Happy Birthday - May 21

On May 21 we have a recognize a trio of birthdays here on Rocky Top: Jeremy Dickie of track and field, former women's basketball standout Vicki Baugh, and the legendary football star and coach Johnny Majors.



A senior from Swartz Creek, Michigan, Dickie has competed in four seasons for UT's cross country and track and field teams. During the 2014 cross country season, he competed in all six regular season races and recorded career-best times in both the 8k (25:51.95) and the 10k (32:55.70). He finished his career with five top-50 finishes, including two inside the top 20, in 20 career meets. He graduated with a degree in Sociology. 





Before going on to play in the WNBA with the Tulsa Shock, Baugh played four seasons for the Lady Vols from 2007-12. For her career, she averaged 5.8 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in 111 career appearances. As a freshman, the Sa6-4 forward averaged 5.3 ppg over 38 games in helping UT claim the national title. Some of her best play came in the Final Four where she scored eight points and grabbed three rebounds before tearing her ACL in the championship game. 



A Tennessee legend, Majors was born in 1935 in Lynchburg, Tennessee. He ultimately enrolled at UT in 1953 as a triple-threat tailback and went on to become an All-American and the 1956 runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. Not long after his playing career was up, Majors embarked on a lengthy coaching career that saw him rack up 185 total wins at three schools as a head coach. While he enjoyed success at both Iowa State and Pittsburgh, Majors brought considerable renown to his alma mater when he took over the Vols in 1977. At Tennessee, Majors won three SEC titles. He remained with UT until 1992 and finished with a 116-62-8 record on Rocky Top. Majors continues to be present within the Tennessee football program as he made regular appearances at practices during the 2015 spring camp.

Happy birthday Jeremy, Vicki, and Johnny!



Happy Birthday - May 20

On May 20 we're wishing a happy birthday to Megan Geer of softball as well as VFLs Justin Hunter of football and Josh Bone of men's basketball!



A sophomore from Los Alamitos, California, Geer has started all 117 games of her collegiate career. Following a true freshman season that saw her earn Freshman All-SEC honors, Geer is batting .320 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in her second season on Rocky Top. Geer and the Lady Vols host Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regionals against Florida State tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET.



Now a wide receiver with the Tennessee Titans, Hunter played wideout for Tennessee from 2010-12, racking up 1,812 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hunter finished his junior season ranked third in the SEC in receiving yards (1,083) and was named to the All-SEC second team. Hunter also competed for the track and field team while on Rocky Top and currently stands as the No. 7 long jumper in program history.



Bone played guard as a member of Tennessee's 2010 Elite Eight team after transferring from Southern Illinois and logged 12 minutes in UT's historic Sweet Sixteen win over fifth-ranked Ohio State. During his senior year in 2010-11, Bone appeared in 23 games and received the starting nod three times. He averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 17.8 minutes per game that season. 

Happy birthday Megan, Justin, and Josh!



Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/19/15)

The Big Orange Caravan rolled into the Tri-Cities area on Monday night as Butch Jones and company returned to the Bristol Motor Speedway. It's 479 days until the Battle At Bristol on Sept. 10, 2016, get the latest from our Brian Rice: Vols Caravan Paints Bristol Orange



Coverage from the media includes: 

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones says players ready to 'go to work'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Battle at Bristol becoming more real
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mosley 'going to be an offensive lineman'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee 'still waiting' on DT Saulsberry




Burdick Featured In Scoop

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Check out this feature about Tennessee graduate Cierra Burdick, who now plays for the Los Angeles Sparks. It was written by UT student Lauren Moore for Scoop Magazine.

Scoop is a magazine for alumni, students, faculty and friends of the College of Communication & Information. It aims to keep readers up to date with what's happening around campus and in the University of Tennessee's School of Journalism & Electronic Media, School of Advertising & Public Relations, School of Communication Studies and School of Information Sciences. It is created by students in Journalism & Electronic Media 415: The Magazine Workshop.

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Happy Birthday - May 17

On May 17th we're celebrating two Big Orange birthdays on Rocky Top as men's diver Mauricio Robles and women's basketball's Jannah Tucker are blowing out the candles today!



A rising senior from Monterrey, Mexico, Robles just completed a strong junior season in which he earned All-America and All-SEC honors. After competing at the NCAA Championships, Robles was named an All-American on all three boards after he finished eighth on the 3-meter (422.45), 10th on the 1-meter (397.75) and 15th on the platform (362.25). He won SEC gold in the 1-meter springboard at the conference meet with a school record score of 421.15 and was named SEC Diver of the Meet. Robles turns 22 years old today.



After redshirting her true freshman year in 2013-14, Tucker made her Lady Vol debut last season when she checked in late against No. 7 Stanford. She recorded her first career rebound in that contest. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Tucker arrived at UT in 2013 as the No. 8 ranked player in the ESPNw Hoop Gurlz Top 100. She was also a member of the gold medal-winning USA U18 team that placed first at the FIBA Americas Championship in August of 2012. Tucker is 20 years old today.

Happy birthday Mauricio and Jannah!


Worley In Rookie Mini-Camp With Saints

A week after going through rookie mini-camp with the Cleveland Browns, former Vols quarterback Justin Worley is in New Orleans Saints rookie mini-camp. 

Happy Birthday - May 14

On May 14 we're wishing a happy birthday to Cherelle Thompson of Tennessee swimming and diving!



A native of Princes Town in Trinidad & Tobago, Thompson just completed her senior season on Rocky Top. A strong season saw Thompson record a career-best time of 22.43 in the preliminary round of the 50-meter freestyle at the SEC Championships before finishing eighth in the consolation final. During those same Championships, Thompson picked up the second SEC medal of her career when she placed third in the 200 free relay with teammates Faith Johnson, Amy Lubawy, and Harper Bruens.

Thompson went on to be a named a 2015 honorable mention All-American and a member of the 2015 SEC Community Service Team. 

Born this day in 1992, Thompson is 23 years old today.

Happy birthday, Cherelle!




Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/14/15)

The Big Orange Caravan rolled into Chattanooga on Thursday as Butch Jones and company met up with another sellout crowd at The Chattanoogan. Check UTSports.com: Chattanooga Shows Its Orange on BOC

Here's what Jones had to say to the media: 


Coverage from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Big Orange Caravan rolls into Chattanooga
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Barnes spending time with fans
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Spring Wrap: Wide receivers

Athlon Sports revealed its preseason Top 25 and has the Vols at #22: Tennessee Volunteers Preview

Butch Jones On SEC Teleconference


Tennessee head coach Butch Jones addressed the media as part of the SEC teleconference on Wednesday morning. Jones spoke about a variety of topics giving an overview of Team 119's spring camp. 

"We do have a lot of positive momentum," Jones said. "I think our players have fed off that. They've been extremely focused.  Their capacity for work, their mental effort, their mental intensity, I thought they brought it each and every day. That's what you want. You want the expectations because this is a very proud football program. We also understand we have a long, long ways to go in the development of our program."

Coverage from the media includes the following: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Butch Jones says freshman Shy Tuttle 'started to get it' late in spring practice

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: Vols have 'a lot of positive momentum'

Happy Birthday - May 13

On May 13 we're celebrating a trio of birthdays on Rocky Top: we're wishing a happy birthday to football's Derrick Brodus, Brittany Lindl of women's tennis, and to VFL Samuel Rairden of men's swimming and diving.



Brodus spent four seasons with Vol Football as a placekicker, wrapping up his collegiate career following the 2014 season. He was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and won the Lou Groza Star of the Week Award on Sept. 24, 2011. He was the protagonist of one of the amazing stories coming out of Rocky Top in 2011 when the walk-on was plucked from his couch less than an hour before the start of a game against Middle Tennessee and rushed to Neyland Stadium by police escort. He went on to start his first collegiate game, connecting on a 21-yard field goal and three PATs. Born this day in 1992, Brodus is 23 years old today.



A native of Panama City, Florida, Lindl recently concluded her sophomore stint with Lady Vol Tennis. To this point, she owns a career singles record of 24-21, including her first-ever win over a ranked opponent when she defeated No. 63 Beatrice Gumulya of Clemson 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 in the 2014-15 season opener. Upon arriving on Rocky Top, Lindl was ranked as the No. 16 women's tennis recruit in the country and had a five-star rating. She is 20 years old today.



Rairden competed for Vol Swimming and Diving from 2010-14, collecting 13 All-America certificates and 12 SEC Medals to make him one of the most successful swimmers in UT history. He ranks inside the top three of the all-time Tennessee performance list in four individual events, including the 100-meter butterfly in which his time of 45.92 still stands as the program record in the event. That time earned him a bronze medal in the 100 butterfly at the 2014 SEC Championships. Rairden turns 24 years old today.

Happy birthday Derrick, Brittany, and Sam!




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