach in London for Xbox 360/PS3.
News 10 Sacramento: Adidas micoach - Behind the scenes with Chiefs' Eric Berry

Five practices in, Manning brings in the no-huddle offense. Manning takes Broncos into the no-huddle

Donte' Stallworth has stepped up as a leader his second time around with the Patriots.
Worcester Telegram: DUI death transformed Donte' Stallworth
WEEI: In Brandon Lloyd's absence, Donte' Stallworth stands out

Jason Witten, in his 10th year in the NFL is ready to get to the Superbowl with the Cowboys.
San Antonio Express: With time running out, Witten wants Cowboys to rewrite same old story

Heading into his third year in the NFL, Montario Hardesty looks quicker than ever. Hardesty impressive so far

The San Diego Chargers would like you to get to know Robert Meachem. Free Agency Roundup: Robert Meachem

Stories On Start of Soccer Practice (8/2)

The Tennessee soccer program opened its practice under new head coach Brian Pensky on Wednesday afternoon at Regal Stadium. Check out the following stories on Day 1 of practice!

- Knoxville News Sentinel:Lady Vol soccer ready for fresh start

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/2)

Vols coach Derek Dooley will hold his first press conference of the 2012 season on Thursday at 6:15 p.m. Prior to Dooley, several Vols including Justin Hunter, A.J. Johnson, Curt Maggitt, Herman Lathers and Antonio Richardson will also address the media. You can watch the presser live on starting at 5:30 p.m.

On Wednesday, the Vols took part in their preseason video and photo shoot for imagery that fans will see throughout the 2012 season. Check out some videos and photos from the day: Vols Talk About Upcoming Season.

From the media perspective, check out the following stories:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Schedule should be big plus for Vols

Happy Birthday - Aug. 1: Soccer's Iyana Moore, Tennis' Brynn Boren

On Aug. 1, we send birthday wishes to soccer sophomore Iyana Moore and tennis sophomore Brynn Boren.

Iyana Moore  Brynn Boren 

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (8/1)

The basketball team is nearing its departure for Italy. Check out the latest stories on Cuonzo Martin's team.

- Volquest: Early practice helping young Vols

- Volquest: Golden, Vols like busy offseason

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/1)

Hello August! The start of football training camp is just days away. On Thursday, Coach Derek Dooley and several members of the Vols will meet with the media in a preseason press conference, which can be viewed on

While you are waiting for that event, read up on the Vols with these stories:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Ron McKeefery aids in Vols' unity
- Inside Tennessee: Protecting the franchise

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