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Happy Birthday - March 1

It's a brand new month and we've got two birthdays to celebrate along with it. Rower Nicole Burnett and baseball VFL Rich Rodriguez both blow out the candles today!

Burnett is a freshman from Morristown, Tennessee, and a novice and the 2014-15 rowing squad. At Morristown West High School, she was a member of the Beta Club and an AP Scholar. She is majoring in psychology. Born this day in 1996, Burnett turns 19 years old today.

Nicole Burnett

Rodriguez was a pitcher for the Tennessee baseball team from 1982-84. He started 34 games in his UT career, including 11 complete-game efforts. He was drafted by the New York Mets in the ninth round of the 1984 MLB Draft and made his major league debut in 1990 with the San Diego Padres. He pitched in the bigs for 14 seasons, concluding his career with the Anaheim Angels in 2003.



Happy birthday, Nicole and Rich! 

Happy Birthday - Feb. 22

Entering the final week of February, we are wishing a happy birthday to football VFL Rashad Baker and freshman rower Danielle Dami! 

Baker was originally recruited as a wide receiver, but made the switch to free safety in the fourth game of his freshman season. He played out the remainder of his Volunteer career -- from 2000-03 -- in that position, earning first team All-SEC honors in 2001 and a second-team selection in 2002. After tallying 233 tackles, 11 interceptions, and and 24 pass deflections at Tennessee, he went on to play six seasons in the NFL with the Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, New England Patriots, and Oakland Raiders. 

Rashad Baker 

We're also sending "happy birthday" wishes to freshman Dami who is in the midst of her first season with Tennessee Rowing. A  native of Grayling, Michigan, Dami is a member of the novice squad this season and is majoring in environmental studies. She turns 20 years old today. 

Danielle Dami

Happy birthday, Rashad and Dami!

Happy Birthday - Feb. 20

We've got three Big Orange birthdays on Rocky Top on this third Friday of February, as current student-athletes Brueck Ball (rowing) and Brodie Leftridge (baseball) celebrate their respective birthdays, as does baseball VFL Julio Borbon. 

A sophomore from Nashville, Ball is in her second season with Tennessee rowing and first as a varsity squad member. She turns 20 years old today. 

A true freshman from Baltimore, Maryland, outfielder Leftridge is gearing up for his first season with Vol Baseball. He was ranked a top-50 outfielder coming out of St. John's Catholic Prep and was the No. 4 prospect out of the state of Maryland. Leftridge turns 19 years old today. 

VFL Julio Borbon, now with the Baltimore Orioles organization, helped Tennessee reach the College World Series in 2005. He ranked third on that team with a .350 batting average -- the fifth-best batting average for a freshman in Tennessee history. He went on to lead UT with a .366 batting average in 2006 and posted a .345 batting average in 2007 -- his final season on Rocky Top.

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Happy birthday, Brueck, Brodie, and Julio!

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!

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

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Happy Birthday - Dec. 31

On the last day of 2014, join us in wishing senior football running back Marlin Lane a very Happy Birthday! Lane will be spending his birthday with teammates in Jacksonville as they prepare for the TaxSlayer Bowl. We would also like to wish Erin Gibbemeyer of rowing a Happy Birthday!

Marlin LaneErin Gibbemeyer

Happy Birthday - Dec. 30

Today, we wish Erin Gaeckle (swimming and diving), Trevor Charpie (baseball and Bridget Boland (rowing) a very special Happy Birthday!

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Happy Birthday - Dec. 2

Today, we wish two Vol baseball players, Derek Lance and Andrew Lee, a very Happy Birthday! We also send our best wishes to Sarah McAuliffe of rowing!

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Happy Birthday - Sept. 11

Celebrate with us the birthdays of three special Vols, Katie King (rowing), Nia Moore (women's basketball) and Lemond Johnson (football)!



King, a junior, has continuously been a part of the varsity 8+ involved with top-finishes in events. She was also named to the 2014 Spring SEC Academic Honor Roll along with being the lone sophomore named to the 2014 C-USA All-Academic Team.

Moore, a junior with Lady Vol hoops, appeared in 21 games as a sophomore and averaged 2.3 points per game and 2.14 rebounds per game.

Sophomore defensive back Johnson, has appeared in both games so far this season. In his debut season, he saw action in 12 games and racked up three tackles. 

Happy Birthday - July 26: Nagy, Monroe, Upson and Gilbert

On July 26 we celebrate a trio of birthdays of current Tennessee student-athletes, junior golfers Michael Nagy and Michael Monroe, and sophomore rowing coxswain Taylor Upson


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Also celebrating today is former Tennessee baseball player Buddy Gilbert. The Knoxville native, who turns 79 today, played professionally with the Cincinnati Reds organization and is a member of the Greater Knoxville Sports Hall of Fame.

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Happy Birthday - July 18: Minnock, Moberg and Ruff

A trio of birthdays to celebrate today on July 18, senior rower McDarragh Minnock, junior baseball player Jeff Moberg and recent track and field graduate Kianna Ruff


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