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This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 17)

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The Vols rallied to beat Maryland, 30-23, on Dec. 17, 1983 to capture the Florida Citrus Bowl. 



The Vols closed out their finest season since 1972, scoring two fourth quarter touchdowns to defeat Maryland 30-23, before a sellout crowd of 50,500 and millions more on ESPN.

Johnnie Jones and Alan Cockrell were the Vols' offensive stickouts. Jones gained 154 yards on 29 carries and tallied twice. Cockrell completed 16 of 23 passes for 185 yards and one touchdown. Clyde Duncan caught six passes for 59 yards and Lenny Taylor caught four for 68 yards and one touchdown.

The Vols were led on defense by linebacker Alvin Toles, who recovered a fumble and intercepted a pass, both efforts leading to Vol scores.

The Vols finished the year No. 15 by the New York Times, No. 17 by USA Today and No. 14 by Sports Illustrated.

Barnett: Feldman's #2 Most Impressive True Frosh

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Tennessee's defensive end Derek Barnett continues to draw attention from numerous outlets. FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman listed Barnett as his #2 'Most Impressive True Freshman' for 2014. 

Feldman praised the Freshman All-American:  

2. Derek Barnett, DL, Tennessee: Texas A&M's Myles Garrett got more hype but it was Barnett who made an even bigger impact for the even younger Vols. The 6-3, 267-pounder ranked fourth in the country with 20.5 tackles for loss, along with 10 sacks and 69 tackles. Barnett notched three sacks each in games against Ole Miss and South Carolina. More impressively, Barnett had 18 TFLs in eight SEC games.

Here is the full story: Top 10 Most Impressive True Freshmen

#NFLVols Week 15 Recap

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Defensive lineman Malik Jackson had one of his best games with two tackles, including one for a loss, and two pass deflections in the win over San Diego. Also successful in his defensive effort was Tony McDaniel who had one tackle and a pass deflection in the Seahawks' win.

Arian Foster was just a yard short from recording yet another 100-yard rushing game. Jason Witten had 69 receiving yards while Mychal Rivera continued his late season success with 39 yards receiving.

Check out how your favorite VFLs performed this week:

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. Washington 24-13 Injured reserve
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Def. Oakland 31-13 Non-football related illness
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Def. Oakland 31-13 Injured reserve
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. San Diego 22-10 3 punts, 40.3 avg.
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Def. Oakland 31-13 7 punts, 39.9 yd. avg.
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. Jacksonville 20-12 Injured reserve
Arian Foster RB Houston Texans Lost to Indianapolis 17-10 99 yds. Rushing, 18 yds. Receiving
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Atlanta 27-20 Started at LG
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Def. Oakland 31-13 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Def. Chicago 31-15 Started at OLB
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Lost to NY Jets 16-11 Injured reserve
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. San Diego 22-10 Two tackles, tfl, two pass deflections
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami Dolphins Lost to New England 41-13 Started at LT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Def. Chicago 31-15 Injured reserve
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. San Diego 22-10 14-20-233 yards, 1 TD
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Def. Miami 41-13 Injured reserve
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to Baltimore 20-12 Played at G
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Def. San Fran. 17-7 Started at LDT, one tackle, pass deflection
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Atlanta 27-20 Played at DL
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Def. Chicago 31-15 Played at WR
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Lost to Kansas City 31-13 Inactive
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Lost to Detroit 16-14 Two recs. for 16 yards, 2 KO returns
Tauren Poole RB Carolina Panthers Def. Tampa Bay 19-17 Practice squad
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Lost to Detroit 16-14 Injured reserve
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Lost to Kansas City 31-13 Seven recs., 39 yards.
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Def. Tennessee 16-11 Practice squad
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Falcons Lost to Pittsburgh 27-20 Practice squad
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Lost to Carolina 19-17 Started at WR
James Stone OL Atlanta Falcons Lost to Pittsburgh 27-20 Started at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Lost to New England 41-13 Started at RT
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Lost to Arizona 12-6 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Def. St. Louis 12-6 Started at NT, one pass deflection
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Def. Philadelphia 38-27 Seven recs., 69 yds.


It's a busy Tuesday on the Hill!

First, Tennessee men's basketball assistant coach Chris Shumate will join Vince Ferarra on the News Sentinel Sports page on Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville at 10:15. You can listen in Knoxville on 99.1 FM and AM 990 or online right HERE.


Tennessee Football returns to the practice field today as preparation for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the TaxSlayer Bowl continues. Full coverage with comments from Tennessee assistant coaches will be available right here at UTSports.com when practice concludes around 2 p.m. ET. 


Tonight, the Lady Volunteer basketball team returns to action against Wichita State. This marks the first meeting between these schools, but Lady Vol head coach Holly Warlick (as Pat Summitt's assistant) coached both WSU head coach Jody Adams (1989-93) and assistant Bridgette Gordon (1985-89) during their playing careers at Tennessee. The game will be televised by the SEC Network. 

You can also watch live online HERE.
The Lady Vol Network Radio broadcast can be heard HERE.
Live Stats are available HERE



Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/16/14)

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The Vols return to the field for the first of three consecutive days of practice in preparation of the TaxSlayer Bowl on Tuesday around 12 noon. 



Here's a look at the latest from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Several surprises for Vols in 2014

News out of Iowa includes: 
- HawkeyeSports.com: Focus on Finals, then Volunteers

This Day In #Vols History (Dec. 16)

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The Vols picked up a 7-3 win in the 1974 Liberty Bowl on Dec. 16, 1974. 

Two Vol sophomores teamed up for the winning score in the 1974 Liberty Bowl. Randy Wallace, subbing for the injured Condredge Holloway, threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Larry Seivers with 2:44 left in the game to subdue the Terps 7-3.

Seivers outleaped two Maryland defenders for the winning score. Until that time, Maryland had the better of it.

Led by All-America tackle Randy White, the Terps had kept the Vols bottled up throughout the cold December night in Memphis.

The Terps got a second quarter field goal and almost made it stand up. Mike Gayles, who gained 106 yards in 17 carries, was named the Vols' outstanding offensive player. Defensive end Ron McCartney was named the Vols' defensive standout. 

Happy Birthday - Dec. 15

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Join us in wishing a Happy Birthday to two Tennessee student-athletes, Gabby Santorio of soccer and Jakob Johnson of football.

Gabby SantorioJakob Johnson

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/15/14)

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The Vols returned to the practice field on Sunday after a week off for finals. Get the full report: #VolReport: TaxSlayer Bowl Prep Resumes.


Also, Brian Rice wrote about how going to a bowl is the standard that should be expected at Tennessee: Bowl Appearance An Earned Expectation.

For all you bowl updates check out our BOWL CENTRAL

The latest from the media includes: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols starting to focus on Iowa
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Three more freshmen intend to transfer
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Tennessee wraps up third bowl practice
- Knoxville News Sentinel: All-SEC absence doesn't faze Sutton
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Berry gets another look at running back
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: Helm, Hendrix leaving Vols

News on Iowa includes the following: 
- HawkeyeSports.com: Hard Work Pays Off
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: Iowa football team gets back to the basics



#NFLVols Week 15 Preview

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SUNDAY FOOTBALL LINE-UP

Steelers vs. Falcons, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Ramon Foster and rookie Daniel McCullers will return to the field to take on Atlanta. In Atlanta will be starting center James Stone.



Texans vs. Colts, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Now with other 1,000 yards on the season, Foster looks to extend his yardage as they take on Indianapolis. Foster is third in the league for touchdowns with 12, eight of which are rushing.


Raiders vs. Chiefs, 1 p.m. (CBS)
After their second win of the season, Mychal Rivera and Denarius Moore will look for their third when they travel to Kansas City. Rivera had his best game of the year last week with over 100 yards and a touchdown. Zach Fulton and Dustin Colquitt of the Chiefs will host the Raiders.

  - VIDEO Oakland Raiders: Mychal Rivera beating expectations

Dolphins vs. Patriots, 1 p.m. (CBS)
Starting offensive linemen Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas will travel to New England after a loss in week 14. 

Broncos vs. Chargers, 4:05 p.m. (CBS)
After a tough win last week, Manning will return to the field against San Diego. Manning did not throw a touchdown pass in the game. Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson will also suit up for the Chargers.

Vikings vs. Lions, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Cordarrelle Patterson has been consistent as the Vikings' primary kickoff returner. He will head to Detroit for this week's match-up. 

49ers vs. Seahawks, 4:25 p.m. (FOX)
Tony McDaniel will be the lone VFL in the afternoon game vs. San Francisco. He had four tackles in the win last weekend.


Cowboys vs. Eagles, 8:30 p.m. (NBC)
Jason Witten will take center stage on Sunday night for the game against the Eagles. He had a low two receptions in last week's game but hopes to improve. 

THURSDAY FOOTBALL RECAP


FINAL: Cardinals 12, Rams 6
Despite losing yet another quarterback, the Cardinals won their 11th game of the season. Dan Williams again had the starting job at nose tackle and had a pass deflection. 

Butch Jones On Sports Animal 99.1 (12/12/14)

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Vols head coach Butch Jones was a guest on Sports Talk on Friday, Dec. 12. Check out what Jones had to say about the Vols bowl prep:

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