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

Three Vols signed free agent deals with NFL teams following the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday. Justin Coleman signed with the Minnesota Vikings, Matt Darr with the Miami Dolphins and Jordan Williams with the New York Jets. Also, quarterback Justin Worley was invited to mini-camp with the Cleveland Browns. More: Vol Trio Sign As Free Agents

Coverage from the media includes: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Three Vols sign deals after 51-year NFL draft streak ends

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols find free agent opportunities

- Knoxville News Sentinel: Worley accepts mini-camp invite from Browns

- The Herald: Justin Worley headed to Cleveland Browns mini-camp

- The Tennessean: UT shut out of draft for first time since 1963


Also from over the weekend: 

- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Tennessee Vols' 'completely different' O-line working toward different results

- Maryville Daily Times: 

Happy Birthday - May 1

On May 1 we're wishing a very happy birthday to football's Gavin Bryant



A redshirt freshman from Jackson, Alabama, Bryant sat out the 2014 season with Tennessee after joining Team 118 as a four-star inside linebacker. During his final prep season, he was a Class 5A All-State pick and recorded 60 tackles and nine sacks for Jackson High School. Bryant turns 20 years old today.

Happy birthday, Gavin!

 

Vols Featured On FOXSports.com


FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman spent three days in Knoxville last week as the Vols wrapped up spring football. Check out Feldman's story on Butch Jones, Joshua Dobbs and Team 119: Tennessee is gathering all the pieces to be an SEC contender.


SEC Features Tennessee Spring Football


The Vols are the subject of the SEC's Spring Football Preview on Tuesday. Check out various video features of head coach Butch Jones, Joshua Dobbs and more: Tennessee Spring Preview

Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/27/15)


A crowd of 63,016 was on hand to watch the annual DISH Orange & White Game as the defense, dressed in Orange rallied to beat the offense, in White, 54-44. Check out all of the coverage from UTSports.com: 


Here's a look at what the media wrote following the game: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Sutton's steal highlights Vols' spring game
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Battle for backup quarterback heats up
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Spring over, Vols player-led team again
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Passing game still has catching up to do
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kamara: Trick play looked better on board
- Knoxville News Sentinel: 'Clean' spring game pleases Jones
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' spring football award winners are...
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Battle for backup quarterback heats up

Peyton Manning On 104.5 The Zone

Peyton Manning will be in Knoxville this weekend. Get the latest from the legendary VFL as he spoke with 104.5 The Zone on Friday morning. 


Listen back to the interview: PEYTON MANNING INTERVIEW

Manning spoke glowingly about Butch Jones, "I am excited about the direction Butch Jones has our football program headed in. I feel like we are getting back to competing for championships. I believe in him, I believe in his direction, his philosophy. We spend a lot of time talking and he has shared with me his vision and his approach and it's very impressive. 

"I still get to go back and workout with the team every June. It's a lot of fun for me. Dobbs told me he wasn't even born when I was a freshman at Tennessee, I appreciated him sharing that with me.

"The energy there is very noticeable, it reminds me of the energy we had during my time there, all the years I was going back working out with Coach Fulmer's teams. The energy, the focus, the guys are really working hard. Then, the talent, I'm seeing the talent coming back ... Those are the kind of players we need to get us back where we want to be. Plus, they are all great kids. They believe in Butch Jones, they are excited about being at the University of Tennessee. They take pride in it, for all those reasons I am very excited about where the Tennessee football program is headed."

He also talked Chicken Parm, Paul McCartney, Chevy Chase and more. 


Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/24/15)

It is ONE DAY to the DISH Orange & White Game. Get the full details on the game in our GAMEDAY CENTRAL: DISH Orange & White Game. Details on Fan Day and more can be found here: DISH Orange & White Game Set For April 25.

Butch Jones led the Vols through their final practice prior to the game on Saturday, on Thursday afternoon. Get the latest on the Vols with coverage from UTSports.com following the 14th practice of spring. 


Coverage from the media included the following: 

Chattanooga Times Free Press: Coaches hail DeBord's early impact on UT Vols
Knoxville News Sentinel: 10 Vols who stepped up in spring

Happy Birthday - April 23

On April 23 we're sending out a happy birthday to former football standout Joey Kent! 

Kent is Tennessee's all-time leader in career receptions (183), receiving yards (2,814), and touchdown receptions (25). He played on Rocky Top from 1993-96 and was a two-time All-SEC first team selection. He went on to be drafted by the Tennessee Oilers in 1997 and made a Super Bowl appearance with the renamed Tennessee Titans in 2000. Kent will be on campus for this weekend's DISH Orange and White Game as part of the Wide Receiver U reunion.


Happy birthday, Joey! 

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/23/15)

We are counting down the days to the DISH Orange & White Game. Get the full details on the game in our GAMEDAY CENTRAL: DISH Orange & White Game. Details on Fan Day and more can be found here: DISH Orange & White Game Set For April 25.


Butch Jones will led the Vols through their final practice prior to the game on Saturday, on Thursday afternoon. We will have full coverage on UTSports.com. 

Here's a look at the latest from the media: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Improved Kendrick has 'steady' spring for Vols
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT won't lack incentive in offseason
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kendrick's work has paid off this spring
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Kerbyson shows impressive dance moves

VFL Mayo Restructures Patriots Contract

VFL Jerod Mayo restructured his contract with the New England Patriots so that he could remain with the Super Bowl Champions. Here's a look at coverage of his new deal.



Mayo, a defensive captain for the Patriots, has played just 12 games over the last two seasons after suffering pectoral and knee injuries. He is expected to start alongside Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins in 2015, though the Patriots also have shown interest in acquiring another starting-caliber linebacker. Hightower is coming off a torn labrum that could limit him in training camp and preseason. Mayo originally was drafted No. 10 overall out of Tennessee in the 2008 NFL draft. He has 756 career tackles, 10 sacks and eight forced fumbles with the Patriots. He previously was signed through 2017. 


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