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Happy Birthday - March 9

It's birthday time in Tennessee and we've got three of them to celebrate on this second Monday in March. Football's Pig Howard turns 22 years old today and will be celebrating his birthday alongside two Tennessee legends: Rudy Klarer and Ron Widby. 

Howard recently wrapped up his junior season for the Vols, appearing in all 13 games and making nine starts at the wideout position. He led the team in receptions (54) and in receiving yards (618) and scored three touchdowns -- two rushing and one receiving. He owns a current streak of 33 consecutive games with a catch and his 111 career catches rank 13th all-time at UT. 

Pig  Howard

One of Tennessee football's eight retired jerseys belong to the legendary Klarer, who played guard at UT in 1941-42. A native of Louisville, Kentucky, Klarer lost his life fighting for the United States in World War II. His number, alongside those of Bill Nowling, Willis Tucker, and Ron Fuson -- other Vols who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their country during WWII -- was officially retired in 2006. 



Tennessee legend Ron Widby turns 70 years old today. He is the last four-sport letterman in UT history, earning All-American status in both football and basketball as well as one letter in baseball and golf. During his senior year in 1966-67, Widby led nation in punting average at 43.8 yards per kick and went on to average 22.1 points and 8.7 rebounds per game in basketball to help lead the Vols to a conference title. He was first team All-America in both sports and picked up an SEC Player of the Year award in basketball. 




VFL Harris Eats, Drinks and Sleeps Basketball


``Some people say that I need to take a break and relax a little bit, but basketball is all that I know. This is what I've grown up doing and when I call my mother and my father, they talk to me about the game. It's just embedded in me and it's pretty much all I care about.'' - VFL Tobias Harris

Check out this great feature on the former Vols star from the Orlando Magic website: Harris Eats, Drinks and Sleeps Basketball

Happy Birthday - Feb. 15

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

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.


Inside The T - Tuesday's Look Ahead



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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Inside The T - Tuesday's Look Ahead



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

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