September 2015 Archives

This Day In #Vols History (9/30/15)

Tennessee is 9-5 all-time on Sept. 30. One of the biggest wins was in 1989, as the No. 12 Vols downed No. 4 Auburn, 21-14. Reggie Cobb and Chuck Webb combined for 354 rushing yards.

1905 W, 16-6 TENN. SCHOOL FOR DEAF
1916 W, 33-0 TUSCULUM
1922 W, 32-7 CARSON-NEWMAN
1933 W, 27-0 VIRGINIA TECH
1944 W, 26-13 KENTUCKY
1950 L, 0-7 at Mississippi State
1961 L, 21-24 AUBURN
1967 W, 27-13 AUBURN
1972 L, 6-10 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1978 L, 10-29 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1989 W, 21-14 No. 4 AUBURN
1995 W, 31-0 OKLAHOMA STATE
2000 L, 31-38 at Louisiana State (OT)
2006 W, 41-7 at Memphis


Also, on Sept. 30, 2005: Former Vol Ray Nettles was selected to the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame. Nettles joined Dick Huffman and Condredge Holloway as Vols in the CFL Hall of Fame.

Vols In the NFL - Week 3 Update

Coleman Makes NFL Debut

New England cornerback and VFL Justin Coleman made his NFL regular-season debut in the Patriots' 51-17 win over Jacksonville on Sunday. He made three tackles, including two solo stops.

Coleman, who went undrafted this past spring, had an eventful summer. In May, he signed with the Minnesota Vikings and competed for a roster spot in training camp and the preseason. After being cut by the Vikings on Aug. 30, he signed with the Patriots practice squad on Sept. 4 but was released the next day. He signed with the Seattle Seahawks' practice squad on Sept. 6 before the Patriots signed him to their active roster on Sept. 9.

Player Pos. Team Last Week Result Week 3 Stats Week 4 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants vs. Washington W, 32-21 DNP at BUF, 1 pm, FOX
Eric Berry DB Kansas City at Green Bay L, 38-28 4 tackles, 3 solo at CIN, 1 pm, CBS
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City at Green Bay L, 38-28 Non-Football Injury at CIN, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Coleman DB New England vs. Jacksonville W, 51-17 NFL reg season debut: 3 tack, 2 solo BYE
Britton Colquitt P Denver at Detroit W, 24-12 5 punts, 42.6 avg., 3 in 20 vs. MIN, 4:25 pm, FOX
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City at Green Bay L, 38-28 6 punts, 45.2 avg., 2 in 20 at CIN, 1 pm, CBS
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore vs. Cincinnati L, 28-24 -- at PIT, 8:25 pm (TH), CBS/NFL
Matt Darr P Miami vs. Buffalo L, 41-14 4 punts, 47.3 avg., 3 in 20 vs. NYJ, 9:30 am, CBS
Arian Foster RB Houston vs. Tampa Bay W, 19-9 DNP at ATL, 1 pm, CBS
Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh at St. Louis W, 12-6 Started at LG vs. BAL, 8:25 pm (TH), CBS/NFL
Zach Fulton G Kansas City at Green Bay L, 38-28 -- at CIN, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. Indianapolis L, 35-33 1 catch, 29 yards BYE
Malik Jackson DE Denver at Detroit W, 24-12 3 tackles, 1 solo, 0.5 sack vs. MIN, 4:25 pm, FOX
Ja'Wuan James T Miami vs. Buffalo L, 41-14 Started at RT vs. NYJ, 9:30 am, CBS
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans at Carolina L, 27-22 2 carries, 4 yards vs. DAL, 8:30 pm, NBC
Peyton Manning QB Denver at Detroit W, 24-12 31-of-42, 324 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT vs. MIN, 4:25 pm, FOX
Jerod Mayo LB New England at Jacksonville W, 51-17 1 tackle, 1 solo BYE
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh at St. Louis W, 12-6 2 tackles vs. BAL, 8:25 pm (TH), CBS/NFL
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay at Houston L, 19-9 2 tackles, 1 solo vs. CAR, 1 pm, FOX
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. San Diego W, 31-14 1 rush, 9 yards, 2 KR, 26.0 avg. at DEN, 4:25 pm, FOX
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland at Cleveland W, 27-20 -- at CHI, 1 pm, CBS
Chris Scott G Carolina vs. New Orleans W, 27-22 DNP at TB, 1 pm, FOX
Matt Simms QB Atlanta at Dallas W, 39-28 Practice Squad vs. HOU, 1 pm, CBS
James Stone C/G Atlanta at Dallas W, 39-28 -- vs. HOU, 1 pm, CBS
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay at Houston L, 19-9 -- vs. CAR, 1 pm, FOX
Dallas Thomas G Miami vs. Buffalo L, 41-14 Started at LG vs. NYJ, 9:30 am, CBS
Dan Williams DT Oakland at Cleveland W, 27-20 2 tackles at CHI, 1 pm, CBS
Jason Witten TE Dallas vs. Atlanta L, 39-28 6 catches, 65 yards at NO, 8:30 pm, NBC
-- = played, no stats

This Day In #Vols History (9/29/15)

The Vols have posted a 9-4-1 record on Sept. 29.

September 29 (9-4-1)
1923 L, 0-41 at Army
1928 W, 41-0 MARYVILLE
1934 W, 32-0 CENTRE
1939 W, 13-0 NC State
1945 W, 7-6 WAKE FOREST
1951 W, 14-0 MISSISSIPPI STATE
1956 W, 35-7 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1962 L, 21-22 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1973 W, 21-0 at No. 11 AUBURN
1979 W, 35-17 AUBURN
1984 L, 10-29 at No. 20 Auburn
1990 T, 26-26 at No. 3 Auburn
2001 W, 26-18 No. 14 LSU
2012 L, 44-51 at No. 5 Georgia


On Sept. 29, 2001: Tennessee has its fifth largest Neyland Stadium game attendance against LSU with a total of 108,472 as the Vols beat the #14 Tigers.

This Day In #Vols History (9/28/15)

The Vols have had great success on Sept. 28 over the course of history posting an 8-3 record. That includes a dramatic 38-20 upset of a No. 1 Auburn in 1985. That was only the second-ever win for the Vols over a top-ranked team and remains the last such win. Check out our Lowe's #DefiningMoments feature on the game.

September 28 (8-3)
1929 W, 40-6 CENTRE
1935 W, 20-0 SOUTHWESTERN
1940 W, 49-0 MERCER
1946 W, 13-9 GEORGIA TECH
1957 L, 0-7 AUBURN
1963 L, 19-23 AUBURN
1968 W, 24-17 MEMPHIS STATE
1974 L, 0-21 at Auburn
1985 W, 38-20 No. 1 AUBURN
1991 W, 30-21 No. 13 AUBURN
2002 W, 35-14 RUTGERS

This Day In #Vols History (9/26/15)

On this day, Sept. 26 in 1953 Smokey was chosen at halftime of Mississippi State game by student body to become the Vols' mascot.

The Pep Club held a contest to select a coonhound, a native breed of the state, as the school's live mascot. Announcements of the contest in local newspapers read, "This can't be an ordinary hound. He must be a 'Houn' Dog' in the best sense of the word."

The late Rev. Bill Brooks entered his prize-winning blue tick coon hound, "Brooks' Blue Smokey," in the contest. At halftime of the Mississippi State game that season, the dogs were lined up on the old cheerleaders' ramp at Shields-Watkins Field. Each dog was introduced over the loudspeaker and the student body cheered for their favorite, with "Blue Smokey" being the last hound introduced. When his name was called, he barked. The students cheered and Smokey threw his head back and barked again. This kept going until the stadium was in an uproar and UT had found its mascot.

 September 26 (9-3-2)
1914 W, 89-0 CARSON-NEWMAN
1931 W, 33-0 MARYVILLE
1936 W, 13-0 Chattanooga
1942 T, 0-0 South Carolina
1953 L, 0-26 MISSISSIPPI STATE
1959 W, 3-0 No. 3 AUBURN
1964 L, 0-3 No. 8 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1970 L, 23-36 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1981 W, 10-7 AUBURN
1987 T, 20-20 No. 3 AUBURN
1992 W, 40-0 CINCINNATI
1998 W, 42-7 HOUSTON
2005 W, 30-27 No. 4 Louisiana State (OT)
2009 W, 34-23 OHIO


In 2005, the Vols posted their last win over a top-5 team with a 30-27 victory over No. 4 LSU in overtime. Gerald Riggs Jr.'s 1-yard rush in overtime proved to be difference. Check out the highlights:

Vols In The NFL - Week 3 Schedule

THURSDAY GAME TIME/CHANNEL VFLs
New York Giants 32, Washington 21 NYG: Robert Ayers - DNP
SUNDAY GAMES TIME/CHANNEL VFLs
Atlanta Falcons (2-0) at Dallas Cowboys (2-0) 1 p.m. ET/FOX ATL: James Stone, Matt Simms (PS) | DAL: Jason Witten
Indianaplois Colts (0-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-1) 1 p.m. ET/CBS TEN: Justin Hunter
Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-1) 1 p.m. ET/CBS OAK: Mychal Rivera, Dan Williams, Rajion Neal (PS)
Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (0-2) 1 p.m. ET/CBS BAL: Morgan Cox
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) at New England Patriots (2-0) 1 p.m. ET/CBS NE: Justin Coleman, Jerod Mayo
New Orleans Saints (0-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-0) 1 p.m. ET/FOX NO: Austin Johnson | CAR: Chris Scott
Philadelphia Eagles (0-2) at New York Jets (2-0) 1 p.m. ET/FOX NYJ: Jordan Williams (PS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) at Houston Texans (0-2) 1 p.m. ET/FOX TB: Tony McDaniel, Luke Stocker
San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1) 1 p.m. ET/CBS MIN: Cordarrelle Patterson
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-10 1 p.m. ET/CBS PIT: Ramon Foster, Daniel McCullers
Buffalo Bills (1-1) at Miami Dolphins (1-10 4:25 p.m. ET/CBS MIA: Matt Darr, Ja'Wuan James, Jacques McClendon, Dallas Thomas
Denver Broncos (2-0) at Detroit Lions (0-2) 8:30 p.m. ET/NBC DEN: Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TIME/CHANNEL VFLs
Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) at Green Bay Packers (2-0) 8:30 p.m. ET/ESPN KC: Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt, Zach Fulton, Tyler Bray (IR)

Vols In The NFL - Week 3 Schedule

THURSDAY GAME TIME/CHANNEL VFLs
New York Giants 32, Washington 21 NYG: Robert Ayers - DNP
SUNDAY GAMES TIME/CHANNEL VFLs
Atlanta Falcons (2-0) at Dallas Cowboys (2-0) 1 p.m. ET/FOX ATL: James Stone, Matt Simms (PS) | DAL: Jason Witten
Indianaplois Colts (0-2) at Tennessee Titans (1-1) 1 p.m. ET/CBS TEN: Justin Hunter
Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Cleveland Browns (1-1) 1 p.m. ET/CBS OAK: Mychal Rivera, Dan Williams, Rajion Neal (PS)
Cincinnati Bengals (2-0) at Baltimore Ravens (0-2) 1 p.m. ET/CBS BAL: Morgan Cox
Jacksonville Jaguars (1-1) at New England Patriots (2-0) 1 p.m. ET/CBS NE: Justin Coleman, Jerod Mayo
New Orleans Saints (0-2) at Carolina Panthers (2-0) 1 p.m. ET/FOX NO: Austin Johnson | CAR: Chris Scott
Philadelphia Eagles (0-2) at New York Jets (2-0) 1 p.m. ET/FOX NYJ: Jordan Williams (PS)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1-1) at Houston Texans (0-2) 1 p.m. ET/FOX TB: Tony McDaniel, Luke Stocker
San Diego Chargers (1-1) at Minnesota Vikings (1-1) 1 p.m. ET/CBS MIN: Cordarrelle Patterson
Pittsburgh Steelers (1-1) at St. Louis Rams (1-10 1 p.m. ET/CBS PIT: Ramon Foster, Daniel McCullers
Buffalo Bills (1-1) at Miami Dolphins (1-10 4:25 p.m. ET/CBS MIA: Matt Darr, Ja'Wuan James, Jacques McClendon, Dallas Thomas
Denver Broncos (2-0) at Detroit Lions (0-2) 8:30 p.m. ET/NBC DEN: Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson, Peyton Manning
MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL TIME/CHANNEL VFLs
Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) at Green Bay Packers (2-0) 8:30 p.m. ET/ESPN KC: Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt, Zach Fulton, Tyler Bray (IR)

This Day In #Vols History (9/25/15)

On Sept. 25, 1926, General Robert Neyland coached his first game as head coach of the Volunteers as Tennessee shutout Carson-Newman, 13-0. The General went on to post a 76-7-5 record in his first tenure with the Vols from 1926-34. His career mark over 21 seasons was 173-31-12 for a 82.9 win percentage.

September 25 (9-4-1)
1915 W, 101-0 CARSON-NEWMAN
1920 W, 45-0 EMORY & HENRY
1926 W, 13-0 CARSON-NEWMAN
1937 W, 32-0 WAKE FOREST
1948 L, 6-21 MISSISSIPPI STATE
1954 W, 19-7 Mississippi State (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1965 T, 13-13 AUBURN
1971 L, 9-10 No. 5 AUBURN
1976 L, 28-38 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1982 L, 14-24 Auburn
1993 W, 42-20 LSU
1999 W, 17-16 MEMPHIS
2004 W, 42-17 LOUISIANA TECH
2010 W, 32-29 ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM (2 OT)

Check out highlights from the Vols' 42-20 win over LSU on Sept. 25, 1993 as Heath Shuler led the Orange & White with three TD passes

This Day In #Vols History (9/24/15)

94 years ago on Sept. 24, 1921, the Tennessee Volunteers played their first game a new venue, housing 3,200 seats in 17 rows on the west side of the field. The field known as Shields-Watkins Field, then Shields-Watkins Stadium is now what we call Neyland Stadium.


PHOTOS: Shields-Watkins Field --- Neyland Stadium Through The Years
 

The Vols defeated Emory & Henry 27-0 on Sept. 24, 1921.

All-time the Vols are 7-5 on this date, winning the first five games from 1921-1949. 

Tennessee has not played on Sept. 24 since 1994.

September 24 (7-5)
1921 W, 27-0 EMORY & HENRY
1927 W, 33-0 CARSON-NEWMAN
1932 W, 13-0 at Chattanooga
1938 W, 26-3 UNIVERSITY OF THE SOUTH
1949 W, 10-0 MISSISSIPPI STATE
1955 L, 7-13 MISSISSIPPI STATE
1960 W, 10-3 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1966 W, 28-0 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1977 L, 12-14 AUBURN
1983 L, 14-37 No. 11 AUBURN
1988 L, 6-38 No. 4 Auburn
1994 L, 21-24 at Mississippi State

Tonight's Vol Calls Lineup - Sept. 23

Don't miss Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones tonight on Vol Calls, live at Calhoun's on the River. Coach Jones will be on-site to answer questions from the live audience and take calls for approximately 30 minutes.

Listen live in Knoxville on WNML (990 AM/99.1 FM) or online here

Tonight's Vol Calls lineup looks like this:

  • Coach Butch Jones on-site at Calhoun's on the River
  • VFL Charles Davis, NFL Analyst for FOX and NFL Network
  • Interviews with LaDarrell McNeil and Quinten Dormady

Located on the Tennessee River in the shadows of Neyland Stadium, Calhoun's on the River has been the home of "Vol Calls" since 2012. Famous for its award-winning ribs, BBQ and other delicious Southern dishes, Calhoun's is one of Tennessee's most famous landmark restaurants. The restaurant will give away prizes each week during football season through its Facebook and Twitter pages including two game tickets and two corporate hospitality passes for each home UT football game. Weather permitting, some shows during the season will be held out on the restaurant's large deck overlooking the Tennessee River and Neyland Stadium.

"Vol Calls" is the exclusive radio program and event where Tennessee fans can call in and talk with the head coaches of the Volunteers and Lady Vols. Fans can place a "Vol Call" anywhere in the United States by dialing 1 (800) 688-8657 or Tennessee customers of Verizon can dial #TENN. Patrons at Calhoun's On the River may ask a question in person and fans may also submit questions through the IMG-Vol Network Facebook page. The program can be heard on close to 50-plus radio stations across the state of Tennessee and the Southeast on the Vol Radio Network. The weekly program can also be heard online live or archived for free each week through utsports.com.

This Day In #Vols History (9/23/15)

Tennessee is unbeaten all-time on Sept. 23 with a 6-0-1 record. Most notably, in the first game ever played on this date in 1922, Tennessee debuted their now-famous orange jerseys for their home opener and win over Emory & Henry, 50-0.

September 23 (6-0-1)
1922 - W, 50-0 EMORY & HENRY
1950 - W, 56-0 SOUTHERN MISSISSIPPI
1972 - W, 45-6 WAKE FOREST
1978 - T, 13-13 OREGON STATE
1995 - W, 52-14 MISSISSIPPI STATE
2000 - W, 70-3 LOUISIANA-MONROE
2006 - W, 33-7 MARSHALL

Here's a look back at the Vols' 2006 win over Marshall, 33-7. A game that had a 55-minute lightning delay. It marked the first time since the tradition started that the Vols did not run through the T. LaMarcus Coker ran for an 89-yard touchdown -- the longest by a Vol since 1977 -- and finished with 146 yards on the ground on just eight carries. Erik Ainge was 18-of-27 for 258 yards including a 47-yard TD to Jayson Swain.

This Day In #Vols History (9/22/15)

Tennessee has never lost on Sept. 22. That includes wins over Army in 1973, Utah in 1979, Arkansas State in 2007 and Akron in 2012. 

SEPTEMBER 22 (4-0-1)
1973 W, 37-18 at Army
1979 W, 51-18 UTAH
1984 T, 24-24 ARMY
2007 W, 48-27 ARKANSAS STATE
2012 W, 47-26 AKRON

Look back at the 2012 win over Akron: 

Vols In the NFL - Week 2 Update

BIG PLAY VOLS

TOUCHDOWNS
- Peyton Manning (DEN) threw a 16-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders, a 1-yard TD pass to Virgil Green and a 19-yard TD pass to Sanders against the KC.
- Austin Johnson (NO) punched in a 1-yard score against the Bucs.

SACKS
• Malik Jackson (DEN) sacked Chiefs QB Alex Smith in the closing seconds of the Broncos' win.
• Robert Ayers (NYG) dropped Falcons QB Matt Ryan for a sackin the fourth quarter.

PEYTON MANNING MILESTONE TRACKER

CAREER PASSING YARDS (70,122)
- 71,838 yards (Brett Favre's NFL Record) -- 1,716 away

CAREER PASSING TDs (533 - NFL Record)
- 550 -- 17 away

CAREER WINS AS STARTING QB (181)
- 186 (Favre's NFL Record) --5 away

CAREER PASS COMPLETIONS (5,977)
- 6,300 (Favre's NFL Record) -- 323 away
- 6,000 -- 23 away

JASON WITTEN MILESTONE TRACKER

CAREER RECEPTIONS (958)

Rank Player Rec Years
1 Jerry Rice 1,549 1985-2004
2 Tony Gonzalez 1,325 1997-2013
3 Marvin Harrison 1,102 1996-2008
4 Cris Carter 1,101 1987-2002
5 Tim Brown 1,094 1988-2004
6 Terrell Owens 1,078 1996-2010
7 Reggie Wayne 1,070 2001-2014
8 Isaac Bruce 1,024 1994-2009
9 Andre Johnson 1,019 2003-2015
10 Hines Ward 1,000 1998-2011
11 Randy Moss 982 1998-2012
12 Jason Witten 958 2003-2015
13 Andre Reed 951 1985-2000
14 Anquan Boldin 950 2003-2015
15 Derrick Mason 943 1997-2011

VOLS IN THE NFL UPDATE

Player Pos. Team Last Week Result Week 2 Stats Week 3 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants vs. Atlanta L, 24-20 3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 pass def. vs. WASH (TH), 8:25, CBS/NFLN
Eric Berry DB Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 4 tackles at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 DNP at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Justin Coleman DB New England at Buffalo W, 40-32 -- vs. JAX, 1:00, CBS
Britton Colquitt P Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 7 punts, 44.9 avg, 1 in 20 at DET, 8:30, NBC
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 4 punts, 52.5 avg., 1 in 20 at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at Oakland W, 37-33 -- vs. CIN, 1:00, CBS
Matt Darr P Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 6 punts, 48.2 avg. vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Arian Foster RB Houston at Carolina L, 24-17 DNP vs. TB, 1:00, FOX
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh vs. San Francisco W, 43-18 Started at LG at STL, 1:00, CBS
Zach Fulton G Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 -- at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee at Cleveland L, 28-14 2 catches, 34 yards vs. IND, 1:00 , CBS
Malik Jackson DE Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 3 tackles, 1 sack at DET, 8:30, NBC
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 Started at RT vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay L, 26-19 1 rush, 1 yard, 1 TD at CAR, 1:00, FOX
Peyton Manning QB Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 26-of-46, 256 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT at DET, 8:30, NBC
Jerod Mayo LB New England at Buffalo W, 40-32 2 tackles vs. JAX, 1:00, CBS
Jacques McClendon OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 -- vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh vs. San Francisco W, 43-18 1 tackle at STL, 1:00, CBS
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay at New Orleans W, 26-19 1 tackle at HOU, 1:00, FOX
Rajion Neal RB Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 DNP vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. Detroit W, 26-16 2 KR, 31.0 avg. vs. SD, 1:00, CBS
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland vs. Baltimore W, 37-33 3 catches, 15 yards at CLU, 1:00, CBS
Chris Scott G Carolina vs. Houston W, 24-17 -- vs. NO, 1:00, FOX
Matt Simms QB Atlanta at NY Giants W, 24-20 DNP at DAL, 1:00, FOX
James Stone C Atlanta at NY Giants W, 24-20 -- at DAL, 1:00, FOX
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay at New Orleans W, 26-19 -- at HOU, 1:00, FOX
Dallas Thomas OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 Started at LG vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Dan Williams DT Oakland vs. Baltimore W, 37-33 Started at DT at CLE, 1:00, CBS
Jordan Williams DL NY Jets at Indianapolis MNF DNP vs. PHI, 1:00, FOX
Jason Witten TE Dallas at Philadalphia W, 20-10 7 catches, 56 yards vs. ATL, 1:00, FOX
-- = played, no stats

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On Monday evening, VFLs Christin Stewart and A.J. Simcox celebrated a 3-2 West Michigan Whitecaps victory over Cedar Rapids, clinching a Midwest League Championship title in their first-ever season of professional baseball.

As Detroit's No. 10 prospect, Stewart finished the season with a .285 combined average between the Gulf Coast League Tigers, Connecticut Tigers and West Michigan Whitecaps. He recorded seven triples and 10 home runs on the year, including a four-hit night to send the Whitecaps into the postseason on Sept. 15.

Simcox joined Stewart and West Michigan's club in mid-August and hit .400 over 20 games with the Whitecaps, including three doubles and a home run. Splitting time between Detroit's GCL, Connecticut and West Michigan affiliates, the Knoxville native hit .415 against right-handed pitchers and also had a four-hit performance against Lansing on Sept. 14 to help West Michigan secure a playoff berth.

On the Major League circuit, VFL and 2015 Pacific Coach League MVP Matt Duffy was called up by his Houston Astros this month and made his MLB debut on Sept. 16, playing third base against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. 


Prior to his call-up, Duffy had played a team-high 124 games with Triple A Fresno with 102 RBI and 90 runs scored, leading Triple A baseball in both categories. Drafted by Houston in the 20th round of the June 2011 Major League Draft, Duffy had played nearly 600 minor league games, making the opportunity that much more special.



Vols In The NFL - Week 2 Schedule

Vols In the NFL - Week 2, Sunday-Monday

SUNDAY

Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants - 1 p.m., FOX
Giants: Robert Ayers | Falcons: James Stone, Matt Simms

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - 1 p.m., CBS
Patriots: Justin Coleman, Jerod Mayo

Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers - 1 p.m., CBS
Texans: Arian Foster | Panthers: Chris Scott

San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers - 1 p.m., FOX
Steelers: Ramon Foster, Daniel McCullers

Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns - 1 p.m., CBS
Titans: Justin Hunter

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints - 1 p.m., FOX
Saints: Austin Johnson | Bucs: Tony McDaniel, Luke Stocker

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - 1 p.m., FOX
Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars - 4:05 p.m., CBS
Dolphins: Matt Darr, Ja'Wuan James, Jacques McClendon, Rajion Neal, Dallas Thomas

Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders - 4:05 p.m., CBS
Ravens: Morgan Cox | Raiders: Mychal Rivera, Dan Williams

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles - 4:25 p.m., FOX
Cowboys: Jason Witten

MONDAY

New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts - 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jets: Jordan Williams

This Day In #Vols History (9/18/15)

The Vols' last win over Florida came 11 years ago today, Sept. 18, 2004, as James Wilhoit booted home the game-winning 50-yard field goal to send Neyland Stadium into a frenzy.

SEPTEMBER 18 (4-3)
1965 - W, 21-0 ARMY
1971 - W, 48-6 UC SANTA BARBARA
1976 - W, 31-0 TEXAS CHRISTIAN
1993 - L, 34-41 at No. 9 Florida
1999 - L, 21-23 at No. 4 Florida
2004 - W, 30-28 No. 11 FLORIDA
2010 - L, 17-31 No. 10 FLORIDA

Sept. 18, 1992: The press box was named for long-time trustee and Athletics Board member Col. Tom Elam of Union City.

Sept. 18, 2004: UT defeats #11 Florida 30-28 in Neyland Stadium. Tennessee was trailing 28-21 in the fourth quarter, when freshman Erik Ainge completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jayson Swain with 4:17 left. But James Wilhoit, a sophomore who had never missed a PAT in his career, was wide right on the kick. All Florida had to do was run out the clock to win, but they punted with 55 seconds left. Wilhoit got his redemption when he hit a 50-yard field goal with six seconds left to win the game. The game was played in front of a Neyland Stadium record crowd of 109,061 fans.

50th Anniversary Of Running Through The "T" (9.18.15)

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first time Tennessee ran through the "T"!

The new Tennessee Athletics Official Photo Store now has this special print celebrating UT's golden anniversary of one of its most cherished traditions!

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CLICK HERE to purchase this awesome print!

6 VFLs In Action For Broncos-Chiefs Thursday Night Football

Six NFL VFLs will be in action tonight as the Denver Broncos play the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:25 p.m. ET at CBS and NFL Network. The Broncos feature VFLs Peyton Manning, Malik Jackson and Britton Colquitt! The Chiefs have VFLs Eric Berry, Zach Fulton and Dustin Colquitt! (Tyler Bray is inactive due to injury)

Will Eric Berry intercept Peyton Manning? Will Peyton burn Eric with the post? Will Malik Jackson get past Zach Fulton to bring down Alex Smith? Will Zach pancake Malik? Which of the Colquitt brothers will dominate the punting game? We'll find out tonight in an exciting clash of VFLs!

Denver Post: Peyton Manning eager for offensive redo in Kansas City

Kansas City Star: Peyton Manning seems beatable this time, but we've been wrong before

The Day In #Vols History (Sept. 17)


The first win in Johnny Majors' career as head coach of the Vols came on Sept. 17, 1977 with a 24-18 win over Boston College at Neyland Stadium. In the game, the Vols forced eight turnovers by the Eagles (four interceptions and four fumbles). When the Vols forced Western Kentucky into seven turnovers in 2013 in week two, the 1977 game was researched as the one with the most turnovers other than the 1984 game vs. Memphis with seven turnovers by the Tigers. 

SEPTEMBER 17 (1-4) 
1977 W, 24-18 BOSTON COLLEGE 
1988 L, 9-34 No. 9 LOUISIANA STATE 
1994 L, 0-31 No. 1 FLORIDA 
2005 L, 7-16 No. 6 Florida 
2011 L, 23-33 No. 16 Florida

Reeves-Maybin Earns TSWA Defensive Player Of Week


Tennessee junior linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 13.

Reeves-Maybin collected a career-best 21 tackles, including 13 solo, with three tackles for loss and one sack in the double-overtime loss to Oklahoma. The Clarksville, Tenn., native recorded the most stops by a Tennessee player since 2012. His 30 total tackles on the season ranks second in the NCAA.

Reeves-Maybin also had his second sack in as many weeks, tying the two that he had in all of 2014.

Vols in the NFL Update (9.15.15)


Week 1 of the 2015-16 NFL season is in the books and 23 #NFLVols were in action over the weekend. Here are some of the highlights from your favorite VFLs:

#welcomEBack

Eric Berry's remarkable and inspiring return to football reached another milestone on Sunday when he played 48 of the 77 defensive snaps for the Kansas City Chiefs in their season-opening win over the Houston Texans. Berry logged two tackles and one pass defended in his first NFL regular season game since November of 2014 after being diagnosed with lymphoma. After several months of treatment, Berry was declared cancer-free on June 22, 2015.

WITTEN IN THE CLUTCH

VFL and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten came up big when it mattered the most, scoring the game-winning touchdown in a topsy-turvy matchup with the New York Giants on Sunday night. Witten hauled in an 11-yard pass from Tony Romo with just seven seconds remaining on the clock to lift the Cowboys to the win. The Elizabethton, Tennessee, native also had a one-yard TD reception earlier in the fourth quarter to pull Dallas within 23-20 of the Giants. It was the fifth two-touchdown game of his career.

ANOTHER MANNING 'W'

With Denver's 19-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Peyton Manning collected the 180th win in his NFL career. He is now just six wins away from tying Brett Favre for the most victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Manning will get one step closer to that milestone when he leads the Broncos against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football this week. The AFC West rivalry looks a bit of a VFL reunion as Broncos and former Vols Manning, Malik Jackson, and Britton Colquitt meet fellow UT standouts Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt, and Zach Fulton on the Chiefs.

Take a look at the full rundown of the #NFLVols during Week 1 of the NFL season:






Name






Pos.






Team






Result






Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants L at Cowboys, 27-26 Started at DE, 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 FF
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs W at Texans, 27-20 Played at SS, 2 tackles (2 solo), 1 PD 
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs W at Texans, 27-20
Non-football related injured reserve
Justin Coleman
Britton Colquitt
DB
P
New England Patriots
Denver Broncos
W vs. Steelers, 28-21
W vs. Ravens, 19-13
Inactive
5 punts, 51.8 avg., long 62, 2 inside 20
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs W at Texans, 27-20
7 punts, 43.9 avg., long 56, 4 inside 20
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens L at Broncos, 19-13 Played at LS
Matt Darr
Arian Foster
P
RB
Miami Dolphins
Houston Texans
W vs. Washington, 17-10
L vs. Chiefs, 27-20
4 punts, 54.3 avg., long 63, 1 inside 20
DNP (groin)
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers L at Patriots, 28-21 Started at LG
Zach Fulton OL Kansas City Chiefs W at Texans, 27-20 Played at C
Justin HunterWRTennessee TitansW at Buccaneers, 42-14One reception for 11 yards
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos W vs. Ravens, 19-13 Started at DE, 1 tackle
Ja'Wuan JamesOLMiami DolphinsW vs. Washington, 17-10Started at RT
Austin JohnsonFBNew Orleans SaintsL vs. Cardinals, 31-191 carry (4 yds), 2 receptions (5 yds)
Peyton ManningQBDenver BroncosW vs. Ravens, 19-1324-40-175 yards, INT
Jerod MayoLBNew England PatriotsW vs. Steelers, 28-212 tackles (1 solo)
Jacques McClendonOLMiami DolphinsW vs. Washington, 17-10DNP (coaches decision)
Daniel McCullers-SandersDTPittsburgh SteelersL at Patriots, 28-21Played at NT, one tackle
Tony McDaniel DT Tampa Bay Buccaneers L vs. Titans, 42-14 Played at DT
Rajion Neal
Cordarrelle Patterson
RB
WR
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
W vs. Washington, 17-10
L at 49ers, 20-3
Practice squad
1 reception (1 yard), 1 KR (21 yds)
Mychal RiveraTEOakland RaidersL vs. Bengals, 33-131 reception (4 yards)
Matt Simms
Chris Scott
QB
OL
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
W vs. Eagles, 26-24
W at Jaguars, 20-9
Practice squad
Played at G
Luke StockerTETampa Bay BuccaneersL vs. Titans, 42-14Started at TE
James StoneOLAtlanta FalconsW vs. Eagles, 26-24DNP (coaches decision)
Dallas ThomasOLMiami DolphinsW vs. Washington, 17-10Started at G
Dan WilliamsDTOakland RaidersL vs. Bengals, 33-13Started at DT, 4 tackles (3 solo), 1 PD
Jordan WilliamsDLNew York JetsW vs. Browns, 31-10Practice squad
Jason WittenTEDallas CowboysW vs. Giants, 27-268 receptions, 60 yds, 2 TDs







Four VFLs In Tonight's 2015 NFL Opener

The 2015 NFL season begins tonight with the New England Patriots hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Four VFLs will suit up with Jerod Mayo and Justin Coleman on the Patriots and Ramon Foster and Daniel McCullers on the Steelers.

Elder Named Special Teams Coord. Of Week

Tennessee tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Mark Elder was named the Special Teams Coordinator of the Week by CoachingSearch.com.

Tennessee averaged 43 yards on two kickoff returns in a 59-30 win over Bowling Green last week, including a 67-yarder with a facemask penalty tacked on. The Vols also averaged 34 yards on three punt returns, each over 21 yards.

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 10)

Take a look back at the five games the Vols have played on Sept. 10. Just two years ago, Tennessee faced the Butch Jones-led Cincinnati at Neyland Stadium as Tyler Bray threw for 405 yards in a Vols' win. He became the first UT quarterback not named Manning to throw for more than 400 yards in a game. 

SEPTEMBER 10 (3-2) 
1977 - L, 17-27 CALIFORNIA 
1983 - W, 31-6 NEW MEXICO 
1988 - L, 26-31 DUKE 
1994 - W, 41-23 No. 23 Georgia 
2011 - W, 45-23 CINCINNATI

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 3)

The Vols have won their last two games played on Sept. 3 after dropping the first three on the date.

September 3 (2-3)

1983 - L, 3-13 PITTSBURGH
1988 - L, 17-28 No. 12 Georgia
1994 - L, 23-25 No. 14 UCLA
2005 - W, 17-10 UAB
2011 - W, 42-16 MONTANA

Sept. 3, 2011 - Tennessee 42, Montana 16

Tennessee's 2011 football season began with the longest weather delay in school history. But lightning and high winds only delayed a first-half offensive deluge as the Vols rolled to a 42-16 victory over Montana in Neyland Stadium.

The Vols jumped out to a 14-point lead early in the first quarter thanks to a couple big plays from sophomore receivers Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter. Both Hunter (146) and Rogers (100) had 100-yard receiving days and Tauren Poole ran for 98 yards and a score. Tyler Bray threw for 293 yards and three TDs. 

Vol Calls - Wednesday Night At 8 p.m.


Butch Jones will be a live in-person guest at Vol Calls from Calhoun's On the River at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday night. Jones will preview the season opener vs. Bowling Green in Nashville. 

  • LISTEN LIVE
  • Calhoun's On the River returns as "Vol Calls" headquarters for the fourth straight season and an agreement has just been reached for the iconic restaurant to serve as the show's home for two more years following this season. Famous for its award-winning ribs, BBQ and other delicious Southern dishes, Calhoun's is one of Tennessee's most popular restaurant destinations. Calhoun's will give away prizes each week during football season through its Facebook and Twitter pages including two game tickets and two hospitality passes for each home UT football game. Weather permitting, shows in early Fall will be held out on the restaurant's large deck overlooking the Tennessee River and Neyland Stadium.

    "Vol Calls" is the exclusive radio program and event where Tennessee fans can call in and talk with the head coaches of the Volunteers and Lady Vols. Fans can place a "Vol Call" anywhere in the United States by dialing 1-800-688-8657 or Tennessee customers of Verizon can dial #TENN. Patrons at Calhoun's On the River may ask a question in person and fans may also submit questions through the IMG-Vol Network Facebook page. The program can be heard on 50-plus radio stations across the state of Tennessee and the Southeast on the Vol Radio Network. The weekly program can also be heard online live or archived through utsports.com.

    Wednesday's Juice (9.2.15)

    100% pure squeezed Tennessee football to get your day started right.

    What day is it? HUMP DAY! THREE days away from Football Time In Tennessee!

    Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

    1. Malone Moves Past '14 Freshman Struggles

    Sophomore receiver Josh Malone has received praise from his coaches regarding his commitment to improving.

    2. DeBord Back In The OC Saddle

    UT offensive coordinator will be calling plays for the first time since 2007. DeBord says he has studied the game a long time and he is ready.

    3. VFLs Pumped For 2015

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    This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 2)

    The Vols are a perfect 4-0 on Sept. 2 with wins in 1989, 1995, 2000, 2006.

    September 2 (4-0)
    1989 - W, 17-14 COLORADO STATE
    1995 - W, 27-7 EAST CAROLINA
    2000 - W, 19-16 No. 22 SOUTHERN MISS
    2006 - W, 35-18 No. 9 CALIFORNIA

    Sept. 2, 2000 - No. 13 Tennessee 19, No. 22 Southern Miss 13
    The Vols picked up the 700th win in program history in the 2006 opener with a 19-16 win over Southern Miss. With the departure of quarterback Tee Martin, the offense was still looking for someone to fill his shoes. The game was a defensive battle. Defensive end Will Overstreet had two sacks and safety. The Vols had nine total sacks for the game.

    Sept. 2, 2006 - No. 23 Tennessee 35, No. 9 California 18
    Erik Ainge threw four passes for touchdowns as the Vols raced to a 35-0 lead on the way to the 35-18 upset win over Cal before an electric crowd of 106,009. Robert Meachem caught two of the touchdowns, including an 80-yarder at the start of the third quarter that created a frenzy among the orange-clad fans.

    "We've never seen anything like that. That's a pretty impressive atmosphere, there's no doubt about it," Cal coach Jeff Tedford said. "The environment they create gives Tennessee a real home field advantage."

    Tuesday's Juice (9.1.15)

    It's Tuesday and we're just four days away from Football Time In Tennessee!

    100% pure squeezed Tennessee football to get your day started right.

    Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

    1. Kirkland, Bain Shed Black Stripes

    Darrin Kirkland Jr. and Paul Bain had their black stripes removed on Monday!

    2. Darr In Line To Be Miami Dolphins Starting P

    VFL Matt Darr is in position to become the starting punter for the Miami Dolphins.

    3. Vols Anticipate Williams To Play Early In Season

    Wide receiver Preston Williams is expected to see playing time early this season.

    EXTRA JUICE

    -- Sporting News Named Eric Berry as one of its Comeback Player of the Year candidates

    Darr In Position To Be Dolphins Starting Punter


    VFL Matt Darr looks to have earned the Miami Dolphins starting punter position. Various media outlets have the news as the Dolphins cut former Pro Bowl punter Brandon Fields on Tuesday with Darr earning the job. 

    Darr, an undrafted rookie out of Tennessee, outperformed Fields this preseason. He had both a higher punting average (50.3 to 47.0) and net punting average (41.9 to 41.1).

    Darr is one of four former Vols with the Miami Dolphins, joining offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James, Dallas Thomas and Jacques McClendon. 

    This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 1)

    The Vols are 3-2 all-time on Sept. 1, winning the first three games played on the date. 



    In 2001, Tennessee struck paid dirt on its offensive play of the game as Casey Clausen hit Donte Stallworth on a 37-yard scoring pass and the Vols never trailed in a 33-9 win over Syracuse before 107,725 at Neyland Stadium. Constantin Ritzman recorded a second-quarter safety as he tackled Orange QB Troy Nunes in the end zone. Travis Stephens ran for 111 yards and a 4-yard TD. Redshirt freshman Corey Larkins, in his first game as a Vol scored two rushing TDs on runs of 38 and 16 yards. 


    September 1 (3-2)

    1984 - W, 34-27 WASHINGTON STATE
    1990 - W, 55-7 PACIFIC
    2001 - W, 33-9 SYRACUSE
    2007 - L, 31-45 No. 12 California
    2008 - L, 24-27 UCLA (OT)

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