Saw action in 51 games, starting 30, during his sophomore campaign...Finished the season with a .291 batting average, seven home runs, a team-high three triples and 32 RBIs...Also stole three bases and was errorless in the field...Hit .348 (16-for-46) with two outs and recorded nine two-out RBIs...Was the team's opening-day right fielder...Recorded the Vols' first pinch-hit grand slam since 2004 with a mammoth blast to right-center against Xavier on Feb. 21...Also had a single in that game to finish 2-for-2 with a career-high four RBIs...Picked up his second home run of the year against Eastern Kentucky, finishing 1-for-4 with two runs scored, one walk and an RBI...Was 1-for-5 against Binghamton, scoring two runs...WIth UT trailing by one in the eighth inning on the road at MTSU, he belted a two-run shot to right-center to lead the team to an 8-6 victory...Also had a pair of walks and a stolen base in that contest...Was 1-for-3 in a 3-2 triumph over Connecticut on March 13...Went 1-for-4 with two RBIs against Morehead State on March 17...Tallied an RBI single in a 9-1 win over USC Upstate...Walked and scored a run in a 25-6 rout of Presbyterian College on March 31....Came into the game at Ole Miss on April 4 as a pinch-hitter in the eighth inning...Delivered a pair of two-out RBI singles to lift the Vols to their first SEC series win of the year with a 10-6 win...Was 2-for-5 with a three-run home run in the series opener at Mississippi State....Launched his fifth longball the following day...Helped UT claim a 3-2 win in the second game of a doubleheader against Vanderbilt on April 25 with an RBI double and his sixth home run of the season...Was 1-for-4 with a pair of RBIs and his second triple of the year against Belmont..Knocked in another run with an RBI single in UT's series opener against Kentucky....Increased his hitting streak to a career-long seven games in the Vols' first game at Georgia, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored, a double and a stolen base....Made it eight games in a row with another 2-for-3 effort in UT's series-clinching, 25-5 win the next day....Posted a 3-for-3 day at the plate against MTSU, hitting his seventh home run of the season, on May 12....Earned an RBI with a bases-loaded walk in UT's series-opening victory at Auburn...Had a double and a triple as he went 2-for-4 with an RBI in UT's win over UNC Asheville...Earned a spot on the SEC Spring Academic Honor Roll for his work in the classroom...Played for the Hyannis Harbor Hawks in the Cape Cod League over the summer where he hit .268 with three home runs in 27 games...Was rated as the 117th best prospect in the prestigious wooden bat league by Perfect Game.
2009 - FRESHMAN
Appeared in 39 games with 23 starts for his freshman campaign...Made 12 starts in left field, seven in right field and four as designated hitter...Batted .357 against left-handed pitching, .357 as a pinch hitter, .321 with runners in scoring position and .667 with a runner on third and less than two outs...Made UT debut against Oregon State on Feb. 21...Went 2-for-3 with two home runs against Ohio in second game of double header on March 7...Drove in a career-high three RBIs in that game...Hit third home run of the year against Western Kentucky on March 10...Starting left fielder in Friday and Saturday games against Florida...Went 1-for-5 during series with an RBI...Had two-RBI single against UNC Asheville on March 25...Went 2-for-4 in series finale against Georgia...Went 2-for-5 with three-run home run against Lipscomb on April 8...Went 1-for-4 with two RBIs against Mississippi State on April 12...Went 1-for-4 in 17th start of the season versus Arkansas on April 25...Drove in two runs with 1-for-3 afternoon on May 3 vs. Kentucky...Went 3-for-4 against Vanderbilt on May 15 with three doubles and three runs scored...Followed that up with two more hits in series-finale against Vanderbilt...Played for the Thomasville HiToms of the Coastal Plain League over the summer.
Graduated from Elmira Free Academy in Elmira, N.Y., where he was coached by Jason Manwaring and Tom Morrell...Was named first-team Class A All-State and first-team All-Conference as a senior in 2008 after hitting .414 with 29 hits, 31 RBIs, three home runs, 26 walks and 10 stolen bases...Also boasted a .573 on-base percentage and a .700 slugging percentage as a senior...Finished his high school career as a three-time All-State and All-Conference selection...Rated by Baseball America as a four-star and top-200 national prospect among 2008 seniors (32nd-best outfielder)...Was rated a 10 out of 10 on the Perfect Game scouting scale...Was rated as one of the top-12 outfielders and the 65th-best overall senior prospect at the World Wood Bat Association championships in East Cobb, Ga., in July 2008...Was one of 55 players selected to take part in the 2008 International High School Power Showcase Home Run Derby at Tropicana Field...Was among 250 of the nation's elite high school players who took part in the 2007 Perfect Game National Showcase in Cincinnati, Ohio...Collected more than 100 hits in the first three of five high school varsity seasons...Was a third-team selection to the 2007 New York State Sportswriters Association Class A All-State Team, and was a fourth-team pick as a sophomore in 2006...Played summer ball for the South Florida Bandits travel team where he was coached by Mark Holtzman...Also played for the Moosic Mets for coach Harry Nelson...Played three years of varsity basketball as a small forward.
Full name is Charles Myers Thurber III...Born Dec. 28, 1989, in Elmira, N.Y....Son of Chuck and Maggie Thurber...Chose Tennessee over Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Virginia, Wake Forest and Penn State...Recipient of the Viar Family Athletic Scholarship...Academic major: Sport management.