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Happy Birthday - June 15: Terry Benson, Darwin Walker

On June 15, we wish Happy Birthday to former Tennessee track & field hurdler, Terry Benson. We also celebrate the birthday of former football defensive lineman Darwin Walker. Walker was a third-round draft pick by the Cardinals in 2000 after playing at Tennessee and being part of the 1998 National Championship team.

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On June 14, we send Happy Birthday to many members of the Tennessee Athletics family. 

Women's basketball legend Pat Summitt celebrates her birthday on June 14. 

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Tennessee volleyball head coach Rob Patrick also celebrates his birthday on June 14.


Also celebrating on Flag Day are former Vols football lineman Anthony Herrera, who played for the Minnesota Vikings from 2004-11. 

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Former women's track standout 
Elizabeth Altizer also turns 23. 

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Tennessee Update: T&F/XC Blog (6/7)


The Vols are back in action today at the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in Eugene, Ore. To open the event on Wednesday, redshirt sophomore pole vaulter Tyler Porter recorded a lifetime best en route to a seventh-place finish. Just three years ago, Porter suffered a broken back during a competition before coming to Rocky Top. Check out this story on his journey to All-America status from his hometown newspaper.




After earning the honor for the second straight year during the indoor season, incoming Lady Vol Felecia Majors has been named the 2013 Spring All-Met Girls' Track & Field Athlete of the Year. The do-it-all South County Stallion capped her career with a Virginia AAA State Title, winning the 400-meter state title (53.65) and six individual titles at the Northern Region Championship (100, 200, 400, long jump, triple jump, pole vault). Fellow Lady Vol signee Brielyn Rogers of McNamara High School was named All-Met Honorable Mention.

Happy Birthday - June 4: Lizzie Cornell, Steve Searcy

On June 4, we celebrate birthdays for women's track/cross country redshirt freshman Lizzie Cornell and former Vols pitcher and major leaguer Steve Searcy, who is also a Knoxville native.

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Happy Birthday - May 31: Drae Bowles, Laquoya Kelly

On the last day in May we wish Happy Birthday to redshirt freshman wide receiver Drae Bowles and former Lady Vol thrower Laquoya Kelly.

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Happy Birthday - May 30: A. Frasier, T. McBride, D. Tobin

Happy Birthday on May 30 to All-American Lady Vol swimmer Alexandria Frasier, VFL and current defensive end for the Chicago Bears Turk McBride and junior Vol distance runner Daniel Tobin.

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Happy Birthday - May 26: J. Nelvis, T. Patrick

On May 26, we wish a very Happy Birthday to junior sprinter Jarael Nelvis of the Vol track & field team, and redshirt senior Taylor Patrick of the men's tennis squad.

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Happy Birthday - May 21: J.Majors, V.Baugh, J.Dickie

On May 21, we send Happy Birthday wishes to the legendary Johnny Majors, who starred on the football field as a player and coach. Check out a Photo Gallery.

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Also celebrating on May 21 are recent women's basketball graduate Vicki Baugh and men's track performer Jeremy Dickie.

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Happy Birthday - May 11: Derlath, Fuson, Thulin

Happy Birthday on May 11 to junior runner Stephen Derlath and sophomore swimmer Jacob Thulin

Stephen Derlath  Jacob Thulin

Also from the archives, May 11 was the day that former football player Clyde Fuson was born in 1923. "Ig"  is one of seven Vols to have their number (No. 62) retired in football. He was one of four Vols to not return home from World War II and was memorialized along with Bill Nowling, Rudy Klarer and Willis Tucker. Fuson, a native of Middlesboro, Ky., and fullback on the 1942 team, who shared playing time with Nowling. Ig had a younger brother, Herschel (Ug) Fuson, who was a freshman on the 1942 team and transferred to West Point where he graduated.

Happy Birthday - May 10: Carney, Pemberton, Tucker

On May 10, we send Happy Birthday wishes to former Vols track & field performer Kevin Carney, who is currently working in the Thornton Center. 


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Also on May 10, two Tennessee legends were born. 

Willis Tucker, who is one of seven Vols to have their number (No. 61) retired in football was born on May 10, 1918. Tucker was a graduate of Knoxville High School, who earned a Vol football letter in 1940 and was a sprint star on the Vol track team. He was one of four Vols to not return home from World War II and was memorialized along with Bill Nowling, Rudy Klarer and Clyde Fuson. 

With the track & field program, Darius Pemberton was also born on May 10 in 1975. Pemberton was an SEC Indoor Champion in the long jump in 1995 with a jump of 26-5 1/2 as well as the 55-Meter hurdles with a time of 7.25 in 1995. 

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