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Vols In NFL Wrap Up (12/31)

The NFL regular season has concluded so let's take a look at how the NFL Vols did in their final go around in Week 17.

Player

Pos.

Team

Opponent

Score

Stats

Jason Allen

CB

Cincinnati

vs. Baltimore

W, 23-17

Not Active

Robert Ayers

DE

Denver

vs. Kansas City

W, 38-3

2 tckl, 1 QH

Eric Berry

DB

Kansas City

at Denver

L, 3-38

Started at SS,

6 tckl, 1 tfl

Kevin Burnett

LB

Miami

at New England

L, 0-28

Started at LB,

10 tckl,  1 QBH

Britton Colquitt

P

Denver

vs. Kansas City

W, 38-3

3 punts, 44.7 avg,

1 I-20

Dustin Colquitt

P

Kansas City

at Denver

L, 3-38

8 punts, 46.6 avg,

3 I-20

Morgan Cox

LS

Baltimore

at Cincinnati

L, 17-23

Snapped on all

punts and kicks

Arian Foster

RB

Houston

at Indianapolis

L, 16-28

Started at RB,

16 rush, 96 yds, 1 TD,

2 rec 23 yds

Ramon Foster

OT

Pittsburgh

vs. Cleveland

W, 24-10

Started at LG

Aubrayo Franklin

DT

San Diego

vs. Oakland

W, 24-21

Not Active

Omar Gaither

LB

Oakland

at San Diego

L, 21-24

Started at MLB, 5 tckl,

1 TFL, 1 special tm tckl

Jabari Greer

CB

New Orleans

vs. Carolina

L, 38-44

Not Active

Nick Guess

LS

Oakland




Parys Haralson

LB

San Francisco

vs. Arizona

W, 27-13

Injured Reserve

Montario Hardesty

RB

Cleveland

at Pittsburgh

L, 10-24

First start of 2012 at RB,

14 rush 37 yds

Malik Jackson

DE

Denver

vs. Kansas City

W, 38-3

1 tackle

Peyton Manning

QB

Denver

vs. Kansas City

W, 38-3

Started at QB, 23-29-304, 3 TD

Jerod Mayo

LB

New England

vs. Miami

W, 28-0

Started at LB, 5 tckls, 1 pass def

Turk McBride

DE

New Orleans

vs. Carolina

L, 38-44

1 tackle

Jacques McClendon

OL

Atlanta

vs. Tampa Bay

L, 17-22

Practice Squad

Tony McDaniel

DE

Miami

at New England

L, 0-28

1 tackle

Robert Meachem

WR

San Diego

vs. Oakland

W, 24-21

Played, no stats

Marvin Mitchell

LB

Minnesota

vs. Green Bay

W, 37-34

Played, no stats

Denarius Moore

WR

Oakland

at San Diego

L, 21-24

Started at WR,

1 rec, 5 yds TD

Tauren Poole

RB

Carolina

at New Orleans

W, 24-21

Injured Reserve

Chris Scott

OL

Buffalo

vs. New York

W, 28-9

Not Active

Jarrod Shaw

OL

Cleveland

at Pittsburgh

L, 10-24

Not Active

Donte Stallworth

WR

New England

vs. Miami

W, 28-0

Injured Reserve

Luke Stocker

TE

Tampa Bay

at Atlanta

W, 22-17

Started at TE,

career-best 3 rec, 50 yds

Scott Wells

C

St. Louis

at Seattle

L, 13-20

Started at C

Dan Williams

DT

Arizona

at San Francisco

L, 13-27

Started at NT, 8 tackles

Jason Witten

TE

Dallas

at Washington

L, 18-28

Started at TE,

team-best 7 recs

56 yds, 1 TD

 

 

 

WITTEN HITS 800-RECEPTION MARK

 

After setting the NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end with 103 last weekend, this week was another record for former Vols star Jason Witten. Witten reached the 800 reception plateau in 159 games, the fastest NFL tight end to make 800 catches.

 

He became the third NFL tight end to make 800 catches and just the 26th ever NFL player to achieve the feat.

 

Last week, Witten also became the second Tennessee product with 100 catches in a season joining Carl Pickens, who had 100 catches in 1996 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Witten now holds the record for most catches by a former Vol in a season with 103.

 

RECORD SETTING MANNING

After recording his 64th 300-yard passing game against Houston at the beginning of the NFL season, Peyton Manning notched his 72nd 300-yard game of his career growing his NFL record in a win over Kansas City to solidify home field advantage in the 2012 playoffs. The ninth 300-yard game tied a career-best and set a team record.

 

Manning also threw for three touchdowns, the 73rd time in his career that he achieved that feat, passing Brett Favre for the NFL record.  His 37 touchdowns this season are the most by a quarterback 36 or older.

 

Manning finished the regular season  with a 84.1 Total quarterback rating. The only player better in last five seasons was Aaron Rodgers  who had an 86.2 rating last season.

 

It was his ninth 300-yard game of the season as his passing yards total improved to 4,659 yards, the second-highest passing total in his career and a Broncos record. Manning now holds single-season records for passing yards, completions, touchdowns and passer rating.





Happy Birthday - Dec. 31: Chievous, Gibbemeyer, Lane, Shuler, J.Smith

On New Year's Eve we have a bevy of birthdays. Celebrating on Dec. 31 are men's basketball forward Quinton Chievous, freshman rower Erin Gibbemeyer and football players Marlin Lane Jr. and Jacques Smith.

Quinton Chievous Erin Gibbemeyer Marlin Lane Jr.  Jacques Smith

Also, celebrating today is legendary quarterback and VFL Heath Shuler, who serves as a state representative for North Carolina. 


Monday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/31)

The Vols head into their final non-conference game of the season riding a four-game win streak. Tennessee hosts intra-state foe Memphis on Friday night at 8 p.m. Get the latest on the Vols right here:

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/31)

Happy New Year's Eve! The final day of 2012. Here's a look at today's football articles from the media:

Vols In NFL Game Center (12/30)

The final games of 2012 are upon us as 27 Vols take part in NFL games Sunday. The AFC Playoff Picture is set while the Bears, Cowboys and Giants are battling for a playoff spot.

1:00 p.m. Games

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. Atlanta Falcons Game Center

Luke Stocker and the Bucs (6-9) head to Atlanta for an NFC South meeting with the Falcons (13-2).

The Falcons have sewn up the NFC South and home-field advantage in the playoffs.

New York Jets vs. Buffalo Bills Game Center
Chris Scott and the Bills (5-10) welcome in the Jets (6-9) to Buffalo for an AFC East match up.

Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten (82) ties the single-season record for pass receptions as New Orleans Saints defensive end Turk McBride (90) defends during overtime play of an NFL football game against the New Orleans Saints, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Arlington, Texas. The Saints won 34-31. Photo: Brandon Wade / AP
Vol on Vol - Turk McBride defends Jason Witten

Carolina Panthers vs. New Orleans Saints Game Center
The Panthers (6-9) head to New Orleans for a meeting with Jabari Greer, Turk McBride and the Saints (7-8) in the other NFC South meeting on the day.

NOLA: Jabari Greer, Pierre Thomas, Akiem Hicks will sit out
NOLA: Concussion for New Orleans Saints CB Jabari Greer was almost costly

Cleveland Browns vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Game Center
Montario Hardesty, Jarrod Shaw and the Cleveland Browns (5-10) head to the Steel City for a meeting with Ramon Foster and the Steelers (7-8) at Heinz Field in a battle of the AFC North. Both teams are out of playoff contention, however Montario Hardesty will look to earn his first start of the year.

SI.com: Browns QB Thaddeus Lewis and RB Montario Hardesty will start Sunday
Rant Sports: Pittsburgh Steelers' Ramon Foster Faces the Toughest Test of His Career vs. Bengals

Ramon Foster
Houston Texans vs. Indianapolis Colts Game Center
Arian Foster and the Texans (12-3) head to Indy for a meeting with the Colts (10-5).

The Texans have clinched the South but will clinch a first round bye with:
1. Houston win/tie
2. New England loss/tie
3. Denver loss
The could also clinch home field advantage with:
1. Houston win
2. Houston tie + Denver loss/tie
3. New England loss/tie + Denver loss

NBCSports.com: Arian Foster cleared by doctors, returns to practice
Yahoo! Sports: Arian Foster's young fan is worried about his heart, he uses Twitter to calm

Baltimore Ravens vs. Cincinnati Bengals Game Center
Morgan Cox and the Ravens (10-5), who clinched a playoff spot last weekend, head to Cincy for a meeting with Jason Allen the playoff bound Bengals (9-6).

4:00 p.m. games

Green Bay Packers vs. Minnesota Vikings Game Center
Marvin Mitchell and the Vikings (9-6) play host to Green Bay (11-4) on Sunday.

Green Bay clinches a first round bye if:
1. Green Bay win
2. Green Bay tie + San Francisco loss/tie
3. San Francisco loss/tie + Seattle loss/tie

The Vikings are battling for a playoff berth and will earn a spot if:
1. They win
2. They tie + Chicago loses/ties
3. Dallas loss/tie + NYG loss/tie + Chicago loss

Miami Dolphins vs. New England Patriots Game Center
Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and Miami (7-8) head to snowy New England for a meeting with Jerod Mayo and the Patriots (11-4).

The Pats have won the AFC East but can clinch a first round bye if:
1. New England win + Denver loss
2. New England win + Houston loss

They can also clinch home-field advantage if:
1. New England win + Denver loss + Houston loss

Oakland Raiders vs. San Diego Chargers Game Center
Omar Gaither, Denarius Moore and the Raiders (4-11) head to San Diego for a meeting with Aubrayo Franklin, Robert Meachem and the Chargers (6-9).

Chargers.com: Chargers place Franklin, Taylor on Reserve-Injured

Arizona Cardinals vs. San Francisco 49ers Game Center
Dan Williams and the Cardinals (5-10) head to San Francisco for a meeting with the 10-4-1 49ers.

The 49ers playoff situation looks like:
Clinches NFC West if:
1. San Francisco win/tie
2. Seattle loss/tie

First round bye if:
1. San Francisco win + Green Bay loss/tie
2. San Francisco tie + Green Bay loss

St. Louis Rams vs. Seattle Seahawks Game Center
Scott Wells and the 7-7-1 Rams head to Seattle for a meeting with the 10-5 Seahawks.

Seattle's playoff future:
Clinches NFC West if
1. Seattle win + San Francisco loss

Clinches first round bye if:
1. Seattle win + San Francisco loss + Green Bay loss

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Kansas City Chiefs vs. Denver Broncos Game Center
It's another battle of the kicking Colquitts in the final week of the NFL regular season as Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the Chiefs (2-13) head to Denver for a meeting with Robert Ayers, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning, Britton Colquitt and the Broncos (12-3).

For the Broncos they will clinch a first round bye if:
1. Denver win/tie
2. New England loss/tie

They will have home-field advantage in the playoffs if:
1. Denver win + Houston loss/tie
2. Denver tie + Houston loss

Denver Post: Robert Ayers' progress with Broncos skewed by draft slot, new coaches
DenverBroncos.com: Q&A with Britton Colquitt
Denver Post: Peyton Manning competing with Adrian Peterson for MVP award in NFL
Albany Times Union: Peyton Manning closes memory lane
NFL News: Broncos QB Peyton Manning makes history -- again

Arrowhead Addict: Chiefs' Safety Eric Berry Is Quietly Regaining Pro Bowl Form
Tulsa World: Chiefs' Dustin Colquitt unsung star for losing team
SB Nation: Dustin Colquitt enjoys record-setting season for Chiefs


Sunday Night Football

Dallas Cowboys vs. Washington Redskins Game Center

Jason WItten and the Cowboys (8-7) are in the playoff hunt on Sunday Night Football when they head to the nation's capital for a meeting with the Redskins (9-6). The chase is wide open in the NFC East.

Either team can clinch the division with a win.

Fort Worth Star Telegram: Jason Witten: "It can't be the same old story"
ESPN: 5 Wonders: Jason Witten's quiet record

Happy Birthday - Dec. 30: Tori Bailey, Erin Gaeckle

We send Happy Birthday wishes to junior soccer midfielder Tori Bailey and sophomore swimmer Erin Gaeckle on Dec. 30, the penultimate day of the year. 

Tori Bailey  Erin Gaeckle

Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/30)

Tennessee won its fourth game in a row on Saturday as the bench excelled in a 51-47 win over Xavier.

Here's what the media wrote after the hard-fought victory:

- Cincinnati Enquirer: Xavier falls to Tennessee
- Inside Tennessee: The next Eric Berry
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bench saves the day for Vols




Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/30)

Catch up on news on the football team with these recent stories about the Vols:

Happy Birthday - Dec. 29: Berry, Wilkins, Wood

On Dec. 29. we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols football All-American turned NFL Pro Bowler Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Also celebrating on Dec. 29 are recent swimming graduate Atlantis Wilkins and baseball's athletic trainer Jeff Wood.

Atlantis Wilkins  Jeff Wood

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/29)

The men's basketball team will be back in action after a break for the holidays. The Vols take on Xavier in a key non-conference game that will air on ESPNU. Get all your game info in: Vol Hoops Central: Xavier.

Here are the latest stories on the hoops team and Saturday's foe, the Musketeers:

- Rocky Top Talk: Tennessee vs Xavier Preview

Fulmer To Be Inducted To Chick-fil-A Bowl Hall Of Fame

Chick-fil-A Bowl Hall of Fame Honors Five in 2012

Already inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame earlier this year in a December ceremony, former University of Tennessee college football coach Phillip Fulmer will also be inducted into the Chick-fil-A Bowl Hall of Fame in a ceremony prior to the Dec. 31 bowl game.

Fulmer, alongside four other distinguished men, will receive the honor.

Making up this year's class is corporate contributor Ron Allen, Fulmer, former executive director Robert Dale Morgan, retired Clemson athletic director Terry Don Phillips and former Georgia lineman Matt Stinchcomb.

Honorees will be inducted in an on-field ceremony prior to the Dec. 31 Chick-fil-A Bowl featuring No. 8 LSU against No. 14 Clemson. The game will be nationally televised by ESPN at 7:30 pm ET.

"Throughout our 45-year history, we've been fortunate to host in our game some of the most accomplished players, coaches and administrators in all of college sports and this inductee class is a perfect example of that," said Gary Stokan, Chick-fil-A Bowl president and CEO. "This year's group is a cross-section of what is great about college sports and how to play it, coach it and manage it in a first-class manner."

A long-time believer in the Bowl, former President and Chief Operating Officer of Delta Air Lines Ron Allen headed a task force in 1986 to help grow the presence of the Bowl as an affiliate of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Along with his work for the task force, Allen also led Delta to become the Bowl's first corporate sponsor in 1986 - helping to secure the Bowl's financial stability for future success. Allen currently serves as Chairman, President and CEO of Atlanta-based Aaron's, Inc.

Fulmer coached at Tennessee for 17 years and became one of the winningest head coaches in school history. During his tenure, Fulmer compiled a 152-52 record and ranks fifth in all-time SEC victories with 98. In 1998, he led the Volunteers to a 13-0 season and National Championship title while being named National Coach of the Year. Under his leadership, the Volunteers went to 15 Bowl games, including 13 straight from 1992-2004. Tennessee appeared in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl in back-to-back seasons facing Maryland in 2002 and Clemson in 2003. 

Established in 2002, the Chick-fil-A Bowl Hall of Fame honors former players, coaches and contributors, as well as staff and volunteers, who have had a significant impact on the Bowl. There are now 36 current members, including players such as Mike Singletary, Reggie White and Jim Kelly, and coaches including Bobby Dodd, Vince Dooley and Lou Holtz.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/28)

In our continuing series, check out Meet The Coaches: Jay Graham:


The latest from the media includes:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's Graham 'rehired' quickly by Jones

Happy Birthday - Dec. 28: Bridges, Trainer

On Dec. 28, we send Happy Birthday wishes to softball infielder Hannah Trainer.
Hannah Trainer

From the archives, former Vols baseball star and longtime major leaguer Tommy Bridges was born on Dec. 28, 1906. Bridges spent 16 years with the Detroit Tigers from 1930-46. He appeared in six All-Star Games.
Photo of Tommy Bridges


Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/28)

The Vols return to the court on Saturday with a non-conference showdown against Xavier. Get all your info on the ESPNU-televised matchup in Vol Hoops Central: Xavier. Also, get the latest on the team in the Vol Hoops Report: Dec. 27.


Here's what the media is saying:

- Rocky Top Talk: Tennessee vs Xavier Preview

News on Xavier includes:

- Cincinnati Enquirer: Up next for Xavier: Tennessee

Happy Birthday - Dec. 27: Bray, McBee, Stewart, Teague

Dec. 27 is a busy day for birthdays amongst the Vols with four notable celebrations. Happy Birthday to senior basketball guard Skylar McBee, junior quarterback Tyler Bray as well as former football stars James Stewart  and Trey Teague.


Check out some videos on our birthday boys:

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/27)

Vols In NFL Update (12/26)

Six NFL Vols earned a spot in the Pro Bowl, Peyton Manning extended is NFL Record of 300+ yard games and Jason Witten broke an NFL Record. Just another week for the NFL Vols.

Player

Pos.

Team

Opponent

Score

Stats

Jason Allen

CB

Cincinnati

Pittsburgh

W, 13-10

Played, No stats

Robert Ayers

DE

Denver

Cleveland

W, 34-12

Played, No stats

Eric Berry

DB

Kansas City

Indianapolis

L, 20-13

Started at SS, 4 tackles,

1 TFL, 2 pass def.

Kevin Burnett

LB

Miami

Buffalo

W, 24-10

Started at LB,

 8 tackles

Britton Colquitt

P

Denver

Cleveland

W, 34-12

3 punts, 49.0 avg.

Dustin Colquitt

P

Kansas City

Indianapolis

L, 20-13

3 punts, 46.0 avg.

1 I-20

Morgan Cox

LS

Baltimore

NY Giants

W, 33-14

Snapped on all

punts and kicks

Arian Foster

RB

Houston

Minnesota

L, 6-33

Started at RB,

10 rush, 15 yds.

Ramon Foster

OT

Pittsburgh

Cincinnati

L, 10-13

Started at LG,

15th start, first at LG

Aubrayo Franklin

DT

San Diego

NY Jets

W, 27-17

Not active

Omar Gaither

LB

Oakland

Carolina

L, 6-17

Started at MLB,

4 tackles, 1 TFL

Jabari Greer

CB

New Orleans

Dallas

W, 34-31 OT

Started at LCB, 1 tackle

Nick Guess

LS

Oakland




Parys Haralson

LB

San Francisco

Seattle

L, 13-42

Injured Reserve

Montario Hardesty

RB

Cleveland

Denver

L, 12-34

3 rush for 14 yds

Malik Jackson

DE

Denver

Cleveland

W, 34-12

1 tackle

Peyton Manning

QB

Denver

Cleveland

W, 34-12

30-of-43 for 339 yds,

3 TDs, 1 INT

Jerod Mayo

LB

New England

Jacksonville

W, 23-16

Started at LB, 6 tackles

Turk McBride

DE

New Orleans

Dallas

W, 34-31 OT

Not active

Jacques McClendon

OL

Atlanta

Detroit

W, 31-18

Practice Squad

Tony McDaniel

DE

Miami

Buffalo

W, 24-10

2 tackles

Robert Meachem

WR

San Diego

NY Jets

W, 27-17

Played, No stats

Marvin Mitchell

LB

Minnesota

Houston

W, 33-6

Played, No stats

Denarius Moore

WR

Oakland

Carolina

L, 6-17

Started at WR,

3 rec. 12 yds

Tauren Poole

RB

Carolina

Oakland

L, 6-17

Injured Reserve

Chris Scott

OL

Buffalo

Miami

L, 10-24

Not active

Jarrod Shaw

OL

Cleveland

Denver

L, 12-34

Not active

Donte Stallworth

WR

New England

Jacksonville

W, 23-16

Injured Reserve

Luke Stocker

TE

Tampa Bay

St. Louis

L, 13-28

Started at TE,

2 rec. 16 yds.

Scott Wells

C

St. Louis

Tampa Bay

W, 28-13

Started at C

Dan Williams

DT

Arizona

Chicago

L, 13-28

Started at NT, 4 tackles

Jason Witten

TE

Dallas

New Orleans

L, 31-34 OT

Started at TE,

6 rec. for 60 yds


VOL PRO BOWL SELECTIONS

 

A school-record tying six former Vols made the NFL Pro Bowl as the rosters were announced on Wednesday night. Selected to the league's all-star game were strong safety Eric Berry, punter Dustin Colquitt, running back Arian Foster, quarterback Peyton Manning, linebacker Jerod Mayo and tight end Jason Witten. Five of the six: Berry, Colquitt, Foster, Manning and Mayo have been selected as starters.

 

With six selections, Tennessee is tied for having the most former players of any school in the nation. Along with the Vols, Miami (Fla.) also has six products in the Pro Bowl.

 

WITTEN SETS NFL RECORD'

 

Former Vols star Jason Witten set the NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end with 103 after he made six catches for 60 yards in the Dallas Cowboys' 34-31 overtime loss to the Saints on Sunday. Witten broke the mark with his sixth catch, coming early in overtime. 

 

Witten broke the record of Tony Gonzalez, who had 102 catches with the Chiefs in 2004. Witten became the third NFL tight end with 100 catches in a single-season following Gonzalez and Dallas Clark of the Colts, who also had 100 in 2009.

 

Witten also became the second Tennessee product with 100 catches in a season joining Carl Pickens, who had 100 catches in 1996 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Witten now holds the record for most catches by a former Vol in a season with 103. 

 

Dallas closes out the regular-season at Washington next Sunday. He needs one catches to hit the 800-reception mark for his career. It would make him just the third NFL tight end to ever achieve the feat and the 26th player ever to do so.

 

ARIAN FOSTER LEAVES GAME


Arian Foster left Sunday's game against Minnesota with an irregular heartbeat, not believed to be serious. Foster said post-game "I'll be fine. I'll be okay. It's a very minor situation, so I'll be okay."

 

Foster had his least productive­­ game of the season finishing with just 10 rushes for 15 yards.

 

His season total sits at 1,328 for the year, ranking fifth in the NFL. Despite not having a touchdown in the game, just his second game of the year without one, he still leads the NFL with 14 rushing touchdowns (16 total).

 

MANNING NFL RECORD CONTINUES TO GROW


After recording his 64th 300-yard passing game against Houston at the beginning of the NFL season, Peyton Manning notched his 71st 300-yard game of his career growing his NFL record.

 

It was his eighth 300-yard game of the season as his passing yards total improved to 4,355 yards. The total is the sixth highest of his career with  a week to go in the regular season

 

Serrano to Co-Host SportsTalk with John Wilkerson on Sports Animal

Serrano Radio

Tennessee head baseball coach Dave Serrano will spend his holiday break on the air as he will co-host SportsTalk with the voice of Vol baseball John Wilkerson Wednesday afternoon.

Vol fans can tune in to hear Serrano and Wilkerson talk about all of the latest news in the world of sports from 3-7 p.m. on WNML The Sports Animal (AM 990, FM 99.1/99.3). 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/26)

We hope everyone had a great Christmas and enjoyed time with their families. Here's a look at the latest stories on the football program on Wednesday:

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/25)

Merry Christmas Vol Nation! Here are some stories on Christmas Day:

Happy Birthday - Dec. 25: Desmond Brown

We send Happy Birthday wishes on Christmas Day to track senior Desmond Brown.

Desmond Brown


Merry Christmas From Vol Basketball

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from the men's basketball program. Check out this spirited video!

 

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/24)

As we celebrate Christmas Eve, check out the latest stories on the Vols football team as Butch Jones and the staff prepare for their first holiday season in Tennessee.

- Inside Tennessee: Accommodating coach

Happy Birthday - Dec. 24: Kevin Burnett, A.J. Johnson

Two notable birthdays among the Vols on Christmas Eve, both from football and both linebackers. Celebrating on Dec. 24 are Kevin Burnett, former UT star and now with the Miami Dolphins and current All-SEC linebacker A.J. Johnson.


Witten Sets NFL Record For Catches By Tight End


Former Vols star Jason Witten set the NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end with 103 after he made six catches for 60 yards in the Dallas Cowboys' 34-31 overtime loss to the Saints on Sunday. Witten broke the mark with his sixth catch, coming early in overtime. 

Witten broke the record of Tony Gonzalez, who had 102 catches with the Chiefs in 2004. Witten became the third NFL tight end with 100 catches in a single-season following Gonzalez and Dallas Clark of the Colts, who also had 100 in 2009.

Witten also became the second Tennessee product with 100 catches in a season joining Carl Pickens, who had 100 catches in 1996 with the Cincinnati Bengals. Witten now holds the record for most catches by a former Vol in a season with 103. 

Dallas closes out the regular-season at Washington next Sunday. 

Vols In NFL Gameday (12/23)

As we hit the penultimate week of the NFL regular-season, check out former Vols in action on Dec. 23

1 p.m. Games

The Cowboys host the Saints  - Game Center
The game that features three former Vols Jason Witten of Dallas will be on the opposite sidelines from CB Jabari Greer and DE Turk McBride. Witten (97 catches) is just six receptions shy of the all-time NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end. Tony Gonzalez set the record with 102 catches in 2004 for Kansas City. 


Dallas' Jason Witten needs six catches in two games to break the NFL record for catches in a season by a tight end.  FILE/ASSOCIATED PRESS

Carolina welcomes Oakland - Game Center
WR Denarius Moore and LB Omar Gaither return to the Southeast region with the Raiders and a match-up at the Panthers. Gaither will take on his former team, check out this story focused on Gaither and his return.



Bills at Dolphins - Game Center
LB Kevin Burnett and DT Tony McDaniel of Miami welcome OL Chris Scott, who was signed by the Bills a few weeks ago.
Patriots look to rebound against woeful Jaguars

Cincinnati at Pittsburgh - Game Center
In an AFC Central battle lineman Ramon Foster and the Steelers take on cornerback Jason Allen and his Bengals. Foster will move from right guard, where he has started all season to left guard, due to the injury to Willie Colon. 

Patriots in Jacksonville - Game Center
LB Jerod Mayo and his Patriots head south to Jacksonville to play the Jaguars.



Chiefs host Colts - Game Center
DB Eric Berry and punter Dustin Colquitt host the surprising Colts.
- Kansas City Star: Berry has come on strong

Rams at Buccaneers - Game Center
TE Luke Stocker and Tampa Bay host center Scott Wells and St. Louis, as Wells is back in action after missing much of the early season with injury.
Wells has been in the news for his off-the field activities. Check out this story: Scott Wells Adopts 3 Children From Uganda
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San Diego at Jets - Game Center
WR Robert Meachem and DL Aubrayo Franklin with the Chargers cross the country to play the Jets on Sunday.

Vikings at Texans - Game Center
Former Vols face off as RB Arian Foster and Houston welcome LB Marvin Mitchell and Minnesota. Two of the top backs in the NFL face-off. 

4 p.m. Games

Cleveland at Denver - Game Center
The biggest match-up in terms of former Vols, showcases six former Vols. QB Peyton Manning, punter Britton Colquitt, DL Robert Ayers and DL Malik Jackson host RB Montario Hardesty and OL Jarrod Shaw. 
- Cleveland Plain Dealer: Cleveland Browns vs. Denver Broncos
Peyton Manning
 Broncos defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio, left, speaks with defensive lineman Malik Jackson during practice under the bubble Wednesday at Dove Valley. (John Leyba, The Denver Post)



Cardinals host Bears - Game Center
DL Dan Williams and Arizona welcome Chicago. Williams has been sidelines with a hamstring injury.

Ravens vs. Giants - Game Center
Long snapper Morgan Cox and Baltimore host the defending Super Bowl champions.

8:20 p.m. Game

49ers at Seahawks - Game Center
The Sunday night matchup sees Seattle host San Francisco. Former Vol Parys Haralson is on injured reserve and will not play with the 49ers. 

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/23)

Have you had a chance to learn more about Vols' new offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian? Check out Meet The Coaches: Mike Bajakian on UTSports.com. 

Also from the media, here are the latest stories related to the football team:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Brand Butch Vols coach busy reaching out to fans
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols facing another year of uncertainty
- Inside Tennessee: Turbulence ahead

Happy Birthday - Dec. 23: Crowder, Lathers, Peterson

On Dec. 23 we send Happy Birthday wishes to senior linebacker Herman Lathers and redshirt freshman center Mack Crowder of the football team.

Herman Lathers  Mack Crowder

Also celebrating on Dec. 23 is sophomore swimmer Drew Peterson.

Drew Peterson


Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/22)

Happy Birthday: Dec. 22 - Swimmer Isaac Taylor

Happy Birthday to sophomore freestyle swimmer Isaac Taylor on Dec. 22. 
Isaac Taylor

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/22)

On Friday, Butch Jones welcomed his first addition to the roster as Riyahd Jones Signed With The Vols, after a season in junior college.

Check out the latest stories on the football squad from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols await Bray, Patterson plans

Wilkinson in Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100

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Tennessee soccer forward Hannah Wilkinson ranks No. 62 in TopDrawerSoccer.com's Postseason Women's National Top 100. The sophomore from Whangarei, New Zealand, was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American earlier this month after an outstanding debut season with the Lady Vols in 2012.

TopDrawerSoccer.com: Women's National Top 100

Jones To Highlight 104.5 SportsFest

As previously announce, by himself on 104.5 Wednesday afternoon, Vols head coach Butch Jones will highlight 104.5 The Zone's Sportsfest February 23 at the Nashville Convention Center.

Advance tickets to the event are going for $5 for all ages here

Day of Event tickets will be $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12).

Past SportsFest Speakers have included Phillip Fulmer, Mike Munchak, Jerome Bettis, Mick Foley, Eddie George, Paul Feinbaum, Sterling Martin and more!

More details to come.


SEC Expands Field, Alters Format of Annual Tournament

The Southeastern Conference announced Friday that it has altered the format of its annual baseball tournament and expanded the field to 12 teams. 

The 2013 SEC Baseball Tournament, which will be held in Hoover, Ala., at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium for the 16th consecutive year, will increase from 10 to 12 teams and will begin on Tuesday, May 21. Seeds 5-12 will meet in a single elimination format on the opening day of the tournament, followed by traditional double-elimination play Wednesday-Friday. The tournament will return to single elimination play on Saturday. The total number of games played will not change, remaining at 17.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/21)

The Vols assistant coaches met with the media on Thursday. Check out the following from UTSports.com: 


Here are stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Ex-Georgia aides have key UT task
- Inside Tennessee: Video Central
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Recruiting job one for Tennessee coaches
- SportsAninal Interview: (6:00 in): SportsTalk with John & Jimmy
- Tennessee Sports Radio: Ainge Interviews Butch Jones

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/21)

Tennessee battles Western Carolina on Friday night as the Vols homestand continues. Get all your info here: Vol Hoops Central: Western Carolina.

Here are some previews:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Maymon's delayed return may lead to redshirt

Butch Jones Makes Radio Rounds

Tennessee football coach Butch Jones continues to spread the word of Vols football with radio interviews around the Southeast, Wednesday.

 - On Wednesday afternoon at 5:40 p.m. ET/4:40 p.m. CT, Jones was on the Gary Parrish Show on 92.9 FM ESPN Radio in Memphis.  LISTEN AGAIN (at 42:00).

- Following the appearance in Memphis, Jones talked to Clay Travis, Brent Dougherty and Blaine Bishop on 3HL on 104.5 The Zone in Nashville at 6:05 p.m. ET/5:05 p.m. CT. LISTEN AGAIN

 - Wednesday morning, Jones was a guest on 790 The Zone in Atlanta on the Mayhem In The AM Show. Listen back to the interview: Butch Jones Interview or scroll down on this page: Must Have Mayhem

Happy Birthday - Dec. 20: Ojeda, Sanderson

On Dec. 20, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols baseball player Augie Ojeda, who played in the majors with the Cubs, Twins and Diamondbacks and current junior swimmer Grace Anne Sanderson.

  Grace Anne Sanderson


Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/20)

Happy Birthday - Dec. 19: Reggie White, Brent Brewer

On Dec. 19, let's remember one of the greatest Vols of all-time Reggie White, who would have celebrated his 51st birthday. White passed away in 2004. He spent 15 seasons in the NFL and is inducted in the College and Pro Football Hall of Fames.


Also, Brent Brewer, rising senior on the football team celebrated his birthday on Dec. 19. 
Brent Brewer

Butch Jones On 790 The Zone At 9 a.m.

Vols head coach Butch Jones will be a guest on 790 The Zone in Atlanta at 9 a.m., on Wednesday morning. LISTEN ONLINE. Jones will be on Mayhem in the A.M. with Steak Shapiro, Nick Cellini and Chris Dimino.

Jones will be taking part in other radio interviews later in the day on Wednesday. Check back for more details. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/19)

Vols coach Butch Jones is featured in USA Today as part of a story looking at the most popular college football coaches on Twitter: Which college football coach is most popular on Twitter?

Volquest.com has a lengthy interview with Vols head coach Butch Jones, check it out here: The Jones way.

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/19)

The Vols defeated Presbyterian, 78-62 on Tuesday night. Check out highlights:

Here are stories from the media:

- Associated Press: Vols roll by Presbyterian
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Stokes, Golden pace Tennessee Vols' win
- Inside Tennessee: Vols half decent in win


Jones Hosts VFLs In New Football Center

Tonight @UTCoachJones invited some former Vols back home. #VFL

Head coach Butch Jones hosted close to 50 former Vols football players at the new Football Training Center on Tuesday night. Check out some tweets and comments from Vols For Life.

 

USA Today Features @UTCoachJones Twitter Account

USA Today has a story on college football coaches on twitter. The story leads off with Tennessee's Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones). Check out the story: Which coach is most popular on Twitter?

Also included are these references Jones:

It took new Tennessee coach Butch Jones less than a week to take Twitter by storm. Jones (@UTCoachJones) was hired on Dec. 7, and by Dec. 12 had gained nearly 47,000 followers. A day later, on Dec. 13, Jones' Twitter account was suspended, perhaps because his uptick in followers was so steep as to set off alarms at Twitter headquarters.

Jones has yet to coach a game at Tennessee - and won't for roughly nine months - but he's already developed some sort of cachet: Jones is popular on Twitter.

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/18)

The Vols continue their homestand on Tuesday night as Presbyterian comes to Thompson-Boling Arena for a 7 p.m. tip. Get the latest on the Vols in the Vol Hoops Report: Dec. 17 as Brandon Lopez gains more playing time. 


Here are the latest stories from the media on Cuonzo Martin's team:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Trae Golden named SEC player of the week

Happy Birthday - Dec. 18: Sheffey, Wallis, Randa

On Dec. 18, we wish Happy Birthday to recent graduate Brittany Sheffey, who was a standout in track & field as well as baseball's director of operations Gregg Wallis.

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From the archives, former Vols' baseball player and longtime major leaguer Joe Randa, who celebrates his birth on Dec. 18. Randa played for Kansas City, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cincinnati and San Diego in 12 seasons. 

Listen To Butch Jones' Vol Calls Debut

If you missed Monday's edition of Vol Calls, football coach Butch Jones made his debut on the Vol Network show. You can listen to Jones' interview  starting at the 9:00 mark right here: Vol Calls (Dec. 17)

Both basketball coaches Cuonzo Martin and Holly Warlick also appeared on the show. 

Dave Hart Interview With WBIR

Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart sat down with WBIR's Steve Phillips. Check out his entire interview:

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/18)

Here's a look at the latest stories related to the football program from the media:

Butch Jones spent time with WLVT Volunteer TV on Monday, here are some pieces of his interview: 

R.A. Dickey Traded to Toronto Blue Jays

Former Tennessee pitcher and 2012 National League Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey will take his talents north of the border as he was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on Monday. 

As part of the trade, Dickey agreed to a three-year contract valued at $29 million plus a club option worth $12 million in 2016. 

The New York Mets traded Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to the Blue Jays for top catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud, right-hander Noah Syndergaard, catcher John Buck and Minor Leaguer Wuilmer Becerra.

"Now that it's official, I want to say that I don't have the words to express how grateful I am to you for the steadfast support and encouragement I received from all of you," Dickey wrote in a message to fans on Twitter. "I've always felt that there was a connection beyond the uniform.Thank you for making me feel wanted."

Dickey was named the NL Cy Young winner after going 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA while striking out 230 in 233 2/3 innings and posting an impressive 1.05 WHIP for the Mets last season.

Jones Makes Vol Calls Debut, Monday Night


New University of Tennessee Football Coach Butch Jones will make his debut on "Vol Calls" as he will call in to Monday's show which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central. Tonight's show will also feature live interviews with Tennessee Basketball Coaches Cuonzo Martin and Holly Warlick as they prepare for multiple games this week. "Vol Calls" , with hosts Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs, originates from Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville. 

Fans can ask Coach Jones, Coach Martin and Coach Warlick a question anywhere in the United States by dialing 1-800-688-8657 or Tennessee customers of Verizon can dial #TENN. Patrons at Calhoun's On the River may ask a question in person and fans may also submit questions through the IMG-Vol Network Facebook page. "Vol Calls" can be heard statewide over the Vol Radio Network and online at UTSports.com/AllAccess.

Vols In NFL Wrap Up (12/17)

With no NFL Vols taking part in Monday Night Football (New York Jets vs. Tennessee Titans), let's take a look at how the 31 Vols in action this week did.

Player

Pos.

Team

Opponent

Score

Stats

Jason Allen

CB

Cincinnati

at Philadelphia

W, 34-13

Played, no stats

Robert Ayers

DE

Denver

at Baltimore

W, 34-17

1 sack loss of 6 yards, 2 QBH

Eric Berry

DB

Kansas City

at Oakland

L, 0-15

Started at SS, game-high

11 tackles 2 TFL 1 pass def.

Kevin Burnett

LB

Miami

vs. Jacksonville

W, 24-3

Started at LB, 8 tackles,

1 sack-2 yd loss 2 TFL

Britton Colquitt

P

Denver

at Baltimore

W, 34-17

8 punts, 43.0 avg. 2-20

Dustin Colquitt

P

Kansas City

at Oakland

L, 0-15

7 punts, 54.7 avg. 4 I-20

Morgan Cox

LS

Baltimore

vs. Denver

L, 17-34

Snapped on all

punts and kicks

Arian Foster

RB

Houston

vs. Indianapolis

W, 29-17

Started at RB, 27 rush

for season-best 165 yds

2 rec. 4 yds

Ramon Foster

OT

Pittsburgh

at Dallas

L, 24-27

Started at RG

Aubrayo Franklin

DT

San Diego

vs. Carolina

L, 7-31

Started at DT, 2 tackles

Omar Gaither

LB

Oakland

vs. Kansas City

W, 15-0

Started at MLB

Jabari Greer

CB

New Orleans

vs. Tampa Bay

W, 41-0

Started at LCB, 4 tackles,

 2 INT, 4 pass def.

Nick Guess

LS

Oakland




Parys Haralson

LB

San Francisco

at New England

W, 41-34

Injured Reserve

Montario Hardesty

RB

Cleveland

vs. Washington

L, 21-38

2 rush, 5 yds

Malik Jackson

DE

Denver

at Baltimore

W, 34-17

Played, no stats

Peyton Manning

QB

Denver

at Baltimore

W, 34-17

17-of-28, 204 yds, 1 TD

Jerod Mayo

LB

New England

vs. San Francisco

L, 34-41

Started at LB,

game-high 12 tackles

Turk McBride

DE

New Orleans

vs. Tampa Bay

W, 41-0

Not active

Jacques McClendon

OL

Atlanta

vs. NY Giants

W, 34-0

Practice Squad

Tony McDaniel

DE

Miami

vs. Jacksonville

W, 24-3

Played, no stats

Robert Meachem

WR

San Diego

vs. Carolina

L, 7-31

Played, no stats

Marvin Mitchell

LB

Minnesota

at St. Louis

W, 36-22

1 special teams tackle,

1 FF on special teams

Denarius Moore

WR

Oakland

vs. Kansas City

W, 15-0

Started at WR,

 4 rec. 39 yds

Tauren Poole

RB

Carolina

at San Diego

W, 31-7

Injured Reserve

Chris Scott

OL

Buffalo

vs. Seattle

L, 17-50

Not active

Jarrod Shaw

OL

Cleveland

vs. Washington

L, 21-38

Not active

Donte Stallworth

WR

New England

vs. San Francisco

L, 34-41

Injured Reserve

Luke Stocker

TE

Tampa Bay

at New Orleans

L, 0-41

Started at TE,

3 rec. 23 yds

Scott Wells

C

St. Louis

vs. Minnesota

L, 22-36

Started at C

Dan Williams

DT

Arizona

vs. Detroit

W, 38-10

Not active

Jason Witten

TE

Dallas

vs. Pittsburgh

W, 27-24

Started at TE,

5 rec. 43 yds, TD


Manning over 4,000

- Peyton Manning, in a 204 yard, touchdown effort in the Broncos' 34-17 win at Baltimore has passed for 4,016 this season, extended his NFL record by recording his 12th career 4,000-yard season.

- Manning, in his first season with Denver, is the fifth player in NFL history to pass for 4,000 yards with two different teams. He joins Drew Bledsoe (New England, Buffalo), Brett Favre (Green Bay, Minnesota), Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon (Oilers, Vikings) and Kurt Warner (St. Louis, Arizona).

 

Career High For Foster

- Foster set a season-high with 27 carries for 165 yards against Indianapolis on Sunday. It was his third highest rushing total of his career.  

- He continues to add to his season total and stands at 1,313 for the year, fourth in the NFL and first in the AFC.

- Foster also leads the NFL with 14 rushing TDs (16 overall), is 1st in rush attempts (23.2/game), and 4th in yards/game with 93.8 (1st in AFC).

- Foster registered either a rushing or receiving TD in 11 straight games (Jan. 7, 2012-Nov. 11, 2012), which tied for the second longest streak since 2001 (LaDainian Tomlinson 18 games from 2004-05).

- After recording 110 yards on 28 carries against Jacksonville Sunday, Sept. 16, Foster became the Houston Texans' all-time leading rusher passing Domanick Davis who had 3,195 rushing yards for the franchise from 2003-05.

- Foster continues to add to his lifetime total, upping his rushing yards to 4,410 after his effort at Tennessee.

 

Extra Mayo, Please

- Adding 12 tackles to his total last week against the 49ers, Jerod Mayo continued to add to his AFC leading tackle total (137). His 137 tackles currently rank third in the NFL (Chad Greenway of Minnesota-140, Luke Kuechly-Carolina, 138) and are first in the AFC by a large margin (Jerrell Freeman-125).

- Mayo went over the century mark against Buffalo on Nov. 18 to mark the fourth time in his five year NFL career he has registered at least 100 tackles. 

 

Witten Nearing Another Record

- After a five reception game against Pittsburgh (Dec. 16), Jason Witten set a new career best for receptions in a season with his 97 this year besting his previous high of 96 set in 2007.Witten also recorded a TD on a 17 yard catch, his first TD since Week 4.

- Witten is just five catches away from tying and six away from beating Tony Gonzalez' record of most receptions in a single season by a tight end with 102 set in 2004.

- In a tough loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 28, Jason Witten broke his own Cowboys receiving record and set a league record for tight ends with 18 catches for 167 yards. Only Brandon Marshall, Terrell Owens and Tom Fears have ever caught as many or more passes at any position.

- With his second catch against Seattle (Sept. 16) Witten became the third tight end in NFL history with 700 career catches. In 10 seasons, Witten has 762 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).

 

All-Time NFL Receptions by Tight Ends

Player   Team(s)               Years     Receptions

Tony Gonzalez  Kansas City, Atlanta        1997-pres.           1,236

Shannon Sharpe               Denver, Baltimore           1990-2003            815

Jason Witten      Dallas    2003-pres.           793

Ozzie Newsome               Cleveland            1978-90                662

Antonio Gates   San Diego            2003-pres.           638

 

 


Last Leg of Lone Star State Loop

The Tennessee women's basketball team downed No. 18/20 Texas on Sunday night, 94-75 as the Lady Vols saw six players score in double digits. Meighan Simmons led the way with 18 points, while Ariel Massengale (15), Taber Spani (15), Cierra Burdick (14), Bashaara Graves (14) and Jasmine Jones (10) all saw the double digit mark. Read what news outlets had to say about the game and check out previews UT's last leg of its trip to the Lone Star state as Tennessee faces No. 3 Baylor Tuesday night.

Facing the Lady Bears:
-ESPN: Will Baylor slow down the Lady Vols?
-Waco Tribune: Lady Bears welcome new-look Tennessee
-Inside Tennessee (subscription): Tennessee to tackle Baylor tonight
-Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols have tall order against Baylor's 6-foot-8 Brittney Griner

Revisiting the win over the Longhorns:
-Austin American-Statesman: Tennessee depth tops Texas, Fussell
-Associated Press: Tennessee shares scoring load to scoot by Texas
-Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols take down Texas, 94-75
-Inside Tennessee (subscription): Tennessee takes out Texas
-San Antonio Express: Vols' depth, speed overwhelm Longhorns





Richardson Among Top 25 Underclassmen

According to ESPN.com's trio of insiders Todd McShay, Steve Muench and Kevin Weidl, the Vols Antonio Richardson is one of the top 25 underclassmen. Richardson comes in a No. 18 on the list of the top true sophomores, redshirt and true freshman in 2012. Here's what was said about the man known as "Tiny."

18. Antonio RichardsonTennessee Volunteers

Sophomore offensive tackle

Richardson isn't quite as athletic as Cyrus Kouandjio, and he can get exposed when defenders redirect inside, as he was against Georgia linebacker Alec Ogletree. On the other hand, his long arms and wide frame make it tough for speed rushers to turn the corner, and he doesn't give much ground to power rushers.

At times it looks like he can do a better job of locating second-level assignments as a run blocker, but his size, power and toughness make him an effective drive blocker.

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/17)

The Vols completed their coaching staff with the announcement of Zach Azzanni as Wide Receivers Coach and Recruiting Coordinator. Check out the full Coaches page here.

Vols coach Butch Jones spoke with The Nation across Tennessee on Sunday night, listen to the interview: Butch Jones Nation interview

Read up on the latest about the football team with these articles:

- Inside Tennessee: UT's best QB coach?

Also, from GoVols247, here is Part 3 of an interview with the Tennessee Athletic Director: Dave Hart 1-on-1, Part Three

Happy Birthday - Dec. 17: Nikki McCray, Whitney Heeres

On Dec. 17, we send Happy Birthday wishes to legendary women's basketball star Nikki McCray. McCray starred at UT in the mid 1990s and went on to standout career in the WNBA earning four All-Star Game starts. She played with the Washington, Indiana, Phoenix, San Antonio and Chicago.


Also celebrating on Dec. 17 is volleyball junior outside hitter Whitney Heeres.

Whitney Heeres

Vols Fall Graduation 12/15

The Vols took part in fall graduation Saturday.

Take a look at the photo gallery from the Graduation Breakfast Saturday morning.

Photo Gallery


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Vols In NFL Game Day (12/16)

With just three more weeks of regular season games left, 26 more Vols are in action in Week 15.

1:00 p.m. Games

Indianapolis Colts vs. Houston Texans Game Center

The Colts (9-4) head to Houston for a meeting with Arian Foster and the Texans (11-2).

Foster is coming off of a 15 rush, 46 yard, touchdown effort against New England last weekend. Foster also tacked on 4 catches for 39 yards. The running back has notched at least one TD in 12 of the 13 games that he has played in this year.

Houston Chronicle: Foster third in Pro Bowl voting by fans; Watt is leading defensive vote-getter

Denver Broncos vs. Baltimore Ravens Game Center
Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning and the Broncos (10-3) head across the country to Baltimore where they will meet up with Morgan Cox and the Ravens (9-4).

Last weekend. The Broncos earned a 26-13 victory over Oakland where Ayers had a tackle for loss, Colquitt notched just 2 punts for a 44.5 average dropping them both inside the 20, Jackson played and Manning went 26-of-36 for 310 yards including one touchdown.

Cox snapped on all of the punts and kicks for the Ravens for the 13th time this season in a tough loss to their neighbors to the south, Washington.

Florida Today: Who deserves to be NFL's comeback player? Peyton Manning
CBS Local: DIA Train Riders Hear Broncos Quarterback Peyton Manning Holiday Greeting
Washington Post: Broncos 0-5 in Baltimore but Peyton Manning has beaten Ravens 8 straight times
Denver Post: Peyton Manning's former coach running the Ravens' offense now

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Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Miami Dolphins Game Center

Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and the Dolphins (5-8) play host to the Jaguars (2-11). Last time out, Burnett finished with three tackles while McDaniel had one in a loss to San Francisco.

Washington Redskins vs. Cleveland Browns Game Center
Montario Hardesty, Jarrod Shaw and the Browns (5-8) host the Washington Redskins (7-6) at Cleveland Browns Stadium.

Hardesty was the Browns leading rusher last weekend rushing 10 times for 52 yards in a 30-7 win over Kansas City. Shaw was not active.

Plain Dealer: Montario Hardesty has been productive coming off bench for Cleveland Browns
The Morning Journal: Montario Hardesty knows role in Cleveland Browns' run attack

Minnesota Vikings vs. St. Louis Rams Game Center
Marvin Mitchell and the Vikings (7-6) head to St. Louis for a meeting with Scott Wells and the Rams (6-6-1).

Last week, Mitchell had one special teams tackle for the Vikings in a 21-14 win over Chicago. Wells started at center for the Rams in a 15-12 win over Buffalo.

Fox News: Wells' return could strengthen Rams' line

Tampa Bay Buccaneers vs. New Orleans Saints Game Center
Luke Stocker and the Bucs (6-7) head to New Orleans for a meeting with Jabari Greer, Turk McBride and the Saints (5-8).

Stocker started at tight end last time out and was targeted twice while Greer started at left cornerback for the 13th straight game finishing with five tackles and a pass defended while McBride was inactive.

4:00 p.m. Games

Seattle Seahawks vs. Buffalo Bills Game Center

The Seahawks (8-5) head across country for a meeting with Chris Scott and the Bills (5-8).

Scott was not active in his first week as a Bill last weekend.

Carolina Panthers vs. San Diego Chargers Game Center
The 4-9 Panthers head across the country to San Diego for a meeting with Aubrayo Franklin, Robert Meachem and the 5-8 Chargers.

Franklin had one tackle last weekend while Meachem played, but did not have any stats.

Detroit Lions vs. Arizona Cardinals Game Center
Dan Williams and the Cardinals (4-9) host the Lions (4-9) at University of Phoenix Stadium.

Williams started at nose tackle last weekend but did not notch any stats.

SB Nation Arizona: Cardinals DT Dan Williams suffers hamstring injury

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Oakland Raiders Game Center
Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the Chiefs (2-11) head across country to meet up with Omar Gaither, Denarius Moore and the Raiders (3-10).

Berry started at strong safety for the 13th straight game finishing with four tackles and a pass defended while Colquitt had seven punts for a 48.0 average dropping four inside the 20.

For the Raiders, Gaither earned his first start as a Raider making a tackle while Moore had four receptions for 43 yards.

Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Dallas Cowboys Game Center
Ramon Foster and the Steelers (7-6) head to Dallas for a meeting with Jason Witten and the Cowboys (7-6).

Foster started his 13th straight game at right guard for the Steelers this season while Witten had a team high four receptions for 62 yards and was instrumental in the Cowboys game-winning drive with a catch and a key block to set up the game-winning field goal.

CBS Local: Steelers' Foster Seeks Better Execution Up Front

Sunday Night Football

San Francisco 49ers vs. New England Patriots Game Center

The 49ers (9-3-1) head to Foxboro for a meeting with Jerod Mayo and the Patriots (10-3). Donte Stallworth, who played for the Pats last weekend, was placed on the injured reserve after spraining his ankle on his touchdown Monday night.

Mayo is coming off of a game-high seven tackles, one tackle for loss, and two quarterback hits in a 42-14 victory over Houston.

Boston Herald: Deion Branch returns with Donte Stallworth off to IR
MassLive: Donte' Stallworth thrilled to be back, catch touchdown pass in New England
ESPN: Jerod Mayo spicing up Patriots' D
SportingNews.com: Huddle Up! Podcast: Jerod Mayo amped about Pats' improved LB corps
ESPN: Jerod Mayo does random acts of kindness

Tennessee-Texas Game Set-Up Stories

Below are some stories in advance of today's Tennessee vs. Texas women's basketball game in Austin.  Tip-off is at 2 p.m. Eastern (1 CT), with Fox Sports Net and SportSouth televising the contest. Go to Lady Vol Hoops Central for complete game day coverage.

- Associated Press: Lady Vols ready for toughest stretch of season
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Lady Vols' next tests three-fold
- Austin American-Statesman: Tennessee charges ahead with familiar coach in command
- Inside Tennessee (Subscription): Battle of the UTs on tap for Sunday



Stokely Athletic Center Era Ends

Stokely Athletics Center, which served as Tennessee's home basketball court during the glory years of the 1960s and '70s, is about to close its doors and eventually will be demolished.
The Stokely Athletics Center is closing its doors as a home for Tennessee Athletics. Check out a few stories on the facility that served so many Vols and Lady Vols for decades.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stokely nearly empty, memories remain

Retired associate athletics director director Gus Manning visits the Stokely Athletic Center Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, at the University of Tennessee. The building is scheduled to be vacated by Dec. 31, with demolition to begin in the near future on a date to be determined. (Paul Efird/News Sentinel)



Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/16)

University of Tennessee football coach Butch Jones
The features on how Dave Hart found his man to lead the Vols in Butch Jones continue in the media. Check out the latest stories right here:

- Volquest: Financial planning

Also in the news, David Martin earned his degree at UT, more than decade after leaving the school for the NFL. Read about it in the Knoxville News Sentinel: Graduation Day: David Martin catches a UT degree at 33



VFL David Martin Graduates


David Martin, who played for the Vols from 1997-00 and in the NFL for the past 11 seasons for the Green Bay Packers, Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, returned to Knoxville Saturday to graduate.

Martin made the trip to Knoxville with his family to receive his diploma and be a part of the graduation festivities.

Thanks to the Knoxville News Sentinel for the interview.

Jerod Mayo 'Quarterbacking' Patriots Defense

Jerod Mayo, who was a defensive leader while at Tennessee, has continued that leadership role to the NFL where this season, his fifth with New England, he helped quarterback the Patriots defense to a 10-3 record.

Mayo has been the AFC tackle leader for the entire 2012 season, but his leadership is more than tackles.

Read about what Mayo has been doing for the Patriots this season to help them be one of the top teams in the NFL.

ESPN Boston: Jerod Mayo Spicing Up Patriots D


Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/15)

Congrats to the grads as UT holds its winter graduation on Saturday. 

Check out this feature from the Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee AD Dave Hart says Butch Jones offers 'new beginning' for program.

Also from GoVols247:

Happy Birthday - Dec. 15: Soccer's Gabby Santorio

On Dec. 15, we send Happy Birthday wishes to Gabby Santorio of the soccer team!
Gabby Santorio

Dave Hart Meets With Media

Tennessee Athletics Director Dave Hart took time out to meet with various members of the media on Thursday. Here's a look at some of his interviews:


Also, Hart was on the Sports Animal listen to his interview with Doc, Jeff and Heather:
 - Part 1: Doc, Jeff, and Heather, 8:00 - 8:15am (Start 7:30 into the interview)

C.J. Watson Featured In New York's Newsday


Check out a great feature on former Vols hoop star C.J. Watson in Newsday (N.Y.) as Watson poured in a season-high 16 points for the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night in a win over the Raptors. 


Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/14)

On Thursday, head coach Butch Jones Announced the Coaching Staff for the Vols with the exception of the wide receivers coach. Check out coverage:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT confirms football assistants hirings
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT confirms football staff hirings

Also, related to football:

Happy Birthday - Dec. 14: Track's Tyler Porter

On Dec. 14, we send Happy Birthday wishes to track & field junior pole vaulter Tyler Porter.

Tyler Porter

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/14)

The Vols picked up their first win over a ranked team in 2012-13 with a 69-60 win over No. 23 Wichita State on Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena. Check out highlights: 


Here's coverage from the media:
- Associated Press: Golden carries Vols on his back
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Golden, McRae pace win for Tennessee Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' Hall comes through with game on line
- Inside Tennessee: Golden moment
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols get that elusive quality win




Jones Also On NFL Draft Tracker Podcast

Thursday afternoon was a busy one for head coach Butch Jones.

After spending the early part of the week recruiting, Jones spoke with College Football Live and the NFL Draft Tracker to discuss recruiting in the Southeastern Conference and how he aims to restore the tradition at UT.

Take a listen here

Hear What Jones Had To Say On CFB Live

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With nearly a week under his belt as the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers football program, and 40,000 more twitter followers, Butch Jones talked to Joe Tessitore on College Football Live on ESPN Thursday afternoon.

Read what he had to say below:

(On starting at Tennessee)

"I don't know if there are any surprising. Obviously Tennessee is a tremendous place. I think it is truly one of a kind. You look at our fan base, you look at our facilities and a pride of who we are. It is obviously a very special place. The overall important thing, people live and die Tennessee football not on a day-to-day bases but a minute by minute bases."

(On securing a coaching staff)

"The first thing is being able to secure a great coaching staff, with some many ingredients. Great communications, individuals that can be mentors to our players, individuals who have great knowledge of the game and obviously we all know the importance of recruiting and being able to attract a very high level of student-athlete here to the University of Tennessee. I am really excited about our staff; we are just about done with securing it. We have nine positions and right now we have secured eight individuals to be a part of the Tennessee football family."

(On expectations for recruiting)

"It has been an interesting week. We have kind of been playing catch up that is why I have been all over the country this week. I thought it was important to get a staff intact, individuals I have known, not rush but do our diligence. Get a staff on the road recruiting. We have a great product here at Tennessee. We are really making up ground so to speak. We have a great product. I am excited about this class as we move forward."

(On meeting with the recruits and families)

"The big thing is they are excited because they now have stability. That is the big thing, the overall stability of the program. I think the direction and the vision and the see that. I think it is important for me to have gotten out this week and get in front of as many prospective student-athletes as possible. Finally, there is closure to what is going on at Tennessee. Again, all the people who I have come in contact with are extremely interested in being a volunteer and excited about what is going on here."

(On the expectations moving forward)

"We live in an instant gratification society. The big thing is, the formula to win, the plan to win. The great thing is this is my third time doing it. A lot of members of my staff, this is the third time as well. I understand the standards and the expectations that come along with a high profile football program like the University of Tennessee. We are going to work immediately to win. It is all about becoming a champion in everything we do, on the field and off the field. It has been a balancing act this week. We have had three goals. Number 1 is to get out on the recruiting trail and look to secure a great recruiting class, number 2 was attracting a tremendous coaching staff and number 3 was meeting as many of our current players as possible. It has been a challenge because we are on an exam schedule, it is exam week this week and then they are all leaving. I think as the conclusion of the week occurs we have been able to accomplish all three."


Watch Coach Jones On College Football Live At 3:30

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The new head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers, Butch Jones, can be seen today on College Football Live on ESPN at 3:30 p.m.

Jones, who was named the 24th head coach of the Volunteers last Friday, will talk to Joe Tessitore Thursday afternoon about all things Tennessee.

Find the interview online at WatchESPN.com or watch live on ESPN.


WBIR Feature On Closing Of Stokely Athletic Center

Stokely Athletic Center will close it doors this month. Check out a great feature from WBIR on the history of the home of UT Athletics for decades: UT says so long to Stokely Athletic Center

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/13)

The Vols will take on #23 Wichita State on Thursday night at 7 p.m. Check out Vol Hoops Central: #23 Wichita State.

Here are comments from coach Cuonzo Martin:

The latest media articles include: 

- Associated Press: Vols struggling early again
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols seek scoring spark
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Wichita State's RPI adds up, not a fluke

News on the Shockers includes:



Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/13)

Vols head coach Butch Jones' twitter account (@UTCoachJones) surpassed the 50,000-follower mark late Wednesday night. He is one of just four college football coaches in the country to have 50,000-plus followers.

Here are the recent stories on the team from UTSports.com:


Also, from the Knoxville News Sentinel: UT offers no-donation football season tickets

Dave Hart On Sports Animal At 8:05 a.m.

Tennessee Athletic Director Dave Hart will be a guest of Doc, Jeff and Heather in the morning on the Sports Animal at 8:05 a.m., on Thursday. Listen on 990 AM, 99.1 FM, 99.3 FM or online here: LISTEN LIVE.

McNeil Named to ESPN.com SEC All-Freshman Team



In addition to being honored as part of the SEC Coaches' Freshman All-SEC Team, defensive back LaDarrell McNeil was named to the ESPN.com SEC All-Freshman Team by Edward Aschoff. 


Happy Birthday: 12/12/12 - Leslie Cikra & Cat Hosfield

On Dec. 12 (12/12/12), we wish Happy Birthday to senior volleyball hitter Leslie Cikra and former Lady Vols softball player Cat Hosfield.

Leslie Cikra  Cat Hosfield


Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/12/12)

Happy 12/12/12, the final time we will have a repetitive date until 89 years from now until Jan. 1, 2101 (01/01/01). Here are some of the latest stories on Vol basketball:


Here are a few stories on Thursday's No. 23 Wichita State, an undefeated 9-0 team.

- Winfield Daily Courier: Is WSU really that good?

Smith Earns Spot in AO Playoff Semifinals



Tennis Australia: Smith through to play-off semifinals

Behind a solid returning performance on a hot afternoon, former Vol John-Patrick Smith advanced to the semifinals of the Australian Open Playoff in Melbourne Park.

Smith beat seventh-seeded Greg Jones 6-4, 3-6, 7-6, 6-4 in Wednesday's quarterfinal to move just two matches away from securing a main draw wild card into his home Grand Slam. 

The match was closely contested, but Smith got the breaks when he needed them, serving out the victory on his first match point at 40-30. Jones was coming off a lengthy five-set win in his opening match, and that mileage started to play a factor as the match continued. 

"Coming in, I had to make a lot of returns on his serve," Smith told Tennis Australia's broadcasters after the match. "He has a big serve and probably hit a dozen aces. I haven't seen the stats. I just knew I had to make returns and had to get him moving."

Smith, seeded second, is the highest seed remaining in the tournament. In the semifinals, he will face the winner of the ongoing match between Matt Reid and junior champion Luke Saville.


Pat Summitt Wins 2012 Andrus Award

Tennessee Head Coach Emeritus Pat Summitt has received AARP's highest honor. For her advocacy and dedication to public education about Alzheimer's, supporting caregivers and patients, and funding research, AARP presented Summitt the 2012 Andrus Award for community service on Thursday night at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

To read more, click on the link below.

Pat Summitt Wins 2012 Andrus Award



 

 

 

 

 

ESPN's Robert Smith Calls Jones Top Hire In College Football

Robert Smith of ESPN's "College Football Live" called Tennessee's hiring of Butch Jones the best in college football in the 2012 offseason. Here's what Smith had to say on the show on Tuesday.

"My top hire this offseason is Butch Jones at Tennessee. From the bottom up, he's really going to be helpful at Tennessee, a school that hasn't seen any type of stability over the last five years. I think they made the right choice in Butch Jones. I had an opportunity to sit down with him when he was at Central Michigan and when he was at Cincinnati. He knows how to build from the foundation of a program. Everything from the way a kid goes to class, to the way they carry themselves, to the pride they have in their school. It's not like Tennessee hasn't had a dearth of talent. They just haven't had the right people to get the talent doing the things they are supposed to do. I think Butch Jones is going to do a great job with that. Obviously, playing the SEC, it's difficult to jump in and make a change right away. I think it's going to take a couple of years, but I think he's the type of guy that will get that place turned around. He's the right person to get Tennessee going the right way."

Vols In NFL Wrap Up (12/11)

Week 14 is over and done with after a 42-14 New England win over Houston in Monday Night Football.

In his return to the NFL, Donte' Stallworth hauled in a 63 yard TD on his first catch of 2012 to help the Patriots extend their lead and go on to the victory. Jerod Mayo notched a team-high seven tackles, as he still leads the AFC with 125 this season and is third in the NFL behind Luke Kuechly of Carolina and Chad Greenway of Minnesota.

Arian Foster also notched a TD, his 16th of the season and NFL-leading 14th rushing TD. It was the 49th of his career and he has recorded a TD in 12 of 13 games this season.

Find out how the rest of the NFL Vols did below:

Player

Pos.

Team

Opponent

Score

Stats

Jason Allen

CB

Cincinnati

vs. Dallas

L, 19-20

1 special teams tackle

Robert Ayers

DE

Denver

at Oakland

W, 26-13

1 tackle, for loss

Eric Berry

DB

Kansas City

at Cleveland

L, 7-30

Started at SS,

4 tackles 1 pass def.

Kevin Burnett

LB

Miami

at San Francisco

L, 13-27

Started at LOLB, 3 tackles

Britton Colquitt

P

Denver

at Oakland

W, 26-13

2 punts, 44.5 avg.

both I-20

Dustin Colquitt

P

Kansas City

at Cleveland

L, 7-30

7 punts, 48.0 avg.

4 I-20

Morgan Cox

LS

Baltimore

at Washington

L, 28-31

Snapped on all punts and kicks

Arian Foster

RB

Houston

at New England

L, 14-42

Started at RB,

15 att. 46 yds. 1 TD

4 rec. 39 yds

Ramon Foster

OT

Pittsburgh

vs. San Diego

L, 24-34

Started at RG

Aubrayo Franklin

DT

San Diego

at Pittsburgh

W, 34-24

1 tackle

Omar Gaither

LB

Oakland

vs. Denver

L, 13-26

1 tackle

Jabari Greer

CB

New Orleans

at NY Giants

L, 27-52

Started at LCB,

5 tackles, 1 pass def.

Nick Guess

LS

Oakland




Parys Haralson

LB

San Francisco

vs. Miami

W, 27-13

Injured Reserve

Montario Hardesty

RB

Cleveland

vs. Kansas City

W, 30-7

Leading Rusher

10 att. 52 yds.

Malik Jackson

DE

Denver

at Oakland

W, 26-13

Played, no stats

Peyton Manning

QB

Denver

at Oakland

W, 26-13

26-of-36 for 310 yds.

1 TD 1 INT

Jerod Mayo

LB

New England

vs. Houston

W, 42-14

Started at LB,

game-high 7 tackles,

1 TFL, 2 QBH

Turk McBride

DE

New Orleans

at NY Giants

L, 27-52

Not active

Jacques McClendon

OL

Atlanta

at Carolina

L, 20-30

Practice Squad

Tony McDaniel

DE

Miami

at San Francisco

L, 13-27

1 tackle

Robert Meachem

WR

San Diego

at Pittsburgh

W, 34-24

Played, no stats

Marvin Mitchell

LB

Minnesota

vs. Chicago

W, 21-14

1 special teams tackle

Denarius Moore

WR

Oakland

vs. Denver

L, 13-26

4 rec. 43 yds

Tauren Poole

RB

Carolina

vs. Atlanta

W, 30-20

Injured Reserve

Chris Scott

OL

Buffalo

vs. St. Louis

L, 12-15

Not active

Jarrod Shaw

OL

Cleveland

vs. Kansas City

W, 30-7

Not active

Donte Stallworth

WR

New England

vs. Houston

W, 42-14

1 rec. 63 yds TD

Luke Stocker

TE

Tampa Bay

vs. Philadelphia

L, 21-23

Started at TE,

targeted twice

Scott Wells

C

St. Louis

at Buffalo

W, 15-12

Started at C

Dan Williams

DT

Arizona

at Seattle

L, 0-58

Started at NT,

Jason Witten

TE

Dallas

at Cincinnati

W, 20-19

Team-high 4 rec 62 yds


VFL Charles Davis on Butch Jones

Former Tennessee defensive back and current FOX NFL analyst Charles Davis, who was honored as a Legend of the Game this season has weighed in on the hiring of Butch Jones as the new head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers.

"Coach Butch Jones is a man that not only has the football acumen to bring Tennessee back to it's rightful place in the SEC, and College Football world, he's a man that will "connect" with the "Volunteer Nation," and "Big Orange Country." Butch is a man that knows how to not just sell his program, but make people feel a part of it, and that's something that is sorely needed at Tennessee. Our fans are the best in the world, but it's felt to me that in recent years, they have almost been taken for granted, and that is something that will not happen with Butch Jones."

"On the field, they will play an exciting brand of ball, and they will do it with discipline, and toughness. The players will understand what's expected of them, and will be given plans of attack that will give them the best opportunities to win each week, and those plans will address not just what they are doing on the field, but off of it, too. All areas of academics, off season and in season work out plans, community interaction, and how to best represent themselves,  their families, and the University of Tennessee at all times. Being a Vol is a lifestyle, and Coach Jones will show, emphasize, and not compromise on the players understanding of how to best live that life."

"Coach Jones has called this a "Dream job." And, being the Head Coach at Tennessee IS exactly that. Here's my full support of Coach Butch Jones, and his staff as they work to bring Championships with Honor back to Knoxville!"

Take a look at what else was said about Butch Jones my the national media and former players.


Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/11)

Get the latest on Vols' football with the following stories from the media on Tuesday morning:

- Cookeville Herald Citizen: Making the case for Butch Jones
- Inside Tennessee: Getting it right
- Knoxville News Sentinel: A short heads up on the coach

Smith Set for AO Playoff Quarterfinals

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Former Vol John-Patrick Smith won his first career five-set match Monday to move into Wednesday's quarterfinals in the Australian Open Playoffs at Melbourne Park. 

Second-seeded Smith fought through a lull in the second set to breeze past 17-year-old Jay Andrijic 6-2, 7-6, 6-1 in a match that lasted about two hours. He now faces seventh-seeded Greg Jones on Wednesday in Australia, which will likely mean a Tuesday evening start time in the Eastern time zone.

Smith's consistency proved to be a difference maker on Monday against Andrijic. The winds picked up as the match wore on, but Smith broke Andrijic's serve seven times over the three sets and only dropped serve once.

Andrijic came back from 3-1 down the second set and eventually held serve for a 5-4 lead, but Smith won the last three games to retake the momentum. The third set went quickly as Smith reeled of six games in a row to advance to the quarterfinals for the second year in a row.

While Smith is in familiar territory, he told local media outlets he hardly feels like the same player he was a year ago. He has now completed a full year on the professional circuit and is now the sixth-ranked Australian. 

The winner of the 16-player tournament receives a main draw wild card into the Australian Open, Smith's home major. The four-time All-American hails from Townsville, Queensland, but he has based most of his professional training in Knoxville since turning pro in 2011.

Tennis Australia: JP powers into second round

Vols In NFL Monday Night Football (12/10)

Houston Texans vs. New England Patriots Game Center

As Week 14 of the NFL Regular season wraps up, two NFL Vols will be in action for Monday Night Football on ESPN as the New England Patriots take on the Houston Texans in Foxboro, Mass.

Arian Foster and the Texans bring an 11-1 record to Gillette Stadium where they will face Jerod Mayo and the 9-3 Patriots.

The battle will be a determining factor in the 2012 playoff slots as both teams have already clinched a berth.

Last time out, Foster had 14 rushes for just 38 yards and a touchdown as well as five catches for 15 yards in a 24-10 win at Tennessee.

Mayo notched just six tackles and a sack for eight yards in a 23-16 win over Miami.

Boston.com: Jerod Mayo's sack capped a stellar day
WEEI.com: Jerod Mayo: Looking forward to facing my good friend Arian Foster
Patriots.com: Take Two-sday: Mayo making plays!
The Seattle Times: 'Monday Night Football' preview
Sports Radio Interviews: Jerod Mayo on Friend and College Teammate Arian Foster: "Hopefully He's Not ..
Boston Herald: Arian Foster on Brandon Spikes: 'It's hard for me to get intimidated on the field'
CBS Local: Patriots-Texans Fun Facts

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.


Tennessee Basketball Coach Cuonzo Martin will be in person at Calhoun's On the River for "Vol Calls" Monday night at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT. The show will also feature a live interview and Q&A session with Lady Vols Coach Holly Warlick and a taped interview with new UT football Coach Butch Jones. Fans can place a "Vol Call" anywhere in the United States by dialing 1-800-688-8657 or Tennessee customers of Verizon can dial #TENN. Patrons at Calhoun's On the River may ask a question in person and fans may also submit questions through the IMG-Vol Network Facebook page.

Listen live on UTSports.com/AllAccess

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/10)

Happy Monday to Vols fans out there. Here's a look at some stories on the football program as we start the first full week of the Butch Jones Era in Knoxville. 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: The Vol Historian: Getting into town

Smith Starts Australian Open Playoffs Tonight

Former SEC Athlete of the Year John-Patrick Smith will compete for a wild card in his home Grand Slam starting today in the Australian Open Playoff at Melbourne Park.

Smith is seeded second of 16 Australian players competing for a main draw wild card into January's Australian Open. He faces 17-year-old Jay Andrijic on Monday at 10 a.m. to open the tournament. In Knoxville time (U.S. Eastern), the match starts Sunday at 6 p.m. Eastern and will be streamed live by Tennis Australia for free here: Live Streaming

Since finishing his college career with the Vols in 2011, Smith has spent a majority of his professional career still based out of Knoxville and is the official touring pro of the Knoxville Racquet Club. As the sixth-ranked Australian, his return Down Under makes headlines. He was featured in today's story by the Sydney Morning Herald.

Smith has played in this tournament the last two years, reaching the quarterfinals last season. This time around, the tournament format for the men this time will be a best-of-5-set format in every round.

IN NORCROSS
Starting Friday, the USTA will host its Australian Open Wild Card Playoff, and former Vols Rhyne Williams and Tennys Sandgren both in the 8-man field. Williams has made the semifinals of that tournament the last two years, and it will be Sandgren's first appearance in the tournament in Norcross, Ga. Full match coverage, photos and video of that tournament will be available at utsports.com. 

Lady Vols Ranked 10th Entering Holiday Break

The undefeated Lady Vol swimming and diving team is ranked 10th in the CSCAA Division I Coaches Poll entering the holiday season. 

In dual meets, the team has started the year 5-0 and 1-0 in SEC play. The Lady Vols concluded the fall by winning the Tennessee Invitational. The team was previously ranked seventh nationally. 

Meanwhile, the Vols (3-2, 1-0 SEC) dropped out of the men's national rankings despite winning the Tennessee Invitational. They have been ranked as high as 13th this year. 

 NCAA Division 1 Women's Swimming and Diving Ranking as of December 5, 2012 
(School, record, previous rank) 
1. Southern California, (5-0, Pac 12 4-0), 1 
2. Texas A&M, (4-0, SEC 2-0), 4 
3. Georgia, (5-0, SEC 3-0), 3 
4. California, (4-0, Pac 12 1-0), 2 
5. Texas, (3-1, Big 12 0-0), 5 
6. Arizona, (4-2, Pac 12 1-2), 13 
7. Stanford, (2-1, Pac 12 0-0), 6 
8. Virginia, (3-0, ACC 0-0), 10 
9. Florida, (1-3, SEC 1-2), 11 
10. Tennessee, (5-0, SEC 1-0), 7 
11. Auburn, (3-0, SEC 2-0), 9 
12. Penn State, (3-1, Big Ten 1-0), NR 
13. UCLA, (8-0, Pac 12 5-0), 12 
14. Minnesota, (5-0, Big Ten 3-0), 8 
15. Ohio State, (4-1, Big Ten 0-0), 16 
16. North Carolina, (2-1, ACC 1-0), 15 
17. Louisville, (2-1, Big East 1-0), 17 
T18. Florida State, (10-0, ACC 3-0), 24 
T18. Arizona State, (2-2, Pac 12 1-2), 18 
20. Missouri, (3-2, SEC 1-2)¸NR 
21. Notre Dame, (1-3, Big East 1-1), 21 
22. Indiana, (2-4, Big Ten 1-1)¸14 
23. SMU, (1-1, CUSA 1-0), 23 
24. Michigan, (1-3, Big Ten 1-2), 22 
25. Arkansas, (3-1, SEC 2-1), 23 
Also received votes: Purdue, San Diego State, Harvard, Wisconsin 

Vols In NFL Game Day (12/9)

In Week 14 of the NFL regular season 19 NFL Vols will be in action.

The week began with six NFL Vols taking part in Thursday Night Football as Denver, and Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning, traveled to Oakland for a meeting with Denarius Moore, Omar Gaither and the Raiders.

The Broncos won, 26-13.

1:00 p.m.

Baltimore Ravens vs. Washington Redskins Game Center
Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens (9-3) head 40 miles south for a meeting with the Washington Redskins (6-6).

Last time out, Cox snapped, per usual, on all punts and kicks for the Ravens in a tough 23-20 loss to AFC North rival the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Dallas Cowboys vs. Cincinnati Bengals Game Center
Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys (6-6) head to Cincinnati for a meeting with Jason Allen and the Bengals (7-5).

Witten notched a team-high six receptions for 108 yards the last time out in a 38-33 win over Philadelphia boosting himself into 25th all-time on the NFL receptions list. He currently has 784 in his career.

Jason Allen was inactive last weekend.

ESPN: Unfamiliarity leads to work for Cowboys
ESPN: Big plays return for Jason Witten

St. Louis Rams vs. Buffalo Bills Game Center
Scott Wells and the Rams (5-6-1) head to Buffalo for a meeting with the newest Bill, Chris Scott, and the Bills (5-7).

Scott Wells has started the last two games at center for St. Louis after returning from the injured reserve. Chris Scott signed with the Bills earlier this week to replace Chris Hairston who is out with an ankle injury.

BuffaloBills.com: Hairston to I-R; Bills sign OT Scott

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Center
Luke Stocker and the Buccaneers (6-6) play host to the Philadelphia Eagles (3-9) this week.

Last time out, Stocker notched two catches for 19 yards after gaining the start at tight end.

Kansas City Chiefs vs. Cleveland Browns Game Center
Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the Chiefs (2-10) head to Cleveland for a meeting with Montario Hardesty, Jarrod Shaw and the Browns (4-8).

Berry started at strong safety for the 12th time this season notching just a tackle while Colquitt booted three punts for a 42.7 average dropping two inside the 20.

Montario Hardesty had five rushes for 39 yards for the Browns while Jarrod Shaw was not active.

Arrowhead Pride: Chiefs injury report: Eric Berry joins 4 others not practicing
Waiting For Next Year: Is this the beginning of a Browns running committee?

San Diego Chargers vs. Pittsburgh Steelers Game Center
Aubrayo Franklin, Robert Meachem and the Chargers (4-8) head to Pittsburgh for a meeting with Ramon Foster and the Steelers (7-5).

Franklin was not active last time out while Meachem played but didnt register a catch.

Foster earned his 12th start at right guard for the Steelers.

Tribune-Review: Steelers notebook: Colon likely to play Sunday, Woodley out

Chicago Bears vs. Minnesota Vikings Game Center
Marvin Mitchell and the Vikings (6-6) will host the 8-4 Chicago Bears this weekend.

Mitchell played and had one special teams tackle the last time out for Minnesota.

4:00 p.m.

Miami Dolphins vs. San Francisco 49ers Game Center

Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and the Dolphins (5-7) head across country for a meeting with the 49ers (8-3-1).

Burnett started at LB notched a game-high 11 tackles and a tackle for loss in a loss to New England last weekend. McDaniel had a tackle and a pass defended.

Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks Game Center
Dan Williams and the Cardinals (4-8) head to Seattle for a meeting with the Seahawks (7-5).

In the start at nose tackle last weekend at the New York Jets, Williams set a career-high with 10 tackles on the day in a tough 7-6 loss. He is just three tackles off of his season-best 27 recorded during his rookie season with three games to go.

SB Nation Arizona:Dan Williams credits coach for his production vs Jets
Arizona Sports:Dan Williams says Ray Horton's scheme is reason for success



New Orleans Saints vs. New York Giants Game Center

Jabari Greer, Turk McBride and the Saints (5-7) head to New Jersey for a meeting with the 7-5 New York Giants.

Greer had two tackles and a pass defended last time out in a Thursday night meeting with the Falcons. McBride had two quarterback hurries.

The Advocate:Saints defense showing improvement
WMC-TV: FUMS Shoes and The Greer Campaign Partner to Serve Children


Happy Birthday: Dec. 9 - Hannah Hut, Jacques McClendon

On Dec. 9, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Lady Vols soccer player Hannah Hut and former football lineman Jacques McClendon. McClendon has gone on to a career in the NFL.  

Hannah Hut  
Jacques McClendon

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/9)

Day 3 of the Butch Jones Era begins on Sunday. In just 12 hours of being made live, our exclusive behind-the-scenes video of Jones' first day as head coach has more than 50,000 views and counting. Watch it again right here:


Here are the latest stories on Jones including a profile of the Vols' new leader:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: An SEC coaching leap isn't for everybody




Happy Birthday: Dec. 8 - Pollmiller, Trotter

On Dec. 8, we wish Happy Birthday to sophomore volleyball setter Mary Pollmiller and former UT track star and Olympic gold medalist DeeDee Trotter.

Mary Pollmiller 


Stories On The Hiring of New Head Coach Butch Jones (12/7/12)


The nation was abuzz with the hiring of Butch Jones as the 24th head coach of the Tennessee football program on Friday.

- AP: Vols hire Jones as new football coach 

- CBS Sports.com: How Butch Jones landed at Tennessee

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Cincinnati's Butch Jones accepts UT's head football position

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Hang in, Vols fans: Jones may continue his winning history

- Chattanoogan: Jones 'Fired Up' After Accepting His Dream Job To Coach Tennessee

- ESPN.com: Jones embraces Rocky Top challenge 

- ESPN.com: Don't bet against Butch Jones

- GoVols247: Five Big Things: Jones' UT presser

- GoVolsXtra: "A Renewed Sense of Hope" 

- Inside Tennessee: What the Vols are getting

- Inside Tennessee: Vols tab Butch Jones

- Jackson Sun: Tennessee Football - Fans hope for best in new UT coach

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones introduced as new head coach

- Knoxville News Sentinel:  Butch Jones promises 'best staff in the country'

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones dreamed of a job like Tennessee

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee to pay Jones $18.2 million over six years

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Cincinnati AD: Dave Hart was "first class" throughout process

- Los Angeles Times:Butch Jones says he will return Tennessee to former glory 

- Maryville Daily Times: In Search of a Coach: The Path to New Leadership

- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Don't believe the critics; Tennessee hire is no joke

- Nooga.com: Tennessee's offense to have new look under Butch Jones

- Sporting News:Tennessee hires Butch Jones: Bearcats coach leaves Cincinnati 

- Sports Xchange: Jones leaves Cincinnati for Tennessee job

- Tennessee Journalist: Butch Jones' long road to resurrect UT football program

- Tennessee Journalist: Students, fans 'excited and supportive' of Jones' hiring

- Tennessee Journalist: Butch Jones officially named Vols new head coach

- USA Today: Jones was sold on 'dream job' at Tennessee

- Volquest: Jones to recruit from the inside out

- Volquest: Jones' task won't be easy

- Volqust: The journey to Jones

- Volquest: Confident Jones takes up the challenge

- Volquest: Hart confident in choice

- WBIR: UT students react to hiring of Butch Jones as football coach 

- WBIR: U. of Cincinnati, Central Michigan alumni speak highly of Jones

- WBIR: Get to know your new coach: Butch Jones

- WDEF: Jones Calls UT "Best College Football Program in America"

- WRCB: The Butch Jones era begins

- WRCB: Meet Butch Jones -- Cincy coach hired by Tennessee


Chris Scott Signed To Bills Active Roster


Two days after being signed to the Tennessee Titans practice squad, former Vols lineman Chris Scott was signed to the Buffalo Bills active roster. Scott joins his fourth NFL team this season after being on the practice squad with the Green Bay Packers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Titans. 

Scott fills the roster spot of Chris Hairston, who is out with an ankle injury for the Bills. Scott (6'4" 319) is a former fifth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2010 NFL draft. He appeared in a pair of games for the Steelers in 2011, after spending most of that season on the club's practice squad. Scott was still with Pittsburgh this past preseason, but was waived and was subsequently signed to the Green Bay practice squad.

Scott will wear jersey number 73 for Sunday's game against the Rams in Buffalo. 

Vols In NFL Thursday Night Football (12/6)

Six NFL Vols will be in action for Thursday Night Football on the NFL Network as The Denver Broncos (9-3) head to Oakland for a meeting with the Raiders (3-9).

Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning will represent the Vols for Denver while Denarius Moore and Omar Gaither are the Oakland NFL Vols.

Last time out, the Broncos took on Tampa Bay at home earning a 31-23 victory over the Bucs.

For Manning, the Oakland Raiders have given up 37.8 points per game since week nine, the worst in the league.

Peyton Manning finished 27-of-38 throwing for 242 yards and three touchdowns in the win extending the Broncos win streak to seven games. Britton Colquitt punted five times for a 44.8 average dropping three inside the 20 yard line and booting one a game-long 55 yards. Malik Jackson played, but did not record any stats and Robert Ayers was not active after the passing of his father.

For the Raiders, who dropped a tough 20-17 decision to Cleveland last week, Denarius Moore had just one catch for 20 yards, but it resulted in a touchdown for the Raiders. Omar Gaither earned his first start as a Raider at middle linebacker making two tackles.

NFL News: Peyton Manning, Denver Broncos invade Oakland
Denver Post: Peyton Manning, Broncos brace for quick turnaround before Raiders game
Denver Post: Broncos' Wesley Woodyard not practicing Tuesday; Robert Ayers returns

Sporting News: Denarius Moore's potential starts with 'Wow'-factor ability
Silver and Black Pride: Bartell, Moore benched against Browns
Silver and Black Pride: Omar Gaither reacts to his first start replacing Rolando McClain

Happy Birthday: Dec. 6 - Shannon Bobbitt, Rachel White

On Dec. 6, we wish Happy Birthday to former Lady Vols basketball star Shannon Bobbitt and sophomore rower Rachel White. Bobbitt has played in the WNBA since 2008 with Los Angeles, Indiana and Washington. 

  Shannon Bobbitt

Rachel White


Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/6)

The Vols Dropped a 46-38 Decision At Virginia on Wednesday night. Check out highlights of the game.


Here are stories from the media on the defeat:

- Associated Press: Cavaliers Hold Off Volunteers
- Inside Tennessee: Cold-shooting Vols fall, 46-38

espnW Total Access Lady Vol Coverage (12/5)

espnW's Total Access coverage of the Tennessee women's basketball team focuses this week on the traditions and rules of the Lady Vol program. Reporter Kate Fagan visited Rocky Top last weekend and provides her perspective on Holly Warlick's squad. She also recapped UT's 45-point win over No. 22 North Carolina on Sunday afternoon, while Charlie Creme wrote about espnW National Player of the Week Meighan Simmons.

Melanie Jackson, meanwhile, caught up with freshman forward/center Bashaara Graves and shares some insight into the personality of the precocious rookie from Clarksville, Tenn.

RECENT TENNESSEE TOTAL ACCESS COVERAGE:
espnW (Kate Fagan) -- Learning Life As A Lady Vol
espnW (Kate Fagan) -- Lady Vols Learning On The Fly
espnW (Melanie Jackson) -- Tenn Questions With Graves
espnW (Charlie Creme) --  Simmons Is espnW Player Of Week

Chris Scott Joins Titans Practice Squad

Former Vols offensive lineman Chris Scott is back in the Volunteer State as he signed with the Tennessee Titans' practice squad. Scott (6-4, 319) was a fifth-round selection from UT by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 2010 NFL Draft. He played in two games for the Steelers in 2011 and this year spent time on the practice squads of Green Bay and Tampa Bay.

Stories On Fulmer's Hall Of Fame Induction



On Tuesday night, Phillip Fulmer was Inducted Into the College Football Hall of Fame. Here are a few stories on Fulmer:

- National Football Foundation: New Class Into History Books

Happy Birthday: Dec. 5 - Cockrell, Hood, Thomas

On Dec. 5, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior football defensive lineman and Knoxville native Daniel Hood and freshman soccer player and Hixson native Peyton Thomas.

Daniel Hood  Peyton Thomas

From the archives, former baseball and football Vol Alan Cockrell turns 50 on Dec. 5. He became the first freshman to start at quarterback for the Vols in 1981. On the baseball diamond, Cockrell was an All-American outfielder for UT and was drafted ninth overall by the Giants in 1984. He made his major league debut with the Rockies in 1996 and has gone on coach with the Rockies and Mariners. 


Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/5)

The men's basketball team looks to get back on the winning track tonight as they take on Virginia in Charlottesville. Get all your game info in: Vol Hoops Central: Virginia.

Here are the most recent stories from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Basketball Vols expect face lot of zone

News out of Virginia includes:

Stallworth Signs With Patriots


Heading into his 10th season in the NFL, Donte' Stallworth, who was with the New England Patriots during training camp, will return to Foxboro after being signed by the Patriots, Tuesday.

Stallworth has played in 114 games in his NFL career making 320 receptions for 4,774 yards and 34 touchdowns.

The signing came after Julian Edelman was diagnosed with a broken foot after the Miami game.

Stallworth last played with the Patriots in 2007 when the team reached the Superbowl. That year, Stallworth had 46 catches for 697 yards and three touchdowns as a part of the most prolific offense in NFL history.

Happy Birthday - Dec. 4: Hoops Legend Bernard King

On Dec. 4, we send Happy Birthday wishes to legendary Vols basketball player Bernard King, who went on to star in the NBA with the Knicks, Nets, Warriors, Bullets and Jazz. 



Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (12/4)

Get the latest on the men's basketball team in the Vol Hoops Report: Dec. 3.

Here are some of the most recent stories from the media on the Vols as they depart for Virginia today.


Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/4)



On Tuesday night, longtime coach and Vols' letterwinner Phillip Fulmer To Be Honored At NFF Awards Dinner in New York City. ESPN3 to Carry NFF Annual Awards Dinner. Here are a few stories from the media:


On Monday, Five Vols Earned AP All-SEC Honors while Dallas Thomas Was Named A CBSSports.com All-American. Check out some stories on the honors.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Five Vols named AP All-SEC

Vol Calls - Monday Night at 8 p.m.


Vol Calls moves to Monday night as basketball season hits full stride. Join us at Calhoun's on the River for the show at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT. Men's basketball head coach Cuonzo Martin and women's basketball assistant Dean Lockwood will be the special guests. 

Vols In NFL Wrap Up (12/3)

Twenty-fourNFL Vols were in action in Week 13 of the regular season.

Take a look at how they did.

Player

Pos.

Team

Opponent

Score

Stats

Jason Allen

CB

Cincinnati

at San Diego

W, 20-13

Not active

Robert Ayers

DE

Denver

vs. Tampa Bay

W, 31-23

Not active

Eric Berry

DB

Kansas City

vs. Carolina

W, 27-21

Started at SS, 1 tackle

Kevin Burnett

LB

Miami

vs. New England

L, 16-23

Started at LB,

game-high 11 tackles,

1 TFL

Britton Colquitt

P

Denver

vs. Tampa Bay

W, 31-23

5 punts, 44.8 avg.

3 I-20 Long-55

Dustin Colquitt

P

Kansas City

vs. Carolina

W, 27-21

3 punts, 42.7 avg.

2 I-20 Long-55

Morgan Cox

LS

Baltimore

vs. Pittsburgh

L, 20-23

Snapped on all punts and kicks

Arian Foster

RB

Houston

at Tennessee

W, 24-10

Started at RB,

14 rush 38 yds. 1 TD

 5 rec. 15 yds.

Ramon Foster

OT

Pittsburgh

at Baltimore

W, 23-20

Started at RG

Aubrayo Franklin

DT

San Diego

vs. Cincinnati

L, 13-20

Not active

Omar Gaither

LB

Oakland

vs. Cleveland

L, 17-20

Started at MLB,

2 tackles

Jabari Greer

CB

New Orleans

at Atlanta

L, 13-23

Started at LCB,

2 tackles 1 pass def.

Nick Guess

LS

Oakland




Parys Haralson

LB

San Francisco

at St. Louis

L, 13-16

Injured Reserve

Montario Hardesty

RB

Cleveland

at Oakland

W, 20-17

5 rush, 39 yds.

Malik Jackson

DE

Denver

vs. Tampa Bay

W, 31-23

Played, no stats

Peyton Manning

QB

Denver

vs. Tampa Bay

W, 31-23

27-of-38 for 242 yds.

3 TDs 1 INT

Jerod Mayo

LB

New England

at Miami

W, 23-16

Started at LB, 6 tackles,

1 sack-8 yds. 1 FF

Turk McBride

DE

New Orleans

at Atlanta

L, 13-23

2 QBH

Jacques McClendon

OL

Pittsburgh

at Baltimore

W, 23-20

Practice Squad

Tony McDaniel

DE

Miami

vs. New England

L, 16-23

1 tackle, 1 pass def.

Robert Meachem

WR

San Diego

vs. Cincinnati

L, 13-20

Played, no stats

Marvin Mitchell

LB

Minnesota

at Green Bay

L, 14-23

1 special teams tackle

Denarius Moore

WR

Oakland

vs. Cleveland

L, 17-20

Started at WR

Tauren Poole

RB

Carolina

at Kansas City

L, 21-27

Injured Reserve

Chris Scott

OL

Tampa Bay

at Denver

L, 23-31

Practice Squad

Jarrod Shaw

OL

Cleveland

at Oakland

W, 20-17

Not active

Luke Stocker

TE

Tampa Bay

at Denver

L, 23-31

Started at TE

2 rec, 19 yards

Scott Wells

C

St. Louis

vs. San Francisco

W, 16-13

Started at C

Dan Williams

DT

Arizona

at NY Jets

L, 6-7

Started at NT

career-high 10 tackles

Jason Witten

TE

Dallas

vs. Philadelphia

W, 38-33

Started at TE,

team-high 6 rec. 108 yds.


NFL Leading Foster

- Foster finished his trip to Tennessee with just 38 yards on 14 rushes and a touchdown. He also made five catches for 15 yards.

- He continues to add to his season total and stands at 1,102 for the year, fourth in the NFL and first in the AFC.

- Foster also leads the NFL with 13 rushing TDs (15 overall), is 1st in rush attempts (23.6/game), and 2nd in yards/game with 91.8 (1st in AFC).

- Foster registered either a rushing or receiving TD in 11 straight games (Jan. 7, 2012-Nov. 11, 2012), which tied for the second longest streak since 2001 (LaDainian Tomlinson 18 games from 2004-05).

- After recording 110 yards on 28 carries against Jacksonville Sunday, Sept. 16, Foster became the Houston Texans' all-time leading rusher. passing Domanick Davis who had 3,195 rushing yards for the franchise from 2003-05.

- Foster continues to add to his lifetime total, upping his rushing yards to 4,199 after his effort at Tennessee.

 

Extra Mayo, Please

- Adding six tackles to his total last week against the Dolphins, Jerod Mayo continued to add to his AFC leading tackle total (118). His 118 tackles currently rank second in the NFL (Chad Greenway of Minnesota-123) and are first in the AFC by a large margin (Jerrell Freeman-107).

- Mayo went over the century mark against Buffalo on Nov. 18 to mark the  fourth time in his five year NFL career he has registered at least 100 tackles. 

 

Witten Moves Into Top-25

- With his team leading six catches for 108 yards against Philadelphia on Sunday Night football, former Vol and current Dallas Cowboy Jason Witten moved into 25th place on the all-time NFL career receptions list passing current Texan Andre Johnson.

- Witten is just 30 catches away from 23rd place currently held by Henry Ellard and Keyshawn Johnson.

- When Witten registered seven catches for 51 yards against Atlanta on Nov. 4 and in doing so became the Cowboys' all-time reception leader, passing Michael Irvin (750). Witten currently has 784 career receptions in 10 seasons with Dallas.

- In a tough loss to the New York Giants on Oct. 28, Jason Witten broke his own Cowboys receiving record and set a league record for tight ends with 18 catches for 167 yards. Only Brandon Marshall, Terrell Owens and Tom Fears have ever caught as many or more passes at any position.

- With his second catch against Seattle (Sept. 16) Witten became the third tight end in NFL history with 700 career catches. In 10 seasons, Witten has 762 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).

 

All-Time NFL Receptions by Tight Ends

Player   Team(s)               Years     Receptions

Tony Gonzalez  Kansas City, Atlanta        1997-pres.           1,222

Shannon Sharpe               Denver, Baltimore           1990-2003            815

Jason Witten      Dallas    2003-pres.           784

Ozzie Newsome               Cleveland            1978-90                662

Antonio Gates   San Diego            2003-pres.           625

 

All-Time NFL Active Receptions Leaders

Player   Team(s)               Years     Receptions

(2) Tony Gonzalez            Kansas City, Atlanta        1997-pres.           1,218

(9) Randy Moss Minn, Oak, NE, Tenn, SF               1998-pres.           973

(11) Reggie Wayne          Indianapolis        2001-pres.           950

(25) Jason Witten             Dallas    2003-pres.           784

()- All-Time Receptions List

 

Career Best For Williams

- Dan Williams, who has moved into a starting role for Arizona this season, put up career best numbers against the New York Jets on Dec. 2.

- Williams notched 10 tackles, the first time he hit the double-digit mark, but the Cardinals fell 7-6 to the Jets.

- The third year nose tackle is just three tackles off of his season-best 27 recorded during his rookie season in 15 games.