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Happy Birthday - Feb. 15

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We've got three birthdays to celebrate on Rocky Top today as football newcomer Andrew Butcher, track and field's Amirah Johnson, and men's basketball VFL Tony F. White will all be blowing out the candles on February 15.

A four-star prospect at defensive end, Butcher is an early enrollee at Tennessee and has been on campus since January. Butcher is a native of Alpharetta, Georgia, and piled up 167 tackles and 23.5 sacks during his prep career. As a senior, he led Alpharetta H.S. to a region championship and a 10-2 record, recording a team-best 89 tackles and 18 sacks along the way. Butcher is 18 years old today.

Andrew Butcher

A cross country and outdoor track and field senior, Johnson recently recorded a new career-best in the indoor 1000 meters (2:56.14). She has been a staple for the Volunteers in all three seasons of the track and field year: cross country, indoor, and outdoor. This fall she wrapped up her cross country career, finishing third on the team in five of her six races on the season. Today is Johnson's 22nd birthday.

Amirah Johnson

VFL White played basketball at Tennessee from 1983-87 before being selected by the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the 1987 NBA draft. He went on to split time with the New York Knicks and Golden State Warriors before seeing out the remainder of his playing career overseas. White's most memorable performance in the Orange and White came on Feb. 14, 1987 when he scored 51 points in leading the Vols past Auburn 103-84. That mark still stands as UT's single-game scoring record.


Happy Big Orange birthday, Andrew, Amirah, and Tony!


Happy Birthday - Feb. 11

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Four -- count 'em -- four VFL birthdays to celebrate on this 11th day of February! Decorated volleyball alumna DeeDee Harrison, football great Jabari Greer, men's basketball alumus Dyron Nix, and former soccer goalkeeper Jessica Rolfs will all be blowing out the candles today.

A native of Nashville, Harrison was a stellar middle blocker for the Tennessee volleyball program, earning All-America status in 2011. The 2012 graduate is UT's career leader blocks per set (1.21) and ranks second in career blocks (161) in the 25-point rally scoring era. She currently plays professionally in Israel for Maccabi Even Yehuda. 



Former Vol football defensive back Jabari Greer was born on Feb. 11, 1982. After a 10-year NFL career spent with the Buffalo Bills and New Orleans Saints, Greer retired from professional football this fall. He started 51 games in the Tennessee secondary during his time on Rocky Top, tallying 147 tackles and two interceptions. He was also a standout track and field athlete who qualified for the 2002 NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 110m hurdles. Greer currently ranks third all-time in the event (13.32). 



We also celebrate the birthday of former Tennessee basketball player Dyron Nix -- a member of the Vols All-Century team. Nix led the SEC in scoring as a junior in 1987-88, putting up 22.2 points per game. For his career at UT, Nix averaged 16.6 points and 8.4 rebounds per contest and his 1,877 career points are the eighth-most in school history. He was drafted 29th overall by the Charlotte Hornets in 1989, but embarked on a 10-year career overseas. Nix passed away on Dec. 16, 2013 at the age of 46.



Today is also the 24th birthday of former goalkeeper Jessica Rolfs. The 2013 graduate battled through two season-ending injuries during her career on Rocky Top, making her first career start on Senior Night.




Tennessee hosts Mississippi State tonight at Thompson-Boling Arena at 7 p.m. ET. The game can be seen on the SEC Network.

Through 11 home games this season, Tennessee is holding its opponents to just 59.2 points per game. The Vols are 8-1 when its opponent scores fewer than 60. A win would give the Vols a 6-3 SEC record halfway through league play. Tennessee was picked to finish 13th in the final league standings.

You can watch live HERE
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Tennessee basketball hits the road tonight, looking for its first 4-0 SEC road start since 1982 as the Volunteers face Arkansas in Fayetteville at 9 p.m. ET. 

Tennessee has won eight of its last 10 games, including three straight on the road. Junior guard Kevin Punter is shooting .692 from 3-point range over the last three games (9-of-13). Sophomore Robert Hubbs III has averaged 9.2 ppg in the last nine games after averaging just 3.0 ppg through UT's first nine.

You can see the game on ESPNU or watch live online HERE.
Listen to the Vol Network broadcast HERE.

Vol Calls Set For Tonight



Because of basketball each of the last two nights, Vol Calls will air tonight at 8 p.m. ET/7 p.m. CT.

Head coach Donnie Tyndall will be on-site at Calhoun's on the River with host Bob Kesling and other UT coaches and student-athletes. 

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 live HERE.

Owens Featured in Baltimore Sun

Tennessee freshman Tariq Owens and his new experiences adjusting to the life of SEC basketball  were featured in today's Baltimore Sun. Owens, who hails from Odenton, Md., came to the Vols after spending a year at Mt. Zion Prep in Baltimore.

The feature story is available HERE.

Inside The T - Tuesday's Look Ahead



Tennessee basketball heads to South Carolina for a road test against the Gamecocks tonight at 9 p.m. ET in a game that can be seen on ESPNU

Senior guard Josh Richardson needs just seven points against USC to reach 1,000 for his career. The Volunteers enter the game coming off a victory at Missouri, the Vols' first victory this season in which they scored 60 or fewer.

You can watch live HERE
Listen to the Vol Network broadcast HERE

Inside the T - Monday's Look Ahead



Tennessee basketball head coach Donnie Tyndall will meet the media for his usual weekly media luncheon at noon. Look for a full video and report from the press conference here at UTSports.com shortly after.

The Vol Network's weekly Vol Calls program returns to its usual Monday night home tonight from Calhouns on the River. Tennessee coaches will join host Bob Kesling for an inside look at UT sports. You can listen on Vol Network stations across the state, including flagship stations WIVK 107.7 and WNML 99.1 FM/AM 990 in Knoxville. You can listen live online HERE

Happy Birthday - Jan. 7

Join us in wishing a very Happy Birthday to Brandon Fickey of men's tennis, Drake Owenby of baseball and VFL and NBA rookie Jarnell Stokes.

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Inside The T - Tuesday's Look Ahead



It's a busy Tuesday on the Hill!

First, Tennessee men's basketball assistant coach Chris Shumate will join Vince Ferarra on the News Sentinel Sports page on Sports Radio WNML in Knoxville at 10:15. You can listen in Knoxville on 99.1 FM and AM 990 or online right HERE.


Tennessee Football returns to the practice field today as preparation for the Iowa Hawkeyes in the TaxSlayer Bowl continues. Full coverage with comments from Tennessee assistant coaches will be available right here at UTSports.com when practice concludes around 2 p.m. ET. 


Tonight, the Lady Volunteer basketball team returns to action against Wichita State. This marks the first meeting between these schools, but Lady Vol head coach Holly Warlick (as Pat Summitt's assistant) coached both WSU head coach Jody Adams (1989-93) and assistant Bridgette Gordon (1985-89) during their playing careers at Tennessee. The game will be televised by the SEC Network. 

You can also watch live online HERE.
The Lady Vol Network Radio broadcast can be heard HERE.
Live Stats are available HERE



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