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Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/17/14)

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Saturday night was one to remember for Butch Jones and the Vols! 

More than 40,000 fans came out to support Team 118 for their open practice. Check out what it meant to have so many members of Vol Nation show up.

Here's a look at the coverage from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols enjoy playing in front of 40,000
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols' Worley steady as crowd watches
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' practice is a game-like atmosphere
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Number of positions still in flux
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols enjoy fan-created dress rehearsal
Friday Night Highlight

VFL and Tennessee Titan Justin Hunter showed the world he wasn't "just another guy" in last night's loss to the Saints. Hunter caught four passes for 111 yards, including both a four-yard and 64-yard touchdown by two different quarterbacks. 

 - Tennessee Titans: Hunter Shines in Loss to Saints

The second week of the NFL Preseason continues this weekend with 10 spanning over Saturday and Sunday. Don't miss the action from these VFLs:


Packer vs. Rams, 4:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
After a successful game in week one, Green Bay's rookie running back Rajion Neal will travel to St. Louis where 11-year NFL vet Scott Wells resides. However, Wells is not expected to participate. 

 - Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: RB Rajion Neal won't let injury slow him down

Jets vs. Bengals, 7:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
New York quarterback Matt Simms will return to the field as he travels to Cincinnati. 

Ravens vs. Cowboys, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)
Dontavis Sapp and Jason Witten of Dallas will host long snapper Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens. Both Sapp and Cox saw action in week one.

Giants vs. Colts, 7:00 p.m.
New York defensive end Robert Ayers will look to add to his two tackles from last week as he takes on Indianapolis.

Bills vs. Steelers, 7:30 p.m. 
Three former Vols, Ramon Foster, Daniel McCullers, and Tauren Poole, will suit up for the Steelers as they host Buffalo. All three played in week one's game and are expected to contribute against the Bills.

Dolphins vs. Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas Thomas and Ja'Wuan James, two offensive line starters for Miami, will travel to Tampa Bay to take on VFL tight end Luke Stocker.

Falcons vs. Texans, 8:00 p.m.
Running back Arian Foster will host both Atlanta rookies Jacques Smith and James Stone in Houston. Although Foster did not play in week one due to injury, Smith and Stone both played and are expected back on the field.

Cardinals vs. Vikings, 8:30 p.m.
Dan Williams of Arizona will travel to Minnesota where he will come face-to-face with Cordarrelle Patterson and Antonio Richardson.


Broncos vs. 49ers, 4:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Leading quarterback Peyton Manning and two additional VFLs, Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson, will lead Denver to face San Francisco. All three have made considerable contributions to the team.

Chiefs vs. Panthers, 8:00 p.m. (FOX)
Offensive lineman Chris Scott will welcome VFL Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt and Zach Fulton. All but Berry, who will sit out again, participated in week one action.

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/16/14)

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Saturday is here! That mean's the Vols Open Practice Happens Tonight! We hope to see you at Neyland Stadium as the gates open at 6 p.m., with action getting underway at 7 p.m.

On Friday, Justin Worley took snaps as the officially installed first-team quarterback. Check out the #VolReport: Worley In The Saddle.

Coverage from the media includes:
- Knoxville News Sentinel: What to watch during UT's open scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones uses UT's history as motivator
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Johnson back to 'backer
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols focus on special teams play on Friday

With four games set for Friday night, 10 #NFLVols are ready for action as the second week of the NFL Preseason continues. Below are #VFLs to look forward to:

Eagles vs. Patriots, 7:30 p.m. (NFL Network)
New England linebacker Jerod Mayo will host Philadelphia. Mayo missed last week's game and did not practice on Thursday for unknown reasons. 

Titans vs. Saints, 8:00 p.m. 
Wide receiver Justin Hunter has been the most talked about Titan and is expected to get ample playing time as he travels to New Orleans to take on Parys Haralson, Austin Johnson and Robert Meachem. All three recorded playing time for the Saints in last week's game.

 - MusicCityMiracles.com: Titans vs. Saints Preseason Preview

Lions vs. Raiders, 10:00 p.m.
Four more #VFLs will be in action as Alex Bullard and Detroit travel to Oakland. For Oakland, Denarius Moore is on the leader board with three receptions for 28 yards. Mychal Rivera, a starter at tight end, and Jarrod Shaw are expected to contribute.

 - GlobalPost.com: Oakland Raiders - Team Report

Chargers vs. Seahawks, 10:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Starting defensive tackle Tony McDaniel and Seattle will host San Diego.

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/15/14)

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16 DAYS! Happy Peyton Manning Day in the Vols Jersey Countdown!

Thursday was a big day on many fronts. Butch Jones announced Justin Worley would be the starter at quarterback to open the 2014 season. The Vols held their annual Media Day. In the evening, the SEC Network launched coverage.

Here's a look at UTSports.com coverage:

Take a look at stories from around the nation touching on these events:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Worley wins Tennessee Vols' starting QB job
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols both excited over, wary of SEC Network
- ESPN.com: SEC morning links
- Knoxville News Sentinel:  Worley proves resilience
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dobbs, Peterman competing for backup spot
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Curt Maggitt says he is '110 percent'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley plans to take QB job, 'run with it'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Vereen having 'great' camp
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bullock leads kicking competition
- The Tennessean: Vols make safe QB choice
- UT Daily Beacon: Players to watch this season

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/14/14)

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The Vols held their second practice at Neyland Stadium during training camp. Butch Jones met with the media following the session:

Here's a look at his entire transcript and coverage on UTSports.com: 

Stories from the media include: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones says scrimmage 'lacking intensity'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Pillow and mouth important to UT players
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Five on the Rise: Mid-camp edition
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Vols lack 'intensity' in scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones nearing quarterback decision
- Maryville Daily Times: Jones jump starts 'controlled chaos'

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/13/14)

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Two freshmen tight ends have elevated the battle for playing time at the position, check out this feature on Daniel Helm and Ethan Wolf: A Healthy Dose of Competition.

Also on UTSports.com: 

Here's what the media is writing:

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Movers, shakers at UT camp

McCullers Ready To Contribute With Steelers

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VFL Daniel McCullers is featured on Steelers.com: McCullers: 'I feel like I can contribute'

"I just have to continue to work on my technique," said McCullers, "my pad level, learn the system and keys. Once I get that down pat I feel like I can contribute to the team."

Also the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review has this story on McCullers: Steelers rookie McCullers proving he's no pushover

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (8/12/14)

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The stream of notable visitors to join Butch Jones and Team 118 continued on Monday night as longtime NFL coach Jerry Glanville spoke to the team after the second of its two practices. 

Check out the Photo Gallery​ from last night.

Here's a look at coverage on UTSports.com from the early session on Monday.

The media wrote the following:

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Simple plan working for UT Vols' Derek Barnett
- Knoxville News Sentinel: "Pig" Howard grateful to be back
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Monday practice observations: Butch Jones
- Knoxville News Sentinel: All banners count for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: First newcomers shed stripes

#NFLVols After Week 1 Of Preseason (8/11/14)

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The first full weekend of NFL Preseason action is in the book and 33 of 40 VFLs played in games. 

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- Among those players, rookie offensive lineman Ja'Wuan James of the Miami Dolphins and Zach Fulton of the Kansas City Chiefs each drew starting nods. 

- Rookie Rajion Neal scored his first NFL touchdown for the Green Bay Packers and ran for 39 yards in the rain at Tennessee. The Packers won 20-16

- Peyton Manning did his usual, completing 10-of-13 passes for 78 yards on two drives, before a lightning delay. Denver won 21-16 in a Super Bowl rematch

- With the New York Jets, Matt Simms played quarterback for all of the second half and completed 13-of-18 for 96 yards and led the Jets to the game-winning drive in the final minute, as New York beat the Colts, 13-10

- Denarius Moore had three catches for 28 yards for the Oakland Raiders while fellow VFL Cordarrelle Patterson also had three catches for the Vikings, for 38 yards. Minnesota won 10-6.
  - Daily Norseman: Stock Market Report: Raiders

Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. Pittsburgh 20-16 Made two tackles, one tackle for loss
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Def. Cincinnati 41-39 DNP
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Def. Cincinnati 41-39 Completed 2-3 passes for 37 yards
Alex Bullard OL Detroit Lions Def. Cleveland 13-12 Played at G
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Def. Cincinnati 41-39 Punted two times for 106 yards
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. Seattle 21-16 Punted two times for 83 yards
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Def. San Francisco 23-3 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houstan Texans Lost to Arizona 32-0 DNP
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to New York Giants 20-16 Started at LG
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Def. Cincinnati 41-39 Started at RG
Omar Gaither LB Atlanta Flacons Def. Miami 16-10 DNP
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Def. St. Louis 26-24 Started at OLB
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Def. Green Bay 20-16 Made one reception for five yards
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. Seattle 21-16 Made one tackle
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami Dolphins Lost to Atlanta 16-10 Started at RT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Def. St. Louis 26-24 Started at FB, Caught two passes for one yard
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. Seattle 21-16 Completed 10-13 passes for 78 yards 
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Lost to Washington 23-6 DNP
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Def. Tampa Bay 16-10 Started at RG
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Lost to Denver 21-16 Started at DT
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to New York Giants 20-16 Made one tackle
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Def. St. Louis 26-24 Started at WR
Marvin Mitchell LB Minnesota Vikings Def. Oakland 10-6 DNP
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Lost to Minnesota 10-6 Made three receptions for 28 yards
Raijon Neal RB Green Bay Packers  Lost to Tennessee 20-16 Rushed five times for 39 yards and one touchdown
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Oakland 10-6 Started at WR. Caught three passes for 38 yards
Tauren Poole  RB Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to New York Giants 20-16 Rushed five times for 17 yards
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Oakland 10-6 Played at OT
Dontavis Sapp LB Dallas Cowboys Lost to San Diego 27-7 Assisted on two tackles
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Lost to Minnesota 10-6 Started at TE
Chris Scott OL Carolina Panthers Lost to Buffalo 20-18 Played at G
Jarrod Shaw OL Oakland Raiders Lost to Minnesota 10-6 Played at OL
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Def. Indianapolis 13-10 Completed 13-18 passes for 96 yards
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Flacons Def. Miami 16-10 Made one tackle
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Lost to Jacksonville 16-10 Played at TE
James Stone OL Atlanta Flacons Def. Miami 16-10 Played at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Lost to Atlanta 16-10 Started at RG
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Lost to New Orleans 26-24 DNP
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Def. Texans 32-0 Played at NT
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Lost to San Diego 27-7 DNP

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