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Happy Birthday - Jan. 31: Nathaniel Maggio & Jalen Reeves-Maybin

On Jan. 31, we wish a very Happy Birthday to Vol baseball freshman first baseman Nathaniel Maggio and Vol football linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin.

Nathaniel Maggio Jalen Reeves-Maybin

Soccer Alums Nault & R. Wilkinson, Canada Take On USA Tonight

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.

#ThrowbackThursday: Super Bowl Vols At UT

For #ThrowbackThursday, check out an awesome photo gallery of images of the 5 Super Bowl Vols (Peyton Manning, Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Tony McDaniel) from their days on Rocky Top. 



Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/30/14)

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/29/14)

On Tuesday, the University of Tennessee announced that all of the tickets which the school had been allotted, had been reserved. Check out the full release: Vol Fans Commit To Battle At Bristol.



Here's the latest from the media: 
- Tricities.com: Selling like hotcakes

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/29/14)

The Vols host Ole Miss tonight at 8 p.m., on SEC TV. Get the full preview right here: Vol Hoops Central: Ole Miss

Cuonzo Martin talked about the game on Monday at his Press Luncheon

Here's the latest from the media on the game: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Marshall Henderson, Ole Miss visiting UT Vols
- Jackson Clarion Ledger: Ole Miss' NCAA chances improving
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Ole Miss at Tennessee

Happy Birthday - Jan. 28: Greg Bergeron & John Collins

On Jan. 28, we wish Happy Birthday to Tennessee baseball associate head coach Greg Bergeron and recent Vol tennis graduate John Collins.

Greg Bergeron John Collins

Poole Signs With Steelers

The Steelers signed two players to Reserve/Future contracts, linebacker Vic So'oto and running back Tauren Poole, the team announced today.

Poole was originally signed as an undrafted free agent by the Carolina Panthers in 2012 but spent the season on the IR with a rib injury. Poole was released from Carolina in 2013 and finished the season on the Indianapolis Colts practice squad. 

#NFLVols In New York

Vol Calls Tonight At 8 p.m.


"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. 


Big Weekend for @LadyVol_Golf

The Tennessee women's golf program had a weekend to remember.

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.

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Lady Vols Illustrated

Lady Vol fans can tune in to the Sports Animal every Monday night for Lady Vols Illustrated, a weekly radio show featuring Lady Vol basketball Head Coach Holly Warlick, one women's basketball student-athlete and one other Lady Vol student-athlete or coach.

Tonight's Lady Vols Illustrated features head coach Holly Warlick, redshirt freshman point guard Andraya Carter and Lady Vol softball co-head coach Karen Weekly. The women's basketball team is coming off a 76-55 win at Texas A&M Sunday where the Lady Vols handed the Aggies their first SEC loss this year, as well as broke TAMU's 10-game home winning streak. The Lady Vol softball team kicks off the 2014 season on Feb. 7 in Statesboro, Ga., at the Georgia Southern Tournament.

The program begins at 7 p.m. ET and fans can listen on 99.1 FM and 990 AM, as well as online at http://www.sportsanimal99.com/.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 27: Former Lady Vol Taber Spani

On Jan. 27, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Lady Vol hoops star and 2013 graduate Taber Spani. Spani is currently playing professionally overseas in Poland.


Three Vols In Action At Pro Bowl



The three Vols in the Pro Bowl on #TeamSanders made an impact in a narrow 22-21 loss to #TeamRice. 

Eric Berry had a big game with four tackles, an interception returned for 30 yards and a fumble recovery.

Jason Witten had two catches for 26 yards. Return man Cordarrelle Patterson had two punt returns for a yard. He also played on special teams coverage. The game did not include kickoff returns due to rule changes for the game. 

Five VFLs Arrive In NJ/NY For Super Bowl

Pro Bowl Vols Ready For Action, Sunday Night



Vols For Life Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, Cordarrelle Patterson of the Minnesota Vikings and Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys will all play for Team Sanders in Sunday night's NFL Pro Bowl, at 7 p.m., on NBC. 

Witten is in his ninth all-star game in 11 years with the Cowboys since being drafted out of Tennessee. 

Berry will play in his third Pro Bowl in his four years as a pro.

Patterson, a rookie, in his first Pro Bowl as the team's return specialist. 

Peyton Manning was also selected, but will not play in the game, as the Broncos will play in the Super Bowl a week from Sunday. 



McCullers With A Tackle, Pass Break-Up In Senior Bowl

VFL Daniel McCullers had a tackle and broke up a pass as his South Team won the Senior Bowl, 20-10, on Saturday in Mobile, Alabama. 

- Stats: View PDF


Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/26/14)

The Vols suffered a 67-41 loss at #6 Florida on Saturday afternoon. Here's a look at the highlights from the tough defeat:

Here's what the media wrote: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Florida flop: Gators crush UT Vols, 67-41
- Daily News Journal: Gators manhandle Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gators were the tougher breed





Happy Birthday - Jan. 25: Meighan Simmons

On Jan. 25, we wish a very Happy Birthday to Lady Vol hoops star Meighan Simmons. "Speedy" and the No. 11/12 Lady Vols take on Texas A&M on the road on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. ET on ESPN2.


Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/25/14)

The Vols seek their fourth win a row vs. Florida as they take on the #6 Gators this afternoon at 4 p.m., Get the full preview in the Vol Hoops Central: at Florida

Here's the newest edition of INSIDE THE PAINT: UT Hoops Episode 11 with features on Jeronne Maymon and Rawane Ndiaye.



On Friday, Cuonzo Martin, Jordan McRae and Josh Richardson met with the media. Here's what they said: The @Vol_Hoops Report: Florida Preview


Check out the latest from the media: 

- CBS Sports.com: Tennessee-Florida Preview
- Gator Country.com: Gators have to neutralize McRae
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Tennessee at Florida


More Buzz On McCullers At Senior Bowl



Daniel McCullers will play in the Senior Bowl on Saturday at 4 p.m., on the NFL Network. 

He continues to get attention for his play in practice. On NFL.com, Bucky Brooks wrote this about McCullers in his most recent BUZZ from MOBILE

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: 



Hannah Wilkinson Among Top 15 For 2015 NWSL Draft

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.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 23: Alden Hill & Jalen Hurd

On Jan. 23, we celebrate the birthday of two Tennessee football running backs as rising redshirt sophomore Alden Hill turns 20 today and recent early enrollee and Hendersonville native Jalen Hurd turns 18.

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McCullers Polishing Skills At Senior Bowl

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: 

Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/23/14)

Jordan McRae was the star of the show as the Vols took down Arkansas 81-74 on Wednesday night. The senior scored the final 13 points for Tennessee on the way to a season-high 34. Check out the highlights:


Here's what the media wrong following the game:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: McRae rallies UT Vols past Arkansas
- Maryville Daily Times: Vols wake up after sluggish start
- UT Daily Beacon: Moore comes up big off bench

Pro Bowl Vols Drafted To #TeamSanders


Vols For Life Eric Berry of the Kansas City Chiefs, Cordarrelle Patterson of the Minnesota Vikings and Jason Witten of the Dallas Cowboys were all drafted to Team Sanders on Wednesday night's first ever Unconferenced Pro Bowl Draft.

Berry, who will play in his third Pro Bowl on Sunday, was the first safety off the board when Team Sanders Coach and General Manager Deion Sanders grabbed him with the 17th overall pick. 


With Denver Broncos' tight end Julius Thomas heading to the Super Bowl, former Vol and current Dallas Cowboy Jason Witten headed to Hawaii. His ninth trip in 11 seasons, Witten was assigned to Team Sanders after NFL legend Tony Gonzalez came off the board.

The same was true for Vikings rookie return man Patterson, who was assigned to Team Sanders for his first Pro Bowl after fellow return man Dexter McCluster was selected by Team Rice, Coached by Hall of Fame wide receiver Jerry Rice.


The first unconferenced Pro Bowl will be held on Sunday, Jan. 26 from Aloha Stadium live on NBC at 7 p.m. ET.

The Latest On James, McCullers At Senior Bowl


The second day of practice at the Senior Bowl saw very different results for the two Vols participating. 

Offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James suffered a knee injury knocking him out of practice and the game.

Defensive tackle Daniel McCullers had a much improved Day 2 after a tough start on Monday. 

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 




Happy Birthday - Jan. 22: Andrew Henry

On Jan. 22, we wish a very Happy Birthday to Vols walk-on long snapper Andrew Henry from Gallatin.

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Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/22/14)

The Vols return to action tonight as they host Arkansas at Thompson-Boling Arena. Get the full breakdown right here: Vol Hoops Central: Arkansas.

On Tuesday Antonio Barton and Jarnell Stokes met with the media. Check out the The @Vol_Hoops Report: Jan. 21


Here's a look at the latest news from the media:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchup: Arkansas at Tennessee
- Knoxville News Sentinel: McRae: Vols facing 'tough week'




Vol Calls Tonight at 8 p.m.


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. 


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. 

Happy Birthday - Jan. 21: Baseball #VFL Mike Smithson

On Jan. 21, former Vols baseball star and longtime Major Leaguer Mike Smithson celebrates his birthday. Smithson pitched eight years in the majors with the Rangers, Twins and Red Sox. In 2009, he was named to Tennessee's All-Century team.

Smithson, who wore No. 28 at UT, was recently featured on the program's jersey countdown to first pitch.







James Draws Attention From NFL's Gil Brandt

According to NFL Media senior analyst and longtime Cowboys executive Gil Brandt, Tennessee's Ja'Wuan James is one of five 'under-the radar' prospects to watch at the Senior Bowl. 

Here's what he wrote about James: 

Most of the attention on the Vols' offensive line went to massive LT Antonio Richardson, but Tennessee has another good NFL prospect on the other side of the line. At 6-6 1/8 and 315 pounds, James will be hard to miss at the Senior Bowl. He holds the school record for most starts by an offensive lineman (49, all at right tackle), including 13 games as a true freshman. He reminds me of Titans RT David Stewart when Stewart came out of Mississippi State in 2005; has similar traits. He's strong but doesn't have great feet (would have difficult time at LT). He's mean and tough. Did good job on Jadeveon Clowney when the South Carolina defensive end lined up on James' side. Good run-blocker. Could find his way into the third round with a good showing this week.

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

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/21/14)


Cuonzo Martin will hold his weekly press conference at Noon today. Stay tuned to UTSports.com for complete coverage. The Vols take on the Razorbacks on Wednesday at 8 pm ET on SEC TV. Get the full preview: Vol Hoops Central: Arkansas.

Here's a look at some recent stories on the basketball team: 

VFL Witten Headed To Ninth Pro Bowl


Former Tennessee star and Elizabethton native Jason Witten is headed back to the Pro Bowl for the ninth time in 11 years. The tight end will be a replacement for the Broncos' Julius Thomas, who will be playing in the Super 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. 

Tennessee Softball Takes Part In Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

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.

Tennessee Leads All Colleges With 5 Players In Super Bowl



Thanks to a 26-16 victory by the Denver Broncos over the New England Patriots in the AFC Championship game and a 23-17 win by the Seattle Seahawks over the San Francisco 49ers in the NFC Championship Game, a former Tennessee Volunteer will appear in the Super Bowl for the 22nd time in the past 23 years. 

The Broncos have four VFLs on the roster, including MVP favorite quarterback Peyton Manning, punter Britton Colquitt and defensive linemen Robert Ayers and Malik Jackson. A former World Champion, it will be Manning's third Super Bowl appearance and his first since 2010. The Vol great led the Indianapolis Colts to a win in Super Bowl XLI, where he earned MVP honors.

Defensive tackle and former Vol Tony McDaniel of the Seahawks will also be heading to New Jersey, guaranteeing a former Vol will be bringing home the Vince Lombardi Trophy in 2014.

With five products in the Super Bowl, Tennessee has the most players of any college in the Super Bowl. Wisconsin has 4 and no other school has more than three

Most Players In Super Bowl XLVIII By College (Active Roster)
Tennessee: 5
Wisconsin: 4
Arizona State: 3
California: 3
Florida: 3
Georgia: 3
Kentucky: 3
NC State: 3
San Diego State: 3
Texas A&M: 3
USC: 3

Most Players In Super Bowl XLVIII By College (Including Injured Reserve, Practice Squad, PUP List)
Tennessee: 5
Arizona State: 4
Florida: 4
Penn State: 4
Texas A&M: 4
USC: 4
Wisconsin: 4

Also with five active players in the Super Bowl, it will be the most former Vols to play in a Super Bowl ever. In 2011 (XLV, Packers-Steelers), four played in the game while Justin Harrell was injured (for a fifth). Four played in the 2010 (XLIV, Colts-Saints), 2008 (XLII, Giants-Patriots) and three along with an injured Trey Teague participated in 1999 (XXXIII, Broncos-Falcons). 

Here's a list of every Tennessee product to participate in the SuperBowl: 

Last season, the Vols were represented by long snapper Morgan Cox of the Baltimore Ravens and defensive lineman Parys Haralson, formerly of the San Francisco 49ers. Cox and the Ravens beat Haralson and the 49ers, 34-31.

Super Bowl XLVIII will be played on Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:25 p.m. ET at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

Check out the complete list of former Vols to play in the Super Bowl: http://1tn.co/SuperBowlVFLs

Vols In The NFL Playoffs - Championship Weekend

It is down to four teams in conference championship weekend. 

Tennessee is represented on three of those four squads. 

AFC Championship
Denver vs. New England 3 p.m.
There are four NFL Vols on the Broncos this season in Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning. For New England, linebacker Jerod Mayo has made the trip to Denver, but was placed on the IR early in the season. 

NFC Championship
Seattle vs. San Francisco 6:30 p.m.
Tony McDaniel and the Seahawks host divisional rival San Fran for a shot at the NFC Championship and a spot in the Super Bowl. 

Soccer Takes Part in "Race To End Racism" (1/18)

 

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.

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/18/14)

The Vols seek their first win at Kentucky since 2006 this afternoon as UT takes on #13 Kentucky at Rupp Arena at 12 Noon on CBS. Get the full game preview here: Vol Hoops Central: at Kentucky.

On Friday, the Vols departed for Lexington. Check out what Cuonzo Martin and several players had to say: Pre-Kentucky Media Availability (1/17/14)

Also on UTSports.com

Here's what the media is saying heading into the game: 
- CBS Sports.com: Tennessee-Kentucky Preview
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Veteran UT Vols eyeing upset of Kentucky
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Game Matchup: Tennessee at Kentucky
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Rupp Arena a formidable foe for all comers




January 17th is a loaded day of birthdays on Rocky Top, starting with Vols head coach Butch Jones. Be sure to send him a Happy Birthday message on the football Facebook Page

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Also celebrating a birthday from our football family is senior linebacker Dontavis Sapp, former All-American punter Jimmy Colquitt and St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Scott Wells.

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Outside of the football program, former Vol golfer and 2014 Masters participant Garrick Porteous and current Lady Vol softball outfielder Jennifer Burroughs celebrate their birthdays today.

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Happy Birthday To Coach Butch Jones On Jan. 17

Vols head coach Butch Jones celebrates his birthday today on Jan. 17. Be sure to send him a Happy Birthday message on our Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/VolFootball

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Thursday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/16/14)

The Vols posted a wire-to-wire 78-67 Win Over Auburn on Wednesday night. 


Here's what the media wrote about the victory: 
- Athlon Sports: Recap: Tennessee vs. Auburn
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Maymon gives Vols what he can

Blair: One Of SEC's Most Impactful Early Enrollees

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.


Here's what Sallee wrote about Blair: 

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.

Richardson In Kiper's NFL Mock Draft 1.0 First Round

Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson has decided to forego his senior season with the Volunteers to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.
VFL Antonio Richardson is predicted to be an NFL First-Round Draft Pick by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., as the analyst released his first mock draft for 2014 on Wednesday. Richardson is pegged at 27th overall to the New Orleans Saints. Tennessee has had 44 NFL First-Round picks including Cordarelle Patterson last season. 

Kiper's Mock Draft: Mock draft 1.0

Here's what Kiper wrote: 

Analysis: Drew Brees will turn 35 on the day this mock draft is published, and his blind side was protected at the end of the season by rookie 2013 third-round pick Terron Armstead. I think Armstead can be a pretty good player, but I'm not coming away from this offseason without a player I think can be an effective NFL left tackle if I'm the Saints. "Tiny" Richardson can be. While he can struggle with speed rushers, Richardson is an athlete at this size, and can absorb power and simply overwhelm big or small defensive ends in the run game. He's a solid fit here.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/15/14)

Former University of Tennessee coach Phil Fulmer speaks during The Leaf-Chronicle/Legends Bank All-Area Football Banquet Tuesday night at First Baptist Church.
On Tuesday, former Vols head coach Phillip Fulmer paid tribute to the late Harry Galbreath on Tuesday night in Clarksville, Tenn. He spoke about the lineman and the impact he made on the Vols and Fulmer himself. 

"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

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/15/14)

The Vols host Auburn tonight at 7 p.m., in a game that airs on CSS and the Vol Network. 
Get all of your gameday info here: Vol Hoops Central: Auburn.

On Tuesday, Hall of Famer Bernard King stopped by practice and had a message for the Vols. Check out the The @Vol_Hoops Report: Jan. 14




Here's what the media is writing heading into the game:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Game Matchup: Auburn at Tennessee


Happy Birthday - Jan. 15: Parker Wormsley, Kia Jackson

On Jan. 15, we wish a very Happy Birthday to Vol baseball junior and Knoxville native Parker Wormsley and former Lady Vol track and field athlete Kia Jackson.

Parker Wormsley Kia Jackson

Pacers' Watson makes noise off bench

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Former Tennessee Volunteer basketball player CJ Watson (known by his Twitter handle @Quietstorm_32) has made his presence known in his first season with the Indiana Pacers.

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

VFL Jarrod Shaw Signed By Oakland Raiders


Former Vols offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw signed a reserve/futures contract with the Oakland Raiders. He joins fellow VFLs Kevin Burnett, Denarius Moore and Mychal Rivera along with general manager Reggie McKenzie. 

He spent the last two seasons with the Cleveland Browns, but did not play in any games. At Tennessee, Shaw played in 23 games with the Vols and started all 13 games as a senior in 2010.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 14: Max Arnold, Ed Walsh

On Jan. 14, we wish Happy Birthday to Tennessee football defensive back Max Arnold and recently graduated All-American swimmer Ed Walsh. Walsh is now a volunteer assistant swim coach on the UT staff.

Max Arnold Ed Walsh

Tuesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/14/14)

Cuonzo Martin met with the media on Monday. Check out his Press Luncheon Comments.

Here's what the media wrote about the session: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Transfers loom large, for and against Vols


#Team118 Workouts on Jan. 13

#Team118 continued its workouts on Monday. Here's a look at some of the action from @Vol_Photos including Josh Malone, Von Pearson and Neiko Creamer:

Ellen Renfroe On Lady Vol Illustrated (Jan. 13, 2014)

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!

Six VFLs Into NFL Conference Championship Games


Six Vols For Life are into the NFL Conference Championship games, headed up by four members of the Denver Broncos, who held on for a 24-17 win over the San Diego Chargers. 

Peyton Manning threw two first-half touchdowns and finished 25-of-36 for 230 yards as he moved to second all-time in career passing yards in the playoffs. 

On defense, Malik Jackson posted a huge sack as part of three tackles. Fellow defensive lineman Robert Ayers had two tackles.

Punter Britton Colquitt did not punt in the game, he did hold on a field goal and three extra points.

The Broncos will face New England, a 43-22 winner over the Colts, on Sunday at 3 p.m., in the AFC Championship. The Patriots roster includes VFL Jerod Mayo, who has been injured and will miss the conference championship.

In the NFC, Tony McDaniel had a pass defended for the Seahawks in their 23-15 win over the Saints. Seattle will take on San Francisco at 6:30 p.m., in the NFC Championship. 

Tennessee has had a player in 21 of the last 22 Super Bowls, dating to 1993.

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/12/14)

Saturday was a busy day for the football squad. 

Early in the day, the #VFLChallenge was introduced, taking the place of the VOLympics this spring. Read about it here: Team 118 Presents The #VFLChallenge.

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The newest member of the team was welcomed as Athlete Neiko Creamer Joined #Team118 after he was cleared by the NCAA to enroll at Tennessee.

At night, the newest members of #Team118 were introduced to Vol Nation at the basketball game: Vol Nation Meets #Team118 Newcomers.



Here's the latest coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Half of UT Vols' strong class already in school


Sunday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/12/14)

The Vols suffered a heartbreaking 57-56 loss to Texas A&M on a last-second 3-point field goal on Saturday night. Check out the recap: A&M's Late 3-Pointer Beats Vols, 57-56


Here's what the media wrote following the game: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Second-half collapse lets UT Vols fall to Aggies
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Jordan McRae more complete player for UT Vols


American Team, Featuring Vols, Wins Medal Of Honor Bowl



The American Team defeated the National Team, 20-3, in the Medal Of Honor Bowl in Charleston, S.C., on Saturday. Here's a look the stats for the former Vols in the game, who played for the winning team. 

Kicker/punter Michael Palardy converted two extra points on three attempts. As a punter, Palardy had eight punts with a 39.0 average including two punts inside the 20 with a long of 47. 

Tailback Rajion Neal rushed twice for nine yards. 

Linebacker Dontavis Sapp was a team captain for the American Team and had no tackles. Jacques Smith didn't have any stats either. 


5 VFLs To Play In Medal of Honor Bowl Today


V
ols For Life Alex Bullard, Rajion NealMichael 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.

For more information including team rosters, visit www.MOHBowl.com

Saturday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/11/14)

Vols In The NFL Playoffs - Divisional Playoffs

Saturday, January 11
New Orleans Saints vs. Seattle Seahawks 4:35 p.m. FOX
Jabari Greer, Parys Haralson, Austin Johnson, Robert Meachem and the Saints are headed to face Tony McDaniel and the No. 1 Seahawks in Seattle in the first game of the Divisional Playoff weekend 
New Orleans Saints: Connections

Indianapolis Colts vs. New England Patriots 8:15 p.m. CBS
Aubrayo Franklin, Tauren Poole and the Colts are headed to New England to face off against Jerod Mayo's Patriots

Sunday, January 12
San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers 1:05 p.m. FOX
Chris Scott and the Panthers play host to the 49ers in Sunday's first game

San Diego Chargers vs. Denver Broncos 4:40 p.m. CBS
Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning and the No. 1 Broncos host the Chargers 

NFL Vols Updates

Friday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/10/14)

The Vols will look to move to 2-0 in the SEC as Texas A&M makes its first trip to Knoxville since 2003. On Thursday, Cuonzo Martin and the squad met with the media:

Coverage on UTSports.com includes: The @Vol_Hoops Report: Jan. 9 and this video Vol Report:


Here's what the media wrote:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Season-ending surgery '50-50' for UT Vols' Hubbs


Gallery of #Team118 Conditioning Workouts

The Vols are back on campus and working hard as Tennessee has begun offseason conditioning. Check out the gallery on our Facebook Page and LIKE Us.


Freshman D'Andre Payne 

Freshman Jakob Johnson

Happy Birthday - Jan. 9: Scott Price, Big John Henderson

On Jan. 9, we celebrate the birthday of Vols senior baseball player Scott Price. Price and the Big Orange take the Lindsey Nelson Stadium diamond in just 36 days on Feb. 14. Get your season tickets now!

Scott Price

We would also like to wish a Happy Birthday to former All-American defensive tackle Big John Henderson, who went on to play more than a decade in the NFL with the Raiders and Jaguars.


Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/9/14)

Wednesday marked the first day of the classes at Tennessee and with that, the enrollment of 14 new members of the Vols' football team. Get the latest in the official release: Vols Welcome 14 Newcomers


Here's what the media wrote about the newcomers: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Future is now for some Tennessee Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Early enrollees: Impact analysis

Wednesday's Tennessee Basketball Briefing (1/8/14)

The Vols opened SEC play with a convincing 68-50 win at LSU on Tuesday night, marking the largest road win under third-year head coach Cuonzo Martin.

Here's what the media wrote about the Vols starting league play at 1-0:

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/8/14)



Tennessee middle linebacker A.J. Johnson announced Tuesday that he will join Team 118 for his senior season. Check out a few of the stories on the topic:

Manning Named Colorado Athlete of the Year



For the second consecutive year, quarterback Peyton Manning has been named the Colorado Athlete of the Year.

The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame announced the honor Tuesday afternoon. Manning is joined by world-champion skier Mikaela Shiffrin, who was named the women's Colorado Athlete of the Year for 2013.

The decisions were made at a meeting on Tuesday, and Manning now joins Alex English (1982, '85), Joe Sakic (1996, 2001) and teammate Champ Bailey (2005-06) as a two-time Colroado Sports Hall of Fame professional Athlete of the Year recipient.

Manning, already named Sports Illustrated's 2013 Sportsman of the Year, a Pro Bowler for the 13th time and a first-team Associated Press All-Pro for the seventh time, set new single-season NFL records for passing yards (5,477) and passing touchdowns (55) this season.

Check out the complete story at DenverBroncos.com

Happy Birthday - Jan. 7: B. Fickey, K. Jeter, D. Owenby, J. Stokes

On Jan. 7, we celebrate the birthdays of Vols junior tennis player Brandon Fickey, sophomore left-handed pitcher Drake Owenby and junior men's hoops star Jarnell Stokes.

Brandon Fickey Drake Owenby Jarnell Stokes

Also celebrating a birthday today is former Tennessee volleyball player Kayla Jeter.

Kayla Jeter

Vol Calls Returns Tonight At 8 p.m.


"Vol Calls" returns to the airwaves tonight after the Holidays at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central from Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville. Co-hosts Brent Hubbs and John Wilkerson will be joined on-site by Lady Vols assistant basketball Coach Dean Lockwood. Later in the program Bob Kesling and Vols head coach Coach Cuonzo Martin will join the show live from Baton Rouge on the eve of Tennessee's SEC season opener versus the LSU Tigers Tuesday night. 

Knoxville resident Chris Low with ESPN.com will also give a live report from the BCS National Championship Game in Pasadena, Calif.  

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. 

Happy Birthday - Jan. 6: Tavis Bailey

On Jan. 6, we wish a very Happy Birthday to Vols thrower Tavis Bailey.


This Day In #Vols History (Jan. 4)



Fifteen years ago on this date in 1999, the Tennessee Volunteers captured the 1998 BCS National Championship, the first for the Vols since 1951, and completed the school's first-ever 13-0 season with a 23-16 win over No. 2 Florida State. Below is the complete recap:

TEMPE (Jan. 4, 1999) - Tennessee won the 1998 national championship, the first for the Vols since 1951, and completed the school's first-ever 13-0 season with a 23-16 win over the No. 2 Seminoles.

Tee Martin completed 11 of 18 passes for 278 yards and threw TD passes to Shawn Bryson and Peerless Price, covering 4 and 79 yards respectively. For his part, Price caught four passes for 199 yards, setting a Tennessee bowl receiving record in the process.

A Fiesta Bowl record crowd of 84,470 saw the game, only the second meeting between the two schools, the first coming in 1958.

Bryson's TD reception came in the second quarter and was followed by Dwayne Goodrich pilfering an FSU pass and returning the oskie 54 yards for a score which gave the Vols a 14-0 lead.

Goodrich's TD run was the third of his career. Bryson's TD came after the Vols took a Jeff Hall field goal off the board due to a roughing-the-kicker penalty.

Florida State narrowed the margin to 14-9 at the half and the score remained that way until midway in the fourth quarter when Martin and Price hooked up for the pivotal 79-yard score, followed by a Seminole turnover and a Hall field goal good from 23 yards out. The Seminoles pulled to within the eventual 23-16 margin late in the game, but could get no closer.

Price was named the Offensive Player of the Game and Goodrich the Defensive Player of the Game.

Happy Birthday - Jan. 3: Johnathon Johnson

On Jan. 3, we wish a very Happy Birthday to Vol wide receiver Johnathon Johnson. The slot man caught 13 balls for 189 yards in his debut season with the Big Orange. 


Vols In The NFL Playoffs - Wild Card Weekend

There are 15 NFL Vols who have made it to the playoffs this season representing seven NFL teams. 

The playoffs begin Saturday, January 4th on NBC with the Chiefs taking on the Colts in Indy and the Saints facing off against the Eagles. 

WILD CARD WEEKEND

KANSAS CITY vs. INDIANAPOLIS
Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt and the Chiefs who were the wildcard from the AFC West (second to the Denver Broncos) are headed to Indy for a meeting with Aubrayo Franklin and the Colts, the AFC South divisional leader at 4:35 p.m.

NEW ORLEANS vs. PHILADELPHIA
Jabari Greer, Parys Haralson, Austin Johnson, Robert Meachem and the Saints, who earned the wild card from the NFC South are headed to Philly to face the NFC East champion Eagles Saturday at 8:10 p.m.

Sunday January 5

SAN DIEGO vs. CINCINNATI 1:05 p.m. CBS

SAN FRANCISCO vs. GREEN BAY 4:40 p.m. FOX

DIVISIONAL PLAYOFFS

Saturday, January 11

Lowest NFC seed vs. SEATTLE 4:35 p.m. FOX
Tony McDaniel and the NFC Champion Seattle Seahawks host the lowest NFC seed to come out of Wild Card Weekend. 

Highest AFC seed at NEW ENGLAND 8 p.m. CBS
Jerod Mayo's New England Patriots play host to the highest AFC seed to come away from Wild Card Weekend.

Sunday, January 12

Highest NFC Seed vs. CAROLINA 1:05 p.m. FOX
Chris Scott and the second-place Panthers play host to the highest NFC seed to kick off sunday. 

Lowest AFC Seed vs. DENVER 4:40 p.m. CBS
Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos, the AFC Champions will host the lowest AFC Seed coming away from Wild Card Weekend

Patterson NFL Off. Rookie of the Month

Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings

Congrats to rookie Cordarrelle Patterson who earned NFL offensive rookie of the month honors after an outstanding December for the Vikings. 

Patterson had three rushing TDs and three receiving TDs making him the first rookie to have three rushing and receiving touchdowns in the same month since San Francisco's Roger Craig, 30 years ago. 

His six touchdowns in December were the third most in the NFL during the final month of the regular season.

Patterson also averaged 27.7 yards per kick return and set the Minnesota team record with 1,393 kick return yards in a single-season. 

In his first NFL season Patterson became to record four receiving TDs, three rushing TDs and 2 kick return TDs in a single-season. He also became the first player in NFL history with a 100-yard kick return TD,  75-yard receiving TD and 50-yard rushing TD in the same season. 


Manning Named AFC Off. Player Of Month


VFL Peyton Manning has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for December. It is the NFL-record eighth time he has earned the honor. Here is the full story from DenverBroncos.com:

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- To say that it's been a busy December for Peyton Manning might be a bit of an understatement.

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 Julius Thomas late in the fourth quarter.

"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.

This Day In #Vols History (Jan. 2)


The Vols won their first official bowl game on Jan. 2, 1939 with a 17-0 victory over #4 Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl to finish a perfect season at 11-0, giving the Vols their first National Championship.

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)

This Day In #Vols History (Jan. 1)

Jan. 1 has been the day for  many historic moments in Tennessee football history. Here's a look a several of most notable events and all the games played on the day.

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)