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Happy Birthday - May 22

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On May 22 we're wishing a happy birthday to baseball's Bret Marks



Marks recently completed his senior season with the Vols and went 4-5 on the hill with a 2.92 ERA. He logged 89 strikeouts through 77.0 innings of work during the 2015 season and will finish his career on Rocky Top with a career ERA of 3.46 to go along with 99 strikeouts over his two seasons in the orange and white. A transfer from Wallace State Community College, Marks prepped at Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Georgia, and is 23 years old today.

Happy birthday, Bret!


Happy Birthday - May 20

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On May 20 we're wishing a happy birthday to Megan Geer of softball as well as VFLs Justin Hunter of football and Josh Bone of men's basketball!



A sophomore from Los Alamitos, California, Geer has started all 117 games of her collegiate career. Following a true freshman season that saw her earn Freshman All-SEC honors, Geer is batting .320 with 13 home runs and 48 RBI in her second season on Rocky Top. Geer and the Lady Vols host Game 1 of the NCAA Super Regionals against Florida State tomorrow night at 7 p.m. ET.



Now a wide receiver with the Tennessee Titans, Hunter played wideout for Tennessee from 2010-12, racking up 1,812 receiving yards and 18 touchdowns. A native of Virginia Beach, Virginia, Hunter finished his junior season ranked third in the SEC in receiving yards (1,083) and was named to the All-SEC second team. Hunter also competed for the track and field team while on Rocky Top and currently stands as the No. 7 long jumper in program history.



Bone played guard as a member of Tennessee's 2010 Elite Eight team after transferring from Southern Illinois and logged 12 minutes in UT's historic Sweet Sixteen win over fifth-ranked Ohio State. During his senior year in 2010-11, Bone appeared in 23 games and received the starting nod three times. He averaged 3.2 points, 1.8 rebounds, and 17.8 minutes per game that season. 

Happy birthday Megan, Justin, and Josh!



Happy Birthday - May 17

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On May 17th we're celebrating two Big Orange birthdays on Rocky Top as men's diver Mauricio Robles and women's basketball's Jannah Tucker are blowing out the candles today!



A rising senior from Monterrey, Mexico, Robles just completed a strong junior season in which he earned All-America and All-SEC honors. After competing at the NCAA Championships, Robles was named an All-American on all three boards after he finished eighth on the 3-meter (422.45), 10th on the 1-meter (397.75) and 15th on the platform (362.25). He won SEC gold in the 1-meter springboard at the conference meet with a school record score of 421.15 and was named SEC Diver of the Meet. Robles turns 22 years old today.



After redshirting her true freshman year in 2013-14, Tucker made her Lady Vol debut last season when she checked in late against No. 7 Stanford. She recorded her first career rebound in that contest. A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Tucker arrived at UT in 2013 as the No. 8 ranked player in the ESPNw Hoop Gurlz Top 100. She was also a member of the gold medal-winning USA U18 team that placed first at the FIBA Americas Championship in August of 2012. Tucker is 20 years old today.

Happy birthday Mauricio and Jannah!


Happy Birthday - May 14

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On May 14 we're wishing a happy birthday to Cherelle Thompson of Tennessee swimming and diving!



A native of Princes Town in Trinidad & Tobago, Thompson just completed her senior season on Rocky Top. A strong season saw Thompson record a career-best time of 22.43 in the preliminary round of the 50-meter freestyle at the SEC Championships before finishing eighth in the consolation final. During those same Championships, Thompson picked up the second SEC medal of her career when she placed third in the 200 free relay with teammates Faith Johnson, Amy Lubawy, and Harper Bruens.

Thompson went on to be a named a 2015 honorable mention All-American and a member of the 2015 SEC Community Service Team. 

Born this day in 1992, Thompson is 23 years old today.

Happy birthday, Cherelle!




Happy Birthday - May 13

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On May 13 we're celebrating a trio of birthdays on Rocky Top: we're wishing a happy birthday to football's Derrick Brodus, Brittany Lindl of women's tennis, and to VFL Samuel Rairden of men's swimming and diving.



Brodus spent four seasons with Vol Football as a placekicker, wrapping up his collegiate career following the 2014 season. He was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and won the Lou Groza Star of the Week Award on Sept. 24, 2011. He was the protagonist of one of the amazing stories coming out of Rocky Top in 2011 when the walk-on was plucked from his couch less than an hour before the start of a game against Middle Tennessee and rushed to Neyland Stadium by police escort. He went on to start his first collegiate game, connecting on a 21-yard field goal and three PATs. Born this day in 1992, Brodus is 23 years old today.



A native of Panama City, Florida, Lindl recently concluded her sophomore stint with Lady Vol Tennis. To this point, she owns a career singles record of 24-21, including her first-ever win over a ranked opponent when she defeated No. 63 Beatrice Gumulya of Clemson 4-6, 7-6, 7-5 in the 2014-15 season opener. Upon arriving on Rocky Top, Lindl was ranked as the No. 16 women's tennis recruit in the country and had a five-star rating. She is 20 years old today.



Rairden competed for Vol Swimming and Diving from 2010-14, collecting 13 All-America certificates and 12 SEC Medals to make him one of the most successful swimmers in UT history. He ranks inside the top three of the all-time Tennessee performance list in four individual events, including the 100-meter butterfly in which his time of 45.92 still stands as the program record in the event. That time earned him a bronze medal in the 100 butterfly at the 2014 SEC Championships. Rairden turns 24 years old today.

Happy birthday Derrick, Brittany, and Sam!




Happy Birthday - May 12

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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

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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

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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

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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!




Happy Birthday - May 6

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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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