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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!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 15

We've got three birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top today as football newcomer Andrew Butcher, track and field's Amirah Johnson, and men's basketball VFL Tony F. White will all be blowing out the candles on February 15.

A four-star prospect at defensive end, Butcher is an early enrollee at Tennessee and has been on campus since January. Butcher is a native of Alpharetta, Georgia, and piled up 167 tackles and 23.5 sacks during his prep career. As a senior, he led Alpharetta H.S. to a region championship and a 10-2 record, recording a team-best 89 tackles and 18 sacks along the way. Butcher is 18 years old today.

Andrew Butcher

A cross country and outdoor track and field senior, Johnson recently recorded a new career-best in the indoor 1000 meters (2:56.14). She has been a staple for the Volunteers in all three seasons of the track and field year: cross country, indoor, and outdoor. This fall she wrapped up her cross country career, finishing third on the team in five of her six races on the season. Today is Johnson's 22nd birthday.

Amirah Johnson

VFL White played basketball at Tennessee from 1983-87 before being selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 1987 NBA draft. He went on to split time with the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors before seeing out the remainder of his playing career overseas. White's most memorable performance in the Orange and White came on Feb. 14, 1987 when he scored 51 points in leading the Vols past Auburn 103-84. That mark still stands as UT's single-game scoring record.

Happy Big Orange birthday, Andrew, Amirah, and Tony!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 14

We've got two VFL birthdays to celebrate as we reach the halfway point of the month of February! Sending out a 'happy birthday' to football VFL Justin Harrell and to former Lady Vol Basketball star Kara Lawson. 

A 5-8 guard from Alexandria, Virginia, Lawson score 1,950 career points from 1999-03, currently ranking sixth on the Lady Vols all-time scoring list. She connected on 256 of her career 3-point attempts, ranking No. 3 at Tennessee in the category. And with 456 career assists, Lawson comes in at No. 5 in UT history. Lawson has gone on to a successful career both in professional basketball and in broadcasting. She is a 12-year veteran of the WNBA, currently playing for the Washington Mystics. She also serves as an analyst for ESPN. 

A native of Martin, Tennessee, Harrell played four seasons at defensive tackle for the Volunteers. He earned second team All-SEC honors during his redshirt junior season in 2005 and was the 2005 SBC Cotton Bowl Classic Defensive MVP. Harrell finished his career on Rocky Top with four sacks, 13 tackles for loss, four forced fumbles, and two interceptions. He was drafted 16th overall by the Green Bay Packers in 2007 and was a member of their Super Bowl XLV winning squad. 

Happy birthday, Justin and Kara!

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (2/14/15)

Get the latest from Mike DeBord's introductory press conference as the Vols' new offensive coordinator met with the media on Friday for the first time since being hired on Rocky Top. 

Coverage from UTSports.com includes: 

Here's what the media wrote: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: DeBord to 'enhance' familiar system with Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: DeBord gets second chance at UT
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: DeBord a perfect fit for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mike DeBord introduced at Tennessee

On Friday, Feb. 13, #25 Tennessee Baseball officially began their 2015 season at Florida International, visiting the Conference USA opponent in Miami, Fla. for a three-game weekend series. Despite falling in the season opener to the Panthers, 4-3, the team showed good signs of what's ahead. The Vols executed everything from squeeze bunts, to high-and-runs, stolen bases and even demonstrated some power, as junior outfielder Christin Stewart began his 2015 campaign with an RBI-triple to right field in his first at-bat.

This offseason, the Vols have made their way into national media news once again, garnering a Top 25 Preseason ranking from D1Baseball.com as well as boasting two Preseason All-SEC player nominations in Stewart and sophomore infielder Nick Senzel. While the Southeastern Conference named both players to their preseason First and Second Team All-SEC lists, Stewart also received Preseason All-American bids from four additional media outlets (Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball News, Perfect Game, Baseball American and D1Baseball.com) and was selected to the USA Baseball Preseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List, sponsored by Major League Baseball.

Here's a look at the recent coverage of Tennessee Volunteer Baseball, including an in-depth feature on Stewart from the Knoxville News Sentinel:
- Knoxville News Sentinel (FEATURE): UT's Christin Stewart embarks on defining season
- SECSports.com/SECN (VIDEO): Reflections on SEC Baseball

Happy Birthday - Feb. 13

Wishing a happy birthday today to football VFL Charlie Garner III and former Tennessee softball All-American Kristi Durant!

After transferring to Tennessee from Scottsdale Community College, Garner competed on Rocky Top from 1992-93, finishing with 2,089 rushing yards and 10 touchdowns over those two seasons. Garner went on to be drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in the second round of the 1994 NFL draft and went on to play for the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers over his 11-year NFL career.

A two-time Louisville Slugger/NFCA All-American, Durant was a member of the Lady Vol softball team from 2003-06. She concluded her career at Tennessee with a .388 batting average, including 315 hits and 203 RBIs. 

Kristi Durant Kristi Durant

Happy birthday, Charlie and Kristi!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 12

We've got three Big Orange birthdays to celebrate today! Sending out special birthday wishes to current track and field student-athlete Felecia Majors, as well as VFLs Inky Johnson (football) and Chessey Thomas (women's golf)!

A sophomore from Lorton, Virginia, Felecia Majors is coming off a freshman season in which she earned All-America honors in both the 200 meters and 400 meters during the indoor season. She is UT's current freshman record-holder in the 400 meters with a time of 52.65. In the outdoor season, Majors earned three top-20 finishes at her first SEC Outdoor Championships. The 2015 indoor season has seen Majors compete in the 60-meter dash, 200 meters, 300 meters, 400 meters, 500 meters, and long jump, not to mention the 4x400-meter relay and distance medley relay. Majors turns 20 years old today.

 Felecia Majors

A 2013 SEC Football Legend, Inky Johnson played in 23 games for Tennessee at defensive back before his promising career was cut short by injury. He finished his career with 41 tackles, one sack, one interception, and 10 pass breakups. Using his story of overcoming adversity, Johnson has become a mentor and regarded public speaker for underprivileged youth in both Knoxville and his hometown of Atlanta. 

Chessey Thomas graduated from the Tennessee women's golf program last year and concluded her career ranked eighth on the Lady Vols' all-time career low average list (75.15). She notched one tournament victory while on Rocky Top, taking the Lady Bulldog Individual on Feb. 8, 2014. For her career, Thomas posted 21 rounds of par or better, four top-10 finishes, and a career-low round of 66. 

Chessey Thomas

Happy birthday to Felecia, Inky, and Chessey!

John Jancek Talks Vols On Sports Radio WNML

Tennessee defensive coordinator John Jancek was a special guest on Sports Radio WNML on Wednesday afternoon. He spoke about the team's recruiting class, which includes his son quarterback Zac, the team's stout defensive line and what to expect in spring football. 

LISTEN HERE: John Jancek.

The Knoxville News Sentinel also broke down the interview in this story in Thursday's paper: Vols' John Jancek excited about 2015 class

Mel Kiper Jr. Praises Vols On SEC Network

Check out what ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. had to say about the 2015 edition of the Tennessee Vols as he was a guest on Finebaum on the SEC Network on Wednesday. 

Inside The T - Wednesday's Look Ahead

Start the day with a conversation with defensive coordinator John Jancek, who will join the News Sentinel Sports Page on Sports Radio WNML at 10:15 a.m. ET. Listen live in Knoxville on 99.1 FM or AM990 or online right HERE

Tonight, the Tennessee basketball team heads to Vanderbilt to face the Commodores in a game that can be seen on the SEC Network. Tennessee's 114 wins over the Commodores are the most by the Vols over any opponent, and only Kentucky (217 games) has been an opponent of the Vols more times than Vanderbilt (185).

You can watch live HERE
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