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Dobbs Named One Of 14 Smartest College Football Players

NFL.com has named its 14 smartest college football players for 2014. The Vols' sophomore quarterback Joshua Dobbs has earned a spot on the list: 

  • 14 for '14: Smartest players in college football

  • Here's what it says about Dobbs:

    Spend a few minutes with Dobbs and you can understand why he makes this list. He started four games under center for the Vols last year as a true freshman, but still managed to keep his grades up in the aerospace engineering major he's picked. We're sure Alabama's defense is just as tough as honors calculus class.

    Josh Dobbs, QB, Tennessee

    Happy Birthday - June 3: Melissa Davin and Ja'Wuan James

    On June 3 we send Happy Birthday wishes to softball senior Melissa Davin and VFL and offensive tackle for the Miami Dolphins Ja'Wuan James.


    Johnson, North Earn Birmingham News Preseason Honors

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    A pair of Vols have been named to the Birmingham News preseason All-SEC team in 2014. Linebacker A.J. Johnson was named to the first-team while receiver Marquez North earned a spot on the second team.

    Check out the full team: Birmingham SEC Preseason Picks

    Happy Birthday - June 2: Gregory Grieco

    On June 2, we send Happy Birthday wishes to senior linebacker Gregory Grieco

    Happy Birthday - June 1: Kahala Schneider

    On the First of June we send Happy Birthday wishes to sophomore Kahala Schneider.


    Happy Birthday - May 30: Tobin, Song, and McBride

    Happy Birthday to senior distance runner Daniel Tobin, junior golfer Daeun Song, and VFL and former defensive end Turk McBride.


    Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/29/14)

    The SEC Meetings in Destin, Florida are wrapping up, but there has been a bunch of news coming out of the event. Take a look at some of the media coverage.

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    - Butch Jones talked to 104.5 FM's 3HL Show for a lengthy segment as the Vols begin summer session. LISTEN: Butch Jones on 3HL.

    - The Knoxville News Sentinel has this coverage from Destin: Vols still ahead of the game in QB depth

    - Athlon Sports has Tennessee rated as its #42 program in its preseason evaluations: 2014 College Football Rankings: #42 Tennessee with Marquez North on the cover:

    Manning's Foundation Donates $1 Million

    ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- This offseason, Peyton Manning has donated plenty of his time.

    He has spoken at events ranging from the annual Boy Scouts of America sports breakfast to the John Lynch Foundation's Salute the Stars awards luncheon and the University of Virginia's commencement ceremony. He has even thrown passes to elementary school students on surprise visits.

    On Wednesday, his PeyBack Foundation donated $1 million.

    The funds will be distributed to 153 youth-based organizations in Colorado, Indiana, Louisiana and Tennessee -- the four states Manning has called home.

    "The mission and work of the PeyBack Foundation is something we are very passionate about and to be able to continue our growth through increased giving is very rewarding," Manning said in a statement. "This year, we are fortunate to be able to provide our largest donation total of $1 million to youth based community organizations."

    Manning is the president of the foundation, which he established in 1999 to promote the future success of disadvantaged youth by assisting programs that provide leadership growth and opportunities for children at risk.

    Every year, the public, non-profit corporation distributes funds to agencies and organizations actively advancing the welfare of disadvantaged children. Those organizations complete grant applications to be considered, and they are carefully considered based on each individual agency's unique merits, goals and mission. This year the foundation received 604 applications.

    The $1 million allocated to this year's recipients will be divided by state -- $630,000 goes to 81 charities in Colorado, $175,000 to 32 organizations in Tennessee, $120,000 to 23 organizations in Louisiana and $75,000 to Indiana organizations.

    Four of the Colorado organizations -- A Precious Child, GreenLeaf, Environmental Learning For Kids and The Colorado "I Have A Dream" Foundation -- benefitting from the foundation's donations will be at Dove Valley for a check presentation after Wednesday's practice.

    "With this donation, now collectively throughout the years, we have awarded over $5.6 million in grants to 995 youth organizations in Colorado, Tennessee, Louisiana and Indiana," Manning said.

    Happy Birthday - May 28: M.DiFelice, A. Sanders and H. Wilkinson

    On May 28, we wish Happy Birthday to former Vol baseball star and longtime major league catcher Mike DiFelice, who played with the Cardinals, Rays, Diamondbacks, Royals, Tigers, Cubs and Mets. The Bearden High School product played parts of 13 seasons in the big leagues and was inducted into the Tennessee Baseball Hall of Fame in 2007.

    We also send Happy Birthday wishes to current offensive lineman Austin Sanders and Lady Vol soccer striker Hannah Wilkinson


    Saluting Memorial Day Heroes

    On this 2014 Memorial Day, take a moment to remember those who lost their lives defending our nation. Included in that group are four VFL football players, who passed away while fighting in World War II. Their numbers were retired in 2006 at the Vols' game vs. Air Force on Sept. 9.

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