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This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 29)

The Vols have posted a 9-4-1 record on Sept. 29.


September 29 (9-4-1)
1923 L, 0-41 at Army
1928 W, 41-0 MARYVILLE
1934 W, 32-0 CENTRE
1939 W, 13-0 NC State
1945 W, 7-6 WAKE FOREST
1956 W, 35-7 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1962 L, 21-22 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1973 W, 21-0 at No. 11 AUBURN
1979 W, 35-17 AUBURN
1984 L, 10-29 at No. 20 Auburn
1990 T, 26-26 at No. 3 Auburn
2001 W, 26-18 No. 14 LOUISIANA STATE
2012 L, 44-51 at No. 5 Georgia

On Sept. 29, 2001: Tennessee has its fifth largest Neyland Stadium game attendance against LSU with a total of 108,472 as the Vols beat the #14 Tigers.

#NFLVols Ready for Week 4 Action


Panthers vs. Ravens, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Long snapper Morgan Cox and the Ravens will host the Panthers. Cox has been at the position for all three games so far this season. Tauren Poole was re-signed by the Panthers and will join their practice squad.

Bills vs. Texans, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Arian Foster did not play last week as he was recovering from a hamstring injury. According to Houston, it will be a game-time decision whether or not he is able to play. 

Titans vs. Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Despite few ball touches for wide receiver Justin Hunter in last week's game, Coach Ken Whisenhunt is looking for more physicality from the receivers group as they look to face the Colts.

Lions vs. Jets, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Quarterback Matt Simms remains on the Jets practice squad as they host Detroit.

Dolphins vs. Raiders, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Four VFLs will travel to London for one of four NFL games being played overseas. Miami's Dallas Thomas and Ja'Wuan James started together in the third week. James has been consistent at the starting spot. Raiders' Mychal Rivera and Denarius Moore have continued to make valuable receptions for Oakland. All four former Tennessee players are expected to play throughout the game.

Buccaneers vs. Steelers, 1 p.m. (FOX)
Tight end Luke Stocker will travel to the home of Daniel McCullers and Ramon Foster. McCullers has been on the inactive list for the first three weeks of regular season play. Foster was also inactive last week but is expected to return.

Jaguars vs. Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
Jacques McClendon of Jacksonville will travel to San Diego in this week's matchup. McClendon has continuously seen action at the guard position after being switched from center.

Falcons vs. Vikings, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Both VFLs on the Falcons did not see action last week. James Stone was listed inactive and Jacques Smith remains on the practice squad. For the Vikings, Antonio Richardson, injured reserve, and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson will host Atlanta. Patterson played despite a chest injury last week but is looking healthy in week four. 

Saints vs. Cowboys, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Tight end Jason Witten will host Parys Haralson, Austin Johnson and Robert Meachem when the Saints travel to Dallas for the Sunday night game. All four VFLs have been making contributions to their respective teams. 


Patriots vs. Chiefs, 8:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Jerod Mayo will travel to reunite with four former Vols. Mayo had a team-high 11 tackles. Eric Berry was inactive in last week's game due to a high ankle sprain. Tyler Bray remains on the injured reserve list. Dustin Colquitt had a 51 yard average over five punts last week and Zach Fulton once again made the start at RG. 


Giants (W) vs. Redskins
Robert Ayers and the New York Giants had a dynamic win over Washington in a 45-14 road win. Ayers had a pass defensive play on the night while spending his time at defensive end. 

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/27/14)


Get all of your info on UTSports.com as the Vols take on Georgia on Saturday at Noon on ESPN.

Here's a look at the previews and latest news from the media:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Playing Georgia extra special for Vols' Johnson
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols have to deal with Gurley, linebackers
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT vs. Georgia matchups
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Things to Know: Tennessee vs. Georgia
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT won't add Sanford Stadium upsets

News on Georgia includes: 
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Georgia gameday
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Gurley eager for another crack at Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Georgia defenders see 'great opportunity'

Former Olympians and Tennessee track and field standouts Aries Merritt and DeeDee Trotter took part in Team USA.com's College Football Pick'em on Friday, sharing their favorite football memories from their time on Rocky Top and even predicting Saturday's final tally. 

Merritt, a 2007 graduate of UT, is the current world record holder in the 110m hurdles -- an event in which he won a gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics. While at Tennessee, he finished undefeated in every hurdles event in 2006 and went on to claim the 110m hurdles title at the NCAA Championships. 

Meanwhile, Trotter is a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 4x400m relay (2004 and 2008) and won a bronze in the 400m at the 2012 London Olympics -- her first individual Olympic medal. She was the 2004 Outdoor NCAA 400m Champion after finishing runner-up in the same event in 2003. 

Happy Birthday - Sept. 26

Join us in wishing Heather Kiger of Tennessee swimming and diving a very Happy Birthday! 
Heather Kiger
Kiger earned SEC academic honors both in 2013 and 2014. As a sophomore, Kiger competed in all five of Tennessee's fall collegiate meets, focusing on freestyle and butterfly. 

Inside The T - Friday's Look Ahead

The weekend is here and it's a busy one for Tennessee, so here's what to watch for:

Tennessee Soccer opens home SEC play at Regal Soccer Stadium tonight at 7:00 p.m. ET. Admission is free. You can watch the game live on SEC Network + RIGHT HERE.

UT hosts Mississippi State back at Regal Soccer Stadium at 1:00 p.m. ET Sunday. Admission will be free once again and you can once again catch the game live on SEC Network +.

Tennessee Volleyball heads to Arkansas for its SEC opener at 8:00 p.m. ET tonight. SEC Network + will have that contest as well, check it out RIGHT HERE.

The Lady Vols then move to Missouri for a 12:00 p.m. ET start on Sunday afternoon that will be broadcast on the SEC Network.

Tennessee Football travels to Georgia for a Noon ET kickoff on Saturday on ESPN. Here are the links you need: FOOTBALL CENTRAL - WATCH LIVE - LISTEN LIVE - GAMETRACKER

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 26)

On this day, Sept. 26 in 1953 Smokey was chosen at halftime of Mississippi State game by student body to become the Vols' mascot.

The Pep Club held a contest to select a coonhound, a native breed of the state, as the school's live mascot. Announcements of the contest in local newspapers read, "This can't be an ordinary hound. He must be a 'Houn' Dog' in the best sense of the word."

The late Rev. Bill Brooks entered his prize-winning blue tick coon hound, "Brooks' Blue Smokey," in the contest. At halftime of the Mississippi State game that season, the dogs were lined up on the old cheerleaders' ramp at Shields-Watkins Field. Each dog was introduced over the loudspeaker and the student body cheered for their favorite, with "Blue Smokey" being the last hound introduced. When his name was called, he barked. The students cheered and Smokey threw his head back and barked again. This kept going until the stadium was in an uproar and UT had found its mascot.

 September 26 (9-3-2)
1914 W, 89-0 CARSON-NEWMAN
1931 W, 33-0 MARYVILLE
1936 W, 13-0 Chattanooga
1942 T, 0-0 South Carolina
1959 W, 3-0 No. 3 AUBURN
1964 L, 0-3 No. 8 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1970 L, 23-36 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1981 W, 10-7 AUBURN
1987 T, 20-20 No. 3 AUBURN
1992 W, 40-0 CINCINNATI
1998 W, 42-7 HOUSTON
2005 W, 30-27 No. 4 Louisiana State (OT)
2009 W, 34-23 OHIO

In 2005, the Vols posted their last win over a top-5 team with a 30-27 victory over No. 4 LSU in overtime. Gerald Riggs Jr.'s 1-yard rush in overtime proved to be difference. Check out the highlights:

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/26/14)

The Vols depart for Athens on Friday afternoon as they take on the #12/13 Georgia on Saturday at 12 Noon on ESPN. Check out the latest from UTSports.com: 

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Playing Georgia extra special for Vols' Johnson
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Two UT assistants return to Georgia
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Freshmen coming up big
- Knoxville News Sentinel: The Matchups: Tennessee at Georgia
- Tennessee Journalist: Tennessee vs Georgia preview

News on Georgia includes: 
- Anderson Independent Mail: 'Road work' key to SEC success
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Gurley eager for another crack at Vols
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Georgia defenders see 'great opportunity'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Freshmen fabulous for Georgia Bulldogs

Poole Re-Signed By Carolina Panthers

Former Tennessee tailback Tauren Poole has returned to the Carolina Panthers, as he signed with the team on Thursday. He will join the team's practice squad. Poole previously spent time with Carolina, but never appeared in a game. He was in training camp with the Pittsburgh Steelers, but was one of the team's fine cuts prior to the regular season.

"You never know how the business works. There's a lot of backs ready and available, but I'm thankful they called me," Poole told the media today. "I was excited about it, hoping they'd reach out. Glad they did, and got it going."

The Panthers are struggling with injury issues in the backfield and Poole was a perfection for head coach Ron Rivera.

"We went back and looked at his tape from when he was with us, looked at his tape this preseason when he was Pittsburgh, and sat down and talked to him," Rivera said. "Coaches feel very comfortable about his retention."

Poole ran for 1,883 yards in his career at Tennessee, playing in 49 games from 2008-11. He scored 16 touchdowns in his career including five as a senior in 2011. He gained 693 yards this past season while catching 21 balls for 164 yards. He gained 100 rushing yards on three occasions this past season with a season-best 107 vs. Vanderbilt (11/19) in addition to 101 vs. Buffalo (10/1) and 100 vs. Cincinnati.

Poole was a 2011 preseason member of the Doak Walker and Maxwell Watch Lists in addition to being a candidate for the Lowe's Senior Class Award.

As a junior, Poole named AP All-SEC Honorable Mention accolades starting all 13 games and gaining 1,034 yards on 204 carries. He scored 11 touchdowns and gained 100 yards on six occasions to tie for the lead in the SEC. His 1,000-yard season was the 16th in UT history and his total of 1,034 ranks 14th on the single-season list. Poole gained a career-high 162 rushing yards against Oregon (9/11/10).

Bawcombe Coming Off Big Weekend for UT

True freshman outside hitter Kelsey Bawcombe will make her first foray into SEC play this weekend riding a strong outing over four matches at the DISH Lady Vol Classic. The California native totaled 35 kills, 31 digs, and 10 total blocks on her way to earning the honor, helping Tennessee to a 2-2 record. In the Lady Vols' gritty 3-2 win over Mercer, Bawcombe recorded her first career double-double behind a career-best 17 kills and 15 digs. She has started each of the last three matches for Tennessee. Patrick Maccoon of The Daily Beacon documents the freshman's rising role as conference play approaches. 

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