Vols In the NFL - Week 2 Update


- Peyton Manning (DEN) threw a 16-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders, a 1-yard TD pass to Virgil Green and a 19-yard TD pass to Sanders against the KC.
- Austin Johnson (NO) punched in a 1-yard score against the Bucs.

• Malik Jackson (DEN) sacked Chiefs QB Alex Smith in the closing seconds of the Broncos' win.
• Robert Ayers (NYG) dropped Falcons QB Matt Ryan for a sackin the fourth quarter.


- 71,838 yards (Brett Favre's NFL Record) -- 1,716 away

- 550 -- 17 away

- 186 (Favre's NFL Record) --5 away

- 6,300 (Favre's NFL Record) -- 323 away
- 6,000 -- 23 away



Rank Player Rec Years
1 Jerry Rice 1,549 1985-2004
2 Tony Gonzalez 1,325 1997-2013
3 Marvin Harrison 1,102 1996-2008
4 Cris Carter 1,101 1987-2002
5 Tim Brown 1,094 1988-2004
6 Terrell Owens 1,078 1996-2010
7 Reggie Wayne 1,070 2001-2014
8 Isaac Bruce 1,024 1994-2009
9 Andre Johnson 1,019 2003-2015
10 Hines Ward 1,000 1998-2011
11 Randy Moss 982 1998-2012
12 Jason Witten 958 2003-2015
13 Andre Reed 951 1985-2000
14 Anquan Boldin 950 2003-2015
15 Derrick Mason 943 1997-2011


Player Pos. Team Last Week Result Week 2 Stats Week 3 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants vs. Atlanta L, 24-20 3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 pass def. vs. WASH (TH), 8:25, CBS/NFLN
Eric Berry DB Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 4 tackles at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 DNP at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Justin Coleman DB New England at Buffalo W, 40-32 -- vs. JAX, 1:00, CBS
Britton Colquitt P Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 7 punts, 44.9 avg, 1 in 20 at DET, 8:30, NBC
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 4 punts, 52.5 avg., 1 in 20 at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at Oakland W, 37-33 -- vs. CIN, 1:00, CBS
Matt Darr P Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 6 punts, 48.2 avg. vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Arian Foster RB Houston at Carolina L, 24-17 DNP vs. TB, 1:00, FOX
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh vs. San Francisco W, 43-18 Started at LG at STL, 1:00, CBS
Zach Fulton G Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 -- at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee at Cleveland L, 28-14 2 catches, 34 yards vs. IND, 1:00 , CBS
Malik Jackson DE Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 3 tackles, 1 sack at DET, 8:30, NBC
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 Started at RT vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay L, 26-19 1 rush, 1 yard, 1 TD at CAR, 1:00, FOX
Peyton Manning QB Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 26-of-46, 256 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT at DET, 8:30, NBC
Jerod Mayo LB New England at Buffalo W, 40-32 2 tackles vs. JAX, 1:00, CBS
Jacques McClendon OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 -- vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh vs. San Francisco W, 43-18 1 tackle at STL, 1:00, CBS
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay at New Orleans W, 26-19 1 tackle at HOU, 1:00, FOX
Rajion Neal RB Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 DNP vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. Detroit W, 26-16 2 KR, 31.0 avg. vs. SD, 1:00, CBS
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland vs. Baltimore W, 37-33 3 catches, 15 yards at CLU, 1:00, CBS
Chris Scott G Carolina vs. Houston W, 24-17 -- vs. NO, 1:00, FOX
Matt Simms QB Atlanta at NY Giants W, 24-20 DNP at DAL, 1:00, FOX
James Stone C Atlanta at NY Giants W, 24-20 -- at DAL, 1:00, FOX
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay at New Orleans W, 26-19 -- at HOU, 1:00, FOX
Dallas Thomas OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 Started at LG vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Dan Williams DT Oakland vs. Baltimore W, 37-33 Started at DT at CLE, 1:00, CBS
Jordan Williams DL NY Jets at Indianapolis MNF DNP vs. PHI, 1:00, FOX
Jason Witten TE Dallas at Philadalphia W, 20-10 7 catches, 56 yards vs. ATL, 1:00, FOX
-- = played, no stats

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On Monday evening, VFLs Christin Stewart and A.J. Simcox celebrated a 3-2 West Michigan Whitecaps victory over Cedar Rapids, clinching a Midwest League Championship title in their first-ever season of professional baseball.

As Detroit's No. 10 prospect, Stewart finished the season with a .285 combined average between the Gulf Coast League Tigers, Connecticut Tigers and West Michigan Whitecaps. He recorded seven triples and 10 home runs on the year, including a four-hit night to send the Whitecaps into the postseason on Sept. 15.

Simcox joined Stewart and West Michigan's club in mid-August and hit .400 over 20 games with the Whitecaps, including three doubles and a home run. Splitting time between Detroit's GCL, Connecticut and West Michigan affiliates, the Knoxville native hit .415 against right-handed pitchers and also had a four-hit performance against Lansing on Sept. 14 to help West Michigan secure a playoff berth.

On the Major League circuit, VFL and 2015 Pacific Coach League MVP Matt Duffy was called up by his Houston Astros this month and made his MLB debut on Sept. 16, playing third base against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas. 

Prior to his call-up, Duffy had played a team-high 124 games with Triple A Fresno with 102 RBI and 90 runs scored, leading Triple A baseball in both categories. Drafted by Houston in the 20th round of the June 2011 Major League Draft, Duffy had played nearly 600 minor league games, making the opportunity that much more special.

Vols In The NFL - Week 2 Schedule

Vols In the NFL - Week 2, Sunday-Monday


Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants - 1 p.m., FOX
Giants: Robert Ayers | Falcons: James Stone, Matt Simms

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - 1 p.m., CBS
Patriots: Justin Coleman, Jerod Mayo

Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers - 1 p.m., CBS
Texans: Arian Foster | Panthers: Chris Scott

San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers - 1 p.m., FOX
Steelers: Ramon Foster, Daniel McCullers

Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns - 1 p.m., CBS
Titans: Justin Hunter

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints - 1 p.m., FOX
Saints: Austin Johnson | Bucs: Tony McDaniel, Luke Stocker

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - 1 p.m., FOX
Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars - 4:05 p.m., CBS
Dolphins: Matt Darr, Ja'Wuan James, Jacques McClendon, Rajion Neal, Dallas Thomas

Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders - 4:05 p.m., CBS
Ravens: Morgan Cox | Raiders: Mychal Rivera, Dan Williams

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles - 4:25 p.m., FOX
Cowboys: Jason Witten


New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts - 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jets: Jordan Williams

This Day In #Vols History (9/18/15)

The Vols' last win over Florida came 11 years ago today, Sept. 18, 2004, as James Wilhoit booted home the game-winning 50-yard field goal to send Neyland Stadium into a frenzy.

SEPTEMBER 18 (4-3)
1965 - W, 21-0 ARMY
1971 - W, 48-6 UC SANTA BARBARA
1976 - W, 31-0 TEXAS CHRISTIAN
1993 - L, 34-41 at No. 9 Florida
1999 - L, 21-23 at No. 4 Florida
2004 - W, 30-28 No. 11 FLORIDA
2010 - L, 17-31 No. 10 FLORIDA

Sept. 18, 1992: The press box was named for long-time trustee and Athletics Board member Col. Tom Elam of Union City.

Sept. 18, 2004: UT defeats #11 Florida 30-28 in Neyland Stadium. Tennessee was trailing 28-21 in the fourth quarter, when freshman Erik Ainge completed a 13-yard touchdown pass to Jayson Swain with 4:17 left. But James Wilhoit, a sophomore who had never missed a PAT in his career, was wide right on the kick. All Florida had to do was run out the clock to win, but they punted with 55 seconds left. Wilhoit got his redemption when he hit a 50-yard field goal with six seconds left to win the game. The game was played in front of a Neyland Stadium record crowd of 109,061 fans.

50th Anniversary Of Running Through The "T" (9.18.15)

Today is the 50th anniversary of the first time Tennessee ran through the "T"!

The new Tennessee Athletics Official Photo Store now has this special print celebrating UT's golden anniversary of one of its most cherished traditions!


CLICK HERE to purchase this awesome print!

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!

Denver Post: Peyton Manning eager for offensive redo in Kansas City

Kansas City Star: Peyton Manning seems beatable this time, but we've been wrong before

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.

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