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Happy Birthday - April 6

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On April 6 we're celebrating a pair of birthdays on Rocky Top! One of the newest members of the Big Orange family, football's Kyle Oliver, is blowing out the candles today, as is former women's basketball standout Kamiko Williams!

Oliver is an incoming freshman who committed to Tennessee on National Signing Day back on Feb. 4. He is a 6-4, 226-pound tight end who will arrive in Knoxville with a three-star rating in tow. He lettered in football at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and logged 102 receptions for 1,474 yards and five touchdowns in his three-year prep career. Born this day in 1997, Oliver turns 18 years old today.

Williams graduated from UT in 2013 after a four-year career on the hardwood for the Lady Vols. The guard appeared in 128 games over her four-year career, averaging 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. During her senior year, she averaged 11.8 points and 3.5 steals per contest over Tennessee's NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight. Following the 2012-13 season, Williams was drafted by the WNBA's New York Liberty with the 15th overall pick. She did not play in 2014 after suffering a torn ACL. Williams is 24 years old today.

Happy birthday Kyle and Kamiko!

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/5/15)

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The Vols held their first spring practice at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Get the full scoop in #VolReport: Team 119's Neyland Debut.

Alvin Kamara and Evan Berry were cited by Coach Jones as the standouts from Saturday's action. Read more: Kamara's Spark On Display, Saturday

Also on UTSports.com: 

The latest from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dobbs, Kamara reuniting in Vols' backfield
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Evan Berry stands out in UT Vols' scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dobbs preps for entire season of fun
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara shows big-play ability
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Night and day' difference for Malone
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols give peek at depth chart
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara shines again in scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gaulden showing 'progress' at nickel
- Maryville Daily Times: No more why at the Z for UT's Howard

Happy Birthday - April 5

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On this fifth day of April we're celebrating the birthday of baseball's David Houser

Houser is a junior catcher for the Diamond Vols and has appeared in 21 games this season. So far in 2015, he is hitting a career-best .281 with three doubles and three RBIs to his credit. Houser is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and is 21 years old today. 

Happy birthday, David!

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/4/15)

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The Vols will practice at Neyland Stadium for the first time this spring on Saturday, as they go through their sixth session. 

Get all of your spring camp info in our CAMP CENTRAL.

Here's a look at Saturday's stories from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols defensive end Lewis embracing opportunity
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gillespie adjusts to new role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: DeBord happy with freshman QBs

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/3/15)

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Butch Jones led the Vols through their fifth spring practice on Thursday. Get the full scoop in the #VolReport: Assistants Break It Down

More on UTSports.com from Camp Central

Here's a look at coverage from the media:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Gaulden, Foreman getting corner time for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Weatherd working as hybrid on defense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones hasn't had luxury of redshirting
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones shows power of social media
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: DeBord happy with freshman QBs
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols moving Weatherd to hybrid role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols bringing Bates back slowly

Happy Birthday - April 2

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On April 2 we are wishing a very happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Kaitlan Aries


A senior from Chuluota, Florida, Aries is in the midst of her third season with the varsity squad. She has competed in five races this season, including a spot in the first varsity eight that narrowly finished in fourth in 6:58.38 at the 42nd Annual San Diego Crew Classic. She also rowed in the bow seat in the varsity eight at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational that placed third in three races. Last year, Aries picked up a handful of academic awards. She was named to the 2014 SEC Spring Honor Roll, the 2013-14 C-USA Honor Roll, and received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal -- an honor given to student-athletes maintaining a 3.75 GPA or better. Aries is a kinesiology major.

Happy birthday, Kaitlan!

UT-UM Game Most Viewed NCAA Elite Eight Contest

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According to ESPN, the network's NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Elite Eight broadcast of the Tennessee-Maryland game in Spokane on Monday night was the most-viewed of the four regional finals with 1,540,000 average viewers.

In fact, it was the most viewed NCAA Women's Elite Eight game since 2012, when a Tennessee-Baylor match-up in what turned out to be Pat Summitt's final game as head coach averaged 1,654,000 viewers.

Knoxville topped all markets for Monday night's Tennessee-Maryland match-up, averaging a 12.9 rating, the highest rating this season for a women's college basketball game in the market. Hartford-New Haven was second with a 5.9 rating, followed by Baltimore (5.8), Nashville (5.0), Dayton (2.9), Washington, DC (2.5) and Memphis (2.2).   

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/1/15)

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Happy April! We are 24 days from the DISH Orange & White Game.

On Tuesday, Butch Jones held the Vols' fourth spring practice. Follow all of our coverage in our Camp Central

Get the latest from UTSports.com:

Media coverage includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols have solid trio at safety
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thigpen understands social media's power
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stripling sees positives to depleted line
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Tight ends still 'work in progress'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: QB Dormady showing 'tremendous progress'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols CB Moseley to miss 'a few weeks'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Kelly showing spring improvement

Happy Birthday - April 1

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It's a brand new month and we are wishing a very happy Big Orange birthday to football defensive coordinator John Jancek!

Coach Jancek will be entering his third season at defensive coordinator for UT in 2015. He has coached in eight bowl games, including last season's TaxSlayer Bowl and has helped his teams to five conference championships and one national championship. Last year he coached two All-SEC selections in Derek Barnett and Curt Maggitt, the former of whom was named a consensus Freshman All-American. 

Happy birthday, Coach Jancek!

Happy Birthday - March 31

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It's the last day of March and we are celebrating the birthday of baseball's Benito Santiago

A freshman from Pembroke Pines, Florida, Santiago is in the midst of his true freshman season for Vol Baseball and head coach Dave Serrano. Already this year, Santiago has appeared in 14 ballgames, including nine starts behind the plate at the catcher position. He recorded his first collegiate hit during a 4-1 victory at Belmont back on Feb. 25. 

Happy birthday, Benito!

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