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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)

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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)

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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)

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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)

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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.

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