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Happy Birthday - March 2

Today, on March 2, we're wishing a happy birthday to baseball redshirt freshman Andrew Plunkett!

Andrew  Plunkett

After a redshirt season in 2014, the Memphis native made his Orange and White debut during the 2015 season-opening series at FIU. He made two pinch-hit appearances during that series and has since made three starts at DH for the Vols. He hit the first home run of his Tennessee career on Saturday, helping UT to a 12-10 win at UC Irvine. 

Born this day in 1994, Plunkett turns 21 years old today. Happy birthday, Andrew!


Happy Birthday - March 1

It's a brand new month and we've got two birthdays to celebrate along with it. Rower Nicole Burnett and baseball VFL Rich Rodriguez both blow out the candles today!

Burnett is a freshman from Morristown, Tennessee, and a novice and the 2014-15 rowing squad. At Morristown West High School, she was a member of the Beta Club and an AP Scholar. She is majoring in psychology. Born this day in 1996, Burnett turns 19 years old today.

Nicole Burnett

Rodriguez was a pitcher for the Tennessee baseball team from 1982-84. He started 34 games in his UT career, including 11 complete-game efforts. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the ninth round of the 1984 MLB Draft and made his major league debut in 1990 with the San Diego Padres. He pitched in the bigs for 14 seasons, concluding his career with the Anaheim Angels in 2003.



Happy birthday, Nicole and Rich! 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 28

We've got a bevy of birthdays to celebrate on this final day of February: football's Jason Croom and soccer's Michele Christy each blow out the candles today, as do VFLs Antone Davis (football) and Michael Christy (swimming and diving). Soccer alumna Caroline Capocaccia was a leap-year baby, born Feb. 29.

A redshirt junior, Croom saw action in 12 games with one start at wideout during the 2014 football season. He finished the year with 21 catches for 305 yards and four touchdowns, including a career-long, 52-yard TD reception against Kentucky. Born this day in 1994, Croom is 21 years old today.

Jason  Croom

Another junior, Michele Christy appeared in 22 matches for UT Soccer last season, including 16 starts. A midfielder from Ursuline Academy, Christy scored her first career goal in the 67th minute of an SEC Tournament game against Alabama -- a headed effort that leveled the score. She turns 20 today.

Michele Christy

An offensive lineman for Tennessee from 1987-90, Davis was an All-American and an Outland Trophy finalist. He went on to be drafted eighth overall by the Philadelphia Eagles in the 1991 NFL Draft, kicking off a five-year NFL career. In 2012, Davis was hired to head UT's Vol For Life program. 

Antone Davis

Michael Christy swam for Tennessee from 2007-12 and ranks inside the top 10 all-time at Tennessee three individual events: 200 backstroke, 200 IM, 400 IM.

Michael Christy

Capocaccia played defender with UT Soccer for four seasons from 2010-13. She appeared in 59 games in her career, getting the starting nod 53 times. She turns 23 years old today. 

Caroline Capocaccia

A very happy Big Orange birthday to each of these members of the Tennessee family!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 27

On this Feb. 27, we're wishing a very happy Big Orange birthday to football defensive back, Cameron Sutton

A junior from Jonesboro, Georgia, Sutton has appeared in all 25 games in his Tennessee career, including starts in all 13 in 2014. Last season he registered 37 tackles, three interceptions, and a team-high 16 passes defended. He also returned kicks for UT, notching his first special teams touchdown when he returned a punt 76 yards for a touchdown at Vanderbilt. Born this date in 1995, Sutton is 20 years old today.

Cameron  Sutton

Happy birthday, Cam! 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 26

On Feb. 26, we're celebrating the birthday of senior men's golfer, Thomas Dunne!

A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dunne is in his third season on Rocky Top after transferring from Northern Illinois. For his career, he owns seven rounds of par or better, including a career-low of 69. He was a member of the 2013 SEC Academic Honor Roll, majoring in business. 

Thomas Dunne

Happy birthday, Thomas! 


Happy Birthday - Feb. 25

On Feb. 25, we're sending out Happy Big Orange Birthday wishes to tennis senior Joanna Henderson!

A native of Aberdeen, Scotland, Henderson has competed all four seasons for the Orange and White. She is a two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll and has claimed back-to-back doubles titles at the Tennessee Invite with teammate Caitlin Williams.

Joanna  Henderson

Happy birthday, Joanna!


Happy Birthday - Feb. 24

We have a pair of VFL birthdays to celebrate on this February 24th as we send 'happy birthday' wishes to former football placekicker Fuad Reveiz and former baseball infielder Taylor Smart!

Reveiz, who went on to play 10 seasons in the NFL, was born in Bogota, Colombia, before his family relocated to Miami, Florida. He was signed to kick at the University of Tennessee by legendary coach Johnny Majors and kicked for the Vols from 1981-84. As a sophomore, Reveiz turned his best season. He went 27-of-31 on field goal tries and connected on a school-record 60-yarder against Georgia Tech. 

Smart graduated from Tennessee baseball last spring after two seasons in the Orange and White. As a senior, he played in 53 of 54 games for UT, starting 50 at third base and two at shortstop. For his career, Smart hit .280 with six home runs, and even 100 hits, and 48 RBIs. He was selected by the Seattle Mariners in the 26th round of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. 

 

Happy birthday to both Fuad and Taylor!


Happy Birthday - Feb. 23

Feb. 23 is the birthday of former Vols middle linebacker and current New England Patriot Jerod Mayo! 

Mayo spent 2004-07 at the University of Tennessee, playing his final season in 2007 at the middle linebacker position. Starting all 14 games that season, Mayo tallied 140 tackles, 1.5 sacks, and notched a pick-six along the way. He went on to be drafted 10th overall by the New England Patriots in the 2008 NFL Draft and earned AP Defensive Rookie of the Year honors after posting 128 tackles, 100 of them solo. He has since been named to two Pro Bowls and appeared in Super Bowl XLVI. 

 

Mayo is 29 years old today. Happy birthday, Jerod!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 22

Entering the final week of February, we are wishing a happy birthday to football VFL Rashad Baker and freshman rower Danielle Dami! 

Baker was originally recruited as a wide receiver, but made the switch to free safety in the fourth game of his freshman season. He played out the remainder of his Volunteer career -- from 2000-03 -- in that position, earning first team All-SEC honors in 2001 and a second-team selection in 2002. After tallying 233 tackles, 11 interceptions, and and 24 pass deflections at Tennessee, he went on to play six seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, and Oakland Raiders. 

Rashad Baker 

We're also sending "happy birthday" wishes to freshman Dami who is in the midst of her first season with Tennessee Rowing. A  native of Grayling, Michigan, Dami is a member of the novice squad this season and is majoring in environmental studies. She turns 20 years old today. 

Danielle Dami

Happy birthday, Rashad and Dami!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 21

Three weeks into February and we have two Big Orange birthdays to celebrate! We're wishing a happy birthday to football assistant head coach for defense and defensive backs Willie Martinez as well as to soccer sophomore Colleen Gawkins.

Martinez is entering his third season with Tennessee Football and in 2014 he coached a Volunteer secondary that had 16 interceptions to rank 15th in the NCAA. In his first season at UT, he helped orchestrate a memorable defensive feat against Western Kentucky when the UT defense forced five turnovers over six plays, including back-to-back pick-6s from Justin Coleman and Cameron Sutton. 

During her freshman season in the Orange and White, Gawkins earned minutes in 20 matches while tallying 11 shots and two on goal. The Haymarket, Virginia, native arrived in Knoxville last summer following a senior season at Battlefield High School in which she led the team to a 6A state title and unblemished 23-0 record. She was a 2014 NSCAA High School Girls Soccer All-American and a two-time NSCAA All-Region first team selection.

Willie Martinez Colleen Gawkins
Happy birthday, Coach Martinez and Colleen!

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