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Happy Birthday - Oct. 9

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Happy Birthday to three special current and former Vol Football players, Todd Kelly Jr., Danny Finch and the legendary Hank Lauricella!

Hank LauricellaTodd Kelly Jr.Danny Finch

Lauricella was a back for the Vols from 1949-51. He earned All-American honors in 1951 and All-SEC First Team selection in 1950 and 1951. He won a regional award in 1950 for most outstanding tailback and was second in the 1951 Heisman vote. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1981. 

Kelly is one of the seven legacy freshmen on the roster, following his father Todd Kelly Sr. He has started in two of the five games so far this season and has 13 tackles and two interceptions on the season.

Finch, a redshirt freshman long snapper, has yet to see action for the Vols. He was a three-year letterwinner at Maryville High School and helped his team to the championship game in each of his seasons on varsity, winning the 2010 and 2011 titles.

Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/9/14)

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The Vols assistant coaches met with the media on Wednesday, check out the key points they made with coverage on UTSports.com: 

Also, check out why wearing pink on Saturday is important to the Vols, specially linebacker Jalen Reeves-Maybin: 

Coverage from the media includes
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols' McNeil playing 'with a lot confidence'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Win, but explore options
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Gilliam could return to field Saturday
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Instant analysis: Lane practices
- Maryville Daily Times: Lane stays positive as Vols grow up

Coverage of Chattanooga includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Mocs make use of 'money game' cash

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 9)

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Take a look back some of the great games on Oct. 9 as Tennessee is 9-4-2 all-time on the date.

OCTOBER 9 (9-4-2)
1915 L, 0-3 CLEMSON
1920 L, 0-20 VANDERBILT
1926 W, 14-7 Louisiana State
1937 T, 0-0 Duke
1948 W, 26-0 CHATTANOOGA
1954 W, 20-14 CHATTANOOGA
1971 W, 10-6 GEORGIA TECH
1976 W, 42-7 Georgia Tech
1982 T, 24-24 No. 18 Louisiana State
1993 W, 28-14 Arkansas (N) @ Little Rock, Ark.
1999 W, 37-20 No. 10 GEORGIA
2004 W, 19-14 No. 3 Georgia
2010 L, 14-41 Georgia

On Oct. 9, 1982, the Vols tied the undefeated No. 18 Tigers at LSU, 24-24. Willie Gault had a 96-yard kickoff return for a TD and Alan Cockrell threw for 213 yards.


On Oct. 9, 1993, the Vols won at Arkansas, 28-14 as Heath Shuler threw for 307 yards including a TD pass to Craig Faulkner. Cory Fleming had six catches for 101 yards.

Tennessee ended Georgia's 17-game home win streak with a 19-14 win in Athens on Oct. 9, 2004. Check out a full look back in last week's Lowe's #DefiningMoments. Erik Ainge threw for 2 TDs while Gerald Riggs Jr., ran for 102 yards. 

"Vol Calls" airs tonight on the Vol Network at 8 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. CT from Calhoun's On the River in downtown Knoxville.

Bob Kesling will be joined by coach Butch Jones and Lady Vol basketball coach Holly Warlick. Fans can call in and ask questions by dialing 1-800-688-8657 or Tennessee Verizon customers can dial # TENN. Fans may also submit questions through the Vol Network's Facebook page - Vol Network_IMG.

You can listen to Vol Calls live HERE on UTSports.com.

Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/8/14)

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The Vols continue their prep for Chattanooga. Get the latest from Butch Jones and the team in coverage from UTSports.com: 

Stories from the media include: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols' Kelly hoping to build off interceptions
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Evan Berry works with UT running backs
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Saulsberry overcomes adversity -- again
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Butch Jones meets with student leaders
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Berry gets work at running back
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' Owen Williams out at least one week

News on the Mocs includes: 
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UTC Mocs' Keon Williams out for Tennessee game

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 8)

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The Vols are 10-4 all-time on Oct. 8.


OCTOBER 8 (10-4)
1921 W, 21-0 CHATTANOOGA
1927 W, 7-0 MARYVILLE
1938 W, 7-0 AUBURN
1949 W, 39-7 CHATTANOOGA
1955 W, 13-0 CHATTANOOGA
1960 W, 62-7 TAMPA
1966 L, 3-6 No. 9 Georgia Tech
1977 L, 8-24 GEORGIA TECH
1994 W, 38-21 ARKANSAS
2005 L, 14-27 No. 5 GEORGIA
2011 L, 12-20 GEORGIA

Check out highlights from the 1983 win on Oct. 8 as the Vols beat LSU, 20-6. Reggie White had six tackles including three TFLs. Alan Cockrell ran for a 43-yard rushing TD.

Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/7/14)

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Butch Jones met with the media on Monday to preview the Vols' week ahead and the Homecoming game with Chattanooga. Here's coverage from UTSports.com:

Media Monday: Jones Previews UTC Game
A Season Of One
Media Monday: Players Preview UTC Game
Four Downs: UF Weekend by the Numbers
Vols At Ole Miss Set For 7 p.m. ET Kickoff
FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols vs. Chattanooga
Butch Jones Show (Week 5, Oct. 5)

The media filed the following stories after Monday's session:
- Associated Press: Jones: Vols don't plan changes on offensive line
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT Vols 'can't dwell' on close losses
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT coach Butch Jones expects Jalen Hurd to play against UTC
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Offensive line remains intact, in trouble
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols haven't been in the zone
- Knoxville News Sentinel: UT notebook: Scott set to make debut
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Martinez cites Kelly Jr. as culture-changer
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones opens up about offensive struggles
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Vols' defense 'overachieving'
- Knoxville News Sentinel: Jones: Hurd cleared to practice, play
- Maryville Daily Times: Offense's red-zone struggles catch up with Vols
- Maryville Daily Times: Jalen Hurd's status unclear heading into Chattanooga game
- Maryville Daily Times: With key additions, Vols' young defense 'overachieving right now'

News on Chattanooga includes:

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 7)

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Tennessee is nearly perfect all-time in games played on Oct. 7. The Vols stand at 14-1 starting with a 104-0 victory over American University in 1905. 

OCTOBER 7 (14-1)
1911 W, 27-0 MOONEY SCHOOL
1916 W, 32-6 MARYVILLE
1922 W, 21-0 MARYVILLE
1944 W, 20-7 Mississippi (N) @ Memphis, Tenn.
1950 W, 28-7 at No. 14 Duke
1972 W, 38-7 Memphis State
1978 W, 31-13 ARMY
1989 W, 17-14 GEORGIA
1995 W, 49-31 Arkansas
2000 L, 10-21 at No. 19 Georgia
2006 W, 51-33 at No. 10 Georgia

On Oct. 7, 2006, the Vols posted their last win over a Top 10 teams with a 51-33 victory at No. 10 Georgia. Check out that dramatic game that featured the Vols' blocked punt recovered for a touchdown by Antonio Wardlow vs. Georgia and ended up on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

It was a busy day for VFLs as records were broken and touchdowns were made. Check out how your favorite NFL Vols performed in week five:

Peyton Manning surpassed the 500 touchdown mark becoming just the second quarterback to do so alongside Brett Favre. His 500th touchdown pass was a seven-yard shot to tight end Julius Thomas. At the end of the game, Manning had finished with his career-high passing yardage in the NFL with 479 yards. He currently has 503 touchdowns and is five from tying Favre. 

Jason Witten also broke a record when he caught a 34-yard pass from Tony Romo. Witten became just the third tight end with 10,000 receiving yards. He finished the came with 50 yards for a career 10,014 receiving yards. Witten is the Cowboys' all-time leader with 897 catches and is second on the franchise' receiving yardage. 

Justin Hunter had a big game as he racked up his second highest yardage of the season with 99 yards and a touchdown. Arian Foster had his best game with 157 yards on the ground and 15 yards receiving and two touchdowns, including one that tied up the game to go into overtime. 

Jerod Mayo once again had the team-high tackles with eight. That was his fourth game leading the team defensively. Parys Haralson had four tackles including a TFL and quarterback hurry. 

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Def. Atlanta 30-20 Played at DE, two tackles, two QHs
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to San Francisco 22-17 Inactive
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to San Francisco 22-17 Injured reserve
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. Arizona 41-20 Four punts, 49.8 avg., two inside the 20
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Lost to San Francisco 22-17 Four punts, 40.3 avg., one inside the 20
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Lost to Indianapolis 20-13 Played at LS
Arian Foster RB Houston Texans Lost to Dallas 20-17 OT 23 carries for 157 yds., 2 recs., for 15 yds., 2 TDs
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Jacksonville 17-9 Started at LG
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Lost to San Francisco 22-17 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Def. Tampa Bay 37-31 OT Started at OLB; Four tackles, tfl, qh
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Lost to Cleveland 29-28 Three recs., 99 yards, TD
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. Arizona 41-20 Two tackles, sack, TFL
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami Dolphins BYE BYE
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Def. Tampa Bay 37-31 OT Started at FB, one tackle, two yards rushing
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. Arizona 41-20 31-for-47, 479 yds., 4 TDs, became 2nd QB to throw 500 TD passes
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Def. Cincinnati 43-17 Team-high eight tackles
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Lost to Pittsburgh 17-9 Played at G
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Def. Washington 27-17 Two tackles
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Def. Jacksonville 17-9 Inactive
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Def. Tampa Bay 37-31 OT Started at WR, one tackle
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders BYE BYE
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Lost to Green Bay 42-10 2 recs., 8 yards, 3 KO returns, 19.7 yd. avg.
Tauren Poole RB Carolina Panthers Def. Chicago 31-24 Practice squad
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Lost to Green Bay 42-10 Injured reserve
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders BYE BYE
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Lost to San Diego 31-0 Practice squad
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Falcons Lost to NYG 30-20 Practice squad
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Lost to New Orleans 37-31 OT Played at TE
James Stone OL Atlanta Falcons Lost to NYG 30-20 Played at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins BYE BYE
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Lost to Philadelphia 34-28 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Lost to Denver 41-20 Played at NT, one tackle
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Def. Houston 20-17 OT four recs., 59 yards, became 3rd TE to get 10K receiving yds. 

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 6)

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The Vols stand 7-3-1 all-time on October 6, most recently beating #12 Georgia, 35-14 in 2007. Arian Foster ran for three touchdowns and 98 yards. Lucas Taylor threw a 56-yard touchdown to LaMarcus Coker.

OCTOBER 6 (7-3-1) 
1923 T, 14-14  MARYVILLE 
1928 W, 41-7  CENTRE 
1945 W, 48-13 WILLIAM & MARY 
1951 W, 26-0  No. 16 DUKE 
1956 W, 33-20  Duke 
1962 L, 6-7  Mississippi State (N) @ Memphis, Tenn. 
1973 W, 28-27  Kansas (N) @ Memphis, Tenn. 
1979 L, 9-28  Mississippi State (N) @ Memphis, Tenn. 
2001 L, 24-26  GEORGIA 
2007 W, 35-14  No. 12 GEORGIA

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