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Happy Birthday - Feb. 9

Today we celebrate the birthday of Tennessee Volleyball middle blocker Shealyn Kolosky! The lone senior on the 2014 squad, Kolosky appeared in 29 matches for the Lady Vols and totaled 113 kills and 54 total blocks. The Wheaton, Illinois, native led UT in total blocks on seven different occasions last season and also led UT in kills twice, including career-best 13-kill performance on Senior Night against Arkansas. An advertising major, Kolosky is Tennessee Volleyball's SAAC representative. 

Shealyn is 22 years old today. Happy birthday, Shea!

Shealyn Kolosky


Happy Birthday - Feb. 8

On Feb. 8, we're wishing a happy birthday to Chad Merzbacher of men's golf! A junior from Dublin, Ohio, Chad has recorded five top-10 finishes in in 21 career tournaments for the Volunteers. He competed in all five tournaments during UT's fall season, posting a team-best scoring average of 70.93 with nine rounds of par or better. Chad is 21 years old today. 

A trio of VFLs are also celebrating birthdays today. We start by extending birthday wishes to Track & Field alumnus Chase Brannon! Chase was a two-time USTFCCCA All-American in the pole vault, earning the honor after both the indoor and outdoor seasons of 2012. He completed his eligibility in 2014 and turns 24 years old today. 

Last but not least we wish a very happy birthday to the McKenzie brothers, Raleigh and Reggie! These two football VFLs are twin brothers who starred for the Vols in the early 1980s. Knoxville natives and Austin-East High School graduates, Reggie plyaed in 43 games during his time on Rocky Top, accumulating 174 tackles and four sacks before going on to play in the NFL from 1985-1992. Raleigh played three years for the Vols from 1982-84 as a center before moving on to the NFL and playing for Washington from 1985-94.

Reggie is the currently the general manager of the Oakland Raiders while Raleigh serves as a scout. Reggie's son, Kahlil, became one of the newest members of the Tennessee Football family during National Signing Day on Wednesday. 

Happy birthday Chad, Chase, Raleigh, and Reggie!

Chad Merzbacher   Chase Brannon

Happy Birthday - Feb. 7

On Feb.7, we have two Big Orange birthdays to celebrate here on Rocky Top. One 'happy birthday' goes out to one of the newest members of the Tennessee family, while the other goes to a decorated VFL. 

First off, we wish a very happy birthday to Tennessee football's new offensive coordinator, Mike DeBord! A 30-year coaching veteran on the offensive side of the ball, DeBord comes to the Volunteers following five seasons in the NFL and 12 more at the University of Michigan. For more information on DeBord's hiring, click here

Born Feb. 7, 1956, DeBord is celebrating his 59th birthday today. 

Our second batch of birthday wishes goes out to Lady Vol Basketball alumna and current women's basketball head coach at Alabama A&M, Semeka Randall! Randall helped the Lady Vols win the 1998 NCAA Championship in a season where UT finished with a perfect 39-0 record. She was a member of "The Meeks" alongside Lady Vol stars Tamika Catchings and Chamique Holdsclaw and was a two-time All-American who went on to play in the WNBA. Following the completion of her playing career, Randall became an assistant coach at Cleveland State. Stops at Michigan State and West Virginia followed before Randall took her first head coaching job at Ohio University. She was hired by Alabama A&M in May of 2013. 

Today is Randall's 36th birthday. 

Join us in wishing Mike DeBord and Semeka Randall a very happy birthday!

  


Daily Beacon: T&F Weekend Preview



Shane Switzer of the Daily Beacon previews Tennessee Track & Field's competition at the VT Elite Meet this weekend. The meet gets underway on Friday night at 5 p.m. ET with Saturday's session beginning at 11 a.m. In all, 31 UT student-athletes will be in action this weekend, including four who rank inside the top 10 in NCAA Division I in their respective events: Jake Blankenship (pole vault), Cameron Brown (weight), Tavis Bailey (shot put), Cassie Wertman (shot put), and Christian Coleman (60m). The Tennessee men will also be competing as a ranked indoor team for the first time since 2009.

Check out Switzer's preview, published Friday in the Daily Beacon.


Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/5/15)

The Vols added 30 new members to Team 119 on Wednesday during National Signing Day.



Check out the coverage from UTSports.com:

Here's the latest from national and local media outlets:
Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: Richmond 'completed the class'
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee's 2015 football signees
Chattanooga Times Free Press: Highlights of Tennessee's 2015 signing class

Happy Birthday - Feb. 4

A couple of Big Orange birthdays to be celebrated on Rocky Top today! Our first 'happy birthday' goes out to football's Curt Maggitt. Curt just wrapped up his junior season at linebacker for UT, earning All-SEC Associated Press Second Team honors after finishing third in the conference in total sacks (11.0). Curt is 22 years old today. Also celebrating birthday is baseball's Vincent Jackson. An outfielder, Vincent is getting set to begin his junior season in just nine days' time. Roaming center field for the Vols, he batted .234 with six doubles, one triple, two home runs, and 27 RBIs a year ago. Vincent is celebrating his 21st birthday today.

Happy birthday, Curt and Vincent!

Curt Maggitt  Vincent Jackson

Inside The T - Tuesday's Look Ahead



Tennessee hosts Mississippi State tonight at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on the SEC Network.

Through 11 home games this season, Tennessee is holding its opponents to just 59.2 points per game. The Vols are 8-1 when its opponent scores fewer than 60. A win would give the Vols a 6-3 SEC record halfway through league play. Tennessee was picked to finish 13th in the final league standings.

You can watch live HERE
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Happy Birthday - Feb. 3

Sending out 'happy birthday' wishes to junior goalkeeper Jamie Simmons! In her first season on Rocky Top, Simmons posted seven shutouts for Tennessee Soccer -- including an impressive clean sheet against an ETSU side that entered the match leading the country in goals per game (4.38). The Houston, Texas, native finished the year with 94 saves and was in goal during UT's dramatic win in penalty kicks over No. 8 Florida, propelling UT to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. She is 21 years old today. 

Happy birthday, Jamie!

Jamie Simmons



Lady Vol Illustrated returns to the airwaves tonight at 7 p.m., on the Lady Vol Network. Lady Vol fans can tune in once a week for Lady Vols Illustrated, a weekly radio show featuring Lady Vol basketball Head Coach Holly Warlick, one women's basketball student-athlete and one other Lady Vol student-athlete or coach. The show is hosted by Voice of the Lady Vols Mickey Dearstone along with Knoxville News Sentinel sports writer Dan Fleser.

 

Tonight's Lady Vols Illustrated features head coach Holly Warlick and live appearances from senior Isabelle Harrison and women's swimmer Molly Hannis.


Harrison became the 39th Lady Vol to reach the 1,000 point club last week against Kentucky. 

 

The program begins at 7 p.m. ET and fans can listen on 99.1 FM and 990 AM, as well as online at http://www.sportsradiownml.com/ or HERE on the Lady Vol Network. 

Vol Calls Set For Tonight



Vol Calls is back on the air tonight on the Vol Network. Tennessee basketball head coaches Donnie Tyndall and Holly Warlick will be on-site at Calhoun's on the River with host Bob Kesling and other UT guests.

Fans can call in and ask questions by dialing 1-800-688-8657 or Tennessee Verizon customers can dial # TENN. Fans may also submit questions through the Vol Network's Facebook page - Vol Network_IMG.

You can listen live HERE.

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