January 2014 Archives
Tennessee soccer alums Marie-Eve Nault and Rhian Wilkinson suit of for the Canadian National Team tonight to face Team USA in an international friendly played in Frisco, Texas. The match starts at 9 p.m. ET and will be televised on FoxSports 1.
"Vol Calls" airs tonight at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central from Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville.
Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs will be joined in person by Tennessee head basketball coaches Cuonzo Martin and Holly Warlick, as the Vols and Lady Vols both face midweek home games. The UT men welcome Ole Miss to town Wednesday night (8 p.m., SEC TV), while the Big Orange women play host to Arkansas on Thursday (7 p.m., SportSouth).
Also joining the show as a call-in guest will be Lady Vol co-head softball coach Ralph Weekly, who along with wife Karen Weekly have their squad ranked No. 1 in the NFCA preseason poll. The Weeklys were inducted into the Tennessee Amateur Softball Association Hall of Fame on Jan. 25 at a ceremony in Nashville.
Fans may tune in across the state on the Vol Radio Network or listen online at UTSports.com/AllAccess. Listeners can ask a question by dialing 1-800-688-8657 - Verizon customers can dial #TENN - or submit a question via Facebook at VolNetwork-IMG.
While the rest of Knoxville was entering freezing temperatures, former Lady Volunteer standout Erica Popson was in the Bahamas competing in her very first LPGA Tour event.
The native of Davenport, Fla., made the most of her first Tour opportunity. Popson made the second round cut and finish T-44th, racking up a nice payday. Popson's final scorecard read 74-71-71-72--288 (-4).
A link to the final Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic can be found HERE.
Further south, current Lady Volunteer Lucia Polo was representing her country of Guatemala at the Central American Open. Not only did Polo's Guatemalan team emerge victorious, but Polo herself also won the individual championship! She finished the 54-hole tournament shooting 72-70-73--215.
Tennessee DT Daniel McCullers: The NFL remains a big man's game in the trenches, which is why scouts are buzzing about McCullers after watching him work this week. The 6-foot-8, 351-pounder has surprised observers with his energy, stamina and conditioning as the monster in the middle.
McCullers has been an immovable object in the heart of the South team defense, exhibiting impressive strength and power taking on double teams at the point of attack. He has also impressed scouts with his ability to run and chase to the perimeter on outside runs. While McCullers is simply a pocket pusher as a pass rusher, the fact that he can own the middle of the line of scrimmage and clog up passing lanes with his length makes him an intriguing candidate as a nose tackle.
Vikings.com writer Mike Wobschall is high on McCullers:
1-gap penetrator or dynamic run-stuffer? I'm "thumbs up" on Tenn. DT Daniel McCullers but some aren't. He had a great week at Senior Bowl.-- Mike Wobschall (@wobby) January 24, 2014
TopDrawerSoccer.com listed Tennessee rising senior Hannah Wilkinson as one of its top 15 players who will be eligible for the 2015 NWSL draft. She is one of three SEC players on the list. The other two are Kentucky's Arin Gilliland and South Carolina goalkeeper Sabrina D'Angelo.
VFL Daniel McCullers continues to draw attention at Senior Bowl practices. Here's a look at some of the stories on the big man from the media:
The biggest man here, Tennessee's Daniel McCullers has started wreaking some havoc. Won a few consecutive matchups beating double teams.-- Ryan Lownes (@ryanlownes) January 21, 2014
Due to last night's Lady Vols vs. Notre Dame basketball game, "Vol Calls" airs on a special Tuesday night edition at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central from Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville.
Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs will be joined on the phone by Tennessee head basketball coaches Cuonzo Martin and Holly Warlick as the Vols and Lady Vols both prepare for mid-week home games and road contests this weekend.
Woody Paige, the longtime columnist for The Denver Post and a regular panelist on ESPN's "Around the Horn" will also be a special guest. A 1968 University of Tennessee graduate, Paige will lend insight into Peyton Manning leading the Denver Broncos to the AFC Championship Sunday and on to Super Bowl in two weeks.
James also drew the attention of Atlanta Journal Constitution Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter, who tweeted:
Additional articles that mention James include:
- AL.com: Senior Bowl South Notebook
- Kansas City Star: Chiefs interview several players, plus other Senior Bowl observations
- Fort Worth Star Telegram: What the Cowboys should be doing at Senior Bowl
It will be Witten's ninth Pro Bowl in 11 seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.
Witten started all 16 games this year for the Cowboys and played in all 16 games for the 10th straight season. He finished with 73 catches for 851 yards and eight touchdowns, which marked his second-highest touchdown total of his career behind only the nine he scored in 2010.
He finished the 2013 season placing fifth in catches and yards and tied for fourth in touchdowns among all tight ends around the league.
Witten made the Pro Bowl every year from 2004-2010 and made the Pro Bowl after the 2012 season, in which he recorded a career-high 110 catches. All the other three Cowboys will be going to the Pro Bowl for the first time.
In 2014, Witten joins Vols Eric Berry and Cordarelle Patterson in the Pro Bowl game. Peyton Manning was selected, but he will play in the Super Bowl.
On Monday, the Tennessee softball team took part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade.
The team gathered at St. John's Lutheran Church before heading down the parade route in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy and continued dream of equality for all.
On Saturday, the Tennessee soccer team participated in the YWCA's Race Against Racism 5k, which is part of the 2014 Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Commission celebration events.
The Big Orange cheered on race participants as they neared the finish of the 5K downtown Knoxville course that started and ended at the YWCA Phillis Wheatley Center and stretched down McCalla, Jackson and Willow Avenues and onto Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
New Vols offensive lineman Dontavius Blair has been listed as one of the top Early Enrollees who will make an immediate impact in the SEC according to Barrett Sallee of the Bleacher Report.
If any player in the country other than Dontavius Blair is stepping into a situation more ready-made for immediate success, I'd like to meet him.
In racing terms, the 6'8", 308-pound offensive tackle prospect for the Tennessee Volunteers has a clear track in front of him. No offensive linemen return for the Vols, which opens the door for him to make an immediate impact on Rocky Top.
Blair spent last season at Garden City (Kan.) Community College, so his acclimation to SEC football shouldn't be as difficult as high schoolers who are put in similar situations.
He's a tremendous run blocker, has the size to withstand the punishment that goes along with SEC football and is remarkably athletic. Expect Blair to start against Utah State in Week 1.
"Harry was one of my very, very favorite players that I coached in my 37-year career, and it was a tragedy that we lost him too young," said Phillip Fulmer. "But I do know that he lived his life to the fullest and he was such a wonderful, good person."
Before he died unexpectedly in 2010 at the age of 45, Galbreath had returned to Tennessee in 2007 to serve as a strength and conditioning assistant on Fulmer's staff for two seasons. Galbreath's mother, Delores Nicholson, said her son stayed close to Fulmer until his death, always making sure to call him every Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Read the full story in the Leaf Chronicle: Fulmer shares stories, love for Galbreath at All-Area Banquet
Also on ESPN.com, Edward Aschoff has a wrap up of the Vols 2013 season as he names an Offensive MVP in Rajion Neal and Defensive MVP in A.J. Johnson. Read the full story: Season wrap: Tennessee
Just last Friday, Watson scored 16 points off the bench in a 93-66 win over Washington.
"Just a solid player," Pacers coach Frank Vogel said. "He's reliable in a league where some guys are not reliable. When you can bring a guy off the bench that can go 6-for-6, that's a big lift. Just a great performance."
Read the full story from the Indy Star: Pacers' @Quietstorm_32 makes noise off bench
Tennessee softball senior pitcher Ellen Renfroe will be on Lady Vol Illustrated at 7:36 p.m. ET tonight WNML 990 AM and 99.1 FM. Tune in to hear what Ellen has to say about the team heading in to the 2014 season!
Vols For Life Alex Bullard, Rajion Neal, Michael Palardy, Dontavis Sapp and Jacques Smith will all participate in the inaugural Medal of Honor Bowl today (Jan. 11) at 2 p.m. ET. The game will be played at Johnson Hagood Stadium on the campus of The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Fans can listen to the action at www.CharlestonSportsRadio.com.
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- To say that it's been a busy December for
The quarterback made history by rewriting the NFL record books, was named Sports Illustrated's 2013 Sportsman of the Year, and helped guide his team to a third-straight AFC West title and homefield advantage throughout the playoffs.
Now, Manning has another distinction to add to his December - AFC Offensive Player of the Month.
The quarterback earned the award on Thursday for an NFL-record eighth time in his career. It's the fourth time that Manning has been honored with the award as a Bronco, and the second time in 2013 - he also earned AFC Offensive Player of the Month honors for September earlier this season.
Manning's December included a pair of landmarks in both the quarterback's storied 16-year career and in NFL history - as Manning set NFL single-season records for touchdowns and passing yards in the final two games of the regular season.
The quarterback broke Tom Brady's NFL record of 50 touchdown passes in a single game in a 37-13 win over the Texans in Week 16, throwing his 51st touchdown pass to tight end
"It was great, to see a guy that's worked as hard as he has throughout his career and I know for a fact - the two seasons we've had him, almost two complete seasons - pretty remarkable and pretty exciting to be around," Head Coach John Fox said of Manning after the quarterback set the NFL single-season touchdowns record against the Texans. "To see a guy that goes about his business like he does get rewarded with success - very humble."
One week later, Manning broke Drew Brees' single-season passing yardage record, throwing for 266 yards in the first half of the Broncos' 34-14 win over the Raiders in their regular-season finale to bring his 2013 passing yardage total to an all-time best 5,477 yards.
"It is always rewarding when you put hard work in and you can reap those benefits with winning games, a two-minute touchdown drive, a fourth-down conversion, whatever that may be," Manning said after the Broncos' Week 17 win. "It makes you feel like it was worth putting that work and sacrifice in. I definitely feel like a lot of players feel that way through all that has occurred this season."
For the month of December, Manning completed 145-of-214 passes for 1,755 yards and 19 touchdowns against just three interceptions. He threw for four-or-more touchdowns in all but one game, leading the Broncos to a 4-1 record in that span.
After the Raiders game, Manning applauded the dedication and resilience of his teammates in battling through adversity throughout the 2013 regular season.
"We have had a number of distractions. Injuries, on-field situations, off-field situations," Manning said after the Broncos' win over the Raiders in the regular-season finale. "But I think the one constant has been the players' focus - they have remained focused on the task at-hand, on trying to improve everybody's individual play which hopefully would result in better team play."
"We have put the time in certainly with the football requirements from the Broncos and we have done things outside of the requirements - guys have done things on our own: weightlifting, throwing sessions, conditioning work, you name it," he added. "Guys have paid the price and sacrificed in order to get in this position. It is fun to play with guys like that who have that kind of work ethic and passion."
The month included a few other personal landmarks for Manning.
Manning's 25-for-28 passing performance against the Raiders was good for a completion percentage of 89.3 - the highest of the quarterback's career and the second-highest by a player with at least 28 attempts in a game.
Manning's NFL-record 55 touchdown passes also moved the quarterback's career total to 491, leaving him just 17 away from Brett Favre's NFL record of 508.
Tennessee and Oklahoma squared off in the 1939 Orange Bowl in a classic battle of speed against size. And, when it was over, Tennessee's speed and stamina had won out by a 17-0 count. Tennessee had come into the game undefeated and No. 2 in the country and Oklahoma was riding a 14-game winning streak.
Tennessee scored first when a 15-yard penalty backed the Sooners to their 3-yard line. Vol tailback George Cafego returned the ensuing punt to the Sooner 27 and followed up the punt return with a key gain to the 12. Two plays later, Bob Foxx scored from the 8. The Vols scored a field goal after a Sooner fumble, a 22-yarder by Bowden Wyatt, and led 10-0 at the half.
Tennessee scored its final touchdown in the fourth quarter on a 19-yard run by Babe Wood on a reverse. The Vols polished off their eighth shutout of the season by stopping the Sooners the rest of the way and finished undefeated in 11 games.
Nearly 50 years later, the Vols beat Indiana, 27-22, in the Peach Bowl on Jan. 2, 1988. Reggie Cobb scored the winning touchdown in the fourth quarter to secure the win. He scored twice in the game while Jeff Francis threw two TDs.
All-time games on Jan. 2.
JANUARY 2 (2-3)
1939 W, 17-0 No. 4 Oklahoma (N)@ Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)
1988 W, 27-22 Indiana (N) @ Atlanta, Ga. (Peach Bowl)
1998 L, 17-42 No. 2 Nebraska (N) @ Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)
2000 L, 21-31 No. 3 Nebraska (N) @ Tempe, Ariz. (Fiesta Bowl)
2004 L, 14-27 Clemson (N) @ Atlanta, Ga. (Peach Bowl)
1951: Won the national championship against the University of Texas 20-14, to result in a 10-0 regular-season record. Tailback Hank Lauricella's 75-yard run in this game is considered one of the best by NBC's Bill Stern.
1985: Win 35-7 against the University of Miami (Fla.) in the Sugar Bowl. The Vols finish 1st in the SEC and 4th in the AP.
1990: The win over Arkansas, 31-27, in Dallas was the Vols 600th.
1996: A Vols win 20-14 over Ohio State in the Florida Citrus Bowl earns the Vols a No. 2 ranking in the CNN-USA Today coach's poll.
2005: The Vols win 38-7 against Texas A&M in the Cotton Bowl. Rick Clausen was named MVP of the game.
Vols All-Time Games On Jan. 1
1940 L, 0-14 No. 3 Southern California (N) @ Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl)
1941 L, 13-19 No. 5 Boston College (N) @ New Orleans, La. (Sugar Bowl)
1943 W, 14-7 No. 4 Tulsa (N) @ New Orleans, La. (Sugar Bowl)
1945 L, 0-25 No. 12 Southern California (N) @ Pasadena, Calif. (Rose Bowl)
1947 L, 0-8 No. 10 Rice (N) @ Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)
1951 W, 20-14 No. 3 Texas (N) @ Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl)
1952 L, 13-28 No. 3 Maryland (N) @ New Orleans, La. (Sugar Bowl)
1953 L, 0-16 No. 10 Texas (N) @ Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl)
1957 L, 7-13 No. 13 Baylor (N) @ New Orleans, La. (Sugar Bowl)
1968 L, 24-26 No. 3 Oklahoma (N) @ Miami, Fla. (Orange Bowl)
1969 L, 13-36 No. 5 Texas (N) @ Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl)
1971 W, 34-13 No. 11 Air Force (N) @ New Orleans, La. (Sugar Bowl)
1986 W, 35-7 No. 2 Miami (Florida) (N) @ New Orleans, La. (Sugar Bowl)
1990 W, 31-27 No. 10 Arkansas (N) @ Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl)
1991 W, 23-22 Virginia (N) @ New Orleans, La. (Sugar Bowl)
1992 L, 17-42 No. 6 Penn State (N) @ Tempe, Arizona (Fiesta Bowl)
1993 W, 38-23 No. 16 Boston College (N)@ Tampa, Fla. (Hall of Fame Bowl)
1994 L, 13-31 No. 13 Penn State (N) @ Orlando, Fla. (Citrus Bowl)
1996 W, 20-14 No. 4 Ohio State (N) @ Orlando, Fla. (Citrus Bowl)
1997 W, 48-28 No. 11 Northwestern (N) @ Orlando, Fla. (Citrus Bowl)
2001 L, 21-35 No. 11 Kansas State (N) @ Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl)
2002 W, 45-17 No. 17 Michigan (N) @ Orlando, Fla. (Capital One Bowl)
2005 W, 38-7 No. 22 Texas A & M (N) @ Dallas, Texas (Cotton Bowl)
2007 L, 10-20 Penn State (N) @ Tampa, Fla. (Outback Bowl)
2008 W, 21-17 No. 18 Wisconsin (N) @ Tampa, Fla. (Outback Bowl)