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Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/23/14)

Just 8 days until It's Football Time In Tennessee!

The Vols went through their final practice of the week on Friday afternoon. Check out coverage in the #VolReport: The Power Of The Power T

Also, Brian Rice has a fantastic feature on sophomore defensive back Michael Williams, who is a two-sport athlete, also competing in track & field: Williams Playing For A Purpose.

Here's what the media had to say about the Vols heading into game week. 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Worley relishing final chance with Tennessee Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols' battle at kicker 'ongoing'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones frustrated during practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Justin Coleman commanding nickel spot
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Kicking competition continues
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Williams sprinting toward starting spot

In the five games that are set for Friday night, each game will feature at least one VFL. Check out what to expect:

Jaguars vs. Lions, 7:30 p.m.
Jackonsville OL Jacques McClendon is expected to be in the starting lineup as the Jaguars travel to Detroit. During this last week in training camp, McClendon spent three days working with the first-team. Fellow VFL Alex Bullard will welcome McClendon and should play at G.

Jerod Mayo (center) has returned to practice this week, trying to pull his weight as the season approaches. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
Panthers vs. Patriots, 7:30 p.m. 
Chris Scott and the Panthers will travel to Gillette Stadium to take on Jerod Mayo and the Patriots. Scott is expected to start at RG.  Mayo has not played this preseason but was back to action in practice this past week.

 - Blackandbluereview.com: 10 Panthers to Watch Against the Patriots

Giants vs. Jets, 7:30 p.m.
QB Matt Simms will welcome VFL Robert Ayers and the Giants. Both played in last week's games. 

Raiders vs. Packers, 8:00 p.m. (CBS)
Four VFLs will come face-to-face when three Raiders, Denarius Moore, Mychal Rivera and Jarrod Shaw travel to the home of Rajion Neal. Neal sat out last week with an injury and is not expected to return this week.

Bears vs. Seahawks, 10:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Tony McDaniel will be the lone VFL in the final game of the night. McDaniel has been consistent for the Seahawks adding depth to the field.

SEC Network All-Access With The Vols

The SEC Network goes behind the scenes and gives you an all-access glimpse into the Vols football squad.

Butch Jones On The Zone 104.5 (8/21/14)

Vols head coach Butch Jones was a live in-person guest on 104.5 The Zone on Thursday afternoon as 3HL broadcast live from Knoxville. Listen back to Jones' insightful interview: Butch Jones on 3HL

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/22/14)

Abbott Helps Chicago Stay Alive In NPF Playoffs

Tennessee softball legend and Chicago ace Monica Abbott tossed three hitless, shutout innings in relief and struck out three batters on Thursday to help the Bandits take a 4-1 victory over the Akron Racers and force a third game in their NPF Championship series semifinal best-of-three.

The Bandits, who also feature UT legend Ellen Renfroe on their roster, and the Racers will play on Friday at 2:30 p.m. ET at the Hoover Metropolitan Stadium. That game will feature a live radio broadcast on MSASports.net.

The winner will advance to face the USSSA Pride in the final best-of-three series for the league championship. The first game of the finals is on Friday 8 p.m. ET. A matchup between the Chicago Bandits and the USSSA Pride would feature all of the UT alums currently in the NPF. Tennessee legend and NPF Rookie of the Year Madison Shipman stars for the Pride.

With the third week of the NFL Preseason beginning, three VFLs will be in action for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Steelers vs. Eagles, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
The Steelers will make their way to Philadelphia for this week's Thursday night game. All three VFLs, Ramon Foster, Tauren Poole and Daniel McCullers, had playing time in last week's game against the Buffalo Bills. Poole is questionable with a hamstring injury, but if healthy is expected to play. 

The Nashville Predators of the NHL will be the first team in it's league to host a We Back Pat night in support of Coach Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA Basketball history. The Predators will host the special game on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 7:00 p.m. CT at Bridgestone Arena.

The We Back Pat game will raise public awareness for The Pat Summitt Foundation, which is dedicated to advanced research for prevention and a cure for Alzheimer's disease. 

If bought online, a portion of the ticket sold will be donated to the foundation.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/21/14)

The Vols will be back on Haslam Field on Thursday for the first time during fall classes at Tennessee. Take a look at the latest coverage on the team from the media in the following stories:

- The Associated Press has a feature on freshman Josh Malone, who enters his first season as a Vol with high expectations: Tennessee WR Malone ready to face expectations.

- The Chattanooga Times Free Press features strength & conditioning coach Dave Lawson: Lawson's lead: Strength coach talks Tennessee Vols' summer.

- The Times Free Press also has a story on the Vols' increased depth at tight end: UT Vols clearly better, deeper at tight end.

- The Knoxville News Sentinel has various stories on Team 118: 

The Maryville Daily Times looks at freshman Jashon Robertson and rise to starter on the offensive line: UT's Jashon Robertson a quick study after position change
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Former Lady Vol Tamika Catchings was recently named the WNBA's Eastern Conference Player of the Month for August.

Catchings currently plays for the Indiana Fever and is in her 13th year in the league. This is her first player of the month honor for the season and the third of her career. No other Lady Vol in the WNBA has been awarded the honor this season.

In August, Catchings had an Eastern Conference high in scoring with 16.7 ppg. She ranked seventh in rebounding with 6.3 rpg and sixth in steals with 1.67 spg. Leading her team, Catchings has helped Indiana to the playoffs for the 10th consecutive year.

In all In all five games so far this month, Catchings has scored in double-digits including two games with 25 or more points. Catchings scored her season high of 29 points against the New York Liberty on Aug. 10. She has scored a collective 92 points and 59 rebounds in August.

Catchings will be back in action tomorrow night, Aug. 20, against Washington at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN 2.

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