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#NFLVols Conclude Week 17 Action

It's been an exciting season for many of your favorite VFLs and now it's time for the NFL postseason to begin.

Peyton Manning finished the regular season with 39 passing touchdowns. During the season, Manning passed for over 500 career touchdown passes and broke numerous NFL records. With the win over Oakland, the Broncos earned a bye with the start of playoffs. Malik Jackson of the Broncos had a great game with two tackles, including one for a loss, a quarterback hurry and two pass deflections. 

Arian Foster left today's game with a hamstring injury. On the season, the five year veteran rushed for 1,269 yards, which marked his fourth season rushing for over 1,000 yards. Foster has recorded 14 touchdowns, rushing and passing combined. Despite today's win over Jacksonville, Houston will miss the playoffs.

Seattle's Tony McDaniel tallied three tackles in the win over St. Louis. The Seahawks seized the NFC's top seed for the West after having started the season 3-3. 

Dan William's three tackles limited San Fran. to 20 points, but did not provide Arizona a win. However, Williams will play in a Wild Card game vs. Carolina. 

Check out how the rest of the NFL Vols performed in week 17:

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Lost to Philadelphia 34-26 Injured reserve
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Def. San Diego 19-7 Non-football related illness
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Def. San Diego 19-7 Injured reserve
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. Oakland 47-14 Three punts, 32 yd. avg.
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Def. San Diego 19-7 Five punts, 48.6 yd. avg.
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. Cleveland 20-10 Injured reserve
Arian Foster RB Houston Texans Def. Jacksonville 23-17 23 yds. Rushing, 10 yds. Receiving, TD
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers SNF SNF
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Def. San Diego 19-7 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Def. Tampa Bay 23-20 Two tackles, two QHs
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Lost to Indianapolis 27-10 Injured reserve
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. Oakland 47-14 Two tackles, tfl, QH, two PDs
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami Dolphins Lost to NY Jets 37-24 Started at LT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Def. Tampa Bay 23-20 Injured reserve
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. Oakland 47-14 21-37-273 yards
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Lost to Buffalo 17-9 Injured reserve
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to Houston 23-17 Played at G
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Def. St. Louis 20-6 Three tackles
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers SNF SNF
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Def. Tampa Bay 23-20 One reception for 16 yards
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Lost to Denver 44-17 Inactive
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Chicago 13-9 Played at WR
Tauren Poole RB Baltimore Ravens Def. Cleveland 20-10 Practice squad
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Chicago 13-9 Injured reserve
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Lost to Denver 44-17 Two receptions for 26 yds.
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Def. Miami 37-24 Practice squad
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Falcons Lost to Carolina 34-3 Practice squad
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Lost to New Orleans 23-20 Started at TE, one tackle
James Stone OL Atlanta Falcons Lost to Carolina 34-3 Started at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Lost to NY Jets 37-24 Inactive
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Lost to Seattle 20-6 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Lost to San Fran. 20-17 Three tackles
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Def. Washington 44-17 Four recs., 49 yards

#NFLVols Set For Week 17

Jaguars vs. Texans, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Arian Foster threw his first touchdown in week 16. Foster has rushed for over 1,000 yards for the fourth time in his career. He will look to improve his yardage as Houston hosts the team of Jacques McClendon, the Jaguars.

Chargers vs. Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Zach Fulton and Dustin Colquitt will look for a win as they host San Diego. Fulton has been limited with injuries to his foot and toe. 

Jets vs. Dolphins, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas will host the Jets this weekend. After being out last week, Thomas returned to practice. 

Bears vs. Vikings, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Cordarrelle Patterson will be the lone VFL in the game vs. Chicago. Patterson had an increased role last week but will still look to increase his touch on the ball.

Saints vs. Buccaneers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Robert Meachem and Parys Haralson will look for their seventh win when they travel to Tampa Bay to take on the team of tight end Luke Stocker. 

Cowboys vs. Redskins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jason Witten is in  the midst of a career year. He'll take on Washington in hopes of a win to earn the Cowboys a bye as playoffs begin. 

Panthers vs. Falcons, 4:35 p.m. (CBS)
Starting center James Stone will head the offensive line as they host the Panthers.

Raiders vs. Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Peyton Manning, Malik Jackson and Britton Colquitt will host Mychal Rivera and Denarius Moore in this Sunday afternoon match-up. Rivera's last two games have been among the best of his season.  

Rams vs. Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Scott Wells will be the lone VFL traveling to the home of Seahawks' Tony McDaniel. 

Cardinals vs. 49ers, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Starting nose tackle Dan Williams is looking for a win as they take on San Fran. on Sunday afternoon.

Bengals vs. Steelers, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Ramon Foster and Daniel McCullers will host Cincinnati. 

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/22/14)

The Vols held their final practice prior to Christmas break on Monday morning. But on Sunday, they held their final session at Neyland Stadium in 2014. Get the full scoop: #VolReport: Pre-Christmas Neyland Practice


Also on UTSports.com: 

The latest from the media includes: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols bonding with team activities
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Smaller receivers have big plans for bowl
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Quarterback not a sure thing at Iowa
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Five key moments that sent Vols bowling
- Maryville Daily Times: Dobbs using time off to study

#NFLVols Ready for Week 16

SUNDAY LINEUP


Ravens vs. Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arian Foster is coming off of a week with 99 yard rushing. He is sixth in the league for rushing yards with 1,127. He's fourth in the league for touchdowns with 12 on the year. Foster was held out of practice on Wednesday with a hip injury. 


Vikings vs. Dolphins, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas are coming off of a loss to the New England Patriots and will host Minnesota in hopes of a win. Thomas has not been practicing due to an injury. Cordarrelle Patterson had more touches on the ball this last week and had two good kickoff returns, which is what he has primarily done for Minnesota. 


Falcons vs. Saints, 1 p.m. (FOX)
The starting center for the Falcons, James Stone, has constantly improved and helped the offensive line. He will travel to home of VFLs Robert Meachem and Parys Haralson. Haralson has racked up more tackles in the last half of the regular season. Meachem played for the first time in a few weeks after being on the inactive list due to an injury. 

Chiefs vs. Steelers, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Dustin Colquitt and Zach Fulton will make their way to Pittsburgh to take on starter Ramon Foster and rookie DL Daniel McCullers. 

Colts vs. Cowboys, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Jason Witten had key third down plays in the Cowboys win over the Eagles. He had 69 yards on seven catches. 

Bills vs. Raiders, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Mychal Rivera will seek yet another big week as they take on Buffalo. Denarius Moore has been inactive the last two weeks.

Seahawks vs. Cardinals, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
It'll be another big game for the two NFC teams. In their first meeting, NT Dan Williams suffered a loss to Tony McDaniel and Seattle. Without their starting quarterback, the Cardinals will seek to clinch the NFC West and home-field advantage for the play-offs.

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 

Broncos vs. Bengals, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Peyton Manning will look for another win with Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson as they take on Cincinnati on Monday night. 

Vols Featured on ESPN.com

ESPN.com's Chris Low detailed the excitement surrounding the Tennessee football program right now with its first trip to a bowl game since 2010.


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Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/19/14)

The Vols finished their third practice in as many days on Thursday with a spirited session inside the Anderson Training Center. Get the full report: #VolReport: Eyes On The Prize.

Butch Jones spoke with pride as the Vols posted a record for highest grade point average in program history. Read about it in Brian Rice's feature: Winning In The Classroom


Also on UTSports.com:

Check out the TaxSlayer Bowl Central for full info on the game which is two weeks away. 

Here's a look at recent coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols mix fun into bowl preparations
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Sawyers back on field with Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Vols set record in classroom
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Walk-on RB Pickett leaves Vols

News out of Iowa includes:
- The Daily Iowan: Catching a Hawkeye legacy
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Ticket sales sluggish for Iowa bowl game
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Scherff, Iowa OL have Tennessee's attention

#RIPReggie

Hall of Fame #VFL Reggie White would have turned 53 years old today, on Dec. 19. 
Take a moment to remember the legendary man known as the 'Minster of Defense.' #RIPReggie

Tauren Poole Signs With Baltimore Ravens

Former Tennessee standout running back Tauren Poole has signed with the Baltimore Ravens practice squad. He has spent most the season with the Carolina Panthers on their practice squad. He has played in one game. Here is the release from the Baltimore Ravens


Tennessee Finishes Third In USA Today Fan Index

Tennessee has finished third in USA Today's first-ever Fan Index. The Vols came in behind Ohio State (5,578 points) and Alabama (4,333), finishing with 3,636 points. 

College Football Fan Index presented by Degree is a cumulative, data-based ranking of America's most engaged fan bases as determined by social media activity and online polling. These are the final results for the 2014 season.

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The Volunteers (6-6) were middling this season, but don't tell their fans. For 14 of the last 16 weeks, Tennessee has ranked in the Fan Index top five. Vols fans are vocal, loyal, and extremelywell-organized. Just look at the above photo.

1. Ohio State
2. Alabama
3. TENNESSEE
4. Oregon
5. Texas A&M
6. USC
7. Nebraska
8. Florida State
9. Notre Dame
10. Georgia

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 18)

Tennessee beat Tulsa, 27-6, in the Bluebonnet Bowl on Dec. 18, 1965, in the team's only game on this date. 




Tennessee made its first bowl appearance since the Gator Bowl victory over Texas A & M in 1957 and made it a successful return by taking the measure of the Tulsa Hurricanes 27-6 in a swampy Rice Stadium.

The game was played in the wettest weather that ever confronted a Tennessee team, a steady downpour that that did not cease until long after the game was over.

The Vols took care of business quickly, moving to a 20-6 halftime lead by taking advantage of Tulsa turnovers and some brilliant work on the kicking game.

Tulsa fumbles led to the Vol touchdowns by Hal Wantland and Dewey Warren and Jerry Smith's 45-yard punt return led to the third, another score by Warren. Glenn Gray's pass interception led to the final Vol score, an 11-yard burst by fullback Stan Mitchell.

Tulsa gained 250 yards through the air despite the wet conditions, but three fumbles and four Vol interceptions turned the game Tennessee's way.

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