Manning Leads Colorado Symphony In Rocky Top

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Check out Peyton Manning's entire performance as he led the Colorado Symphony in Rocky Top last night: Fast forward to the 5:50 mark: PEYTON LEADS ROCKY TOP.

Maggitt Featured On SI.com


Check out this feature on Vols fifth-year senior Curt Maggitt from SI.com:  The 'old man' and Tennessee: Senior Curt Maggitt seeks a lasting impact

The clunk-clunk-clunk of marching cleats echoes through the south wing of Tennessee's football facility. It's a sunny March afternoon, and a sea of players file through an open door in the program's Anderson Training Center. The Volunteers have just completed another practice this spring on Haslam Field. Each passing player dons either an orange or white jersey, save for the handful of quarterbacks, who wear red tops.


Sitting a few yards away from his teammates, Curt Maggitt sports a different outfit. Tennessee's fifth-year senior linebacker wears a black shirt with a bulky shoulder harness. Due to off-season surgery, Maggitt hasn't been able to practice. Instead, he has watched his young team and realized he's become a senior citizen. Some of his teammates, he notes, don't even know the old location of the locker room.

"I'm the old man around here," Maggitt says. "It's weird."

Read More: The 'old man' and Tennessee: Senior Curt Maggitt seeks a lasting impact

Happy Birthday - June 16

On June 16 we're wishing a very happy birthday to Vol basketball great Wayne Chism



A Tennessee native, Chism averaged 11.3 points per game over his four year career on Rocky Top. Chism was the focal point of the Volunteer offense during his senior season, averaging 12.6 points per game to go along with 7.2 boards per contest -- both team highs. He earned first team All-SEC honors that season and led Tennessee to its first-ever Elite Eight appearance. 

Since completing his career at UT, Chism has had success playing professionally overseas. He is currently playing in the Philippines.

Wayne Chism is 28 years old today.


Happy Birthday - June 15

We've got a trio of birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top today as we wish a happy birthday to football's Corey Vereen, former Vol defensive lineman Darwin Walker, and a past All-SEC hurdler out on the track in Terry Benson.



A rising junior from Winter Garden, Florida, Vereen is coming off a sophomore season in which he appeared in all 13 games for the Vols. He finished the year with 24 total tackles -- 15 solo and nine assisted. He also recorded 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and three quarterback hurries. His most noteworthy game of the 2014 season came against Ole Miss when he posted a career-high six tackles, 2.5 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks. Born this day in 1995, Vereen is 20 years old today. 



VFL Walker was a junior captain on the 1998 national championship team. He posted 46 tackles and six sacks for a defense that gave up less than 100 yards rushing per game during the Vols' run to the national title. He was named All-SEC by the Associated Press the following season. He opted to leave Rocky Top a year early and put together a 10 year pro career in the NFL. His most notable professional stop came with the Philadelphia Eagles -- a franchise with which he spent seven seasons and helped to a Super Bowl XXIX berth. Walker is 38 today.



Lastly, we wish a happy birthday for former All-SEC hurdler Benson. A native of Las Vegas, Benson ran for two seasons at Tennessee after transferring from Central Arizona College. He was a seven-time SEC scorer, making his mark in the hurdles and the relays. In 2012, he was named the Indoor Vol Most Valuable Track Athlete and was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Happy birthday Corey, Darwin, and Terry!




Happy Birthday - June 13

On June 13 we're celebrating the birthdays of men's swimmer Ben Miller and rowing's Kahala Schneider!



A freestyle specialist, Miller recently concluded his junior season at Tennessee. He set two new PRs in 2014-15, including a new career-best in the 50 free (21.73) and the 400 IM (3:54.57). The Raleigh, North Carolina, native finished the year as a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Born this day in 1994, Miller is 21 years old today.



Schneider is a junior from Honolulu, Hawai'i, and has spent all three of her collegiate seasons on the varsity rowing squad. She was a member of the Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Team in 2015 and was a part of the second varsity four that finished third (7:53.85) in the grand finals of the Big 12 Championships. Today is Schneider's 21st birthday. 

Happy birthday, Ben and Kahala!




Happy Birthday - June 12

On June 12 we're wishing a happy birthday to former Vols quarterback Erik Ainge



A native of Hillsboro, Oregon, Ainge played quarterback for Tennessee from 2004-07 and amassed 8,700 passing yards and 72 touchdowns. One of his most memorable performances came during his senior season when he threw for 397 yards and seven touchdowns in a 52-50 triple overtime victory over Kentucky. Following his time with the Vols, Ainge was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He remained with the franchise until the summer of 2011.

Happy birthday, Erik!


Happy Birthday - June 11

We've got a quartet of birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top on this 11th day of June. We're wishing a happy birthday to the fearless leader of Lady Vol basketball, Holly Warlick, as well as to women's swimming's Colleen Callahan, former men's swimmer Sam Petersen, and baseball VFL Will Maddox.



Warlick has spent 30 years at the University of Tennessee -- a span that includes time as a player, an assistant coach, and three years in her current role of head women's basketball coach. A three-time All-American point guard for UT (1976-80), Warlick spent 27 years as a loyal assistant to legendary coach Pat Summitt before taking over the reins of the program in 2012.



A rising junior, Callahan was an NCAA qualifier during her sophomore season. She competed in the 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, and 400 IM at the national meet, recording a new career-best time of 1:59.70 in the 200 IM. Callahan is a member of the 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll and is celebrating her 20th birthday today.



Petersen saw his UT career come to a close in 2014 as he finished ranked No. 6 all-time in program history in the 1000 freestyle (9:09.17) and No. 9 in the 1650 freestyle (15:11.21). The Short Hills, New Jersey, native was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.



Before being drafted in the 18th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers, Maddox played infield for three seasons with the Diamond Vols. He started in 157 of his 160 career games and posted a .309 batting average with five home runs and 60 RBIs. He is currently playing first base for the West Michigan Whitecaps of Class A.

Happy birthday Holly, Colleen, Sam, and Will!

 

Coach Jones Praises Sumner Stars



On his day off, head coach Butch Jones was a keynote speaker for the sixth annual COMPASS (Community Outreach Making Partnerships at Sumner Schools) Speakers Luncheon in Hendersonville, Tennessee. 

Sumner County is home to current Vols Jalen Hurd, Josh Malone and newcomer Riley Lovingood. 

Read what Jones had to say about the Sumner standouts, recruiting and the future here >> http://1tn.co/1Qpiyq3

Happy Birthday - June 10

On June 10 we're wishing a happy birthday to former Lady Vol basketball point guard Ariel Massengale



Before becoming the 29th pick of the 2015 WNBA Draft to the Atlanta Dream, Massengale wrapped up a highly successful career with Lady Vol basketball. A four-year starter, Massengale posted an 11.5 points per game scoring average during her senior season and led the team with an .860 free throw percentage. She was the 41st Lady Vol to amass 1,000 career points and currently ranks fourth on the all-time assist list with 518 for her career. 

Born this day in 1993, today is Massengale's 22nd birthday.

Happy birthday, Ariel!


Happy Birthday - June 9

On June 9, we're celebrating the birthdays of baseball's Zach Warren, women's swimmer Madison Hahn, and football VFL Craig Colquitt!



Warren, a left-handed pitcher, recently completed his freshman season on Rocky Top. The Vineland, New Jersey, native went 2-0 in his first season, appearing in eight games and getting five starts along the way. He finished the year with 16 strikeouts and a 5.09 ERA in 23 innings pitched. Born this day in 1996, Warren is 19 years old.



A rising senior out of Norfolk, Virginia, Hahn made a pair of individual finals at the SEC Championships in the spring, finishing in a tie for 13th in the 100 backstroke (53.69) and 21st in the 200 backstroke (1:57.17). She picked up a win in the 100 backstroke earlier in the season, swimming 53.58 to take gold at the Nike Cup. A three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, Hahn is 21 years old today.



June 9 is also the birthday of Knoxville native and two-time Super Bowl champion Craig Colquitt. Father of current NFL punters and former Vols Dustin and Britton Colquitt, craig played for the Vols from 1975-77 before being drafted by the Steelers in the third round of the NFL Draft. He would go on to win a pair of Super Bowls with the franchise and was inducted into the Greater Knoxville Hall of Fame in 2009.

Happy birthday Zach, Madison, and Craig!


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