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Happy Birthday - Feb. 7

On Feb.7, we have two Big Orange birthdays to celebrate here on Rocky Top. One 'happy birthday' goes out to one of the newest members of the Tennessee family, while the other goes to a decorated VFL. 

First off, we wish a very happy birthday to Tennessee football's new offensive coordinator, Mike DeBord! A 30-year coaching veteran on the offensive side of the ball, DeBord comes to the Volunteers following five seasons in the NFL and 12 more at the University of Michigan. For more information on DeBord's hiring, click here

Born Feb. 7, 1956, DeBord is celebrating his 59th birthday today. 

Our second batch of birthday wishes goes out to Lady Vol Basketball alumna and current women's basketball head coach at Alabama A&M, Semeka Randall! Randall helped the Lady Vols win the 1998 NCAA Championship in a season where UT finished with a perfect 39-0 record. She was a member of "The Meeks" alongside Lady Vol stars Tamika Catchings and Chamique Holdsclaw and was a two-time All-American who went on to play in the WNBA. Following the completion of her playing career, Randall became an assistant coach at Cleveland State. Stops at Michigan State and West Virginia followed before Randall took her first head coaching job at Ohio University. She was hired by Alabama A&M in May of 2013. 

Today is Randall's 36th birthday. 

Join us in wishing Mike DeBord and Semeka Randall a very happy birthday!

  


Happy Birthday - Feb. 4

A couple of Big Orange birthdays to be celebrated on Rocky Top today! Our first 'happy birthday' goes out to football's Curt Maggitt. Curt just wrapped up his junior season at linebacker for UT, earning All-SEC Associated Press Second Team honors after finishing third in the conference in total sacks (11.0). Curt is 22 years old today. Also celebrating birthday is baseball's Vincent Jackson. An outfielder, Vincent is getting set to begin his junior season in just nine days' time. Roaming center field for the Vols, he batted .234 with six doubles, one triple, two home runs, and 27 RBIs a year ago. Vincent is celebrating his 21st birthday today.

Happy birthday, Curt and Vincent!

Curt Maggitt  Vincent Jackson

Happy Birthday - Feb. 3

Sending out 'happy birthday' wishes to junior goalkeeper Jamie Simmons! In her first season on Rocky Top, Simmons posted seven shutouts for Tennessee Soccer -- including an impressive clean sheet against an ETSU side that entered the match leading the country in goals per game (4.38). The Houston, Texas, native finished the year with 94 saves and was in goal during UT's dramatic win in penalty kicks over No. 8 Florida, propelling UT to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament. She is 21 years old today. 

Happy birthday, Jamie!

Jamie Simmons

Happy Birthday - Feb. 2

Today, Tennessee Athletics sends out a 'happy birthday' to Devrin Young -- a Knoxville native who just finished up his four-year career with Vol Football! Splitting his positional duties between receiver and tailback over his career on Rocky Top, Young made his mark as a kick returner. He closed out his career ranked third all-time at UT in kickoff return yards (1,543) and was second in career combined kick and punt return yards (2,513). Young is 22 years old today.

Happy birthday, Devrin!

Devrin Young

Happy Birthday - Feb. 1

We open up the month of February with a pair of football VFL birthdays! Today we celebrate the 39th birthday of former wideout Marcus Nash (1995-97) and the 28th birthday of former running back Montario Hardesty (2005-09). 

Nash, a native of Tulsa, Oklahoma, finished his career as the second-leading receiver in UT history, catching 177 passes for 2,447 yards and 20 touchdowns. He went on to be drafted by the Denver Broncos before enjoying a successful productive career in the Arena Football League.

Meanwhile, Hardesty closed out his career with 2,381 rushing yards -- eighth-best all-time for UT. He had a breakout campaign during his senior season in 2009, rushing for 1,345 yards and earning second team All-SEC honors. That big season led to Hardesty being drafted in the second round of the 2010 draft by the Cleveland Browns.

A very happy Big Orange birthday to these two stellar VFLs!

  

Happy Birthday - Jan. 31

We have three Volunteer birthdays to celebrate on this last day of January! Junior linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin and sophomore first baseman Nathaniel Maggio each turn 20 today. Also from football, today is the birthday of second-year offensive line coach Don Mahoney. Happy birthday, gentlemen, and have a great day!

Jalen Reeves-Maybin  Nathaniel Maggio  Don  Mahoney

Happy Birthday - Jan. 26

Today, we celebrate an astronomical birthday on Rocky Top! Tennessee quarterback Joshua Dobbs celebrates his birthday today. 

Joshua Dobbs

Happy Birthday - Jan. 23

Today, we have two special #Team119 birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top! Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to both Rashaan Gaulden and Jalen Hurd!

Rashaan GauldenJalen Hurd

Happy Birthday - Jan. 22

Today, we celebrate the birthday of sophomore Tennessee soccer player Meaghan Mulligan. 
Meaghan Mulligan

Happy Birthday - Jan. 17

Today, we come together to wish head football coach Butch Jones the happiest of Birthdays!

Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones

Also, join us in wishing former Vols Garrick Porteous (M Golf) and Evelyn Radford (rowing) Happy Birthday!

Garrick PorteousEvelyn Radford

Two prestigious football VFLs are also celebrating their birthdays today, Jimmy Colquitt, STL Rams starting Center Scott Wells and Dontavis Sapp!

Scott WellsDontavis Sapp

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