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Friday Night Highlight


VFL and Tennessee Titan Justin Hunter showed the world he wasn't "just another guy" in last night's loss to the Saints. Hunter caught four passes for 111 yards, including both a four-yard and 64-yard touchdown by two different quarterbacks. 

 - Tennessee Titans: Hunter Shines in Loss to Saints

WEEKEND ACTION
The second week of the NFL Preseason continues this weekend with 10 spanning over Saturday and Sunday. Don't miss the action from these VFLs:

SATURDAY


Packer vs. Rams, 4:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
After a successful game in week one, Green Bay's rookie running back Rajion Neal will travel to St. Louis where 11-year NFL vet Scott Wells resides. However, Wells is not expected to participate. 

 - Milwaukee Wisconsin Journal Sentinel: RB Rajion Neal won't let injury slow him down


Jets vs. Bengals, 7:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
New York quarterback Matt Simms will return to the field as he travels to Cincinnati. 



Ravens vs. Cowboys, 7 p.m. (NFL Network)
Dontavis Sapp and Jason Witten of Dallas will host long snapper Morgan Cox and the Baltimore Ravens. Both Sapp and Cox saw action in week one.



Giants vs. Colts, 7:00 p.m.
New York defensive end Robert Ayers will look to add to his two tackles from last week as he takes on Indianapolis.



Bills vs. Steelers, 7:30 p.m. 
Three former Vols, Ramon Foster, Daniel McCullers, and Tauren Poole, will suit up for the Steelers as they host Buffalo. All three played in week one's game and are expected to contribute against the Bills.



Dolphins vs. Buccaneers, 7:30 p.m.
Dallas Thomas and Ja'Wuan James, two offensive line starters for Miami, will travel to Tampa Bay to take on VFL tight end Luke Stocker.



Falcons vs. Texans, 8:00 p.m.
Running back Arian Foster will host both Atlanta rookies Jacques Smith and James Stone in Houston. Although Foster did not play in week one due to injury, Smith and Stone both played and are expected back on the field.



Cardinals vs. Vikings, 8:30 p.m.
Dan Williams of Arizona will travel to Minnesota where he will come face-to-face with Cordarrelle Patterson and Antonio Richardson.


SUNDAY


Broncos vs. 49ers, 4:00 p.m. (NFL Network)
Leading quarterback Peyton Manning and two additional VFLs, Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson, will lead Denver to face San Francisco. All three have made considerable contributions to the team.



Chiefs vs. Panthers, 8:00 p.m. (FOX)
Offensive lineman Chris Scott will welcome VFL Eric Berry, Tyler Bray, Dustin Colquitt and Zach Fulton. All but Berry, who will sit out again, participated in week one action.


The first full weekend of NFL Preseason action began on Thursday and continues on Friday with six games. There are VFLs playing in five of the games:


Dolphins at Falcons, 7 p.m.
Rookie linebacker Jacques Smith and center James Stone welcome offensive players Ja'Wuan James and Dallas Thomas. Smith was recently highlighted in HBO's 'Hard Knocks.' James is expected to make early contributions with an offensive line looking to vastly improve from last season.



Bills at Panthers, 7:30 p.m.
Starter Chris Scott begins his third season in the league with the Panthers as they host the Bills.

Buccaneers at Jaguars, 7:30 p.m.
Jacques McClendon and the Jaguars host Luke Stocker and the Bucs in their opening game.


Saints at Rams, 8 p.m.
Three former Vols will be in action with New Orleans as they travel to St. Louis; linebacker Parys Haralson, fullback Austin Johnson and wide receiver Robert Meachem, who is expected to start. Rams' center Scott Wells will begin his third season with the team. 



Raiders and Vikings, 8 p.m.
Five former Vols will be in Minnesota for tonight's game. The Raiders will showcase wide receiver Danarius Moore, offensive lineman Jarrod Shaw and tight end Mychal Rivera. For the Vikings, rookie tackle Antonio Richardson and wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson, who is expected to start. 
 - San Jose Mercury News: Raiders dept chart vs. Minnesota

Vols In 2014 NFL Minicamps

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    Take a look at several Vols In NFL Mini Camps. Here's a look coverage from the media touching on several VFLs:

    - Pioneer Press: Vikings: Undrafted Richardson vows to show he's healthy

    - Steelers Depot: On Daniel McCullers: Play High, Play Low

    - Behind The Steel Curtain: McCullers having 'run the ball' beaten into his head


    Also drawing attention on Twitter: 


  • Tuesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/13/14)

    The Coca-Cola Big Orange Caravan stopped in Memphis on Monday night. Get the latest on the sold-out event: Big Orange Caravan Rolls Into Memphis as Butch Jones met with the media and touched on various topics including the UT's graduation, health of Jalen Reeves-Maybin, the addition of newcomers and attendance for mini-term.



    Here's a look at the latest media coverage on the gridders:

    - Atlanta Journal Constitution: Undrafted rookie list: Falcons sign Vols' Stone
    - Detroit Lions.com (Alex Bullard): Lions sign 11 undrafted rookie free agents


    Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (5/12/14)

    Here's a look at coverage of the Vols 11 new NFL players as three Vols were drafted and eight more agreed to undrafed free agent deals:


    Check out news from the team websites and local news outlets on the draft picks:

    - MiamiDolphins.com: Ja'Wuan James Comes to Miami
    - MiamiDolphins.com: Research Report: OT Ja'Wuan James
    - KCChiefs.com: PHOTOS: G Zach Fulton

    - Atlanta Journal Constitution: Undrafted rookie list: Falcons sign Vols' Stone

    NFL Draft News Involving Vols

    The NFL Draft gets underway on Thursday night. Check out coverage from NFL.com

    Here's a look at the 2014 Tennessee NFL Draft Central.

    Ja'Wuan James
    Several Vols are in receiving heavy consideration for selection. Most notably, offensive tackle Ja'Wuan James is drawing extra attention as a potential first-round selection. Here's a look at news from the media including VFLs James, Antonio Richardson, Zach Fulton and Dan McCullers.

    - Buffalo Bills.com: Mayock on round 2 & 3 OT options
    - Comcast SportsNet Washington: CSN's Redskins draft board: Offensive tackle
    - New Orleans Times Picayune: Players rising as NFL Draft gets closer
    - St. Louis Post-Dispatch: NFL Draft preview: Offensive line

    Friday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/4/14)

    The Vols will host their first Student Appreciation Day on Saturday. Get the latest in #VolReport: Student Appreciation Day Set. Here's what the strong student showing will mean to the members of Team 118:


    Get the latest from the media: 
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: 'Clock is ticking' for Vols' Jason Carr
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Carr facing potential position flip
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Defensive playmakers needed



    Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/3/14)


    The Vols held their annual NFL Pro Day on Wednesday. Get the latest from UTSports.com in #VolReport: Vols Hold NFL Pro Day

    Take a look at the Vols' top prospects for the draft in this feature by Brian Rice: All Eyes On Offensive Line Once Again

    If you want to re-live the day, follow our blog from Pro Day: Vols Host 2014 NFL Pro Day.

    Here's the latest from the media: 

    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: UT's Fulton, James preparing to go separate ways
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Five Things: Vols' Pro Timing Day
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Pro Day is chance to shine for ex-Vols too





    Richardson Featured In The Tennessean

    The Tennessean has a feature on Antonio Richardson, who is trying to make an impression with the NFL Draft right around the corner.  "I'm a first-rounder," Richardson said at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis last week. "I think I will be in the top 25. I plan on it being the case."


     

    Happy Birthday - Feb. 24: T. Smart, A. Richardson and F. Reveiz

    On Feb. 24 we wish senior infielder Taylor Smart a happy birthday! 



    We also send Happy Birthday wishes to All-SEC kicker Fuad Reveiz who played 10 years in the NFL with the Dolphins, Chargers and Vikings. His sons Nick and Shane also went on to play for the Vols. 



    It is also former Vol offensive lineman Antonio Richardson's birthday today! Richardson has most recently been impressing teams at the NFL Combine. On Friday he put up 36 reps of 225 pounds, watch the video here:

    Vols In Action At NFL Combine

    SATURDAY UPDATE:
    Official 40-Yard Dash Times:
    Zach Fulton: 5.16
    Ja'Wuan James: 5.34
    Antonio Richardson: 5.30
    James Stone: 5.17

    Official Bench Press Reps: 
    Zach Fulton: 25
    Ja'Wuan James: 22
    Antonio Richardson: 36 (T-2nd most among OL)
    James Stone: 22

    Official Broad Jump: 
    Zach Fulton: 98 inches
    Ja'Wuan James: 103 inches
    Antonio Richardson: no jump
    James Stone: 105 inches

    Official 3-Cone Drill: 
    Zach Fulton: 7.87 seconds
    Ja'Wuan James: 7.42 seconds
    Antonio Richardson: did not compete
    James Stone: 8.16 seconds

    Official 20-Yard Shuttle 
    Zach Fulton: 5.16 seconds
    Ja'Wuan James: 4.56 seconds
    Antonio Richardson: did not compete
    James Stone: 4.63 seconds






    On Friday, the players started going through drills. Check out Antonio Richardson put up 36 reps of 225 pounds right here:


    The Vols' four offensive linemen at the NFL Combine met with the media on Thursday. Here's a look at some of the coverage from around the nation:

    Four Vols OL Measure In At NFL Combine

    The NFL Combine got underway on Thursday with offensive linemen, special teamers and tight ends. Four Vols offensive linemen were measured. Here are their vitals:

    Zach Fulton: 6-5, 316 lbs., 33 1/4 arm reach, 10 1/4 hands
    Ja'Wuan James: 6-6, 311 lbs., 35 arm reach, 9 7/8 hands
    Antonio Richardson: 6-6, 336 lbs., 35 arm reach, 10 1/4 hands
    James Stone: 6-4, 306 lbs., 33 7/8 arm reach, 10 1/8 hands

    Richardson also tweeted out his body fat of just 16 percent: 



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    Here's a look at Ja'Wuan James' media session via the St. Louis Rams website: Ja'Wuan James Meet With Media

    NFL Combine Media Sessions Start Today

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    The four Tennessee offensive linemen at the NFL Combine will have their media sessions on Thursday. VFLs Zach Fulton, Ja'Wuan James, Antonio Richardson and James Stone all arrived in Indianapolis on Wednesday. Here's a look at the schedule as the offensive linemen have their official on-field testing on Saturday: 

    The fifth Vol invited to the combine, defensive lineman Daniel McCullers arrives in Indianapolis on Friday and will have his media on Saturday with on-field workouts on Monday. 

    Here's the full story on the five Vols at the Combine: Five Vols Invited To NFL Combine

    Richardson In Kiper's NFL Mock Draft 1.0 First Round

    Tennessee offensive tackle Antonio Richardson has decided to forego his senior season with the Volunteers to enter the 2014 NFL Draft. Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images.
    VFL Antonio Richardson is predicted to be an NFL First-Round Draft Pick by ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr., as the analyst released his first mock draft for 2014 on Wednesday. Richardson is pegged at 27th overall to the New Orleans Saints. Tennessee has had 44 NFL First-Round picks including Cordarelle Patterson last season. 

    Kiper's Mock Draft: Mock draft 1.0

    Here's what Kiper wrote: 

    Analysis: Drew Brees will turn 35 on the day this mock draft is published, and his blind side was protected at the end of the season by rookie 2013 third-round pick Terron Armstead. I think Armstead can be a pretty good player, but I'm not coming away from this offseason without a player I think can be an effective NFL left tackle if I'm the Saints. "Tiny" Richardson can be. While he can struggle with speed rushers, Richardson is an athlete at this size, and can absorb power and simply overwhelm big or small defensive ends in the run game. He's a solid fit here.

    Saturday's Tennessee Football Briefing (12/7/13)

    Dec. 7 is a significant day in Tennessee history as Butch Jones was hired as the 24th head coach in program history one year ago. Take a look back at his first 365 days: Four Downs: Year One Of The Jones Era.



    Here's a look at the stories from the media on Saturday:




    Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/24/13)

    Tennessee is seeking its third all-time win over a No. 1 team in the nation, when the Vols head to top-ranked Alabama. Get the latest in the #VolReport: Up For The Challenge

    What does this rivalry mean to Vols, who grew up in the Volunteer State? Find out right here:


    Here's the latest from the media: 

    - Knoxville News Sentinel: ESPN puts Alabama on upset alert
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Vols' coaches relive 'The Catch'
    - Lindy's Sports Annuals: Tennessee at Alabama


    News out of Alabama includes: 

    Monday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/21/13)

    The Vols have begun preparations for No. 1 Alabama. Head coach Butch Jones will meet with the media at 12 Noon to preview the game. Watch the press conference on UTSports.com/AllAccess.

    Look back at Saturday's win again: Vols Upset #11/9 South Carolina, 23-21

    Also on UTSports.com:

    Here's the latest from the media:

    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Jones' leadership looking better and better
    - Fox Sports Tennessee: Turning Point
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: UT defense puts past passing behind it

    Wednesday's Tennessee Football Briefing (10/16/13)

    Saturday's game features lots of connections between the Vols and Gamecocks. Check out this feature on South Carolina native Justin Worley, who started his first game as a college quarterback vs. USC in 2011: South Carolina A Guidepost For Worley

    Read up on the Vols' prep in #VolReport: Make Them Earn It and watch this preview of the game: 


    Also on UTSports.com:

    From the media, read up right here: 

    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Could gray still pave way for UT Vols turnaround?
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Notes: Maggitt likely to redshirt


    News on South Carolina includes:

    - Gamecocks Online: Gamecocks Focus Turns to Vols
    - Gamecocks Central: Quick press conference recap


    NFL.com Highlights Vol Football Trio



    With the arrival of the college football season, NFL.com is breaking down a position-by-position look at the best tandems of NFL prospects in the SEC this season. On the offensive front, NFL Draft writer Chase Goodbread believes that duo to be Tennessee offensive tackles Antonio Richardson and Ja'Wuan James.




    On the other side of the ball, NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt recently named his top five college football senior defensive tackles. Tennessee's big man in the middle Daniel McCullers landed at No. 2 on the list.

    Thursday's Tennessee Football Briefing (7/18/13)



    Take a look back at SEC Media Days from the Tennessee perspective with Vols SEC Media Days Central as well as these features: Through The Lens: SEC Media Days and SEC Media Days: An Up-Front Impression. Also, watch videos from various interviews: SEC Media Day Quotes/Videos and SEC Media Days: Behind the Scenes.

    Here are stories from the media:

    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Orange Slices from SEC Media Days
    - Knoxville News Sentinel: Enjoy the newness while it lasts
    - Inside Tennessee: Keeping up with Butch
    - Inside Tennessee: Breakout players on offense
    - Chattanooga Times Free Press: Antonio "Tiny" Richardson stays focused
    - Associated Press: Jones: Tennessee's proud seniors take ownership
    - The News Courier: SEC Media Days: Tennessee's Jones all business

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