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NFC Championship: Packers vs. Seahawks, 3:05 p.m. (FOX)

Former Vol Tony McDaniel will head into the NFC Championship game this Sunday against the Green Bay Packers in his second season with the Seattle Seahawks. McDaniel is overcoming a shoulder injury and did not practice on Wednesday but participated in practice at the end of the week.

If McDaniel returns to the Super Bowl, it would mean at least one Vol has played in 23 of the last 24 Super Bowls. 

During the regular season, McDaniel racked up 31 tackles and had a safety and pass deflection. 

Happy Birthday - Jan. 17

Today, we come together to wish head football coach Butch Jones the happiest of Birthdays!

Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones

Also, join us in wishing former Vols Garrick Porteous (M Golf) and Evelyn Radford (rowing) Happy Birthday!

Garrick PorteousEvelyn Radford

Two prestigious football VFLs are also celebrating their birthdays today, Jimmy Colquitt, STL Rams starting Center Scott Wells and Dontavis Sapp!

Scott WellsDontavis Sapp

Gilliam, Hurd On ESPN.com's All-SEC Bowl Team

Tennessee offensive tackle Jacob Gilliam and running back Jalen Hurd were named to ESPN.com's All-SEC Bowl Team.

Here's what Edward Aschoff wrote about him: 
Jalen Hurd, Tennessee: Another incredibly talented freshman, Hurd ran for 122 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in Tennessee's Outback Bowl win against Iowa.

Jacob Gilliam, Tennessee: Despite playing with a torn ACL in his left knee and a heavily wrapped, injured left hand, Gilliam, a former walk-on, was an intricate part to Tennessee's impressive offensive performance against Iowa.

Coleman Garnering Attention At Shrine Game Practice

Tennessee's Justin Coleman has received some good attention while participating in Shrine Game practices this week in St. Petersburg, Fla. 

NFL.com had some nice analysis of his play from fellow VFL Charles  Davis: 

Tennessee CB Justin Coleman: Davis, a former Vols cornerback himself, says Coleman (5-11, 190) increased his level of play during the season, and that has carried over to this week. Davis especially likes Coleman's footwork. Coleman had some entertaining and spirited one-on-one battles with Michigan State's Keith Mumphrey and Maryland's Deon Long during East practice Tuesday.

Also on NFL.com, Coleman was spotted talking with scouts from the Carolina Panthers and Washington Redskins. 

Here are a few tweets referencing Coleman: 

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

Tennessee's defensive mid-year enrollees met with the media on Wednesday. The overwhelming theme was FAMILY: #VolReport: Family Feel Attracts New Vols.

Check out these stories from the media: 
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Defensive early enrollees meet media
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Phillips hoping to match Barnett
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Phillips pleased with Tennessee decision

Happy Birthday - Jan. 14

Happy Birthday to redshirt senior Max Arnold! Arnold is a defensive back for Team 119. We also wish a Happy Birthday to Ed Walsh, a former All-American sprinter for Vols swimming and a current volunteer swimming coach. 

Max ArnoldEd Walsh

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (1/14/15)

Tennessee's mid-year enrollees on offense met with the media on Tuesday. Check out coverage on UTSports.com: #VolReport: Amazing Feeling Bonds Newcomers.

Also on the site: 

Coverage from the media includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: New UT Vols linemen eager to start careers
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT early enrollees meet with media
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Humbled Kamara 'excited' for future
- Maryville Daily Times: UT's Jack Jones ready to get to work

VFL Joey Kent is among 12 inductees into the 2015 class of the Huntsville-Madison County Athletic Hall of Fame. The new class of 12 will be honored during this year's 23rd annual Hall of Fame Induction Banquet on Monday, April 13, at the North Hall of the Von Braun Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

- Joey Kent (Football) - A two-time All-State receiver at Johnson High in early 1990s; Four-year letterman at University of Tennessee from 1993-96. All-SEC as a senior. Holds all-time UT records in career yards (2,814), most receptions (183) and most touchdowns (25 in 44 games). Played four years in the NFL, three for the Titans and one for the Vikings. Now a pharmaceutical salesman in Brentwood, Tenn.

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.

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