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Vols Defeat UMass, 17-13
        
John Kelly rushed for 101 yards and Quinten Dormady threw for 187 yards as Tennessee held on to defeat UMass 17-13 in front of a crowd of 95,324 at Neyland Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Tennessee (3-1, 0-1 SEC) got off to a slow start in the opening quarter, but turned things up in the second quarter by scoring two touchdowns to take a 14-6 lead into the half.
 
 
#23 Vols Fall at #24/25 Florida, 26-20
        
No. 23 Tennessee fought back from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game, but No. 24/25 Florida's Hail Mary pass gave the Gators a 26-20 win on Saturday night at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Tennessee (2-1, 0-1 SEC) entered the second half trailing, 6-3, and fell behind by as much as 10 points before tying the game up with less than a minute to play. Florida's final offensive drive resulted in a game-winning Hail Mary for the Gators.
 
 
VOLS COME UP SHORT IN FINALE VS. DAWGS, 3-1
        
Junior outfielder Dom Thornton belted a towering home run in the fourth inning on Sunday to put the Vols on the board, but Tennessee came up short in series finale against Georgia, 3-1, at Lindsey Nelson Stadium.
With the loss, Tennessee moves to 15-10 overall and 1-8 in SEC play, while UGA improves to 13-16 and 3-6 in conference competition with the series win.
 
 
Vols Complete Weekend Sweep
        
The Volunteers (4-0) continued their dominant weekend performance on Sunday with two decisive wins over Wake Forest, 4-1, and Chattanooga, 4-0, at Goodfriend Tennis Center.
 
 
Vols Shut Out Ole Miss to Advance in SEC Tournament
        
No. 7 seed Tennessee scored less than a minute into the game and never looked back in a 2-0 victory over No. 10 seed Ole Miss in the first round of the SEC Tournament on Monday afternoon in Orange Beach, Ala.
 
 
Hail Mary Lifts #11 Vols Past #25 Georgia, 34-31
        
Jauan Jennings caught a 43-yard touchdown heave from Joshua Dobbs as time expired to lift No. 11/11 Tennessee to a 34-31 comeback victory over No. 25/20 Georgia on Saturday at Sanford Stadium for the Vols' 11th-straight win.
 
Tennessee (5-0, 2-0 SEC) notched its fourth come-from-behind victory of the season and its first win over Georgia (3-2, 1-2 SEC) in Athens since 2006. UT has notched back-to-back wins over ranked opponents on consecutive Saturdays for the first time since 1995. Last week, UT recovered from a 21-0 deficit to defeat No. 19/16 Florida.
 
 
Dobbs Leads #14/12 Vols To 38-28 Comeback Win vs. #19/16 Florida
        
No. 14/12 Tennessee scored 38-straight points, Joshua Dobbs was responsible for five touchdowns and the Vols roared back in the second half to take a 38-28 victory over No. 19/16 Florida on Saturday before 102,455 fans at Neyland Stadium.
 
 
UT Falls To Auburn In WCWS Game 7, 4-2
        
Shaliyah Geathers and Cheyanne Tarango had big RBI hits late in the game but Tennessee's seventh Women's College World Series appearance concluded on Saturday with a 4-2 loss to Auburn in Game 7 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium-OGE Energy Field.
 
   
NO. 1 TENNESSEE PICKS UP WINS OVER NORTHERN COLORADO, GEORGIA SOUTHERN
        
No. 1 Tennessee saw its power bats come alive on Saturday in an 8-3 win over Northern Colorado followed by a 1-0 win over Georgia Southern in Day 2 of the Eagle Round Robin in Statesboro, Ga.
 
 
Vols Announce Class Of 2014
        
Head Coach Butch Jones
"Before I start off I would like to give many thanks to all the individuals who really helped today become a reality. There is so much that goes into assembling a recruiting class, a lot of behind the scenes individuals."
 
   
Tennessee Falls at Georgia Pool

 
The UT men (5-3, 3-1 SEC) lost 161.5-135.5 to the Bulldogs, while the Tennessee women (7-1, 3-1) lost their first meet of the season to defending NCAA champion Georgia 177.5-114.5,
 
   
Stokes' Big Day Not Enough In Loss At UK
        
Tennessee once again battled hard at Rupp Arena, but for the eighth year in a row, the Vols suffered a loss on Kentucky's home floor. On Saturday, Tennessee lost to the 13th-ranked Wildcats, 74-66, before 24,246.
 
 
VOLS SURGE PAST LSU ON ROAD, 68-50
        
A late first-half surge propelled the Tennessee Volunteers to a 68-50 victory over LSU to open Southeastern Conference play
 
 
VOLS CLOSE 2013 WITH 27-14 WIN AT UK
  

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Tennessee finished the 2013 on a winning note, posting a 27-14 victory at Kentucky. The Vols finish Butch Jones' first season at the helm with a 5-7 record overall and a 2-6 mark in the SEC.

  

  

JONES SALUTES VOL NATION
   
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Vol Nation as stayed tried and true to the Vols through the 2013 season which has been filled with ups and downs. Butch Jones made sure to point out he appreciates what he calls the 'best fans in America.'

   

 

2013 FALL SOFTBALL EXHIBITION SEASON RECAP
   
    
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Tennessee softball team recently wrapped its 2013 fall exhibition season. The Lady Vols went 8-0 in exhibition games with several of its younger stars enjoying standout performances.
   
   


   

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#7 AUBURN TOPS TENNESSEE, 55-23

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The Tigers' explosive attack on offense and special teams was on display all afternoon. Auburn piled up 479 yards of total offense and 312 return yards



VOLS DROP 31-3 DECISION AT #10 MIZZOU
        

  
COLUMBIA, Mo. -- Tennessee continued its gauntlet of a schedule, playing a ranked team for the sixth time in seven weeks as the Vols suffered a 31-3 loss at No. 10 Missouri on Saturday night at Faurot Field.

   

 

Henderson, William Champs At Tennessee Fall Invite
        
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Juniors Joanna Henderson and Caitlyn Williams swept the singles and doubles titles for the University of Tennessee women’s tennis team at the Tennessee Fall Invitational
   
   
VOLS FALL TO NO. 1 ALABAMA, 45-10
   
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- A week after knocking off No. 11 South Carolina, the Vols lost to the top team in the land, No. 1 Alabama, 45-10, before 101,821 at Bryant-Denny Stadium.
"We probably played our worst half of football that we have played all year," Tennessee head coach Butch Jones said...
   
   
READYING FOR RIVAL
   
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- With the thrills of the then #11 South Carolina victory in the distant past, Team 117 took to the practice field Tuesday with one goal: forget the past and win each week.
 
"First of all you shouldn't need any motivation," said Vols head coach Butch Jones. "You're playing the best of the best in the country. The next evolution of this football team is learning how to win on the road."


INCHES

        
  
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Football is a game of inches. After practice on Wednesday every member of the Vols was given an inch, literally. Head coach Butch Jones had rulers cut into inches and they were distributed to the players to emphasize the importance of each inch.
   
 
VOLS UPSET GAMECOCKS, 23-21
  
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee added another Brick to Butch Jones' Brick-By-Brick mantra by rallying to upset No. 11/9 South Carolina on Saturday afternoon, 23-21, at Neyland Stadium in front of 95,736.
 
   
BRINGING IT EVERY DAY
  
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The schedule may not have a game on Saturday, but the Vols are practicing like they do according to Butch Jones.
 
"You have to bring it every single day," said Jones. "It is energy in practice."
 
 
VOLS DROP OT HEARTBREAKER TO #6 UGA 34-31
   
KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee football team fell 34-31 in overtime to No. 6 Georgia in front of a sold-out crowd of 102,455 at Neyland Stadium on Saturday.
 
The Vols came up just short of upsetting their visiting opponent when Georgia sophomore Marshall Morgan connected a 42-yard field goal in overtime to give the Bulldogs the victory.
   
   
VOLS TOP SOUTH ALABAMA 31-24
  
KNOXVILLE - Tennessee moved to 3-2 on the season with a 31-24 victory over South Alabama on Saturday afternoon. Brian Randolph's interception in the final minutes secured the win.
   
   
TENNESSEE ROWING LAUNCHES COMPETITION SCHEDULE
   
With fall practices well under way and morning rows alongside the sunrise every morning, the rowing team announced their competitive racing schedule
   
 
VOLS DROP 31-17 DECISION AT #19 FLORIDA
  
GAINESVILLE, Fla. --
The Vols couldn't overcome four first-half turnovers and dropped a 31-17 decision to 19th-ranked Florida at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium before 90,074
   
   
THIS IS WHY YOU PLAY THE GAME
        
KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee football works year round to make themselves the best they can be. Offseason workouts. Spring practice. Fall Camp.
 
But it all comes down to 12 games.
 
Each game is important. But rivalries, well they are something else.
   
   
Ducks Soar Past Volunteers 59-14
        
EUGENE, Ore. - The Tennessee football team was gouged defensively in a 59-14 loss to the Oregon Ducks in Eugene, Ore., at Autzen Stadium in front of a sell-out crowd of 57,895, including 5,000 Vol fans, in UT's first road trip of its 2013 campaign.
   
   
Vol Report: Keeping It Moving
       
KNOXVILLE - Special teams are a key element to Butch Jones' practices.
 

Team 117 practices every aspect of special teams on a daily basis, from surprise game-winning field goals in the middle of drills, to coverage to punt returns and on and on.
   
   
VOLS DOWN APSU 45-0 TO OPEN BUTCH JONES ERA
     
Tn FootballKNOXVILLE - The football team opened up the Butch Jones era Saturday with the program's 800th win, trouncing Austin Peay State University, 45-0 in front of an opening night crowd of 97,169 at Neyland Stadium.
 
   
CAMP WRAPS UP, STILL NO QB
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- After the final day of fall camp the Vols' still have their biggest question mark still hovering in the air. Who will be under center when the Tennessee offense takes the field against Austin Peay?
   
   
VOLREPORT: TWO-A-DAY = PRODUCTIVE DAY
        
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- The Vols held their first scrimmage of training camp the same day of their first two-a-day practice.


Rise To The Challenge
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Three days into training camp, it is apparent that Butch Jones is challenging the Vols to play at a higher level each day.

   
   
Tennessee Softball: Chavanne Sparks USA Rally In 4-1 Win Over California A's
     
SURREY, Canada -- Raven Chavanne sparked a fourth-inning rally and Lauren Gibson had an RBI double to help Team USA to a 4-1 win over the California A's on Tuesday in the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship.
 
 
CHAVANNE, GIBSON NAMED TO 2013 USA SOFTBALL WOMEN’S NATIONAL TEAM
       
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Tennessee's Raven Chavanne and Lauren Gibson have been selected to the 18-player roster for the 2013 USA Softball Women's National Team, as announced by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softbal
   
 
Bailey Takes 19th In NCAA Championship Discus Competition
      
EUGENE, Ore. – The only Tennessee track & field performer on day three of the 2013 NCAA Outdoor Championships, sophomore thrower Tavis Bailey placed 19th in the men’s discus competition with a mark of 177-feet, 9-inches (54.18m) on Friday evening at historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
 
 
LEWIS LEADS LADY VOLS PAST HUSKIES 1-0
Tory Lewis ripped a single to centerfield driving in the game winning run on a seventh inning walk off as the Lady Vols remain perfect in the WCWS
       
OKLAHOMA CITY –A two-out walkoff single up the middle by Tory Lewis handed the University of Tennessee softball team the win over Washington on Saturday in Game 5 of the Women’s College World Series.
 
 
UT Defeats Alabama, 5-3
Lady Vols Punch Ticket to WCWS
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee and Alabama put on a quite a show in a nationally-televised matchup as the Lady Vols rallied from a three-run deficit to punch their sixth ticket the Women's College World Series with a 5-3 triumph over the Crimson Tide in front of a sold-out crowd.
 
 
SHIPMAN HOMERS, IVY RENFROE TOSSES ONE-HITTER AS UT DEFEATS NC STATE, 7-0, TO ADVANCE TO SUPER REGIONALS
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Madison Shipman had a two-run homer and drove in three and Ivy Renfroe fanned five over seven shutout innings as Tennessee punched its sixth trip to the NCAA Super Regionals with a 7-0 win over NC State on Sunday in Game 6 of the Knoxville Regional.
   
 
Tennessee Closes Out SEC Championships
       
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Tennessee track & field team collected seven top-five finishes to close out the final day of competition at the 2013 SEC Outdoor Championships in Columbia, Mo.
   
   
Underclassmen Throwers Lead UT on Day Three of SEC Championships
       
COLUMBIA, Mo. – Sophomore Matthew Hoty and freshman Cassie Wertman led Tennessee on the third day of competition at the SEC Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Walton Stadium in Columbia, Mo.
 
   
BOREN, SZEKELY TO COMPETE IN NCAA SINGLES/DOUBLES FIELD
The duo will compete in both the NCAA individual singles and doubles championship
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – In addition to the team earning a spot in the NCAA Championship as announced Tuesday, the University of Tennessee women’s tennis duo of Brynn Boren and Kata Szekely have earned spots in the NCAA singles and doubles championships.
 
 
Tennessee Softball: No. 2 UT Falls To No. 25 Arkansas, 2-1
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The No. 2 Tennessee softball team rallied late with a run in the seventh, but the Lady Vols came up just short in a 2-1 loss to No. 25 Arkansas on Friday at Sherri Parker Lee Stadium.

 

 

CHAVANNE HOMERS AS NO. 2 UT WINS, 9-1 (5), TO SWEEP OLE MISS
       
OXFORD, Miss. - Raven Chavanne went 3-for-4 with a two-run homer and Ellen Renfroe struck out five over five innings as No. 2 Tennessee defeated Ole Miss, 9-1, in five innings on Sunday to complete the series streak and extend its winning streak to 19 games
   
   
NO. 3 TENNESSEE SHUTS DOWN AUBURN, 6-0, TO SWEEP SERIES
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. --Madison Shipman drove in three runs, Kat Dotson went 3-for-4, Cheyanne Tarango and Melissa Davin homered and Ellen Renfroe struck out five over 5.2 shutout innings as No. 3 Tennessee defeated Auburn, 6-0, on Sunday to sweep the season series and extend UT's winning streak to 15 games.
 
 
GAFFIN HITS GRAND SLAM AS UT BEATS EKU, 8-0
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Rainey Gaffin smacked a grand slam and drove in five runs to back Ivy Renfoe's six-strikeout gem and lead No. 6/5 Tennessee to an 8-0, five-inning win over Eastern Kentucky on Wednesday at Lee Stadium.
 
 
NO. 6/7 LADY VOLS FALL TO NO. 3/3 FLORIDA, 5-3, IN EIGHT INNINGS
       
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Lauren Gibson had a homer and two RBIs to lead the Lady Vol attack, but Florida's Lauren Haeger hit a three-run blast in the sixth and a two-run shot in the eighth to carry the No. 3/3 Gators past No. 6/7 Tennessee, 5-3, on Sunday at Pressly Stadium.
   
   
NO. 8/10 LADY VOLS SCORE IN 6TH TO EDGE NO. 1/2 ALABAMA, 2-1
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Rainey Gaffin's pinch-hit RBI double in the sixth proved to be the difference in Saturday's pitchers' duel between Ivy Renfroe and Leslie Jury, lifting No. 8/10 Tennessee to a 2-1 win over No. 1/2 Alabama at Lee Stadium.
 
   
BIG ORANGE CONCLUDES ACTION IN THE BIG APPLE
 
NEW YORK – Competing in the 12th edition of the historic Armory Collegiate Invitational in New York City, the Vol track & field squad closed the nation’s biggest and best indoor meet by tying an elusive school record and posting five top-three finishes on Saturday at The Armory.
 
   
Stanford 73,  UT 60
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn.  -- Taking on the No. 1 team in the nation, just days after falling at the No. 3 team, the Lady Vols battled, but fell to undefeated Stanford, 73-60 at Thompson-Boling Arena on Sunday before 13,016.
   

   

Vols' OL Dallas Thomas Invited To 2013 Senior Bowl
       
MOBILE, Ala. -- Tennessee offensive lineman Dallas Thomas has been invited to the 2013 Senior Bowl. The All-American lineman will be the 119th Vol to play in the prestigious game on Jan. 26, 2013 in Mobile, Ala.

    

   

VOLS SEND SENIORS OUT WITH 37-17 WIN OVER KENTUCKY
 
KNOXVILLE - Tennessee said goodbye to its seniors with a 37-17 victory over Kentucky on Saturday afternoon.
 
Its offense, the brightest spot in an otherwise difficult season, again led the way behind quarterback Tyler Bray and a slew of skill players.
 
Tight end Mychal Rivera, and receivers Cordarrelle Patterson, Justin Hunter and Zach Rogers all caught touchdown passes in the final game of Tennessee's 5-7 season.

  

   

VOLS FALL AT VANDERBILT, 41-18
DEREK DOOLEY WILL NOT RETURN AS VOLS’ HEAD COACH
       
NASHVILLE - Tennessee's offense never got going, and the Vols fell to Vanderbilt, 41-18, on Saturday night in Vanderbilt Stadium.
After averaging 37 points a game through its first 10 games of the season, Tennessee struggled to find a rhythm offensively.

  

 


TYLER BRAY LIFTS VOLS TO 55-48 HOMECOMING WIN OVER TROY
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - On Saturday afternoon, Tyler Bray threw for more yards than anyone who's ever worn a Tennessee uniform.
Turns out the Vols needed almost every single one to escape with a 55-48 victory over Troy on Homecoming in Neyland Stadium.

  

   

CHAMPIONS AGAIN: SZEKELY, BOREN REPEAT
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On the final day of the Lady Vol Classic, University of Tennessee women’s tennis players Kata Szekely and Brynn Boren earned the doubles championship title with Szekely capturing the singles crown for the second week in a row.

  

   

VOLS LOSE 44-13 TO NO. 1 ALABAMA
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – For the first 30 minutes in a sold-out Neyland Stadium on Saturday night, Tennessee played No. 1 Alabama as well as any team has all season.
 
But the Crimson Tide proved too much in the second half, scoring 21 unanswered points to pull away for a 44-13 victory over the Vols.

  

  

VOLS’ COMEBACK COMES UP SHORT AT NO. 5 GEORGIA, 51-44
       
ATHENS, Ga. - Tennessee's afternoon in Sanford Stadium began with a 17-point deficit. It ended with turnovers on its last three possessions. But in between, the Vols showed plenty of resolve in pushing No. 5 Georgia to the brink before falling, 51-44, on Saturday.



VOLS ZAP ZIPS, 47-26
       
KNOXVILLE - Tennessee didn't have much trouble moving the ball against Akron on Saturday night in Neyland Stadium. It didn't have much trouble slowing down the Zips' passing attack, either.
But finding a comfortable margin on the scoreboard took the better part of three quarters before the Vols pulled away for a 47-26 victory in their last game before facing four straight ranked SEC opponents.

 

 

NO. 23 VOLS FALL TO 18TH-RANKED FLORIDA, 37-20
       
KNOXVILLE - During its 2-0 start to the season, No. 23 Tennessee made a habit of scoring points in a flash.
Against No. 18 Florida on Saturday night, its fortunes changed just as quickly.
The Gators (3-0, 2-0 SEC) dealt the Vols a couple of body blows in the third quarter and pulled away to win their eighth consecutive game in the series, 37-20, in front of a sold-out Neyland Stadium.

  

    

VOLS SPRINT TO 51-13 WIN IN HOME OPENER OVER GEORGIA STATE
       
KNOXVILLE - Tennessee's first possession inside Neyland Stadium this season lasted 13 plays, covered 78 yards and ended with a trip to the checkerboard end zone.
 
But for the rest of the Vols' 51-13 victory over Georgia State on Saturday afternoon, that opening drive proved an anomaly.
 
For the better part of three quarters, the Vols - now 2-0 heading into next week's SEC opener against Florida (TV: ESPN, 6 p.m. ET) - looked like they were caught in one long two-minute drill.

  

  

VOLS ROLL NC STATE, 35-21, IN OPENER
       
ATLANTA - Tennessee's 2012 season got off to an impressive start. The same could be said for wide receiver Cordarelle Patterson's career. And Sal Sunseri's defense.
 
The Vols rolled up more than 500 yards of total offense and dispatched NC State 35-21 in front of 55,529 in the Georgia Dome on Friday night in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff

 


UT Ranked 13th In Preseason Poll
Lady Vols Earn Seventh-Straight Top-25 Preseason Ranking
       
The Tennessee women's golf team enters the 2012-13 season ranked 13th in Golf World/NGCA Division I College Women's Preseason Coaches' Poll. The Lady Vols, receiving 272 points, are one of 10 SEC teams in the top 25. UT has been ranked in the top 25 preseason poll for seven consecutive seasons.

 

  

WORKMANLIKE APPROACH
       
KNOXVILLE - The Vols put the pads on for the first time Sunday afternoon, which head coach Derek Dooley saw as a welcome challenge for his squad.
 
Because of the heat at Haslam Field and the additional weight being hauled around by each player, Dooley was quick to point out that the first day in pads is always one of the toughest, but it also allows him and his staff to stress the importance of being mentally prepared each and every day.

   

   

17 UT SWIMMERS DEPART FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS
       
Seventeen current or former Tennessee swimmers will compete for positions on Team USA beginning Monday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb.

   

   

THREE UT DIVERS SET FOR OLYMPIC TRIALS
       
Three divers with University of Tennessee ties will compete this week at the U.S. Olympic Diving Trials in Federal Way, Wash., for an opportunity to represent the United States at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

 

   

No. 5 Tennessee Takes Opening Game of Super Regionals, 3-2 Over Georgia
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – On a blisteringly hot Saturday afternoon in front of 1,822 Orange-clad fans at the sold out Lee Softball Stadium, the #5 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (51-11) climbed ever closer to a berth in the annual Women’s College World Series by taking the opener of the NCAA Knoxville Super Regional from #11 Georgia (44-16), 3-2.

   

   

Pat Summitt Named Head Coach Emeritus
College basketball all-time wins leader won 1,098 games at UT; Warlick named head coach
       
NOXVILLE, Tenn. - The University of Tennessee announced today that head women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, the all-time wins leader among NCAA basketball coaches, has been named head coach emeritus following 38 seasons (1974-2012) and 1,098 victories at Tennessee.

   

   

FINISHING STRONG
Tennessee Looking To Get Most Out Of Last Week Of Spring
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - As the Tennessee football team approached the final week of spring practice, it could see the light at the end of the tunnel. But rather than focusing on the end, the Vols are zoned in on the process of getting there.

 

   

LADY VOL TENNIS TO OPEN SEC TOURNEY vs. AUBURN
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The eighth-seeded Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team will face ninth-seeded Auburn in the opening round of the SEC Tournament at 7 p.m. ET on Thursday, April 19, in Oxford, Miss

 

   

Tennessee Striving To Be The ‘Best’ This Spring
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee football program has been considered the `best' in the nation five times and the `best' in the SEC on 13 occasions.

   

   

V4 SHINES AT MICHIGAN
The Lady Vols V4+ shell was the star again, earning a silver and bronze medal at Michigan on Saturday.
       
UT’s first varsity four finished more than six seconds ahead of the Wolverine’s shell, crossing the finish line in 7 minutes 44 seconds in the morning session and finishing second behind Ohio State.

 

   

RUSHING TO IMPROVE
Tennessee’s Running Game Showed Signs Of Progress In First Scrimmage
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - One of the main focal points heading into Tennessee's 2012 spring was to improve the running game.
The results so far have been favorable for the Vols, evidenced by their performance on the ground during last Friday's scrimmage.

   

   

Lady Vol Tennis Wins 21st Straight Over Auburn, 4-3
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Despite finishing with just two tandems in doubles and four players in singles, the 22nd-ranked Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team overcame injuries and picked up its second consecutive win, defeating Auburn, 4-3...

   

   

A CHANCE TO BE ‘SPECIAL’
Linebacker A.J. Johnson Looking To Improve On Impressive Freshman Season
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Sophomore linebacker A.J. Johnson can show up and be a good football player. Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley said as much after Tuesday's practice at Haslam Field.

It's the unknown possibilities that lie ahead of Johnson that has those around the program excited.

   

   

VOLS WRAP UP DAY 1 OF NCAAS
Sterling Receives NCAA Elite 89 Award
       
Tennessee senior Ryan Helms earned honorable mention All-America honors on the 1-meter springboard and the Vols’ 400-yard medley relay team did the same Thursday to start the NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash.

   

   

Vols Outlast FIU in 11 Innings, 4-3
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Senior Zach Osborne scored from third on a high chopper to first by freshman Jake Rowland in the bottom of the 11th inning as Tennessee outlasted FIU, 4-3, on Wednesday night at Lindsey Nelson Stadium

 

   

#9 TENNESSEE SOFTBALL REBOUNDS FROM LOSS TO TAKE SERIES AT ARKANSAS, 2-0

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – On Sunday afternoon at Bogle Park in Fayetteville, Ark., the #9 Tennessee Lady Vol softball squad (19-6, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) got a solo HR from junior second baseman Lauren Gibson, a RBI triple from junior right fielder Kat Dotson and another three-hit shutout from sophomore pitcher Ellen Renfroe in topping Arkansas (18-9, 2-6 SEC), 2-0.

   

   

WILLIAMS, MORGAN LEAD VOLS TO 3-0 SHUTOUT AT NO. 19 GEORGIA
       
ATHENS, Ga. – Sophomore Nick Williams fired six shutout innings in his first career start and Davis Morgan launched his first home run of the year as Tennessee shutout No. 19 Georgia, 3-0, to give head coach Dave Serrano his 300th career win and first SEC victory on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Foley Field.

   

   

VOLS DROP 3-2 DECISION TO INDIANA
Final Match Play Contest Tuesday Against Oklahoma State; Winner Claims Seventh Place
       
Tennessee’s solace for losing in Monday’s consolation bracket at the Callaway Collegiate Match Play Championship round is no consolation at all.

 

   

ROWING DOMINATES AFTERNOON AT OAK RIDGE INVITATIONAL
       
OAK RIDGE, Tenn. – The Lady Vols rowing team overcame an early rain delay to finish day one of the Oak Ridge Invitational strong, winning their last five races on Melton Hill Lake.
 
“Today was great racing for everyone,” head coach Lisa Glenn said. “To start the day off facing the No. 1 team (Virginia) in the country was definitely a good test for us. From the morning to the afternoon, we were able to make some necessary adjustments in a few of our boats and emerged stronger because of it.”

 

   

Tennesse Wins SEC Tournament Championship
2012 SEC Women's Basketball Tournament Championship Game: Tennessee 70, LSU 58
       
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Glory Johnson had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Shekinna Stricklen added 16 points as No. 13 Tennessee beat LSU 70-58 on Sunday to win a third-straight Southeastern Conference tournament title.

   

   

Lady Vols Finish Second at Memorable 2012 SEC Championships
By Todd Mounce
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The University of Tennessee Lad Vol swimming & diving team won’t soon forget the 2012 Southeastern Conference Swimming & Diving Championships, as the squad put on its best showing in over 20 years to claim second in its home pool at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

 

Gibson Blasts Grand Slam as #7 Tennessee tops Illinois, 10-7
       
AUSTIN, Texas – Led by a season-best 12-hit offensive attack, the #7 Tennessee Lady Vol softball team (6-1) fought off a stern challenge from Illinois to win a 10-7 slugfest on a cold and rainy Friday in Time Warner Invitational action at McCombs Field in Austin, Texas.

  

  

#10 LADY VOL TENNIS BUILDS LEAD, WINS AT #64 OHIO STATE, 4-3
Tennessee Jumps Out To 4-0 Advantage To Win Eighth In Last Nine
 
COLUMBUS, Ohio - The 10th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team tallied the first four points to clinch its eighth win in nine tries, defeating No. 64 Ohio State, 4-3, on Sunday afternoon at the Varsity Tennis Center. 

   

   

#17 LADY VOL TENNIS CRUSHES #24 NOTRE DAME, 6-1
UT Sweeps Doubles, Gains Confidence, Rolls To 6-0 Lead
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The 17th-ranked Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team put on a dominating performance, rolling No. 24 Notre Dame, 6-1, for its third consecutive win after opening the season 0-2.

   

     

Lady Vols Win Nine Events but Fall to Georgia, 169-131
By Todd Mounce
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Despite taking first in two more events than top-ranked Georgia, the 14th-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team came up a bit short on Saturday afternoon, as the Lady Bulldogs prevailed by a score of 169-131 at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.

     

   

VOLS NAME SAL SUNSERI DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR
Alabama assistant head coach experienced two national titles with Crimson Tide,
Super Bowl appearance with Carolina Panthers

       
University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley announced Friday that the Vols have hired Sal Sunseri as defensive coordinator.

   

     

VOLS NAME SAM PITTMAN OFFENSIVE LINE COACH
Coaching veteran spent last five seasons on North Carolina staff
       
University of Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley announced Thursday that the Vols have hired Sam Pittman as offensive line coach. Pittman, who has spent the last five years at the University of North Carolina staff from 2007-11 in charge of the offensive line, was named associate head coach before the 2011 season.

   

     

Austin Johnson Set For College All-Star Game
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Tennessee linebacker Austin Johnson will be playing in the Casino Del Sol All-Star Game in Tucson, Ariz., on Jan. 16 at Kino Stadium.

   

   

Poole To Play In East-West Shrine Game
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee tailback Tauren Poole will be playing in the 2012 East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 21, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla. Poole is the 43rd Volunteer to be selected to the game.

 

   

UT’s Lamp Takes Platform Crown at Georgia Diving Invitational
By Todd Mounce
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee redshirt sophomore diver Tori Lamp bettered her runner-up performance yesterday on the 3-meter boards with a victory on the platform on the final day of the Georgia Diving Invitational held at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.

   

   

HELMS PLACES THIRD ON PLATFORM AT UGA
       
Tennessee junior Ryan Helms took third place in the platform competition Thursday in the final afternoon of competition at the Georgia Diving Invitational in Athens, Ga.

   

   

STRONG FINISH GIVES HELMS SECOND ON 1-METER SPRINGBOARD
       
Tennessee senior Ryan Helms recorded the highest score in the finals to vault to second in the 1-meter springboard Wednesday at the Georgia Diving Invitational in Athens, Ga.

 

 

Three Lady Vols Shine on Day Two of Georgia Diving Invite
By Todd Mounce
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – All three of the Tennessee Lady Vol divers who were in action Wednesday fared well on the 3-meter boards, as Tori Lamp, Gabrielle Trudeau and Jodie McGroarty claimed top five finishes at the Georgia Diving Invitational held at Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga.

 

   

LADY VOL TENNIS RANKED 18TH TO OPEN 2012 SEASON
Three Individuals Ranked In Singles, Two Duos In Doubles
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - The Tennessee Lady Vol tennis team will open the 2012 spring season ranked 18th nationally by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA)...

   

   

Vols head coach Derek Dooley met with the media

     

"I know you wanted to visit with me about a few issues and I certainly wanted to come speak on a couple of things just to clear up some of the confusion, so what I'd like to do is kind of start with some of these high-item issues that have been floating out there and at least clear them up."

   

   

TENNESSEE FOOTBALL 2012 SCHEDULE RELEASED
Vols to host Florida, Alabama, Missouri among slate of seven home games
       
The University of Tennessee announced the football schedule for the 2012 season, with the Vols slated to host seven games at Neyland Stadium next fall.

 

 

Lamp Punches Ticket to Olympic Trials With Fifth-Place Finish
 
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – University of Tennessee diver Tori Lamp accomplished what she set out to do Sunday, grabbing fifth in the 10-meter platform finals at the USA Diving Winter Nationals at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

 

 

UT’s Lamp Earns Sixth in Platform Quarterfinals, Earns Spot in Semis
The Knoxville native will compete tomorrow morning at the USA Winter Nationals
By Todd Mounce

       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - University of Tennessee redshirt sophomore Tori Lamp notched a spot in the platform semifinals after placing sixth in Saturday’s quarterfinals at the USA Diving Winter Nationals at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

 

   

USA Diving Winter National Championships and World Cup Trials Coming to Knoxville
The nation’s best divers will compete at the University of Tennessee from December 15-22
       
INDIANAPOLIS – The nation’s best divers are coming to Knoxville. The USA Diving Winter National Championships and World Cup Trials will be held December 15-22, 2011 at the University of Tennessee’s Allan Jones Aquatic Center.

 

   

Vols' Johnson, Randolph Named Yahoo! Freshman All-Americans
       
Tennessee freshmen A.J. Johnson and Brian Randolph were named to the Yahoo! Sports Freshman All-America Team on Monday. Johnson earned first-team honors while Randolph made the second team.

   

   

GRAHAM JOINS TENNESSEE COACHING STAFF
Vols letterman returns to alma mater to coach running backs
       
Tennessee head football coach Derek Dooley announced today the addition of Vols letterman Jay Graham to the Tennessee coaching staff as the running backs coach.  Graham, most recently the running backs/tight ends coach at South Carolina...

 

 

The Meaning of Thanksgiving
     

For thousands living in Knoxville, there is no home. And without a home, celebrating Thanksgiving gets complicated. On Sunday night, though around 100 local homeless got to celebrate the holiday with Tennessee student-athletes at the Varsity Inn inside Gibbs Hall.
   
“This is such a wonderful opportunity,” senior diver Gabrielle Trudeau said. “It’s getting colder outside, and it’s great to be able to offer these people a break, a warm meal and some new clothes.”

    

     

STAYING FOCUSED
Vols Face Same Must-Win Situation For Second Straight Week
       
KNOXVILLE - Tennessee might be winding down its final week of regular-season practice, but the mentality has remained on winning Saturday to keep the season alive.

   

   

UT’s Molly Hannis Earns SEC Honors, Named Freshman of the Week
By Todd Mounce
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – For the second time this season, the Southeastern Conference announced Monday that Tennessee Lady Vol swimmer Molly Hannis has been selected as the league’s Freshman of the Week.

   

   

DALLAS DEVELOPING
Freshman Wide Receiver Embracing Opportunity
       
KNOXVILLE - It’s no secret that Tennessee has relied heavily on its true freshmen this season, playing the third-most of any school in the FBS (16).

 

   

KENTUCKY WEEK
Tennessee Locked In On Final Regular-Season Game
       
KNOXVILLE - For the second consecutive season, Tennessee will head into its final game of the season needing a sixth win to secure bowl eligibility.
And for the second straight year, all the Vols will be worried about is the opponent at hand, Kentucky.

JACKSON, MAGGITT EARN SEC HONORS
First UT Duo To Be Honored By SEC In Same Week Since 2007
       
KNOXVILLE - For just the 11th time in school history, multiple players were found on the SEC’s Players of the Week list. Senior DL Malik Jackson earned SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, while freshman LB Curt Maggitt was awarded SEC Freshman of the Week honors, the league office announced Monday.

   

   

Vols Rally for OT Win, 27-21
BY DREW EDWARDS
       
KNOXVILLE -- Twice last season, Tennessee celebrated in vain. First at LSU, then in the Music City Bowl against North Carolina, joy turned into gut-punch losses.
On Saturday night in Neyland Stadium, Tennessee celebrated in the south end zone, only to have it interrupted for an official review.

Lady Vol  Swimming & Diving Finishes Tennessee Invite in Second
By Amanda Pruitt
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Behind multiple finalists in three races and a trio NCAA B-cut times Friday, the ninth-ranked Lady Vols remained second to finish the Tennessee Invitational at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

 

   

ROBLES SCORES HISTORIC DEBUT IN PLATFORM
VOLS FINISH THIRD IN TENNESSEE INVITATIONAL
       
Freshman Mauricio Robles’ collegiate debut in platform diving Friday was nothing short of historic.
   
Robles became the second Vol ever to score more than 400 points in the platform diving event, winning the contest with a 404.00 total as the Vols finished third of five schools in the team standings in the Tennessee Invitational.

   

   

SLATER, HENAHAN WIN ON SECOND DAY OF INVITE
       
Swimming victories by a freshman and a senior highlighted Thursday’s competition at the Tennessee Invitational as the Vols finished the second day in third place at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

 

 

EDUCATING BRAY
Sophomore Quarterback Progressed Mentally During Injury
       
KNOXVILLE - While Tyler Bray was sidelined for five weeks with a broken thumb, the Tennessee sophomore quarterback used that time gain more experience in the film room while he was limited from physically throwing the football.
   
   
Lady Vol Swimming & Diving in Second After Day One of UT Invite
By Todd Mounce
       
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – The ninth-ranked University of Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team saved its best performance for last, as the 400y medley relay team recorded a runner-up finish in the final event of day one of the Tennessee Invitational at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

   

   

DUO WINS DICK VITALE TOURNEY: IT’S AWESOME, BABY!
Boren & Toti Win Dick Vitale Clay Court Classic Doubles Championship
       
LAKEWOOD RANCH, Fla.- Sophomore Brynn Boren and freshman Sarah Toti, the top-seeded tandem at the Dick Vitale Intercollegiate Clay Court Classic, won the tournament’s doubles championship Sunday at the Lakewood Ranch Golf & Country Club to cap a strong fall for the Lady Vol tennis program.

 

TENNESSEE-ARKANSAS FOOTBALL POSTGAME QUOTES
       
Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley :

“Give Arkansas a lot of credit. They put it to us. Not much you can say after a game like that. Very disappointing in how it ended, but we missed a lot of opportunities. "

 

IN THE HUDDLE
Worley’s Confidence Grows In Leading UT Offense
       
KNOXVILLE - As Tennessee prepares for its third game with freshman quarterback Justin Worley leading the huddle, his confidence in the 11-man circle is growing.
Not only has Worley’s confidence bolstered, but the confidence in him from the other 10 players in the huddle has shot up as well.

 

 

Vols Shut Out MTSU on Homecoming
BY DREW EDWARDS
       
KNOXVILLE -- Heading into Saturday's homecoming game against Middle Tennessee State, Tennessee hadn't made a visit to the end zone -- checkerboard or otherwise -- in more than two games.

The Vols snapped a 10-quarter touchdown drought on their second possession and kept on scoring, defeating the Blue Raiders 24-0 Saturday night in Neyland Stadium.

 

 

HUNTER STAYS POSITIVE
Sophomore WR Doesn’t Let Injury Keep Him From Improving
       
KNOXVILLE - Being on crutches hasn’t prevented Tennessee sophomore wide receiver Justin Hunter from being a part of the team or becoming a better player.
 
Hunter, who underwent surgery in September to repair a torn ACL in his left knee suffered at Florida, has tried to maintain a positive mindset, not only to help himself, but his teammates as well.

  

   

Tennessee-South Carolina Postgame Notes
       
"We fought them hard, but we are just a mess on offense. We can't run it, we struggled to throw it. We had the ball twice in the red area and we turned the ball over. I don't know what else you can do defensively. We didn't stop the run very well in the second half, that's for sure. They went on a 99-yard drive. For the most part we just couldn't get anything going on offense. It was a real struggle. Give them a lot of credit. It's tough and we have to move on."

   

   

ROGERS IN TOUCH WITH HIS CHI
Yoga Classes Help Sophomore WR Stay Positive
       
KNOXVILLE - Everyone copes with adversity differently. For Tennessee sophomore wide receiver Da’Rick Rogers, the method of choice is yoga.
“I’ve really been going in there (yoga class) and getting in touch with my Chi, trying to keep everything level-headed,” Rogers said. “I think I’ve been doing a good job. I’m really just trying to stay positive. I feel like it’s just for the better of our team.”

 

 

TRADING SPACES
Alex Bullard To Start At Center, James Stone To Guard
       
KNOXVILLE - When Tennessee faces Alabama on Saturday, it will also be facing another change in the center of the offense. Sophomore Alex Bullard, who has started the first six games at left guard for the Vols, will switch places with sophomore James Stone and be responsible for snapping the ball to quarterback Matt Simms this weekend.

   

   

IN SIMMS WE TRUST
Senior Quarterback Takes First-Team Reps In Prep For Saturday
       
KNOXVILLE - Tennessee will have a different, but familiar look under center when the Vols take the field Saturday at Neyland Stadium. Senior Matt Simms will replace the injured Tyler Bray, who suffered a fractured right thumb, at quarterback.
 
“I’m glad we have Matt and we don’t have to shift with someone with no experience or no command of the offense,” head coach Derek Dooley said of Simms

  

   

PLUSKOTA/HENDERSON FALL IN ITA CONSOLATION SEMIS, 8-6
       
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - Following a competitive showing at the Riviera/ITA All-American Championships, the Lady Vols tennis team finished Saturday as senior Natalie Pluskota and freshman Joanna Henderson lost, 8-6, to No. 9 Lindsey Hardenbergh and Erin Vierra of Virginia in the semifinals of the doubles main consolation draw at the Riviera Tennis Center.

   

   

Vols Fall Short Against Georgia, 20-12
BY DREW EDWARDS
       
KNOXVILLE -- For much of the season, Tennessee coach Derek Dooley bemoaned his team's tendency to give up one or two costly plays.
Unfortunately for the Vols, that trend continued in a 20-12 loss to Georgia in front of 102,455 fans in Neyland Stadium on Saturday night.
After finishing the first half tied, the Vols surrendered 14 unanswered points in the third quarter and couldn't catch back up.

   

   

GEORGIA WEEK
Vols Face Bulldogs Saturday At 7 p.m. ET On ESPN2.
       
KNOXVILLE - When two teams play annually, it’s easy to look at the series’ recent history in anticipation of the next meeting. Tennessee however, isn’t looking for retaliation for last year’s loss to Georgia.

 

   

TENNIS SWEEPS DAY ONE OF ITA QUALIFIERS
Boren and Pluskota Each One Win Away From Main Draw Berth
       
PACIFIC PALISADES, Calif. - Led by sophomore Brynn Boren’s pair of singles wins and one doubles win, the Tennessee women’s tennis swept through its first day (5-0) of the Riviera/ITA All-American Championship qualifiers Tuesday at the Riviera Country Club.

   

   

ARNETT’S OPPORTUNITY
Freshman WR Making Most Of Increased Playing Time
       
KNOXVILLE - While Tennessee sophomores Tyler Bray and Da’Rick Rogers are garnering plenty of attention - and rightfully so - freshman wide receiver DeAnthony Arnett has quietly made the most of his playing time so far.

   

    

Vols Roll Past Buffalo, 41-10
BY DREW EDWARDS
       
KNOXVILLE -- Tennessee's week of rest didn't derail its offense.
Quarterback Tyler Bray and receiver Da'Rick Rogers kept the SEC's best passing offense on track, and the Vols gained 531 yards of total offense in a 41-10 victory over Buffalo on Saturday in front of 87,758 at Neyland Stadium.

"Now we turn our attention to what lies ahead," UT coach Derek Dooley said.

   

   

Tennessee Swimming and Diving Tops UNCW in Opening Dual Meet
The Lady Vols won 14 events against the Seahawks
By Todd Mounce

       
“It was great to get the season started,” Lady Vol head coach Matt Kredich said. “This was the earliest that we have competed since I have been here and I really like swimming a meet this early. It really gave us a chance to focus on some specific things that are difficult to focus on until you get into a meet.”

   

   

VOLS SPLIT SQUADS FOR ALL-AMERICAN, GEORGIA TECH INVITE
       
For this second week in a row, the Tennessee Volunteers are heading to a pair of tennis tournaments over the weekend.

   

   

TOP-10 VOLS PLAY IN CAROLINA
Two-Day Duke Tournament UT’s Second Fall Test
BY JOHN PAINTER

       
Early-season golf rankings can be volatile, but Tennessee's stock is rising as the Vols prepare for their second tournament of the fall season.
UT enters this weekend’s Rod Myers Invitational in Durham, N.C., ranked as high as fifth by Golfstat.com, and no worse than 19th in the latest Golf World Division I College Coaches’ Poll. The Vols also are seventh in this week’s Golfweek/Sagarin Ratings.

   

   

WHAT’S THE RACKET?
Lady Vols Finish Week Strong After ‘Sluggish’ Start
       
KNOXVILLE - After one weekend of individual play, the Tennessee women’s tennis team already has a lot to build upon. But it also has a lot to build to reach the goals it wants to accomplish in 2011-12.
“It gives all of us a better idea of the things we have to work on,” co-head coach Sonia Hahn-Patrick said. “There’s nothing that substitutes match play."

    

TENNESSEE LANDS SEVEN ON 1A ACADEMIC LIST
       
Seven former Tennessee student-athletes who graduated in the past year have been selected inaugural recipients of the 1A Faculty Athletics Representatives Academic Excellence Award.
   
Holly Kane, Jena Murphy and Phoebe Wright were named from the UT track and field team, joining soccer’s Molly Delk, softball’s Tiffany Huff and swimming and diving’s Jill Pierce. Geoff Sanders of swimming and diving was chosen as the lone Tennessee male athlete.

   

    

Lady Vol Swimming Opens Season at UNC-Wilmington
        
The Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team will open its 2011-12 campaign on the road in Wilmington, N.C., for a pair of weekend meets.

    

     

MEET MAGGITT
Freshman Starting Linebacker Talks About Adjustment To UT
       
KNOXVILLE - Adapting from high school to college is tough for any student-athlete. Luckily for Tennessee, it has a freshman linebacker that rolls with the punches.
 
“The one thing he does is he plays with incredible energy,” head coach Derek Dooley said of Curt Maggitt. “He plays with incredible toughness, effort, spirit and he’s a big guy. When you add all that up, you can get by with making mistakes.

RECEIVING THE CHALLENGE
Opportunities Arise For Young Receiving Corps
       
KNOXVILLE - Tennessee was defeated for the first time this season Saturday at Florida, but its biggest loss came on the Vols’ third offensive play when sophomore wide receiver Justin Hunter suffered a torn ACL in his left knee that will keep him out for the remainder of 2011.

   

   

TENNESSEE  23
 #16/17 FLORIDA 33

More Young Wideouts Emerging   
   
• Freshman wideout D’Anthony Arnett stepped up in a big way, leading Tennessee with a team-high eight catches for 59 yards.
• Fellow first-year Vol Vincent Dallas and sophomore Matt Milton also recorded their first career catches, with grabs of six and 12 yards.
• Junior tight end Mychal Rivera recorded a career-high 71 yards receiving and tallied his first touchdown catch in the fourth quarter. His five catches were one shy of his personal best set of six last Saturday vs. Cincinnati.

   

   

ROAD READY
UT Ready To Pick Up First Scars
       
KNOXVILLE - After an opening two-game home schedule, Tennessee is preparing to get its first road experience in Gainesville this Saturday when the Vols open SEC play against the Gators. Or as head coach Derek Dooley sees it, the Vols will get their first ‘scars.’

   

   

Bray's Career Day Powers Vols UT 45, Cincy 23
DREW EDWARDS
      
KNOXVILLE - There are plenty of words that would fit Tennessee's passing game in its 45-23 victory over Cincinnati. Wide receiver Da'Rick Rogers thinks he knows the best one.

   

   

HUNTER’S POTENTIAL ‘SCARY’
Vols Polish Up Saturday’s Gameplan
       
KNOXVILLE - With more than a month to spare before Halloween, Tennessee sophomore wide receiver Justin Hunter is doing his best to scare people.
But he’s not using a costume. He’s displaying potential, instead. Hunter put on a dazzling performance in UT’s season-opener against Montana with career-highs of six receptions and 146 yards, while finding the end zone once.

   

   

VOLS OPEN FALL SLATE

     

Tennessee head coach Jim Kelson figures if Augusta National makes for a perfect start to professional golf’s major calendar, it only makes sense his Vols open their season each year with the collegiate version of the same caliber.

    

     

LADY VOLS TRAVEL TO VIRGINIA TECH FOR WEEKEND TOURNAMENT

      

The Tennessee Lady Volunteers begin their final early-season volleyball tournament this weekend as they travel to Blacksburg, Va., for the Virginia Tech Invitational.

    

     

FORGIVING FIELD

   

“The field was good today because of the work we did this summer on the fields,” head coach Derek Dooley said. “There’s been a lot of rain. We’ve gotten two outdoor practices with wet-ball work which we needed. It’s good to see that. The fields’ guys are doing a heck of a job. We had a good practice today and we have to polish it up tomorrow.”

   

   

TENNESSEE NAMES DAVE HART VICE CHANCELLOR AND DIRECTOR OF ATHLETICS
       
The University of Tennessee today named Dave Hart as the school’s vice chancellor and director of athletics. Hart, who was the director of athletics at Florida State University for 12 years (1995-2007), currently serves as the Executive Director of Athletics at the University of Alabama, where he leads the day-to-day operations of the department.

   

   

LABOR DAY
Vols Off Monday, Look Ahead To Game Two

     

“After watching the film, some big-picture items I was really pleased with,” head coach Derek Dooley said. “First of all, how we managed the adversity that hit us with the lightning starting out. I thought our team did a great job in the locker room, especially given the anxiety of a first game. There was so much anticipation to that moment, and then all of a sudden it’s like, ‘We can’t go.’ I was worried a little bit, but we did a good job. “

   

     

Tennessee 42 - Montana 16

Team Quotes

        

Tennessee Head Coach Derek Dooley
(Opening statement)
“Let me start by giving Montana a lot of credit. That is a good football team. We knew it coming in here. They whipped us at the line of scrimmage the whole game. That is a real tribute to them. They are a veteran team with some big physical guys, and we did not run (the ball) the way it needed to be run. So, we need a little improvement there but we did make some big plays in the throwing game which stretched the game out a little bit early. That was good.”

   

   

Vols Slated To Start 14 Underclassmen Saturday

   

KNOXVILLE - With exponential talent and a fast learning curve comes the opportunity to play early in your collegiate football career. With early opportunity comes frequent mistakes. But that’s OK to the Tennessee coaching staff, as long as they aren’t repetitive ones.

   

   

MENTAL SWEAT
Vols Workout The Brain, Inch Closer To Saturday

   

KNOXVILLE - Tennessee continued its week one preparations for Montana on Tuesday morning at Haslam Field with another solid day of practice, specifically working with third-down and red area situations. While the Vols got bigger physically throughout the off-season, the focus has shifted to training the brain as well.

   

   

MONEY IN THE BANK
Vols Invest In First Game Week Of 2011 Season
       
KNOXVILLE - Tennessee began ‘depositing’ its preparations Monday at Haslam Field for the 2011 season opener Saturday against Montana. Much like a bank account, the Vols are trying to invest enough to shop -- for a win.
   
“We have a lot of new guys,” head coach Derek Dooley. “We have to teach them what it means to prepare. I equated it to every day depositing money in your bank account. Every day, the investment that you put in physically and the investment you put in mentally is a deposit. On game day, you withdraw it all. The more you deposit during the week, the more money you’re going to have on game day to play well. Today, we put a pretty good deposit in and we’ll see if we can keep going all week.”

   

   

Tennessee’s game notes for Saturday’s (Sept. 3) contest vs. Montana
   

Saturday's game is the first-ever meeting between Tennessee and Montana, as well as the Vols' initial meeting against any member of the currently constructed Big Sky conference.

   

   

LADY VOLS RALLY IN 2011 OPENER
     

“We expect to maybe play a little uneven here at the beginning of the season, but I was very excited about how mature they played on the court, how organized they were and how they played the big points today,” Tennessee head coach Rob Patrick said. “We were able to turn around some patches of play that were inconsistent and pulled out the victory.”

   

   

MOCK GAME LOOMS

Vols ‘Spirited’ As End Of Fall Camp Nears

     

“We had a really good, spirited practice and finished early,” head coach Derek Dooley said. “(We had) good tempo and a lot of plays being made on both sides of the ball so that was always encouraging. We end it with a mock game tomorrow which is really more game administration than it is practice. I’m real pleased with how we’re finishing up and I know everybody is going to be excited to get to game week.”

   

   

LITTLE VISITS, BIG IMPACT
Former All-American Linebacker Speaks To Team
   

“We had Leonard Little today, which it’s always good to have former greats come back,” head coach Derek Dooley said. “He had a good message to the team about finishing every play in practice and working hard. It was a message we need because we’re not there yet. We were a little sluggish today.”

  

   

VOL REPORT: SUNDAY NOTEBOOK
Deeper Vols More Optimistic In 2011
       
KNOXVILLE - Just one short year ago, Tennessee head coach Derek Dooley was entering his first season on Rocky Top. With a larger talent pool and Dooley’s structure in place, the optimism surrounding the UT football program is much higher than it was 12 months ago.
   
“I’m a little nervous because of our youth and inexperience, but I feel like that we have a competitive talent level,” Dooley said. “It’s not where it needs to be to be a championship football team. It doesn’t mean we can’t win one. We have some holes, but I think we’re a lot better than where we were a year ago. I think it’s fair to say that.”

    

     

POSITION CHANGES

     

“We moved Anthony Anderson and Naz Oliver to wideout for several reasons,” head coach Derek Dooley said. “Reason number one is we’re absolutely depleted at wideout right now. We’re not deep as it is and we have injuries. We have injuries with Zach (Rogers) and Deanthony (Arnett). Little stuff. Not major. We don’t have a lot of guys. We have a lot of guys in the secondary. Naturally, when you’re short in an area you say, ‘Who on that board has the skill sets to help us that we can afford to move?’”

   

   

VOL REPORT: ‘LIGHT A CANDLE’
Vols Learning To Play Out Of Poor Stretches
   
“Every day, elements of our youth show up in different areas,” head coach Derek Dooley said. “I think the biggest challenge we’re going to have as a team is when things aren’t going our way, do we have the maturity to know how to pull out of it? Things went bad early for the offense. The defense poured it on. We just need to learn how to be a little more solution-oriented. It’s the old line, ‘Don’t curse the darkness. Light a candle.’ We get all the excuses out, we quit worrying about the last play, we start focusing on what our job is the next play and we’ll execute our way out of it. That’s going to be our big challenge this year.”

   

   

VOL REPORT: SCRIMMAGE TWO EFFICIENT

Vols Balance Offense With Longer Drives

        

KNOXVILLE - In his five starts as a freshman, Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray led an ‘explosive’ offense that saw an average time of possession of 2:10 on 27 scoring drives, including 14 that took less than two minutes. During their intrasquad scrimmage Saturday at Neyland Stadium, the Vols showed the potential for offensive efficiency as well.

   

 

VOL REPORT: TIME TO REFOCUS
Vols Prepare For ‘Biggest’ Scrimmage of Preseason

KNOXVILLE - ‘Sandwiched’ in between ‘a real good’ two-practice day and the second scrimmage of preseason camp, Tennessee wasn’t looking for excuses as it practiced Friday at Haslam Field.
 
“This was the first practice that I felt like we didn’t come out here with the kind of mindset we needed to get better as a team,” head coach Derek Dooley said. “It’s pretty common now. We have a scrimmage tomorrow. We had a real good two-a-day yesterday and last night. It was a little bit sandwiched in the middle. Guys are a little hurt and tired.

     

   

VOL REPORT: ONE WEEK DOWN   
 

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee football team suited up in full pads for the first time this preseason while installing third-and-1 and goal line situations Saturday afternoon. After beginning the session at Haslam Field, rain forced the Vols to wrap up their opening week of fall camp inside Neyland-Thompson Sports Center.
   
“We weren’t as good as we needed to be on third-and-1 (last season),” head coach Derek Dooley said. “I think we were about 70 percent on third-and-1 last year on offense and we really need to be 100. A lot of things go to that and that’s kind of where we are.”

   

   

SANDGREN CAPTURES BACK-TO-BACK TITLES IN ILLINOIS

“Coming off the win last week, I was just kind of numb through this whole tournament,” Sandgren said. “It almost felt like I was sleepwalking. Everything was all happening really quickly, and I just kept winning each match day by day. The next day I’d wake up and do it again. Then I won the tournament. It was great.”
 
In the title match, Sandgren played a steady game from the outset. He broke Beidas early to take the first set 6-3. He got a break again at 1-1 in the second set and cruised the rest of the way as Beidas was plagued by errors.

   

   

DEREK DOOLEY MEDIA LUNCHEON

   

"That’s the first thing I do in pregame; I look at their guys and I look at our guys and just get a little feeling. Sometimes I go, ‘OK, we’re going to be all right;’ and then sometimes I go, ‘This is going to be a hard one.’ I think every coach does that, and then they go back in the locker room and say, ‘Did you see 67? Holy smokes, I didn’t know he was that big!’ That’s pregame.

 

   

Five Lady Vols Swim Olympic Trial Cuts

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Five members of the Tennessee Lady Vol swimming and diving team secured Olympic Trial standards over the weekend at the 2011 Long Course Southeastern Championships at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center.

 

   

VOLS COMPLETE HABITAT PROJECT

  

Dry eyes were hard to come by Friday afternoon when the Tennessee football team presented the keys to a new Habitat for Humanity home to Debra Tate.
 
The entire Vols football squad was on hand at Geyland Heights Road in South Knoxville, squeezing into the living room and kitchen for a ceremony that was four tough weekends in the making. Each and every one of the 2011 team members had played a part in the home’s construction over a course of four consecutive recent Saturdays.
 
“The Habitat people came to me last fall about the possibility of doing this project,” said Andre Lott, UT’s Vol for Life Coordinator. “Once we got everything organized, it was a no-brainer for us.”

   

   

Trio of Vols Secure Olympic Trial Standards

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Vol swimmers Brad Craig, Samuel Rairden and Ed Walsh each recently recorded Olympic Trial cuts at the 2011 Long Course Southeastern Championships at the Allan Jones Intercollegiate Aquatic Center over the weekend.
 
 

RENWICK NAMED ALL-AMERICA SCHOLAR

 
Tennessee’s Darren Renwick has been named a Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholar for 2011 by the Golf Coaches Association of America

 

  

JACKSON EARNS LOMBARDI WATCH LIST SELECTION

 

HOUSTON - Tennessee senior defensive lineman Malik Jackson was selected to the Rotary Lombardi Award Watch List on Tuesday, his third preseason nomination for a prestigious national honor. Last week, Jackson was named to both the Nagurski and Outland Trophy watch lists.

   

 

POOLE, BRAY NAMED TO MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST

 

Tennessee senior tailback Tauren Poole and sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray have each been selected to the watch list for the Maxwell Award, which has annually honored college football’s most outstanding player since 1937.
 
The Vols’ duo account for two of 12 SEC student-athletes on the list, making UT just one of three teams in the conference with multiple names on the 66-player group. Just 16 teams in the nation feature two or more student-athletes on the list.

  

  

JANZEN JACKSON RETURNS TO TENNESSEE FOOTBALL TEAM

   

KNOXVILLE - The Tennessee football program announced Wednesday that junior defensive back Janzen Jackson has enrolled in the second session of summer classes.  He has returned to the team and is expected to be a full participant when training camp begins.

   

   

VOLS CLIMB THREE SPOTS TO 24TH
 
STILLWATER, Okla. – Tennessee’s best nine holes of the week helped the Vols gain three spots in the standings here Wednesday after two rounds of the NCAA Men’s Golf Championship.

UT rallied after a 9-over-par first nine holes to shoot 2-over for the second nine and finish the day with an 11-over score of 299 – nine strokes better than Tuesday’s opening effort. Tennessee climbed into a tie for 24th place with 18 holes remaining Thursday.
   
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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