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This Day In #Vols History (Nov. 5)

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Justin Worley picked up his first win as a Vols' quarterback on Nov. 5, 2011 as Tennessee defeated Middle Tennessee, 24-0 on Homecoming.

On Nov. 5, 1955, Tennessee tied 8th-ranked Georgia Tech, 7-7 in Atlanta.

NOVEMBER 5 (8-5-1)
1904 L, 0-22 Vanderbilt
1921 W, 14-7 Mississippi A&M (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1932 W, 31-0 MISSISSIPPI A&M
1938 W, 45-0 CHATTANOOGA
1949 L, 13-30 GEORGIA TECH
1955 T, 7-7 No. 8 GEORGIA TECH
1960 L, 7-14 Georgia Tech
1966 W, 28-10 CHATTANOOGA
1977 W, 27-14 MEMPHIS STATE
2005 L, 21-41 No. 8 Notre Dame

VFL Rajion Neal Signed To Packers Practice Squad

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VFL Rajion Neal has been signed by the Green Bay Packers and has joined the team's practice squad. Read about it on Packers.com. Neal was with the Packers during training camp after a stellar career with the Vols. 

Neal ran for 1,124 yards as a senior, scoring a team-best 12 touchdowns in 2013. His rushing total was the most by a Vol in a regular-season since 2009 (Montario Hardesty). Neal posted five 100-yard rushing games including a career-high 169 vs. South Alabama.

The Fayetteville, Ga., native finished 14th on the career rushing yardage list with 2,163. Overall, he ran for 100 yards or more in seven of his 43 career games with the Vols. That included three SEC games with 100 yards or more (Georgia, 148; Kentucky, 134; Auburn, 124). He also had 66 catches for 626 yards and five touchdowns in his career.

#NFLVols Week 9 Recap

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Check out how your favorite NFL Vols performed in week nine action:

Despite a loss, Peyton Manning continued his streaks of excellence. He has thrown a touchdown pass in 47 consecutive games, tying Johnny Unitas for the third-longest streak in NFL history. He has thrown multiple touchdown passes in 158 career games, trailing behind Brett Favre by only one touchdown in NFL history. Manning has also thrown two-plus touchdown passes in 14 consecutive games, the longest streak in NFL history. Manning has thrown multiple touchdowns in each of the first eight games of the season, marking only the sixth time for a quarterback to accomplish that. Mannng has done it three out of the six times. He also has 14 400-yard passing games, the most in NFL history. 

Matt Simms made his regular season debut after an injury to Michael Vick. Simms went 3-for-8 for 39 yards. 

Eric Berry made his debut for the first time since week two of the regular season. Berry had been inactive for a high ankle sprain. In his return, he racked up six tackles. 

Dan Williams had what commentators called his best game of his career with a team-high seven tackles in the win over Dallas. Williams and the Arizona Cardinals are off to one of their best starts in franchise history and are leading the NFL with a 7-1 record. 

Robert AyersDENew York GiantsLost to Indianapolis 40-24Three tackles
Eric BerryDBKansas City ChiefsDef. NY Jets 24-10Six tackles
Tyler BrayQBKansas City ChiefsDef. NY Jets 24-10Injured reserve
Britton ColquittPDenver BroncosLost to New England 43-213 punts, 45 yard avg.
Dustin ColquittPKansas City ChiefsDef. NY Jets 24-104 punts, 38.3 yard avg.
Morgan CoxLSBaltimore RavensLost to Pittsburgh 43-23Injured reserve
Arian FosterRBHouston TexansLost to Philadelphia 31-2156 yds. rushing, 63 yds. receiving, 1 TD
Ramon FosterOTPittsburgh SteelersDef. Baltimore 43-23Started at LG
Zach FultonGKansas City ChiefsDef. NY Jets 24-10Started at RG
Parys HaralsonLBNew Orleans SaintsDef. Carolina 28-10Started at OLB, one TFL
Justin HunterWRTennessee TitansBYEBYE
Malik JacksonDLDenver BroncosLost to New England 43-21Two tackles
Ja'Wuan JamesOLMiami DolphinsDef. San Diego 37-0Started at RT
Austin JohnsonFBNew Orleans SaintsDef. Carolina 28-10Inactive
Peyton ManningQBDenver BroncosLost to New England 43-2134-57-438 yds., 2 TDs
Jerod MayoLBNew England PatriotsDef. Denver 43-21Injured reserve
Jacques McClendonOLJacksonville JaguarsLost to Cincinnati 33-23Played at G
Tony McDanielDTSeattle SeahawksDef. Oakland 30-24Started at LDT, one tackle
Daniel McCullersDTPittsburgh SteelersDef. Baltimore 43-23Inactive
Robert MeachemWRNew Orleans SaintsDef. Carolina 28-10One reception for 25 yards
Denarius MooreWROakland RaidersLost to Seattle 30-24Played at WR, punt return for 23 yds.
Cordarrelle PattersonWRMinnesota VikingsDef. Washington 29-26One rec. for nine yds., 3 KO returns, 23.3 avg.
Tauren PooleWRCarolina PanthersLost to New Orleans 28-10Practice squad
Antonio RichardsonOLMinnesota VikingsDef. Washington 29-26Injured reserve
Mychal RiveraTEOakland RaidersLost to Seattle 30-248 receptions for 38 yards, 2 TDs
Chris ScottGCarolina PanthersLost to New Orleans 28-10Played at G
Matt SimmsQBNew York JetsLost to Kansas City 24-103-8-39 yards
Jacques SmithLBAtlanta FalconsBYEBYE
Luke StockerTETampa Bay BucsLost to Cleveland 22-17Played at TE, one tackle
James StoneOLAtlanta FalconsBYEBYE
Dallas ThomasOLMiami DolphinsDef. San Diego 37-0Started at LG
Scott WellsOLSt. Louis RamsDef. San Fran. 13-10Started at C
Dan Williams DTArizona CardinalsDef. Dallas 28-17Started at NT, team-high 7 tackles
Jason WittenTEDallas CowboysLost to Arizona 28-17Six receptions for 62 yards

Happy Birthday - Nov. 4

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Join us in wishing two legacy freshmen, Evan and Elliott Berry, a very Happy Birthday! Their brother Eric Berry was a standout safety for the Vols and is currently with the Chiefs. 

We also want to say Happy Birthday to VFL Corey Miller who set a Tennessee all-time record for sacks in a game with 4.5 against Kentucky. 

Evan BerryElliott BerryCorey Miller

Tennessee football returns to the practice field on Tuesday afternoon for the first time since a 45-42 win over South Carolina Saturday night. Head coach Butch Jones and selected players will meet the media after practice wraps up around 6:20. Videos and full coverage will be up here at UTSports.com later tonight.  

After being bumped back a night by Tennessee basketball's preseason opener, Big Orange Hotline is on the air tonight live from Dead End BBQ on Sutherland Ave. at 8:00 p.m. Bob Kesling and former Vol QBs Jeff Francis and Pat Ryan will give fans a preview of next Saturday's game against Kentucky on Vol Network stations across the state and HERE on UTSports.com

If you want one more look at Tennessee's win over South Carolina, SEC Network has you covered late tonight at 1:00 a.m. ET. Set your DVR or make an extra pot of coffee. 

This Day In #Vols History (Nov. 4)

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The Vols played their first-ever night game on Nov. 4, 1944, as Tennessee won at LSU, 13-0. All-time, Tennessee is 11-5-1 on Nov. 4.

NOVEMBER 4 (11-5-1)
1893 L, 0-70 Duke
1899 W, 12-0 KENTUCKY A&M
1905 L, 0-45 Georgia Tech
1911 T, 0-0 CENTRE
1916 W, 12-7 Chattanooga
1922 L, 6-14 Vanderbilt
1933 W, 13-0 George Washington
1939 W, 20-0 No. 18 Louisiana State
1944 W, 13-0 Louisiana State
1961 L, 21-22 North Carolina
1967 W, 38-0 Tampa
1972 W, 14-0 Georgia
1978 W, 34-0 DUKE
2000 W, 19-17 Memphis
2006 L, 24-28 No. 13 LOUISIANA STATE

On Nov. 4, 2000, the Vols won at the Liberty Bowl, 19-17 as Alex Walls kicked a game-winning 34-yard field goal with 13 seconds left in the fourth quarter.

Dobbs Named 247Sports Top Performer

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The honors continue to roll in for Joshua Dobbs. He was named 247Sports Top Performer of the Week on Monday night. Here's what they wrote about the sophomore quarterback:

Dobbs had a really nice game as a thrower, completing 23-of-40 passes for 301 yards and two touchdowns to one interception. But Dobbs really made his mark as a runner against South Carolina, carrying the ball 24 times for a Tennessee quarterback record 166 yards and three touchdowns. Perhaps most importantly, he led Tennessee back from a 14-point fourth quarter deficit, with the Volunteers winning 45-42 in overtime.

Vols Post The Most Improbable Win Of College Season

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According to ESPN Stats & Info, Saturday's miraculous comeback for the Vols was the most improbable victory of the college football season based on time and score remaining in the game. ESPN says the Vols had 0.9 percent chance of winning when they trailed by 14 points with 2:42 remaining in the fourth quarter and were 3rd-down-and-5 at the South Carolina 42-yard line. 

The two biggest comebacks, in terms of minimum win probability, occurred in Week 10. Tennessee's chance to win dipped below 1% before it tied the game and defeated South Carolina in overtime. Similarly, Duke's chance to win fell to 1.6% before defeating Pittsburgh in OT.

Lowest Minimum Win Probability in a Win

2014 Season


Nov. 1      Tennessee def. South Carolina       0.9%

Nov. 1      Duke def. Pittsburgh                1.6%

Oct. 11     Baylor def. TCU                     1.9%

Sept. 20    Arizona def. California             2.1%


Dobbs Featured On NFL.com

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NFL.com's Bucky Brooks wrote about Joshua Dobbs and his performance at South Carolina: Scout's Take: Tennessee QB Dobbs looks like a superstar in the making

Here's the lede: 

NFL evaluators are always searching for the next potential franchise quarterback. Whether it is a senior signal caller displaying extraordinary physical tools and leadership skills or a young playmaker flashing potential in big moments, scouts pay close attention to the performance of quarterbacks across the country in hopes of finding the next big thing at the position. After watching Tennessee's Josh Dobbs put on a scintillating show against South Carolina in the Vols' 45-42 overtime win, evaluators would be wise to put a visit to Knoxville on their calendars to check out an emerging superstar at the position.

Read more: Scout's Take: Tennessee QB Dobbs looks like a superstar in the making

The Tennessee soccer team opens play in the SEC Soccer Tournament in Orange Beach, Alabama as the Volunteers face Alabama in a first round match at 4:30 p.m. ET on the SEC Network. 

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The Tennessee men's basketball team opens the Donnie Tyndall era with an exhibition against Pikeville College at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7:00 p.m. The game will be shown on SEC Network+

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