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Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/12/14)

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Butch Jones was in Jacksonville for the TaxSlayer Bowl Press Conference on Thursday. Check out our full coverage: Jones At TaxSlayer Bowl Press Conference


Also on Thursday, it was announced that Tennessee had received Additional TaxSlayer Bowl Tix For Vol Fans after selling out of its original allotment. 

The honors continued to roll in for several Vols including Derek Barnett.

Coverage from the media includes: 
- Associated Press: Vols eager for bowl experience
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones, Ferentz show mutual respect
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Freshmen Barnett, Kelly Robertson honored
- Maryville Daily Times: Three Vols on SEC freshman team

Softball: 2014 Oklahoma City Challenge

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Just before Thanksgiving, the Tennessee softball team held its annual Oklahoma City Challenge, competing in the weight room and on the indoor football field in fitness and strength events to demonstrate their offseason conditioning. Check out these highlights from the 2014 OKC Challenge!

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/11/14)

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Tennessee head coach Butch Jones will fly to Jacksonville on Thursday to meet with the media in Florida to preview the 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl. A link will be available on UTSports.com to watch the press conference, which starts at approximately, 5:15 p.m.

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Recent news on UTSports.com includes: 
Knoxville Among ESPN's Top Markets Again

Here's a look at the latest on the Vols from the media: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Timing right for Jones' raise, extension
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Iowa's pass rush should give UT a break
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols hoping Jones' pay hike will pay off
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols excited about bowl destination
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT gives Butch Jones a raise

News on Iowa includes: 
- The Daily Iowan: Seniors to relish bowl game
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Bowl game a building block for Iowa foe Tennessee
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Iowa, Tennessee to meet in TaxSlayer Bowl

ESPNW: Softball & The 2020 Olympics

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Photo by ASA/USA Softball

Graham Hays of espnW.com explores the fate of softball in the 2020 Olympics. Tennessee softball legend Lauren Gibson (2010-2013) has been on the USA Softball Senior Women's National Team since 2011 and she shares her thoughts about the future of the sport.

Check out Hays' story here: How Softball Could Make Its Return At The 2020 Olympics

Happy Birthday - Dec. 10

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Today, we wish junior Tennessee baseball player Christin Stewart a Happy Birthday! Stewart, an outfielder, has played in 100 games during his Vol career and holds a .322 batting average. 
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We would also like to wish two special Happy Birthdays to members of the Tennessee Football family, tight ends coach/special teams coordinator Mark Elder and VFL Jacques McClendon. McClendon was a four-year letterman on the offensive line and currently plays for the Jacksonville Jaguars.
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This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 10)

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On Dec. 10, 2009, standout safety Eric Berry was named the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back. He was also named a Walter Camp All-American that day, check out the story: Berry Wins 2009 Jim Thorpe Award


Eric Berry poses with the Jim Thorpe Award trophy during the Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards at the Disney Boardwalk on December 10, 2009 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Tennessee has never played a football game on Dec. 10. 

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On Tuesday, the Arizona Diamondbacks officially announced the acquisition of former Tennessee pitcher Zack Godley, along with fellow prospect Jeferson Mejia, from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for veteran catcher Miguel Montero. 

In 2014, Godley split his second professional season between Chicago's Class A stops, combining for a 4-3 record with 15 saves and a 3.09 ERA. In 40 total appearances with Kane County and Daytona, he recorded 77 strikeouts in 55.1 innings while walking 24 batters. Since being drafted out of Rocky Top in the 10th round of the 2013 MLB Draft by Chicago, Godley owns a 6-3 professional record with a 2.74 ERA in 54 relief appearances, including 105 strikeouts in 82.0 innings of work. 

While at Tennessee, Godley served as an alternate for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team in 2012, led by current Volunteers Head Coach Dave Serrano. As a senior in 2013, the South Carolina native led the Southeastern Conference with 108.1 innings pitched and finished second in the league with 98 strikeouts during the regular season. He also fired six complete games that season, more than any other team in the SEC and the most by a UT pitcher since 2000 (Jamie Bennett, 6). In his three seasons with the Vols, Godley went 10-10 with two saves and a 3.48 ERA in 56 appearances (25 starts), including 185 strikeouts.

Here is the latest news on Godley's move to the Diamondbacks organization:

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 9)

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The Vols stand 1-1 all-time on Dec. 9, posting a 7-0 win over Auburn in 1939.

 

DECEMBER 9 (1-1)
1933 L, 0-7 Louisiana State
1939 W, 7-0 AUBURN

#NFLVols Week 14 Recap

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Mychal Rivera had his best game of the season as he tallied up his first game this year with 100-plus yards. Rivera racked up 109 yards with seven catches. He also recorded a touchdown in the win.

Parys Haralson continued his defensive success recording four tackles, including one for a loss. Tony McDaniel added another four tackles for the Seahawks in their win over Philadelphia. 

Dan Williams of the Arizona Cardinals earned the starting nod for the game against Kansas City at nose tackle. In that same game, Zach Fulton started at right guard for the Chiefs.

See how all of your favorite VFLs performed this past weekend:

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. Tennessee 36-7 Injured reserve
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Arizona 17-14 Non-football related illness
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Arizona 17-14 Injured reserve
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. Buffalo 24-17 Three punts, 43.0 avg.
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Arizona 17-14 Four punts, 42.8 avg.
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. Miami 28-13 Injured reserve
Arian Foster RB Houston Texans Def. Jacksonville 27-13 21 receiving yds., 127 yds. rushing, TD
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Cincinnati 42-21  Started at LG
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Arizona 17-14 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Lost to Carolina 41-10 Four tackles, tfl
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Lost to NY Giants 36-7 Injured reserve
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. Buffalo 24-17 Played at DE
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami Dolphins Lost to Baltimore 28-13 Started at LT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Lost to Carolina 41-10 Injured reserve
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. Buffalo 24-17 14-20-173 yards
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Def. San Diego 23-14 Injured reserve
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to Houston 27-13 DNP
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Def. Philadelphia 24-14 Four tackles
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Cincinnati 42-21 Played at DL
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Lost to Carolina 41-10 Inactive
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Def. San Fran. 24-13 Inactive
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. NY Jets 30-24 Four KO returns, 21.5 avg.
Tauren Poole RB Carolina Panthers Def. New Orleans 41-10 Practice squad
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. NY Jets 30-24 Injured reserve
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Def. San Fran. 24-13 7 recs. for 109 yds., TD
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Lost to Minnesota 30-24 Practice squad
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Falcons Lost to Green Bay 43-37 Practice squad
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs BYE BYE
James Stone OL Atlanta Falcons Lost to Green Bay 43-37 Started at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Lost to Baltimore 28-13 Started at RT
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Def. Washington 24-0 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Def. Kansas City 17-14 Started at NT
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Def. Chicago 41-28 Two receptions for 26 yds.

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 8)

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Tennessee lost the SEC Championship Game on on Dec. 8, 2001, 31-20 to LSU at the Georgia Dome.


DECEMBER 8 (2-1)
1928 W, 13-12 FLORIDA
1934 W, 19-13 LOUISIANA STATE
2001 L, 20-31 No. 21 Louisiana State (N) @ Atlanta, Ga, (SEC Championship) 

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