This Day In #Vols History (9/24/15)

94 years ago on Sept. 24, 1921, the Tennessee Volunteers played their first game a new venue, housing 3,200 seats in 17 rows on the west side of the field. The field known as Shields-Watkins Field, then Shields-Watkins Stadium is now what we call Neyland Stadium.

PHOTOS: Shields-Watkins Field --- Neyland Stadium Through The Years

The Vols defeated Emory & Henry 27-0 on Sept. 24, 1921.

All-time the Vols are 7-5 on this date, winning the first five games from 1921-1949. 

Tennessee has not played on Sept. 24 since 1994.

September 24 (7-5)
1921 W, 27-0 EMORY & HENRY
1927 W, 33-0 CARSON-NEWMAN
1932 W, 13-0 at Chattanooga
1960 W, 10-3 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1966 W, 28-0 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1977 L, 12-14 AUBURN
1983 L, 14-37 No. 11 AUBURN
1988 L, 6-38 No. 4 Auburn
1994 L, 21-24 at Mississippi State

Tonight's Vol Calls Lineup - Sept. 23

Don't miss Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones tonight on Vol Calls, live at Calhoun's on the River. Coach Jones will be on-site to answer questions from the live audience and take calls for approximately 30 minutes.

Listen live in Knoxville on WNML (990 AM/99.1 FM) or online here

Tonight's Vol Calls lineup looks like this:

  • Coach Butch Jones on-site at Calhoun's on the River
  • VFL Charles Davis, NFL Analyst for FOX and NFL Network
  • Interviews with LaDarrell McNeil and Quinten Dormady

Located on the Tennessee River in the shadows of Neyland Stadium, Calhoun's on the River has been the home of "Vol Calls" since 2012. Famous for its award-winning ribs, BBQ and other delicious Southern dishes, Calhoun's is one of Tennessee's most famous landmark restaurants. The restaurant will give away prizes each week during football season through its Facebook and Twitter pages including two game tickets and two corporate hospitality passes for each home UT football game. Weather permitting, some shows during the season will be held out on the restaurant's large deck overlooking the Tennessee River and Neyland Stadium.

"Vol Calls" is the exclusive radio program and event where Tennessee fans can call in and talk with the head coaches of the Volunteers and Lady Vols. Fans can place a "Vol Call" anywhere in the United States by dialing 1 (800) 688-8657 or Tennessee customers of Verizon can dial #TENN. Patrons at Calhoun's On the River may ask a question in person and fans may also submit questions through the IMG-Vol Network Facebook page. The program can be heard on close to 50-plus radio stations across the state of Tennessee and the Southeast on the Vol Radio Network. The weekly program can also be heard online live or archived for free each week through

This Day In #Vols History (9/23/15)

Tennessee is unbeaten all-time on Sept. 23 with a 6-0-1 record. Most notably, in the first game ever played on this date in 1922, Tennessee debuted their now-famous orange jerseys for their home opener and win over Emory & Henry, 50-0.

September 23 (6-0-1)
1922 - W, 50-0 EMORY & HENRY
1972 - W, 45-6 WAKE FOREST
1978 - T, 13-13 OREGON STATE
2006 - W, 33-7 MARSHALL

Here's a look back at the Vols' 2006 win over Marshall, 33-7. A game that had a 55-minute lightning delay. It marked the first time since the tradition started that the Vols did not run through the T. LaMarcus Coker ran for an 89-yard touchdown -- the longest by a Vol since 1977 -- and finished with 146 yards on the ground on just eight carries. Erik Ainge was 18-of-27 for 258 yards including a 47-yard TD to Jayson Swain.

This Day In #Vols History (9/22/15)

Tennessee has never lost on Sept. 22. That includes wins over Army in 1973, Utah in 1979, Arkansas State in 2007 and Akron in 2012. 

SEPTEMBER 22 (4-0-1)
1973 W, 37-18 at Army
1979 W, 51-18 UTAH
1984 T, 24-24 ARMY
2007 W, 48-27 ARKANSAS STATE
2012 W, 47-26 AKRON

Look back at the 2012 win over Akron: 

Vols In the NFL - Week 2 Update


- Peyton Manning (DEN) threw a 16-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders, a 1-yard TD pass to Virgil Green and a 19-yard TD pass to Sanders against the KC.
- Austin Johnson (NO) punched in a 1-yard score against the Bucs.

• Malik Jackson (DEN) sacked Chiefs QB Alex Smith in the closing seconds of the Broncos' win.
• Robert Ayers (NYG) dropped Falcons QB Matt Ryan for a sackin the fourth quarter.


- 71,838 yards (Brett Favre's NFL Record) -- 1,716 away

- 550 -- 17 away

- 186 (Favre's NFL Record) --5 away

- 6,300 (Favre's NFL Record) -- 323 away
- 6,000 -- 23 away



Rank Player Rec Years
1 Jerry Rice 1,549 1985-2004
2 Tony Gonzalez 1,325 1997-2013
3 Marvin Harrison 1,102 1996-2008
4 Cris Carter 1,101 1987-2002
5 Tim Brown 1,094 1988-2004
6 Terrell Owens 1,078 1996-2010
7 Reggie Wayne 1,070 2001-2014
8 Isaac Bruce 1,024 1994-2009
9 Andre Johnson 1,019 2003-2015
10 Hines Ward 1,000 1998-2011
11 Randy Moss 982 1998-2012
12 Jason Witten 958 2003-2015
13 Andre Reed 951 1985-2000
14 Anquan Boldin 950 2003-2015
15 Derrick Mason 943 1997-2011


Player Pos. Team Last Week Result Week 2 Stats Week 3 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants vs. Atlanta L, 24-20 3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 pass def. vs. WASH (TH), 8:25, CBS/NFLN
Eric Berry DB Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 4 tackles at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 DNP at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Justin Coleman DB New England at Buffalo W, 40-32 -- vs. JAX, 1:00, CBS
Britton Colquitt P Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 7 punts, 44.9 avg, 1 in 20 at DET, 8:30, NBC
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 4 punts, 52.5 avg., 1 in 20 at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at Oakland W, 37-33 -- vs. CIN, 1:00, CBS
Matt Darr P Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 6 punts, 48.2 avg. vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Arian Foster RB Houston at Carolina L, 24-17 DNP vs. TB, 1:00, FOX
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh vs. San Francisco W, 43-18 Started at LG at STL, 1:00, CBS
Zach Fulton G Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 -- at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee at Cleveland L, 28-14 2 catches, 34 yards vs. IND, 1:00 , CBS
Malik Jackson DE Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 3 tackles, 1 sack at DET, 8:30, NBC
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 Started at RT vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay L, 26-19 1 rush, 1 yard, 1 TD at CAR, 1:00, FOX
Peyton Manning QB Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 26-of-46, 256 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT at DET, 8:30, NBC
Jerod Mayo LB New England at Buffalo W, 40-32 2 tackles vs. JAX, 1:00, CBS
Jacques McClendon OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 -- vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh vs. San Francisco W, 43-18 1 tackle at STL, 1:00, CBS
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay at New Orleans W, 26-19 1 tackle at HOU, 1:00, FOX
Rajion Neal RB Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 DNP vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. Detroit W, 26-16 2 KR, 31.0 avg. vs. SD, 1:00, CBS
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland vs. Baltimore W, 37-33 3 catches, 15 yards at CLU, 1:00, CBS
Chris Scott G Carolina vs. Houston W, 24-17 -- vs. NO, 1:00, FOX
Matt Simms QB Atlanta at NY Giants W, 24-20 DNP at DAL, 1:00, FOX
James Stone C Atlanta at NY Giants W, 24-20 -- at DAL, 1:00, FOX
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay at New Orleans W, 26-19 -- at HOU, 1:00, FOX
Dallas Thomas OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 Started at LG vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Dan Williams DT Oakland vs. Baltimore W, 37-33 Started at DT at CLE, 1:00, CBS
Jordan Williams DL NY Jets at Indianapolis MNF DNP vs. PHI, 1:00, FOX
Jason Witten TE Dallas at Philadalphia W, 20-10 7 catches, 56 yards vs. ATL, 1:00, FOX
-- = played, no stats

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On Monday evening, VFLs Christin Stewart and A.J. Simcox celebrated a 3-2 West Michigan Whitecaps victory over Cedar Rapids, clinching a Midwest League Championship title in their first-ever season of professional baseball.

As Detroit's No. 10 prospect, Stewart finished the season with a .285 combined average between the Gulf Coast League Tigers, Connecticut Tigers and West Michigan Whitecaps. He recorded seven triples and 10 home runs on the year, including a four-hit night to send the Whitecaps into the postseason on Sept. 15.

Simcox joined Stewart and West Michigan's club in mid-August and hit .400 over 20 games with the Whitecaps, including three doubles and a home run. Splitting time between Detroit's GCL, Connecticut and West Michigan affiliates, the Knoxville native hit .415 against right-handed pitchers and also had a four-hit performance against Lansing on Sept. 14 to help West Michigan secure a playoff berth.

On the Major League circuit, VFL and 2015 Pacific Coach League MVP Matt Duffy was called up by his Houston Astros this month and made his MLB debut on Sept. 16, playing third base against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. 

Prior to his call-up, Duffy had played a team-high 124 games with Triple A Fresno with 102 RBI and 90 runs scored, leading Triple A baseball in both categories. Drafted by Houston in the 20th round of the June 2011 Major League Draft, Duffy had played nearly 600 minor league games, making the opportunity that much more special.

Vols In The NFL - Week 2 Schedule

Vols In the NFL - Week 2, Sunday-Monday


Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants - 1 p.m., FOX
Giants: Robert Ayers | Falcons: James Stone, Matt Simms

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - 1 p.m., CBS
Patriots: Justin Coleman, Jerod Mayo

Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers - 1 p.m., CBS
Texans: Arian Foster | Panthers: Chris Scott

San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers - 1 p.m., FOX
Steelers: Ramon Foster, Daniel McCullers

Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns - 1 p.m., CBS
Titans: Justin Hunter

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints - 1 p.m., FOX
Saints: Austin Johnson | Bucs: Tony McDaniel, Luke Stocker

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - 1 p.m., FOX
Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars - 4:05 p.m., CBS
Dolphins: Matt Darr, Ja'Wuan James, Jacques McClendon, Rajion Neal, Dallas Thomas

Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders - 4:05 p.m., CBS
Ravens: Morgan Cox | Raiders: Mychal Rivera, Dan Williams

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles - 4:25 p.m., FOX
Cowboys: Jason Witten


New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts - 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jets: Jordan Williams

This Day In #Vols History (9/18/15)

The Vols' last win over Florida came 11 years ago today, Sept. 18, 2004, as James Wilhoit booted home the game-winning 50-yard field goal to send Neyland Stadium into a frenzy.

SEPTEMBER 18 (4-3)
1965 - W, 21-0 ARMY
1971 - W, 48-6 UC SANTA BARBARA
1976 - W, 31-0 TEXAS CHRISTIAN
1993 - L, 34-41 at No. 9 Florida
1999 - L, 21-23 at No. 4 Florida
2004 - W, 30-28 No. 11 FLORIDA
2010 - L, 17-31 No. 10 FLORIDA

Sept. 18, 1992: The press box was named for long-time trustee and Athletics Board member Col. Tom Elam of Union City.

Sept. 18, 2004: UT defeats #11 Florida 30-28 in Neyland Stadium. Tennessee was trailing 28-21 in the fourth quarter, when freshman Erik Ainge completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jayson Swain with 4:17 left. But James Wilhoit, a sophomore who had never missed a PAT in his career, was wide right on the kick. All Florida had to do was run out the clock to win, but they punted with 55 seconds left. Wilhoit got his redemption when he hit a 50-yard field goal with six seconds left to win the game. The game was played in front of a Neyland Stadium record crowd of 109,061 fans.

50th Anniversary Of Running Through The "T" (9.18.15)

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first time Tennessee ran through the "T"!

The new Tennessee Athletics Official Photo Store now has this special print celebrating UT's golden anniversary of one of its most cherished traditions!


CLICK HERE to purchase this awesome print!

6 VFLs In Action For Broncos-Chiefs Thursday Night Football

Six NFL VFLs will be in action tonight as the Denver Broncos play the Kansas City Chiefs at 8:25 p.m. ET at CBS and NFL Network. The Broncos feature VFLs Peyton Manning, Malik Jackson and Britton Colquitt! The Chiefs have VFLs Eric Berry, Zach Fulton and Dustin Colquitt! (Tyler Bray is inactive due to injury)

Will Eric Berry intercept Peyton Manning? Will Peyton burn Eric with the post? Will Malik Jackson get past Zach Fulton to bring down Alex Smith? Will Zach pancake Malik? Which of the Colquitt brothers will dominate the punting game? We'll find out tonight in an exciting clash of VFLs!

Denver Post: Peyton Manning eager for offensive redo in Kansas City

Kansas City Star: Peyton Manning seems beatable this time, but we've been wrong before

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