Happy Birthday - April 23

On April 23 we're sending out a happy birthday to former football standout Joey Kent! 

Kent is Tennessee's all-time leader in career receptions (183), receiving yards (2,814), and touchdown receptions (25). He played on Rocky Top from 1993-96 and was a two-time All-SEC first team selection. He went on to be drafted by the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 and made a Super Bowl appearance with the renamed Tennessee Titans in 2000. Kent will be on campus for this weekend's DISH Orange and White Game as part of the Wide Receiver U reunion.

Happy birthday, Joey! 

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/23/15)

We are counting down the days to the DISH Orange & White Game. Get the full details on the game in our GAMEDAY CENTRAL: DISH Orange & White Game. Details on Fan Day and more can be found here: DISH Orange & White Game Set For April 25.

Butch Jones will led the Vols through their final practice prior to the game on Saturday, on Thursday afternoon. We will have full coverage on UTSports.com. 

Here's a look at the latest from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Improved Kendrick has 'steady' spring for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT won't lack incentive in offseason
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kendrick's work has paid off this spring
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kerbyson shows impressive dance moves

VFL Mayo Restructures Patriots Contract

VFL Jerod Mayo restructured his contract with the New England Patriots so that he could remain with the Super Bowl Champions. Here's a look at coverage of his new deal.

Mayo, a defensive captain for the Patriots, has played just 12 games over the last two seasons after suffering pectoral and knee injuries. He is expected to start alongside Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins in 2015, though the Patriots also have shown interest in acquiring another starting-caliber linebacker. Hightower is coming off a torn labrum that could limit him in training camp and preseason. Mayo originally was drafted No. 10 overall out of Tennessee in the 2008 NFL draft. He has 756 career tackles, 10 sacks and eight forced fumbles with the Patriots. He previously was signed through 2017. 

VFL McClendon Signs With Miami Dolphins

VFL offensive lineman Jacques McClendon has signed with the Miami Dolphins. The 6-3, 324-pound McClendon joins Miami after a two-year stint (2013-14) with the Jacksonville Jaguars following time on the practice squads of the Detroit Lions (2011), Pittsburgh Steelers (2012), Atlanta Falcons (2012), while also being on the active roster of the Indianapolis Colts in 2010. He originally was a fourth-round selection (129th overall) of the Colts in the 2010 NFL draft. In his career, he has played guard and center, and has appeared in 22 games with five starts. In 2014, he saw action in 13 games with three starts for the Jaguars. McClendon played collegiately at Tennessee where he started 26-of-49 games at guard. Born December 10, 1987, McClendon attended The Baylor School in Cleveland, Tenn.

With McClendon joining the Dolphins, Miami now has three former Vols on its offensive line as he joins Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas. 

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/22/15)

Get the latest on the Vols with coverage from UTSports.com following the 13th practice of spring. 

Coverage from the media included the following: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols hope to restore 'Wide Receiver U'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mosley's move to offense not permanent
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butcher having solid first spring
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stocstill is 'A true team player'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kendrick showing 'ridiculous' improvement
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Mosley impresses in O-line debut
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Spring-game format 'similar' but different
- Maryville Daily Times: Vol linebackers moving in parallel
- Tricities Sports: #VolReport: Eyes On Saturday

Jones Announces Manning Will Be On Campus For O&W Weekend

During an interview with the Wake Up Zone on 104.5 FM in Nashville, head coach Butch Jones announced that Peyton Manning will be in Knoxville for DISH Orange & White weekend. Listen to the entire interview right here: COACH JONES ON WUZ.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/21/15)

The Vols return to Haslam Field for their 13th spring practice on Tuesday afternoon. We are just four days from the DISH Orange & White Game, which kicks off on Saturday at 4 p.m., on the SEC Network Alternate Channel. 

In the news, the Vols are the subject of a lengthy behind-the-scenes piece by Brad Shepard on Bleacher Report: Every Detail Matters for Vols Rebuild.

Other stories from the media include: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: QBs will plot title course for SEC
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: 'Throw game' not passing test

Happy Birthday - April 21

On April 21 we're wishing a very happy birthday to junior wide receiver Marquez North

North appeared in 10 games for Tennessee in 2014, all starts. He finished fourth on the team in catches (30), second in receiving yards (320), and tied for the team lead in touchdowns (4). He was a 2014 preseason All-SEC Coaches First-Team Selection after he started all 11 games of his freshman season, logging 38 catches for 496 yards and a touchdown. He was named a Freshman All-American for those efforts during the 2013 season. Born this day in 1995, North turns 20 years old today.

Happy birthday, No. 8!

Happy Birthday - April 20

Today we're celebrating the birthday of one of Tennessee's basketball legends: Allan Houston!

Houston is UT's all-time leading scorer at 2,801 points in his 128 games over four years on Rocky Top. He trails only Pete Maravich on the SEC's all-time scoring chart. Houston was a two-time All-American and a four-time All-SEC selection, Houston went on to play 12 seasons in the NBA with the Detroit Pistons and New York Knicks. In 2011, Tennessee retired his #20 jersey to make him the third UT men's basketball player to have his number retired at Thompson-Boling Arena. 

Houston is currently an assistant general manager for the Knicks.

Happy birthday, Allan Houston!

Happy Birthday - April 19

It's April 19 and we've got a big-time Big Orange birthday to celebrate on Rocky Top! Today we're sending happy birthday wishes to basketball legend Candace Parker

One of the greatest collegiate women's basketball players of all time, Parker played three years for the Lady Vols, winning back-to-back national championships in 2007 and 2008. She was twice named the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Tournament and she concluded her UT career with a record of 101-10 and averages of 19.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game.

After forgoing her senior season (Parker graduated with a degree in sport management in 2008), Parker was drafted with the first overall pick by the Los Angeles Sparks. Her professional career has also included time with UMMC Ekaterinburg in Russia. She is also a two-time Olympic gold medalist. Her jersey was retired at the University of Tennessee last season. 

Happy birthday, Candace!

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