#SECMD15 - Vols Behind the Scenes

The buzz surrounding Team 119 continued to crescendo on Tuesday as the Vols made the rounds at SEC Football Media Day in Hoover, Alabama. VFL Films takes you behind the scenes of a whirlwind day for head coach Butch Jones, junior QB Joshua Dobbs, senior LB Curt Maggitt, and junior CB Cameron Sutton. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/15/15)

There are only 52 days until the Vols open the season in Nashville against Bowling Green. Tuesday was the unofficial kickoff to the season as the Vols took part in SEC Media Day in Hoover. 

Here's a look at coverage from UTSports.com: 

Here's a look at coverage from around the nation, as the Vols and Butch Jones received lots of positive press: 

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Vols look to fly behind Atlanta QB Josh Dobbs
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols expectations deserve to be high
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Expectations on the rise at UT
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Doesn't take long to become Dobbs' fan
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Lack of attention doesn't faze Sutton
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Maggitt comfortable with pressure
- St. Louis Post-Dispatch: SEC notes: Tennessee shines in recruiting
- UT Daily Beacon: Jones: "We expect a win"

VFL and three-time University of Tennessee Alumni C.J. Fayton was recently named associate athletics director at Maryville College. He began his duties at the College on July 1.

Fayton, a native of Virginia Beach, Va., played in 49 games from 2002-05, finishing with 74 receptions for 981 yards and seven touchdowns during his Volunteer career. Fayton had brief stints with the Chicago Bears and New York Jets in 2006 before an injury curtailed his playing career.

A two-time Academic All-SEC selection, Fayton earned three degrees from UT. He graduated with a bachelor of science degree in sport management in 2005 and a master of science in recreation administration in 2008. In 2014, he earned a law degree from UT's College of Law.

Fayton comes to the Maryville with experience in coaching, recruiting and athletics compliance. Most recently, he was a defensive backs coach and substitute fitness instructor at the Ensworth School in Nashville. Previously, he completed internships at a law office in Norfolk, Va., and at Vanderbilt University, where he served as an athletics compliance intern. He was also a wide receiver coach at Norfolk State University in Norfolk, Va., and a recruiting assistant for UT's football program.

"CJ's passion and energy for the student-athlete was evident throughout the interview process," Schram said. "As a former student-athlete himself, we look forward to having him mentor our student-athletes throughout the compliance process while building relationships with our alumni, donors, and community. His leadership will help Maryville College provide an excellent student-athlete experience for all our participants."

Fayton, who has experience as a development assistant at UT, will also work closely with the College's advancement office, focusing on fundraising initiatives set by the College's strategic plan. In this capacity, he will serve as a development officer specifically focused on increasing revenue for the athletics department through planned giving, annual giving, capital gifts, grants and corporate sponsorships.
"We are delighted to have CJ coming on board," said Suzy Booker, vice president of institutional advancement. "His background, both professionally and academically, is impressive. Not only is he committed to connecting alumni and friends to the College, he is interested in mentoring our student-athletes. We think he is a strong fit for our programs."

Fayton is married to Dr. Leslie Treherne-Fayton, a former track and field All-American at the University of Tennessee. The couple has a son, Mason.

Butch Jones on 104-5 The Zone

Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones took some time on Thursday (and during his vacation, no less!) to speak with the guys at 3HL on 104-5 The Zone. He shared his thoughts on Wednesday's Nike reveal and its far-reaching effects, particularly on recruiting and the psyche of the Tennessee athletic department. Click the link below to catch the interview in full.

Butch Jones on 3HL: http://tinyurl.com/pegbyeg

Former Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler recently spoke with the Knoxville News Sentinel about the Vols and Team 119, stating his belief that Butch Jones and UT's style of offense not only create great opportunities for quarterback Joshua Dobbs, but makes him excited for the future of the Vol Football program.
Here's the full article:

Catchings Up For Humanitarian Award

It's no surprise that Tamika Catchings is a woman of many traits. She's not only known for her basketball skills but also her commitment to the community. As a result of her constant charitable work, Catchings earned a nomination for the inaugural Sports Humanitarian of the Year Award presented by ESPN and PlayStation.

As a finalist, Catchings will receive a $25,000 grant for a charity of her choice. If she wins, she will be awarded a $75,000 grant. The inaugural honor will be awarded on July 14. 

To read the complete ESPN release, click HERE

The Birmingham News released its 2015 preseason awards on Sunday afternoon. Topping the list on the Preseason All-SEC First Team Defense is sophomore Derek Barnett. Junior Cameron Sutton was named to the All-SEC Second Team Defense. 

The "Best of the SEC" was also awarded to Barnett for the defensive lineman position. Joshua Dobbs was the runner-up for best passer.

Vol Navy Among Country's Top Traditions

The loyal members of the University of Tennessee's Vol Navy were recognized this week by College Football 24/7 as one of the nation's top game-day traditions in college football! Whether they come ashore to Neyland Stadium or cheer on the Big Orange from the Tennessee River, the Vol Navy has become a key signature of Football Time in Tennessee, as noted by College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread.
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Happy Birthday - June 25

It's June 25 and we've got six Big Orange birthdays to celebrate today on Rocky Top!

From football, rising sophomore Derek Barnett is celebrating his 19th birthday. Barnett had a monster season in 2014, setting Tennessee's program record for sacks (10.0) and tackles for loss (20.5) by a true freshman in a single season. For his efforts, Barnett was decorated with Freshman All-America honors and a spot on the All-SEC second team. 

Men's basketball rising senior Kevin Punter is also celebrating a birthday today. The Bronx, N.Y., native who averaged 10.3 points per game during his first season on Rocky Top is turning 22 years old today. A transfer from State Fair Community College in Missouri, Punter started 31 of 32 games last season and ranked second on the team in steals (1.6 spg) and minutes played (31.0).

The men's basketball program will also celebrate the birthday of one of its VFLs today as June 25 marks the birthday of Reggie Johnson. Johnson played at UT from 1976-80 before spending four seasons in the NBA. In February 2009, he was named to UT's All-Century basketball team. 

Celebrating her 23rd birthday today is Tennessee softball legend Madison Shipman. The 2014 SEC Player of the Year had one of the finest careers in Tennessee history, hitting .348 with 44 home runs and 55 doubles over her four seasons on Rocky Top. She joined the UT coaching staff as a volunteer assistant in the fall of 2014 and helped the 2015 Lady Vols earn a berth at the Women's College World Series.

From the pool, we're wishing a happy birthday to recently graduated men's swimmer Tristan Slater. Slater earned four All-America certificates during his time in Knoxville as well as two SEC medals. The Glastonbury, England, native finished 14th in the 200 IM at this spring's NCAA Championships to earn 2015 All-America honors. He is 22 years old today.

Finally, we wish a happy 22nd birthday to another Vol swimmer in Timothy Wylie. A native of Dripping Springs, Texas, Wylie is a three-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. During the 2014-15 season, he set two new career-bests at the SEC Championships with a time of 1:39.29 in the 200 freestyle and 1:45.68 in the 200 backstroke.

Happy birthday Derek, Kevin, Reggie, Madison, Tristan, and Timothy!

The days remaining until Football Time in Tennessee are winding down on Rocky Top! Here's a look at some of the recent coverage of Team 119 and the Volunteer Football Program, including a piece from ESPN.com naming Tennessee as the top SEC program on the rise. 
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