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Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/2/14)

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It's getting closer and the weather is looking great for Saturday's clash with Florida. 

Get the latest on the Vols from UTSports.com:

Here's a look at coverage from the media as the Vols assistant coaches met with the media on Wednesday: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols coaches want more from defensive front
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: It's put-up or shut-up time for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Big day awaits for Worley's legacy
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jancek: 'We gotta play more guys'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Instant analysis: Pearson practices
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones For What!!!
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Gators' offense familiar to Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bajakian backing Peterman

News out of Florida includes:
- Independent Florida Alligator: Notebook: Bullard, Ivie take over for Orr

Tennessee head coach Butch Jones will make his usual weekly appearance on 3HL with Brent Dougherty and Blaine Bishop and Mickey Ryan on Nashville's 104.5 The Zone this afternoon at 5:00 p.m. ET. You can listen on 104.5 in Nashville or online RIGHT HERE.

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 2)

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Tennessee is 9-3-2 all-time on Oct. 2 including five wins in a row from 1971 through 1999. 

OCTOBER 2 (9-3-2)
1909 T, 0-0 CENTRE
1915 W, 21-0 TUSCULUM
1920 W, 47-0 MARYVILLE
1937 W, 27-0 VIRGINIA TECH
1948 T, 7-7 at Duke
1954 L, 6-7 at No. 7 Duke
1971 W, 20-13 at Florida
1976 W, 21-19 CLEMSON
1993 W, 52-19 DUKE
1999 W, 24-0 AUBURN
2004 L, 10-34 No. 8 AUBURN
2010 L, 14-16 at No. 12 Louisiana State

In 1999, the Vols posted a 24-0 shutout of Auburn as Travis Henry ran for two touchdowns in front of 106,424 fans at Neyland Stadium. Deon Grant returned an interception for 19 yards and a touchdown in the first quarter.


Jones, Shuler On Vol Calls - Wednesday Night At 8 p.m.

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Wednesday's "Vol Calls" on the Vol Network at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT airs live from Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville Bob Kesling and Brent Hubbs will be joined by Coach Butch Jones and Vol For Life Coordinator Antone Davis on Calhoun's outdoor patio. Former Vol quarterback Heath Shuler will also join the show for a segment over the phone. Fans can call in and ask questions by dialing 1-800-688-8657 or Tennessee Verizon customers can dial # TENN. Fans may also submit questions through the Vol Network's Facebook page - Vol Network_IMG.


Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/1/14)

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It's Florida Week! That means the juices are flowing as Tennessee seeks to end its nine-game losing streak to Florida. Get the latest on the Vols following Tuesday's practice as Justin Worley was a full-go. 

Here's a look at coverage from the media:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols' secondary 'learned from our mistakes'
- Global Post: Tennessee - TeamReport
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Without cast, Croom is complete again
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley will wear sleeve against Gators
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Checker Neyland' movement gains momentum
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Driskel's career hasn't gone to plan
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Lil Jon's 'Holla' to Vols causes stir
- Knoxville News Sentinel: WR Smith out; Pearson practices
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Worley's elbow 'a little sore'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gilliam practices in pads on torn ACL

News out of Florida includes: 
- ESPN.com: SEC morning links
- Gainesville Sun: Team behind Driskel
- Gainesville Sun: Roper shoulders some blame
- Gainesville Sun: UF's Orr to miss Vols game
- Global Post: Florida - TeamReport
- Independent Florida Alligator: 

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 1)

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Back on Oct. 1, 1994, Peyton Manning drew his first-career start for the Vols in leading Tennessee to a 10-9 victory over Washington State at Neyland Stadium. Manning went on to post an NCAA-best 39-6 record as a starting quarterback. Here's a look at all 16 Vols' games played on Oct. 1, as Tennessee has compiled an 11-4-1 record. 

OCTOBER 1 (11-4-1)
1904 W, 17-0 MARYVILLE
1910 L, 2-17 CENTRE
1921 W, 7-0 at Maryville
1927 W, 26-0 at North Carolina
1932 W, 33-0 MISSISSIPPI
1938 W, 20-7 CLEMSON
1949 L, 7-21 DUKE
1955 L, 0-21 at No. 16 DUKE
1960 T, 0-0 Mississippi State (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1966 W, 23-3 RICE
1977 W, 41-10 OREGON STATE
1983 W, 45-6 The Citadel (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1994 W, 10-9 No. 17 WASHINGTON STATE
2005 W, 27-10 MISSISSIPPI
2011 W, 41-10 BUFFALO

On Oct. 1, 2005, the Vols won the 750th game in program history, a 27-10 win over Ole Miss. At halftime of that game, Reggie White's No. 92 was retired by Tennessee.


Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (9/30/14)

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Butch Jones met with the media on Monday to preview the Vols game with Florida. Get the latest on the #CheckerNeyland game with coverage from UTSports.com: 

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Johnson's emotions ruled day
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Depth will be tested with Bates out
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones says Worley is healthy
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thigpen: Vols 'getting so close'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Healthy Maggitt emerging for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Johnson trying to dial it down

News on Florida includes: 
- Gainesville Sun: UF's Orr to miss Vols game

Happy Birthday - Sept. 30

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Happy Birthday to former Vol Fred Weary of football and current Lady Vol Cierra Burdick of women's basketball!

Fred WearyCierra Burdick

Weary started in all 12 games of his senior year on the offensive line. He was a leader on the line helping former Vol Travis Stephens to set the single-season rushing record. Weary had an NFL career with the Texans and Browns, starting in 43 of 63 games played.

Burdick, a senior forward, was named to the 2014 SEC All-Tournament team and received conference academic honors. She started in 25 of 35 games played in her junior season. Burdick averages 7.1 points per game and 5.47 rebounds per game.

This Day In #Vols History (Sept. 30)

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Tennessee is 9-5 all-time on Sept. 30. One of the biggest wins was in 1989, as the No. 12 Vols downed No. 4 Auburn, 21-14. Reggie Cobb (225) and Chuck Webb (93) combined for 318 rushing yards.

Also, on Sept. 30, 2005: Former Vol Ray Nettles was selected to the Canadian Football League Hall of Fame. Nettles joined Dick Huffman and Condredge Holloway as Vols in the CFL Hall of Fame.


September 30 (9-5)
1916 W, 33-0 TUSCULUM
1922 W, 32-7 CARSON-NEWMAN
1933 W, 27-0 VIRGINIA TECH
1944 W, 26-13 KENTUCKY
1950 L, 0-7 at Mississippi State
1961 L, 21-24 AUBURN
1967 W, 27-13 AUBURN
1972 L, 6-10 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1978 L, 10-29 Auburn (N) @ Birmingham, Ala.
1989 W, 21-14 No. 4 AUBURN
2000 L, 31-38 at Louisiana State (OT)
2006 W, 41-7 at Memphis

Vols-Georgia Game Posts Highest ESPN TV Rating Of 2014

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Last Saturday's Tennessee at Georgia game on ESPN had the highest rating of any college football game on the network through five weeks of coverage in 2014. The game drew a 3.1 overnight rating on ESPN Saturday afternoon, the network's highest college football overnight of the season. The previous high was a 2.9 for Virginia Tech/Ohio State in week two.

The complete ratings for Week 5 have not been published, but here's a look at the season to date: College Football Ratings

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