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Happy Birthday - April 11

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On April 11 we're sending out happy Big Orange birthday wishes to football's Cortez McDowell!



A sophomore linebacker from Locust Grove, Georgia, McDowell appeared in all 13 games for UT in 2014 on special teams and as a reserve WILL linebacker. He led the team with 14 special teams tackles and finished the season with 19 total tackles. Born this day in 1996, McDowell is 19 years old today.

Happy birthday, Cortez!

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/10/15)

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#TGIF Only 15 days until the DISH Orange & White Game (April 25, 4pm) 🍊⚪️🍊⚪️🍊⚪️🍊⚪️🍊⚪️

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Get the latest on the Vols from Thursday's practice with coverage from UTSports.com: 

News from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Spring 'time to shine' for UT Vols' Sanders
- Knoxville News Sentinel: North eager to practice at full speed
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Fewer sacks will enhance running game
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara still out of action
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Blair still seeking consistency
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Jennings adjusting as college QB
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Jalen Hurd nearing 240 pounds
- The Tennessean: Mistakes plague Vols defense


Happy Birthday - April 10

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On this 10th day of April we are celebrating a quartet of Tennessee birthdays. Join us in wishing a happy birthday to volleyball's Kelsey Bawcombe, Chelsea Blaase of cross country/track and field, rowing's Morgan Suffridge, and baseball VFL Mike Lincoln

A native of Temecula, California, Bawcombe is coming off a solid freshman season for Tennessee Volleyball in the fall of 2014. She appeared in 31 matches and made 17 starts on the year, logging two double-doubles and a team-high 17 service aces. Born this day in 1996, Bawcome is 19 years old today.



Out on the track, Blaase is having the best season of her career. In the fall, she became Tennessee's 10th cross country All-American after finishing 10th at the NCAA Championships. Blaase earned her second All-American award of the year during the indoor track and field season when she placed fourth in the women's 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. And just last week, Blaase broke her own school record in the 10,000 meter run at the Stanford Invitational, turning in a time of 32:28.39 that ranks second in the nation.



A junior member of the varsity rowing squad, Suffridge was a part of the Second Varsity Eight that finished third in the petite final at the 42nd annual San Diego Crew Classic. A local product out of Knoxville, Suffridge is majoring in in Speech Pathology and was a member of the 2014 spring SEC Academic Honor Roll. 



Today is also the 40th birthday of former Tennessee and Major League pitcher Lincoln. He pitched just one season for UT back in 1996, going 6-4 with a 3.33 ERA before being drafted in the 13th round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. He made his big league debut on April 7, 1999, and continued on in the Bigs until 2010, making stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds.



Happy birthday Kelsey, Chelsea, Morgan, and Mike!




Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/9/15)

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The Vols will be back on Haslam Field for Spring Practice #8 on Thursday, just after 4 p.m. Meanwhile, over at Neyland Stadium, the grounds crew is getting ready for Saturday's practice by painting the field. 


Be sure to visit our Spring Camp Central for the latest on the Vols. 

News from the media includes: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Evan Berry heeds brother Eric's advice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 47 years ago, UT was buying 'Doug's rug'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Wolf aiming for big sophomore season

Happy Birthday - April 9

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On April 9 we're celebrating the birthday of Tennessee women's golfer AJ Newell and UT hall of fame baseball player Sam Ewing!

A senior from Tampa, Florida, Newell has posted seven rounds of par or better this season, including a career-low 67 at the Cougar Classic. Through eight tournaments, she owns a scoring average of 72.91 -- the lowest of her career on Rocky Top. Newell and her teammates are off this week, but return to action next weekend in Birmingham, Alabama, for the SEC Championships. Born this day in 1993, Newell turns 22 years old today.



Today we also wish a happy 65th birthday to former Vol and Major Leaguer, Sam Ewing. One of the best to ever play in Tennessee's history, Ewing posted an incredible .464 batting average during his senior season in Knoxville. He drove in 25 runs on 45 hits that season to go along with eight home runs and 33 runs scored. Unsurprisingly, he was a first team All-America selection by both the Sporting News and the ABCA. He finished his career with a .411 batting average before going on to play professionally with the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. He was elected to the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.



Happy birthday AJ and Sam!


Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/8/15)

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Get the latest on the Vols as they have hit the midway point of Spring Football following Practice #7 on Tuesday. UTSports.com has you covered:


News from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols net six-figure profit from TaxSlayer Bowl
- Knoxville News Sentinel: It was a huge kick in hindsight
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vereen out for rest of spring practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara absent from UT practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: North putting frustrating 2014 behind him
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: QBs improving under DeBord

Happy Birthday - April 8

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It's April 8 and we're sending happy birthday wishes to graduating soccer senior Allie Sirna!



Sirna recently wrapped up a stellar four-year career with Tennessee, starting in all 85 matches in which she appeared during her time on Rocky Top. A standout defender, Sirna helped UT record seven shutouts last season and earned SEC All-Tournament Team honors after logging 290 minutes played during the tournament and helping the Volunteers rally back against Alabama and stifle a potent Florida attack in the quarterfinals. In December, Sirna earned NSCAA Scholar All-Region Honors and was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship just last month. She is 22 years old today.

Happy birthday, Allie!

VFL Denarius Moore Signs With Bengals

VFL Denarius Moore has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals after the fifth-year year receiver had played his entire career with the Oakland Raiders since being drafted out of Tennessee in 2011. 

He played in 51 games with 37 starts for Oakland, with 142 receptions for 2169 yards (15.3 avg.) nd 17 touchdowns. He also had 42 punt returns for a 6.8-yard average. He was a fifth-round Oakland draft choice in 2011.

Moore played in 10 games (two starts) for the Raiders last season, catching 12 passes for 115 yards.

His biggest receiving year for the Raiders was 2012, when he played and started 15 games and caught 51-for-741 (14.5) with seven TDs. In 2013, he played 13 games (10 starts) and caught 46-for-695 (15.1) with five TDs.


Here's a look at coverage from the media: 

Happy Birthday - April 6

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)

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

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