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Moore, Rivera Honored By CPFA

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After an outstanding individual performance against Georgia, RS junior Byron Moore and RS senior Mychal Rivera have been honored by the College Football Performance Awards.

Moore named to the honorable mention defensive back performer of the week list after coming away with his fourth interception of the season and taking it to the endzone for his first pick-six of his career. Moore finished the game with six tackles and a half tackle for loss.

Rivera earned honorable mention tight end performer of the week honors after finishing with a game-high 82 receiving yards on three catches, including a career-best 62 yard catch.

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Happy Birthday - Sept. 30: Cierra Burdick, Allan Carson, Fred Weary

On Sept. 30, Happy Birthday wishes go out to women's basketball sophomore forward  Cierra Burdick, sophomore defensive lineman Allan Carson and former Vols football star and NFL offensive lineman Fred Weary.

Cierra Burdick  Allan Carson 

 

Vols In NFL - Gameday (9/30)

It's week four in the NFL and there are 18 NFL Vols in action as Pittsburgh and Indianapolis have bye weeks this week.

1:00 p.m. CBS New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills Game Center
The New England Patriots (1-2) head to Buffalo for a meeting with the 2-1 Bills. Jerod Mayo had 11 tackles last time out for the Patriots against the Ravens on Sunday Night Football.

Comcast SportsNet New England: Chalk Talk: Corralling Buffalo defense

San Diego Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs Game Center
Aubrayo Franklin, Robert Meachem and the San Diego Chargers (2-1) will head east to Kansas City for a meeting with Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the 1-2 Chiefs.

Franklin had four tackles last time out against Atlanta while Meachem had four catches for 43 yards. For the Chiefs, Berry started at strong safety and finished with eight tackles and a tackle for loss while Colquitt booted five punts for a 41.6 average and dropped four inside the 20.

U-T San Diego: Chargers' Franklin has nose for the game


New Orleans Saints running back Pierre Thomas (23) carries as Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) tackles in the first half of an NFL football game at the Mercedes-Benz  Superdome in New Orleans, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. Photo: Jonathan Bachman / AP   
Eric Berry (L) and Dustin Colquitt holding (R)

Tennessee Titans vs. Houston Texans Game Center
1-2 Tennessee coming off of a big overtime win heads into Houston for a meeting with Arian Foster and the undefeated Texans.

Last time out, Foster had 25 rushes for 105 yards also nabbing just one catch for three yards and a touchdown.

ABC13.com: Texans looking for first 4-0 start in franchise history
Titansoline.com: Conference Call: Texans RB Arian Foster
NFL News: Matt Schaub, Andre Johnson, Arian Foster show Texans are legit

1 p.m. FOX

Minnesota Vikings vs. Detroit Lions Game Center
Marvin Mitchell and the Minnesota Vikings bring a 2-1 record to Detroit for a meeting with the 1-2 Lions.

Mitchell got a start at the WLB last week in his first appearance of 2012 finishing with one tackle and a fumble recovery in a 24-13 victory over San Francisco.

FS North: Vikings' depth at linebacker to be tested
Detroit Free Press: Know the foe: Minnesota Vikings

4:05 p.m. CBS


Cincinnati Bengals vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Game Center

Jason Allen and the Cincinnati Bengals (2-1) head to Jacksonville for a meeting with the 1-2 Jaguars.

Last time out Allen made his first appearance of 2012 registering two tackles in a 38-31 victory over Washington.

Cincinnati.com: Bengals could be down to two corners on Sunday

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Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos Game Center
Denarius Moore and the 1-2 Oakland Raiders head into Denver for a meeting with Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning and the 1-2 Denver Broncos.

Last time out, Moore started at wide receiver for the Raiders making five catches for 45 yards and a touchdown, his first of the season. For Denver, Ayers played but registered no stats, Colquitt punted eight times for a 42.8 average and 3 inside the 20, Jackson notched 1 tackle and Manning finished 26-of-52 with 330 yards passing and 2 touchdowns.

KFFL: Raiders | Denarius Moore targeted 10 times in victory
NBCSports.com: Broncos take heart in Manning's track record after slow start
Denver Post: Peyton Manning, Broncos offense continue to address timing, protection
NFL News: Peyton Manning's 2012 start reminiscent of 2008 MVP season

Miami Dolphins vs. Arizona Cardinals Game Center
Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and the 1-2 Dolphins head to Arizona for a meeting with Dan Williams and the 3-0 Cardinals.

Burnett started at linebacker last time out against the New York Jets finishing as the Dolphins leading tackler with nine tackles and a pass defended while Williams started at nose tackle notching one tackle and one fumble recovery.

Knoxville News Sentinel: Miami LB Burnett misses practice with foot injury
CBSSports Blog: Dolphins Notebook: Injuries mounting in Miam

Tampa Bay Buccaneers tight end Luke Stocker (88) makes a touchdown reception against the Dallas Cowboys during the first half of an NFL football game on Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Tim Sharp)

4:25 p.m. FOX


Washington Redskins vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Center

Washington (1-2) heads to Tampa Bay for a meeting with Luke Stocker and the Bucs (1-2).

Last time out, Stocker notched his first career NFL touchdown on his first catch of 2012, a 1-yard goal line grab.

New Orleans Saints vs. Green Bay Packers Game Center
Jabari Greer, Turk McBride and the Saints (0-3) head to Lambeau for a meeting with the Packers (1-2)

Greer started at left corner back for the Saints last time out notching five tackles, defending three passes and recording an interception for 28 yards. McBride was not active.

Sun Herald: Timeout with Gary Estwick (Jabari Greer)
San Antonio Express: NFL Injury Report

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/30)

The Vols battled back but were unable to come away with a victory at Georgia on Saturday, falling  in a shootout, 51-44. Check out Videos from the day including highlights (below) and post-game interviews.



Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Valiant Vols fall one TD short
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tyler Bray sees signs of improvement for Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley says defense 'better than ... showed'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dogs glad, but Vols can be proud, too
- Inside Tennessee: More from Moore
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Turnovers, defense undermine effort
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT offense proves it can play catch-up
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Report Card: Tennessee-Georgia
- Sports Illustrated: Georgia survives Tennessee scare


From the Georgia media, here are their stories:

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: What they said after Georgia-Tennessee game
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Dogs overcome special-teams woes against Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Alec Ogletree, Bacarri Rambo return in force
- Independent Mail: Ogletree, Rambo shine in return

Smith Moves Into a Tie For Lead

After shooting 4-under par 68 in the second round at the Daytona Beach Invitational, Nicole Smith has taken a share of the lead. The former Lady Vol racked up seven birdies to bring her two-round total to 7-under par 137 to become one step closer to earning her LPGA card.

Smith is currently tied with Courtney Massey and Daniela Iacobelli for the lead. The Riverside, Calif., product tees off for the final round at 9:35 a.m. Sunday. You can view the complete list of pairings for round 2 here and live stats of the tournament are available here.

Smith has been part of the Symetra Tour's Volvik Race for the Card. The top-10 finishers on the money list at the conclusion of the tour will earn their LPGA cards. Smith is currently ninth on the list.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/29)

GAMEDAY is here as the Vols will take on Georgia between the hedges this afternoon at 3:30 p.m., on CBS. Get all your game info here: FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols at #5 Georgia.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols 'motivated' as 2-TD underdogs
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dooley's pep talk needs 'Why?' and 'Why not?'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's A.J. Johnson keeps making big impacts
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee vs. Georgia matchups
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Must-see matchups
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things: Vols vs. Georgia

The latest on the Bulldogs includes:

- Associated Press: UT-Georgia will test scoreboard
- Athens Banner-Herald: GAMEDAY
- Athens Banner-Herald: 1. Remain stout in red zone
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Preview: UGA vs. Tennessee
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: UGA's tailbacks command attention
- Chattanooga Times FRee Press: UGA QB Aaron Murray rewards line with ice cream

Sneak Peek Of R.A. Dickey Interview

UTSports.com caught up with former Vols star pitcher and Cy Young Award candidate R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets. Check out what he had to say about his Tennessee Roots as part of a full feature that will be online early next week. 

Smith Two Rounds Away From LPGA Card

Former Tennessee golfer Nicole Smith is two rounds away from becoming the fourth Lady Vol to earn her LPGA card.

Smith is competing in her final tournament of the Symetra Tour where she is currently ninth on the money list. The top 10 finishes earn their LPGA cards at the conclusion of the Symetra Tour, which is the Daytona Beach Invitational this weekend.

The Riverside, Calif., native is currently in a tie for third after the first round, where she carded 3-under par 69. Smith shot three birdies and one eagle on the day. Even with Smith after the first round is Sara-Maude Juneau, who is $372 behind Smith on the Symetra Tour money list.

Smith tees off her second round at 9:15 a.m. Saturday morning. You can view the complete list of pairings for round 2 here.

Live stats of the tournament can be found here.

Tennessee Update: Soccer Blog (9/28)

In the Southeastern Conference's season-long celebration of 20 years of SEC soccer, Brian Rice catches up with Tennessee great Kylee Rossi (2005-08). Rossi, now an assistant coach at Monmouth, was a 2007 All-American for the Lady Vols and owns UT's records for career points (102), goals (43), game-winning goals (15) and golden goals (4). Check out Brian Rice's great story!

SEC Soccer at 20: Kylee Rossi


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Also, Mike Griffith of the News Sentinel recently did a feature on Ashlee Burt, who is recovering from a knee injury she suffered in the Vanderbilt game. Ashlee is in great spirits and we all wish her a speedy recovery!

News Sentinel: Ashlee Burt ready to move on past knee injury


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Tennessee Update: Volleyball Blog (9/28)

The No. 25 Tennessee volleyball team has a nine-day break before hosting SEC foes Missouri and Georgia at Thompson-Boling Arena next weekend. Prior to UT's match at Kentucky on Wednesday, WVLT caught up with freshman Ashlyn Sunseri and talked about her relationship with her father, Sal, the Vol football defensive coordinator.

Jamal Lewis Enters Ravens Ring of Honor

Jamal Lewis

Check out coverage from BaltimoreRavens.com: J. Lewis Gets Goose Bumps At Ring of Honor

The Baltimore Sun has an article on Jamal Lewis after induction into Ring of Honor: 'It never gets old'. Here is an excerpt: 

In an emotional speech, Lewis thanked Ravens fans, his teammates and especially Newsome for so many memorable years in Baltiimore.

"It felt great to be out there in front of the fans and on the field; without the pads on, of course," Lewis said afterward. "But it was a great deal, just a great honor."

"Like I said, it never gets old," he said. "I still get the goose bumps and the hairs. But the good part about it is, I didn't have to go out and suit up and play for 60 minutes."


Happy Birthday - Sept. 28 - Coombes, Loftus, Meachem

On Sept. 28, we wish Happy Birthday to junior defensive back Tyler Coombes of the football team, sophomore swimmer Molly Loftus and former Vols star receiver and current San Diego Charger Robert Meachem.

Tyler Coombes  Molly Loftus

Robert Meachem Robert Meachem #12 of the San Diego Chargers catches a forty six yard pass over Ron Bartell #21 of the Oakland Raiders in the first quarter of the season opener at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on September 10, 2012 in Oakland, California.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/28)

The Vols will depart for Georgia this afternoon. Get the latest in the VOL REPORT: On the Road Again. Everything you need to know about the game can be found here:  FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols at #5 Georgia.

From the media perspective, check out the following articles:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's A.J. Johnson keeps making big impacts
- Inside Tennessee: Vol assistants talk Dawgs
- Inside Tennessee: All about contain
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee-Georgia Preview Capsule
- Volquest: A 60 minute fight

News out of Georgia includes:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UGA QB Aaron Murray rewards line with ice cream

Vols In NFL Thursday Night Football (9/27)

Cleveland Browns vs. Baltimore Ravens Game Center

Morgan Cox and the Ravens play host to Montario Hardesty and the Cleveland Browns in the week three edition of Thursday Night Football. The game will be featured on NFL Network.

The Ravens enter the game after a short week and are coming off of a 31-30 victory over the New England Patriots, earning the victory on a game-winning field goal kicked as time expired. Cox was on hand to snap the ball on the game-winner.

Montario Hardesty did not play the last time out for the Browns, who lost to Buffalo at home 24-14.

The Ravens have won eight-straight matchups with the Browns.

Stanley Morgan Named 2013 NFL Hall of Fame Nominee

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Complete Release

The complete list of candidates for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 was released Thursday and consists of 127 nominees comprised of 89 players, 14 coaches and 24 contributors.

One of those 127 nominees is former Vol and wide receiver Stanley Morgan, who spent the majority of his career with the New England Patriots (1977-1989) and finished his NFL career with the Indianapolis Colts in 1990.

Morgan, a native of Easley, S.C. played for the Vols from 1973-76. He was taken in the first round of the 1977 NFL Draft as the 25th overall pick for the Patriots. A four-time Pro-Bowler (1980, 81, 87, 88) Morgan and the Patriots also made an appearance in the 1986 Super Bowl.

Class of 2013 Selection Timeline
Aug: Culp, Robinson named seniors>>>
Sept. 27: Preliminary nominees named
Nov: Preliminary nominees trimmed to 25 semifinalists
Jan: 15 modern-era finalists to join two seniors
Feb. 2: Class of 2013 selection meeting


Modern-era nominees breakdown
Offense (53)
QB - 7; RB - 14; WR - 12; TE - 2; OL - 18
Defense (31)
DL - 12; LB - 7; DB - 12
Special Teams (5)
K/P - 4; Position Player - 1
Coaches (14)
Contributors (24)

Vols In The CFL and UFL Update (9/27)

CFL UPDATE

With just six games remaining in the CFL regular season, let's take a look at how the CFL Vols are doing.

Jermaine Copeland - Asst. Coach Hamilton Tiger-Cats

The Tiger-Cats are 4-8 on the season with six games remaining and will play host to the first place (East Division) Montreal Alouettes on Friday, Sept. 8 at 7 p.m.



Jonathan Hefney - Defensive Back Winnipeg Blue Bombers

In 12 games this season, Hefney has recorded 49 tackles, two tackles for loss, one sack, had one interception and recovered a fumble for the Blue Bombers. Hefney had a season high seven tackles against Toronto on July 18.

The Blue Bombers are 3-9 on the season but are coming off of a 34-12 victory over Hamilton. They currently sit in last place in the East division and have yet to win a road game this season. Winnipeg will play host to Toronto Saturday night at 6 p.m.

Demonte' Bolden - Defensive Lineman Calgary Stampeders

Bolden returned to the gridiron for the Stampeders in mid-August and has recorded 11 tackles and a sack since then in six games played.

Demetrice Morley - Linebacker Calgary Stampeders

Morley has played in just two games this season for the Stampeders registering 10 tackles and a sack.

The Stampeders are currently in second place in the West division with a 7-5 record, the third best record in the CFL this season. This week Calgary will face Edmonton welcoming the Eskimos this Friday night at 8 p.m.

UFL UPDATE

The UFL Season was officially underway September 17. This year's UFL features four teams, the Las Vegas Locos, Omaha Nighthawks, Sacramento Mountain Lions and Virginia Destroyers.

Four Vols are a part of the UFL this year as Savion Frazier and DeAngelo Willingham play for Virginia, Jonathan Wade is a member of the Mountain Lions and Albert Toeaina is on the Las Vegas Locos.

The Locos began the season with a 0-0 tie against Virginia Wednesday night.

Toeaina got the start at right guard while Frazier finished with three tackles and a tackle for loss for the Destroyers. Willingham did not play.

Wade and the Mountain Lions will open their season against the Nighthawks on Friday night.








Happy Birthday - Sept. 27: Katherine Changes, Izzy Harrison, Matt Simms

On Sept. 27, we wish Happy Birthday to Katherine Changes of the rowing team, Isabelle Harrison of the women's basketball team and former Vols quarterback Matt Simms, who was in New York Jets training camp.


Katherine Changes  Isabelle Harrison  Matt Simms

More News On Lewis' Entry To Ravens Ring Of Honor

Former Vols star Jamal Lewis will enter the Ravens Ring Of Honor on Thursday night as part of the Ravens-Browns game in Baltimore. Check out the latest stories on Lewis. 

- Baltimore Ravens Coverage: Jamal Lewis

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/27)

The Vols will head to Georgia on Friday as UT will continue its rivalry with the Bulldogs. The Vols will be seeking their first win over a Top 10 team since knocking off UGA in the 2006 meeting, 51-33. Check out the latest VOL REPORT: Taking The Next Step




Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Byron Moore leads UT safeties
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols face tough test in Georgia defense
- Inside Tennessee: All about contain
- Inside Tennessee: Vol assistants talk Dawgs
- Volquest: Big plays, big key

News on the Georgia front includes:

- Dawg Post: Mitchell's Move(s)
- Savannah Morning News: UGA NOTEBOOK: New focus on punt returns

Dooley On Radio Shows; Vol Calls At 8 p.m.

Be sure to tune in across the state of Tennessee to various radio appearances by Vols head coach Derek Dooley on Wednesday night.

Dooley will be on 92.9 FM in Memphis with Gary Parrish at 6:30 p.m. ET/5:30 p.m. CT. 

Then at 6:45 p.m. ET/5:45 p.m. CT, Dooley will be on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville with 3HL (Clay Travis, Brent Dougherty, Blaine Bishop)

To wrap up the night, Vol Calls takes place at Calhoun's on the River at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT as Derek Dooley will join Bob Kesling of the Vol Network. 

Vols-Georgia Game Pits O'Brien Award Hopefuls

Saturday's matchup of Tennessee at Georgia will showcase two quarterbacks on the Davey O'Brien Watch List and is listed as the top "Other Notable Game" after the marquee matchup between No. 25 Baylor at No. 9 West Virginia. The Vols are quarterbacked by junior Tyler Bray while the Bulldogs are led by Aaron Murray. 


Fans are invited to cast their vote for the nation's best college quarterback as often as once daily at www.VoteOBrien.org. The Fan Vote counts as five percent during each round of the voting process, and is combined with the results from the Davey O'Brien National Selection Committee, which is comprised of journalists, broadcasters, commentators and former winners. The 2012 Davey O'Brien Winner will be announced on The Home Depot College Football Awards airing Dec. 6 on ESPN and will be honored at the 36th Annual Davey O'Brien Awards Dinner on Feb. 18, 2013 in Fort Worth, Texas.

Lewis Going Into Ravens Ring Of Honor


Former Vols star back Jamal Lewis will become the sixth player to enter the Baltimore Ravens Ring Of Honor on Thursday night when the Browns come to the Charm City. Lewis, drafted by Baltimore with the fifth overall pick out of Tennessee in 2000, played with the Ravens for seven seasons. With Baltimore, Lewis rushed the ball 1,822 times for 7,801 yards. Both are franchise records.

In 2003, Lewis ran for 2,066 yards, the most for any Ravens player in a single season. It also ranks second in league history, behind Eric Dickerson's 2,105 total in 1984. He finished his 10-year career with 10,607 rushing yards, which ranks 21st in NFL history.

Lewis' 2000 performance as a rookie helped lead Baltimore to a Super Bowl championship as he ran for 1,364 yards.

"The reason why we were able to win the Super Bowl in 2000 was because of Jamal Lewis," general manager Ozzie Newsome said. 


Check out more coverage here:

- BaltimoreRavens.com: Transcripts 9/17 - Jamal Lewis Ring Of Honor Press Conference

- BaltimoreRavens.com: Presser: Jamal Lewis Inducted In Ring Of Honor

- BaltimoreRavens.com: Jamal Lewis Going Into Ring Of Honor

- BaltimoreRavens.com: Jamal Lewis Explains Emotions Of Getting Inducted

- Baltimore Sun: Jamal Lewis on being selected for Ring of Honor

- Baltimore Sun: We might not see a 'dinosaur' like Jamal Lewis again

- CBS Sports.com: Ravens inducting former RB Jamal Lewis into Ring of Honor

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/26)

The Vols head to Georgia for their first true road game of the season on Saturday. Get the latest in the VOL REPORT: 'Play Like Men'.



Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Can these Vols pull off another Sanford shocker?
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dogs defend 'totally different' Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols, Dogs quarterbacks good friends
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Mark Richt reminds Dogs of '04 Vols upset
- GoVols247: Richt talks Tennessee
- Inside Tennessee: Ready to bite back at 'Dawgs
- Inside Tennessee: Vol offense moving forward
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Derrick Brodus helps kick a bad habit
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bray's body language under the microscope
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Derek Dooley finds few flaws with Georgia
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols wary of Dogs' big plays

News on the Georgia front includes:

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: A look at UGA's next opponent: Tennessee
- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: Bulldogs refine their transition team
- Dawg Nation: No overlooking the Vols

Vols In NFL Wrap Up (9/25)

Week Three is officially over. Take a look at how the NFL Vols did.

Player

Pos.

Team

vs./at Week 3

Result

Stats

Jason Allen

CB

Cincinnati

at Washington

W, 38-31

1st app of 2012,

2 tackles

Robert Ayers

DE

Denver

vs. Houston

L, 25-31

Played, no stats

Eric Berry

DB

Kansas City

at New Orleans

W, 27-24 OT

Started SS, 8 tackles ,

1 TFL

Kevin Burnett

LB

Miami

vs. NY Jets

L, 20-23 OT

Started LB, led Miami

with 9 tackles, pass def.

Britton Colquitt

P

Denver

vs. Houston

L, 25-31

8 punts, 42.8 avg. 3 I-20

Dustin Colquitt

P

Kansas City

at New Orleans

W, 27-24 OT

5 punts, 41.6 avg. 4 I-20

Morgan Cox

LS

Baltimore

vs. New England

W, 31-30

Snapped on all punts

and kicks including Ravens'

Game winning FG

Arian Foster

RB

Houston

at  Denver

W, 31-25

25 rush-105 yds. 

1 catch, 3 yds. TD

Ramon Foster

OT

Pittsburgh

at Oakland

L, 24-21

Started at RG

Aubrayo Franklin

DT

San Diego

vs. Atlanta

L, 3-27

4 tackles

Jabari Greer

CB

New Orleans

vs. Kansas City

L, 24-27 OT

Started LCB, 5 tackles,

1 INT-28 yds. 3 Pass. Def.

Nick Guess

LS

Oakland

Released Sept. 19



Parys Haralson

LB

San Francisco

at Minnesota

L, 13024

Injured Reserve

Montario Hardesty

RB

Cleveland

vs. Buffalo

L, 14-24

Did not play

Malik Jackson

DE

Denver

vs. Houston

L, 25-31

1 tackle

Peyton Manning

QB

Denver

vs. Houston

L, 25-31

26-52, 330 yds.

2 TDs 0 INT

Jerod Mayo

LB

New England

at Baltimore

L, 30-31

Started LB,

game-high 11 tackles

Turk McBride

DE

New Orleans

vs. Kansas City

L, 24-27 OT

Not active

Tony McDaniel

DE

Miami

vs. NY Jets

L, 20-23 OT

Not active

Robert Meachem

WR

San Diego

vs. Atlanta

L, 3-27

4 catches, 43 yds.

Marvin Mitchell

LB

Minnesota

vs. San Francisco

W, 24-13

Started WLB, 1 tackle, 1 FR

Denarius Moore

WR

Oakland

vs. Pittsburgh

W, 34-31

Started WR, 5 catches

45 yards, 1 TD (1st of 2012)

Tauren Poole

RB

Carolina

vs. NY Giants

L, 7-36

Injured Reserve

Chris Scott

OL

Green Bay

vs. Chicago

W, 23-10

Practice Squad

Jarrod Shaw

OL

Cleveland

at Cincinnati

L, 27-34

Practice Squad

Luke Stocker

TE

Tampa Bay

at Dallas

L, 10-16

Notched his first career TD

on a 1-yd catch

Scott Wells

C

St. Louis

at Chicago

L, 6-23

Injured Reserve

Dan Williams

DT

Arizona

vs. Philadelphia

W, 27-6

Started NT, 1 tackle 1 FR

Jason Witten

TE

Dallas

at Seattle

L, 7-27

Started TE, 2 rec. 8 yds. 


Atop The Record Book
With his 330 yard effort against Houston Sunday, Peyton Manning registered his 64th career 300-yard game passing Dan Marino (63) for the most in NFL History.
 
First Time's A Charm
Notching the Bucs first TD of the game on Sunday, Luke Stocker also recorded his first career NFL touchdown on a one yard pass from Josh Freeman. The catch was also his first of 2012 and 13th of his career.


Bray, Moore Earn TSWA Football Awards

Tennessee's Tyler Bray and Byron Moore were named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Offensive and Defensive Players of the Week, respectively, on Tuesday after their performances in games this past Saturday. 

Bray completed 27-of-43 passes for 401 yards, four touchdowns and one interception in UT's 47-26 win over Akron. The Kingsburg, Calif., native recorded his second career 400-yard passing game and his ninth career 300-yard passing game. Bray has two of the three 400-yard passing games in UT history.  He also recorded his sixth career game of four or more touchdown passes.

Moore intercepted two passes and finished with 10 tackles and one pass break-up versus Akron. Carson, Calif., native is tied for second in the SEC with three interceptions this season and also recorded the first multi-interception game for the Vols since Eric Berry in 2007.

 

Happy Birthday - Sept. 25: Erin Champion

On Sept. 25, we send Happy Birthday wishes to Erin Champion, pole vaulter on the track & field team. 

Erin Champion

ON TOUR: ATP Rankings (9/24/12)

Here are the Vols' updated ATP Tour rankings as of Sept. 24, 2012. The Vols are listed by highest singles ranking first. The number in parenthesis denotes change from previous week.


John-Patrick Smith

Singles: 228 (+2)

Doubles: 140 (+1)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week ... Playing in Brazil next week at the $35,000+H Belem Challenger.


Rhyne Williams

Singles: 270 (-17)

Doubles: 301 (-29)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week ...  Playing in the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger next week. 


Tennys Sandgren

Singles: 313 (0)

Doubles: 227 (0)

Note: Swept the singles and doubles titles last week at a $15,000 Futures in Canada ... Off this week ... Playing in the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger next week.


Matteo Fago

Singles: 955 (+23)

Doubles: 1573 (N/A)

Note: Reached the second round of a $10,000 Futures in Italy last week ... Off this week ... Off next week.


Adam Hubble

Singles: 1285 (+10)

Doubles: 164 (+2)

Note: Off last week ... Off this week ... Playing in the $100,000 Sacramento Challenger next week ... Closing in on his career-best rank of 146 (8/2/2010).

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/25)

The Vols had their first practice of Georgia week on Monday, check out the VOL REPORT: Gauntlet Begins with Georgia. You can watch Derek Dooley's press conference here:

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Associated Press: Vols' defense producing big plays both good and bad

- Associated Press: Vols entering toughest portion of schedule

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols wary of Dogs' big plays

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Rajion Neal strengthens hold as UT tailback

- GoVols247: Stone: Dawgs give UT familiar feel

- GoVols247: Notes: 'Still searching' for backup

- Inside Tennessee: Vol Notebook

- Inside Tennessee: Slowing down the Dawgs

- Inside Tennessee: Impending gauntlet starts with No. 5 Georgia

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dooley: Stopping Georgia's Gurley will take team effort

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee has high praise for quarterback Aaron Murray

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Solid as a rock Stone hasn't had snapping issues this season

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols got 'affected' last trip to Athens

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Anti-UT quarterback club could add new member

- Nooga.com: Tennessee: Week 4 grades

- Volquest: Balanced 'Dawgs present challenge

- Volquest: Run game preparing for big challenge

- Volquest: Red zone improvement critical, more notes


News on Georgia includes:

- Associated Press: Georgia quiet on return of Rambo, Ogletree

- Athens Banner-Herald: UGA's Gurley named SEC Freshman of the Week

- Athens Banner-Herald: Bulldogs' Mitchell transitioning to bigger role on offense

- Athens Banner-Herald: Healthy and hungry, Bulldogs' Brown ready to take on Volunteers again

- Athens Banner-Herald: Dogs' OL Burnette gets answer he was hoping for with taped marriage proposal

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UGA needed time with 3-4 'D' UT now uses

- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: Vince Dooley readies for his annual Awkward Bowl

- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer: Georgia football notes: Malcolm Mitchell working with Bulldogs

- Newton Citizen: Will the Bulldogs be at full strength?

Happy Birthday - Sept. 24: Ryan Kilmartin & Sara Monberg

Happy Birthday on Sept. 24 to former men's basketball player Ryan Kilmartin and senior women's golfer Sara Monberg.

Ryan Kilmartin  Sara Monberg

Smith One Tournament Away from LPGA Card

Former Lady Vol Nicole Smith is becoming one step closer to punching her LPGA card as she tied for 23rd at the Vidalia Championship over the weekend.

Smith carded a 5-over par 221 total to contribute to her top-10 ranking on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. She currently is ranked ninth on the list with one tournament remaining, the Daytona Beach Invitational presented by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University next weekend.

Smith would become the fourth Lady Vol to earn her LPGA card, joining Angela Oh, Jessica Shepley and Young-A Yang.

OFFICIAL MONEY LIST - 2012
Last Updated: Sunday, September 23, 2012
RankPreviousPlayerMoneyEvents Played
13Paola Moreno$50,293.0011
21Esther Choe$45,547.005
32Victoria Elizabeth$43,416.0015
415Thidapa Suwannapura$41,905.0012
54Mi Hyang Lee$38,786.0013
65Julia Boland$37,142.0015
77Jenny Gleason$35,592.0010
86Jenny Suh$33,467.0014
98Nicole Smith$32,536.0015
1017Sara-Maude Juneau$32,164.0014

Lady Vol Hoops in the News (Sept. 24, 2012)

Tennessee Update: Volleyball Blog (9/24)

The No. 21 Tennessee Lady Vol volleyball team rebounded after a Friday night loss vs. Arkansas to defeat a tough South Carolina squad on Sunday afternoon at Thompson-Boling Arena. On the weekend, sophomore setter Mary Pollmiller eclipsed the 2,000-assist plateau and Kelsey Robinson posted her fifth career 20/20 match, becoming the first Lady Vol to achieve that feat. Check out highlights from Sunday's win and a few stories from around Knoxville.

Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols volleyball resets focus, bounces back against South Carolina 
The Daily Beacon: Lady Vols rebound against SC
Tennessee Journalist: Volleyball bounces back, beats Gamecocks in four

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/24)

Georgia week is underway as the Vols are back at practice on Monday morning. Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols get a shot at redemption
- Inside Tennessee: More from Moore
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols more road kill than road warriors
- UT Daily Beacon: Vols limp to victory, 47-26
- Volquest: The Day After

News on the Bulldogs includes: 

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Richt's Sunday call: talking Tennessee and more
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Balanced attack benefits UGA

Moore, Brodus Earn Weekly Honors

Junior Byron Moore is quickly becoming one of the top playmakers on the Vol defense and continued to prove that on Saturday, intercepting two passes and recording a career high 10 tackles in Tennessee's 47-26 win over Akron. 

For his effort, Moore was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Week by SouthernPigskin.com. 

Moore also joined junior kicker Derrick Brodus as a College Football Performance Awards Honorable Mention Player of the Week. 

Brodus tied the Tennessee single-game scoring record by a placekicker with 17 points after knocking four field goals through the uprights and going a perfect 5-for-5 on extra points in the win over the Zips. 


Happy Birthday - Sept. 23: Zach Fulton & Cuonzo Martin

On Sept. 23, we send Happy Birthday wishes to football lineman Zach Fulton and men's basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin.

Zach Fulton  Cuonzo Martin

Vols In NFL - Gameday (9/23)

Week three of the NFL Regular Season is here and 25 NFL Vols will be back in action. Take a look .

1 p.m. FOX

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Dallas Cowboys Game Center
It the battle of the NFL Vol tight ends when Luke Stocker and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) head to Dallas to face off with Jason Witten and the Cowboys (1-1).

Last week Stocker earned the start at tight end, but registered no stats. Witten earned the start and made 4 catches for 58 yards, becoming just the third tight end ever to make 700 career catches. In 10 seasons, Witten has made 702 career catches. He is also the second player in Cowboys history to make 700 receptions (Michael Irvin 750).

ESPN: Jason Witten ready to show he's not slowing down
Fort Worth Star Telegram: Cowboys need Jason Witten to play like Jason Witten
NBCSports.com: Jason Witten: I just didn't catch the ball

St. Louis Rams vs Chicago Bears Game Center
Scott Wells' St. Louis Rams (1-1) head to Chicago for a meeting with the Bears (1-1).

Last week, Wells has earned the start at center for the second week in a row for the Rams. However, Wells injured his foot early into the game and will be out for about 6 weeks.

Washington Post: St. Louis Rams dealing with more injuries along offensive line
CBS Local: St. Louis Rams Offensive Line Still A Work In Progress


San Francisco 49ers vs. Minnesota Vikings Game Center
This is the battle of the NFL Vol linebackers as Parys Haralson's undefeated 49ers (2-0) head to Minnesota for a meeting with the Marvin Mitchell and the Vikings (1-1).

Haralson, of course will not be playing after suffering a season ending injury in the preseason. Mitchell was not active last week after suffering a sprained ankle. But looks to return in a starting role for the Vikings this week.

Pioneer Press: Vikings' Erin Henderson to miss 49ers game with concussion-like symptoms
Yahoo! Sports: Vikings LB Henderson out against 49ers
1500ESPN: Notebook: With Erin Henderson out, Marvin Mitchell gets his chance

1 p.m. CBS

Buffalo Bills vs. Cleveland Browns Game Center
The Buffalo Bills (1-1) head to Cleveland for a meeting with Montario Hardesty and the Cleveland Browns (0-2) Sunday.

Hardesty saw action in week two, but registered no stats for the Browns.

KFFL: Browns | Montario Hardesty still waiting to play
Canton Repository: Young backs are key in Browns-Bills matchup

New York Jets vs. Miami Dolphins Game Center
Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and the Miami Dolphins (1-1) remain at home for the second week in a row when the New York Jets (1-1) come to town this week.

Burnett notched four tackles last week against the Oakland Raiders while McDaniel was not active.

Washington Post: Dolphins LB Kevin Burnett misses practice with foot injury; McDaniel..
Sun-Sentinel: Miami Dolphins LB Kevin Burnett returns to practice
WBFS: The Dolphins Look Strong; Jets Hurting On Both Sides Of The Ball

Kansas City Chiefs vs. New Orleans Saints Game Center
Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the Kansas City Chiefs (0-2) will head to New Orleans for a meeting with Jabari Greer, Turk McBride and the 0-2 Saints. Winner earns its first win of the season, loser falls to 0-3.

Berry finished last week's game with Buffalo with four tackles while Colquitt had 7 punts for a 44.7 avg. and landed 2 punts inside the 20.

Greer returned to action for the first time in 2012 for the Saints finishing with one tackle. McBride was not active.

Kansas City Star: Chiefs searching for a leader
NOLA.com: Jabari Greer set to return to the starting lineup
Arrowhead Pride: Turk McBride, Darren Sproles And More Chiefs-Saints Connections

Saints CB Jabari Greer excited to get back onto field, 'get some tackles

Cincinnati Bengals vs. Washington Redskins Game Center
Jason Allen and the Bengals (1-1) head to Washington for a meeting with the Redskins (1-1).

Last week Allen was not active as he is still recovering from an injury suffered during the preseason.

The Courier-Journal: Washington Redskins to test struggling defenses against Cincinnati Bengals

4:05 p.m. FOX

Atlanta Falcons vs. San Diego Chargers Game Center
The 2-0 Atlanta Falcons head to San Diego for a battle with Aubrayo Franklin, Robert Meachem and the 2-0 Chargers.

Last week Franklin tallied one tackle against the Titans while Meachem played but registered no stats at wide receiver.

Aug 24, 2012; Minneapolis, MN, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Robert Meachem (12) against the Minnesota Vikings at the Metrodome. The Chargers defeated the Vikings 12-10. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-US PRESSWIRE

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Arizona Cardinals Game Center
The 2-0 Eagles head to Arizona for a meeting with Dan Williams and the 2-0 Cardinals. Last week Williams played for the Cardinals creating disruption up front, but registered no stats.

4:25 p.m. CBS

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Oakland Raiders Game Center
Ramon Foster and the 1-1 Steelers head to Oakland for a meeting with Nick Guess, Denarius Moore and the 0-2 Oakland Raiders Sunday.

Foster earned the start at right guard for the Steelers for the second week in a row last week. While on the other side of things, Moore saw his first action of the 2012 season finishing the game with three catches for 67 yards. Nick Guess, did not play.

Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Ed: Gilbert, Foster 'Should be Fine'



Houston Texans vs. Denver Broncos Game Center
Arian Foster and the Houston Texans head to Denver for a meeting with Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos.

Last week against the Jaguars, Foster became the leading rusher in Texans history putting up 28 rushes for 100 yards and a touchdown. He also tacked on six catches for 37 yards. He upped his career total to 3,286, passing Domanick Davis who had 3,195 rushing yards for the franchise from 2003-05.

For the Broncos, Ayers played but notched no stats, Colquitt booted five punts for a 50.6 avg. dropping three inside the 20 yard line, Jackson also played but tallied no stats and Manning finished 24-for-37 for 241 yards with one touchdown and three INTs.

Houston
Denver Post: Texans at Broncos: Five things to watch
FS Houston: Tate, Foster powering Texans' run game
Denver Post: Some fatherly advice kept Texans RB Arian Foster on track to NFL
Denver Post: Texans tailback Arian Foster used to taking the road less traveled
NFL Spin Zone: Photo of the Week: Arian Foster Gets Fresh New Haircut

Denver
National Football Post: How will Manning, Denver game plan for Houston?
Denver Post: Peyton Manning's bad quarter doesn't worry those around Broncos
Longmont Daily Times-Call: Manning puts bad game behind him

8:20 p.m. NBC
New England Patriots vs. Baltimore Ravens Game Center
The Sunday Night football game pitts two AFC contenders against each other as Jerod Mayo and the New England Patriots (1-1) head to Baltimore for a meeting with Morgan Cox and the Ravens (1-1).

Mayo finished last weeks game with nine tackles to give him 22 for the season, third in the NFL. Cox took part in all of the long snaps for Baltimore last week against the Eagles.

Yahoo! Sports: Pair of Patriots fined for hits vs. Cardinals
WEEI.com: Jerod Mayo: If you like physical football, you'll love Sunday Night Football
SI.com: Jerod Mayo and Young Linebackers Lead Improved New England Patriots
Baltimore Sun: Ravens have a backup long snapper -- even if they're not saying

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Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/23)

The Vols Zapped Zips, 47-26 on Saturday night. Check out Videos and a feature: Moore Steps Up with More Interceptions.



Here are stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols beat Zips with late heroics, 47-26
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Report Card: Tennessee-Akron
- Sports Network: Recap: Tennessee vs. Akron

Also from Akron:

Happy Birthday - Sept. 22: Shane Kleinbeck & Sam Tabor

On Sept. 22, we send Happy Birthday wishes to sophomore swimmer Shane Kleinbeck and sophomore track & field athlete Sam Tabor.


Shane Kleinbeck  Sam Tabor

Lady Vols Furman Fall Classic Tennis Update (9/22)

Day two of doubles competition has wrapped up at the Furman Fall Classic.

In the flight one championship match, Caitlyn Williams and Joanna Henderson fell to their counterparts from North Carolina, 8-4. The duo finished second in their first competition together in 2012, and in just their seventh match together as a partnership.

Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely took home fifth place in flight one after defeating Jaklin Alawi and Dominika Kanakova from South Carolina 8-5 in their final doubles match of the tournament.

The freshman duo of Tiffany Tavares and Mimi Fotopoulos earned their first doubles victory of the season in the flight two seventh place match with a 8-6 win over the host team's duo of Michele Stanford and Amanda Murray.

Day Two Doubles Results
F1 Championship Match Kay/Dai (UNC) def. Williams/Henderson (UT), 8-4
F1 5th Place Boren/Szekely (UT) def. Alawi/Kanakova (USC), 8-5
F2 7th Place Tavares/Fotopoulous (UT) def. Stanford/Murray (FU), 8-6


Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/22)

GAMEDAY is here! Get all the latest on tonight's matchup in: FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols vs. Akron. All your fan information can be found here: Football Gameday Information.

The media has the following stories on Saturday:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Big Vol working to improve, control intensity
- Inside Tennessee: Safety shuffle
- Inside Tennessee: Airing it out
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things: Tennessee vs. Akron
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Must-watch matchups

From the Akron perspective:

- Akron Beacon Journal: UA football: Travel by the numbers

Lady Vols Furman Fall Classic Tennis Update (9/21)

The doubles competition is over on day one of the Furman Fall Classic.

The duo of Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams find themselves in the flight one doubles finals after defeating both of their opponents from South Carolina and Alabama in rounds one and two of the doubles tournament Friday morning.

The No. 34 ranked doubles pair of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely fell in the first round of doubles play to their opponents from UNC but rebounded with a round two victory to move on to the fifth place game on Saturday morning.

The freshman duo of Tiffany Tavares and Mimi Fotopolous fell twice on day one and will play in the flight two 7th place game Saturday morning.

Full Results from Friday morning

Doubles Results from the Furman Fall Classic
Doubles Round One

F1 Williams/Henderson (UT) def. Alawi/Kanakova (USC), 8-4
F1 Kay/Dai (UNC) def. Boren/Szekely (UT), 8-2
F2 Borthwick/Vriens (FSU) def. Tavares/Fotopoulous (UT), 8-2

Doubles Round Two
F1 Boren/Szekely (UT) def. Kline/Moreno (FU), 8-2
F1 Williams/Henderson (UT) def. Macfarlane/Jansen (UA), 8-6
F2 Zabor/Ebada (UA) def. Tavares/Fotopoulous (UT), 8-3

Williams/Henderson to the flight one finals Saturday at 9 a.m.
Boren/Szekely to the flight one fifth place game Saturday at 9 a.m.
Tavares/Fotopolous to the flight two seventh place game Saturday at 9 a.m.

Tennessean Climbs 7 Summits For Alzheimer's Awareness

Alan Arnette is an experienced mountain climber who has completed the 7 Summits in honor of Alzheimer's awareness.

From December 2010 to October 2011, Arnette climbed the 7 Summits, which are the tallest mountain peaks on each of the seven continents - Everest in Nepal, Aconcagua in Argentina, Denali in Alaska, Kilimanjaro in Africa, Elbrus in Russia, Vinson in Antarctica and the Carstensz in New Guinea.

The Memphis-native will share his story at the Pat Summitt Foundation's The 7 Summits Climb for Alzheimer's: Memories are Everything. The event takes place Oct. 7 at the Harold and Jean Lambert Recital Hall in the Clayton Center for the Arts in Maryville. All money raised will go to the Pat Summitt Fund for education, support services and research to defeat Alzheimer's.

"I am so impressed by Pat Summitt for having the courage to go public and raise awareness and help erase the stigma," Arnette said. "I am honored to be a part of this event."

Arnette travels around the country in the name of awareness and a cure.

You can check out his complete story at the link below.

The Daily Times: Native Tennessean climbs 7 summits for Alzheimer's awareness

In the News: John Collins

With the fall tennis season starting today in Waco, Texas, the Knoxville News Sentinel ran this feature story on the senior transfer John Collins and his journey from his home college in Maryland to Tennessee for his final season.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/21)

The Vols will take on Akron on Saturday night in what figures to be a high-scoring game between two powerful offenses. Check out VOL REPORT: Making Changes.

Get all your game info in: FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols vs. Akron

The latest fro the media includes:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Justin Coleman replaces Teague as starter
- Inside Tennessee: Bully ball
- Inside Tennessee: Coleman moves into lineup
- Inside Tennessee: Airing it out
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Should Vols beware a MAC attack?

News on the Akron Zips includes: 

Happy Birthday - Sept. 21: Tom Smith, Tyler Summitt

On Sept. 21, we send Happy Birthday wishes to sophomore football tailback Tom Smith and former Vols basketball guard, Tyler Summitt, son of legendary coach Pat Summitt and current Marquette assistant basketball coach. 


Tom Smith  Tyler Summitt

Vote Tennessee For Southern Living's Best Tailgate

Vote for Tennessee for having the best Tailgate in the South. Southern Living is running a poll for the greatest pregame parties. Vote now for the Vols: VOTE
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Happy Birthday - Sept. 20: Swimmer Clint Johnson & Golfer Rick Lamb

On Sept. 20, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior swimmer Clint Johnson and senior golfer Rick Lamb.

Clint Johnson  Rick Lamb

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/20)

Check out the latest from the Vols' coordinators as well as kickers Derrick Brodus and Michael Palardy in VOL REPORT: Learning from Adversity.


Here are the latest stories from the media: 


- Associated Press: Second-half woes haunting Vols
- Inside Tennessee: Zone-read blues
- Inside Tennessee: Vol 'D' coaches hunting answers
- Inside Tennessee: Offensive staff goes on record
- Inside Tennessee: Vol Notebook: Game 3

Here are the latest stories from Akron's side:

Knuckleball!, featuring R.A. Dickey, Now Available on VOD

Dickey

Knuckleball!, a film by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg featuring former Vol and current New York Mets starting pitcher R.A. Dickey is now available both online and on video on-demand

Vol fans can watch the documentary on the "mercurial art form" through the on-demand feature of their local cable provider or online via iTunes, YouTube, Amazon Instant Video, XBox Live, Vudu HD Movies, the PlayStation Network or CinemaNow. 

The movie is also premiering at select theaters across the nation.

Vol Calls - Wednesday Night At 8 p.m.

Be sure to listen to Vol Calls on the Vol Network on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Coach Derek Dooley will take questions from fans and talk about the Florida and Akron games. 

Check here to listen: UTSports.com/AllAccess.

Tennessee Update: Track & Field Blog (9/19)

 

Former Lady Vol and Olympic Gold medalist DeeDee Trotter joined fellow Olympians and Paralympians on the White House lawn on Friday to meet President Barack Obama and celebrate representing Team USA in London. Below is a story from the Knoxville News Sentinel on Trotter and her experience in Washington, D.C. She won gold in the 4x400m relay and bronze in the 400m.

Happy Birthday - Sept. 19: Nikki Brice & Kata Szekely

On Sept. 19, we send Happy Birthday wishes to sophomore volleyball player Nikki Brice and tennis senior Kata Szekely.

Nikki Brice  Kata Szekely

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/19)

Tennessee has hit the middle of the week in terms of prep for Saturday's foe Akron. Check out the VOL REPORT: Looking In The Mirror. Also from Tuesday on UTSports.com: 




News from the media includes:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Derek Dooley stirs Vols to quick 'refocus'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' 'frustrated' Bray looks forward
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Georgia trip will be new Dooley definer
- Inside Tennessee: Vols hit reset button
- Marietta Daily Journal: Kell product Randolph to miss season
- Volquest: Finding a balance

News out of Akron includes:

- Columbus Dispatch: No Shortcuts At Akron

Vols-Florida: Most-Watched College Football Game Last Weekend

The Tennessee-Florida football game was the most-watched college football game for the week of Sept. 15. ESPN's broadcast led all games with 5,076,000 total viewers for Florida's 37-20 victory over the Vols.
  

The game garnered a rating of 30.1 in Knoxville, meaning nearly one in every three homes in the area were tuned into the Vols football game.

The ABC Saturday Night Football broadcast - a 20-3 Notre Dame win over Michigan State - was the week's second most-viewed game, averaging 4,977,000 viewers.

In addition, ESPNU's coverage of Pittsburgh's 35-17 upset over then-No. 13 Virginia Tech was ESPNU's most-viewed college football game in the noon window, averaging 679,000 viewers. Overall, ESPN2 and ESPNU are posting viewership growth for its game telecasts over the same point last year. ESPN2 is averaging 1,437,000 viewers for an increase of 10% (vs. 1,301,000) while ESPNU is averaging 511,000 viewers, marking an increase of 2% (vs. 500,000).

NFL Wrap Up (9/18)

Here is a complete wrap up of the NFL Vols: Week 2 Edition

Player

Pos.

Team

Vs. /At

Result

Stats

Dan Williams

DT

Arizona Cardinals

at New England

W, 20-18

Played, no stats

Morgan Cox

LS

Baltimore Ravens

at Philadelphia

L, 23-24

Snapped on all punts and kicks

Jason Allen

CB

Cincinnati Bengals

vs. Cleveland

W, 34-27

Not active

Montario Hardesty

RB

Cleveland Browns

at Cincinnati

L, 27-34

Played, no stats

Jason Witten

TE

Dallas Cowboys

at Seattle

L, 7-27

4 catches, 58 yrds.

Robert Ayers

DE

Denver Broncos

at Atlanta

L, 21-27

Played no stats

Britton Colquitt

P

Denver Broncos

at Atlanta

L, 21-27

5 punts, 50.6 avg. 3-I20

Malik Jackson

DE

Denver Broncos

at Atlanta

L, 21-27

Played, no stats

Peyton Manning

QB

Denver Broncos

at Atlanta

L, 21-27

24-37-241, 1 TD 3 INTs

Arian Foster

RB

Houston Texans

at Jacksonville

W, 27-7

28 rush-110 yds. 1 TD 6 catches- 37 yds.

Eric Berry

DB

Kansas City Chiefs

at Buffalo

L, 17-35

4 tackles

Dustin Colquitt

P

Kansas City Chiefs

at Buffalo

L, 17-35

7 punts, 44.7 avg. 2-I20

Kevin Burnett

LB

Miami Dolphins

vs. Oakland

W, 35-13

4 solo tackles

Tony McDaniel

DE

Miami Dolphins

vs. Oakland

W, 35-13

Not active

Marvin Mitchell

LB

Minnesota Vikings

at Indianapolis

L, 20-23

Not active

Jerod Mayo

LB

New England Patriots

vs. Arizona

L, 18-20

9 tackles (4 solo)

Jabari Greer

CB

New Orleans Saints

at Carolina

L, 27-35

1 solo tackle

Turk McBride

DE

New Orleans Saints

at Carolina

L, 27-35

Not active

Denarius Moore

WR

Oakland Raiders

at Miami

L, 13-35

3 catches, 67 yds.

Nick Guess

LS

Oakland Raiders

at Miami

L, 13-35

Did not play

Ramon Foster

OT

Pittsburgh Steelers

vs. NY Jets

W, 27-10

Started at RG

Scott Wells

C

St. Louis Rams

vs. Washington

W, 31-28

Started at C

Aubrayo Franklin

DT

San Diego Chargers

vs. Tennessee

W, 38-10

1 solo tackle

Robert Meachem

WR

San Diego Chargers

vs. Tennessee

W, 38-10

Played, no stats

Parys Haralson

LB

San Francisco 49ers

vs. Detroit

W, 27-19

Injured Reserve

Luke Stocker

TE

Tampa Bay Bucs

at NY Giants

L, 34-41

Played, no stats

 

Also of note, on his second catch of the game Sunday, Jason Witten became the third tight end in NFL history with 700 career catches. In 10 seasons, Witten has 702 total receptions.

 Witten is also the second player in Cowboys history to reach 700 catches, joining Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin (750).

 

PLAYER

TEAM(S)

YEARS

RECEPTIONS

Tony Gonzalez*

Kansas City, Atlanta

1997-2012

1,154

 

Shannon Sharpe

Denver, Baltimore

1990-2003

815

 

Jason Witten*

Dallas

2003-2012

702

 

Ozzie Newsome

Cleveland

1978-1990

662

 

Antonio Gates*

San Diego

2003-2012

597

 

* Active


Happy Birthday - Sept. 18: Geraldo Orta, Randy Jenkins

On Sept. 18, we send Happy Birthday wishes to redshirt freshman defensive back Geraldo Orta and former track & field star and NCAA Champion and member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame Randy Jenkins.

Geraldo Orta 

Skylar McBee Feature By Dime Magazine

Check out this great feature from Dime Magazine on the Vols' sharp-shooter Skylar McBee:  The Evolution Of Tennessee's Skylar McBee

Skylar McBee

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/18)

The Vols were back at practice on Monday and focused on Akron. Read about it in VOL REPORT: Moving On. Also, if you missed it check out the Derek Dooley TV Show Week 3 including a feature on Mychal Rivera. Finally, take one last look at the weekend with ICYMI: A Look At The Weekend's Best Images


News from the media on Tuesday includes:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols vow to learn from painful defeat
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT defense on the hot seat now
- Volquest: Growth for Bray

News on this week's opponent Akron includes:

- Columbus Dispatch: Ohio College Football Insider

Big Orange Hotline, Monday Night At 8 p.m.

Big Orange Hotline is on the air on Monday night on the Vol Network! Don't let the rain keep you away from the patio! Bob Kesling and Pat Ryan will be live from Dead End BBQ on Monday at 8PM ET to discuss the Vols and the upcoming matchup with the Zips. Listen Live on the Vol Network.

Vols In NFL Monday Night Football (9/17)

Four NFL Vols will be in action tonight during Monday Night Football on ESPN.

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Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning are in Atlanta as the Broncos (1-0) are in town to take on the Falcons (1-0).

Last time out, Manning earned his first regular season start since 2010, completing 19-of-26 passes for 253 yards and 2 TDs, including a 71 yard strike to Demaryius Thomas.

Ayers registered two tackles on the night and Britton Colquitt had 2 punts for a 45.0 avg. Malik Jackson was not active for the game.

WISH: A 'corny' tribute to Peyton Manning
ESPN: The Devil Went Down To Georgia
Denver Post: Woody Paige: Peyton Manning still a state treasure in Tennessee
Washington Post: Manning vs Ryan: QBs from different generations come together

Vols At Georgia Set For 3:30 p.m. Kickoff On CBS

The Tennessee at Georgia game on Sept. 29 will kickoff at 3:30 p.m. and be televised on CBS.

Happy Birthday - Sept. 17: Joseph Ayres, Mercedes Vaughn

On Sept. 17, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior football tight end Joseph Ayres and volleyball middle blocker Mercedes Vaughn.

Joseph Ayres  Mercedes Vaughn

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/17)

Heading into Akron week, here are a look at the media's stories on the football program on Monday:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Gators continue control of Vols, 37-20
- Inside Tennessee: More from Moore
- Knoxville Journal: Gators devour Vols 37-20
- Volquest: The Day After

Former Lady Vol Smith Eighth on Symetra Tour

Former Lady Vol Nicole Smith tied for fifth at this weekend's Symetra Classic, carding a five-under par 211.

She fired a first-round score of 5-under par 67, only one of six players throughout the tournament to notch a round of 67 or lower.

The Riverside, Calif., native is currently ranked eighth on the Symetra Tour with two events left. The top 10 players at the conclusion of the tournament season earn membership on the 2013 LPGA Tour.

As of September 16, 2012, here are how the players rack up.
 
RankPreviousPlayerMoneyEvents Played
11Esther Choe$45,547.005
23Victoria Elizabeth$42,947.0014
32Paola Moreno$40,094.0010
416Mi Hyang Lee$38,786.0013
54Julia Boland$35,824.0014
65Jenny Suh$32,471.0013
77Jenny Gleason$31,352.009
810Nicole Smith$31,350.0014
96Sara Brown$31,188.0011
108Leah Wigger$30,249.007

Lady Vol Hoops In The News (Sept. 16, 2012)

Here are some recent stories that have been written about the staff and players of the Tennessee Lady Vol basketball team.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Cierra Burdick brings hard-work mentality to Lady Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Meet the Lady Vols: Winning a 'pride thing' for Andraya Carter
- Scout.com: Andraya Carter embraces Tennessee
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Pat Summitt receives more honors
- Knoxville News Sentinel:  Holdsclaw on depression: 'I've been there and back'

Vols In NFL - Gameday (9/16)

Twenty-two NFL Vols are back in action in the second Sunday of the NFL Season.

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FOX 1 p.m.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New York Giants Game Center
Luke Stocker earned the start at tight end last week against the Panthers. The 1-0 Bucs will look to keep the win streak going against the 0-1 Giants on the road in New Jersey.

Minnesota Vikings vs. Indianapolis Colts Game Center
Marvin Mitchell missed the season opener with a sprained ankle and most likely will be back in action this week when the Vikings (1-0) take on the Colts (0-1). No Vikings are ruled out for the game, however Mitchell and fellow teammate Jaruis Wright are listed as questionable.

CBSSports.com: Vikings have short injured list

New Orleans Saints vs. Carolina Panthers Game Center
Jabari Greer is marked for return for the Saints (0-1) against the Panthers (0-1) after suffering a sports hernia in the preseason. Teammate Turk McBride saw action last week against the Redskins but didn't record any stats. He will not play this week in Charlotte.

NOLA.com: Henderson ruled out; Greer questionable
WWL: Saints CB Jabari Greer excited to get back onto field, 'get some tackles"
Cherry Hill Courier Post: Work ethic aids NFL's SJ grads
SportsNOLA.com: Henderson, McBride, Patrick to miss Saints game at Panthers

Wide receiver Kendall Wright #13 of the Tennessee Titans makes a catch against Jerod Mayo #51 of the New England Patriots during their season opener at LP Field. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

Arizona Cardinals vs. New England Patriots Game Center
Dan Williams and the Arizona Cardinals (1-0) head to New England to take on Jerod Mayo and the Patriots (1-0) Sunday afternoon. Williams registered two tackles in his last time out, a win against the Seahawks, while Mayo led all NFL Vol defensive players with 13 tackles and 1 pass defended, second-most in the NFL in week one.

Boston Globe: Arizona Cardinals defensive line will be a challenge for Patriots
Middletown Patch: Patriots Linebacker Fishes with Local Captain
Boston.com: Mayo Bowl benefits charities and more

CBS 1 p.m.

Houston Texans vs. Jacksonville Jaguars Game Center
Arian Foster and the 1-0 Houston Texans head to Jacksonville for a meeting with the Jaguars (0-1). Foster rushed 26 times for 79 yards and two TDs in the weeek one win over the Miami Dolphins.

Cleveland Browns vs. Cincinnati Bengals Game Center
Montario Hardesty and the Browns (0-1) will head to Cincinnati to face Jason Allen and the Bengals (0-1). Last week, Hardesty appeared against the Eagles but didn't record any stats. Allen did not play the last time out.

CBSSports.com: Report: Browns will 'manage' Trent Richardson's workload
Bengals.com: Browns-Bengals Preview

FILE - This Aug. 2, 2012 file photo shows Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry pointing out defensive coverage during NFL football training camp at Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, Mo. One of the intriguing subplots to Sunday's game between the Chiefs and Bills involves Berry, who tore...

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Buffalo Bills Game Center
Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the 0-1 Kansas City Chiefs head to Buffalo looking for their first win of the season over the Bills (0-1). The game will be a redemption game for Berry who tore his ACL last season against the Bills.

Springfield News-Leader: Chiefs, Bills seek to rebound from opening duds
Newser: After low block tore Berry's ACL, Chiefs' Berry gets another shot at Bills
News & Observer: Coach says Bills never intended to hurt Chiefs' Berry

Baltimore Ravens vs. Philadelphia Eagles Game Center
Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens (1-0) take their undefeated record on the road to Philadelphia for a meeting with the Eagles (1-0). Cox snapped for all of the Ravens punts and kicks in last week's season opening win 44-13 win over Cincinnati.



Oakland Raiders vs. Miami Dolphins Game Center
Denarius Moore and the newest Oakland Raider Nick Guess take an 0-1 record to Miami in a battle that will hand one of the teams their first win of the season. Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and Miami (0-1) fell to Houston last week.

Moore will return to action for the first time in 2012 for the Raiders, while Nick Guess, who was signed to the practice squad in the middle of this week, won the starting long snapper job over five other players and will play in his first ever NFL game. Burnett picked up five tackles and a pass defended last week against Houston while McDaniel played, but did not register any stats.

NBC Bay Area: Return of Moore Sunday at Miami Should Boost Raiders Passing Game
NBCSports.com: Denarius Moore to play limited role for Raiders
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area: Moore 'ready to rock' against Dolphins
Raiders.com: Raiders Make Roster Moves
Comcast SportsNet Bay Area: Raiders notes: Taking a 'Guess' at long snapper
NBC 6 Miami: Dolphins Thomas, McDaniel Could Miss Raiders Game

FOX 4:05 p.m.

Washington Redskins vs. St. Louis Rams Game Center
Scott Wells and the St. Louis Rams (0-1) host the Washington Redskins (1-0) in week two.

Dallas Cowboys vs. Seattle Seahawks Game Center
Jason Witten and the 1-0 Cowboys head to Seattle for a meeting with the 0-1 Seahawks. Last time out Witten had two catches for 10 yards in an opening week win over the Giants.

NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth: Witten Downplays "Inspiration Factor" Of Return
Dallas Morning News: An inspiration? TE Jason Witten isn't sure about that
Sports Radio Interviews: Jason Witten Made the Mistake of Googling 'Spleen Injuries'
CBSSports.com: Cowboys Notebook: Jason Witten getting back to normal

CBS 4:25 p.m.

Tennessee Titans vs. San Diego Chargers Game Center
Robert Meachem, Aubrayo Franklin and the Chargers (1-0) play host to the Titans (0-1) this week. Last time out against the Raiders, Meachem hauled in two passes for 49 yards while Franklin registered a tackle.

U-T San Diego: Can Floyd, Meachem, Royal fill void left by Jackson?

New York Jets vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Game Center
Ramon Foster and the Steelers (0-1) will host the New York Jets (1-0) this week. Foster earned the start at right guard last week for the Steelers.

ESPN: Wrap-up: Broncos 31, Steelers 19


Sunday Night Football NBC 8:20 p.m.

Detroit Lions vs. San Francisco 49ers Game Center
Parys Haralson's 49ers (1-0) will host the 1-0 Lions in a repeat of last season's "handshake game". Haralson will not play as he has been placed on injured reserve for the remainder of the season.

FOXSports.com: 49ers place linebacker Haralson on injury

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/16)

The No. 23 Vols Fell to No. 18 Florida, 37-20 last. Check out Post-Game Videos: Tennessee vs. Florida as well as a feature Johnson Brings Majors' #45 Full-Circle.

Also, take a look back at ESPN College GameDay's trip to campus with Through the Lens: College GameDay at UT.

Here are the stories from media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Fans flock to see Vols take on Gators
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's 'D' holds but then snaps late
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Are these Vols really better?
- ESPN.com: Florida tops Tenn.
- GoVols247: Same ol', same ol'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Report Card: Tennessee-Florida
- The Tennessean: Vols get Gator'd again

Here are recaps from the Florida angle: 

- Gainesville Sun: Gators party crashers again
- Gainesville Sun: Gators are hungry
- Gainesville Sun: Total win for UF
- Gainesville Sun: Notebook: UF offense in motion
- Independent Florida Alligator: Driskel proving he can shoulder more responsibility
- Tampa Bay Tribune: RUNAWAY GATORS
On Sept. 15, we have a slew of birthdays in the Tennessee athletics world.

Among current student-athletes, celebrating are softball's Whitney Hammond, basketball sophomore Josh Richardson and track and field's Amber Zimmerman.

Whitney Hammond  Josh Richardson  Amber Zimmerman

Former Tennessee student-athletes celebrating today:

Baseball's Luke Hochevar  of the Kansas City Royals

Luke Hochevar

Football legend Gene McEver

Gene McEver

Olympic gold medal pol vaulter Timothy Mack.


Former tennis star Byron Talbot

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/15)

GAMEDAY IS HERE in more ways than one! 
Check out the latest coverage from UTSports.com: 


Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols see chance for big leap
- Inside Tennessee: Where's the beef?
- Inside Tennessee: Snapping a streak
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vol fever: Fans savoring gator snacks
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT-Florida: 5 Big Things
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Breaking down the Vols and Gators
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gameday 3 Vol Stuff
- Tennessee Journalist: 'Well we're comin' to your city'

From the Florida perspective:

- Dayton Beach News-Journal: Gators will rely on Gillislee vs. Vols
- Florida Times-Union: No. 18 Florida at No. 23 Tennessee
- Gainesville Sun: Hunter geared up for Gators

Tobias Harris Back on Rocky Top

Former Tennessee basketball standout and current Milwaukee Bucks forward Tobias Harris is back on Rocky Top for Saturday's Tennessee-Florida football game, and he has a quick message for Vol fans.

Smith Set for WTT Finals Weekend

Former Vol John-Patrick Smith and the Orange County Breakers begin the World TeamTennis Finals Weekend tonight in Charleston, S.C.

The Breakers take on the Sacramento Capitals in the western conference finals at 6:30 p.m. Eastern. The match will be streamed live with commentary on wtt.com.

Smith was named the WTT Male Rookie of the Year during the July regular season, leading the Breakers to an 8-6 record. He won his final five singles matches of the season, including back-to-back victories over ATP top-40 player Kevin Anderson. 

A win by the Breakers would put the team in Sunday's league finals. The match starts Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised live by NBC Sports Network. 

Happy Birthday - Sept. 14: Sloane Pitman & Quenshaun Watson

On Sept. 14, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior swimmer Sloane Pitman and freshman football tailback Quenshaun Watson.

Sloane Pitman  Quenshaun Watson

Summitt Raises "12th Titan" Flag

In case you haven't seen it, here's video of Tennessee Head Women's Basketball Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt raising the 12th Titan flag at the Sept. 9 NFL game between the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots in Nashville.

-Video: Summitt Raises "12th Titan" Flag

College GameDay Teaser - Dooley's Orange Pants

Derek Dooley's Orange Pants

Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley has an interesting wardrobe and it has spurred reaction in the Vol community, including its own website. ESPN's Tom Rinaldi sits with Dooley to talk about his wardrobe.

Dooley gives fashion advice to someone considering wearing orange pants
"Well, I'm no fashion guru but you better make your outfit about the pants because if you're loud everywhere else, you're really going to look funny. So you got to tone it down everywhere else, not a lot of colors are going to be matching it, so white, gray, maybe a little soft brown..."

Dooley on finding the proper pair of orange pants
"I called our equipment manager Fraz - he's been around a long time - and said, I need some orange pants and I need them to MATCH the jersey, the right orange.  I told him I wanted some good quality pants because I didn't want the old polyester pants that Johnny Majors wore on occasion. So he found somebody who made them and they fit great... So we ran with it."

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/14)

It's Friday before GAMEDAY in Knoxville! Check out the latest from UTSports.com as the Vols prepare for their first game as a ranked team since 2008.




Here the view from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols see chance for big returns their way
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's Daniel McCullers eager to face power game
- ESPN.com: Glory Days
- Fox Sports Tennessee: Gators, Vols Downplay Rivalry
- Inside Tennessee: Snapping a streak
- Inside Tennessee: Quinn Eyes Tennessee Offense

From the Florida perspective:

- Gator Country: Florida's four stats to win
- Independent Florida Alligator: Driskel, Bray bring different styles at quarterback

Lady Vol Hoops In The News

Freshman Andraya Carter and former Lady Vols Chamique Holdsclaw, Candace Parker and Shekinna Stricklen all made the news this week. Read what's going on with each of them at the links below.

- Scout.com:
Andraya Carter embraces Tennessee

Vols Football On ESPN.com Front Pages

The Tennessee Vols are featured on the front of ESPN.com and the ESPN.com College Football Page. Check out the covers below.

Rece Davis takes a look at a return to Glory Days.

Also, Chris Low has this great story on the Vols' receiving tandem: Vols unleash new version of Double Trouble


Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/13)

The countdown is on as the Tennessee-Florida match-up is getting closer. Check out the latest from UTSports.com on the match-up.



Here's a look at stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols to be efficient rushing against Florida
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Eaves a big reason that Jacques Smith's a Vol
- Inside Tennessee: Small weapons
- Inside Tennessee: Offense ready for Week 3

News from the Florida media includes: 
- Florida Times-Union: Reed finds a home at tight end
- Gainesville Sun: A win Florida had to have
- Gainesville Sun: UF hurting on defense
- Independent Florida Alligator: Gators' pass rush will disappoint against Vols

Vol Calls - Wednesday Night At 8 p.m.

Vol Calls at Calhoun's On the River will be on the Vol Network on Wednesday night from 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Be sure to listen in as football coach Derek Dooley will discuss the win over Georgia State and this weekend's showdown with Florida and take callers from fans. 

Listen live online: UTSports.com/AllAccess

Happy Birthday - Sept. 12: J.Franklin, L.Hadfield, P.Lowery, K.Lucier

Lots of birthdays on Sept. 12 among the Tennessee athletics family. Happy Birthday to runner Joe Franklin, pole vaulter Linda Hadfield, runner Patavia Lowery and rower Kayla Lucier.

Joe Franklin  Linda Hadfield Patavia Lowery  Kayla Lucier

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/12)

The anticipation for Saturday's showdown between the No. 23 Vols and No. 18 Florida continues to grow. Check out UTSports.com coverage right here:




News from the media includes:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols see chance for slew of sacks
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Champions historically run football
- Inside Tennessee: The Streak
- Inside Tennessee: Attacking Florida's 'savvy' DBs
- Inside Tennessee: Defensive line ready to eat
- Knoxville City View: 

News on the Gators' front includes:

- Florida Gators Insider: Gators Defense Hampered by Injuries
- Gainesville Sun: Driskel's development
- Gainesville Sun: Notebook: Patton's new role
- Independent Florida Alligator: Pease: Line is UF's strength
- St. Augstine Record: Ready for the hits

Parker Inspired by Coach Summitt

Candace Parker wrote a letter for ESPNW's blog sharing the guidance Coach Summitt offered during her four years, and how she influenced Parker. You can read the complete story from the link.

ESPNW: Coach Summitt is my Inspiration

NFL Wrap Up (9/11)

After the first weekend of the NFL Season wrapped up with two Monday Night Football games last night, take a look at how the NFL Vols did this past weekend.

Player

Pos.

Team

Stats

Dan Williams

DT

Arizona Cardinals

2 tackles

Morgan Cox

LS

Baltimore Ravens

Long snapper for all punts and kicks

Jason Allen

CB

Cincinnati Bengals

DNP

Montario Hardesty

RB

Cleveland Browns

Appeared, no stats

Jason Witten

TE

Dallas Cowboys

2 catches for 10 yards

Robert Ayers

DE

Denver Broncos

2 tackles

Britton Colquitt

P

Denver Broncos

2 punts, Avg. 45, 1 I-20

Malik Jackson

DE

Denver Broncos

DNP

Peyton Manning

QB

Denver Broncos

19-26-253, 2 TDs, 0 INT

Arian Foster

RB

Houston Texans

26 rushes, 79 yards, 2 TDs

Eric Berry

DB

Kansas City Chiefs

2 tackles, 1 Pass defended

Dustin Colquitt

P

Kansas City Chiefs

1 punt for 47 yards, I-20

Kevin Burnett

LB

Miami Dolphins

5 tackles, 1 pass defended

Tony McDaniel

DE

Miami Dolphins

No stats

Marvin Mitchell

LB

Minnesota Vikings

No stats

Jerod Mayo

LB

New England Patriots

13 tackles, 1 pass defended

Jabari Greer

CB

New Orleans Saints

DNP

Turk McBride

DE

New Orleans Saints

No stats

Denarius Moore

WR

Oakland Raiders

DNP

Ramon Foster

OT

Pittsburgh Steelers

Started at RG

Scott Wells

C

St. Louis Rams

Started at C

Aubrayo Franklin

DT

San Diego Chargers

1 tackle

Robert Meachem

WR

San Diego Chargers

2 catches, 49 yards Long 46

Parys Haralson

LB

San Francisco 49ers

DNP

Luke Stocker

TE

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Started at TE, no stats


Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/11)

Florida week is ramping up! Check out VOL REPORT: Playing On The Big Stage, plus get all your info on Saturday's showdown in FOOTBALL CENTRAL: #23 Vols vs. #18 Florida. Check out the Derek Dooley Media Transcript from Monday.

Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols must focus with extra hype
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: University of Tennessee promotes Derrick Brodus
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Not like old days, but Gators, Vols in Top 25
- Inside Tennessee: Scheming up Florida's offense
- Inside Tennessee: Brodus breaks through
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols getting back on the football map

From the Florida perspective, here are the lates stories:


- Florida Times-Union: Gators defense hit with injuries
- Gainesville Sun: Notebook: UF freshman to start
- Independent Florida Alligator: UF football needs two good halves to win
- Independent Florida Alligator: Powell likely sidelined for season

Happy Birthday - Sept. 11: John Propst, Michael Muscari

On Sept. 11, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior linebacker John Propst and former Vols diving star Michael Muscari.

John Propst  Michael Muscari

Catchings, U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team Honored



WNBA President Laurel J. Richie congratulates three-time U.S. Olympian, reigning WNBA Most Valuable Player and 12-year league veteran Tamika Catchings (Indiana Fever) at the seventh annual WNBA Inspiring Women luncheon, which celebrates women who have blazed new paths on the court, in the boardroom and in the community, on Monday, Sept. 10, 2012 at Chelsea Piers.

The former Lady Vol accepted a special award for the U.S. women's basketball team which, which claimed its fifth-straight gold medal.

Related Links:
ESPNW: U.S. Olympians, Edwards Honored
The Washington Post: WNBA Celebrates U.S. Female Olympians with Inspiration Award

ON TOUR: Vols in Action, Week of Sept. 10

Three former Vols are touring and one will be playing in a team championship this week in four different countries. 

Tennys Sandgren is seeded No. 1 in the second of three $15,000 Futures in Canada. He won his first round match Monday, beating wild card Robert Rotaru 6-2, 6-4. He is facing former Florida Gator Sekou Bangoura in the next round.

Adam Hubble has picked back up on the doubles trail in recent weeks, recording a semifinal finish in last week's $35,000 Challenger event in Brasov, Romania. He is the top seed in this week's $50,000 Challenger in Seville, Spain. He is playing this week with fellow Australian Rameez Junaid after spending several weeks on the doubles court with Romanian Andrei Daescu.

Matteo Fago is back in action at a $10,000 Futures stop in Siena, Italy. He won his opening round easily, beating wild card Christian Perinti 6-1, 6-1. 

John-Patrick Smith was in Canada last week but has returned to U.S. soil to finish the World TeamTennis season with the Orange Breakers. Smith, the WTT Male Rookie of the Year, will lead the Breakers into the Western Conference Final on Friday against the Sacramento Capitals. The match starts at 6:30 p.m. in Charleston, S.C., will be streamed live at wtt.com. 

Akron Game Set for 7:30 p.m.

The Vols' Sept. 22 home again against Akron has been set for 7:30 p.m. Eastern. It will be televised on CSS.

The Akron game will be the Vols' second 7:30 p.m. start this season and third night game in 2012. The Vols are 1-0 all time vs. Akron, having won the lone meeting between the schools 52-9 in 1989 at Neyland Stadium.

Vols Receive CFPA Weekly Honors

Vols quarterback Tyler Bray was named the College Football Performance Awards National Quarterback of the Week after his 18-of-20 passing for 310 yards and four touchdowns on Saturday. 

Along with Bray, the Vols had three honorable mentions from CFPA. Justin Hunter was honored among the wide receivers after his eight catches for 146 yards and three touchdowns. Cordarrelle Patterson was recognized on the all-purpose performers of the week after he racked up 195 yards. Mychal Rivera earned a spot on the tight ends list after his 4-catch, 70-yard day with a touchdown on his birthday. 

College Football Performance Awards - Week Two 

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/10)

After a 51-13 Win on Saturday, it was a busy Sunday for the Tennessee football team. The Vols Returned To National Rankings at No. 23 and it was announced that ESPN College GameDay Will Be Returning To Neyland.


From the media, here are the latest stories:

- Inside Tennessee: Game 2 déjà vu
- Inside Tennessee: Vol Notebook: Game 2
- Knoxville News Sentinel: The Streak has been one long chomp
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Report card: Vols excel in passing game
- Tennessee Journalist: Vols vs. Georgia State Report Card
- UT Daily Beacon: Vols blow past Panthers, 51-13
- Volquest: The Day After

Vols In NFL - Gameday (9/9)

The first Sunday of the 2012 NFL Season is upon us and 18 of the NFL Vols will be in action all day long.

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FOX 1 p.m. Lineup

Atlanta Falcons at Kansas City Chiefs Game Center
2012 Captains Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the Kansas City Chiefs will host the Atlanta Falcons.

Kansas City Star: Falcons-Chiefs matchups to watch
Associated Press: Trio of Chiefs with rebuilt ACLs ready for Falcons
Kansas City Star: Chiefs name captains

Philadelphia Eagles at Cleveland Browns Game Center
Running back Montario Hardesty will be in action for the Browns as they play host to the Eagles in week one.

Plain Dealer: Bud Shaw talks about Richardson and Hardesty on 92.3 The Fan




Washington Redskins at New Orleans Saints Game Center

Jabari Greer should be back for the Saints after recovering from a sports hernia this preseason. He will be joined by Turk McBride as the Saints host the Redskins.

Examiner.com: Final injury report for New Orleans Saints versus Washington Redskins
NOLA.com: Saints DE Turk McBride is comfortable filling in

St. Louis Rams at Detroit Lions Game Center
Scott Wells will play in his first NFL game as a Ram when St. Louis heads to Detroit for a meeting with the lions.

SI.com: Rams C Scott Wells back after busy offseason

CBS 1 p.m. Lineup

New England Patriots at Tennessee Titans Game Center

Captain Jerod Mayo will return to Tennessee when the Patriots and the Titans square off Sunday. The Titans will also honor Pat Summitt as the 12th Titan in a special ceremony prior to kickoff.

UTSports.com: "12th Titan" Honors For Summitt
Attleboro Sun Chronicle: Mayo has healthy respect for Titans' RB
NESN.com: Patriots Announce 2012 Captains

Jacksonville Jaguars at Minnesota Vikings Game Center
Marvin Mitchell has been ruled out for the game with a sprained ankle.

Washington Post: Still waiting: Vikings list RB Peterson as questionable for opener

Miami Dolphins at Houston Texans Game Center
Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and the Miami Dolphins will head to Houston to face off with Arian Foster and the Texans.

Sun-Sentinel: Dolphins confident they are fully adjusted to 4-3 defense
CBS Local: Texans-Dolphins Connections
Houston Chronicle: Kubiak says Foster, Reed could be game-time decisions


FOX 4:25 p.m. Lineup

Seattle Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals
Dan Williams and the Cardinals will host the SEattle Seahawks in their first game of the season.

San Francisco 49ers at Green Bay Packers
Parys Haralson (49ers) suffered a season ending injury this week and Chris Scott, former Pittsburgh offensive lineman, is currently on the practice squad for the Packers.

San Jose Mercury News: Parys Haralson's loss felt by San Francisco 49ers
San Francisco Examiner: 49ers' Haralson lost for the season with arm injury
Green Bay Press Gazette: Packers finalize practice squad, add OL Scott

Carolina Panthers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Luke Stocker and the Bucs will play host to the Carolina Panthers Sunday afternoon.

NBC Sunday Night Football 8:20 p.m. 
Peyton Manning is back and in primetime as he, Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson host Ramon Foster and the Steelers in Sunday Night Football.

Yahoo! Sports: Are the Pittsburgh Steelers Ready for Peyton Manning 2.0?
Washington Post: Comeback kid Peyton Manning all business
Denver Post: History says Peyton Manning will make Broncos better in 2012
DenverBroncos.com: Under the Helmet: Malik Jackson
Longmont Daily Times: Jackson finds his way with Broncos
CBSSports.com: Steelers Game Preview: Week 1 vs. Broncos

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/9)

The Vols Sprinted to a 51-13 Win in Home Opener over Georgia State. Check out all the highlights and postgame interviews in Postgame Videos. Plus a feature: Rivera Celebrates Birthday with TD.

Here's a look at the media's coverage of the win.

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Bray-to-Hunter helps Tennessee Vols erupt, roll
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Report card: Vols excel in passing game
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT defense gets a wake-up call
- Sevier County News: UT Defeats Georgia State 51-13

Coverage from the Georgia State view:

Lady Vol Hoops In The News

As Holly Warlick's Lady Vol basketball team completed its second week of off-season workouts, here are some things being written about the program.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kyra Elzy played role to get Jolette Law to join Lady Vols

Happy Birthday - Sept. 9: Baseball's Eric Martin

On Sept. 9 (9/9), we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore baseball pitcher Eric Martin.

Eric Martin

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/8)

GAMEDAY is here! The Vols will run through the T at Neyland Stadium for the first time in 2012. Get all your news and information in FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols vs. Georgia State and Football Gameday Information.

Also from UTSports.com: 

The latest from the media to get you set for gameday includes:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Patterson seeks to be better
- Inside Tennessee: Davis finds 'perfect fit' role
- Inside Tennessee: No huddle? No problem
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols tailbacks in ongoing competition
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols keep moving with no-huddle offense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things: Tennessee vs. Georgia State
- Volquest: Graham pushing Neal

Happy Birthday - Sept. 8: Football's Mychal Rivera

On Sept. 8, we send Happy Birthday wishes to senior tight end and Mackey Award candidate Mychal Rivera.

Mychal Rivera

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/7)

Gameday is nearing, check out FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols vs. Georgia State for all the latest on Saturday's home opener.

Check out these stories from UTSports.com:

From the media, here are the latest articles:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols keep moving with no-huddle offense
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols tailbacks in ongoing competition
- Inside Tennessee: New Vol vibe
- Volquest: Patterson's growth

News on Georgia State includes: 

Happy Birthday - Sept. 7: Lady Vol Hoops Star Shanna Zolman

On Sept. 7, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former women's basketball star Shanna Zolman

Zolman holds the NCAA single season (.957 in 2003-04) and career (.916) free throw percentage records. She broke several Lady Vol records during her four years, including Single Game 3-pointers (7), Single Season 3-Pointers (103), Career 3-Pointers (266), Career 3-Point Percentage (.425), Single Season Free Throw Percentage (.957), and Career Free Throw Percentage (.916). She is the 9th highest scorer in Tennessee Volunteers women's basketball history (1,806).

She was drafted in 2006 by the WNBA's San Antonio Silver Stars, she played the 2006, 2007 and 2009 seasons for San Antonio. She missed all of 2008 and much of 2009 with an injury. She was traded to the Tulsa Shock and played in 2010 then missed all of 2011 with an injury.


VIDEO: Watch The Checkerboard End Zones Appear

Check out a tradition that is Tennessee -- the painting of the checkerboard end zone:
 

Lady Vol Basketball In The News

Lady Vol basketball has been highlighted in the news around the globe the last few weeks.  

Pat Summitt was honored with an ICON Award from the United States Tennis Association on Tuesday. Summitt was presented with the 2012 Billie Jean King Legacy Award for her contributions to diversity and inclusion.

King credited Summitt as the woman who "changed the face of all sports, not just women's sports."

-ESPNW: King: Summit changed the face of sports

Chamique Holdsclaw has been sowing the seeds of hoops and hope around the globe lately as the former Lady Vol traveled to Senegal and South Africa at the end of August.

Part of Basketball Without Borders, Holdsclaw held a basketball clinic demonstrating techniques and drills, as well as promoting education and healthy activity.

-Knoxville News Sentinel: Global tradeoff for Chamique Holdsclaw, C.J. Watson
-Forbes: She's Got Game: WNBA Player Coaches Clinic in West Africa

Vols Design Personalized Wilson Gloves

Christmas came early for the Tennessee baseball team on Wednesday as the players took a few minutes to design their own personalized Wilson gloves for the upcoming season. 

Former Lady Vols Conclude LPGA Qualifying School Play

Three former Lady Vol golfers have ended their route in the first stage of LPGA Qualifying School Wednesday.

After two rounds, Ginny Brown, Nathalie Mansson and Violeta Retamoza missed the cut off mark to advance.

Brown shot 2-over par 74 in the second round for a 36-hole total of 5-over par 149, missing the cut off by one stroke.

Mansson closed out day two 7-over par 79 for a total of 150 (+6), while Retamoza finished 32-over.

Tennessee Update: Volleyball Blog (9/6)

The 16th-ranked Tennessee volleyball team hits the road for its final regular season tournament of 2012 this weekend. UT will travel to College Park, Md., to compete in the SpringHill Suites at Arundel Mills Invitational hosted by the University of Maryland. After being sidelined due to injury in 2011, redshirt senior Kayla Jeter returned to the Lady Vols' roster this season. Check out this weekend's tournament central page as well as a story from Jeter's hometown newspaper, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, which caught up with the Solon, Ohio native this week to do a piece in their weekly column.



Happy Birthday - Sept. 6: Robert Ayers, Tom Pappas

On Sept. 6, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols star defensive lineman and current Denver Bronco Robert Ayers along with former Vols track star Tom Pappas, who won the 2003 gold medal at the 2003 World Championships in Paris in the decathlon. He won the 2003 Jesse Owens award, track & field's highest accolade. Pappas is currently an assistant coach at Kansas State. 

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/6)

The Vols continue prepping for Georgia State. Read the most recent VOL REPORT: Staff Unity=Team Unity and check out highlights and interviews from Wednesday.


Here are the latest stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Virginia link binds Curry and Dooley
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Sal Sunseri has 'D' goals beyond wins
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Antone Davis delighted with his Vol for Life role
- Inside Tennessee: The heat is on
- Inside Tennessee: Defensive staff goes on record
- Tennessee Journalist: Vols focusing on one game at a time

News on the Georgia State front includes

Vols-NC State Game Was Most-Watched ESPNU Game Ever

According to ESPN's press release: ABC Saturday Night Football Kicks Off Season with a Winning Night, the Vols-NC State game on Friday night was the most-watched college football game on ESPNU of all-time.
  

ESPNU averaged 1,491,000 viewers (based on a 1.3 rating and 945,000 households) for its telecast of Tennessee beating NC State 35-21, making it the network's most-viewed college football game ever.

Vol Calls - Wednesday Night At 8 p.m.

Vol Calls at Calhoun's On the River will be on the Vol Network on Wednesday night from 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Be sure to listen in as football coach Derek Dooley will discuss the big win over NC State and take callers from fans. 

Listen live online: UTSports.com/AllAccess

Vols In NFL Wednesday Night Football (9/5)

The 2012 NFL season kicksoff Wednesday night when the Dallas Cowboys head to New Jersey for a meeting with rival New York Giants at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

Former Vol Jason Witten might be in action for the game tonight. He suffered a lacerated spleen in the first preseason game of the year but has traveled with the team and could don the Cowboys uniform.

GAME CENTER

ESPN:2012 Cowboys-Giants
Sports Illustrated: Cowboys TE Jason Witten would sign waiver to play opener
Chicago Tribune: Cowboys TE Witten listed as doubtful against Giants
Dallas Morning News: Why no Jason Witten could be 'devastating' effect on Cowboys in opener
Wall Street Journal: Cowboys have to wait for CT scan on Witten


Happy Birthday - Sept. 5: Willie Gault & Derek McClardy

On Sept. 5, we wish Happy Birthday to legendary football and track star for the Vols Willie Gault as well as current track & field sophomore Derek McClardy.


Derek McClardy

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/5)

The Vols will be back in action on Haslam Field on Wednesday after Tuesday's session outside. Read what Coach Dooley and the players had to say in the VOL REPORT: Focusing on the Process. Also watch highlights and interviews here:

From the media perspective, check out these stories:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Chances galore for UT's Eric Gordon
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Justin Hunter cites two drops with nine catches
- ESPN.com: Gene Woj
- Inside Tennessee: Vols hard at work
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT puts up good defensive front
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols stall at 60,000 season tickets

News on Georgia State includes: 
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Hill moves to safety from QB at Georgia State

UT Adds Olympic Gold Medalist as Volunteer Assistant

Knoxville native and new Olympic gold medalist Davis Tarwater will be working with the Tennessee swimming and diving program as a volunteer assistant coach. 

Tarwater was part of the United States' gold medal 800-meter freestyle relay team at the 2012 London Olympics. He was a three-time NCAA champion as a collegiate swimmer in Michigan, excelling in the butterfly. 

Football Closes In On Top 25 Ranking

With the release of the Top 25 Polls on Tuesday afternoon, Tennessee is closing in on being ranked in the top 25 for the first time since the preseason poll of 2008. 

The Vols are second among "other receiving votes" in the  AP Poll with 73 points, which puts them 27th in the nation. In the USA Today Coaches Poll, the Vols have 29 points to place fourth in "others receiving votes" to stand 29th.

The last time the Vols were ranked was in the 2008 preseason AP Poll, when UT was 18th prior to losing to UCLA in the season opener.

In the AP Poll, Six SEC teams are currently ranked in the top 25 with five in the top 10. Five additional SEC teams received votes this week. In the USA Today Poll, the same six are ranked and six are also receiving votes. Here's a rundown of the SEC teams in the polls: 

Team (AP/USA Today)
Alabama  (1/1)
LSU (3/3)
Georgia (7/7)
Arkansas (8/10)
South Carolina (9/9)
Florida (24/23)
Tennessee (RV/RV)
Missouri (RV/RV)
Texas A&M (RV/RV)
Mississippi State (RV/RV)
Auburn (RV/RV)
Vanderbilt (--/RV)

Patterson Named To CFPA Weekly Honor Roll

The Vols Cordarrelle Patterson was named to the College Football Performance Awards Weekly Honor Roll as an Honorable Mention All-Purpose Performer of the Week

Patterson had 165 all-purpose yards with 93 receiving and 72 on the ground as he scored two touchdowns in the Vols' 35-21 season-opening win over NC State on Friday. 

Bray Up For Manning Award Player Of Week

Vols quarterback Tyler Bray is one of nine finalists for the Manning Award Player of the Week. The Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, has named nine quarterbacks as its "Stars of the Week." College football fans can now go to the Allstate Sugar Bowl Facebook page to vote for what they think was the best performance from this past weekend. When voting closes on Thursday at 12 p.m. ET, the top vote-getter will be announced as the Manning Award Player of the Week.

Tyler Bray, Tennessee

(27-of-41, 333 yards, 2 TDs, 0 INT)

Bray tallies his third career 300-yard game to lead the Volunteers to a key non-conference victory over N.C. State, 35-21.

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Patterson Featured On ESPN, Yahoo! Front Pages


Here's what the UT grad wrote about the Vols:

Every so often you see a player whose talent is an instant revelation. May I present to you Tennessee wide receiver Cordarrelle (pronounced, Core-darryl) Patterson. 

In the Volunteers' 35-21 win last Thursday against North Carolina State, Patterson beat All-American David Amerson on a 41-yard touchdown reception -- and he did it despite running the wrong route. 

Later, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Patterson scored on a 67-yard end-around by outrunning Amerson, who initially had a tackling angle. 

"I'm not surprised one bit," said Tommy Mangino, the offensive coordinator at Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, where Patterson played. "Not one bit." Patterson is one of the reasons why Tennessee coaches weren't devastated when All-SEC receiver Da'Rick Rogers was recently dismissed from the team (Rogers transferred to Tennessee Tech). After seeing Patterson against NC State, it's obvious why they weren't. 

Mangino, the son of former Kansas coach Mark Mangino, said Patterson's skill set is mind-boggling. 

"I've been around some football players before," he said. "But I've really never seen anybody like him. He can do everything." 

Patterson didn't qualify academically out of high school, didn't play in 2009, but eventually signed with Hutchinson and became a two-time juco All-American. Just 4 minutes and 29 seconds into his Tennessee career, he scored a TD. Fun. 

"He didn't come from a lot," said Mangino. "His mom and sister have been there for him. No father figure in his life. ... He's a great kid."





Here's what Pat Forde wrote about Patterson:

Cordarrelle Patterson (25), Tennessee. The Dash was driving into Knoxville on signing day last February when word broke on the radio that the Volunteers had landed Patterson, a highly touted junior-college wide receiver. That signing coup paid immediate dividends in Week One, with Patterson scoring on a 41-yard reception and a 67-yard run as the freshly explosive Vols whipped N.C. State. For a team that scored 12 or fewer points in half its games last year, he's a potential savior.

Jarnell Stokes Feature From Nooga.com

Chris Dortch of Nooga.com has a feature on the rising sophomore Jarnell Stokes: 

Here's the lead: 

It's a tribute to how far Tennessee basketball has come in recent years that, even in the dead of summer, when the start of football season looms large in Southeastern Conference country, the Vols are on the radar of the national media.

Consider a recent Tweet by Fran Fraschilla, the former coach turned analyst extraordinaire for ESPN:

"Mark Few told me he was very impressed with Tennessee's Jarnell Stokes," Fraschilla wrote. "He coached him on USA's U-18 Team this summer. Said he's a monster!"

Happy Birthday - Sept 4: Tyler Smith

On Sept. 4, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vols basketball player Tyler Smith, who is playing pro ball in Israel.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/4)

The Vols were back on the practice field on Monday as they have started preparations for Georgia State in Saturday's home opener. Check out the following coverage from UTSports.com: 


From the media, here are the latest stories:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Ben Bartholomew makes key UT contributions
- Inside Tennessee: Quick-strike ability
- Inside Tennessee: Gauging the season-opening 'W'
- Inside Tennessee: Lane 'sawing wood'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols are picking and grinning
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tyler Bray's spread offense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols-Georgia State pay-per-view details
- Knoxville News Sentinel: "Numbers, Numbers, Numbers"
- Lexington Herald Leader: UK opponent preview: Tennessee
- Volquest: Players recap win

Vols In NFL Update (9/3)

With the start of the 2012 regular season upon us on Wednesday night, here is an update on the 27 NFL Vols.

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Arizona Cardinals/Seattle Seahawks
Dan Williams and the Cardinals will begin their season at home against the Seattle Seahawks at 4:25 p.m. on FOX

Baltimore Ravens/Cincinnati Bengals
Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens will be featured on the first Monday Nigh football of the season at 7 p.m. on NBC when they play host to Jason Allen and the Bengals.

Cleveland Browns/Philadelphia Eagles
Montario Hardesty and the Cleveland Browns will play host to the Philadelphia Eagles at 1 p.m. on Sunday on CBS. Jarrod Shaw, another former Vol affiliated with the Browns was assigned to the Browns' practice squad Friday.

Akron Beacon Journal: Jackson pushing Hardesty for role as Browns' No. 2 back

SOME 'SPLEENIN' TO DO: Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (left), going against Anthony Spencer in a training camp drill, still doesn't know if he'll be cleared to play in the season-opener against the Giants on Wednesday after suffering a lacerated spleen three weeks ago.

Dallas Cowboys/New York Giants
Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys head to New York for the Wednesday night opener of the 2012 NFL season which will take place at 8:30 p.m. on NBC.

CBSSports.com:Jason Witten among injured players expected to travel
ESPN: Practice report: Jason Witten here, but no Jay Ratliff
San Angelo Standard Times: Cowboys Jason Witten awaits medical all clear

Denver Broncos/Pittsburgh Steelers
Five NFL Vols will face off against each other in this Sunday Night Football meeting on NBC at 8:20 p.m. Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning and the Broncos will host Ramon Foster and the Steelers in prime time.

Denver Post: Malik Jackson Another Rookie On The Rise With Denver Broncos
Columbus Dispatch: Manning ready for new chapter
NFL News: Peyton Manning wants to be the player you rememberArian Foster
Pittsburgh Post Gazette: Steelers lineman DeCastro faces long road after knee injury

Houston Texans/Miami Dolphins
Arian Foster and the Houston Texans will host Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and the Miami Dolphins Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. on CBS.

Fox Sports: Texans finally a clear-cut favorite

Kansas City Chiefs/Atlanta Falcons
Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the Kansas City Chiefs host the Atlanta Falcons Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m.

Yahoo! Sports: Chiefs safety Berry used poetry, screenwriting to help him through
Kansas City Star: Chiefs' Berry has a flair for words



Minnesota Vikings/Jacksonville Jaguars
Marvin Mitchell and the Minnesota Vikings will host the Jags at 1 p.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Pioneer Press: Minnesota Vikings: Four backups miss practice due to ankle sprains

New England Patriots/Tennessee Titans
Jerod Mayo will return "home" when he and the New England Patriots head to Nashville for a meeting with the Titans at 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon on CBS.

New Orleans Saints/Washington Redskins
Jabari Greer, Turk McBride and the New Orleans