July 2015 Archives

VFL Zack Godley made his Major League debut on Thursday, July 23 with the Arizona Diamondbacks and dealt a stellar 6.0 scoreless innings en route to earning the win! By doing so, the 25-year-old former Volunteer also became the first pitcher in the Modern Era to toss 6.0-plus scoreless innings with no walks and seven-or-more strikeouts in his Big League debut (source: Arizona Diamondbacks). 

"I was locating my pitches pretty well, all of them, anywhere from a fastball all the way to the changeup and curveball," Godley told MLB.com after his outing. "Everything seemed to by working pretty well. It's a great feeling and truly humbling. I'm glad these guys are giving me the opportunity."

"The umpire, Brian O'Nora, came over and said, 'This guy has got really good stuff,' and that showed," Diamondbacks Manager Chip Hale also told MLB.com. "I love the intensity. That's one of the things we liked about him. He fit right in and didn't seem to be bothered by anything."

After dominating opponents in the California League with Arizona's Class A Visalia, the righthander was promoted to Double A Mobile earlier this month. Prior to his call from the Major League club, Godley held a 9-4 combined minor league record with a 2.72 ERA over 17 games this season.

Here's a look at more of the coverage surrounding Zack Godley's impressive night at Chase Field:

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Following his first trip to represent Tennessee Football at SEC Media Days in Hoover, Ala., junior quarterback Joshua Dobbs received a shoutout of support from his summer internship employers, Pratt & Whitney. Dobbs, an aerospace engineering major at UT, was recently featured by the SEC for his academic endeavors after completing his internship with Pratt & Whitney's West Palm Beach Engine Center.

Here's the full release from Pratt & Whitney's website, posted Thursday, July 16:

#SECMD15 - Vols Behind the Scenes

The buzz surrounding Team 119 continued to crescendo on Tuesday as the Vols made the rounds at SEC Football Media Day in Hoover, Alabama. VFL Films takes you behind the scenes of a whirlwind day for head coach Butch Jones, junior QB Joshua Dobbs, senior LB Curt Maggitt, and junior CB Cameron Sutton. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/15/15)

There are only 52 days until the Vols open the season in Nashville against Bowling Green. Tuesday was the unofficial kickoff to the season as the Vols took part in SEC Media Day in Hoover. 

Here's a look at coverage from UTSports.com: 

Here's a look at coverage from around the nation, as the Vols and Butch Jones received lots of positive press: 

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Vols look to fly behind Atlanta QB Josh Dobbs
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols expectations deserve to be high
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Expectations on the rise at UT
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Doesn't take long to become Dobbs' fan
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Lack of attention doesn't faze Sutton
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Maggitt comfortable with pressure
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: SEC notes: Tennessee shines in recruiting
- UT Daily Beacon: Jones: "We expect a win"

VFL and three-time University of Tennessee Alumni C.J. Fayton was recently named associate athletics director at Maryville College. He began his duties at the College on July 1.

Fayton, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., played in 49 games from 2002-05, finishing with 74 receptions for 981 yards and seven touchdowns during his Volunteer career. Fayton had brief stints with the Chicago Bears and New York Jets in 2006 before an injury curtailed his playing career.

A two-time Academic All-SEC selection, Fayton earned three degrees from UT. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in sport management in 2005 and a master of science in recreation administration in 2008. In 2014, he earned a law degree from UT's College of Law.

Fayton comes to the Maryville with experience in coaching, recruiting and athletics compliance. Most recently, he was a defensive backs coach and substitute fitness instructor at the Ensworth School in Nashville. Previously, he completed internships at a law office in Norfolk, Va., and at Vanderbilt University, where he served as an athletics compliance intern. He was also a wide receiver coach at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va., and a recruiting assistant for UT's football program.

"CJ's passion and energy for the student-athlete was evident throughout the interview process," Schram said. "As a former student-athlete himself, we look forward to having him mentor our student-athletes throughout the compliance process while building relationships with our alumni, donors, and community. His leadership will help Maryville College provide an excellent student-athlete experience for all our participants."

Fayton, who has experience as a development assistant at UT, will also work closely with the College's advancement office, focusing on fundraising initiatives set by the College's strategic plan. In this capacity, he will serve as a development officer specifically focused on increasing revenue for the athletics department through planned giving, annual giving, capital gifts, grants and corporate sponsorships.
"We are delighted to have CJ coming on board," said Suzy Booker, vice president of institutional advancement. "His background, both professionally and academically, is impressive. Not only is he committed to connecting alumni and friends to the College, he is interested in mentoring our student-athletes. We think he is a strong fit for our programs."

Fayton is married to Dr. Leslie Treherne-Fayton, a former track and field All-American at the University of Tennessee. The couple has a son, Mason.

Butch Jones on 104-5 The Zone

Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones took some time on Thursday (and during his vacation, no less!) to speak with the guys at 3HL on 104-5 The Zone. He shared his thoughts on Wednesday's Nike reveal and its far-reaching effects, particularly on recruiting and the psyche of the Tennessee athletic department. Click the link below to catch the interview in full.

Butch Jones on 3HL: http://tinyurl.com/pegbyeg

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