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Happy Birthday - Feb. 4

A couple of Big Orange birthdays to be celebrated on Rocky Top today! Our first 'happy birthday' goes out to football's Curt Maggitt. Curt just wrapped up his junior season at linebacker for UT, earning All-SEC Associated Press Second Team honors after finishing third in the conference in total sacks (11.0). Curt is 22 years old today. Also celebrating birthday is baseball's Vincent Jackson. An outfielder, Vincent is getting set to begin his junior season in just nine days' time. Roaming center field for the Vols, he batted .234 with six doubles, one triple, two home runs, and 27 RBIs a year ago. Vincent is celebrating his 21st birthday today.

Happy birthday, Curt and Vincent!

Curt Maggitt  Vincent Jackson

Inside The T - Tuesday's Look Ahead



Tennessee hosts Mississippi State tonight at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on the SEC Network.

Through 11 home games this season, Tennessee is holding its opponents to just 59.2 points per game. The Vols are 8-1 when its opponent scores fewer than 60. A win would give the Vols a 6-3 SEC record halfway through league play. Tennessee was picked to finish 13th in the final league standings.

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Happy Birthday - Feb. 3

Sending out 'happy birthday' wishes to junior goalkeeper Jamie Simmons! In her first season on Rocky Top, Simmons posted seven shutouts for Tennessee Soccer -- including an impressive clean sheet against an ETSU side that entered the match leading the country in goals per game (4.38). The Houston, Texas, native finished the year with 94 saves and was in goal during UT's dramatic win in penalty kicks over No. 8 Florida, propelling UT to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. She is 21 years old today. 

Happy birthday, Jamie!

Jamie Simmons



Lady Vol Illustrated returns to the airwaves tonight at 7 p.m., on the Lady Vol Network. Lady Vol fans can tune in once a week for Lady Vols Illustrated, a weekly radio show featuring Lady Vol basketball Head Coach Holly Warlick, one women's basketball student-athlete and one other Lady Vol student-athlete or coach. The show is hosted by Voice of the Lady Vols Mickey Dearstone along with Knoxville News Sentinel sports writer Dan Fleser.

 

Tonight's Lady Vols Illustrated features head coach Holly Warlick and live appearances from senior Isabelle Harrison and women's swimmer Molly Hannis.


Harrison became the 39th Lady Vol to reach the 1,000 point club last week against Kentucky. 

 

The program begins at 7 p.m. ET and fans can listen on 99.1 FM and 990 AM, as well as online at http://www.sportsradiownml.com/ or HERE on the Lady Vol Network. 

Vol Calls Set For Tonight



Vol Calls is back on the air tonight on the Vol Network. Tennessee basketball head coaches Donnie Tyndall and Holly Warlick will be on-site at Calhoun's on the River with host Bob Kesling and other UT guests.

Fans can call in and ask questions by dialing 1-800-688-8657 or Tennessee Verizon customers can dial # TENN. Fans may also submit questions through the Vol Network's Facebook page - Vol Network_IMG.

You can listen live HERE.

Happy Birthday - Feb. 2

Today, Tennessee Athletics sends out a 'happy birthday' to Devrin Young -- a Knoxville native who just finished up his four-year career with Vol Football! Splitting his positional duties between receiver and tailback over his career on Rocky Top, Young made his mark as a kick returner. He closed out his career ranked third all-time at UT in kickoff return yards (1,543) and was second in career combined kick and punt return yards (2,513). Young is 22 years old today.

Happy birthday, Devrin!

Devrin Young

Happy Birthday - Feb. 1

We open up the month of February with a pair of football VFL birthdays! Today we celebrate the 39th birthday of former wideout Marcus Nash (1995-97) and the 28th birthday of former running back Montario Hardesty (2005-09). 

Nash, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, finished his career as the second-leading receiver in UT history, catching 177 passes for 2,447 yards and 20 touchdowns. He went on to be drafted by the Denver Broncos before enjoying a successful productive career in the Arena Football League.

Meanwhile, Hardesty closed out his career with 2,381 rushing yards -- eighth-best all-time for UT. He had a breakout campaign during his senior season in 2009, rushing for 1,345 yards and earning second team All-SEC honors. That big season led to Hardesty being drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Cleveland Browns.

A very happy Big Orange birthday to these two stellar VFLs!

  

Happy Birthday - Jan. 31

We have three Volunteer birthdays to celebrate on this last day of January! Junior linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and sophomore first baseman Nathaniel Maggio each turn 20 today. Also from football, today is the birthday of second-year offensive line coach Don Mahoney. Happy birthday, gentlemen, and have a great day!

Jalen Reeves-Maybin  Nathaniel Maggio  Don  Mahoney

Vol Baseball Practice Coverage (Jan. 29)

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With his team ranked as a Top-25 competitor entering the 2015 season, Tennessee Baseball Head Coach Dave Serrano met with the media on Thursday to discuss the group's progress, preparations and most-importantly, a few tough decisions still needing to be made.

"This team, we've gone through the rigors," Serrano said. "We've had guys that we brought in with our first recruiting class who have developed and have gone through the challenges we've had in this conference. I believe this team can really set the bar for what this program is going to be about for years to come."

Serrano isn't the only one noticing the positive changes. Following their Top-25 ranking by D1Baseball.com this month, Tennessee garnered more national attention as five Volunteers were named Top 100 players within their respective classes byPerfect Game. Junior outfielder Christin Stewart also pulled in two Preseason All-American bids.

"I think these players are deserving of that," Serrano said of the recent recognitions. "They've worked hard to get this program to where it's at and I know they wear the uniform with pride. A big thing with this team will be confidence and knowing that we belong now. I know the coaching staff feels that way, but they've got to feel that their game is as good as any other game that we're going to go up against."

Here's a look at the recent coverage from Thursday's practice:

- Local 8 Now: Baseball Vols prepare for new season with new mindset (VIDEO)

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Complete pitching staff gives Vols hope (VIDEO)

- UT Daily Beacon: Tennessee hopes to end long postseason drought 

#VFL McDaniel Revels In Seahawks' Success


Former Tennessee defensive lineman Tony McDaniel is seeking his second Super Bowl title as his Seahawks seek to repeat on Sunday. McDaniel spoke to The Tennessean at Super Bowl media day on Tuesday: Former Vol McDaniel revels in Seahawks'success.

"Honestly, it feels like I am living in a dream. I wake up every morning and wonder if it's real," McDaniel said Tuesday. "It's truly a blessing, to play as long as I have and not even played in the playoffs. I thought that would be great. To get to the Super Bowl, and now two years in a row, it's beyond that."


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