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Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/8/15)

Get the latest on the Vols as they have hit the midway point of Spring Football following Practice #7 on Tuesday. UTSports.com has you covered:


News from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols net six-figure profit from TaxSlayer Bowl
- Knoxville News Sentinel: It was a huge kick in hindsight
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vereen out for rest of spring practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara absent from UT practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: North putting frustrating 2014 behind him
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: QBs improving under DeBord

Happy Birthday - April 8

It's April 8 and we're sending happy birthday wishes to graduating soccer senior Allie Sirna!



Sirna recently wrapped up a stellar four-year career with Tennessee, starting in all 85 matches in which she appeared during her time on Rocky Top. A standout defender, Sirna helped UT record seven shutouts last season and earned SEC All-Tournament Team honors after logging 290 minutes played during the tournament and helping the Volunteers rally back against Alabama and stifle a potent Florida attack in the quarterfinals. In December, Sirna earned NSCAA Scholar All-Region Honors and was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship just last month. She is 22 years old today.

Happy birthday, Allie!

VFL Denarius Moore Signs With Bengals

VFL Denarius Moore has signed with the Cincinnati Bengals after the fifth-year year receiver had played his entire career with the Oakland Raiders since being drafted out of Tennessee in 2011. 

He played in 51 games with 37 starts for Oakland, with 142 receptions for 2169 yards (15.3 avg.) nd 17 touchdowns. He also had 42 punt returns for a 6.8-yard average. He was a fifth-round Oakland draft choice in 2011.

Moore played in 10 games (two starts) for the Raiders last season, catching 12 passes for 115 yards.

His biggest receiving year for the Raiders was 2012, when he played and started 15 games and caught 51-for-741 (14.5) with seven TDs. In 2013, he played 13 games (10 starts) and caught 46-for-695 (15.1) with five TDs.


Here's a look at coverage from the media: 

Happy Birthday - April 6

On April 6 we're celebrating a pair of birthdays on Rocky Top! One of the newest members of the Big Orange family, football's Kyle Oliver, is blowing out the candles today, as is former women's basketball standout Kamiko Williams!

Oliver is an incoming freshman who committed to Tennessee on National Signing Day back on Feb. 4. He is a 6-4, 226-pound tight end who will arrive in Knoxville with a three-star rating in tow. He lettered in football at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and logged 102 receptions for 1,474 yards and five touchdowns in his three-year prep career. Born this day in 1997, Oliver turns 18 years old today.



Williams graduated from UT in 2013 after a four-year career on the hardwood for the Lady Vols. The guard appeared in 128 games over her four-year career, averaging 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. During her senior year, she averaged 11.8 points and 3.5 steals per contest over Tennessee's NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight. Following the 2012-13 season, Williams was drafted by the WNBA's New York Liberty with the 15th overall pick. She did not play in 2014 after suffering a torn ACL. Williams is 24 years old today.



Happy birthday Kyle and Kamiko!



Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/5/15)

The Vols held their first spring practice at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Get the full scoop in #VolReport: Team 119's Neyland Debut.


Alvin Kamara and Evan Berry were cited by Coach Jones as the standouts from Saturday's action. Read more: Kamara's Spark On Display, Saturday

Also on UTSports.com: 

The latest from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dobbs, Kamara reuniting in Vols' backfield
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Evan Berry stands out in UT Vols' scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dobbs preps for entire season of fun
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara shows big-play ability
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Night and day' difference for Malone
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols give peek at depth chart
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara shines again in scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gaulden showing 'progress' at nickel
- Maryville Daily Times: No more why at the Z for UT's Howard

Happy Birthday - April 5

On this fifth day of April we're celebrating the birthday of baseball's David Houser



Houser is a junior catcher for the Diamond Vols and has appeared in 21 games this season. So far in 2015, he is hitting a career-best .281 with three doubles and three RBIs to his credit. Houser is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and is 21 years old today. 

Happy birthday, David!


Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/4/15)

The Vols will practice at Neyland Stadium for the first time this spring on Saturday, as they go through their sixth session. 


Get all of your spring camp info in our CAMP CENTRAL.

Here's a look at Saturday's stories from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols defensive end Lewis embracing opportunity
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gillespie adjusts to new role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: DeBord happy with freshman QBs


Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/3/15)

Butch Jones led the Vols through their fifth spring practice on Thursday. Get the full scoop in the #VolReport: Assistants Break It Down

More on UTSports.com from Camp Central

Here's a look at coverage from the media:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Gaulden, Foreman getting corner time for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Weatherd working as hybrid on defense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones hasn't had luxury of redshirting
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones shows power of social media
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: DeBord happy with freshman QBs
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols moving Weatherd to hybrid role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols bringing Bates back slowly


Happy Birthday - April 2

On April 2 we are wishing a very happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Kaitlan Aries

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A senior from Chuluota, Florida, Aries is in the midst of her third season with the varsity squad. She has competed in five races this season, including a spot in the first varsity eight that narrowly finished in fourth in 6:58.38 at the 42nd Annual San Diego Crew Classic. She also rowed in the bow seat in the varsity eight at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational that placed third in three races. Last year, Aries picked up a handful of academic awards. She was named to the 2014 SEC Spring Honor Roll, the 2013-14 C-USA Honor Roll, and received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal -- an honor given to student-athletes maintaining a 3.75 GPA or better. Aries is a kinesiology major.

Happy birthday, Kaitlan!


UT-UM Game Most Viewed NCAA Elite Eight Contest


According to ESPN, the network's NCAA Women's Basketball Championship Elite Eight broadcast of the Tennessee-Maryland game in Spokane on Monday night was the most-viewed of the four regional finals with 1,540,000 average viewers.

In fact, it was the most viewed NCAA Women's Elite Eight game since 2012, when a Tennessee-Baylor match-up in what turned out to be Pat Summitt's final game as head coach averaged 1,654,000 viewers.

Knoxville topped all markets for Monday night's Tennessee-Maryland match-up, averaging a 12.9 rating, the highest rating this season for a women's college basketball game in the market. Hartford-New Haven was second with a 5.9 rating, followed by Baltimore (5.8), Nashville (5.0), Dayton (2.9), Washington, DC (2.5) and Memphis (2.2).   

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