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On Dec. 10, 2009, standout safety Eric Berry was named the 2009 Jim Thorpe Award winner as the nation's top defensive back. He was also named a Walter Camp All-American that day, check out the story: Berry Wins 2009 Jim Thorpe Award
The Vols stand 1-1 all-time on Dec. 9, posting a 7-0 win over Auburn in 1939.
DECEMBER 9 (1-1)
1933 L, 0-7 Louisiana State
1939 W, 7-0 AUBURN
|Robert Ayers||DE||New York Giants||Def. Tennessee 36-7||Injured reserve|
|Eric Berry||DB||Kansas City Chiefs||Lost to Arizona 17-14||Non-football related illness|
|Tyler Bray||QB||Kansas City Chiefs||Lost to Arizona 17-14||Injured reserve|
|Britton Colquitt||P||Denver Broncos||Def. Buffalo 24-17||Three punts, 43.0 avg.|
|Dustin Colquitt||P||Kansas City Chiefs||Lost to Arizona 17-14||Four punts, 42.8 avg.|
|Morgan Cox||LS||Baltimore Ravens||Def. Miami 28-13||Injured reserve|
|Arian Foster||RB||Houston Texans||Def. Jacksonville 27-13||21 receiving yds., 127 yds. rushing, TD|
|Ramon Foster||OT||Pittsburgh Steelers||Def. Cincinnati 42-21||Started at LG|
|Zach Fulton||G||Kansas City Chiefs||Lost to Arizona 17-14||Started at RG|
|Parys Haralson||LB||New Orleans Saints||Lost to Carolina 41-10||Four tackles, tfl|
|Justin Hunter||WR||Tennessee Titans||Lost to NY Giants 36-7||Injured reserve|
|Malik Jackson||DL||Denver Broncos||Def. Buffalo 24-17||Played at DE|
|Ja'Wuan James||OL||Miami Dolphins||Lost to Baltimore 28-13||Started at LT|
|Austin Johnson||FB||New Orleans Saints||Lost to Carolina 41-10||Injured reserve|
|Peyton Manning||QB||Denver Broncos||Def. Buffalo 24-17||14-20-173 yards|
|Jerod Mayo||LB||New England Patriots||Def. San Diego 23-14||Injured reserve|
|Jacques McClendon||OL||Jacksonville Jaguars||Lost to Houston 27-13||DNP|
|Tony McDaniel||DT||Seattle Seahawks||Def. Philadelphia 24-14||Four tackles|
|Daniel McCullers||DT||Pittsburgh Steelers||Def. Cincinnati 42-21||Played at DL|
|Robert Meachem||WR||New Orleans Saints||Lost to Carolina 41-10||Inactive|
|Denarius Moore||WR||Oakland Raiders||Def. San Fran. 24-13||Inactive|
|Cordarrelle Patterson||WR||Minnesota Vikings||Def. NY Jets 30-24||Four KO returns, 21.5 avg.|
|Tauren Poole||RB||Carolina Panthers||Def. New Orleans 41-10||Practice squad|
|Antonio Richardson||OL||Minnesota Vikings||Def. NY Jets 30-24||Injured reserve|
|Mychal Rivera||TE||Oakland Raiders||Def. San Fran. 24-13||7 recs. for 109 yds., TD|
|Matt Simms||QB||New York Jets||Lost to Minnesota 30-24||Practice squad|
|Jacques Smith||LB||Atlanta Falcons||Lost to Green Bay 43-37||Practice squad|
|Luke Stocker||TE||Tampa Bay Bucs||BYE||BYE|
|James Stone||OL||Atlanta Falcons||Lost to Green Bay 43-37||Started at C|
|Dallas Thomas||OL||Miami Dolphins||Lost to Baltimore 28-13||Started at RT|
|Scott Wells||OL||St. Louis Rams||Def. Washington 24-0||Started at C|
|Dan Williams||DT||Arizona Cardinals||Def. Kansas City 17-14||Started at NT|
|Jason Witten||TE||Dallas Cowboys||Def. Chicago 41-28||Two receptions for 26 yds.|
Tennessee lost the SEC Championship Game on on Dec. 8, 2001, 31-20 to LSU at the Georgia Dome.
DECEMBER 8 (2-1)
1928 W, 13-12 FLORIDA
1934 W, 19-13 LOUISIANA STATE
2001 L, 20-31 No. 21 Louisiana State (N) @ Atlanta, Ga, (SEC Championship)
The Vols won their first-ever SEC Championship Game on Dec. 6, 1997 as Tennessee knocked off Auburn, 30-29. The 1997 Champs held a reunion on the 15th anniversary of the title win in 2012, check out this video.
On Dec. 6, 1975, Stanley Morgan became the first Vol to rush for more than 200 yards in a game as he racked up 201 in the Vols' only game ever in Hawai'i.
DECEMBER 6 (3-0)
1930 W, 13-6 Florida (N) @ Jacksonville, Fla.
1975 W, 28-6 Hawai'i
1997 W, 30-29 No. 11 Auburn (N) @ Atlanta, Ga. (SEC Championship)
The Vols won the 1998 SEC Championship Game with a 24-14 victory over Mississippi State on Dec. 5, 1998. Tee Martin threw TD passes to Peerless Price and Cedrick Wilson in the span of 32 seconds in the fourth quarter. Travis Henry ran for 120 yards in the win.
On Dec. 5, 1931, the Vols played in their first-ever bowl game, a 13-0 win over New York University in the New York Charity Bowl. Beattie Feathers ran for a 65-yard touchdown and Deke Brackett returned a punt 75 yards for the other TD.
DECEMBER 5 (3-1-1)
1931 W, 13-0 New York University (N) @ New York, N.Y. (New York Charity Game)
1936 T, 0-0 Mississippi (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1953 L, 19-33 Houston
1970 W, 28-17 UCLA
1998 W, 24-14 No. 23 Mississippi State (N) @ Atlanta, Ga. (SEC Championship)
1937 W, 32-0 Mississippi (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1965 W, 37-34 No. 5 UCLA (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1971 W, 31-11 No. 5 PENN STATE
2004 L, 28-38 No. 3 Auburn (N) @ Atlanta, Ga, (SEC Championship)
DECEMBER 3 (2-1)
1905 L, 0-5 Grant
1932 W, 32-13 Florida (N) @ Jacksonville, Fla.
1938 W, 47-0 Mississippi (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.