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Jones, Bajakian, Jancek SportsRadio WNML Interviews

To wrap-up of the 2014 football season including the bowl win over Iowa, SportsRadio WNML had Tennessee head coach Butch Jones, offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and defensive coordinator John Jancek on Sports Talk Friday afternoon with John Wilkerson and Jimmy Hyams.

Listen to the entire Butch Jones interview HERE.

Listen to the entire Mike Bajakian interview HERE.

Listen to the entire John Jancek interview HERE.

#NFLVols Playoff Update

NFC Vols
Tony McDaniel is headed back to the NFC Championship for the second year in a row. McDaniel will face the Green Bay Packers. To get to the game,  McDaniel and Seattle defeated Carolina 31-17. He recorded four tackles and had a fumble recovery in the win. 

Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys lost to Green Bay 26-21 on Sunday. Witten started yet again at TE and had the most receptions with six for 71 yards. 

On Jan. 3, Dan Williams with the Arizona Cardinals ended his playoff run in a 27-16 loss to Carolina. Williams started at NT and recorded six tackles.

AFC Vols
Ramon Foster and Daniel McCullers of the Pittsburgh Steelers ended their run for the Super Bowl in a loss to the Baltimore Ravens on Saturday, Jan. 3. Foster started at RG and McCullers saw time on the defensive line. 

Peyton Manning, Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson lost to the Colts on Sunday evening, 24-13. Manning was 26-46-211 with one touchdown. Colquitt punted six times for an average of 39.5. Jackson made the start at DT and made four tackles and was responsible for a quarterback hurry. 

Jerod Mayo's New England Patriots will play in the AFC Championship against the Colts. Mayo has been out since suffering a leg injury at the beginning of the season.

#NFLVols In Divisional Playoffs

Six NFL Vols will be in action in the NFL Divisional Playoffs this weekend. 

Here's a look at the VFLs in each of the playoff games.

Baltimore at New England, Saturday at 4:35 p.m. on NBC
This game does not include any active VFLs, but each team has an injured Vol on the roster. Linebacker Jerod Mayo has been sidelined with the Patriots since the sixth game of the season after suffering a knee injury. With the Ravens, long snapper Morgan Cox also torn his ACL this season and has been out since mid-October. The Ravens also feature former Vols tailback Tauren Poole on their practice squad. 

Carolina at Seattle, Saturday at 8:15 p.m., on FOX 
The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the Carolina Panthers in the second game on Saturday. Defensive lineman Tony McDaniel has started 14 games this season, making 31 tackles with the Seahawks. With the Panthers, Chris Scott has played in eight games as on offensive tackle. 

Dallas at Green Bay, Sunday at 1:05 p.m. on FOX
Tight end Jason Witten and the Cowboys advanced to the Divisional round with a comeback win over Detroit last week. Witten started all 16 regular-season games and had 64 catches for 703 yards with five touchdowns in 2014. Last week, he had five catches for 63 yards. With the Packers, running back Rajion Neal is on the team's practice squad and will not play in the game. 

Indianapolis at Denver, Sunday at 4:40 p.m., on CBS
The Broncos open playoff action against the Colts in the final game of the weekend. Peyton Manning takes on his former club in the postseason. He is one of three former Vols stars on Denver along with defensive tackle Malik Jackson and punter Britton Colquitt. Manning has been the subject of many stories this week in facing the team he played for from 1998-2011.

Inside The T - Friday's Look Ahead

It's a busy radio day for the Tennessee football coaching staff on Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville. 

Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian will join Sports 180 with Josh Ward and Will West at 1 p.m. ET.

Head coach Butch Jones will be on SportsTalk with John Wilkerson and Jimmy Hyamns at 3:30 p.m. ET

Defensive coordinator John Jancek will also join SportsTalk at 4 p.m. ET.

You can listen to all three interviews in Knoxville on 99.1 FM and AM 990, or you can listen online HERE.

Barnett Pegged As 2015 SEC Defensive Player To Watch

According to Matt Stinchcomb of the SEC Network, Tennessee's rising sophomore defensive end Derek Barnett will be the Defensive Player To Watch in 2015 in the league.

VFL Palardy Signed By St. Louis Rams

VFL Michael Palardy was officially signed by the St. Louis Rams to their off-season roster on Tuesday. Here's a look at the release from the Rams.

Palardy was on the Raiders' practice squad in 2014, following a successful college career at Tennessee. There, Palardy excelled as both a kicker and punter in his senior season, converting 14-of-17 field goal attempts and making 63 punts -- including 33 inside the 20, a mark that tied for the FBS lead.


Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015

Cardinals vs. Panthers, 4:35 p.m. (ESPN)
Nose tackle Dan Williams will look to head into the postseason with a wild card win over Carolina. Williams has remained consistent in the Arizona lineup in the starting lineup on defense. However, Williams was limited in practice this week with a foot injury. Offensive guard Chris Scott will be in action with the Carolina Panthers. 

Ravens vs. Steelers, 8:15 p.m. (NBC)
Ramon Foster and rookie Daniel McCullers will also look to advance in the postseason when they host Baltimore on Saturday evening.

Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015

Lions vs. Cowboys, 4:40 p.m. (FOX)
Jason Witten has had a record breaking year. With a winning record, Witten will try to aid his team to the next step of the postseason with a wild card win over Detroit. 

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/2/15)


The Vols seek their first bowl win since 2008 when they take on Iowa in the 70th annual TaxSlayer Bowl at 3:20 p.m., on ESPN. All of your gameday info can be found here: TAXSLAYER BOWL CENTRAL.

On Thursday, Tennessee held its Pep Rally at Jacksonville Landing as they team wen through its final practice, a closed one, check out the coverage: 

Here's a look at what the media is writing:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: QB Josh Dobbs leads UT Vols into bowl and beyond
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Inside the matchups: Tennessee vs. Iowa
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Charlie Daniel cartoon for Jan. 2, 2015
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 5 Big Things: Tennessee vs. Iowa
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT, Iowa high on incentive

News on Iowa includes: 

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/1/15)


Tomorrow is the day, the Vols return to action in the TaxSlayer Bowl, seeking their 26th all-time bowl victory. Get the full report on Wednesday's action, which included the bowl press conference, luncheon and team photo along with a a visit to the Wolfson Children's Hospital. 

UTSports.com has all the coverage: 

Here's a look at the latest from the media covering the Vols: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Maggitt shows skills as linebacker, DE
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Iowa's Scherff has unfinished business
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones praises Gilliam's 'true grit'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones mum on Vols' MLB battle
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dobbs: Butch Jones 'called me Urkel'
- The Gazette: Dobbs makes the grade

News on Iowa includes: 
- Hawkeye Sports.com: Hawkeyes Ready to Play
- Hawkeye Sports.com: A Time to Give Back
- Quad City Times: Hawkeyes are 'eager and ready'
- Waterloo Cedar Falls Courier: TaxSlayer Bowl viewer's guide

Happy Birthday - Dec. 31

On the last day of 2014, join us in wishing senior football running back Marlin Lane a very Happy Birthday! Lane will be spending his birthday with teammates in Jacksonville as they prepare for the TaxSlayer Bowl. We would also like to wish Erin Gibbemeyer of rowing a Happy Birthday!

Marlin LaneErin Gibbemeyer

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