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Happy Birthday - Jan. 4: C.Brown, Drummer, Kephart

On Jan. 4, we have our first birthdays of the new year for our Tennessee student-athletes. Celebrating are junior soccer Caroline Brown and football receiver/holder Tyler Drummer. Also celebrating is recent soccer graduate Chelsea Kephart.

Caroline Brown  Tyler Drummer  Chelsea Kephart

Happy Birthday - Dec. 30: Tori Bailey, Erin Gaeckle

We send Happy Birthday wishes to junior soccer midfielder Tori Bailey and sophomore swimmer Erin Gaeckle on Dec. 30, the penultimate day of the year. 

Tori Bailey  Erin Gaeckle

Wilkinson in Top Drawer Soccer's Top 100

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Tennessee soccer forward Hannah Wilkinson ranks No. 62 in TopDrawerSoccer.com's Postseason Women's National Top 100. The sophomore from Whangarei, New Zealand, was named an NSCAA Third Team All-American earlier this month after an outstanding debut season with the Lady Vols in 2012.

TopDrawerSoccer.com: Women's National Top 100

Happy Birthday - Dec. 15: Soccer's Gabby Santorio

On Dec. 15, we send Happy Birthday wishes to Gabby Santorio of the soccer team!
Gabby Santorio

Happy Birthday: Dec. 9 - Hannah Hut, Jacques McClendon

On Dec. 9, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Lady Vols soccer player Hannah Hut and former football lineman Jacques McClendon. McClendon has gone on to a career in the NFL.  

Hannah Hut  
Jacques McClendon

Happy Birthday: Dec. 5 - Cockrell, Hood, Thomas

On Dec. 5, we send Happy Birthday wishes to junior football defensive lineman and Knoxville native Daniel Hood and freshman soccer player and Hixson native Peyton Thomas.

Daniel Hood  Peyton Thomas

From the archives, former baseball and football Vol Alan Cockrell turns 50 on Dec. 5. He became the first freshman to start at quarterback for the Vols in 1981. On the baseball diamond, Cockrell was an All-American outfielder for UT and was drafted ninth overall by the Giants in 1984. He made his major league debut with the Rockies in 1996 and has gone on coach with the Rockies and Mariners. 


Happy Birthday: Nov. 19 - Kelsey McQuaid, Jordan Mauney

Happy Birthday on Nov. 19 to freshman soccer player Kelsey McQuaid and senior diver Jordan Mauney.

Kelsey McQuaid  Jordan Mauney

Happy Birthday: Nov. 12 - Carter, Goodwin, Wade, Wilks, Wilson

Big day of birthdays in Tennessee Athletics on Nov. 12. Celebrating are freshman basketball guard Andraya Carter, junior rower Michelle Goodwin, sophomore soccer midfielder Brittney Wade and senior football defensive back Rod Wilks.

Andraya Carter  Michelle Goodwin  Brittney Wade  Rod Wilks

Also, former Tennessee football star and longtime NFL defensive back Gibril Wilson celebrates his birthday on Nov. 12. 


Happy Birthday - Nov. 11: Julie Eckel

On her 20th birthday, soccer goalkeeper Julie Eckel, would like nothing better than a win in the NCAA Tournament as the Lady Vols take on Miami (Ohio) at 2 p.m. 
Julie Eckel

Tennessee Update: Soccer Blog (11/9)

Junior midfielder Tori Bailey's energy and an agility on the field are unmatched. Her aggressive style of play and her 5-0 stature make her easy to spot from the stands. In addition to being a fan favorite at Regal Soccer Stadium, Bailey is also one of the most inquired about player on the road.

Bailey's inspired play and kind heart make her easy for fans to identify with.

"I was told a bunch of times that I wasn't big enough and I wasn't good enough," Bailey said. "It was kind of like a challenge for me - wanting to be better and wanting to succeed. I just love the game; it has always come so natural to me. When I get out in the field, everything changes. I just have that hunger and passion. I would set a goal, meet that goal and want to meet another goal."

Check out Sean Cartell's great feature on Tori Bailey!

SEC Digital Network: Bailey Finding Advantages For Tennessee

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