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On Wednesday, #VFL and Kansas City Royals right-hander Luke Hochevar threw for the first time since having Tommy John surgery on March 17, playing catch in an indoor batting cage at Detroit's Comerica Park.

"It felt awesome, my first couple of throws, just because I hadn't thrown for a while. But overall it felt good," Hochevar told MLB.com. "Typically getting loose is a little cranky, but today it felt awesome. Hopefully that continues."

Hochevar threw two sessions of 25 pitches at a 45-foot distance and will continue a rehabilitation program of throwing twice a week until he approaches the mound again in January.

Here's more on Luke Hochevar's recent throwing session:

The timing could not be better, as Hochevar also celebrates his 31st birthday on Sept. 15! Today, #VolNation sends their congrats, well wishes and birthday wishes alike to the former #Vol first-round pick.

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#NFLVols Week 2 Recap

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In week two of the NFL regular season, 26 VFLs saw game action. Check out how your favorite NFL Vols performed: 

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It was a family affair as the Colquitt Bowl 1 of 2014 occurred with the Chiefs and Broncos up against one other. Britton Colquitt (DEN) kicked three punts for an average of 43 yards. Dustin Colquitt (KC) kicked two punts with a 40-yard average. The Broncos pulled out the win.

In that same game, Peyton Manning completed 21 of 26 passes for 242 yards and three touchdowns. It was his 41st consecutive game of throwing a touchdown. That streak is the longest active and fourth-longest in NFL history. He also added to his NFL record of 86 career games with three-plus touchdown passes. 

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In the Texans win over the Raiders, Arian Foster added yet another 100-plus yard rushing game to his career stats with 138 yards on 28 carries. Oakland Raiders' Mychal Rivera had 31 yards on five receptions and Denarius Moore racked up 29 yards on three. 

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VFL Tony McDaniel had five tackles in the game against the Chargers. Also performing well on defense was Robert Ayers with the NY Giants as he had three tackles, including a sack for a loss of seven yards. Jerod Mayo had a great defensive effort with seven tackles and two for a loss. Dan Williams of the Cardinals racked up three tackles.


More on offense, Robert Meachem had his first receptions of the regular season. He finished with three receptions for 37 yards. Justin Hunter had 26 yards on two receptions and also had a fumble recovery. Cordarrelle Patterson racked up 56 yards on four receptions and had a 23-yard kickoff return.


Tight end Jason Witten returned to his home state to play the Tennessee Titans. A special guest in attendance was former Tennessee coach Phillip Fulmer. Witten left with a win and four receptions for 32 yards.

NamePositionTeamResultStats
Robert AyersDENew York GiantsLost to Arizona 25-14Three tackles, one sack for a loss of 7
Eric BerryDBKansas City ChiefsLost to Denver 24-17Started at SS
Tyler BrayQBKansas City ChiefsLost to Denver 24-17Injured reserve
Britton ColquittPDenver BroncosDef. Kansas City 24-17Three punts, 44 yd. avg., one inside the 20
Dustin ColquittPKansas City ChiefsLost to Denver 24-17Two punts, 40 yd. avg., two inside the 20
Morgan CoxLSBaltimore RavensDef. Pittsburgh 26-6Played at LS
Arian FosterRBHouston TexansDef. Oakland 30-14138 yards rushing, 2 receptions for 12 yds.
Ramon FosterOTPittsburgh SteelersLost to Baltimore 26-6Started at LG
Zach FultonGKansas City ChiefsLost to Denver 24-17Started at RG
Parys HaralsonLBNew Orleans SaintsLost to Cleveland 26-24Started at OLB
Justin HunterWRTennessee TitansLost to Dallas 26-10Two receptions for 26 yards, fumble recovery
Malik JacksonDLDenver BroncosDef. Kansas City 24-17Played at DE, one tackle
Ju'Wan JamesOLMiami DolphinsLost to Buffalo 29-10Started at RT
Austin JohnsonFBNew Orleans SaintsLost to Cleveland 26-24Two carries for 10 yards
Peyton ManningQBDenver BroncosDef. Kansas City 24-1721-of-26, 242 yards, 3 TDs
Jerod MayoLBNew England PatriotsDef. Minnesota 30-7Seven tackles, two tfls
Jacques McClendonOLJacksonville JaguarsLost to Washington 41-10Started at C
Tony McDanielDTSeattle SeahawksLost to San Diego 30-21Started at LDT, five tackles
Daniel McCullersDTPittsburgh SteelersLost to Baltimore 26-6Inactive
Robert MeachemWRNew Orleans SaintsLost to Cleveland 26-24Three receptions for 37 yards
Denarius MooreWROakland RaidersLost to Houston 30-14Three receptions for 29 yards
Cordarrelle PattersonWRMinnesota VikingsLost to New England 30-7Four receptions for 56 yards, 23 yd. KO return
Antonio RichardsonOLMinnesota VikingsLost to New England 30-7Injured reserve
Mychal RiveraTEOakland RaidersLost to Houston 30-14Started at TE, five receptions for 31 yards
Matt SimmsQBNew York JetsLost to Green Bay 31-24Practice squad
Jacques SmithLBAtlanta FalconsLost to Cincinnati 24-10Practice squad
Luke StockerTETampa Bay BucsLost to St. Louis 19-17Started at TE
James StoneOLAtlanta FalconsLost to Cincinnati 24-10Inactive
Dallas ThomasOLMiami DolphinsLost to Buffalo 29-10Played at G
Scott WellsOLSt. Louis RamsDef. Tampa Bay 19-17Started at C
Dan Williams DTArizona CardinalsDef. New York Giants 25-14Three tackles
Jason WittenTEDallas CowboysDef. Tennessee 26-10Four receptions for 32 yards

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/15/14)

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The Vols began their first of two open weeks in 2014 on Sunday following the 34-10 defeat at #4/3 Oklahoma on Saturday. Here's a look at coverage from UTSports.com:



Coverage from the media following the game includes: 
- Associated Press: Tennessee-Oklahoma 9/13/2014
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Sooners too much for Vols, win 34-10
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols not changing offensive line
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Hurd carrying starter's load for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notebook: Vols missed having Ethan Wolf
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Progress made in loss
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Freshman report: Oklahoma
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols see improvement despite pain
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bob Stoops praises Worley
- Maryville Daily Times: Vols take first tumble against Sooners

Happy Birthday - Sept. 15

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Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to two former Vols and one current, Gene McEver (football), Luke Hochevar (baseball) and Josh Richardson (men's basketball)!



McEver was "the best player I ever coached... the best I ever saw" according to Gen. Neyland. While at Tennessee, McEver was an All-Southern selection each year and was the first player to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

Hochevar was one of the top-rated pitchers in the country. He had an NCAA-leading 11 wins and had a career-high 13 strikeouts. He also moved into the fifth-place on Tennessee's single-season wins list during his tenure. He currently plays for the Kansas City Royals.

Richardson, a senior, had a breakout junior year starting in 37 games and was named to the 2014 SEC All-Defensive Team. He was the team's third-leading scorer, averaging 10.3 points and 2.9 rebounds per game.


This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 15)

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The Vols stand 4-2 all-time on Sept. 15 following 2012's 37-20 loss to No. 18 Florida. The game was historic as the jersey number 45 of Johnny Majors was retired prior to the game.


SEPTEMBER 15 (4-2)
1973 W, 21-17 DUKE
1979 W, 28-16 Boston College
1984 W, 27-21 UTAH
1990 W, 56-0 TEXAS EL PASO
2007 L, 20-59 No. 5 Florida
2012 L, 20-37 No. 18 FLORIDA

#NFLVols Set For Week 2

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In 15 games through Monday, VFLs will be a part of 11 of them. After a strong first week by numerous former Vols, expectations are just as high leading into week two.

 
Miami Dolphins offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James (72) during practice at Miami Dolphins training camp on Wednesday, August 14, 2014.
Dolphins vs. Bills, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Rookie Ja'Wuan James made his debut in the regular season with a start at right tackle. Both he and teammate Dallas Thomas share time on the offensive line. Against the Bills, James is expected to remain a starter.



Falcons vs. Bengals, 1 p.m. (CBS)
James Stone and Jacques Smith both have their names on the Falcons roster. In last week's game, Stone was on the inactive list and Smith remained on the practice squad. 


Saints vs. Browns, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Linebacker Parys Haralson and Austin Johnson will against suit up for the Saints. Haralson and Johnson both saw playing time in week at outside linebacker and fullback, respectively. Robert Meachem, who was recently resigned to the team, saw limited playing time.


Patriots vs. Vikings, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Jerod Mayo had a great start to the season racking up 10 tackles and having a fumble recovery. He will come face-to-face with running back sensation Cordarrelle Patterson of the Vikings. Antonio Richardson remains on the injured reserve list for Minnesota.



Cardinals vs. Giants, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Robert Ayers will host  defensive lineman Dan Williams in a New York. Ayers had a strong start with his new team. Nose tackle Williams against the Giants' offensive line will be a 'matchup to watch.'

 - NY Times: Cardinals at Giants


Cowboys vs. Titans, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Jason Witten will suit up and travel to back to his home state to meet Justin Hunter and the Titans. Hunter was the most targeted player on the Titans in last week's game.



Jaguars vs. Redskins, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Starting center Jacques McClendon will be the lone VFL in the game against Washington. 


Seahawks vs. Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Tony McDaniel will face off against San Diego in their meeting. Last week, McDaniel had three tackles and a safety.


Rams vs. Buccaneers, 4:05 p.m. (FOX)
Scott Wells of the Rams will travel to Tampa Bay to suit up against tight end Luke Stocker. Wells started at the center position. 



Chiefs vs. Broncos, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
It will be a showdown between the Colquitt brothers when Britton of the Broncos and Dustin of the Chiefs meet. Both are averaging over 40 yards per punt. The Chiefs will also have Eric Berry, who had a team high 14 tackles in last week's contest. Zach Fulton, a rookie starter, is expected to remain a constant in the lineup. The Broncos will have Malik Johnson and the great Peyton Manning. Tyler Bray remains on the reserved injured list.


Texans vs. Raiders, 4:25 p.m. (CBS)
Mychal Rivera and Denarius Moore of the Raiders will host Arian Foster and the Texans. Both Rivera and Moore were targeted for a combined five receptions.


Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/13/14)

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It's GAMEDAY! Follow our LIVE BLOG from Norman as part of FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols at #4/3 OU. Check out the Vols arrival in Oklahoma on Friday right here:


Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols to get big gauge of progress
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols, UGA step into national spotlight
- CBSSports.com: 
- ESPN.com: Game Preview
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Oklahoma rebuilding model for UT
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Things: Tennessee vs. Oklahoma
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Taking stock of Tennessee vs. Oklahoma
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT vs. Oklahoma matchups
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols face 'top-level' Oklahoma team
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT's non-conference game no laugher
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Five Questions: Vols at No. 4 Oklahoma

News out of Oklahoma includes:
- Enid News & Eagle: Vols first major test for Sooners


Former Lady Vol Candace Parker was named to the 2014 All-WNBA First Team. Parker was named the league's MVP in 2013. Finishing the season, Parker was averaging 19.4 points alongside 7.1 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.8 steals and 1.4 blocks. Parker led her team, the Los Angeles Sparks, in points, blocks and steals. Parker's average for the 2014 season was the second-best in her career. 

Happy Birthday - Sept. 12

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Happy Birthday to three former track and field/cross country athletes: Joe Franklin, Linda Hadfield and Patavia Lowery!


Franklin was a nine-tie SEC scorer during his career, including five times in the 800. He qualified for the NCAA outdoor in the 800m as a rookie and earned 2009 SEC All-Freshman Team honors.

Hadfield was a two-time USTFCCA All-America Honorable Mention and a 2011 member of the SEC Outdoor All-Freshman team. She also hold the school record for indoor pole vault (13-11).

Knoxville local Lowery ran a best of 2:17.5 in the 800m and ran both the 800m and 1500m at the SECs finishing 23rd and 33rd, respectively. 

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/12/14)

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The Vols depart campus at 2 p.m., on Friday to head to Norman, Oklahoma to face the #4/3 Sooners. Get the latest on the Vols from UTSports.com looking ahead to Saturday's clash on ABC. 




Here's a look at coverage from the media:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' defensive line faces big challenge
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols could use marquee non-SEC win
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Johnson: Young Vols 'combat-ready'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Wolf 'will be available'
- UT Daily Beacon: The Oklahoma Daily

Stories out of Oklahoma include: 
- Tahlequah Daily Press: OU's experience cannot be overlooked


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