Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/13/15)

The Big Orange Caravan continued at Atlanta's College Football Hall of Fame last night. Get the latest from Butch Jones and Rick Barnes as they met with the media prior to the event: Vols Take Over College Football Hall.

Check out some awesome photos: Photo Gallery 

It was a special night for Jones as he was able to see the numerous displays dedicated to the Vols and its history. Watch what he said: 

Coverage from the media includes: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT, Alabama cross paths on caravan circuit

Barnhart Feature On Dobbs & Vols

Mr. College Football, Tony Barnhart takes a look at quarterback Joshua Dobbs and Tennessee football following his recent to Knoxville. 

Joshua Dobbs loves to compete, even with his own mother.

Dobbs, from Alpharetta, Ga. (about 30 minutes from downtown Atlanta), grew up in a household that was very serious about a lot of things, especially academics. His mother, Stephanie, missed only one day of school in 12 years (she had a fever in the second grade and was kept home out of caution). Thus, at a very young age, Joshua Dobbs was challenged.

"It just became like a game to me," Dobbs said. "I just wanted to prove that I could do what my mother did."


Barnes, Jones Take In Grizzlies Playoff Game

Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones, center, and head basketball coach Rick Barnes, right, watch the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball Western Conference playoff series between the Memphis Grizzlies and the Golden State Warriors, Monday, May 11, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Tennessee basketball coach Rick Barnes and football coach Butch Jones were courtside for the Memphis Grizzlies playoff game vs. the Golden State Warriors on Monday night. 

KCChiefs.com: Five Things to Know About Dustin Colquitt

The Kansas City Chiefs website has a cool feature on VFL Dustin Colquitt: Five Things to Know About Dustin Colquitt. It includes some fantastic photos of the Colquitt punting family of Tennessee. 


Happy Birthday - May 12

On this 12th day of May we wish a happy birthday to one of Tennessee swimming's most accomplished alumnae: Kelsey Floyd!



A native of Lexington, Kentucky, Floyd competed for Tennessee as a member of the women's swimming squad from 2009-13.She was a three-time NCAA champion, claiming all of her titles during her senior season in a trio of relays. She won national championships in the 200 freestyle relay, the 200 medley relay, and the 400 medley relay. She earned 24 All-America certificates during her time on Rocky Top -- the most in Lady Vol history -- and grabbed 16 SEC medals, including six gold. 

Born this day in 1991, Floyd is 24 years old.

Happy birthday, Kelsey!


Happy Birthday - May 11

On May 11 we celebrate the birthday of swimmer Jacob Thulin and remember the sacrifice former Vols football player Clyde Fuson made for his country during World War II. 



Thulin recently completed his senior campaign in the pool for Tennessee in the pool, wrapping up his final season with two new personal bests. Thulin set a career-best mark in the 50-meter freestyle at the SEC Championships in February, turning in a time of 19.97 in the prelims. The next day, he turned in another career-best in the 100-meter butterfly with a prelim time of 46.38. A native of Taby, Sweden, Thulin concludes his career with one SEC medal -- a bronze in the 200 free at the 2012 SEC Championships -- and was a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Born this day in 1991, Thulin is 24 years old today.



Born on May 11, 1923, Clyde Fuson is remembered as one of the Vols who gave it all when his country needed it most. A native of Middlesboro, Kentucky, Fuson was a fullback on the 1942 Tennessee team before joining the war effort. He and fellow Vols Rudy Klarer, Wills Tucker, and Bill Nowling lost their lives during WWII. Each of their numbers, including Fuson's 62, were retired in 2006.




Happy Birthday - May 9

We've got a trio of Tennessee birthdays to celebrate on May 9 as we wish happy birthday to Lauren Higdon of rowing and Jordan Rodgers of baseball, as well as VFL and current Major Leaguer Chase Headley

Higdon competed as a true freshman this last season for the Tennessee rowing squad, appearing initially as a member of the novice squad before rowing with the varsity. She rowed the one seat in the Varsity Four at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational that placed third in two races and fourth in another. She picked up a win as a member of the Varsity Four at the Petite Final in a time of 8 minutes, 8.16 seconds at the 42nd Annual San Diego Crew Classic. Born this day in 1996, Higdon is 18 years old today.

Lauren  Higdon

Infielder Rodgers is in the midst of his sophomore season for the Diamond Vols and has appeared in 32 games this season. He is hitting .260 on the year with 11 RBIs and three doubles. Rodgers is a native of Memphis and attended Memphis University School during his prep years. He is 20 years old today. 



Currently the third baseman for the New York Yankees, Headley played baseball at Tennessee from 2004-05 after transferring from Pacific. He batted .357 during his two seasons on Rocky Top, including a .387 average during a junior season that also featured 14 home runs and 65 RBIs. He also earned Academic All-America status while at UT. Headley was drafted in the second round of the 2005 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres and made his big league debut in 2007. He remained with San Diego through the 2013 season and was traded to the New York Yankees last summer. He is hitting .229 through 29 games with New York so far this season.



Happy birthday, Lauren, Jordan, and Chase!




Happy Birthday - May 8

On May 8 we're wishing a happy birthday to one of the greats: legendary defensive end Doug Atkins!



Before making his mark in the NFL, Atkins attended the University of Tennessee and played football under coach General Robert R. Neyland. He was a member of UT's 1951 national championship team and earned All-America status in 1952. He is considered by many to be the greatest defensive end in program history. Following his collegiate career, Atkins was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the 1953 NFL Draft. He helped the Browns to a division title in 1953 and the NFL Championship the following year. From there, he transitioned to the Chicago Bears, with whom he would spend the next 12 seasons and write his name in the history books. He won another NFL Championship with the Bears in 1963 and was a three-time All-Pro selection. He concluded his NFL career playing three years with the expansion New Orleans Saints.

In all, Atkins was an eight-time Pro Bowler, a 10-time All-Pro pick. He is a member of both the College Football Hall of Fame and the Pro Football Hall  of Fame and was inducted into the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame. His collegiate #91 was retired by Tennessee in 2005. 



Happy birthday, Doug Atkins!




Darr & Worley Interviews On Sports Radio WNML

On Wednesday, a pair of VFLs were guests on Sports Radio WNML as they spoke about their opportunities in the NFL.


Punter Matt Darr discussed his free-agent signing with the Miami Dolphins: LISTEN to Matt Darr


Quarterback Justin Worley talked about his invitation to Cleveland Browns mini-camp: LISTEN to Justin Worley

Happy Birthday - May 6

We've got a trio of football birthdays to celebrate on May 6. Today we're sending 'happy birthday' wishes to redshirt senior DL Trevarris Saulsberry as well as to VFLs Dustin Colquitt and Jason Witten!

A native of Gainesville, Florida, Saulsberry is gearing up for his fifth fall on Rocky Top after redshirting his freshman year back in 2011. He has appeared in 13 games in his career, including a career-high five last season. He made three solo tackles and assisted on two more in 2014, giving him five total for the year. Born on this day in 1993, Saulsberry is 22 years old today.



Colquitt played four seasons for the Vols from 2001-04 after a redshirt year in 2000. He was a four-year starting punter, missing just one start in 39 career games for Tennessee. Colquitt was a consensus All-American in 2003, becoming the first Vols kicker to earn the accolade since Ron Widby in 1966, and was a Ray Guy Award finalist in both 2002 and 2003. In 2005, the Knoxville native was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft by the Kansas City Chiefs and he has served as the franchise's punter for the last 10 seasons. 



Witten logged three seasons at tight end for UT from 2000-02 before departing for the NFL draft after his junior season. A native of Elizabethton, Tennessee, Witten set school records for a tight end in receptions (39) and receiving yards (493) during his junior season, earning All-SEC honors. Despite having played only three years at the position, Witten left Rocky Top as the third-ranked tight end in program history in receptions (68). Witten was selected by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round of the 2003 NFL Draft and has turned in a stellar career for the franchise. He is an 11-time Pro Bowler, six-time All-Pro selection, and was the winner of the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award in 2012. He holds the NFL record for most receptions by a tight end in a season (110), the most receptions in a single game by a tight end (18), and has the second most receptions and receiving yards by a tight end in NFL history.



Happy birthday, Trevarris, Dustin, and Jason!




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