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Happy Birthday - July 18: Minnock, Moberg and Ruff

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A trio of birthdays to celebrate today on July 18, senior rower McDarragh Minnock, junior baseball player Jeff Moberg and recent track and field graduate Kianna Ruff

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Happy Birthday - July 17: VFL Luke Stocker

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Celebrating his birthday today is former Vols star tight end and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Luke Stocker. 


Fulmer Named To Broyles Award Selection Committee

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VFL and College Football Hall of Fame Coach Phillip Fulmer has been named to the Broyles Award Selection Committee. 

Brown led the Longhorns to a national championship in 2006 and won 244 games as a head coach while Fulmer led the Volunteers to a national title in 1998 and won 152 games as a head coach. Both Fulmer and Brown had assistants that won the Broyles Award including Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe in 1998 and Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis in 2005.

The selection committee has won a combined 2,263 games, coached in 178 bowl games and won 11 National Championships. The award is named in honor of former Arkansas head coach and athletic director Frank Broyles, who had 24 of his assistants become head coaches that led their teams to 8 Super Bowls, winning 6 of them, as well as 5 college national championships and over 2000 victories. Some of those assistants included Joe Gibbs, Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors and Hayden Fry.

Dobbs Featured In Hometown Newspaper

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Josh Dobbs during the 2014 Orange & White game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN . Photo by Wade Rackley/Tennessee Athletics
Alpharetta, Georgia native Josh Dobbs is featured in the Neighbor Newspapers in his hometown. The sophomore quarterback is competing to be the Vols' starting quarterback in his second season on Rocky Top. Read the feature: Former Alpharetta star Dobbs shines at Tennessee

Here's the start of the piece: 

Joshua Dobbs didn't waste much time in making an impact on the college level at Tennessee.

The former Alpharetta standout stepped into the starting quarterback role as a true freshman at Tennessee last year and never looked back as he quickly established himself as a player to watch in the SEC.

Dobbs played the last five games at quarterback - including the last four as a starter - for a Tennessee team that went 5-7 in 2013. He completed 72-of-121 passes for 695 yards and two touchdowns - compiling a 59.5 percent completion percentage in the process.

"I've always trusted in my skills and ability," Dobbs said. "The coaching staff has done a great job with all the quarterbacks to be able to play when needed. So when my number was called, I was able to perform. I still have some things to work on and, of course, that has been the key focus throughout the spring and into the summer and into training camp."

Read more: Neighbor Newspapers - Former Alpharetta star Dobbs shines at Tennessee 

Happy Birthday - July 16: Jamol James and VFL J.R. Carr

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On July 16 we send Happy Birthday wishes to senior sprinter Jamol James and recent graduate and long snapper J.R. Carr

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Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/16/14)

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The Vols took part in SEC Media Days on Tuesday in Hoover, Ala. Get the latest on what Butch Jones, A.J. Johnson, Curt Maggitt and Mack Crowder had to say to the more than 1,000 media members assembled.

Coverage from UTSports.com includes: 

Butch Jones met with the local media prior to start of the many interviews. Here's what he said about a variety of topics:

Here's a look at local and national media coverage about the Vols: 

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: There'll be no sudden rise for Jones' fallen Vols
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Tennessee lines up for rebuilding job
- Decatur Daily: Picking up Tennessee
- Independent Florida Alligator: Volunteers looking to improve 'brick by brick'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Representing UT is a snap for Crowder
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Howard on verge of returning to Vols
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Vols' Jones seeks respect, not pity

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Shipman Blasts 2-Run HR To Lift USSSA To 4-2 Win

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Tennessee softball legend Madison Shipman hit a two-run homer to help her USSSA Pride defeat the Akron Racers, 4-2, in a rain-shortened game on Monday.

Shipman also did an in-game interview on the headset. Check out her home run and interview in the video above!

The Pride and the Racers play again tonight at 7 p.m. ET on CBS Sports Network.

Happy Birthday - July 15: Tobias Harris

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On July 15, we wish a very Happy Birthday to former Vol hoops star and current Orlando Magic forward Tobias Harris. After earning All-American status his freshman campaign (2010-11), Harris became Tennessee's eighth all-time first-round NBA draft pick when he was selected 19th overall in 2011.


Happy Birthday - July 15: Tobias Harris

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On July 15, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vols star and current Milwaukee Bucks forward Tobias Harris. Harris is playing for the Bucks NBA Summer League team and is featured in this video on leadership:Summer Leadership. Also, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel has this story on Harris: Tough rookie year behind Bucks forward Harris. Milwaukee plays its first Summer League game on Monday vs. New Orleans.


#VolsOnTour - ATP Rankings (7/14/14)

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There's one current Vol in tournament action this week: Hunter Reese. The rising senior accepted a main wild card to the Tulsa Futures this week and looks to collect his first ATP point. He and Mikelis Libietis won the ITA All-American Championships on Tulsa's courts last October. 

Here are the new ATP rankings as of July 14, 2014:

John-Patrick Smith
Singles: 174 (+3)
Doubles: 81 (+1)
Note: New career high in singles of 174 after reaching second-round qualifying at the Hall of Fame Championships in Newport, R.I. ... Made first ATP doubles semifinal with Austin Krajicek ... Off this week.

Rhyne Williams
Singles: 201 (-3)
Doubles: 433 (-189)
Note: Off last week ... Playing singles and doubles this week at the $50K Binghamton Challenger.

Tennys Sandgren
Singles: 224 (-3)
Doubles: 192 (+7)
Note: Currently out of action rehabbing from hip surgery.

Matteo Fago
Singles: 933 (+6)
Doubles: 432 (+2)
Note: Off last week ... Off this week.

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