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Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/31/14)

The day is finally here ... IT'S FOOTBALL TIME IN TENNESSEE!

Get all of your gameday information here: FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Utah State along with Fan Experience Initiatives For 2014.

Here's a look at the previews from the media: 
- CBSSports.com: Preview
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: New Vols, old nerves as season finally begins
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Taking stock of UT vs. Utah State
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Matchups: Vols, Aggies about even
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee focuses on fan experience
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT profile: A.J. Johnson
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols will back 'Bowl Game Butch'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: The Matchups: Vols-Aggies
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols have 'a pair and a spare' at D-tackle
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols O-line focusing on present

News on Utah State includes: 

#NFLVols Roster Cuts, Changes

Around the league, the 32 NFL teams were focused on cutting down their rosters to 53-men, the mandated roster size. As a result, some VFLs made the cut and unfortunately others were released from their respective teams. However, they are eligible to be signed to practice squads as of tomorrow. 


Making the cut as a rookie, undrafted free agent James Stone made the official roster with the Falcons.

Not making the cut, Robert Meachem was one of the veteran VFLs to be released today. He did not make the cut for the New Orleans Saints. Meachem started for the Saints in the preseason. 

Offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw was released from the Oakland Raiders.

Also released was Chris Scott by the Carolina Panthers.
  - Panthers.com: Panthers trim roster to 53

Matt Simms was among 21 player released by the New York Jets.

Linebacker Dontavis Sapp was waived by the Dallas Cowboys. 

The Falcons also waived linebacker Jacques Smith.

To meet the requirements, the Kansas City Chiefs moved quarterback Tyler Bray to the injured reserve list. 

Also moved to the injured reserve list is rookie tackle Antonio Richardson and Green Bay Packers' Rajion Neal.

Catchings Continues to Make History


With the Eastern Conference Finals coming to a start tonight against Chicago at 7:00 p.m., former Lady Vol and current Indiana Fever player Tamika Catchings has earned the attention and respect of the league through her superior performances.

With 13 years of WNBA experience, Catchings has inspired her own team, helping lead them to their second trip to the finals in just three years. She is seen as a relentless, tenacious legend of the sport and her numbers continue to prove her ability. 

No. 1 - Career Playoff Points - 914

In the second game against Washington in the semifinals, Catchings became the WNBA's all-time leader in Playoff scoring. She passed Lisa Leslie and the score came from a three point shot in overtime. Along with her No. 1 position in Playoff scoring, she also moved into third place all-time for regular season WNBA scoring history with 6,554. 

No. 1 - Career Playoff Rebounds - 487

Along with her earning the best Playoff scoring number and already leading in Playoff steals, she moved into the No. 1 spot of rebounds. In just the first game of the semifinals, she recorded 10 rebounds. 

In her career, she has played in 53 Playoff games, good for fourth all-time. With that record, she has won one WNBA title but has led the Fever to the Eastern Conference Finals for four straights. 

No. 4 - Player Efficiency Rating - 26.0  & Usage Percentage - 29.7

Catching finished fourth in the league in Player Efficiency Rating. It is a per-minuted rating to give a rating of a player's performance by summing up a player's positive on-court accomplishment and subtracting the negative ones. The NBA equivalent of her finish would be to Sacramento Kings' DeMarcus Cousins. 

Her Usage Percentage is representative of the estimate percentage of a team's plays that are used by a player while she is on the floor. The formula looks at the player's field goal and free throw attempts and turnovers and finds the percentage of team totals she uses in the same categories. The NBA equivalent for this Portland's LaMarcus Aldridge.

#NFLVols Conclude Preseason Games

On a night that included all 32 NFL teams in action and the launch of SEC football, there were numerous VFLs with notable performances in the final NFL preseason game. 


Some big plays were made on the offense including Mychal Rivera's No. 2 play on the #SCTop10 play. Rivera had a 20-yard acrobatic catch for the Raiders touchdown. He tallied up two receptions for 47 yards in the game. Rivera's teammate and wide receiver Denarius Moore added to the Raiders' touchdowns with two as he recorded 58 yards on three receptions. 


In the quarterback position, Tyler Bray threw for 116 yards on 8-of-15 passing with one touchdown. Matt Simms also played and finished 7-for-17 with 121 yards while also rushing for 18 yards. 


On the defense, both Parys Haralson of the Saints and Cowboys' linebacker Dontavis Sapp had five tackles apiece. Daniel McCullers of the Steelers recorded two tackles while playing on the defensive line. Meanwhile, Giants' defensive end Robert Ayers had one tackle.

In other news, ESPN released their 2014 Offensive Player #NFLRank. VFL Peyton Manning is ranked No. 3 on the list, up two spots from last season.
 - ESPN: #NFLRank

Check out all of last night's performances from the NFL Vols:

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. New England 16-13 Played at DE, one tackle
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Green Bay 34-14 DNP
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Green Bay 34-14 Went 8-for-15 for 116 yds with one touchdown
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Green Bay 34-14 Punted four times for an average of 45 yds with two inside the 20
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. Dallas 27-3 Punted four times for an average of 49.3 yds with three inside the 20
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. New Orleans 22-13 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houstan Texans Lost to San Francisco 40-13 DNP
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Carolina 10-0 Played at LG
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Green Bay 34-14 DNP
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Lost to Baltimore 22-13 Started at OLB, five tackles
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Lost to Minnesota 19-3 Started at WR, two receptions for 53 yds
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. Dallas 27-3 DNP
Ju'Wan James OL Miami Dolphins Def. St. Louis 14-13 DNP
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Lost to Baltimore 22-13 Started at FB
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. Dallas 27-3 DNP
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Lost to NY Giants 16-13 DNP
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to Atlanta 24-14 Started at LG
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Lost to Oakland 41-31 DNP
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Carolina 10-0 Played at DL, two tackles
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Lost to Baltimore 22-13 Played at WR, one reception for 52 yards
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Def. Seattle 41-31 Started at WR, three receptions for 58 yards, two touchdowns
Raijon Neal RB Green Bay Packers  Def. Kansas City 34-14 Injured reserve
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Tennessee 19-3 DNP
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Tennessee 19-3 Started at LT
Dontavis Sapp LB Dallas Cowboys Lost to Denver 27-3 Played at LB, five tackles
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Def. Seattle 41-31 Started at TE, two receptions for 47 yds, one touchdown
Chris Scott OL Carolina Panthers Def. Pittsburgh 10-0 Started at G
Jarrod Shaw OL Oakland Raiders Def. Seattle 41-31 Played at OL
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Lost to Philadelphia 37-7 Went 7-for-17 for 121 yds, rushed for 18 yards
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Falcons Def. Jacksonville 24-14 Played at OLB
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Lost to Washington 24-10 Started at TE
James Stone OL Atlanta Falcons Def. Jacksonville 24-14 Played at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Def. St. Louis 14-13 Started at RG
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Lost to Miami 14-13 DNP
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Lost to San Diego 12-9 DNP
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Lost to Denver 27-3 DNP

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/29/14)


Just 2 days until Its Football Time In Tennessee!

UTSports.com has the latest on the Vols as we close in on Sunday's night's opener vs. Utah State, which is a sell out!


Here's a look at what the media is writing: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Coaches eager to see Vols' many 'unknowns'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT observations: Youth in play for opener
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Instant analysis: Practice report Thursday
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols have 'a pair and a spare' at D-tackle
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols O-line focusing on present
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Kicker battle still 'very close'


The latest on Utah State includes: 


Sunday's Opener Officially Sold Out

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Tennessee's 2014 season opener vs. Utah State is officially a sellout. It will mark the first time since the 2007 home opener that the Vols had a sellout in their Neyland Stadium season debut. That year 106,311 came out to see the Vols host Southern Miss. 

2014 vs. Utah State - 102,455
2013 vs. Austin Peay - 97,169
2012 vs. Georgia State - 87,821
2011 vs. Montana - 94,661
2010 vs. UT Martin - 99,123
2009 vs. WKU - 98,761
2008 vs. UAB - 98,205
2007 vs. Southern Miss - 106,311

#NFLVols Ready To End Preseason

It's going to be an action packed Thursday with all 32 NFL teams making a final preseason appearance before launching the regular season schedule. Even with some roster changes, there are still numerous VFLs to watch. See what to expect:


Falcons vs. Jaguars, 6:00 p.m. 
Jacques Smith and James Stone will travel to take on Jacksonville and Jacques McClendon. Both Stone and McClendon had playing time at center in last week's game. McClendon is currently in competition for the starting center spot. 



Chiefs vs. Packers, 7:00 p.m.
Four VFLs will take the field with Kansas City as they travel to Green Bay take on rookie Rajion Neal and team. All-Pro safety Eric Berry returned to practice this week. 

 - KCChiefs.com: Chiefs vs. Packers Preview


Rams vs. Dolphins, 7:00 p.m.
Offensive linemen Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas will host Scott Wells and St. Louis. 



Jets vs. Eagles, 7:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Salsa dancing quarterback Matt Simms is expected to share third-string playing time in the final game of the preseason. In last week's game, Simms threw a touchdown pass.



Patriots vs. Giants, 7:00 p.m.
Since returning back to practice linebacker Jerod Mayo hasn't seen preseason action. Defensive end Robert Ayers will host Mayo and the Patriots. Ayers recorded two tackles last week.


Panthers vs. Steelers, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh will remain home to host the final preseason game against the Panthers. Two VFLs will represent the Steelers, Ramon Foster and Daniel McCullers. Offensive lineman Chris Scott will be the lone Vol up for the Panthers. All three played active roles in last week's games.


Redskins vs. Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m.
Luke Stocker will be the only VFL in this evening game. Stocker played at tight end in the win over Buffalo last week.


Broncos vs. Cowboys, 8:00 p.m.
The man himself Peyton Manning will lead the Broncos as they travel to Dallas to take on Dontavis Sapp and Jason Witten of the Cowboys. With Manning will be Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson, both of whom played in last week's narrow lost to the Texans.



49ers vs. Texans, 8:00 p.m.
Successful running back Arian Foster has a chance to play in the final preseason game, but if not, is expected to be ready for the season opener. 

Ravens vs. Saints, 8:00 p.m.
Parys Haralson, Austin Johnson and Robert Meachem will host long snapper Morgan Cox of the Ravens. Haralson was recently re-signed by the Saints. 


Vikings vs. Titans, 8:00 p.m.
It'll be a battle as young, successful wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter come face-to-face. Antonio Richardson will also represent the Vols alongside Patterson with the Vikings. All three played together at Tennessee.
 


Seahawks vs. Oakland, 10:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Another VFL filled game will bring together Super Bowl champion Tony McDaniel and three Raiders, Denarius Moore, Mychal Rivera and Jarrod Shaw. 

Fun Fact: Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie was a fullback for the Vols when current Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable coached in the same position for Tennessee.



Cardinals vs. Chargers, 10 p.m.
Starting linemen Dan Williams has taken a larger role in the Arizona defense with team injuries. He is expected to start. 

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/28/14)

Just 3 days until kickoff! Check out the Vols Jersey Countdown #3.

On Wednesday, the Vols continued prep for Utah State. Coach Butch Jones said up to 28 newcomers could see action in Sunday's opener. Check out Brian Rice's feature on the freshmen set to make their debuts in Orange & White: Managing The Emotion Of First.

Also on UTSports.com, check out the #VolReport: After 659 Days, Maggitt Returns.

Coverage from the media includes: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Maggitt excited for return
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley needs to expand role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' true freshmen will get a chance
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Jones eager to see freshmen
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: Vols' newcomers will be 'special'

News on Utah State includes: 

Vol Calls Returns Wednesday Night At 8 p.m.


Butch Jones will be a live guest at Vol Calls at Calhoun's on Wednesday Night! Be sure to listen to the show live from Calhoun's On The River as Jones previews the Utah State game. 

Listen on the new platform from CBS interactive: LISTEN LIVE

Reese, Sandgren Fall at U.S. Open Doubles

NEW YORK -- Senior Hunter Reese and former Vol Tennys Sandgren both came up on the short end of their U.S. Open debuts Tuesday night.

Reese and recent Ohio State graduate Peter Kobelt lost to the 10th-seeded French team of Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-1. It was the first time the two collegiate players had shard a court since squaring off against each other in the 2014 NCAA doubles final in May.

Sandgren, in his first tournament back since hip surgery in March, played with former Ohio State standout Chase Buchanan in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Mate Pavic of Croatia and Andre Sa of Brazil. 

John-Patrick Smith and Texas A&M great Austin Krajicek will not play their opening doubles match until later this week.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/27/14)

We are down to just 4 days until It's Football Time In Tennessee!

Butch Jones addressed the media as Tennessee prepares for Utah State. Check out coverage from UTSports.com: 


Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's season of unknowns about to begin
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Neyland offers 'shock value' for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT unknowns could become known fast
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones says Worley has met all expectations
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones previews Vols' season opener
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Better Know a Foe: Utah State
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thoughts from first game-week presser
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley confident under bright lights
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Kicker, CB jobs up for grabs

News out of Utah includes:

- Herald Journal: Diaz's expectations sky high

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/25/14)

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It's Game Week! Check out the latest from the media as the Vols are gearing up for the 2014 opener vs. Utah State. 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Hurd 'hungry' as Tennessee Vols' debut nears
- Knoxville News Sentinel: QBs could have UT defense on run
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thigpen knows about defensive turnarounds
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Five Things: Vols' concerns in 2014
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Crowder clears up snapping questions
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Future taking shape at Tennessee
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT schedule is full of challenges
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT offensive preview
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT defensive preview
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley relishing final chance with Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Williams sprinting to starting spot
In week three of the NFL Preseason, 11 VFLs had a starting spot in their respective team's lineup. 

Peyton Manning
All three former Vol quarterbacks had at least one one touchdown in their games. Tyler Bray of the Chiefs went 9-for-25 for 85 yards. Matt Simms of the Jets was 9-for-14 for 104 yards, and showed off some salsa moves. The great Peyton Manning started at the position and went 21-for-27 for 243 yards.



VFL wide receivers also had a productive week. Oakland Raiders' Denarius Moore had two receptions and a touchdown. Justin Hunter of the Titans had three catches for 48 yards. Continuing his success so far this preseason, Cordarrelle Patterson started and had a touchdown on top of three receptions for 71 yards.

 - ProPlayersInsiders.com: Cordarrelle Patterson Primed to Breakout

Defensively, at least five former Vols recorded a tackle, including defensive end Robert Ayers who had two.

Check out how each NFLVol performed:

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. New York Jets 35-24 Played at DE, had two tackles
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 DNP
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 Played at QB, completed 9-25 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown
Alex Bullard OL Detroit Lions Def. Jacksonville 13-12 Played at G
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 Had seven punts for 364 yards
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Lost to Houston 18-17 Had two punts for 74 yards
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. Washington 23-17 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houstan Texans Def. Denver 18-17 DNP
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Philadelphia 31-21 Started at LG, had a fumble recovery
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Def. Indianapolis 23-17 Started at OLB, assisted with one tackle
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Def. Atlanta 24-17 Played at WR, three receptions for 48 yards
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Lost to Houston 18-17 Played at DE
Ju'Wan James OL Miami Dolphins Def. Cowboys 25-20 Started at RT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Def. Indianapolis 23-17 Played at FB, one reception for three yards
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Lost to Houston 18-17 Started at QB, completed 21-27 passes for 243 yards and one touchdown
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Def. Carolina 30-7 DNP
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to Detroit 13-12 Started at C
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Def. Chicago 34-6 Played at DT
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Philadelphia 31-21 Played at DL, recorded a tackle
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Def. Indianapolis 23-17 Played at WR
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Lost to Green Bay 31-21 Played at WR, two receptions for 46 yards
Raijon Neal RB Green Bay Packers  Def. Oakland 31-21 Inactive
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Kansas City 30-12 Started at WR, three receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown
Tauren Poole  RB Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Philadelphia 31-21 Played at RB
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Kansas City 30-12 DNP
Dontavis Sapp LB Dallas Cowboys Lost to Miami 25-20 Played at LB, had one tackle
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Lost to Green Bay 31-21 Started at TE, two receptions for three yards
Chris Scott OL Carolina Panthers Lost to New England 30-7 Started at RG
Jarrod Shaw OL Oakland Raiders Lost to Green Bay 31-21 DNP
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Lost to Giants 35-24 Played at QB, completed 9-14 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Flacons Lost to Tennessee 24-17 DNP
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Def. Bills 27-14 Played at TE
James Stone OL Atlanta Flacons Lost to Tennessee 24-17 Played at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Def. Cowboys 25-20 Played at G
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Def. Browns 33-14 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Lost to Cincinnati 19-13 Started at NT, had one tackle
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Lost to Miami 25-20 Started at TE, one reception for 11 yards
SATURDAY RECAP:

NFLVols made their presence in Saturday's games. 


In the Vikings game, VFL Cordarrelle Patterson had a 53-yard touchdown to highlight his performances. He went 3-71 in receptions for the night. 


Justin Hunter of the TItans had three catches for 48 yards. The Saints' Austin Johnson also recorded a touchdown on a three-yard catch from Drew Brees. 

In quarterback news, Peyton Manning went 21-for-27 for 243 yards with two touchdowns. Tyler Bray of the Kansas City Chiefs went 9-for-15 and had a touchdown. 

In the Cowboys win, Jason Witten had an 11-yard catch and Dontavis Sapp recorded a tackle in their loss to fellow VFL's Ja'Wuan James and the Dolphins.

SUNDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL:

In the final game of the third week of the NFL Preseason, expect to see one VFL in the Sunday Night Game:


Bengals vs. Cardinals,  8:00 p.m. (NBC)
With the loss of Darnell Dockett for the Cardinals, nose tackle Dan Williams is expected to be in the forefront of the Cardinals defensive front moving forward. 
In the eight games slated for the third weekend of NFL Preseason action, VFLs will take the field in each of them. Check it out here:


Buccaneers vs. Bills, 4:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
Tight end Luke Stocker will travel to take on Buffalo in the early game of the day. Stocker is coming back off an injury and expected to make an appearance.



Titans vs. Falcons, 7:00 p.m.
Wide receiver standout Justin Hunter takes his skills to Atlanta to take on linebacker Jacques Smith and James Stone. 



Cowboys vs. Dolphins, 7:00 p.m.
Linebacker Dontavis Sapp and tight end Jason Witten will travel to Miami to take on starting VFLs Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas.


Redskins vs. Ravens, 7:30 p.m
Long snapper Morgan Cox will be the lone VFL representing the Ravens in the game against Washington. 


Rams vs. Browns, 8:00 p.m. 
Center Scott Wells will represent St. Louis as they travel to Cleveland. Wells is off an injury and will once again be expected to play.



Saints vs. Colts, 8:00 p.m. (CBS)
Parys Haralson, Austin Johnson and Robert Meachem will take center stage in Indianapolis.

Vikings vs. Chiefs, 8:00 p.m. 
Rising star Cordarrelle Patterson and Antonio Richardson will travel to Kansas City to take on VFLs Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt and Zach Fulton. All are expected to make contributions.



Texans vs. Broncos, 9:00 p.m.
Denver players Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning will host Arian Foster and the Texans.


Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/23/14)

Just 8 days until It's Football Time In Tennessee!

The Vols went through their final practice of the week on Friday afternoon. Check out coverage in the #VolReport: The Power Of The Power T


Also, Brian Rice has a fantastic feature on sophomore defensive back Michael Williams, who is a two-sport athlete, also competing in track & field: Williams Playing For A Purpose.


Here's what the media had to say about the Vols heading into game week. 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Worley relishing final chance with Tennessee Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols' battle at kicker 'ongoing'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones frustrated during practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Justin Coleman commanding nickel spot
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Kicking competition continues
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Williams sprinting toward starting spot


In the five games that are set for Friday night, each game will feature at least one VFL. Check out what to expect:


Jaguars vs. Lions, 7:30 p.m.
Jackonsville OL Jacques McClendon is expected to be in the starting lineup as the Jaguars travel to Detroit. During this last week in training camp, McClendon spent three days working with the first-team. Fellow VFL Alex Bullard will welcome McClendon and should play at G.


Jerod Mayo (center) has returned to practice this week, trying to pull his weight as the season approaches. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Panthers vs. Patriots, 7:30 p.m. 
Chris Scott and the Panthers will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on Jerod Mayo and the Patriots. Scott is expected to start at RG.  Mayo has not played this preseason but was back to action in practice this past week.

 - Blackandbluereview.com: 10 Panthers to Watch Against the Patriots


Giants vs. Jets, 7:30 p.m.
QB Matt Simms will welcome VFL Robert Ayers and the Giants. Both played in last week's games. 


Raiders vs. Packers, 8:00 p.m. (CBS)
Four VFLs will come face-to-face when three Raiders, Denarius Moore, Mychal Rivera and Jarrod Shaw travel to the home of Rajion Neal. Neal sat out last week with an injury and is not expected to return this week.
 


Bears vs. Seahawks, 10:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Tony McDaniel will be the lone VFL in the final game of the night. McDaniel has been consistent for the Seahawks adding depth to the field.

SEC Network All-Access With The Vols

The SEC Network goes behind the scenes and gives you an all-access glimpse into the Vols football squad.

Butch Jones On The Zone 104.5 (8/21/14)


Vols head coach Butch Jones was a live in-person guest on 104.5 The Zone on Thursday afternoon as 3HL broadcast live from Knoxville. Listen back to Jones' insightful interview: Butch Jones on 3HL

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/22/14)

Abbott Helps Chicago Stay Alive In NPF Playoffs

Tennessee softball legend and Chicago ace Monica Abbott tossed three hitless, shutout innings in relief and struck out three batters on Thursday to help the Bandits take a 4-1 victory over the Akron Racers and force a third game in their NPF Championship series semifinal best-of-three.

The Bandits, who also feature UT legend Ellen Renfroe on their roster, and the Racers will play on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. That game will feature a live radio broadcast on MSASports.net.

The winner will advance to face the USSSA Pride in the final best-of-three series for the league championship. The first game of the finals is on Friday 8 p.m. ET. A matchup between the Chicago Bandits and the USSSA Pride would feature all of the UT alums currently in the NPF. Tennessee legend and NPF Rookie of the Year Madison Shipman stars for the Pride.

With the third week of the NFL Preseason beginning, three VFLs will be in action for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Steelers vs. Eagles, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
The Steelers will make their way to Philadelphia for this week's Thursday night game. All three VFLs, Ramon Foster, Tauren Poole and Daniel McCullers, had playing time in last week's game against the Buffalo Bills. Poole is questionable with a hamstring injury, but if healthy is expected to play. 


The Nashville Predators of the NHL will be the first team in it's league to host a We Back Pat night in support of Coach Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA Basketball history. The Predators will host the special game on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Arena.

The We Back Pat game will raise public awareness for The Pat Summitt Foundation, which is dedicated to advanced research for prevention and a cure for Alzheimer's disease. 

If bought online, a portion of the ticket sold will be donated to the foundation.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/21/14)

The Vols will be back on Haslam Field on Thursday for the first time during fall classes at Tennessee. Take a look at the latest coverage on the team from the media in the following stories:


- The Associated Press has a feature on freshman Josh Malone, who enters his first season as a Vol with high expectations: Tennessee WR Malone ready to face expectations.

- The Chattanooga Times Free Press features strength & conditioning coach Dave Lawson: Lawson's lead: Strength coach talks Tennessee Vols' summer.

- The Times Free Press also has a story on the Vols' increased depth at tight end: UT Vols clearly better, deeper at tight end.

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has various stories on Team 118: 

The Maryville Daily Times looks at freshman Jashon Robertson and rise to starter on the offensive line: UT's Jashon Robertson a quick study after position change
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Former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings was recently named the WNBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Month for August.

Catchings currently plays for the Indiana Fever and is in her 13th year in the league. This is her first player of the month honor for the season and the third of her career. No other Lady Vol in the WNBA has been awarded the honor this season.

In August, Catchings had an Eastern Conference high in scoring with 16.7 ppg. She ranked seventh in rebounding with 6.3 rpg and sixth in steals with 1.67 spg. Leading her team, Catchings has helped Indiana to the playoffs for the 10th consecutive year.

In all In all five games so far this month, Catchings has scored in double-digits including two games with 25 or more points. Catchings scored her season high of 29 points against the New York Liberty on Aug. 10. She has scored a collective 92 points and 59 rebounds in August.

Catchings will be back in action tomorrow night, Aug. 20, against Washington at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 2.

On August 20, just three days following his No. 17 jersey retirement with the Colorado Rockies, we send Happy Birthday wishes to #VFL and 17-year Major League veteran Todd Helton! 

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Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/19/14)

Only 12 days until It's Football Time In Tennessee! 

Butch Jones and the Vols wrapped up training camp on Monday. Read about the final practice before school starts on Wednesday: #VolReport: Camp Is In The Books.

Freshman Jashon Robertson is the subject of our feature on UTSports.com, making the move from defensive line to offensive line and making a major difference: A Big Move Pays Off For Robertson.

Starting on Tuesday night, the Vols will be featured on SEC Network with a 2014 season preview and a look back at several classic games. 

Here's a look at coverage from the media

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols' defensive linemen admit to extra drive
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Schedule loaded with successful coaches
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Al Wilson's 'big heart' still inspires
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Instant analysis from Vols' practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Williams turning heads at cornerback
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Two more Vols lose helmet stripes
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols manufacturing O-line depth

The second weekend of NFL Preseason games has concluded for former Vols in the league. Out of 38 VFLs, 33 played in games over the course of the weekend.


Among those players, starting Tennessee Titans' wide receiver Justin Hunter racked up a total of 111 yards on four receptions for two touchdowns. The Titans narrowly lost. 

 - YahooSports.com: Dose - Justin Hunter Pops Off

QB Peyton Manning
With the Broncos, Peyton Manning completed 12-14 passes for 102 yards and a touchdown to shut out the 49ers.

 - CBSSports.com: Peyton Manning dominates


Sixteen VFLs started in games including Mychal Rivera of the Oakland Raiders who had two catches for 26 yards in the close win against the Lions. 

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. Indianapolis 27-26 Played at DE
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Carolina 28-18 DNP
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Carolina 28-18 DNP
Alex Bullard OL Detroit Lions Lost to Oakland 27-26 Played at G
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Carolina 28-18 Punted five times for 195 yards
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. San Francisco 34-0 Punted three times for 127 yards
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. Dallas 37-30 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houstan Texans Def. Atlanta 32-7 DNP
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Buffalo 19-16 Started at LG
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Carolina 28-18 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Def. Tennessee 31-24 Played at OLB
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Lost to New Orleans 31-24 Started at WR, made four receptions for 111 yards and two touchdowns
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. San Francisco 34-0 Played at DE
Ju'Wan James OL Miami Dolphins Def. Tampa Bay 20-14 Started at RT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Def. Tennessee 31-24 Started at FB, rushed for nine yards
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. San Francisco 34-0 Started at QB, completed 12-14 passes for 102 yards and one touchdown
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Def. Philadelphia 42-35 DNP
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to Chicago 20-19 Started at RG
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Def. San Diego 41-14 Started at LDE
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Buffalo 19-16 Played at DL
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Def. Tennessee 31-24 Started at WR, made one reception for 14 yards
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Def. Detriot 27-26 Played at WR, caught one pass for eight yards
Raijon Neal RB Green Bay Packers  Def. St. Louis 21-7 DNP
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Arizona 30-28 Started at WR, caught two passes for nine yards
Tauren Poole  RB Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Buffalo 19-16 Played at RB, rushed for seven yards, had one tackle
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Oakland 10-6 Played at OT
Dontavis Sapp LB Dallas Cowboys Lost to Baltimore 37-30 Played at LB
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Def. Detriot 27-26 Started at TE, made two receptions for 26 yards
Chris Scott OL Carolina Panthers Def. Kansas City 28-16 Played at G
Jarrod Shaw OL Oakland Raiders Def. Detriot 27-26 Played at OL
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Def. Cincinnati 25-17 Played at QB
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Flacons Lost to Houston 32-7 Played at LB, had one reception for 13 yards
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Lost to Miami 20-14 Started at TE
James Stone OL Atlanta Flacons Lost to Houston 32-7 Played at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Def. Tampa Bay 20-14 Started at RG
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Lost to Green Bay 21-7 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Lost to Vikings 30-28 Started at NT
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Lost to Baltimore 37-30 Started at TE





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On Sunday, Aug. 17, after 17 years of Major League service with the organization, the Colorado Rockies honored longtime first baseman and #VFL Todd Helton in a pregame jersey retirement ceremony at Coors Field.

Over the course of his 17 seasons with Colorado, the former Vol played in 2,247 games and stands as the Rockies' all-time leader in hits (2,519), singles (1,521), doubles (592), home runs (369), RBIs (1,406), runs scored (1,401) and walks (1,335). A five-time Major League All-Star (2000-04), he also collected three Rawlings Gold Glove Awards and four Silver Slugger Awards as the Rockies starting first baseman.

Now a member of the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame and the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame, Helton also holds all-time career records for the Vols Baseball program with 38 homers, 147 walks as well as a school-record 23 saves from 1993-95.


Here's a look at the latest coverage on Helton and his jersey retirement at Coors Field:

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/18/14)

The Vols will be back in action on Monday after an off-day on Sunday as Butch Jones and Team 118 are just 13 days from the 2014 kickoff vs. Utah State. 

On Saturday, 40,000 Fans Came Out To The Vols Open Practice. If you missed any of the coverage check out this story: Fans Set Tone For Vols Under The Lights.




Here's the latest from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols' Worley steady as crowd watches
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones not sweating position battles
- Knoxville News Sentinel:  Williams turning heads at cornerback




Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/17/14)

Saturday night was one to remember for Butch Jones and the Vols! 

More than 40,000 fans came out to support Team 118 for their open practice. Check out what it meant to have so many members of Vol Nation show up.





Here's a look at the coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols enjoy playing in front of 40,000
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols' Worley steady as crowd watches
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' practice is a game-like atmosphere
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Number of positions still in flux
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols enjoy fan-created dress rehearsal
Friday Night Highlight


VFL and Tennessee Titan Justin Hunter showed the world he wasn't "just another guy" in last night's loss to the Saints. Hunter caught four passes for 111 yards, including both a four-yard and 64-yard touchdown by two different quarterbacks. 

 - Tennessee Titans: Hunter Shines in Loss to Saints

WEEKEND ACTION
The second week of the NFL Preseason continues this weekend with 10 spanning over Saturday and Sunday. Don't miss the action from these VFLs:

SATURDAY


Packer vs. Rams, 4:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
After a successful game in week one, Green Bay's rookie running back Rajion Neal will travel to St. Louis where 11-year NFL vet Scott Wells resides. However, Wells is not expected to participate. 

 - Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: RB Rajion Neal won't let injury slow him down


Jets vs. Bengals, 7:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
New York quarterback Matt Simms will return to the field as he travels to Cincinnati. 



Ravens vs. Cowboys, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)
Dontavis Sapp and Jason Witten of Dallas will host long snapper Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens. Both Sapp and Cox saw action in week one.



Giants vs. Colts, 7:00 p.m.
New York defensive end Robert Ayers will look to add to his two tackles from last week as he takes on Indianapolis.



Bills vs. Steelers, 7:30 p.m. 
Three former Vols, Ramon Foster, Daniel McCullers, and Tauren Poole, will suit up for the Steelers as they host Buffalo. All three played in week one's game and are expected to contribute against the Bills.



Dolphins vs. Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas Thomas and Ja'Wuan James, two offensive line starters for Miami, will travel to Tampa Bay to take on VFL tight end Luke Stocker.



Falcons vs. Texans, 8:00 p.m.
Running back Arian Foster will host both Atlanta rookies Jacques Smith and James Stone in Houston. Although Foster did not play in week one due to injury, Smith and Stone both played and are expected back on the field.



Cardinals vs. Vikings, 8:30 p.m.
Dan Williams of Arizona will travel to Minnesota where he will come face-to-face with Cordarrelle Patterson and Antonio Richardson.


SUNDAY


Broncos vs. 49ers, 4:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Leading quarterback Peyton Manning and two additional VFLs, Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson, will lead Denver to face San Francisco. All three have made considerable contributions to the team.



Chiefs vs. Panthers, 8:00 p.m. (FOX)
Offensive lineman Chris Scott will welcome VFL Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt and Zach Fulton. All but Berry, who will sit out again, participated in week one action.


Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/16/14)

Saturday is here! That mean's the Vols Open Practice Happens Tonight! We hope to see you at Neyland Stadium as the gates open at 6 p.m., with action getting underway at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Justin Worley took snaps as the officially installed first-team quarterback. Check out the #VolReport: Worley In The Saddle.



Coverage from the media includes:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: What to watch during UT's open scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones uses UT's history as motivator
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Johnson back to 'backer
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols focus on special teams play on Friday



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On Friday night, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox defeated the Falmouth Commodores, 10-4, for the 2014 Cape Cod League Championship title. Among the Y-D's winning squad, #Vols Drake Owenby, A.J. Simcox and Vincent Jackson will take home championship honors following an incredible summer season in the Cape.

Tonight's victory sealed the championship title for the Red Sox following their win in Game 1 of the best-of-three series. Earlier this week, the Yarmouth-Dennis crew topped the Harwich Mariners in three games to clinch a Cape Cod League East Division Championship.
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Check out more info on the #Vols and Friday's Cape Cod League Championship Series:
With four games set for Friday night, 10 #NFLVols are ready for action as the second week of the NFL Preseason continues. Below are #VFLs to look forward to:


Eagles vs. Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
New England linebacker Jerod Mayo will host Philadelphia. Mayo missed last week's game and did not practice on Thursday for unknown reasons. 


Titans vs. Saints, 8:00 p.m. 
Wide receiver Justin Hunter has been the most talked about Titan and is expected to get ample playing time as he travels to New Orleans to take on Parys Haralson, Austin Johnson and Robert Meachem. All three recorded playing time for the Saints in last week's game.

 - MusicCityMiracles.com: Titans vs. Saints Preseason Preview


Lions vs. Raiders, 10:00 p.m.
Four more #VFLs will be in action as Alex Bullard and Detroit travel to Oakland. For Oakland, Denarius Moore is on the leader board with three receptions for 28 yards. Mychal Rivera, a starter at tight end, and Jarrod Shaw are expected to contribute.

 - GlobalPost.com: Oakland Raiders - Team Report


Chargers vs. Seahawks, 10:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Starting defensive tackle Tony McDaniel and Seattle will host San Diego.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/15/14)

16 DAYS! Happy Peyton Manning Day in the Vols Jersey Countdown!

Thursday was a big day on many fronts. Butch Jones announced Justin Worley would be the starter at quarterback to open the 2014 season. The Vols held their annual Media Day. In the evening, the SEC Network launched coverage.


Here's a look at UTSports.com coverage:

Take a look at stories from around the nation touching on these events:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Worley wins Tennessee Vols' starting QB job
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols both excited over, wary of SEC Network
- ESPN.com: SEC morning links
- Knoxville News Sentinel:  Worley proves resilience
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dobbs, Peterman competing for backup spot
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Curt Maggitt says he is '110 percent'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley plans to take QB job, 'run with it'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Vereen having 'great' camp
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bullock leads kicking competition
- The Tennessean: Vols make safe QB choice
- UT Daily Beacon: Players to watch this season

Coach Winterbotham Takes ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

#VFL Arencibia Makes MLB Pitching Debut

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On Wednesday evening, #VFL and current Texas Rangers first baseman J.P. Arencibia made his first-ever Major League pitching debut, tossing 1.0 scoreless ninth inning in the club's 10-1 loss to the Tampa Bay Rays.

Throwing in the 73 mile per hour range, Arencibia used 10 total pitches against his four batters faced, inducing two fly-outs after the Rays' Logan Forsythe hustled to beat an infield throw for the lone hit in the outing. Arencibia's debut now stands as the third occasion this season for Rangers Manager Ron Washington to call a position player to the mound.

When asked about the outing during postgame media availability, Arencibia responded saying he was just doing what he could to help the team. 
Check out the recent coverage on Arencibia's outing:

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/14/14)

The Vols held their second practice at Neyland Stadium during training camp. Butch Jones met with the media following the session:


Here's a look at his entire transcript and coverage on UTSports.com: 

Stories from the media include: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones says scrimmage 'lacking intensity'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Pillow and mouth important to UT players
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Five on the Rise: Mid-camp edition
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Vols lack 'intensity' in scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones nearing quarterback decision
- Maryville Daily Times: Jones jump starts 'controlled chaos'

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The Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox defeated the Harwich Mariners, 2-0, on Tuesday night to advance to the Cape Cod Baseball League Championship Series. 

Red Sox members and current #Vols Vincent Jackson, Drake Owenby and A.J. Simcox will face the West Division Champion Falmouth Commodores in Game 1, beginning Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. ET. The Championship Series will be played as a best-of-three series, with live stats available via Pointstreak.com.

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Read more from last night's East Division Championship recap:

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/13/14)

Two freshmen tight ends have elevated the battle for playing time at the position, check out this feature on Daniel Helm and Ethan Wolf: A Healthy Dose of Competition.


Also on UTSports.com: 


Here's what the media is writing:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Movers, shakers at UT camp

McCullers Ready To Contribute With Steelers


VFL Daniel McCullers is featured on Steelers.com: McCullers: 'I feel like I can contribute'

"I just have to continue to work on my technique," said McCullers, "my pad level, learn the system and keys. Once I get that down pat I feel like I can contribute to the team."


Also the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has this story on McCullers: Steelers rookie McCullers proving he's no pushover

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/12/14)



The stream of notable visitors to join Butch Jones and Team 118 continued on Monday night as longtime NFL coach Jerry Glanville spoke to the team after the second of its two practices. 

Check out the Photo Gallery​ from last night.

Here's a look at coverage on UTSports.com from the early session on Monday.


The media wrote the following:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Simple plan working for UT Vols' Derek Barnett
- Knoxville News Sentinel: "Pig" Howard grateful to be back
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Monday practice observations: Butch Jones
- Knoxville News Sentinel: All banners count for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: First newcomers shed stripes



#NFLVols After Week 1 Of Preseason (8/11/14)

The first full weekend of NFL Preseason action is in the book and 33 of 40 VFLs played in games. 

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- Among those players, rookie offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James of the Miami Dolphins and Zach Fulton of the Kansas City Chiefs each drew starting nods. 


- Rookie Rajion Neal scored his first NFL touchdown for the Green Bay Packers and ran for 39 yards in the rain at Tennessee. The Packers won 20-16



- Peyton Manning did his usual, completing 10-of-13 passes for 78 yards on two drives, before a lightning delay. Denver won 21-16 in a Super Bowl rematch


- With the New York Jets, Matt Simms played quarterback for all of the second half and completed 13-of-18 for 96 yards and led the Jets to the game-winning drive in the final minute, as New York beat the Colts, 13-10


- Denarius Moore had three catches for 28 yards for the Oakland Raiders while fellow VFL Cordarrelle Patterson also had three catches for the Vikings, for 38 yards. Minnesota won 10-6.
  - Daily Norseman: Stock Market Report: Raiders

Name
Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. Pittsburgh 20-16 Made two tackles, one tackle for loss
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Def. Cincinnati 41-39 DNP
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Def. Cincinnati 41-39 Completed 2-3 passes for 37 yards
Alex Bullard OL Detroit Lions Def. Cleveland 13-12 Played at G
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Def. Cincinnati 41-39 Punted two times for 106 yards
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. Seattle 21-16 Punted two times for 83 yards
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. San Francisco 23-3 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houstan Texans Lost to Arizona 32-0 DNP
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to New York Giants 20-16 Started at LG
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Def. Cincinnati 41-39 Started at RG
Omar Gaither LB Atlanta Flacons Def. Miami 16-10 DNP
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Def. St. Louis 26-24 Started at OLB
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Def. Green Bay 20-16 Made one reception for five yards
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. Seattle 21-16 Made one tackle
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami Dolphins Lost to Atlanta 16-10 Started at RT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Def. St. Louis 26-24 Started at FB, Caught two passes for one yard
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. Seattle 21-16 Completed 10-13 passes for 78 yards 
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Lost to Washington 23-6 DNP
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Def. Tampa Bay 16-10 Started at RG
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Lost to Denver 21-16 Started at DT
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to New York Giants 20-16 Made one tackle
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Def. St. Louis 26-24 Started at WR
Marvin Mitchell LB Minnesota Vikings Def. Oakland 10-6 DNP
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Lost to Minnesota 10-6 Made three receptions for 28 yards
Raijon Neal RB Green Bay Packers  Lost to Tennessee 20-16 Rushed five times for 39 yards and one touchdown
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Oakland 10-6 Started at WR. Caught three passes for 38 yards
Tauren Poole  RB Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to New York Giants 20-16 Rushed five times for 17 yards
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Oakland 10-6 Played at OT
Dontavis Sapp LB Dallas Cowboys Lost to San Diego 27-7 Assisted on two tackles
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Lost to Minnesota 10-6 Started at TE
Chris Scott OL Carolina Panthers Lost to Buffalo 20-18 Played at G
Jarrod Shaw OL Oakland Raiders Lost to Minnesota 10-6 Played at OL
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Def. Indianapolis 13-10 Completed 13-18 passes for 96 yards
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Flacons Def. Miami 16-10 Made one tackle
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Lost to Jacksonville 16-10 Played at TE
James Stone OL Atlanta Flacons Def. Miami 16-10 Played at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Lost to Atlanta 16-10 Started at RG
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Lost to New Orleans 26-24 DNP
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Def. Texans 32-0 Played at NT
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Lost to San Diego 27-7 DNP

#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (8/11/14)

Current Vols Hunter Reese and Jack Schipanski finished up their month-long Futures road trip last week, reaching the doubles semifinals of the Edwardsville (Ill.) Futures. The semifinal appearance means the first doubles ATP points for Reese.

Here are the new ATP rankings as of Aug. 11, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 179 (-1)
Doubles: 70 (+1)
Note: Reached the doubles semifinals of the Aptos $100K Challenger with Austin Krajicek ... Off this week in preparation for the U.S. Open.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 212 (+33)
Doubles: 295 (+3)
Note: Jumped up more than 30 spots in the rankings after reaching the singles semifinals at the Aptos $100K Challenger ... Off this week.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 293 (-19)
Doubles: 209 (-3)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery ... Scheduled to make his return in U.S. Open qualifying.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 835 (+85)
Doubles: 471 (+34)
Note: Points added from singles semifinal and doubles final at an Italy Futures $10K ... Off this week.

Ramsey Records First Pro Hit, Home Run

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#VFL Matt Ramsey has experienced a smooth transition following his trade to the Miami Marlins organization from Tampa Bay in early July. Now with the Double A Jacksonville Suns, Ramsey has maintained a 1.53 ERA with 26 strikeouts over his 17.2 total innings pitched for the Suns. And on Sunday night against the Mississippi Braves, he added another career milestone as the right-handed reliever hit a solo home run for his first-career hit as a professional.

Despite taking the loss in relief, Ramsey helped his team's cause against the Braves by recording his first-ever hit in the seventh, launching a home run over the right field wall to give Jacksonville a 3-2 lead. It marked just his third professional at-bat since being drafted by Tampa Bay in 2011.

During his three seasons with the Volunteer Baseball Program (2009-11), the former Farragut High School standout hit for a .262 average with six home runs, each accounted for during the 2010 season. He had 27 career RBIs and compiled a .402 slugging percentage over his 229 career at-bats, while holding a 4-6 record with nine saves and a 4.43 ERA in his 56 appearances (two starts) on the mound.

Check out Sunday's Jacksonville Suns game recap and more on Ramsey's homer:

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/11/14)

The Vols are back on Haslam Field for a double-session on Monday as the season opener is just 20 days away. 

On Saturday, the Vols had their first scrimmage of camp. Get the latest from Butch Jones and Team 118 following the session.


Here's a look at the latest coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: 'Steady' Gilliam still UT Vols' leader at left tackle
- Jackson Sun: Charter comes through for SEC fans
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Football 'fun' again for Peterman
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: QBs show 'improvement'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Observations from Tennessee's scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mahoney keeping tabs on ex-Vol linemen
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Family time short for coaches


The first full weekend of NFL Preseason action began on Thursday and continues on Saturday with four games. There are VFLs playing in each of the games:

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Browns vs. Lions, 7:30 p.m.
Lions rookie offensive lineman Alex Bullard is expected to make an appearance against the Browns after receiving first-team reps during training camp.


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Steelers vs. Giants, 7:30 p.m
Three former Vols will suit up for the Steelers, guard Ramon Foster, tackle Daniel McCullers and running back Tauren Poole, as they travel to take on the Giants. New York defensive end Robert Ayers will welcome three. 


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Packers vs. Titans, 8:00 p.m.
Wide receiver Justin Hunter and the Titans welcome Rajion Neal and the Packers to Nashville for tonight's game. Hunter and Neal played together from 2010-2013.


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Texans vs. Cardinals, 8:00 p.m.
Tackle Dan Williams welcomes Arian Foster and the Texans in their preseason opener. Foster is not expected to play this game for undisclosed reasons. However, both are expected to make large contributions to their respective teams this season.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/9/14)

The Vols have their first scrimmage of camp on Saturday night. Early Saturday morning, they practiced on Haslam Field. Check out the action.

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Here's a look at coverage of Friday's practice:


Media coverage includes:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT coaches hope to see energy in scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Updates from Friday's practice

The first full weekend of NFL Preseason action began on Thursday and continues on Friday with six games. There are VFLs playing in five of the games:


Dolphins at Falcons, 7 p.m.
Rookie linebacker Jacques Smith and center James Stone welcome offensive players Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas. Smith was recently highlighted in HBO's 'Hard Knocks.' James is expected to make early contributions with an offensive line looking to vastly improve from last season.



Bills at Panthers, 7:30 p.m.
Starter Chris Scott begins his third season in the league with the Panthers as they host the Bills.

Buccaneers at Jaguars, 7:30 p.m.
Jacques McClendon and the Jaguars host Luke Stocker and the Bucs in their opening game.


Saints at Rams, 8 p.m.
Three former Vols will be in action with New Orleans as they travel to St. Louis; linebacker Parys Haralson, fullback Austin Johnson and wide receiver Robert Meachem, who is expected to start. Rams' center Scott Wells will begin his third season with the team. 



Raiders and Vikings, 8 p.m.
Five former Vols will be in Minnesota for tonight's game. The Raiders will showcase wide receiver Danarius Moore, offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw and tight end Mychal Rivera. For the Vikings, rookie tackle Antonio Richardson and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who is expected to start. 
 - San Jose Mercury News: Raiders dept chart vs. Minnesota

Happy Birthday - August 8: Scotty Hopson and Bill Nowling

On August 8, we wish Happy Birthday to former Tennessee Basketball standout Scotty Hopson

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Today is also the birthday of former Vol football player Bill Nowling. Nowling who lost his life fighting for America in World War II, had his No. 32 retired in his honor in 2006.

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Happy Birthday - August 8: Scotty Hopson and Bill Nowling

On August 8, we wish Happy Birthday to former Tennessee Basketball standout Scotty Hopson

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Today is also the birthday of former Vol football player Bill Nowling. Nowling who lost his life fighting for America in World War II, had his No. 32 retired in his honor in 2006.

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Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/8/14)

Friday was an eventful day for Tennessee football and Butch Jones. Get the latest from UTSports.com as NASCAR Rookie of the Year hopeful Austin Dillon visited campus in the morning and in the afternoon the Vols went through their sixth practice of camp. 




Here's what the media wrote after Thursday's action: 

Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols get NASCAR visit
Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones unimpressed by QBs
Knoxville News Sentinel: Updates from Thursday's practice
Knoxville News Sentinel: SEC newcomers will have an impact

McClung's Tennessee Legacy

Check out the great feature on sophomore Anna McClung's Tennessee legacy in today's Knoxville News Sentinel! Her grandfather, Ford Quillen, and her great grandfather, George "Speedy" Burdette, both played football at UT!

Knoxville News Sentinel: UT's Anna McClung follows in footsteps of grandparents

#NFLVols Set For Thursday's Preseason Week 1 Action (8/7/14)

The first full weekend of NFL Preseason action gets underway on Thursday with six games. There are VFLs playing in each of the six games:


Colts at Jets, 7 p.m.
Quarterback Matt Simms and his Jets host the Colts at MetLife Stadium. Simms is battling for a back-up spot with the Green and White, competing with Michael Vick and Tajh Boyd. 
 - New York Daily News: Simms set be third QB vs. Colts

49ers at Ravens, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
Long snapper Morgan Cox begins his fifth season with the Ravens as they host San Francisco in a battle of the Harbaugh brothers. 

Patriots at Redskins, 7:30 p.m.
Linebacker Jerod Mayo and New England are in Washington after practicing with the Redskins this week. 


Bengals at Chiefs, 8 p.m.
Four former Vols will be in action with Kansas City as they host the Bengals: safety Eric Berry, quarterback Tyler Bray, punter Dustin Colquitt and rookie offensive lineman Zach Fulton, who is expected to start at right guard. Berry should play the first quarter after suffering a heel injury recently. He has returned to practice. Bray is listed as the third quarterback, ahead of rookie Aaron Murray. He is expected to open the third quarter. 


Seahawks at Broncos, 9 p.m.
In a rematch of the Super Bowl, champion Tony McDaniel and Seattle travel to Denver to take on QB Peyton Manning, punter Britton Colquitt and defensive end Malik Jackson. Manning will play early and then rest.  Malik Jackson plans to bring that enthusiasm to the game Thursday saying, "We are going to go out with the fire lit under our butts and we have something to prove and show." McDaniel has been taking 'rest days' and may not play.  
 - DenverBroncos.com: Noting the Depth Chart


Cowboys at Chargers, 10 p.m. (NFL Network) 
Pro Bowl tight end Jason Witten and rookie Dontavis Sapp travelled with Dallas via train from Oxnard to play at San Diego on the NFL Network, Thursday night. 
 - Fort Worth Star Telegram: Cowboys enjoy train ride to San Diego

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/7/14)

After their first day off from practice during training camp, the Vols will be back on Haslam Field on Thursday afternoon. If you have missed anything from the first five days, check out 2014 #VolsCamp Central.

Here's a look at the newest stories from the media: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT's Devaun Swafford slides over to safety
- Knoxville News Sentinel: SEC newcomers will have an impact
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Wharton shows he's fast learner
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Lean, mean Moseley working on weight

Also, from the Knoxville News Sentinel, check out this story on new Tennessee soccer player Anna McClung, who's grandfather Ford Quillen and great grandfather Speedy Burdette, played football for the Vols: Anna McClung follows in grandparents' footsteps

Photo: This is pretty cool! So our friends Tennessee Football are doing their jersey number countdown and they're on #28 -- the number worn by Ford Quillen (1958-59). He is Tennessee Soccer sophomore transfer Anna McClung's grandfather!

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/6/14)


The Vols donned full pads for the first time in training camp on Tuesday. A raspy-sounding Butch Jones was pleased with the renewed intensity after a sluggish Monday. 

Check out the latest coverage from UTSports.com: 

Here's a look at the media's stories: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols receiver Cody Blanc will miss season
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Freshman Vic Wharton makes it look easy
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones rolls dice again
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Instant analysis from Tennessee's practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Vols respond to Jones' challenge
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'New' Smith turning heads
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols WR Blanc out for season
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Fast Five: Tuesday practice
- Maryville Daily Times: Volunteer defense gets leaner, meaner
- UT Daily Beacon: New recruits offer flexibility

Happy Birthday - August 5: Galen Campbell

On August 5 we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior guard Galen Campbell

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Peyton Pays Tribute To Fallen Broncos Fan



What Peyton Manning did for a fallen Broncos fan will touch your heart.

Check out this story from the Mile High Report: Peyton Manning pays small but unforgettable tribute to fallen Broncos fan.

You probably didn't notice the unfamiliar name written on Peyton Manning's hand towel during training camp practice last week. We didn't. Such subtle acts sometimes need to be pointed out.

"Chris Crowson," the hand towel read, and thanks to a curious Redditer, we now know the story behind Crowson, Manning, and the hand towel.

Chris Crowson is the name of a young man in North Carolina who passed away unexpectedly on June 13th, due to complications from surgery. At age 28, Crowson was a huge Broncos fan, despite he and his family moving from Colorado roughly 20 years earlier; that fandom continued from his trips to Broncos training camp.

Click here to read more.

Rivera Earning Raves In Raiders Camp



Former Tennessee standout tight end Mychal Rivera is earning lots of praise in training camp with the Oakland Raiders as he enters his second season. 

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson pointed Rivera saying, "One of the guys that has shown the most improvement from a year ago is Mike Rivera. He looks more athletic. He's stronger. He's more confident. I said to him the other day and we said it in our meeting, there's a little bit of swagger to him this season."

Read more from the Mercury News: Oakland Raiders Mychal Rivera setting his sights high and Raiders.com: Sky is the Limit for Mychal Rivera, which is a Q&A with him. 

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/5/14)

Day 4 of Vols football training camp was an intense one where Butch Jones wasn't happy with his team's performance. Following practice, he was he lone member of the program to address the media, saying the players had to 'earn the right' to represent the Power T to speak publicly. Check out the coverage from UTSports.com: #VolReport: Earning The Right

Here's what the media wrote: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones unhappy with Vols' performance
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Robertson switches to offensive guard
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Carson will graduate, move on
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Robertson switches to OL
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Instant analysis from Tennessee's practice





Happy Birthday - August 4: Reynolds, Hembry and Bajakian

Celebrating their birthday today are sophomore guard Jordan Reynolds and freshman volleyball player Raina Hembry

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Also celebrating his birthday today is offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian

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#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (8/4/14)

Here are the new ATP rankings as of Aug. 4, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 178 (-6)
Doubles: 71 (+7)
Note: Won the doubles title at the $100K Vancouver Challenger with Austin Krajicek, his second doubles title of 2014 and his 19th doubles title as a professional ... Playing this week at the $100K Aptos Challenger.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 245 (-5)
Doubles: 298 (+47)
Note: Jumped back into the top 300 in the doubles rankings after reaching the semifinals of the $100K Vancouver Challenger with Chase Buchanan ... Playing this week at the $100K Aptos Challenger.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 274 (0)
Doubles: 206 (0)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 920 (+13)
Doubles: 505 (-4)
Note: Reached the singles semifinals and doubles finals at the $10K Pontedera Futures in Italy ... Off this week.

Schultz, LA Brewers Win CCL Championship

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Tennessee catcher Tyler Schultz and his Los Angeles Brewers of the California Collegiate League captured the league championship title on Sunday, defeating the Neptune Beach club in a 4-3 summer finale.

Schultz went 1-for-4 as starting catcher in the Brew Crew's season finale and received All-Tournament Team honors following the game. This summer, Schultz hit .295 with two doubles, one triple, one home run and 13 RBIs in his 31 total games. He scored 17 runs for the Brewers and held a .378 on-base percentage during that span. 

A native of California, Schultz shared the championship with another Vol, incoming transfer pitcher Steven Kane. Kane, who comes to Knoxville from Cypress College in California, went 0-3 with three saves in his nine games with the Brewers and compiled a 2.99 ERA.

California Collegiate League Championship:

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/4/14)

Loads of football news from over the weekend. Take a look back coverage on UTSports.com from Day 3 of #VolsCamp:

#VolReport: New Year, New Lines

Azzanni Building Vols' Receivers

#AskAVol with Josh Malone

VFL Update with Nick Reveiz and Rodney Ruth

- Day 3 Photo Gallery


Here's look at coverage from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Martinez says Vols are faster in the secondary
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols' Hurd handling the hype
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Freshman Wolf still leading at tight end for Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols stronger, but bowl may be year away
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT defense says it will be faster in 2014
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Downs return boosting Vols offense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Hurd worried about little things, not hype
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Instant analysis from Tennessee's practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT tight ends hope to evolve with trend
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Wharton off to good start with Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Barnett, Hendrix surging up front
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: QBs need 'much more consistency'
- Maryville Daily Times: Randolph fresh after summer gains





Happy Birthday - August 2: Pickett, Pietila, Gabriel and Frazier

On August 2 we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior running back Justus Pickett, sophomore golfer Hannah Pietila, sophomore soccer player Eleanor Gabriel and head football equipment manager Roger Frazier


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Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/2/14)


Team 118 was in action for the first time as the Vols' 2014 training camp got underway on Friday night. 

Check out coverage from UTSports.com:

#VolReport: Day 1 In The Books

- Feature: Here In A Flash

#Storify: Day 1 Of #VolsCamp 2014


Here's a look at what the filed following the first day:

- Associated Press: Tennessee lacks experience on both sides of line

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols finally end wait for practice

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee safety Brian Randolph bulkier to absorb hits

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones values staff continuity

- Knoxville News Sentinel: New arrivals try to catch 'veterans'

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bigger Randolph hopes to stay healthy

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Instant analysis from Tennessee's practice

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Blair makes big impression on Day One

- UT Daily Beacon: Day one: Lane and others take lead in Vols first day of training camp

- WVLT: Vols Open Camp

Lance Earns GLSCL Postseason Honors

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On Friday, #Vols infielder/outfielder Derek Lance received First-Team honors with the Cincinnati Steam of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. Lance, who was also named to the GLSBL All-Star Team, led the Steam with a .317 batting average and a .388 on-base percentage, while his 38 hits, 23 runs and 9 stolen bases ranked second-best among the Steam squad.

Check out more on Lance's recognition, along with the rest of the postseason GLSBL honors:

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

We are talking about PRACTICE! Butch Jones will lead Team 118 through its first training camp practice on Friday evening. On Thursday, Jones and seven members of the Vols met with the media to preview camp. Check out coverage on UTSports.com:  



Here's a look at coverage from the press conference: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols' Worley, Dobbs had surprise encounter
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols' North 'eager' to take next step
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: For Vols' Williams, the bigger the better
- Knoxville News Sentinel: No timetable for starter at QB, Jones says
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Extra pounds will help Jordan Williams
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Jones discusses rebuilt roster

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