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Happy Birthday - June 30: Boyer, Dibblin, Foreman

On June 30 three student-athletes celebrate their birthday, pole vaulter Kathryn Boyer, swimmer Ross Dibblin and sophomore defensive back Malik Foreman


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Giving Back, Witten Holds 12th Annual Camp



An annual tradition made its way to Elizabethton's Dave Rider Field on Saturday afternoon as hometown hero Jason Witten hosted his 12th annual Score Foundation Football Camp.

This year the free camp saw more than 1600 kids pre-registered for the two-session day.

"It's awesome to come back and it's another opportunity to give back," said Witten. "It's awesome to see how this camp has grown. It's special. I can think back of many years sitting on this field and a lot of great memories, not just as a player, but growing up as a ballboy and everything that took place before I started player here. The kids love the camp and its always humbling to see how many from this area come and how many travel in for it."

Read more from TriCitiesSports.com: Giving Back, Witten Hosts 12th Annual Football Camp

Photo by Allen Greene Photography.  

Inside Ja'Wuan James' Journey to Tackle


The Miami Dolphins' website 'The Finsiders' has a tremendous feature on #VFL Ja'Wuan James looking at the story behind why the team selected him with the 19th overall pick in the First Round of the 2014 NFL Draft. 

Yahoo Sports: Maggitt Among Top Poised For Comeback

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Yahoo Sports is breaking down the top five defensive players poised for a comeback in 2014. No. 3 on the list is the Vols' Curt Maggitt. 

Read what Yahoo had to say about Maggitt including this comment from Coach Butch Jones: Doc Five: Top five defensive players poised for a comeback in 2014 - No. 3 - Curt Maggitt  

"It makes a big difference (to have him back). He's our leader. He brings versatility to our defense in terms of being able to put him in a 3-point stance and rush the passer, or put him in the second level of our defense at the linebacker position. He's very explosive, so to be able to get him back on the field is a big benefit for us."


Happy Birthday - June 26: Bily, Clifton, Stephens

On June 26, we send Happy Birthday wishes to recent baseball graduate Pierce Bily

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 We also celebrate the birthdays of two former standouts on the gridiron: Chad Clifton and Travis Stephens. An offensive lineman, Clifton was drafted by the Green Bay Packers in 2000 and went on to win two Super Bowls during his 12 seasons with the organization. Stephens posted the greatest single season in Tennessee running backs history when he carried 291 times for 1,464 yards in 2001. Both marks still stand as program records.

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Jones, Tyndall Featured In MLive Story

Check out this tremendous feature on Tennessee's two head coaches from the state of Michigan, Butch Jones and Donnie Tyndall. MLive writer Peter J. Wallner takes a look at their separate but similar paths to Rocky Top. 


The story includes some classic photos of Jones and Tyndall as youngsters.




Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (6/24/14)

Monday was a big day for the Tennessee football program and the University of Tennessee. Peyton Manning returned to Knoxville and Awarded Two Manning Scholarships Awarded for 2014. 

Read Brian Rice's feature on the impact of Manning's generosity and addition of two new members to the UT Family:  Manning Recipients Welcomed To Family

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Peyton Manning Worked Out With The Vols. You can read the players' tweets and posts following his session on Monday night. 

Here's a look at the media coverage from the day surrounding the legendary quarterback's visit.



Happy Birthday - June 24: J. King, D. Dickey and S. Ellis

On June 24, we wish Happy Birthday to red shirt sophomore tight end Justin King. Also celebrating on June 24 is former Vols football coach and athletic director Doug Dickey. The longtime member of the UT athletics family turns 82.

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Longtime NFL defensive lineman and star of the 1998 National Championship football team Shaun Ellis also celebrates his birthday on June 24.

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Football Assistant Coaches On Sports Animal

Several of the Vols' assistant coaches have been special guests on the Sports Animal to talk about the Vols. If you missed the interviews, listen here: 





Happy Birthday - June 23: Blanc and Pearson

On June 23 we celebrate two football wide receiver birthdays Cody Blanc and Von Pearson


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