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Happy Birthday - June 22

We've got four Big Orange birthdays to celebrate on June 22!

First, we're sending happy birthday wishes to A.J. Simcox of Vol Baseball! A Knoxville native, Simcox appeared in 50 games for UT last season, playing primarily at shortstop. He finished the year with a .293 batting average to go along with 27 RBIs and one homer. On June 10 he was selected in the 14th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers. He is 21 years old today.

Teammate Tyler Schultz is also celebrating a birthday today. A senior catcher out of Huntington Beach, California, Schultz appeared in 32 games for UT during the 2014 season. He made 71 plate appearances and hit .254 with eight RBIs. He began his collegiate career at the University of San Francisco before transferring to Cypress CC for his sophomore stint. He turns 23 years old today.

From Vol Track, we wish a happy birthday to rising senior thrower Carson Frost. Frost was sharp in 2015, setting a new personal best in the weight throw during the 2015 indoor season and achieving his highest individual finish ever during the outdoor season. He logged a career-best weight throw of 57 feet, 5.5 inches at the Doc Hale VT Elite Meet during the indoor campaign and finished a career-high fifth during the outdoor season in the hammer throw at the War Eagle Invitational. Today is Frost's 22nd birthday. 

Ariel Kupritz

Lastly, we wish a happy birthday to Ariel Kupritz of women's soccer. A native of Maryville, Kupritz began her collegiate career at Miami before transferring home to UT. She sat out the 2014 soccer season. She appeared in eight matches during her freshman season with the Hurricanes and achieved Dean's List status in the business school with a perfect 4.0 GPA. Kupritz is 20 years old today.

Happy birthday, A.J., Tyler, Carson, and Ariel!

Happy Birthday - June 21

On June 21 we're celebrating four birthdays on Rocky Top, a pair of which belong to VFLs!

Our first 'happy birthday' shoutout goes to volleyball's Kendra Turner! A rising sophomore from LaPlace, Louisiana, Turner was UT's team leader in total kills (222) and kills per set (2.67) during her true freshman stint on Rocky Top. She recorded a career-high 23 kills against Missouri in early November, making her the only Lady Vol to record 20+ kills in any match that season. Turner is 19 years old today.

From football, today we celebrate the birthday of one of the best linebackers in program history -- Al Wilson. The only All-America selection from the Vols' 1998 National Championship team, Wilson had 77 tackles that season, including a 12 tackle performance against No. 2 Florida. In that game, he set a new program record with three forced fumbles. He went on to become a five-time Pro Bowler with the Denver Broncos organization.

Today we also recognize the birthday of former Tennessee track and field sprinter Terrance Livingston. Livingston ran the 400, 800, and the relays during his four years on Rocky Top and still ranks inside the top 10 of the Tennessee indoor performance list in the 400-meter dash. His time of 47.31 is the 10th fastest in indoor program history.

Lastly, we are wishing a happy birthday to former Volunteer golfer Marshall Talkington. Like Wilson, Talkington is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, and went on to play four years on the links for the men's golf program. He logged a career scoring average of 76.31 and finished with two top-10 finishes in his career. Talkington was a two-time member of the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Along with these happy birthdays, Tennessee would like to wish a happy Father's Day to all of our Big Orange dads on Rocky Top and around the world!

Happy Birthday - June 20

On June 20 we wish a happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Taylor Anton!

Taylor  Anton

Anton is a rising sophomore out of Memphis who competed as part of the third varsity eight that finished sixth in the grand finals at the Big 12 Championships. An economics major, Anton turns 19 years old today.

Happy birthday, Taylor!

Happy Birthday - June 19

On June 19 we wish a happy birthday to baseball pitcher Jacob Westphal

A native of Sioux City, Iowa, Westphal recently completed his freshman season on Rocky Top. He appeared in 12 games over the course of the season, posting a record 1-1 with a 3.79 ERA and 13 strikeouts over 19.0 innings of work. His first win of the season came against ETSU when he threw 3.2 innings, allowing three runs and striking out four. 

Westphal is 19 years old today.

Happy birthday, Jacob!

Happy Birthday - June 16

On June 16 we're wishing a very happy birthday to Vol basketball great Wayne Chism

A Tennessee native, Chism averaged 11.3 points per game over his four year career on Rocky Top. Chism was the focal point of the Volunteer offense during his senior season, averaging 12.6 points per game to go along with 7.2 boards per contest -- both team highs. He earned first team All-SEC honors that season and led Tennessee to its first-ever Elite Eight appearance. 

Since completing his career at UT, Chism has had success playing professionally overseas. He is currently playing in the Philippines.

Wayne Chism is 28 years old today.

Happy Birthday - June 15

We've got a trio of birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top today as we wish a happy birthday to football's Corey Vereen, former Vol defensive lineman Darwin Walker, and a past All-SEC hurdler out on the track in Terry Benson.

A rising junior from Winter Garden, Florida, Vereen is coming off a sophomore season in which he appeared in all 13 games for the Vols. He finished the year with 24 total tackles -- 15 solo and nine assisted. He also recorded 4.0 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, a forced fumble, and three quarterback hurries. His most noteworthy game of the 2014 season came against Ole Miss when he posted a career-high six tackles, 2.5 TFLs, and 1.5 sacks. Born this day in 1995, Vereen is 20 years old today. 

VFL Walker was a junior captain on the 1998 national championship team. He posted 46 tackles and six sacks for a defense that gave up less than 100 yards rushing per game during the Vols' run to the national title. He was named All-SEC by the Associated Press the following season. He opted to leave Rocky Top a year early and put together a 10 year pro career in the NFL. His most notable professional stop came with the Philadelphia Eagles -- a franchise with which he spent seven seasons and helped to a Super Bowl XXIX berth. Walker is 38 today.

Lastly, we wish a happy birthday for former All-SEC hurdler Benson. A native of Las Vegas, Benson ran for two seasons at Tennessee after transferring from Central Arizona College. He was a seven-time SEC scorer, making his mark in the hurdles and the relays. In 2012, he was named the Indoor Vol Most Valuable Track Athlete and was a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Happy birthday Corey, Darwin, and Terry!

Happy Birthday - June 13

On June 13 we're celebrating the birthdays of men's swimmer Ben Miller and rowing's Kahala Schneider!

A freestyle specialist, Miller recently concluded his junior season at Tennessee. He set two new PRs in 2014-15, including a new career-best in the 50 free (21.73) and the 400 IM (3:54.57). The Raleigh, North Carolina, native finished the year as a member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll. Born this day in 1994, Miller is 21 years old today.

Schneider is a junior from Honolulu, Hawai'i, and has spent all three of her collegiate seasons on the varsity rowing squad. She was a member of the Academic All-Big 12 Rowing Team in 2015 and was a part of the second varsity four that finished third (7:53.85) in the grand finals of the Big 12 Championships. Today is Schneider's 21st birthday. 

Happy birthday, Ben and Kahala!

Happy Birthday - June 12

On June 12 we're wishing a happy birthday to former Vols quarterback Erik Ainge

A native of Hillsboro, Oregon, Ainge played quarterback for Tennessee from 2004-07 and amassed 8,700 passing yards and 72 touchdowns. One of his most memorable performances came during his senior season when he threw for 397 yards and seven touchdowns in a 52-50 triple overtime victory over Kentucky. Following his time with the Vols, Ainge was drafted in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the New York Jets. He remained with the franchise until the summer of 2011.

Happy birthday, Erik!

Happy Birthday - June 11

We've got a quartet of birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top on this 11th day of June. We're wishing a happy birthday to the fearless leader of Lady Vol basketball, Holly Warlick, as well as to women's swimming's Colleen Callahan, former men's swimmer Sam Petersen, and baseball VFL Will Maddox.

Warlick has spent 30 years at the University of Tennessee -- a span that includes time as a player, an assistant coach, and three years in her current role of head women's basketball coach. A three-time All-American point guard for UT (1976-80), Warlick spent 27 years as a loyal assistant to legendary coach Pat Summitt before taking over the reins of the program in 2012.

A rising junior, Callahan was an NCAA qualifier during her sophomore season. She competed in the 200 breaststroke, 200 IM, and 400 IM at the national meet, recording a new career-best time of 1:59.70 in the 200 IM. Callahan is a member of the 2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll and is celebrating her 20th birthday today.

Petersen saw his UT career come to a close in 2014 as he finished ranked No. 6 all-time in program history in the 1000 freestyle (9:09.17) and No. 9 in the 1650 freestyle (15:11.21). The Short Hills, New Jersey, native was a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Before being drafted in the 18th round of the 2014 MLB Draft by the Detroit Tigers, Maddox played infield for three seasons with the Diamond Vols. He started in 157 of his 160 career games and posted a .309 batting average with five home runs and 60 RBIs. He is currently playing first base for the West Michigan Whitecaps of Class A.

Happy birthday Holly, Colleen, Sam, and Will!


Happy Birthday - June 10

On June 10 we're wishing a happy birthday to former Lady Vol basketball point guard Ariel Massengale

Before becoming the 29th pick of the 2015 WNBA Draft to the Atlanta Dream, Massengale wrapped up a highly successful career with Lady Vol basketball. A four-year starter, Massengale posted an 11.5 points per game scoring average during her senior season and led the team with an .860 free throw percentage. She was the 41st Lady Vol to amass 1,000 career points and currently ranks fourth on the all-time assist list with 518 for her career. 

Born this day in 1993, today is Massengale's 22nd birthday.

Happy birthday, Ariel!

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