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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!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 20

We've got three Big Orange birthdays on Rocky Top on this third Friday of February, as current student-athletes Brueck Ball (rowing) and Brodie Leftridge (baseball) celebrate their respective birthdays, as does baseball VFL Julio Borbon. 

A sophomore from Nashville, Ball is in her second season with Tennessee rowing and first as a varsity squad member. She turns 20 years old today. 

A true freshman from Baltimore, Maryland, outfielder Leftridge is gearing up for his first season with Vol Baseball. He was ranked a top-50 outfielder coming out of St. John's Catholic Prep and was the No. 4 prospect out of the state of Maryland. Leftridge turns 19 years old today. 

VFL Julio Borbon, now with the Baltimore Orioles organization, helped Tennessee reach the College World Series in 2005. He ranked third on that team with a .350 batting average -- the fifth-best batting average for a freshman in Tennessee history. He went on to lead UT with a .366 batting average in 2006 and posted a .345 batting average in 2007 -- his final season on Rocky Top.

Brueck Ball Brodie  Leftridge Julio Borbon

Happy birthday, Brueck, Brodie, and Julio!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 19

On Feb. 19 we're wishing a happy birthday to football mid-year enrollee Quinten Dormady and former Lady Vol tennis great Caitlin Whoriskey!

Quinten Dormady Caitlin Whoriskey

A four-star quarterback out of Boerne, Texas, Dormady arrives on Rocky Top after totalling nearly 6,000 passing yards and 59 touchdown passes in two varsity seasons at Beorne H.S. As a senior, Dormady threw for 2,893 yards and 32 touchdowns en route to leading the Greyhounds to an 8-3 record and a berth in the playoffs. He turns 19 years old today. 


A 2010 graduate from the University of Tennessee, Whoriskey recorded 92 singles victories and 113 doubles wins over her career at UT. She was a three-time All-SEC selection, an All-American as a junior in 2008-09, and advanced to the final of of the 2010 NCAA Doubles Championship with teammate Natalie Pluskota. 

Happy birthday, Quinten and Caitlin!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 17

Two legendary birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top today as we focus on two great contributors to the storied history of Tennessee football: General Robert Neyland and Stanley Morgan. 

Born February 17, 1892, General Neyland is largely recognized as the man that brought Vols football to national prominence. In 2012, 50 years after his passing, Tennessee honored his legacy with 50 Facts on 50th Anniversary, detailing the incredible life lived by General Neyland and his service not only to the University of Tennessee, but also to his country. 



Today is also the 60th birthday for legendary Vol and NFL receiver Stanley Morgan. A native of Easley, South Carolina, Morgan played at UT from 1973-76, racking up 4,642 all-purpose yards -- still the Tennessee record. He went on to enjoy a successful NFL career with the New England Patriots, appearing in four pro bowls and setting the franchise record for receiving yards at 10,352.



Happy birthday, General Neyland and Stanley Morgan!

Also, for the basketball junkies in our midst, today just happens to be Michael Jordan's 53rd birthday. Which reminds us, there's a pretty big basketball game taking place at Thompson-Boling Arena this evening ... 


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