Vols In The NFL - Week 7 Schedule

Watch your favorite VFLs in the NFL in action this week! Here's the Week 6 stats and the Week 7 schedule!

Player Pos. Team Last Week Result Week 6 Stats Week 7 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants at Philadelphia L, 27-7 DNP vs. DAL, 4:25 pm, FOX
Eric Berry DB Kansas City at Minnesota L, 16-10 3 tackles vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City at Minnesota L, 16-10 Non-Football Injury List vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Coleman DB New England at Indianapolis W, 34-27 1 tackle vs. NYJ, 1 pm, CBS
Britton Colquitt P Denver at Cleveland W, 26-23 7 punts, 45.6 avg Bye
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City at Minnesota L, 16-10 6 punts, 41.7 avg, 3 in 20 vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at San Francisco L, 25-20 -- at ARI (Mon), 8:30 pm, ESPN
Matt Darr P Miami at Tennessee W, 38-10 3 punts, 43.7 avg, 1 in 20 vs. HOU, 1 pm, CBS
Arian Foster RB Houston at Jacksonville W, 31-20 18 car, 53 yds, 5 rec, 59 yds, 1 rec TD at MIA, 1 pm, CBS
Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh vs. Arizona W, 25-13 Started at LG at KC, 1 pm, CBS
Zach Fulton G Kansas City at Minnesota L, 16-10 Started at RG vs. PIT, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. Miami L, 38-10 3 rec, 54 yards vs. ATL, 1 pm, FOX
Malik Jackson DE Denver at Cleveland W, 26-23 4 tackles, 1 sack Bye
Ja'Wuan James T Miami at Tennessee W, 38-10 Started at RT vs. HOU, 1 pm, CBS
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans vs. Atlanta W, 31-21 -- at IND, 1 pm, FOX
Peyton Manning QB Denver at Cleveland W, 26-23 26-of-48, 290 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT Bye
Jerod Mayo LB New England at Indianapolis W, 34-27 -- vs. NYJ, 1 pm, CBS
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh vs. Arizona W, 25-13 -- at KC, 1 pm, CBS
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay Bye at WAS, 1 pm, FOX
Denarius Moore WR Buffalo vs. Cincinnati W, 21-10 2 kick returns, 19.0 avg at JAC (UK), 9:30 am, Yahoo!
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. Kansas City W, 16-10 2 kick returns, 25.0 avg at DET, 1 pm, FOX
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Bye at SD, 4:05 pm, CBS
Chris Scott G Carolina at Seattle W, 27-23 -- vs. PHI, 8:30 pm, NBC
Matt Simms QB Atlanta at New Orleans L, 31-21 Practice Squad at TEN, 1 pm, FOX
James Stone C/G Atlanta at New Orleans L, 31-21 Started at C at TEN, 1 pm, FOX
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bye at WAS, 1 pm, FOX
Dallas Thomas G Miami at Tennessee W, 38-10 Started at LG vs. HOU, 1 pm, CBS
Dan Williams DT Oakland Bye at SD, 4:05 pm, CBS
Jason Witten TE Dallas Bye at NYG, 4:25, FOX
-- = played, no stats

This Day In #Vols History (10/22/15)

On Oct. 22, 1977, Kelsey Finch set the Tennessee record with the longest run in program history with a 99-dash against No. 19 Florida in Gainesville.

OCTOBER 22 (11-5-1)
1896 W, 10-6 WILLIAMSBURG
1900 T, 0-0 Vanderbilt
1904 L, 0-2 Georgia Tech
1910 L, 5-35 Georgia
1921 W, 9-0 FLORIDA
1927 W, 57-0 TRANSYLVANIA
1932 W, 60-0 MARYVILLE
1938 W, 44-0 THE CITADEL
1949 W, 36-6 TENNESSEE TECH
1955 W, 53-7 DAYTON
1960 W, 35-0 CHATTANOOGA
1966 W, 29-17 SOUTH CAROLINA
1977 L, 17-27 No. 19 Florida
1983 W, 37-3 GEORGIA TECH
1988 W, 38-25 Memphis State
2005 L, 3-6 No. 5 Alabama
2011 L, 6-37 No. 2 Alabama

On Oct. 22, 1983, the Vols dumped Georgia Tech, 37-3. Alan Cockrell threw for 189 yards and TD scores to Clyde Duncan and Lenny Taylor. Johnnie Jones ran for 128 yards and a score.

Washington Post Feature On #VFL Jason Witten

The Washington Post has a fantastic feature on #VFL Jason Witten and his rise from a defensive end at Tennessee to Hall of Fame tight end. 



A few years ago, a man who works for a real estate investment company in Utah attended a Dallas Cowboys game in Indianapolis. Watching from the stands, Neil Johnson focused his attention on his former teammate at the University of Tennessee, Cowboys tight end Jason Witten, a hall-of-famer in waiting who acknowledges his laudable career was made possible only by Johnson's bad luck and Witten's eventual willingness to take a leap of faith.


"If it wasn't for that," Witten said recently, "I would never have had the career I've had."


Fifteen years ago, Johnson had suffered a knee injury that ended his college career. What came next set in motion a series of unusual events that led both of them here - Witten reluctantly moving to the position that would make him a star and, eventually, an almost certain NFL Hall of Famer.


Back in 2000, Witten was a freshman defensive end hoping for a chance to play. Johnson, meanwhile, was ready for his breakout year. He was a blocking specialist who'd been on the Volunteers' roster when they won the 1998 national championship. But this would be the year his hard work finally paid off. Then in practice one day, something popped in his knee, and just like that, Johnson's season was finished.


Coach Phillip Fulmer felt cornered. The season was bearing down on him, and now he only had one tight end, a junior named John Finlayson. Fulmer combed his roster for depth, stopping when he found a freshman who had been raised in Washington, D.C., before eventually moving to Tennessee. Witten was the grandson of legendary Elizabethton (Tenn.) High football coach Dave Rider and a young defensive end who had played some tight end in high school - a mix of understanding and experience Fulmer needed during a time like this.


This Day In #Vols History (10/21/15)


On Oct. 21, 1972, the song "Rocky Top" was performed at halftime at Neyland Stadium for the first time. As part of a country music halftime show, it was played at the Vols games vs. Alabama. The song attracted so much attention and became beloved by Vols fans everywhere. It was adopted as an official song in 1982.

OCTOBER 21 (9-10-1)
1892 L, 4-22 Vanderbilt
1893 L, 0-56 KENTUCKY A&M
1899 L, 0-5 VIRGINIA TECH
1902 W, 34-0 MARYVILLE
1905 L, 0-45 VANDERBILT
1907 W, 4-0 Clemson
1911 W, 22-5 MARYVILLE
1916 W, 26-0 SOUTH CAROLINA
1922 L, 3-7 Georgia
1933 L, 6-12 ALABAMA
1939 W, 21-0 No. 8 ALABAMA
1944 T, 0-0 ALABAMA
1950 W, 14-9 ALABAMA
1961 L, 3-34 No. 5 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1967 W, 24-13 No. 6 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1972 L, 10-17 No. 3 ALABAMA
1978 L, 17-30 No. 4 ALABAMA
1989 L, 30-47 No. 10 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
2000 W, 20-10 ALABAMA
2006 W, 16-13 ALABAMA

The Vols beat Alabama on each of the last two games played on Oct. 21. Tennessee took down the Tide in 2000, 20-10:

On Oct. 21, 2006, Tennessee beat Alabama, 16-13. That is UT's last win vs. Alabama.

Evan Berry Named CBS Mid-Season All-American



Vols sophomore kickoff return man Evan Berry has been named to the CBS Mid-Season All-American Team.  Berry ranks first in NCAA and first in SEC in kickoff return average (39.3). He is one of four players in the country with two kickoff returns for touchdown in 2015.

Berry also ranks first all-time in career kickoff return average (min. 25 returns) with 34.4 average at Tennessee. In 19 games, he ranks ninth in career kickoff return yards (963). Berry became the first Vol since Willie Gault in 1980 to have multiple kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season with his return for a touchdown vs. Arkansas. He also became the first Vol since Willie Gault (11/22/1980 vs. Kentucky) to open a game with a kickoff return for TD vs. Arkansas.

This Day In #Vols History (10/20/15)

Tennessee is 5-10 all-time on Oct. 20 and 5-8 against Alabama on this date. The Vols last played on Oct. 20 in 2012, falling to the No. 1 Crimson Tide, 44-13. UT's last win on Oct. 20 was in in 2001 when the Vols defeated Alabama, 35-24, in Tuscaloosa.

Trailing 24-21 entering the fourth quarter, Casey Clausen marched the Vols down the field 67 yards in 17 plays and punched in a one-yard score with 6:18 left. Travis Stephens, who rumbled to 162 yards and two scores in the win, added another one-yard touchdown run with 1:28 on the clock to seal the win for the Big Orange.

The win marked Tennessee's longest-ever winning streak against Alabama (seven games from 1995-2001).

OCTOBER 20 (5-10)

Year Result Opponent
1906 L, 0-6 CENTRE
1923 L, 0-17 GEORGIA
1928 W, 15-13 Alabama
1934 L, 6-13 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1945 L, 7-25 No. 6 Alabama (N) @Birmingham, Ala.
1951 W, 27-13 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1956 W, 24-0 ALABAMA
1962 L, 7-27 No. 2 ALABAMA
1973 L, 21-42 No. 2 Alabama (N) @Birmingham, Ala.
1979 L, 17-27 No. 1 Alabama (N) @Birmingham, Ala.
1984 W, 28-27 ALABAMA
1990 L, 6-9 ALABAMA
2001 W, 35-24 Alabama
2007 L, 17-41 Alabama
2012 L, 13-44 No. 1 ALABAMA

This Day In #Vols History (10/19/15)

Thirty years ago today, on Oct. 19, 1985, the Vols won in dramatic fashion as Dale Jones intercepted Mike Shula at midfield to thwart an Alabama drive and secure a 16-14 win for Tennessee.

OCTOBER 19 (7-6-1)
1901 T, 6-6 CLEMSON
1907 L, 4-6 Georgia Tech
1912 W, 62-0 Tennessee Medical School
1929 W, 6-0 ALABAMA
1935 L, 0-25 ALABAMA
1937 L, 7-14 ALABAMA
1940 W, 27-12 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1946 W, 12-0 No. 7 ALABAMA
1957 W, 14-0 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1963 L, 0-35 No. 9 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1968 W, 10-9 ALABAMA
1974 L, 6-28 No. 4 ALABAMA
1985 W, 16-14 No. 15 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1991 L, 19-24 No. 14 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.

Also, on Oct. 19, 1940, Tennessee's 71 consecutive quarters without allowing a point (regular season) came to an end (vs. Alabama)

Vols In The NFL - Week 6 Schedule

Follow all of your favorite VFLs in the NFL in Week 6! Looks like we'll have a pair of VFL reunions when the Kansas City Chiefs play the Minnesota Vikings and when the Miami Dolphins visit the Tennessee Titans. Both games are 1 p.m. ET on CBS so check your local listings!

Player Pos. Team Week 6 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants at PHI (MON), 8:30 pm, ESPN
Eric Berry DB Kansas City at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Coleman DB New England at IND, 8:30 pm, NBC
Britton Colquitt P Denver at CLE, 1 pm, CBS
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at SF, 4:25 pm, CBS
Matt Darr P Miami at TEN, 1 pm, CBS
Arian Foster RB Houston at JAC, 1 pm, CBS
Ramon Foster G Pittsburgh vs. ARI, 1 pm, FOX
Zach Fulton G Kansas City at MIN, 1 pm, CBS
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee vs. MIA, 1 pm, CBS
Malik Jackson DE Denver at CLE, 1 pm, CBS
Ja'Wuan James T Miami at TEN, 1 pm, CBS
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans ATL (TH) -- played
Peyton Manning QB Denver at CLE, 1 pm, CBS
Jerod Mayo LB New England at IND, 8:30 pm, NBC
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh vs. ARI, 1 pm, FOX
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay BYE
Denarius Moore WR Buffalo vs. CIN, 1 pm, CBS
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. KC, 1 pm, CBS
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland BYE
Chris Scott G Carolina at SEA, 4:05 pm, FOX
Matt Simms QB Atlanta NO (TH) -- practice squad
James Stone C/G Atlanta NO (TH) -- started at C
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay BYE
Dallas Thomas G Miami at TEN, 1 pm, CBS
Dan Williams DT Oakland BYE
Jason Witten TE Dallas BYE
-- = played, no stats

This Day In #Vols History (10/16/15)

In 1982, the Vols handed Paul 'Bear' Bryant and No. 2 Alabama, a 35-28 defeat in Bryant's final game at Neyland Stadium. The game marked the Vols' first win against the Tide in 11 years. Quarterback Alan Cockrell threw for 192 yards and two touchdowns as he was named the SEC Player of the Week. Coach Johnny Majors was named the UPI National Coach of the Week.

OCTOBER 16 (6-4-1)
1909 L, 0-17 Kentucky State
1915 W, 80-0 CENTRE
1920 W, 35-0 Chattanooga
1948 W, 21-6 ALABAMA
1954 L, 0-27 ALABAMA
1965 T, 7-7 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1971 L, 15-32 No. 4 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1976 L, 13-20 No. 20 ALABAMA
1982 W, 35-28 No. 2 ALABAMA
1993 W, 17-17 No. 2 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala (Awarded to UT from NCAA - forfeit).
2004 W, 21-17 Mississippi

On Oct. 16, 1948, Tennessee picked up its 300th all-time victory with a 21-6 win over Alabama. All-time the Vols are 6-4-1 on the date.

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 15)

The Vols won their first-ever game on Oct. 15, 1892 with a 25-0 victory over Maryville College. 

All-time the Vols are 9-7-2 on Oct. 15.
 

OCTOBER 15 (9-7-2)
1892 W, 25-0 Maryville
1897 W, 28-0 KING
1904 T, 0-0 NASHVILLE
1910 L, 0-18 Vanderbilt
1921 L, 3-14 Dartmouth
1926 W, 6-0 MARYVILLE
1927 W, 21-7 MISSISSIPPI
1932 W, 7-3 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1938 W, 13-0 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1949 T, 7-7 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1955 W, 20-0 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1960 W, 20-7 No. 15 ALABAMA
1966 L, 10-11 No. 3 ALABAMA
1977 L, 10-24 No. 4 Alabama (N)@ Birmingham, Ala.
1983 W, 41-34 No. 11 Alabama (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1988 L, 20-28 No. 20 ALABAMA
1994 L, 13-17 No. 10 ALABAMA
2011 L, 7-38 No. 1 LOUISIANA STATE

The Vols only win on Oct. 15 since 1961 came in 1983, a thrilling 41-34 victory over Alabama. Johnnie Jones' 66-yard rushing TD proved to be the difference. On defense, led by Reggie White, the Vols kept Alabama scoreless for the final 21:36. QB Alan Cockrell threw for 292 yards with scoring strikes of 80, 80 and 57 yards.

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