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Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/24/14)

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On Wednesday afternoon, defensive backs coach Willie Martinez and linebackers coach Tommy Thigpen spoke with Jimmy Hyams and John Wilkerson on The Sports Animal. 

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Check out today's stories on the Tennessee Football program:
Chattanooga Times Free Press - Tennessee Vols have 'brand' new line
On Tuesday, the Charlotte Sports Foundation announced that the Tennessee Volunteers will open the 2018 season on September 1 against the West Virginia Mountaineers at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina, home of the NFL's Carolina Panthers.
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Check out the rest of the details:

Head Coach Butch Jones also visited Bristol, Conn., on Tuesday and took part in the ESPN 'Car Wash'.
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Listen back to Butch Jones on ESPN Radio during his visit: ESPNU College Football w/ Ivan Maisel

Here's a look at the most-recent media coverage regarding the 2014 Vols, as well as the six legacy freshmen:

Neyland Named 'Loudest Stadium' In SEC

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According to the website TheBuckeyeNut, Neyland Stadium is the "Loudest Stadium" in the SEC and third loudest in the nation behind Penn State and Virginia Tech. 

Here's a look at the Top 15
1. Penn State (Beaver Stadium)
2. Virginia Tech (Lane Stadium)
3. TENNESSEE (Neyland Stadium)
4. Wisconsin (Camp Randall Stadium)
5. Georgia (Sanford Stadium)
6. Florida State (Doak Campbell Stadium)
7. Oregon (Autzen Stadium)
8. Texas A&M (Kyle Field)
9. Colorado (Folsom Field)
10. Michigan (Michigan Stadium)
11. Michigan State (Spartan Stadium)
12. Auburn (Jordan-Hare Stadium)
13. LSU (Tiger Stadium)
14. Florida (Ben Hill Griffin Stadium)
15. Ohio State (Ohio Stadium)


Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/19/14)

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Tennessee's six legacy freshmen met with the media for the first time as Vols on Friday afternoon. Check out what they had to say: #VolReport: Legacy Freshmen Open Up


Brian Rice filed this feature for UTSports.com: A Legacy Realized.

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Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' legacy class wasn't a slam dunk
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bates focusing on improving, not starting
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Top five quarterbacks in Tennessee history

Happy Birthday - July 17: VFL Luke Stocker

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Celebrating his birthday today is former Vols star tight end and current Tampa Bay Buccaneer Luke Stocker. 

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Fulmer Named To Broyles Award Selection Committee

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VFL and College Football Hall of Fame Coach Phillip Fulmer has been named to the Broyles Award Selection Committee. 


Brown led the Longhorns to a national championship in 2006 and won 244 games as a head coach while Fulmer led the Volunteers to a national title in 1998 and won 152 games as a head coach. Both Fulmer and Brown had assistants that won the Broyles Award including Tennessee offensive coordinator David Cutcliffe in 1998 and Texas offensive coordinator Greg Davis in 2005.

The selection committee has won a combined 2,263 games, coached in 178 bowl games and won 11 National Championships. The award is named in honor of former Arkansas head coach and athletic director Frank Broyles, who had 24 of his assistants become head coaches that led their teams to 8 Super Bowls, winning 6 of them, as well as 5 college national championships and over 2000 victories. Some of those assistants included Joe Gibbs, Barry Switzer, Jimmy Johnson, Johnny Majors and Hayden Fry.

Dobbs Featured In Hometown Newspaper

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Josh Dobbs during the 2014 Orange & White game at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, TN . Photo by Wade Rackley/Tennessee Athletics
Alpharetta, Georgia native Josh Dobbs is featured in the Neighbor Newspapers in his hometown. The sophomore quarterback is competing to be the Vols' starting quarterback in his second season on Rocky Top. Read the feature: Former Alpharetta star Dobbs shines at Tennessee

Here's the start of the piece: 

Joshua Dobbs didn't waste much time in making an impact on the college level at Tennessee.

The former Alpharetta standout stepped into the starting quarterback role as a true freshman at Tennessee last year and never looked back as he quickly established himself as a player to watch in the SEC.

Dobbs played the last five games at quarterback - including the last four as a starter - for a Tennessee team that went 5-7 in 2013. He completed 72-of-121 passes for 695 yards and two touchdowns - compiling a 59.5 percent completion percentage in the process.

"I've always trusted in my skills and ability," Dobbs said. "The coaching staff has done a great job with all the quarterbacks to be able to play when needed. So when my number was called, I was able to perform. I still have some things to work on and, of course, that has been the key focus throughout the spring and into the summer and into training camp."


Read more: Neighbor Newspapers - Former Alpharetta star Dobbs shines at Tennessee 

Happy Birthday - July 16: Jamol James and VFL J.R. Carr

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On July 16 we send Happy Birthday wishes to senior sprinter Jamol James and recent graduate and long snapper J.R. Carr


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Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/16/14)

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The Vols took part in SEC Media Days on Tuesday in Hoover, Ala. Get the latest on what Butch Jones, A.J. Johnson, Curt Maggitt and Mack Crowder had to say to the more than 1,000 media members assembled.


Coverage from UTSports.com includes: 

Butch Jones met with the local media prior to start of the many interviews. Here's what he said about a variety of topics:


Here's a look at local and national media coverage about the Vols: 

- Atlanta Journal Constitution: There'll be no sudden rise for Jones' fallen Vols
- Atlanta Journal Constitution: Tennessee lines up for rebuilding job
- Decatur Daily: Picking up Tennessee
- Independent Florida Alligator: Volunteers looking to improve 'brick by brick'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Representing UT is a snap for Crowder
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Howard on verge of returning to Vols
- Memphis Commercial Appeal: Vols' Jones seeks respect, not pity

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Butch Jones On 104.5 The Zone's Wake Up Zone

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On Monday morning, Tennessee head coach Butch Jones spoke with 104.5 The Zone's Wake Up Zone in Nashville. He gave a preview of SEC Media Days in Birmingham and talked about his team's youth among various topics. Listen back to the 10-minute interview here: 

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