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. 

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