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Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones took some time on Thursday (and during his vacation, no less!) to speak with the guys at 3HL on 104-5 The Zone. He shared his thoughts on Wednesday's Nike reveal and its far-reaching effects, particularly on recruiting and the psyche of the Tennessee athletic department. Click the link below to catch the interview in full.

Butch Jones on 3HL: http://tinyurl.com/pegbyeg


Former Tennessee quarterback Heath Shuler recently spoke with the Knoxville News Sentinel about the Vols and Team 119, stating his belief that Butch Jones and UT's style of offense not only create great opportunities for quarterback Joshua Dobbs, but makes him excited for the future of the Vol Football program.
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The Birmingham News released its 2015 preseason awards on Sunday afternoon. Topping the list on the Preseason All-SEC First Team Defense is sophomore Derek Barnett. Junior Cameron Sutton was named to the All-SEC Second Team Defense. 

The "Best of the SEC" was also awarded to Barnett for the defensive lineman position. Joshua Dobbs was the runner-up for best passer.
The loyal members of the University of Tennessee's Vol Navy were recognized this week by College Football 24/7 as one of the nation's top game-day traditions in college football! Whether they come ashore to Neyland Stadium or cheer on the Big Orange from the Tennessee River, the Vol Navy has become a key signature of Football Time in Tennessee, as noted by College Football 24/7 writer Chase Goodbread.
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The days remaining until Football Time in Tennessee are winding down on Rocky Top! Here's a look at some of the recent coverage of Team 119 and the Volunteer Football Program, including a piece from ESPN.com naming Tennessee as the top SEC program on the rise. 
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Happy Birthday - June 21

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On June 21 we're celebrating four birthdays on Rocky Top, a pair of which belong to VFLs!



Our first 'happy birthday' shoutout goes to volleyball's Kendra Turner! A rising sophomore from LaPlace, Louisiana, Turner was UT's team leader in total kills (222) and kills per set (2.67) during her true freshman stint on Rocky Top. She recorded a career-high 23 kills against Missouri in early November, making her the only Lady Vol to record 20+ kills in any match that season. Turner is 19 years old today.



From football, today we celebrate the birthday of one of the best linebackers in program history -- Al Wilson. The only All-America selection from the Vols' 1998 National Championship team, Wilson had 77 tackles that season, including a 12 tackle performance against No. 2 Florida. In that game, he set a new program record with three forced fumbles. He went on to become a five-time Pro Bowler with the Denver Broncos organization.



Today we also recognize the birthday of former Tennessee track and field sprinter Terrance Livingston. Livingston ran the 400, 800, and the relays during his four years on Rocky Top and still ranks inside the top 10 of the Tennessee indoor performance list in the 400-meter dash. His time of 47.31 is the 10th fastest in indoor program history.



Lastly, we are wishing a happy birthday to former Volunteer golfer Marshall Talkington. Like Wilson, Talkington is a native of Jackson, Tennessee, and went on to play four years on the links for the men's golf program. He logged a career scoring average of 76.31 and finished with two top-10 finishes in his career. Talkington was a two-time member of the All-SEC Academic Honor Roll.

Along with these happy birthdays, Tennessee would like to wish a happy Father's Day to all of our Big Orange dads on Rocky Top and around the world!




Defensive lineman Owen William was named NFL.com's third strong player in college football. NFL.com published its top 15 list on Thursday. Read what they wrote here:

A 2014 transfer from Butler (Kan.) Community College, Williams (6-2, 290 pounds) quickly established himself among his new teammates as a workout warrior. He can squat 710 pounds and bench presses 510 (36 reps at 225). He made 21 tackles and two sacks last year, and figures to be an even more effective presence in the interior for the Volunteers this fall as a senior.

For the full list, click HERE.

With kickoff just 80 days away, the buzz around Tennessee Football continues. NFL.com's Bryan Fischer released his top 10 defensive linemen duos and have redshirt senior Curt Maggitt and sophomore Derek Barnett at No. 6. The duo is one of three in the top 10 from the SEC. 

Read what Fischer wrote here:

6. Tennessee: Derek Barnett and Curt Maggitt

The skinny: All Barnett did as a true freshman for the Vols was rack up 10 sacks and set numerous Tennessee and SEC records as a relentless pass rusher. One of the biggest bright spots on a young team, he'll figure to see more double-teams in 2015 but seems qualified to handle them given his skill set and size. He teams up with Maggitt, who led the team in sacks last season. Barnett will show off his versatility by also playing linebacker in addition to defensive end depending on the situation.

Click HERE for the full list. 

Manning Leads Colorado Symphony In Rocky Top

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Vol Nation, you will love this!

Check out Peyton Manning's entire performance as he led the Colorado Symphony in Rocky Top last night: Fast forward to the 5:50 mark: PEYTON LEADS ROCKY TOP.

Maggitt Featured On SI.com

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Check out this feature on Vols fifth-year senior Curt Maggitt from SI.com:  The 'old man' and Tennessee: Senior Curt Maggitt seeks a lasting impact

The clunk-clunk-clunk of marching cleats echoes through the south wing of Tennessee's football facility. It's a sunny March afternoon, and a sea of players file through an open door in the program's Anderson Training Center. The Volunteers have just completed another practice this spring on Haslam Field. Each passing player dons either an orange or white jersey, save for the handful of quarterbacks, who wear red tops.


Sitting a few yards away from his teammates, Curt Maggitt sports a different outfit. Tennessee's fifth-year senior linebacker wears a black shirt with a bulky shoulder harness. Due to off-season surgery, Maggitt hasn't been able to practice. Instead, he has watched his young team and realized he's become a senior citizen. Some of his teammates, he notes, don't even know the old location of the locker room.

"I'm the old man around here," Maggitt says. "It's weird."

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