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!

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The Day In #Vols History (Sept. 17)

The first win in Johnny Majors' career as head coach of the Vols came on Sept. 17, 1977 with a 24-18 win over Boston College at Neyland Stadium. In the game, the Vols forced eight turnovers by the Eagles (four interceptions and four fumbles). When the Vols forced Western Kentucky into seven turnovers in 2013 in week two, the 1977 game was researched as the one with the most turnovers other than the 1984 game vs. Memphis with seven turnovers by the Tigers. 

SEPTEMBER 17 (1-4) 
1977 W, 24-18 BOSTON COLLEGE 
1988 L, 9-34 No. 9 LOUISIANA STATE 
1994 L, 0-31 No. 1 FLORIDA 
2005 L, 7-16 No. 6 Florida 
2011 L, 23-33 No. 16 Florida

Reeves-Maybin Earns TSWA Defensive Player Of Week

Tennessee junior linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin was named the Tennessee Sports Writers Association Defensive Player of the Week for the week ending Sept. 13.

Reeves-Maybin collected a career-best 21 tackles, including 13 solo, with three tackles for loss and one sack in the double-overtime loss to Oklahoma. The Clarksville, Tenn., native recorded the most stops by a Tennessee player since 2012. His 30 total tackles on the season ranks second in the NCAA.

Reeves-Maybin also had his second sack in as many weeks, tying the two that he had in all of 2014.

Vols in the NFL Update (9.15.15)

Week 1 of the 2015-16 NFL season is in the books and 23 #NFLVols were in action over the weekend. Here are some of the highlights from your favorite VFLs:


Eric Berry's remarkable and inspiring return to football reached another milestone on Sunday when he played 48 of the 77 defensive snaps for the Kansas City Chiefs in their season-opening win over the Houston Texans. Berry logged two tackles and one pass defended in his first NFL regular season game since November of 2014 after being diagnosed with lymphoma. After several months of treatment, Berry was declared cancer-free on June 22, 2015.


VFL and Dallas Cowboys tight end Jason Witten came up big when it mattered the most, scoring the game-winning touchdown in a topsy-turvy matchup with the New York Giants on Sunday night. Witten hauled in an 11-yard pass from Tony Romo with just seven seconds remaining on the clock to lift the Cowboys to the win. The Elizabethton, Tennessee, native also had a one-yard TD reception earlier in the fourth quarter to pull Dallas within 23-20 of the Giants. It was the fifth two-touchdown game of his career.


With Denver's 19-13 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, Peyton Manning collected the 180th win in his NFL career. He is now just six wins away from tying Brett Favre for the most victories by a starting quarterback in NFL history. Manning will get one step closer to that milestone when he leads the Broncos against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday Night Football this week. The AFC West rivalry looks a bit of a VFL reunion as Broncos and former Vols Manning, Malik Jackson, and Britton Colquitt meet fellow UT standouts Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt, and Zach Fulton on the Chiefs.

Take a look at the full rundown of the #NFLVols during Week 1 of the NFL season:





Robert Ayers DE New York Giants L at Cowboys, 27-26 Started at DE, 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 FF
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs W at Texans, 27-20 Played at SS, 2 tackles (2 solo), 1 PD 
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs W at Texans, 27-20
Non-football related injured reserve
Justin Coleman
Britton Colquitt
New England Patriots
Denver Broncos
W vs. Steelers, 28-21
W vs. Ravens, 19-13
5 punts, 51.8 avg., long 62, 2 inside 20
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs W at Texans, 27-20
7 punts, 43.9 avg., long 56, 4 inside 20
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens L at Broncos, 19-13 Played at LS
Matt Darr
Arian Foster
Miami Dolphins
Houston Texans
W vs. Washington, 17-10
L vs. Chiefs, 27-20
4 punts, 54.3 avg., long 63, 1 inside 20
DNP (groin)
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers L at Patriots, 28-21 Started at LG
Zach Fulton OL Kansas City Chiefs W at Texans, 27-20 Played at C
Justin HunterWRTennessee TitansW at Buccaneers, 42-14One reception for 11 yards
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos W vs. Ravens, 19-13 Started at DE, 1 tackle
Ja'Wuan JamesOLMiami DolphinsW vs. Washington, 17-10Started at RT
Austin JohnsonFBNew Orleans SaintsL vs. Cardinals, 31-191 carry (4 yds), 2 receptions (5 yds)
Peyton ManningQBDenver BroncosW vs. Ravens, 19-1324-40-175 yards, INT
Jerod MayoLBNew England PatriotsW vs. Steelers, 28-212 tackles (1 solo)
Jacques McClendonOLMiami DolphinsW vs. Washington, 17-10DNP (coaches decision)
Daniel McCullers-SandersDTPittsburgh SteelersL at Patriots, 28-21Played at NT, one tackle
Tony McDaniel DT Tampa Bay Buccaneers L vs. Titans, 42-14 Played at DT
Rajion Neal
Cordarrelle Patterson
Miami Dolphins
Minnesota Vikings
W vs. Washington, 17-10
L at 49ers, 20-3
Practice squad
1 reception (1 yard), 1 KR (21 yds)
Mychal RiveraTEOakland RaidersL vs. Bengals, 33-131 reception (4 yards)
Matt Simms
Chris Scott
Atlanta Falcons
Carolina Panthers
W vs. Eagles, 26-24
W at Jaguars, 20-9
Practice squad
Played at G
Luke StockerTETampa Bay BuccaneersL vs. Titans, 42-14Started at TE
James StoneOLAtlanta FalconsW vs. Eagles, 26-24DNP (coaches decision)
Dallas ThomasOLMiami DolphinsW vs. Washington, 17-10Started at G
Dan WilliamsDTOakland RaidersL vs. Bengals, 33-13Started at DT, 4 tackles (3 solo), 1 PD
Jordan WilliamsDLNew York JetsW vs. Browns, 31-10Practice squad
Jason WittenTEDallas CowboysW vs. Giants, 27-268 receptions, 60 yds, 2 TDs

Four VFLs In Tonight's 2015 NFL Opener

The 2015 NFL season begins tonight with the New England Patriots hosting the Pittsburgh Steelers at 8:30 p.m. ET on NBC. Four VFLs will suit up with Jerod Mayo and Justin Coleman on the Patriots and Ramon Foster and Daniel McCullers on the Steelers.

Elder Named Special Teams Coord. Of Week

Tennessee tight ends coach and special teams coordinator Mark Elder was named the Special Teams Coordinator of the Week by CoachingSearch.com.

Tennessee averaged 43 yards on two kickoff returns in a 59-30 win over Bowling Green last week, including a 67-yarder with a facemask penalty tacked on. The Vols also averaged 34 yards on three punt returns, each over 21 yards.

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 10)

Take a look back at the five games the Vols have played on Sept. 10. Just two years ago, Tennessee faced the Butch Jones-led Cincinnati at Neyland Stadium as Tyler Bray threw for 405 yards in a Vols' win. He became the first UT quarterback not named Manning to throw for more than 400 yards in a game. 

SEPTEMBER 10 (3-2) 
1977 - L, 17-27 CALIFORNIA 
1983 - W, 31-6 NEW MEXICO 
1988 - L, 26-31 DUKE 
1994 - W, 41-23 No. 23 Georgia 
2011 - W, 45-23 CINCINNATI

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 3)

The Vols have won their last two games played on Sept. 3 after dropping the first three on the date.

September 3 (2-3)

1983 - L, 3-13 PITTSBURGH
1988 - L, 17-28 No. 12 Georgia
1994 - L, 23-25 No. 14 UCLA
2005 - W, 17-10 UAB
2011 - W, 42-16 MONTANA

Sept. 3, 2011 - Tennessee 42, Montana 16

Tennessee's 2011 football season began with the longest weather delay in school history. But lightning and high winds only delayed a first-half offensive deluge as the Vols rolled to a 42-16 victory over Montana in Neyland Stadium.

The Vols jumped out to a 14-point lead early in the first quarter thanks to a couple big plays from sophomore receivers Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter. Both Hunter (146) and Rogers (100) had 100-yard receiving days and Tauren Poole ran for 98 yards and a score. Tyler Bray threw for 293 yards and three TDs. 

Vol Calls - Wednesday Night At 8 p.m.

Butch Jones will be a live in-person guest at Vol Calls from Calhoun's On the River at 8 p.m. ET on Wednesday night. Jones will preview the season opener vs. Bowling Green in Nashville. 

  • Calhoun's On the River returns as "Vol Calls" headquarters for the fourth straight season and an agreement has just been reached for the iconic restaurant to serve as the show's home for two more years following this season. Famous for its award-winning ribs, BBQ and other delicious Southern dishes, Calhoun's is one of Tennessee's most popular restaurant destinations. Calhoun's will give away prizes each week during football season through its Facebook and Twitter pages including two game tickets and two hospitality passes for each home UT football game. Weather permitting, shows in early Fall 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 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 through utsports.com.

    Wednesday's Juice (9.2.15)

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    Here are some of the latest headlines on the Vols --

    1. Malone Moves Past '14 Freshman Struggles

    Sophomore receiver Josh Malone has received praise from his coaches regarding his commitment to improving.

    2. DeBord Back In The OC Saddle

    UT offensive coordinator will be calling plays for the first time since 2007. DeBord says he has studied the game a long time and he is ready.

    3. VFLs Pumped For 2015

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