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Vols In the NFL - Week 2 Update


- Peyton Manning (DEN) threw a 16-yard TD pass to Emmanuel Sanders, a 1-yard TD pass to Virgil Green and a 19-yard TD pass to Sanders against the KC.
- Austin Johnson (NO) punched in a 1-yard score against the Bucs.

• Malik Jackson (DEN) sacked Chiefs QB Alex Smith in the closing seconds of the Broncos' win.
• Robert Ayers (NYG) dropped Falcons QB Matt Ryan for a sackin the fourth quarter.


- 71,838 yards (Brett Favre's NFL Record) -- 1,716 away

- 550 -- 17 away

- 186 (Favre's NFL Record) --5 away

- 6,300 (Favre's NFL Record) -- 323 away
- 6,000 -- 23 away



Rank Player Rec Years
1 Jerry Rice 1,549 1985-2004
2 Tony Gonzalez 1,325 1997-2013
3 Marvin Harrison 1,102 1996-2008
4 Cris Carter 1,101 1987-2002
5 Tim Brown 1,094 1988-2004
6 Terrell Owens 1,078 1996-2010
7 Reggie Wayne 1,070 2001-2014
8 Isaac Bruce 1,024 1994-2009
9 Andre Johnson 1,019 2003-2015
10 Hines Ward 1,000 1998-2011
11 Randy Moss 982 1998-2012
12 Jason Witten 958 2003-2015
13 Andre Reed 951 1985-2000
14 Anquan Boldin 950 2003-2015
15 Derrick Mason 943 1997-2011


Player Pos. Team Last Week Result Week 2 Stats Week 3 Opponent
Robert Ayers DE NY Giants vs. Atlanta L, 24-20 3 tackles, 1 sack, 2 pass def. vs. WASH (TH), 8:25, CBS/NFLN
Eric Berry DB Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 4 tackles at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 DNP at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Justin Coleman DB New England at Buffalo W, 40-32 -- vs. JAX, 1:00, CBS
Britton Colquitt P Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 7 punts, 44.9 avg, 1 in 20 at DET, 8:30, NBC
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 4 punts, 52.5 avg., 1 in 20 at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore at Oakland W, 37-33 -- vs. CIN, 1:00, CBS
Matt Darr P Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 6 punts, 48.2 avg. vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Arian Foster RB Houston at Carolina L, 24-17 DNP vs. TB, 1:00, FOX
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh vs. San Francisco W, 43-18 Started at LG at STL, 1:00, CBS
Zach Fulton G Kansas City vs. Denver L, 31-24 -- at GB, (MON), 8:30, ESPN
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee at Cleveland L, 28-14 2 catches, 34 yards vs. IND, 1:00 , CBS
Malik Jackson DE Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 3 tackles, 1 sack at DET, 8:30, NBC
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 Started at RT vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans vs. Tampa Bay L, 26-19 1 rush, 1 yard, 1 TD at CAR, 1:00, FOX
Peyton Manning QB Denver at Kansas City W, 31-24 26-of-46, 256 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT at DET, 8:30, NBC
Jerod Mayo LB New England at Buffalo W, 40-32 2 tackles vs. JAX, 1:00, CBS
Jacques McClendon OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 -- vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh vs. San Francisco W, 43-18 1 tackle at STL, 1:00, CBS
Tony McDaniel DE Tampa Bay at New Orleans W, 26-19 1 tackle at HOU, 1:00, FOX
Rajion Neal RB Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 DNP vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota vs. Detroit W, 26-16 2 KR, 31.0 avg. vs. SD, 1:00, CBS
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland vs. Baltimore W, 37-33 3 catches, 15 yards at CLU, 1:00, CBS
Chris Scott G Carolina vs. Houston W, 24-17 -- vs. NO, 1:00, FOX
Matt Simms QB Atlanta at NY Giants W, 24-20 DNP at DAL, 1:00, FOX
James Stone C Atlanta at NY Giants W, 24-20 -- at DAL, 1:00, FOX
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay at New Orleans W, 26-19 -- at HOU, 1:00, FOX
Dallas Thomas OL Miami at Jacksonville L, 23-20 Started at LG vs. BUF, 4:25, CBS
Dan Williams DT Oakland vs. Baltimore W, 37-33 Started at DT at CLE, 1:00, CBS
Jordan Williams DL NY Jets at Indianapolis MNF DNP vs. PHI, 1:00, FOX
Jason Witten TE Dallas at Philadalphia W, 20-10 7 catches, 56 yards vs. ATL, 1:00, FOX
-- = played, no stats

Vols In The NFL - Week 2 Schedule

Vols In the NFL - Week 2, Sunday-Monday


Atlanta Falcons at New York Giants - 1 p.m., FOX
Giants: Robert Ayers | Falcons: James Stone, Matt Simms

New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills - 1 p.m., CBS
Patriots: Justin Coleman, Jerod Mayo

Houston Texans at Carolina Panthers - 1 p.m., CBS
Texans: Arian Foster | Panthers: Chris Scott

San Francisco 49ers at Pittsburgh Steelers - 1 p.m., FOX
Steelers: Ramon Foster, Daniel McCullers

Tennessee Titans at Cleveland Browns - 1 p.m., CBS
Titans: Justin Hunter

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at New Orleans Saints - 1 p.m., FOX
Saints: Austin Johnson | Bucs: Tony McDaniel, Luke Stocker

Detroit Lions at Minnesota Vikings - 1 p.m., FOX
Vikings: Cordarrelle Patterson

Miami Dolphins at Jacksonville Jaguars - 4:05 p.m., CBS
Dolphins: Matt Darr, Ja'Wuan James, Jacques McClendon, Rajion Neal, Dallas Thomas

Baltimore Ravens at Oakland Raiders - 4:05 p.m., CBS
Ravens: Morgan Cox | Raiders: Mychal Rivera, Dan Williams

Dallas Cowboys at Philadelphia Eagles - 4:25 p.m., FOX
Cowboys: Jason Witten


New York Jets at Indianapolis Colts - 8:30 p.m., ESPN
Jets: Jordan Williams

#NFLVols Week 13 Recap

In week 13 action, Peyton Manning continued his passing success with the addition of two more touchdowns. In the game, he threw two touchdown passes against the blitz. This season, he has thrown 12 against it, and only Drew Brees (15) has more. Manning also has multiple touchdown passes for the 11th time in his 12 games as a Bronco. It was his 161st multiple-touchdown pass game of his career, the most in NFL history. He has thrown a TD pass in 51 consecutive games, the third-longest streak in NFL history. 

With one reception for 18 yards, Justin Hunter suffered a lacerated spleen in the game vs. Arian Foster's Texans. He remains in the hospital but surgery is not planned. In that same game, Foster made his return after a two-week hiatus. He had 79 yards on the ground and had 26 receiving yards along with a touchdown. 

Check out how your favorite VFLs performed this weekend:

Name Position Team Result Stats
Robert Ayers DE New York Giants Lost to Jacksonville 25-24 Started at LDE, one tackle
Eric Berry DB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Denver 29-16 Injured reserve
Tyler Bray QB Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Denver 29-16 Injured reserve
Britton Colquitt P Denver Broncos Def. Kansas City 29-16 4 punts, 34.8 yd. avg.
Dustin Colquitt P Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Denver 29-16 5 punts, 43.6 yd. avg.
Morgan Cox LS Baltimore Ravens Lost to San Diego 34-33 Injured reserve
Arian Foster RB Houston Texans Def. Tennessee 45-21 79 yds. Rushing, five recs. for 26 yds., TD
Ramon Foster OT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to New Orleans 35-32 Started at LG
Zach Fulton G Kansas City Chiefs Lost to Denver 29-16 Started at RG
Parys Haralson LB New Orleans Saints Def. Pittsburgh 35-32 Started at OLB, one tackle
Justin Hunter WR Tennessee Titans Lost to Houston 45-21 One reception for 18 yards
Malik Jackson DL Denver Broncos Def. Kansas City 29-16 One QH
Ja'Wuan James OL Miami Dolphins Def. NY Jets 16-13 Started at LT
Austin Johnson FB New Orleans Saints Def. Pittsburgh 35-32 Injured reserve
Peyton Manning QB Denver Broncos Def. Kansas City 29-16 17-24-179 yds., 2 TD
Jerod Mayo LB New England Patriots Lost to Green Bay 26-21 Injured reserve
Jacques McClendon OL Jacksonville Jaguars Def. NY Giants 25-24 Played at G
Tony McDaniel DT Seattle Seahawks Def. San Fran. 19-3 Started at LDT, one tackle
Daniel McCullers DT Pittsburgh Steelers Lost to New Orleans 35-32 Played at DL
Robert Meachem WR New Orleans Saints Def. Pittsburgh 35-32 Inactive
Denarius Moore WR Oakland Raiders Lost to St. Louis 52-0 Inactive
Cordarrelle Patterson WR Minnesota Vikings Def. Carolina 31-13 Played at WR, KO return for 28 yds.
Tauren Poole RB Carolina Panthers Lost to Minnesota 31-13 Practice squad
Antonio Richardson OL Minnesota Vikings Def. Carolina 31-13 Injured reserve
Mychal Rivera TE Oakland Raiders Lost to St. Louis 52-0 Started at TE, three recs., for 21 yds.
Matt Simms QB New York Jets Lost to Miami 16-13 Practice squad
Jacques Smith LB Atlanta Falcons Def. Arizona 29-18 Practice squad
Luke Stocker TE Tampa Bay Bucs Lost to Cincinnati 14-13 Inactive
James Stone OL Atlanta Falcons Def. Arizona 29-18 Started at C
Dallas Thomas OL Miami Dolphins Def. NY Jets 16-13 Started at RT
Scott Wells OL St. Louis Rams Def. Oakland 52-0 Started at C
Dan Williams  DT Arizona Cardinals Lost to Atlanta 29-18 Three tackles
Jason Witten TE Dallas Cowboys Lost to Philadelphia 33-10 One reception for eight yards

This Day In #Vols History (Oct. 6)

The Vols stand 7-3-1 all-time on October 6, most recently beating #12 Georgia, 35-14 in 2007. Arian Foster ran for three touchdowns and 98 yards. Lucas Taylor threw a 56-yard touchdown to LaMarcus Coker.

OCTOBER 6 (7-3-1) 
1923 T, 14-14  MARYVILLE 
1928 W, 41-7  CENTRE 
1945 W, 48-13 WILLIAM & MARY 
1951 W, 26-0  No. 16 DUKE 
1956 W, 33-20  Duke 
1962 L, 6-7  Mississippi State (N) @ Memphis, Tenn. 
1973 W, 28-27  Kansas (N) @ Memphis, Tenn. 
1979 L, 9-28  Mississippi State (N) @ Memphis, Tenn. 
2001 L, 24-26  GEORGIA 
2007 W, 35-14  No. 12 GEORGIA
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

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:


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.


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 Saturday with four games. There are VFLs playing in each of the games:

Browns vs. Lions, 7:30 p.m.
Lions rookie offensive lineman Alex Bullard is expected to make an appearance against the Browns after receiving first-team reps during training camp.

Steelers vs. Giants, 7:30 p.m
Three former Vols will suit up for the Steelers, guard Ramon Foster, tackle Daniel McCullers and running back Tauren Poole, as they travel to take on the Giants. New York defensive end Robert Ayers will welcome three. 

Packers vs. Titans, 8:00 p.m.
Wide receiver Justin Hunter and the Titans welcome Rajion Neal and the Packers to Nashville for tonight's game. Hunter and Neal played together from 2010-2013.

Texans vs. Cardinals, 8:00 p.m.
Tackle Dan Williams welcomes Arian Foster and the Texans in their preseason opener. Foster is not expected to play this game for undisclosed reasons. However, both are expected to make large contributions to their respective teams this season.

Happy Birthday - Aug. 24: VFLs Arian Foster, Doug Roth

On August 24, we celebrate the birthday of former Vols tailback and NFL All-Pro running back Arian Foster, and former Vols center and NBA player for the Washington Bullets Doug Roth.


NFL Training Camp Stories (7/29)

All 32 of the teams in the NFL have officially started their training camps, and 25 of those 32 have former Vols on their roster, with 37 total VFLs currently at NFL camps. Additionally, eight of them have multiple former Vols on their roster. That's a quarter of the league with two or more VFLs on their 90-man training camp roster.

The Denver Broncos lead the way with four VFLs, including Peyton Manning, who is joined by Britton Colquitt, Robert Ayers, and Malik Jackson. After the that, both the Oakland Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs have three VFLs, while the New England Patriots, Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints, Cleveland Browns, and New York Jets all have two.

Check out these stories about some of the Vols that are in training camps around the league.

ESPN: Jason Witten scores a 25-yard touchdown on Sunday that ESPN's Tim MacMahon deemed the "play of the day."

WCF Courier: Peyton Manning talks about the upcoming season and what expectations the Broncos have put on themselves.

The Washington Post: It looks like Peyton Manning is going to have another weapon at his disposal this season in Julius Thomas.

The Daily Dolphin: Dallas Thomas was bumped up to taking reps with the first team as the starting left guard, after having previously been practicing as a backup tackle.

Ultimate Texans: Arian Foster says he will take his time coming back from a calf injury to be sure he is 100% before making his return.

ESPN: Cordarrelle Patterson is deemed the top option for kick return duties by the Minnesota Vikings special teams coach Mike Priefer.

Heartland Connection: Eric Berry expresses confidence about the upcoming season for the Kansas City Chiefs.

New Orleans Saints: Jabari Greer talks to the media after practice on Saturday.

All for Tennessee: Justin Hunter had a solid first day of camp with the Titans.

KC Chiefs: Tyler Bray took some extra reps with the first team.

NBC: Kevin Burnett will play a prominent role on the Oakland Raiders defense this season.

AZ Central: Dan Williams gets complimented by Bruce Arians as the Cardinals open camp.

Four Vols On CBS' Pete Prisco's Top 100


CBS Sports's Pete Prisco compiled his NFL Top 100. That list includes four former Tennessee stars: No. 4 Peyton Manning, No. 46 Jason Witten, No. 59 Jerod Mayo and No. 88 Arian Foster. Here are his comments on the VFLs.

4. Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: After missing all of 2011 because of neck surgery, he bounced back to look like the Manning of old -- just in a new uniform. He got my MVP vote. All the talk of a dead arm proved to be false.

46. Jason Witten, TE, Dallas Cowboys: He led all tight ends with 110 catches and remains Tony Romo's favorite target.

59. Jerod Mayo, ILB, New England Patriots: He was good in his first couple of seasons, but was really good last year. He is more an all-round linebacker now, able to blitz and cover.

88. Arian Foster, RB, Houston Texans: He had 1,421 yards, but his per-carry average was down to 4.1, which has to be a concern.

Sunday's Tennessee Football Briefing (4/21/13)

Arian Foster on the turntables, a Duck Dynasty star, more than 61,000 in the stands and Butch Jones working the mic. That was just part of the scene at the DISH Orange & White Game on Saturday. Check out the game recap: 61,076 Watch Orange Top White, 95-71 along with Orange & White Postgame Videos.

Here's a look at the extensive media overage of the game:

- Associated Press: Defense wins in UT spring game
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols embrace renewed 'fun'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols seek 'playmakers'
- Chattanooga Times Free Press: Vols have work to do, but defense a good sign
- GoVols247: Chunk plays needed
- Inside Tennessee: Vols talk Spring game
- Inside Tennessee: No offense but ...
- Knoxville News Sentinel: For Vol fans, optimism rules in April
- Middle Tennessee News: Jones pushing right buttons for Vols

Foster To The Madden 25 Final Four


After defeating Colin Kaepernick by a 53% to 47% margin in the Quarterfinal round of the Madden 25 Cover Vote, VFL Arian Foster has reached the Final Four!

He will face off against Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings in the semifinal round of the vote as the best of the New School side of the bracket.

The winner will face the winner of the Old School side of the bracket as Barry Sanders and Jerry Rice will also square off this week.

Make sure you Vote for Foster!

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