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VFL Aubrayo Franklin Joins 49ers Coaching Staff


Former Tennessee defensive lineman and longtime NFL player Aubrayo Franklin has joined the San Francisco 49ers coaching staff as a defensive assistant. Franklin's hiring was officially announced by the club on Monday: Aubrayo Franklin Returns to 49ers as Assistant Coach.

Franklin spent 11 years in the NFL with the 49ers, Baltimore Ravens, New Orleans Saints, San Diego Chargers and Indianapolis Colts. 

While playing for the 49ers, Franklin's position coach was none other than his new boss, Jim Tomsula. Franklin experienced his most productive season as a player stat-wise under Tomsula in 2009, when he tallied 36 tackles, three pass deflections, two sacks and one interception.

Happy Birthday - Aug. 27: VFL Aubrayo Franklin

On August 27, we wish a Happy Birthday to former Vols defensive lineman and current Indianapolis Colts' defensive tackle Aubrayo Franklin


Burnett, Franklin, McBride Sign With New NFL Teams

Three former Vols football stars are on the move during NFL free agency. 


Kevin Burnett signed with the Oakland Raiders after being released by the Miami Dolphins.
  - Oakland Raiders.com:  Q&A with LB Kevin Burnett
  - Oakland Raiders.com: Raiders Add LB Kevin Burnett


Aubrayo Franklin has made the move to the Indianapolis Colts after playing with the San Diego Chargers on 2012. 
  - Colts.com (with video): FREE AGENTS SPOTLIGHT: AUBRAYO FRANKLIN


Turk McBride agreed to a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears after playing with the New Orleans Saints. 
  - Chicago Bears.com: Bears sign defensive end Turk McBride
  - Chicago Tribune: Bears sign defensive end McBride

Happy Birthday - Aug. 27 Aubrayo Franklin

On Aug. 27, we wish Happy Birthday to defensive tackle of the San Diego Chargers and former Vols great Aubrayo Franklin.

Vols In NFL Friday Night Football (8/24)

Friday night means 14 more NFL Vols are in action as the National Football League takes part in six games.

Three games will begin at 7:30 p.m. and three more will start at 8 p.m.

Philadelphia Eagles vs. Cleveland Browns Game Center
The first game of the night will feature Montario Hardesty, Jarrod Shaw and the Cleveland Browns (2-0) hosting the Philadelphia Eagles (2-0) in a 7:30 p.m. contest.

Last time out, Hardesty led all rushers with 12 carries for 45 yards and a touchdown, while Shaw did not play.

Washington Post: Hardesty finding fun, filling in for Browns' injured Trent Richardson

Atlanta Falcons vs. Miami Dolphins Game Center
Game number two of the night sees the Atlanta Falcons (0-2) head to Miami for a meeting with the Dolphins (0-2), Kevin Burnett, Tony McDaniel and Jonathan Wade.

Last time out, Wade picked up a tackle on special teams while Burnett and McDaniel did not see action.

New England Patriots vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers Game Center
Donte' Stallworth, Jerod Mayo and the New England Patriots (1-1) have been in Tampa Bay since Monday taking part in joint practices with Luke Stocker and the Buccaneers (1-1) prior to tonight's game.

Last time out, Stallworth hauled in a 20-yard reception while Mayo and Stocker did not see game action.

WEEI.com: Jerod Mayo previews the season with The Big Show

Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants Game Center
The only nationally televised game of the night between the Chicago Bears and New York Giants (8 p.m., CBS) is unfortunate to have no former Vols on the sidelines.

San Diego Chargers vs. Minnesota Vikings Game Center
Aubrayo Franklin, Nick Guess, Robert Meachem and the San Diego Chargers (2-0) head north to Minnesota for a meeting with Marvin Mitchell and the Vikings (1-1) at 8 p.m. at Mall of America Field.

Last time out, Meachem picked up the start on offense for San Diego also making one reception for seven yards while Franklin started on defense registering two tackles. Nick Guess did not play.

Marvin Mitchell came on as a sub netting three tackles for the Vikings.

Pioneer Press: Vikings create intriguing competition at linebacker in preseason
North County Times: CHARGERS: Finding Meachem more often

Robert Meachem

Seattle Seahawks vs. Kansas City Chiefs Game Center
The final game of the night will begin at 8 p.m. as the Seattle Seahawks (2-0) head to Kansas City to face Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the Chiefs (1-1).

Last time out, Berry got the start at strong safety, leading all Chief tacklers with five while Colquitt launched four punts for an average of 52.3 yards including a long of 60.

Arrowhead Pride: Dustin Colquitt, Sports Reporter
Kansas City Star: NFL team rankings for 2012 from No. 1 to No. 32

Vols In NFL Sunday Night Football (8/19)

Lots of big stats for the NFL Vols last night.

  • Arian Foster had 10 carries for 46 yards as the Texans defeated the 49ers 20-9.
  • Dustin Colquitt had four punts for a 51.0 yd./punt average while Eric Berry led all tacklers with five tackles but the Chiefs feell 31-17 to the Rams.
  • Robert Meachem had one catch for seven yards, his first catch as a Charger while Aubrayo Franklin tallied two tackles as the San Diego Chargers defeated the Cowboys 28-20.
  • Peyton Manning finished the game on 16-for-23 passing for 177 yards but had two INTs while Britton Colquitt booted six punts for a 45.7 avg. with a long of 69 yards.
  • Also for the Broncos, Robert Ays picked up a tackle while Malik Jackson had a huge five yard sack against former NC State/Wisconsin QB Russel Wilson, but the Broncos fell 30-10.

San Francisco 49ers' Chris Culliver, left, hangs onto the shirttail of Houston Texans' Arian Foster (23) in the first quarter an NFL preseason football game Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip) Photo: David J. Phillip, Associated Press / SF


Tonight, Ramon Foster, Chris Scott and the Steelers will face off against the Colts in some Sunday Night Football airing on NBC at 8 p.m. at Heinz Field.

The Colts are coming off of a 38-3 victory over the St. Louis Rams in Week 1 while the Steelers fell to the Philadelphia Eagles in the final minutes of the game, 24-23.

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CBSSports.com: Steelers: What to watch for in preseason game No. 2 vs. Colts



Vols In NFL Saturday Night Football (8/18)

Saturday night football features 16 Vols in six different games starting with a nationally televised game on NFL Network featuring Met Life Stadium's inhabitants, the New York Giants and New York Jets.

New York Giants vs. New York Jets Game Center
Matt Simms is the lone representative for the Vols in this game. Simms did not see any game action last week as the New York Jets (0-1) took on the Bengals.

Yahoo Sports: New York Jets use garbage cans to improve their passing  (Matt Simms)

Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears Game Center
Jonathan Crompton and the Washington Redskins (1-0) will head to Chicago to take on the Bears (0-1) at Soldier Field with an 8 p.m. start.

San Francisco 49ers vs. Houston Texans Game Center
Parys Haralson and the 49ers (1-0) head to Houston to take on Arian Foster, Omar Gaither and the Texans (1-0) at Reliant Stadium.



Last time out Foster rushed for 11 yards on one carry against the Panthers. Gaither did not see playing time after signing with the Texans the night before.

Sacramento Bee: Houston Texans Star Arian Foster and Kroger Southwest Kick Off Season
KHOU: Texans sign veteran LB Omar Gaither
CBSSports.com: 49ers notebook: LB Aldon Smith no longer using a cane

Kansas City Chiefs vs. St. Louis Rams Game Center
Eric Berry, Dustin Colquitt and the Kansas City Chiefs (1-0) head to St. Louis to take on the Rams (0-1) and Scott Wells in an 8 p.m. contest.

Last time out, Berry saw action for the first time since his knee injury making one tackle against the Cardinals. Dustin Colquitt handled three punts for an average of 37.3 yards/punt.



New York Times: Kansas City Chiefs, 2012 NFL Season Preview
Atlanta Black Star: Chief Eric Berry's Family Helps In His Knee Rehab

Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos Game Center
The Denver Broncos (1-0) boast four Vols, Roberty Ayres, Britton Colquitt, Malik Jackson and Peyton Manning. Manning will make his debut at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium against the Seahawks (1-0) starting at 9 p.m.

ESPN: Broncos' Jason Hunter suffers triceps tear
New York Daily News: Myers: Peyton set for second act
Denver Post: Peyton Manning to play more for Broncos in second preseason game

Attendance at Broncos summer practices averages nearly 3,000 per day as Manningmania easily replaces Tebowmania as source for Denver excitement. Photo by AP


Dallas Cowboys vs. San Diego Chargers Game Center
Jason Witten and the Dallas Cowboys head to San Diego to take on Aubrayo Franklin, Nick Guess and Robert Meachem on their home turf of Qualcomm Stadium in a 9 p.m. nationally televised game on NFL Network.

Last time out, Witten came out of the game after recording two catches for six yards. Later in the week it was reported that Witten lacerated his spleen and will more than likely not see any time tonight. Robert Meachem picked up a tackle for the Chargers, but no catches, in their victory over Green Bay

ESPN: Nobody to blame for Jason Witten injury
Fort Worth Star Telegram: Injured Witten likely done for rest of preseason
Yahoo Sports: Juggernaut Index No. 14: The San Diego Chargers
Chargers.com: Chargers Thrilled With Addition of Explosive Meachem



Vols In NFL Thursday Night Football (8/9) UPDATE

UPDATED 11:48 p.m.

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Tonight 17 former Vols will be in action for eight different teams taking part in their first (or in some cases second) preseason game of 2012. (Click on the pictures for the game center links).

Washington Redskins 7, Buffalo Bills 6
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Jonathan Crompton and the Washington Redskins will start off the night at 7 p.m. against the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Baltimore Ravens 31, Atlanta Falcons 17
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Morgan Cox and the Ravens will kick their game off at 7:30 in the Georgia Dome (also the site of UT's first game of the Year vs. NC State on 8/31). Cox is going into his third year as a long snapper with Baltimore.

New England Patriots 7, New Orleans Saints 6
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Jabari Greer, Turk McBride and the Saints will partake in their second preseason game after earning the 17-10 victory over Arizona on Sunday night in the Hall of Fame game. The duo will meet up with Shaun Ellis, Jerod Mayo and Donte' Stallworth, all currently with the Patriots for the 7:30 kickoff. The two teams participated in joint practices the past two days in Foxborough in front of record crowd of 14,830.

Philadelphia Eagles 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 23
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Ramon Foster and Chris Scott will be in action for the Steelers tonight also starting at 7:30 p.m. when they take on cross-state rivals the Philadelphia Eagles.

San Diego Chargers 21, Green Bay Packers 13
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Chad Clifton and the Packers will take on three new Vols on the San Diego Chargers (Aubrayo Franklin, Robert Meachem and Nick Guess) in the nationally televised Thursday night game to be featured on ESPN starting at 8 p.m. Franklin and Meachem recently joined the Chargers after playing for the Saints last season, Guess is in  his rookie season with the Bolts.

Denver Broncos 31, Chicago Bears 3
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8:30 p.m. marks the return on Peyton Manning to the gridiron. The 15 year veteran of the NFL will put his pads back on and step on the first for the first time since the 2010 Playoffs when the Denver Broncos take on the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field beginning at 8:30. Joining Manning on the Broncos are former Vols Robert Ayers, Britton Colquitt and Malik Jackson.


Vols In NFL Update (8/3)

Take a look at some of the headlines across the country as your former Vols compete in NFL camps.

Tauren Poole helps out Derek Anderson at Panthers Camp:





AL.com: Saints CB Jabari Greer undergoes sports hernia surgery

CBSSports.com: Cowboys: 5 questions with Jason Witten

The Sacramento Bee: Forget Parys? No way. Fangio sees three starters at OLB

ESPN: Peyton Manning talks
ESPN: Peyton Manning, WR Thomas click

Cowboys veteran Jason Witten and newly acquired Chargers Nick Guess, Robert Meachem and Aubrayo Franklin will meet up when: Chargers practice with Cowboys




Vols In NFL Update (7/26)

Vols In NFL Playoffs Update (1/8)

It was a huge day for former Vols in the NFL Playoffs on Saturday. Arian Foster raced for 153 yards and two touchdowns as the Texans topped the Bengals, 31-10 while Robert Meachem had 111 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Jabari Greer had two interceptions as their Saints marched past Detroit, 45-28.

In addition to Foster's big day on offense, Jason Allen also made five tackles on defense for Houston. 

From the Texans' win, check out these video highlights: Foster 42-yard TD runFoster 8-yard TD run and this postgame interview with Foster: Foster-ing smiles in Houston

Also, here are some feature stories on the back, who became just the third undrafted free agent to gain 100 rushing yards in an NFL playoff game on Saturday:


From New Orleans, it was a huge game for two former Vols as Robert Meachem hauled in four passes for 111 yards including a 56-yard touchdown. Jabari Greer made seven tackles and picked off two Matthew Stafford passes. Aubrayo Franklin made a tackle on defense. 


Here are some feature stories on the former Vols in the Bayou.

Vols In NFL Update (12/27)

It was a big night for several former Vols in the Saints' 45-16 win over the Falcons

- Robert Meachem had three catches for 75 yards including a 24-yard touchdown reception (WATCH HIGHLIGHT). On defense, Jabari Greer was the team's leading tackler with 10 stops including a TFL and a pass defended. Aubrayo Franklin made two tackles also. 

  

Vols In NFL Update (11/29)

In game pitting multiple former Vols the Saints handled the Giants, 49-24, on Monday night football. 

With New Orleans, Jabari Greer made five tackles and had two passes defended. Aubrayo Franklin had a tackle. Receiver Robert Meachem was held without a catch and defensive lineman Turk McBride was in active. 

With New York, Deon Grant started at safety and made five tackles. 

New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford (5) is hit by New Orleans Saints cornerback Jabari Greer (33) on a fake punt during the third quarter of an NFL football game in New Orleans, Monday, Nov. 28, 2011. the Saints won 49-24. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)


Photo 1 - Wide Receiver Lance Moore #16 Of The New Orleans Saints Dives Getty Images


NEW ORLEANS, LA - NOVEMBER 28: Wide receiver Lance Moore #16 of the New Orleans Saints dives into the endzone to score on a 10-yard touchdown reception against Corey Webster #23 and Deon Grant #34 of the New York Giants in the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Superdome on November 28, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Vols In NFL Update (10/10)

Checking in on Vols in the NFL from Sunday's action:

In an emotional game, Oakland beat Houston, 25-20. With the Raiders, Denarius Moore didn't have a catch, but returned four punts for 34 yards. John Henderson had four tackles and a pass defended. With Houston, Arian Foster rushed for 68 yards on 22 carries and had five catches for 116 yards. On defense, Jason Allen made eight tackles, had an interception and two passes defended. He also had two special teams tackles. Here are some video highlights of the former Vols in action: Foster 20-yard rushAllen interceptionFoster 60-yard reception

Arian Foster Running back Arian Foster #23 of the Houston Texans carries the ball against the Oakland Raiders  during an NFL football game October 3, 2010 at The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Texans won the game 31-24.

New Orleans edged Carolina, 30-27 as many former Vols made key plays. With the Saints, Robert Meachem had four catches for 38 yards. On defense, Aubrayo Franklin made five tackles had a sack and forced a fumble Watch Franklin's sack/forced fumble; Jabari Greer had three tackles. With Carolina, Omar Gaither had two tackles and a pass defended. 


Pittsburgh handled Tennessee, 38-17 has Ramon Foster started at right guard for the Steelers. Chris Scott was waived during last week by Pittsburgh.

The Chiefs rallied to beat Indianapolis, 28-24 as Dustin Colquitt punted six times for a 44.8 average and two punts inside the 20. 

Seattle beat the Giants, 36-25 as Deon Grant started at safety and had five tackles, a sack and two passes defended. Watch the sack highlight.

Minnesota romped over Arizona, 34-10 as Anthony Herrera started at right guard for the Vikings. With the Cardinals, Dan Williams started at nose tackle and had three tackles. 

The Bengals beat the Jaguars, 30-20 as Gibril Wilson had a tackle and forced fumble for Cincinnati.

San Francisco rolled over Tampa Bay. 48-3. Parys Haralson had four tackles as he started at OLB for the Niners. Luke Stocker was not active for the Bucs. 

New England beat the Jets, 30-21 as Shaun Ellis had three tackles for the Pats against his former team. Albert Haynesworth had a QB hurry. Jerod Mayo sat out the game with a knee injury. 

The Chargers topped the Broncos, 29-24 as two former Vols saw action with Denver. Robert Ayers started at left defensive end and had five tackles, forced a fumble and had a tackle for loss. Britton Colquitt punted six times for 53.7 average with a long of 60.

In the Sunday night game, Green Bay moved past Atlanta, 25-14 as regular starters Chad Clifton (left tackle) and Scott Wells (center) aided the Packers' 426 yards of total offense. 

The Monday night game pits Chicago vs. 4-0 Detroit, which features lineman Jacques McClendon.

The Ravens, Browns, Cowboys, Dolphins, Rams and Redskins have bye weeks.

Big Nights For Former Vols In Packers' 42-34 Win

In the opening game of the NFL season, the Packers topped the Saints, 42-34, in a thriller. Several former Vols played key roles in the game. 

With the Packers, both Chad Clifton and Scott Wells started on the offensive line and helped Aaron Rogers and Green Bay rack up 399 yards of offense.


By playing in his 160th career game tonight, Clifton became only the fourth offensive lineman in franchise history to hit that mark (Forrest Gregg, Larry McCarren, Ron Hallstrom).

For New Orleans, Robert Meachem scored the Saint's first TD of the season on a 31-yard pass from Drew Brees. >> WATCH HIGHLIGHT. Meachem finished with five catches for 70 yards and that score. On defense, Jabari Greer had seven solo tackles for New Orleans while Aubrayo Franklin and Turk McBride each had a stop. 

Here are a few stories with quotes from the UT products:


Saints' Jabari Greer tackles Packers' Jordy Nelson after a catch.

Packers' Aaron Rodgers is sacked by Saints' Jonathan Casillas and Turk McBride.

Six Former Vols In Action As NFL Debuts Thursday

In a rematch of the last two Super Bowl Champions, six former Vols will be in action as the Green Bay Packers host the New Orleans Saints at 8:30 p.m.

With the defending champions, linemen Scott Wells and Chad Clifton are expected to start for the Packers. Check out a 2011 Packers Preview team preview from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

The Super Bowl XLIV champion Saints feature four former Vols, the most of any team in the NFL: Aubrayo Franklin, Jabari Greer, Robert Meachem and Turk McBride. 

Here's a feature including Franklin in the Shreveport Times: Marching to New Orleans
Franklin is also mentioned prominently in this story on ESPN.com: Saints have deepest roster in team history. McBride is featured in this story: Former Lion Turk McBride To Start For New Orleans Saints

Vols In The NFL Update (8/22)

Two games last night in the NFL. Here's a quick look at former Vols in action.

- On NBC, the Chargers downed the Cowboys, 20-7. Jason Witten scored Dallas' lone touchdown on a 6-yard pass from Tony Romo. (WATCH HIGHLIGHT). Witten finished with three catches for 17 yards. With San Diego, both WR Kelley Washington and T Eric Young played, but neither had any stats. 

Dallas Cowboys' Jason Witten celebrates after catching a touchdown pass against the San Diego Chargers during first half action of their pre-season game Sunday Aug 21, 2011 at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, TX. Photo: Express-News, EDWARD A. ORNELAS / © SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS (NFS)

- The Bengals fell to the Jets, 27-7. Jonathan Wade returned from a shoulder injury and made four tackles. Gibril Wilson missed the game with a knee injury.

- Also, Aubrayo Franklin suffered a sprained MCL, in the Saints' loss to the Texans this weekend. He will be sidelined for a while. Read about the injury in these stories.


New Orleans Saints vs. Houston Texans

Vols In The NFL Saturday (8/20)

Here's a look at former Vols in NFL Preseason action on Saturday night. 

- Six former Vols saw action as the Texans topped the Saints, 27-14. Arian Foster made a triumphant return as he scored two touchdowns (watch the TDs: Foster plows in and Foster shake and bake) and gained 47 yards on the ground. Teammate DB Jason Allen had three tackles and a pass defended. All four UT products with the Saints played as Jabari Greer led New Orleans with six tackles, Turk McBride had two tackles, a sack and two quarterback hurries, receiver Robert Meachem had a catch for 43 yards. Aubrayo Franklin also played, but had no stats.

  Here are some more stories on the game with mentions of the former Vols


- Three more Vols suited up as the Bay Area rivalry renewed with the Raiders falling to the hosts 49ers, 17-3. Rookie Denarius Moore had two catches for 28 yards and a kickoff return for 48 yards for Oakland and Parys Haralson had a sack for three yards for the Niners. John Henderson did not play for Oakland. 

- Rookie punter Chad Cunningham made his preseason debut for the Titans as Tennessee lost on a last-second field goal to the Rams, 17-16. The first-year pro punted three times for a 34.3 average with two punts inside the 20. 

Denver beat the Bills, 24-10.  Robert Ayers started at left defensive end for the Broncos, but had no stats. Punter Britton Colquitt boomed four punts for an amazing 59.0 average with a long of 62. Buffalo's David Martin had one pass thrown his way, but it was incomplete.

-  Guard Anthony Herrera did not play for Minnesota in a 20-7 loss at Seattle.
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