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Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/29/14)

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Just 2 days until Its Football Time In Tennessee!

UTSports.com has the latest on the Vols as we close in on Sunday's night's opener vs. Utah State, which is a sell out!

Here's a look at what the media is writing: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Coaches eager to see Vols' many 'unknowns'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT observations: Youth in play for opener
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Instant analysis: Practice report Thursday
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols have 'a pair and a spare' at D-tackle
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols O-line focusing on present
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Kicker battle still 'very close'

The latest on Utah State includes: 

Sunday's Opener Officially Sold Out

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Tennessee's 2014 season opener vs. Utah State is officially a sellout. It will mark the first time since the 2007 home opener that the Vols had a sellout in their Neyland Stadium season debut. That year 106,311 came out to see the Vols host Southern Miss. 

2014 vs. Utah State - 102,455
2013 vs. Austin Peay - 97,169
2012 vs. Georgia State - 87,821
2011 vs. Montana - 94,661
2010 vs. UT Martin - 99,123
2009 vs. WKU - 98,761
2008 vs. UAB - 98,205
2007 vs. Southern Miss - 106,311

#NFLVols Ready To End Preseason

It's going to be an action packed Thursday with all 32 NFL teams making a final preseason appearance before launching the regular season schedule. Even with some roster changes, there are still numerous VFLs to watch. See what to expect:

Falcons vs. Jaguars, 6:00 p.m. 
Jacques Smith and James Stone will travel to take on Jacksonville and Jacques McClendon. Both Stone and McClendon had playing time at center in last week's game. McClendon is currently in competition for the starting center spot. 

Chiefs vs. Packers, 7:00 p.m.
Four VFLs will take the field with Kansas City as they travel to Green Bay take on rookie Rajion Neal and team. All-Pro safety Eric Berry returned to practice this week. 

 - KCChiefs.com: Chiefs vs. Packers Preview

Rams vs. Dolphins, 7:00 p.m.
Offensive linemen Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas will host Scott Wells and St. Louis. 

Jets vs. Eagles, 7:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Salsa dancing quarterback Matt Simms is expected to share third-string playing time in the final game of the preseason. In last week's game, Simms threw a touchdown pass.

Patriots vs. Giants, 7:00 p.m.
Since returning back to practice linebacker Jerod Mayo hasn't seen preseason action. Defensive end Robert Ayers will host Mayo and the Patriots. Ayers recorded two tackles last week.

Panthers vs. Steelers, 7:30 p.m.
Pittsburgh will remain home to host the final preseason game against the Panthers. Two VFLs will represent the Steelers, Ramon Foster and Daniel McCullers. Offensive lineman Chris Scott will be the lone Vol up for the Panthers. All three played active roles in last week's games.

Redskins vs. Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m.
Luke Stocker will be the only VFL in this evening game. Stocker played at tight end in the win over Buffalo last week.

Broncos vs. Cowboys, 8:00 p.m.
The man himself Peyton Manning will lead the Broncos as they travel to Dallas to take on Dontavis Sapp and Jason Witten of the Cowboys. With Manning will be Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson, both of whom played in last week's narrow lost to the Texans.

49ers vs. Texans, 8:00 p.m.
Successful running back Arian Foster has a chance to play in the final preseason game, but if not, is expected to be ready for the season opener. 

Ravens vs. Saints, 8:00 p.m.
Parys Haralson, Austin Johnson and Robert Meachem will host long snapper Morgan Cox of the Ravens. Haralson was recently re-signed by the Saints. 

Vikings vs. Titans, 8:00 p.m.
It'll be a battle as young, successful wide receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter come face-to-face. Antonio Richardson will also represent the Vols alongside Patterson with the Vikings. All three played together at Tennessee.

Seahawks vs. Oakland, 10:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Another VFL filled game will bring together Super Bowl champion Tony McDaniel and three Raiders, Denarius Moore, Mychal Rivera and Jarrod Shaw. 

Fun Fact: Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie was a fullback for the Vols when current Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable coached in the same position for Tennessee.

Cardinals vs. Chargers, 10 p.m.
Starting linemen Dan Williams has taken a larger role in the Arizona defense with team injuries. He is expected to start. 

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/28/14)

Just 3 days until kickoff! Check out the Vols Jersey Countdown #3.

On Wednesday, the Vols continued prep for Utah State. Coach Butch Jones said up to 28 newcomers could see action in Sunday's opener. Check out Brian Rice's feature on the freshmen set to make their debuts in Orange & White: Managing The Emotion Of First.

Also on UTSports.com, check out the #VolReport: After 659 Days, Maggitt Returns.

Coverage from the media includes: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Maggitt excited for return
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley needs to expand role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' true freshmen will get a chance
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Jones eager to see freshmen
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: Vols' newcomers will be 'special'

News on Utah State includes: 

Vol Calls Returns Wednesday Night At 8 p.m.

Butch Jones will be a live guest at Vol Calls at Calhoun's on Wednesday Night! Be sure to listen to the show live from Calhoun's On The River as Jones previews the Utah State game. 

Listen on the new platform from CBS interactive: LISTEN LIVE

Reese, Sandgren Fall at U.S. Open Doubles

NEW YORK -- Senior Hunter Reese and former Vol Tennys Sandgren both came up on the short end of their U.S. Open debuts Tuesday night.

Reese and recent Ohio State graduate Peter Kobelt lost to the 10th-seeded French team of Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut 6-4, 6-1. It was the first time the two collegiate players had shard a court since squaring off against each other in the 2014 NCAA doubles final in May.

Sandgren, in his first tournament back since hip surgery in March, played with former Ohio State standout Chase Buchanan in a 6-2, 6-3 loss to Mate Pavic of Croatia and Andre Sa of Brazil. 

John-Patrick Smith and Texas A&M great Austin Krajicek will not play their opening doubles match until later this week.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/27/14)

We are down to just 4 days until It's Football Time In Tennessee!

Butch Jones addressed the media as Tennessee prepares for Utah State. Check out coverage from UTSports.com: 

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's season of unknowns about to begin
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Neyland offers 'shock value' for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT unknowns could become known fast
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones says Worley has met all expectations
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones previews Vols' season opener
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Better Know a Foe: Utah State
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thoughts from first game-week presser
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley confident under bright lights
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Kicker, CB jobs up for grabs

News out of Utah includes:

- Herald Journal: Diaz's expectations sky high

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/25/14)

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It's Game Week! Check out the latest from the media as the Vols are gearing up for the 2014 opener vs. Utah State. 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Hurd 'hungry' as Tennessee Vols' debut nears
- Knoxville News Sentinel: QBs could have UT defense on run
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thigpen knows about defensive turnarounds
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Five Things: Vols' concerns in 2014
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Crowder clears up snapping questions
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Future taking shape at Tennessee
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT schedule is full of challenges
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT offensive preview
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT defensive preview
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley relishing final chance with Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Williams sprinting to starting spot
In week three of the NFL Preseason, 11 VFLs had a starting spot in their respective team's lineup. 

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All three former Vol quarterbacks had at least one one touchdown in their games. Tyler Bray of the Chiefs went 9-for-25 for 85 yards. Matt Simms of the Jets was 9-for-14 for 104 yards, and showed off some salsa moves. The great Peyton Manning started at the position and went 21-for-27 for 243 yards.

VFL wide receivers also had a productive week. Oakland Raiders' Denarius Moore had two receptions and a touchdown. Justin Hunter of the Titans had three catches for 48 yards. Continuing his success so far this preseason, Cordarrelle Patterson started and had a touchdown on top of three receptions for 71 yards.

 - ProPlayersInsiders.com: Cordarrelle Patterson Primed to Breakout

Defensively, at least five former Vols recorded a tackle, including defensive end Robert Ayers who had two.

Check out how each NFLVol performed:

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. New York Jets 35-24 Played at DE, had two tackles
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 DNP
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 Played at QB, completed 9-25 passes for 85 yards and one touchdown
Alex Bullard OL Detroit Lions Def. Jacksonville 13-12 Played at G
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 Had seven punts for 364 yards
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Lost to Houston 18-17 Had two punts for 74 yards
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. Washington 23-17 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houstan Texans Def. Denver 18-17 DNP
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Philadelphia 31-21 Started at LG, had a fumble recovery
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Minnesota 30-12 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Def. Indianapolis 23-17 Started at OLB, assisted with one tackle
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Def. Atlanta 24-17 Played at WR, three receptions for 48 yards
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Lost to Houston 18-17 Played at DE
Ju'Wan James OL Miami Dolphins Def. Cowboys 25-20 Started at RT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Def. Indianapolis 23-17 Played at FB, one reception for three yards
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Lost to Houston 18-17 Started at QB, completed 21-27 passes for 243 yards and one touchdown
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Def. Carolina 30-7 DNP
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to Detroit 13-12 Started at C
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Def. Chicago 34-6 Played at DT
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Philadelphia 31-21 Played at DL, recorded a tackle
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Def. Indianapolis 23-17 Played at WR
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Lost to Green Bay 31-21 Played at WR, two receptions for 46 yards
Raijon Neal RB Green Bay Packers  Def. Oakland 31-21 Inactive
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Kansas City 30-12 Started at WR, three receptions for 71 yards and one touchdown
Tauren Poole  RB Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Philadelphia 31-21 Played at RB
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Kansas City 30-12 DNP
Dontavis Sapp LB Dallas Cowboys Lost to Miami 25-20 Played at LB, had one tackle
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Lost to Green Bay 31-21 Started at TE, two receptions for three yards
Chris Scott OL Carolina Panthers Lost to New England 30-7 Started at RG
Jarrod Shaw OL Oakland Raiders Lost to Green Bay 31-21 DNP
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Lost to Giants 35-24 Played at QB, completed 9-14 passes for 104 yards and one touchdown
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Flacons Lost to Tennessee 24-17 DNP
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Def. Bills 27-14 Played at TE
James Stone OL Atlanta Flacons Lost to Tennessee 24-17 Played at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Def. Cowboys 25-20 Played at G
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Def. Browns 33-14 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Lost to Cincinnati 19-13 Started at NT, had one tackle
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Lost to Miami 25-20 Started at TE, one reception for 11 yards

NFLVols made their presence in Saturday's games. 

In the Vikings game, VFL Cordarrelle Patterson had a 53-yard touchdown to highlight his performances. He went 3-71 in receptions for the night. 

Justin Hunter of the TItans had three catches for 48 yards. The Saints' Austin Johnson also recorded a touchdown on a three-yard catch from Drew Brees. 

In quarterback news, Peyton Manning went 21-for-27 for 243 yards with two touchdowns. Tyler Bray of the Kansas City Chiefs went 9-for-15 and had a touchdown. 

In the Cowboys win, Jason Witten had an 11-yard catch and Dontavis Sapp recorded a tackle in their loss to fellow VFL's Ja'Wuan James and the Dolphins.


In the final game of the third week of the NFL Preseason, expect to see one VFL in the Sunday Night Game:

Bengals vs. Cardinals,  8:00 p.m. (NBC)
With the loss of Darnell Dockett for the Cardinals, nose tackle Dan Williams is expected to be in the forefront of the Cardinals defensive front moving forward. 

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