Made 31 starts in left field, one in right field and five as designated hitter...Limited at the start of the season due to an ankle injury suffered during pre-season practice...Went 3-for-5 with one run in first start of the season against West Virginia...Doubled twice against Ohio in second game on March 7...Went back-to-back games with four hits (3/8 and 3/11)...Drove in a career-high five RBIs against Ohio on March 8...Went 2-for-4 with a double against Coastal Carolina...Picked up first hit since March 21 against Charleston Southern - a solo home run- his first home run of the year...Went 2-for-3 with a run scored and two RBIs April 8 vs. Lipscomb...Started opening game of Mississippi State series in left field..went 1-for-3 with run...Hit three-run homer in the eighth inning against Belmont as pinch hitter...Homer was his second on the season...Went 2-for-4 as designated hitter vs. MTSU...Named SEC Player of the Week on April 20 for strong performance against LSU...During the weekend series against the Tigers, Polk led the Vols with a .455 batting average (5-for-11), five hits, two doubles, one home run, three RBIs, 10 total bases, a .909 slugging percentage and a .500 on-base percentage...His two-run home run on Sunday helped the Vols earn a 9-4 series-clinching victory...The sophomore finished the week 8-for-16 (.500) with three doubles and six RBIs, a 1.063 slugging percentage and .529 on-base percentage to help the Vols go 4-1. He also scored six runs in five games...Went 2-for-4 in series finale against Arkansas...Picked up a double and two walks in the three-games...Had a 13-game hitting streak ended on May 3 vs. Kentucky...Batted 18-for-51 (.352) during the team-high, season-long streak...Went 1-for-3 with two runs scored and a double in series-opener vs. South Carolina...Drove in two runs on two hits in three at-bats in the series-opener against Vanderbilt on 5/14...Walked twice in game two on May 15.
2008 - FRESHMAN
One of the most improved players on the team, he was named the designated hitter on the SEC All-Freshman Team...Appeared in 49 games, with 42 starts...Started 27 games in left field, 14 games as the designated hitter and one game in centerfield...Made multiple starts at six different spots in the batting order, with a high of 12 coming in the leadoff slot...Led the Vols with seven sacrifice bunts while ranking second on the club in doubles (10) and triples (2)...Recorded eight multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games...Hit .255 against left-handers while batting ..284 vs. right-handers...Hit .319 with runners on base, .171 with runners in scoring position and was an impressive 4-for-5 in pinch-hitting situations...Played in 26 SEC games and batted .233 with 21 hits, four home runs and nine RBIs...Started in left field in UT's season-opener vs. Morehead State Feb. 22...Logged two hits in the series-clinching win vs. Morehead State Feb. 24...Had a triple, an RBI and a pair of sac bunts in UT's upset win over No. 3 Texas Feb. 29 in Houston...Went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a run vs. Texas Tech March 1 in Houston...Started in centerfield March 5 vs. James Madison and went 2-for-4 with two doubles, a run and an RBI...Scored three runs and also hit a double vs. Eastern Michigan March 7...Had a basehit at Louisville March 19 and also scored the go-ahead run as the Vols came from behind to beat the Cardinals 7-6...Went 2-for-3 with an RBI March 21 at Georgia, and followed that up with a 2-for-4 effort one day later...Delivered a two-run double March 25 against USC Upstate...Sealed UT's 11-inning win at Auburn March 29 with a two-run homer as part of a two-hit performance...Had one pinch-hit at-bat against Charlotte April 2 and delivered a two-run single...Started as UT's designated hitter during all three games of the Florida series April 5-6...Had a pinch-hit at-bat April 8 vs. Austin Peay and delivered an RBI double while later coming in to score...Had a career-high four hits at ETSU April 9...Hit a two-run homer April 23 vs. ETSU...Belted a solo home run against Vanderbilt May 2...Hit a two-run homer during a ninth-inning, pinch-hit appearance against 13th-ranked Vanderbilt May 4...Drove in a season-high three runs with a three-run homer at South Carolina May 15.
Graduated from Oakland High School in Murfreesboro, Tenn., where he was coached by Mack Hawks...Batted .411 as a senior in 2007 with seven home runs and 22 stolen bases...Named to the 2007 Louisville Slugger All-America team, the 2007 Tennessee Sports Writers Association Class AAA All-State Team and also earned All-Midstate, All-District and All-Region honors...Selected as the 2007 Murfreesboro Daily News Journal Baseball Player of the Year...Was a four-year starter on both the baseball and football teams...Served as football team captain as a senior and garnered All-Region acclaim as a running back and defensive back...Was a member of Oakland's National Honor Society, FCA and Cultural Awareness Club.
Full name is Michael Deangelo Polk, Jr....Born Dec. 12, 1988, in Murfreesboro, Tenn....Son of Michael and Jackie Polk...Academic major: Sport management with a minor in business.
At-Bats: 6 at ETSU 4/9/08
Runs: 3 vs. Eastern Michigan 3/7/08
Hits: 4 at ETSU 4/9/08
RBI: 3 at South Carolina 5/15/08
Total Bases: 5 at Auburn 3/29/08
Stolen Bases: 1, 3x (last at ETSU 4/9/08)
Strikeouts: 2, 7x (last at South Carolina 5/16/08)
Walks: 2 at Mississippi State 4/26/08