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Happy Birthday - April 17

On April 17 we're sending out happy Big Orange birthday wishes to two men's basketball VFLs: Dane Bradshaw and C.J. Watson!

Bradshaw was a point-forward for the Volunteers from 2004-07, boasting a career assist/turnover ratio of 2.14 while helping guide UT to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances over his final two seasons. He was selected as a member of Tennessee's All-Century team in 2009. In October of 2014 it was announced that Bradshaw had accepted a gig with the SEC Network as a basketball analyst for the 2014-15 season. Born this day in 1984, Bradshaw is celebrating his 31st birthday.

Watson played point guard for Tennessee for four seasons, turning in his best campaign during his senior year in 2005-06. That year, he averaged 15.3 points, 3.9 assists, and 3.1 rebounds per game en route to second team All-SEC accolades. He closed out his Vol career as the program's second all-time leader in career assists (577) and steals (198). Following the conclusion of his college days, Watson played two seasons overseas before joining the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA D-League. On January 8, 2008, Watson signed on with the Golden State Warriors and has remained in the NBA ever since. He has played with the Chicago Bulls, the Brooklyn Nets, and is currently a member of the Indiana Pacers. 

Happy birthday, Dane and C.J.!

Happy Birthday - April 15

On this April 15, we're going back into the archives and wishing former Tennessee baseball start Ed Bailey a happy birthday. Bailey was born April 15, 1931.


Bailey lettered as a member of the UT baseball team in 1948 before going on to play 14 seasons as a catcher in the Major Leagues. A five-time All-Star, he started his big-league career with the Cincinnati Reds in 1953 and hit a career-best 28 home runs for the Reds in 1956. He also made stops with the San Francisco Giants, the Milwaukee Braves, the Chicago Cubs, and the California Angels. He was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame in 1981 and the UT Baseball Hall of Fame in 2002.

Bailey passed away in 2007 at the age of 75.

Happy Birthday - April 13

It's April 13 and we've got a pair of VFL birthdays to celebrate! Today we're wishing a happy birthday to former men's tennis standout Jarryd Chaplin and, from the archives, baseball legend Ben Cantwell

A native of Sydney, Australia, Chaplin wrapped up a four-year career at Tennessee last season. He finished his time at Tennessee with a singles record 62-55 to go along with his career doubles mark of 72-43. He was second team All-SEC as a junior in 2013 and claimed three doubles titles over his career. Born this day in 1992, Chaplin is 23 years old today.

Cantwell was born in 1902 in Milan, Tennessee, and played baseball at UT from 1922-25. He moved on to professional baseball in 1926 and made his major league debut in 1927 with the New York Giants. He was later traded to the Boston Braves. In 1933, Cantwell won 20 games as a starter for the Braves, becoming just the second pitcher out of the SEC to record 20 wins in a season in the major leagues. Cantwell passed away in 1962 at age 60.

Happy birthday, Jarryd and Ben!


Happy Birthday - April 12

Four birthdays on Rocky Top for this April 12! Today we wish a very happy birthday to diver Sarah Chewning, soccer's Josie Jennings, football's Brett Kendrick and men's golf VFL Oliver Goss!

A junior transfer from the University of Kentucky, Chewning made her Orange & White debut this season. She picked up a win in her first meet as a member of the UT squad, posting a 260.25 in the 3-meter springboard. 

Jennings is a defender out of Knoxville's Farragut High School. She completed her freshman season in the fall of 2014, seeing action in 17 matches and picking up seven starts along the way. She closed out the year with 757 minutes played, including a full 90 against Tulsa in September. Jennings turns 19 years old today.

Another Knoxville native, Kendrick enters spring camp as a redshirt sophomore. He appeared in all 13 games for Vol Football in 2014, getting two starts on the offensive line. Kendrick is 20 years old today.

Goss played two seasons at Tennessee before turning pro in 2014. A native of Perth, Australia, Goss was a two-time All-SEC performer and turned heads in 2014 when he finished as the low amateur at the 2014 Masters (+10). He has played this season on the tour, logging six tournament appearances. He has three top-25 finishes to his name and one top-10. He turns 21 today.

Happy birthday Sarah, Josie, Brett, and Oliver!

Happy Birthday - April 10

On this 10th day of April we are celebrating a quartet of Tennessee birthdays. Join us in wishing a happy birthday to volleyball's Kelsey Bawcombe, Chelsea Blaase of cross country/track and field, rowing's Morgan Suffridge, and baseball VFL Mike Lincoln

A native of Temecula, California, Bawcombe is coming off a solid freshman season for Tennessee Volleyball in the fall of 2014. She appeared in 31 matches and made 17 starts on the year, logging two double-doubles and a team-high 17 service aces. Born this day in 1996, Bawcome is 19 years old today.

Out on the track, Blaase is having the best season of her career. In the fall, she became Tennessee's 10th cross country All-American after finishing 10th at the NCAA Championships. Blaase earned her second All-American award of the year during the indoor track and field season when she placed fourth in the women's 5,000 meters at the NCAA Indoor Championships. And just last week, Blaase broke her own school record in the 10,000 meter run at the Stanford Invitational, turning in a time of 32:28.39 that ranks second in the nation.

A junior member of the varsity rowing squad, Suffridge was a part of the Second Varsity Eight that finished third in the petite final at the 42nd annual San Diego Crew Classic. A local product out of Knoxville, Suffridge is majoring in in Speech Pathology and was a member of the 2014 spring SEC Academic Honor Roll. 

Today is also the 40th birthday of former Tennessee and Major League pitcher Lincoln. He pitched just one season for UT back in 1996, going 6-4 with a 3.33 ERA before being drafted in the 13th round of the MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins. He made his big league debut on April 7, 1999, and continued on in the Bigs until 2010, making stops with the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Cincinnati Reds.

Happy birthday Kelsey, Chelsea, Morgan, and Mike!

Happy Birthday - April 9

On April 9 we're celebrating the birthday of Tennessee women's golfer AJ Newell and UT hall of fame baseball player Sam Ewing!

A senior from Tampa, Florida, Newell has posted seven rounds of par or better this season, including a career-low 67 at the Cougar Classic. Through eight tournaments, she owns a scoring average of 72.91 -- the lowest of her career on Rocky Top. Newell and her teammates are off this week, but return to action next weekend in Birmingham, Alabama, for the SEC Championships. Born this day in 1993, Newell turns 22 years old today.

Today we also wish a happy 65th birthday to former Vol and Major Leaguer, Sam Ewing. One of the best to ever play in Tennessee's history, Ewing posted an incredible .464 batting average during his senior season in Knoxville. He drove in 25 runs on 45 hits that season to go along with eight home runs and 33 runs scored. Unsurprisingly, he was a first team All-America selection by both the Sporting News and the ABCA. He finished his career with a .411 batting average before going on to play professionally with the Chicago White Sox and Toronto Blue Jays organizations. He was elected to the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998.

Happy birthday AJ and Sam!

Happy Birthday - April 8

It's April 8 and we're sending happy birthday wishes to graduating soccer senior Allie Sirna!

Sirna recently wrapped up a stellar four-year career with Tennessee, starting in all 85 matches in which she appeared during her time on Rocky Top. A standout defender, Sirna helped UT record seven shutouts last season and earned SEC All-Tournament Team honors after logging 290 minutes played during the tournament and helping the Volunteers rally back against Alabama and stifle a potent Florida attack in the quarterfinals. In December, Sirna earned NSCAA Scholar All-Region Honors and was awarded an NCAA postgraduate scholarship just last month. She is 22 years old today.

Happy birthday, Allie!

Happy Birthday - April 6

On April 6 we're celebrating a pair of birthdays on Rocky Top! One of the newest members of the Big Orange family, football's Kyle Oliver, is blowing out the candles today, as is former women's basketball standout Kamiko Williams!

Oliver is an incoming freshman who committed to Tennessee on National Signing Day back on Feb. 4. He is a 6-4, 226-pound tight end who will arrive in Knoxville with a three-star rating in tow. He lettered in football at Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and logged 102 receptions for 1,474 yards and five touchdowns in his three-year prep career. Born this day in 1997, Oliver turns 18 years old today.

Williams graduated from UT in 2013 after a four-year career on the hardwood for the Lady Vols. The guard appeared in 128 games over her four-year career, averaging 5.5 points, 2.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists per game. During her senior year, she averaged 11.8 points and 3.5 steals per contest over Tennessee's NCAA Tournament run to the Elite Eight. Following the 2012-13 season, Williams was drafted by the WNBA's New York Liberty with the 15th overall pick. She did not play in 2014 after suffering a torn ACL. Williams is 24 years old today.

Happy birthday Kyle and Kamiko!

Happy Birthday - April 5

On this fifth day of April we're celebrating the birthday of baseball's David Houser

Houser is a junior catcher for the Diamond Vols and has appeared in 21 games this season. So far in 2015, he is hitting a career-best .281 with three doubles and three RBIs to his credit. Houser is a native of Columbia, South Carolina, and is 21 years old today. 

Happy birthday, David!

Happy Birthday - April 2

On April 2 we are wishing a very happy Big Orange birthday to rowing's Kaitlan Aries


A senior from Chuluota, Florida, Aries is in the midst of her third season with the varsity squad. She has competed in five races this season, including a spot in the first varsity eight that narrowly finished in fourth in 6:58.38 at the 42nd Annual San Diego Crew Classic. She also rowed in the bow seat in the varsity eight at the Oak Ridge Cardinal Invitational that placed third in three races. Last year, Aries picked up a handful of academic awards. She was named to the 2014 SEC Spring Honor Roll, the 2013-14 C-USA Honor Roll, and received the C-USA Commissioner's Academic Medal -- an honor given to student-athletes maintaining a 3.75 GPA or better. Aries is a kinesiology major.

Happy birthday, Kaitlan!

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