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Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/30/14)

Butch Jones met with the media on Monday to preview the Vols game with Florida. Get the latest on the #CheckerNeyland game with coverage from UTSports.com: 

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Johnson's emotions ruled day
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Depth will be tested with Bates out
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones says Worley is healthy
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thigpen: Vols 'getting so close'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Healthy Maggitt emerging for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Johnson trying to dial it down

News on Florida includes: 
- Gainesville Sun: UF's Orr to miss Vols game

Inside The T - Tuesday's Look Ahead

Tennessee Football returns to the practice field this afternoon for as prep for Saturday's meeting with Florida shifts into high gear. Complete post-practice coverage including news, notes and interviews with Butch Jones and selected players cane be found right here at UTSports.com when practice wraps up around 6:20.


If you'd like one final look at the Vols' game at Georgia, the SEC Network has you covered tonight at 9:00 p.m. ET. 

Happy Birthday - Sept. 30

Happy Birthday to former Vol Fred Weary of football and current Lady Vol Cierra Burdick of women's basketball!

Fred WearyCierra Burdick

Weary started in all 12 games of his senior year on the offensive line. He was a leader on the line helping former Vol Travis Stephens to set the single-season rushing record. Weary had an NFL career with the Texans and Browns, starting in 43 of 63 games played.

Burdick, a senior forward, was named to the 2014 SEC All-Tournament team and received conference academic honors. She started in 25 of 35 games played in her junior season. Burdick averages 7.1 points per game and 5.47 rebounds per game.

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 30)

Tennessee is 9-5 all-time on Sept. 30. One of the biggest wins was in 1989, as the No. 12 Vols downed No. 4 Auburn, 21-14. Reggie Cobb (225) and Chuck Webb (93) combined for 318 rushing yards.

Also, on Sept. 30, 2005: Former Vol Ray Nettles was selected to the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame. Nettles joined Dick Huffman and Condredge Holloway as Vols in the CFL Hall of Fame.


September 30 (9-5)
1916 W, 33-0 TUSCULUM
1922 W, 32-7 CARSON-NEWMAN
1933 W, 27-0 VIRGINIA TECH
1944 W, 26-13 KENTUCKY
1950 L, 0-7 at Mississippi State
1961 L, 21-24 AUBURN
1967 W, 27-13 AUBURN
1972 L, 6-10 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1978 L, 10-29 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1989 W, 21-14 No. 4 AUBURN
2000 L, 31-38 at Louisiana State (OT)
2006 W, 41-7 at Memphis

Vols-Georgia Game Posts Highest ESPN TV Rating Of 2014

Last Saturday's Tennessee at Georgia game on ESPN had the highest rating of any college football game on the network through five weeks of coverage in 2014. The game drew a 3.1 overnight rating on ESPN Saturday afternoon, the network's highest college football overnight of the season. The previous high was a 2.9 for Virginia Tech/Ohio State in week two.

The complete ratings for Week 5 have not been published, but here's a look at the season to date: College Football Ratings

Big Orange Hotline Set For Tonight

"Big Orange Hotline" tonight on the Vol Network at 8 p.m. Eastern / 7 p.m. Central from Dead End BBQ in Knoxville. Bob Kesling, Pat Ryan and Jeff Francis will be joined by former Vol Will Overstreet (1998-2001), on-site, and Brady Ackerman of the Florida Gator Radio Network. The show will also feature an Interview with Coach Butch Jones and select Tennessee players. Fans can call in and ask questions by dialing 1-800-688-8657 or Tennessee Verizon customers can dial # TENN.

Fans can also listen free online RIGHT HERE at UTSports.com

#NFLVols Week 4 Recap

See how your favorite VFLs in the NFL performed during the week four action:

Three VFLs made their debut in London for one of four games being played at Wembley Stadium. Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas made the trip and both started on the offensive line for the second time this season, together. Mychal Rivera also made the trip and recorded 10 yards on two receptions. 

Jason Witten, Arian Foster and Cordarrelle Patterson led the field with yards. Witten had 61 yards receiving in the win over the Saints. In his week four return, Foster had 55 yards receiving and six yards on the ground. Patterson had 38 yards on two touches and had two kickoff returns with an average of 43 yards. 

With the Denver Broncos having an open week, Peyton Manning took the time to attend the Vols game in Athens, Ga., where he stayed on the sideline with the team. Manning is just one touchdown shy of joining Brett Favre as the only players to throw 500-plus career touchdowns.

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. Washington 45-14 Played at DE, accounted one pass defense
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs MNF -
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs MNF -
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos BYE BYE
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs MNF -
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. Carolina 38-10 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houston Texans Def. Buffalo 23-17 7 recs., 55 yds., 6 rushing yds.
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Tampa Bay 27-24 Inactive
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs MNF -
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Lost to Dallas 38-17 Three tackles, 1 tfl
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Lost to Indianapolis 41-17 1 reception for 12 yards
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos BYE BYE
Ju'Wan James OL Miami Dolphins Def. Oakland 38-14 Started at RT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Lost to Dallas 38-17 One carry, two yards
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos BYE BYE
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots MNF -
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to San Diego 33-14 Played at G
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks BYE BYE
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to Tampa Bay 27-24 Inactive
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Lost to Dallas 38-17 One tackle
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Lost to Miami 38-14 Inactive
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Atlanta 41-28 2 recs., 38 yds., 2 KO returns 43 yd. avg.
Tauren Poole WR Carolina Panthers Lost to Baltimore 38-10 Practice squad
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Atlanta 41-28 Injured Reserve
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Lost to Miami 38-14 Started at TE, 2 recs., 10 yds.
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Lost to Detriot 24-17 Practice squad
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Falcons Lost to Minnesota 41-28 Practice squad
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Def. Pittsburgh 27-24 Played at TE
James Stone OL Atlanta Falcons Lost to Minnesota 41-28 Inactive
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Def. Oakland 38-14 Started at RG
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams BYE BYE
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals BYE BYE
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Def. New Orleans 38-17 5 receptions, 61 yards

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/29/14)

Butch Jones and select players will preview the Vols matchup with Florida at 12 Noon on Monday. It was announced on Monday that the game is sold out with 102,455 set to enter Neyland Stadium for the second time this season. 

Get the latest from UTSports.com: 

Here's what the media are writing: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Run defense not good enough for UT Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Good for both teams between hedges
- Columbia Daily Herald: Vols about to turn the corner
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones walking fine line
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Florida game is a must-win
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Third down for what? Vols No. 1 nationally
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols tired of hearing about their youth

News on Florida includes: 

Happy Birthday - Sept. 29

Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to two current Vols, Jasmine Jones of women's basketball and Owen Williams of football.

Jasmine JonesOwen Williams

Jones, a sophomore, has played in 69 games in her career, starting in eight. She averages 4.8 points per game and 3.71 rebounds per game. 

Williams, a redshirt junior, is a transfer from Butler C.C. and has played in all four games so far this season. He has 11 tackles on the season.

Inside the T - Monday's Look Ahead

If you want to re-live Saturday's game against Georgia, the SEC Network will replay a slightly condensed version today at 10:00 a.m. ET. The game will also air overnight tonight at 2:30 a.m. on ESPNU.



Tennessee head coach Butch Jones and selected players will address the media today at Noon at the regular Monday press briefing. Live coverage starts at Noon HERE on UTSports.com 

The Vol Network's Big Orange Hotline broadcasts live from Dead End BBQ tonight at 8:00 p.m. Bob Kesling and former Vol QBs Jeff Francis and Pat Ryan will give fans a preview of Saturday's game in Athens on Vol Network stations across the state and HERE on UTSports.com


Monday Night Football will reunite several VFLs as the Patroits take on the Chiefs on ESPN at 8:30. New England's Jerod Mayo had a team-high 11 tackles last week. For the Chiefs, Eric Berry was inactive in last week's game due to a high ankle sprain. Tyler Bray remains on the injured reserve list. Dustin Colquitt had a 51 yard average over five punts last week and Zach Fulton once again made the start at RG. 

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