Happy Birthday - May 3

It's the third day of May and we're wishing a very happy birthday to Logan Haddock of women's swimming and diving!

Logan  Haddock

A true freshman out of Chantilly, Virginia, competed primarily in the 100 and 200 backstroke during her first season on Rocky Top. She made her collegiate debut on October 9, swimming a 2:09.39 in the 200 backstroke at Queens University. She followed that performance with a 1:00.60 in the 100 backstroke the next day at North Carolina. During the spring portion of the season, Haddock recorded three new career bests at the Last Chance Meet on March 1 in Athens, Georgia. That day she turned in a 53.22 in the 100 freestyle, a 56.09 in the 100 backstroke, and a 2:01.92 in the 200 backstroke.

Born this day in 1996, Haddock is 19 years old today.

Happy birthday, Logan!

Happy Birthday - May 2

On May 2 we've got a trio of birthdays to celebrate as we wish a happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Stephanie Grozio, former women's swimming and diving standout Tori Lamp, and baseball VFL Luke Hudson!

Grozio is a true freshman out of East Brunswick, New Jersey, and is a member of Tennessee's novice squad in the rowing program. She attended East Brunsiwck High School where she played basketball, softball, and volleyball. Born this day in 1996, Grozio is 19 years old today.

Stephanie Grozio

A 2014 graduate, Lamp is considered to be one of the best divers in Tennessee's swimming and diving program history. She was a three-time SEC champion on the platform, winning in back-to-back-to-back years from 2012-14. She also earned a silver medal in the 1-meter springboard in 2013 as well as a silver and a bronze in the 3-meter springboard in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Lamp earned seven All-America certificates during her time on Rocky Top and was the 2013 CSCAA National Diver of the Year. She currently holds the UT record in both the platform and 3-meter springboard categories.



Hudson was a pitcher for the Volunteers from 1996-98, recording a record of 15-5 during his three seasons in the Orange and White. He went on to be drafted by Colorado Rockies in the fourth round of the 1998 MLB Draft and made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds in 2002. In 2004, he went 4-2 with a 2.42 ERA in nine starts with the Reds before spending the 2006 and 2007 seasons with the Kansas City Royals. He retired from professional baseball in 2009.



Happy birthday, Stephanie, Tori, and Luke!


Former Tennessee track and field standout Stephen Harris is being inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame tonight at the Gwinnett Civic Center in Duluth, Georgia. The former Volunteer decathlete is one of seven inductees in 2015, the sixth class to be inducted into the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame.



Harris competed for Tennessee for four years from 2000-03, specializing primarily in the decathlon. He is currently No. 4 on UT's all-time performance list in the multi-event category after recording a career-best 8,103 points during his senior season. He also sits inside the top 10 in program history in the high jump behind a leap of 7 feet, one inch (2.16) in 2000. As a senior in 2003, Harris won the NCAA Outdoor decathlon title with 8,061 points and ended the season ranked as the No. 5 decathlete in the country by Track Y Field News. 

Following his career on Rocky Top, Harris recorded a fifth-place finish in the specialty at the 2005 USA Track and Field Championships. 

Harris is a native of Norcross, Georgia, and was a 1999 graduate of Norcross High School. 

Joining Harris in the Gwinnett County Sports Hall of Fame Class of 2015 is longtime Central Gwinnett football coach Tally Johnson, former NC State wrestler Dustin Kawa, former Georgia football player and current ESPN personality David Pollack, former Georgia women's basketball standout Christi Thomas, swimmer and Olympic silver-medalist Amanda Weir, and former UGA baseball and football standout William "Bull" Cooper, who is being inducted posthumously.

Congratulations to Stephen Harris on this well-deserved recognition!


Happy Birthday - May 1

On May 1 we're wishing a very happy birthday to football's Gavin Bryant



A redshirt freshman from Jackson, Alabama, Bryant sat out the 2014 season with Tennessee after joining Team 118 as a four-star inside linebacker. During his final prep season, he was a Class 5A All-State pick and recorded 60 tackles and nine sacks for Jackson High School. Bryant turns 20 years old today.

Happy birthday, Gavin!

 

Happy Birthday - April 30

We're celebrating two Big Orange birthdays on this final day of April as we send happy birthday wishes to men's tennis player Bartosz Sawicki and to baseball VFL Phil Garner

A junior from Poznan, Poland, Bart Sawicki owns a career singles record of 22-15 during his time on Rocky Top. During the 2014-15 year, Sawicki is 15-10 in singles and began his spring season at 2-1 at the No. 5 position in UT's singles lineup. In the fall, he won his first collegiate singles title after claiming three matches to win the second flight of the UTC/Steve Baras Fall Classic. Born this day in 1992, Sawicki is 23 years old today.



As an infielder out of Jefferson City, Tennessee, Garner played 15 seasons in the majors before transitioning to a manager role. He made his Major League debut in 1973 with the Oakland Athletics and made stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, and San Francisco Giants before ending his playing days in 1988. Four years later, in 1992, Garner became the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. He spent seven seasons in Milwaukee before taking over for the Detroit Tigers in 2000. His last stint as manager came from 2004-07 when he led the Houston Astros. Under his leadership, the Astros made a World Series appearance in 2005.



Happy birthday, Bart and Phil!




Vols Featured On FOXSports.com


FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman spent three days in Knoxville last week as the Vols wrapped up spring football. Check out Feldman's story on Butch Jones, Joshua Dobbs and Team 119: Tennessee is gathering all the pieces to be an SEC contender.


SEC Features Tennessee Spring Football


The Vols are the subject of the SEC's Spring Football Preview on Tuesday. Check out various video features of head coach Butch Jones, Joshua Dobbs and more: Tennessee Spring Preview

Happy Birthday - April 28

It's April 28 and we're wishing a happy Big Orange birthday to track and field's Kyle Quinn!



A junior from Somerset, Massachusetts, Quinn is in the midst of his third season throwing the javelin for the Volunteers. He is currently ranked 11th in the East Region and is in qualifying position for the NCAA East Regional Championships in May gollowing his season-best throw of 229 feet, three inches (69.89m) to open the year at the Alabama Relays. Last season, Quinn threw the top distance in the nation when he recorded a career-best throw of 256 feet, 10 inches (78.28). Born this day in 1993, Quinn is 22 years old today.

Happy birthday, Kyle!


Coming off a fourth place finish at the SEC Championship earlier this month in Birmingham, Alabama, the 14th-ranked Tennessee women's golf team is preparing for the NCAA Regional Selection show, Monday, April 27 from 7:00-8:00 p.m. ET. The show will be aired live on The Golf Channel.

The Lady Vols will receive its 23rd consecutive bid to play in NCAA Regional action Monday and will travel to either Raleigh, North Carolina, San Antonio, Texas, South Bend, Indiana, or St. George, Utah. Regional competition will take place from April 7-9.

The team enters regional play with seven top five finishes on the season, highlighted by wins at the Westbrook Spring Invitational and SDSU Farms Invitational. Senior AJ Newell collected her first individual victory at the Westbrook Spring Invite. 

Head coach Judi Pavon has led the Lady Vols to nine NCAA Championships and has taken her group to the NCAA Regionals every year since taking over the program in 2000. 

The top six teams from each regional site will advance to the NCAA Championship in Bradenton, Florida, which will take place from May 22-27 at the Concession Golf Club.

For more information on coverage by the Golf Channel, click HERE

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/27/15)


A crowd of 63,016 was on hand to watch the annual DISH Orange & White Game as the defense, dressed in Orange rallied to beat the offense, in White, 54-44. Check out all of the coverage from UTSports.com: 


Here's a look at what the media wrote following the game: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Sutton's steal highlights Vols' spring game
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Battle for backup quarterback heats up
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Spring over, Vols player-led team again
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Passing game still has catching up to do
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara: Trick play looked better on board
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Clean' spring game pleases Jones
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' spring football award winners are...
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Battle for backup quarterback heats up

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