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Happy Birthday - Feb. 20

We've got three Big Orange birthdays on Rocky Top on this third Friday of February, as current student-athletes Brueck Ball (rowing) and Brodie Leftridge (baseball) celebrate their respective birthdays, as does baseball VFL Julio Borbon. 

A sophomore from Nashville, Ball is in her second season with Tennessee rowing and first as a varsity squad member. She turns 20 years old today. 

A true freshman from Baltimore, Maryland, outfielder Leftridge is gearing up for his first season with Vol Baseball. He was ranked a top-50 outfielder coming out of St. John's Catholic Prep and was the No. 4 prospect out of the state of Maryland. Leftridge turns 19 years old today. 

VFL Julio Borbon, now with the Baltimore Orioles organization, helped Tennessee reach the College World Series in 2005. He ranked third on that team with a .350 batting average -- the fifth-best batting average for a freshman in Tennessee history. He went on to lead UT with a .366 batting average in 2006 and posted a .345 batting average in 2007 -- his final season on Rocky Top.

Brueck Ball Brodie  Leftridge Julio Borbon

Happy birthday, Brueck, Brodie, and Julio!

Butch Jones, Inky Johnson At 104.5 The Zone SportsFest On Saturday



Vols head coach Butch Jones and Vol for Life Inky Johnson will appear at 104.5 The Zone SportsFest in Nashville on Saturday. Jones will speak at 9:30 a.m. CT, while Johnson will take the stage at 1:45 CT.

The event will run from 9 a.m.- 6 p.m. CT. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for military and college students. 

Inside The T - Thursday's Look Ahead


The Tennessee Lady Volunteers host Alabama on Thursday night at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 p.m. ET. Fans coming to the game are encouraged to check out this special announcement on entering the arena with the icy conditions around the arena: http://www.utsports.com/sports/w-baskbl/spec-rel/021815aaa.html

The Lady Vols and Crimson Tide are meeting for the 50th time, with Tennessee holding a 47-2 advantage in the all-time series, including 20-0 in Knoxville. UT has won 40 consecutive games in the series. 

You can watch Live on SportSouth, viewers outside of the coverage area can watch online HERE
You can Listen Live HERE
Live stats can be found HERE


Tennessee softball returns to action with a doubleheader against top-25 teams in Palm Springs, California. UT will face #23 Notre Dame at 1 p.m. ET, you can listen live HERE. UT faces #8 Florida State at 3:30 p.m. ET, with live audio HERE
2005 Lady Vol Hall of Fame Inductee and former Lady Vol point guard Lea Henry (1980-84) recently earned her 400th career win at Darton State College. She has won five of her last six games.

"We're very fortunate to have coach Henry as our coach," Darton athletic director Mike Kiefer said. "The experience and the ability that she has to get the most out of her players and the most out her team is really, pretty extraordinary if you ask me."

Henry played under Coach Pat Summitt, where she was a 4-year starter and attended the Final Four three times. In 1984, Henry led the USA to a gold medal as the starting point guard for the women's team.

Read the full article HERE.


Happy Birthday - Feb. 19

On Feb. 19 we're wishing a happy birthday to football mid-year enrollee Quinten Dormady and former Lady Vol tennis great Caitlin Whoriskey!

Quinten Dormady Caitlin Whoriskey

A four-star quarterback out of Boerne, Texas, Dormady arrives on Rocky Top after totalling nearly 6,000 passing yards and 59 touchdown passes in two varsity seasons at Beorne H.S. As a senior, Dormady threw for 2,893 yards and 32 touchdowns en route to leading the Greyhounds to an 8-3 record and a berth in the playoffs. He turns 19 years old today. 


A 2010 graduate from the University of Tennessee, Whoriskey recorded 92 singles victories and 113 doubles wins over her career at UT. She was a three-time All-SEC selection, an All-American as a junior in 2008-09, and advanced to the final of of the 2010 NCAA Doubles Championship with teammate Natalie Pluskota. 

Happy birthday, Quinten and Caitlin!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 18

On this wintry, mid-February day in Knoxville, we're sending out happy birthday wishes to two former Tennessee standouts!

Former football wide receiver Chris Hannon was born this day in 1984. The Sarasota, Florida, native completed his career on Rocky Top with 69 receptions for 850 yards and 12 touchdowns. His most productive season came during his junior stint in 2004 when he caught 21 balls for 319 yards and seven touchdowns. As a sophomore, Hannon was the only receiver in the SEC to catch three touchdown passes in a single game, completing the feat with his first three receptions against Mississippi State.

From women's track and field, former jumper Allison Outerbridge celebrates her 23rd birthday today. A native of Bermuda, Outerbridge ranks second all-time in the triple jump at Tennessee with a leap of 42 feet, 3.5 inches (12.89 meters). A two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll, she graduated in 2014 with a degree in kinesiology. 

Chris Hannon  Allison Outerbridge

Happy Birthday - Feb. 17

Two legendary birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top today as we focus on two great contributors to the storied history of Tennessee football: General Robert Neyland and Stanley Morgan. 

Born February 17, 1892, General Neyland is largely recognized as the man that brought Vols football to national prominence. In 2012, 50 years after his passing, Tennessee honored his legacy with 50 Facts on 50th Anniversary, detailing the incredible life lived by General Neyland and his service not only to the University of Tennessee, but also to his country. 



Today is also the 60th birthday for legendary Vol and NFL receiver Stanley Morgan. A native of Easley, South Carolina, Morgan played at UT from 1973-76, racking up 4,642 all-purpose yards -- still the Tennessee record. He went on to enjoy a successful NFL career with the New England Patriots, appearing in four pro bowls and setting the franchise record for receiving yards at 10,352.



Happy birthday, General Neyland and Stanley Morgan!

Also, for the basketball junkies in our midst, today just happens to be Michael Jordan's 53rd birthday. Which reminds us, there's a pretty big basketball game taking place at Thompson-Boling Arena this evening ... 



Lady Vol Illustrated will hit 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, hoops senior Ariel Massengale and softball player Shaliyah Geathers.


Against Kentucky on Sunday afternoon, Massengale became the 41st Lady Vol to join the 1,000 point club. She joins Isabelle Harrison and Bashaara Graves who reached the feat this season.

 

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. 

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Happy Birthday - Feb. 16

Today we're sending out happy birthday wishes to former softball standout, Ivy Renfroe!

Renfroe was a star in the circle for UT from 2010-13, finishing her career with a record of 97-24. She recorded 737 strikeouts while on Rocky Top, notching 29 career shutouts and five no-hitters along the way. The Jackson, Tennessee, native was a second-team NFCA All-South Region pick in 2010, as well as a member of the SEC All-Freshman team. Upon the conclusion of her career, she ranked second in school history in appearances (176) and wins (97). She was third in career innings pitched (749.2) and strikeouts (737).



Happy birthday, Ivy!


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