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Happy Birthday - Feb. 15

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We've got three birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top today as football newcomer Andrew Butcher, track and field's Amirah Johnson, and men's basketball VFL Tony F. White will all be blowing out the candles on February 15.

A four-star prospect at defensive end, Butcher is an early enrollee at Tennessee and has been on campus since January. Butcher is a native of Alpharetta, Georgia, and piled up 167 tackles and 23.5 sacks during his prep career. As a senior, he led Alpharetta H.S. to a region championship and a 10-2 record, recording a team-best 89 tackles and 18 sacks along the way. Butcher is 18 years old today.

Andrew Butcher

A cross country and outdoor track and field senior, Johnson recently recorded a new career-best in the indoor 1000 meters (2:56.14). She has been a staple for the Volunteers in all three seasons of the track and field year: cross country, indoor, and outdoor. This fall she wrapped up her cross country career, finishing third on the team in five of her six races on the season. Today is Johnson's 22nd birthday.

Amirah Johnson

VFL White played basketball at Tennessee from 1983-87 before being selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 1987 NBA draft. He went on to split time with the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors before seeing out the remainder of his playing career overseas. White's most memorable performance in the Orange and White came on Feb. 14, 1987 when he scored 51 points in leading the Vols past Auburn 103-84. That mark still stands as UT's single-game scoring record.


Happy Big Orange birthday, Andrew, Amirah, and Tony!


Happy Birthday - July 18: Minnock, Moberg and Ruff

A trio of birthdays to celebrate today on July 18, senior rower McDarragh Minnock, junior baseball player Jeff Moberg and recent track and field graduate Kianna Ruff


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Happy Birthday - June 27: Whitelaw and Brewer

On June 27 we send Happy Birthday wishes to distance runner Austin Whitelaw and volleyball player Abby Brewer


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Happy Birthday - June 4: Lizzie Cornell and Steve Searcy

On June 4, we celebrate birthdays for women's track/cross country junior Lizzie Cornell and former Vols pitcher and major leaguer Steve Searcy, who is also a Knoxville native. 



Happy Birthday - May 30: Tobin, Song, and McBride

Happy Birthday to senior distance runner Daniel Tobin, junior golfer Daeun Song, and VFL and former defensive end Turk McBride.

    

Happy Birthday - May 27: Jack Little

On May 27, we wish a Happy Birthday to sophomore cross country runner Jack Little


Happy Birthday - May 21: Dickie and Majors

On May 21, we send Happy Birthday wishes to freshman cross country runner Jeremy Dickie.



Also celebrating his birthday today is Vols legend and Hall of Famer Johnny Majors who was born on May 21, 1935.

  

Happy Birthday - May 11: Derlath, Thulin, Parry and Fuson

Happy birthday to senior distance runner Stephen Derlath, junior swimmer Jacob Thulin and sophomore soccer player Aaron Parry


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Also from the archives, May 11 was the day that former football player Clyde Fuson was born in 1923. "Ig"  is one of seven Vols to have their number (No. 62) retired in football. He was one of four Vols to not return home from World War II and was memorialized along with Bill Nowling, Rudy Klarer and Willis Tucker. Fuson, a native of Middlesboro, Ky., and fullback on the 1942 team, who shared playing time with Nowling. Ig had a younger brother, Herschel (Ug) Fuson, who was a freshman on the 1942 team and transferred to West Point where he graduated.

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Happy Birthday - March 11: Norbert, Burke & Westmoreland

On March 11, we send Happy Birthday to wishes to junior cross country runner Kacey Norbert



We also send birthday wishes to two former Tennessee stars.

Celebrating are baseball star Chris Burke, who played for the Astros, Diamondbacks and Padres in the Majors. Burke most recently was honored at the 2014 Baseball Leadoff BBQ in Knoxville. 


From football, Eric Westmoreland celebrates his birthday. He went on to play for the Jaguars and Browns after being a starting linebacker for the 1998 National Championship Vols. 


Happy Birthday - Feb. 15: Amirah Johnson and Tony White

On February 15, we send birthday wishes to junior runner Amirah Johnson and former Vol basketball legend Tony White

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Tony White still holds the record for most points in a game with 51 points. 

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