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Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/5/15)

The Vols held their first spring practice at Neyland Stadium on Saturday. Get the full scoop in #VolReport: Team 119's Neyland Debut.

Alvin Kamara and Evan Berry were cited by Coach Jones as the standouts from Saturday's action. Read more: Kamara's Spark On Display, Saturday

Also on UTSports.com: 

The latest from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Dobbs, Kamara reuniting in Vols' backfield
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Evan Berry stands out in UT Vols' scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Dobbs preps for entire season of fun
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara shows big-play ability
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Night and day' difference for Malone
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols give peek at depth chart
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara shines again in scrimmage
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gaulden showing 'progress' at nickel
- Maryville Daily Times: No more why at the Z for UT's Howard

Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/4/15)

The Vols will practice at Neyland Stadium for the first time this spring on Saturday, as they go through their sixth session. 

Get all of your spring camp info in our CAMP CENTRAL.

Here's a look at Saturday's stories from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols defensive end Lewis embracing opportunity
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gillespie adjusts to new role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: DeBord happy with freshman QBs

Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/3/15)

Butch Jones led the Vols through their fifth spring practice on Thursday. Get the full scoop in the #VolReport: Assistants Break It Down

More on UTSports.com from Camp Central

Here's a look at coverage from the media:
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Gaulden, Foreman getting corner time for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Weatherd working as hybrid on defense
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones hasn't had luxury of redshirting
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones shows power of social media
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: DeBord happy with freshman QBs
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols moving Weatherd to hybrid role
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols bringing Bates back slowly

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/1/15)

Happy April! We are 24 days from the DISH Orange & White Game.

On Tuesday, Butch Jones held the Vols' fourth spring practice. Follow all of our coverage in our Camp Central

Get the latest from UTSports.com:

Media coverage includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols have solid trio at safety
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Thigpen understands social media's power
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Stripling sees positives to depleted line
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Tight ends still 'work in progress'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: QB Dormady showing 'tremendous progress'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols CB Moseley to miss 'a few weeks'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Kelly showing spring improvement

Happy Birthday - April 1

It's a brand new month and we are wishing a very happy Big Orange birthday to football defensive coordinator John Jancek!

Coach Jancek will be entering his third season at defensive coordinator for UT in 2015. He has coached in eight bowl games, including last season's TaxSlayer Bowl and has helped his teams to five conference championships and one national championship. Last year he coached two All-SEC selections in Derek Barnett and Curt Maggitt, the former of whom was named a consensus Freshman All-American. 

Happy birthday, Coach Jancek!

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (3/30/15)

Here's a look at Monday's stories from the media.

- Knoxville News Sentinel: DeBord hits the ground running
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Bigger, stronger Smith knocking off rust
- UT Daily Beacon: Reeves-Maybin thriving in leadership role for Tennessee defense  

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (3/29/15)

The Vols held their first padded practice on Saturday. Get the latest on who stood out: #VolReport: Cracking The Pads including this drill from the Vols 'Circle Of Life' drill. 

Saturday was also the Vols annual Faculty Appreciation Day. Brian Rice filed this story on the day: Faculty Day Gives Insight Into Team 119.

Here's a look at coverage from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols hold first practice in pads
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Josh Smith working his way back
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara thriving in new Tennessee home
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols CB Moseley sidelined by illness

Happy Birthday - March 28

Rocky Top has got two birthdays to celebrate on this March 28. We're sending some 'happy birthday' wishes to football's Thomas Edwards and some more to men's basketball VFL Jordan McRae

After redshirting his true freshman season, Edwards saw his first collegiate action with the Volunteers during the 2014 season. He appeared in two games, making his debut on homecoming against Chattanooga. A native of Kingsport, Tennessee, Edwards played prep football at Dobyns-Bennett High School where he was named first team All-Big Eight Conference. He is 20 years old today.

A four-year letterwinner for Vol Basketball, McRae donned the Orange and White from 2010-14. As a senior in 2014, he started all 32 games and averaged a career-best 18.7 points per contest. He shot 43.6 percent from the field, including a 35.1 mark from beyond the arc. He closed out his career ranked 16th on Tennessee's all-time scoring list (1,521 points) and seventh on the all-time list for 3-pointers made (179). He was selected in the second round of the 2014 NBA Draft by the San Antonio Spurs and was traded to Philadelphia later that night. After a stint in Australia with Melbourne United, McRae returned to the U.S. after being acquired by the Delaware 87ers of the D-League. Just last week, he recorded career-highs with 39 points and 13 boards against the Oklahoma City Blue.

Happy birthday Thomas and Jordan!

Happy Birthday - March 27

We've got a quintet of birthdays to celebrate on this March 27! We're wishing a happy birthday to men's tennis freshman Jess Jones and incoming football freshman Preston Williams, not to mention VFLs Justin Coleman (football), Jonathan Wade (football, track and field), and Chris Lofton (men's basketball). 

During his first season with the Tennessee men's tennis program, Jones holds a singles record of 8-7 and a doubles mark of 2-2. The Warner Robins, Georgia, native opened his collegiate career with a ranked victory when he defeated No. 94 Alex Arovin of Tennessee Tech (6-1, 6-2) in the opening round of the Southern Intercollegiate Championships. Jones turns 19 years old today. 

A five-star wide receiver from Hampton, Georgia, Williams became one of the newest members of Team 119 back on National Signing Day in February. He played his prep career at Lovejoy High School, where he was named first team All-State and earned an invitation to the 2015 Under Armour All-Star Game. He had 43 catches for 916 yards and 13 touchdowns as a senior despite missing a portion of the year with a knee injury. Williams is 18 years old today. 

From one of our newest Vols to one of our newest VFLs, defensive back Coleman wrapped up his UT career last fall with 157 career tackles and five career interceptions. Coleman was recently invited to the 2015 NFL Combine, where he recorded the fastest 3-cone drill time of any participant (6.61). He was also third among cornerbacks in both the bench press (20 reps) and the 60-yard shuttle (11.21). Today Coleman celebrates his 22nd birthday.

A defensive back for Vol football from 2002-06, Wade also starred on the track and field team, making his mark in the outdoor relays. His 4x100-meter relay team in 2003 recorded the program's second-fastest time in the event all-time. On the football field, he earned All-SEC honors in 2006 after leading Tennessee in pass deflections and interceptions. Wade was the 84th pick of the 2007 NFL Draft, taken by the St. Louis Rams. He is 31 years old today. 

One of Tennessee Basketball's all-time greats, Lofton was the 2007 SEC Player of the Year after leading the conference in scoring at 20.8 points per game. That year, he led the Volunteers to the Sweet 16 and was named a second team All-American. As a senior in 2007-08, Lofton passed Allan Houston to become UT's career-leader in three-pointers made, and not long after that, passed Pat Bradley of Arkansas to capture the record for most career treys all-time in the SEC. Following his collegiate career, Lofton went on to play professionally in Turkey, Spain, and Russia. He is currently under contract with Besiktas -- a Turkish team based out of Istanbul.

Happy birthday Jess, Preston, Justin, Jonathan, and Chris!

Chiefs GM: Berry Going To Conquer It

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Kevin Patra of NFL.com wrote an article on Wednesday detailing a SiriusXM interview with Chiefs general manager John Dorsey, who said that he has spoken to safety Eric Berry, and he is doing well. 

Here is the piece: 

Eric Berry's battle with Hodgkin lymphoma is going well, according to Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey.

"Well, anybody who knows Eric Berry knows that if there's a challenge presented to him, he will attack it with a vengeance," Dorsey told Sirius XM NFL Radio on Tuesday. "And he will do that. Everything that I have gotten back has been very positive. I have not spoken with him on the phone for probably six weeks, but I have texts. We communicated through texts. He's in good spirits, he's fine, he's driving, and he's going to conquer it."

Dorsey added that Berry is able to drive again, per host Alex Marvez.

The 26-year-old was diagnosed with Hodgkin lymphoma in December and while it's a treatable disease, his promising NFL career has been put on the back burner.

The general manager didn't give any football update on the safety, but that isn't a surprise. Berry's battle lies off the field and he has the clear support of the Chiefs franchise, which did not cut him this offseason just to save a couple of dollars.

Also, the Kansas City Star has this story: Chiefs say safety Eric Berry is positive about his recovery from cancer

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