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Vols Land 5 Star OT Drew Richmond

Posted on 04 February 2015 by Allen

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Butch Jones strikes again. This time he stole Drew Richmond away from Ole Miss. Richmond made it official this morning by signing his National Letter of Intent and sending it in to the Vol’s coaching staff.

Richmond had originally committed to the Rebels last September but changed his mind and decommitted on Monday. The 6’5 300 pound Memphis native was thought to be down to the Vols and Alabama going into National Signing Day today. Tennessee won out and will reap the rewards up front for several years.

Coach Jones has done a good job this year with this class that will likely be ranked in the Top 5 in the country. Jones landed other top rated recruits such as Kahlil McKenzie, Preston Williams, and Micah Abernathy.

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Missouri beats UT in Knoxville 29-21

Missouri beats UT in Knoxville 29-21

Posted on 23 November 2014 by Allen

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Marcus Murphy ran for two touchdowns to help his team get the lead, and Maty Mauk threw a pair of second-half touchdown passes to seal the win as No. 19/20 Missouri won its fifth straight game, a 29-21 victory over Tennessee at Neyland Stadium.

The win was the school-record 10th consective on the road for the Tigers (9-2, 6-1 SEC), which broke the mark first establish from 1978-80.

The defense was solid all game long, and didn’t allow a sustained drive until the Volunteers (5-6, 2-5) scored on a pass from holder Patrick Ashford to tight end Alex Ellis on a fake field goal with 11:14 left in the first half. That score put the Vols up 10-7, and would be UT’s last lead of the night.

Murphy’s 1-yard plunge up the middle on the game’s opening drive put the Tigers up, and his second midway through the second half put the Tigers up 13-10. Aaron Medley’s second field goal of the game sent the teams to the locker room tied at 13.

The second half was all Mizzou until the very end; Andrew Baggett’s 43-yard field goal broke the halftime deadlock midway through the 3rd, then Mauk took over. With 10:42 left to play, Mauk found Jimmie Hunt over the top for a 73-yard catch-and-run to give the Tigers a 10-point lead, and then Mauk found Bud Sasser on a fade from 13 yards out to make it 29-13 with 6:22 to go.

Tenneessee made it an eight-point game with 1:52 left, but the Tigers were able to run the clock out to put the Tigers a win away from their second-straight SEC East Division title.

The Tigers finish up the regular season this Friday at home vs. Arkansas in the Battle Line, Presented by Shelter Insurance. Kickoff is set for 1:30 p.m. for a national broadcast on CBS; tickets remain on sale.

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Breaking Down Missouri at Tennessee

Breaking Down Missouri at Tennessee

Posted on 18 November 2014 by Allen

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The #19/20 Missouri Tigers (8-2 overall, 5-1 in SEC play) hit the road for one final time in 2014 as they travel to Knoxville, Tenn., where they’ll face the upstart Tennessee Volunteers (5-5, 2-4). Kickoff at Neyland Stadium is set for 6:30 p.m., with the game being televised on ESPN. Mizzou is 4-0 on the road in 2014, and has won 9-straight road games overall.

The Tigers are coming off of perhaps their best half of the 2014 season, as they turned a 13-6 halftime deficit at 24th-ranked Texas A&M into a 34-27 win last Saturday, for their 4th-straight win. Mizzou got into a groove offensively and rolled to a season-high 587 yards of offense, despite cold and rainy conditions, while the defense held A&M’s high-powered offense in check quite well.

Tennessee is coming off of a very impressive performance of their own, as they cruised to a 50-16 home win over Kentucky last Saturday. The Volunteers fell behind 3-0 quickly, but scored 30 unanswered points on the way to a 33-13 halftime lead. Tennessee outgained UK by a 511-to-262 margin in total offense as they won their 2nd-straight game as the Volunteers pulled to within one win from becoming bowl eligible.

Mizzou and Tennessee had never met on the gridiron until the Tigers joined the Southeastern Conference in time for the 2012 season. The Tigers have had the upper hand in the schools’ only two meetings, as they have claimed both meetings – 51-48 in 4 OTs in Knoxville in 2012, followed by a 31-3 win in Columbia last year.

In 2013, the Tigers jumped to a 17-0 lead, and held a 24-3 halftime lead on the strength of three Maty Mauk TD passes. Mauk was making his third straight start as a redshirt freshman in place of injured senior starter James Franklin, and Mauk acquitted himself nicely, throwing for 163 yards and 3 TDs (with no INTs), while he also ran for a career-high 114 yards on 13 carries to lead the way. Sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough had a 26-yard TD run in the 3rd quarter for the only score after halftime, and the Tigers played shutout defense in the 2nd half while outgaining Tennessee 502-to-334 in total offense.

In 2012, the first-ever meeting between MU and Tennessee couldn’t have been more wild and wooly. Freshman PK Andrew Baggett drilled a 35-yard game-winning field goal in the 4th overtime period, after Mizzou’s defense got a 4-and-out stop to begin the period. The Tigers trailed 21-7 at halftime but a 77-yard TD sprint on the 1st play of the 3rd quarter gave life to Mizzou, and QB James Franklin forced overtime with a clutch 25-yard TD pass to WR Dorial Green-Beckham with just :47 seconds left in regulation on a 4th-and-12 play. Both teams scored TDs in the first three OT periods, with neither team able to convert the mandatory two-point try in the 3rd overtime, setting up Baggett’s heroics, which was his first game-winning field goal at any level of football.

Mizzou is looking to continue the good mojo on the road that it has enjoyed recently, as the Tigers have won nine consecutive away games heading into Saturday’s showdown at Tennessee. Mizzou went a sterling 5-0 on the road in 2013 (on the way to a 12-2 overall record), and combined with a 49-24 win at Toledo in game #2 this year, followed by a dramatic 21-20 comeback win at South Carolina (erasing a 13-point deficit with just 7:25 left to play – tying for the biggest 4th-quarter comeback win in school history), and punctuated with a 42-13 handling of Florida on Oct. 18th and last Saturday’s win at Texas A&M, Mizzou has won nine straight road games, and hasn’t lost since ending the 2012 season at Texas A&M.

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Butch Jones is the most followed College Football Coach on Twitter

Butch Jones is the most followed College Football Coach on Twitter

Posted on 12 November 2014 by Allen

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Brick by brick… That’s what UT football coach Butch Jones says. And now he has another brick. With over 146,000 Twitter followers Jones is the most followed college football coach. Today Jones tweeted out the accomplishment.

Thank you #VolNation for making me the most followed Head Football Coach in College Football! #1 Fans in the Country! pic.twitter.com/B9FAODFjsy

— Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones) November 12, 2014

Although it is a noteworthy achievement Jones it should be noted that Nick Saban doesn’t have a Twitter account. It’s very likely Saban would have a bigger following than the coach at Tennessee.

There are other SEC coaches right there with Jones. LSU head coach Les Miles is nipping at his heels with over 145,000 followers and Georgia coach Mark Richt is right behind with over 138,000.

But the football guys followers are just chump change to Kentucky head basketball coach John Calipari. Coach Cal has over a million followers on his Twitter account.

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Vols open as a 7.5 point favorite against Kentucky

Vols open as a 7.5 point favorite against Kentucky

Posted on 10 November 2014 by Allen

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Coming off a big win over South Carolina on the road and a bye week Tennessee has opened as a 7.5 point favorite against Kentucky at home Saturday. Some offshore sportsbooks have the line at 7 and it could go up and down a little as money comes in on both sides.

Tennessee is a sexy team right now with Josh Dobbs at QB. The sophomore QB gives UT a dual threat under center and he lit up the Gamecocks two weeks ago.

Kentucky has been up and down all year. After three straight wins against South Carolina, Vanderbilt, and ULM the Cats have lost four straight. Georgia ran it all over Kentucky last week thrashing UK 63-31 in Lexington.

Last season the Vols beat the Wildcats 27-14 in Lexington. If Kentucky doesn’t show up Tennessee the Vols could pick up their fifth win and take one step closer to a bowl game.

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Vols’ Johnson named Lott Impact Player of the Week

Vols’ Johnson named Lott Impact Player of the Week

Posted on 04 November 2014 by Allen

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Tennessee Linebacker A.J. Johnson has been named the Lott IMPACT Player of the Week.

Johnson had 10 tackles and a quarterback hurry in the Vols’ 45-42 overtime win over South Carolina Saturday.

For the season, Johnson, a 6-2, 245-pound senior, has 96 tackles, among the leaders in the country, with 8.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles. He has 420 career tackles in his career at Knoxville. The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation will make a donation of $1,000 to the general scholarship fund at Tennessee to recognize Johnson’s performance.

2014 Lott IMPACT Players of the Week

Week 1 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Week 2 – Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
Week 3 – Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington
Week 4 – Randy Gregory, Nebraska
Week 5 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Week 6 – Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame
Week 7 – Hau’oli Kikaha, Washington
Week 8 – David Helton, Duke
Week 9 – Eric Kendricks, UCLA
Week 10 – A.J. Johnson, Tennessee

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Gamecocks looking to bounce back against Vols

Gamecocks looking to bounce back against Vols

Posted on 28 October 2014 by Allen

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The South Carolina Gamecocks (4-4, 2-4 SEC) worked out Tuesday afternoon at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds.” The Gamecocks are preparing for Saturday’s SEC Eastern Division matchup with the Tennessee Volunteers (3-5, 0-4 SEC) at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. The SEC Network will televise the 7:30 p.m. ET game nationally with Tom Hart and Matt Stinchcomb in the booth and Heather Mitts on the sidelines.

The Gamecock defensive coaches know there is still a lot of work to be done to become a more solid unit over the final four games of the regular season. “All the kids are making mistakes,” said defensive line coach Deke Adams. “Obviously, that’s part of the problem. But they are working hard. They are playing hard. That hasn’t been the problem. We’ve got kids making mistakes all over the field. We’ve been talking about focusing on doing our job, trusting the guy next to us, trusting the guy behind us and be where we’re supposed to be.”

True freshman Bryson Allen-Williams had his first taste of duty at the defensive end spot at Auburn. “He made some mistakes, but that was his first week,” said Adams. “When you hadn’t played there all year and then you line up against the No. 5 team in the country, it’s tough. He played hard, he did some good things, but he made some mistakes as well.” Adams noted that Allen-Williams played that position in high school. “It’s been a pretty smooth transition, but he still needs to learn some things,” said Adams.

Adams is aware that Tennessee may play a couple different types of quarterbacks on Saturday. “We’ve got to play whoever they put back there,” said Adams. “We know it’s different when they change and put No. 11 back there. He’s a different type of quarterback. He’s a running quarterback. That changes things a lot, but we’re prepared. We know some of the things we have problems with and we feel like we know what we’re going to see.”

The Gamecocks are scheduled to work out again on Wednesday afternoon.

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Ole Miss favored by 17 over Vols

Ole Miss favored by 17 over Vols

Posted on 13 October 2014 by Allen

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After getting a big win over Texas A&M on the road this week Ole Miss has opened as a 17 point favorite over Tennessee at home Saturday. The Rebels are ranked #3 in the country and are looking for another win to bolster their claim to a spot in the playoffs at the end of the season.

UT defeated UTC on Saturday 45-10. The Vols were favored by 26 and covered the spread. It will be interesting to see how Tennessee does on the road against the high octane Rebel offense. The last time UT played on the road as a big underdog they almost won outright against Georgia in Athens.

Sitting at 3-3 on the year with Alabama coming to Knoxville the following week Butch Jones will have to his guys at their best if they want to get back in the thick of the SEC East race. Georgia has one conference loss and it’s possible a two or three loss team could be headed to Atlanta this year.

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Vols thump UTC

Vols thump UTC

Posted on 11 October 2014 by Allen

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It was not a day for dreams to come true. The 12th-ranked Chattanooga Mocs ventured into SEC play losing 45-10 at Tennessee in Neyland Stadium. Even in the loss, the Mocs defensive line showed its mettle with a season-high five sacks.

“I thought we could,” replied coach Russ Huesman when asked about his team’s ability to rush the passer. “We rush the passer really well. Keionta Davis, Davis Tull and (Derrick) Lott, those guys can run. They are hard to block, hard to handle in there.

“Especially when it is a definite passing situation.”

The defense only allowed two sustained scoring drives. The Vols scored five of their six touchdowns on drives of 38, 20, 19, 16 and 14 yards. The first, third and fifth of those came on special teams, while the other two were off turnovers.

“I told our guys we played hard, and I think we did,” Huesman added. “Tennessee played very hard. They are a very athletic, physical football team. We knew we were playing a good team. We felt confident coming in, but we made some mistakes. I’m proud of our guys. When they walk out that door they are going to forget about this one, we have to get ready for the biggest game of the year at The Citadel (next weekend).”

After the Mocs opening drive stalled at their own 30 yard line, Nick Pollard’s punt was returned 42 yards by Cameron Sutton to the visitors’ 38. It took the hosts eight plays, but Justin Worley found Marquez North on an 8-yard fade route to start the scoring.

The two teams swapped possessions for three straight drives when Tennessee mounted the first of its two long scoring drives. It marched 78 yards to the Mocs eight when Dee Virgin made a great play on another fade route to force the Vols into a 25-yard field goal.

It was a 17-0 score when Chattanooga found the scoreboard. Keionta Davis’ sack of Worley included an expert strip of the ball. Freeman recovered it to give the Mocs excellent field position at the Tennessee 27.

Jacob Huesman got his team to the 12 on an eight-yard run on third and four. The Vols defense got stingy from there as Chattanooga settled for a 27-yard Henrique Ribeiro field goal to close the margin to 17-3.

Worley engineered a key drive to end the half on the ensuing possession. He completed five of six passes for 62 yards as his 21-yard strike to Johnathon Johnson made it a 24-3 game at the break.

Tennessee’s special teams put the exclamation point to open the second half. Evan Berry took the opening kickoff 68 yards to the Chattanooga 19. Muhasabi Wakeel and Nakevion Leslie stuffed Derrell Scott for no gain on first down. Worley’s arm remained the difference as he found Johnson on the next play extending the lead to 31-3.

The Mocs offense had an impressive touchdown drive in the fourth quarter. Huesman found Alphonso Stewart with a 13-yard catch-and-run. Huesman then ran for 12 and eight yards coming out after getting hit at the Vols 40.

Richardre Bagley converted the third down with a 10-yard burst. Backup quarterback Alejandro Bennifield hit Faysal Shafaat for 11 yards before running for five more to the 14. Bagley sped through the middle of the line the final 14 yards for the lone touchdown of the day.

The Mocs’ season-high five sacks were led by Freeman’s pair, which ties his career best. Lott, Davis and Davis Tull also downed the quarterback as the defense recorded nine tackles for loss total. Freshman Trevor Wright tied for game-high honors with nine stops.

Offensively, Huesman led the way with 45 yards rushing. The Vols limited the Mocs to 105 yards rushing and 201 total yards with 161 of those coming in the second half.

“When you hold an SEC team to 52 yards rushing through three quarters, you can take some pride in that,” senior defensive end Derrick Lott said. “Don’t get me wrong, we are disappointed we didn’t play better, but that’s something we can take back with us.”

Fellow defensive tackle Josh Freeman added, “We didn’t do enough. We made too many mistakes in all three phases. You can’t do that against a team with the talent this one has”.

Worley completed 19 of 24 passes for 198 yards and three scores in the air. He also had two with his feet accounting for five of his squad’s six tallies.

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Vols a 26 point favorite over UTC

Vols a 26 point favorite over UTC

Posted on 08 October 2014 by Allen

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After dropping a disappointing game to Florida last week the Vols will return home to play Chattanooga at Neyland Stadium. Offshore books have UT a 26 point favorite in the game. UT is 2-3 against the spread this year. Last week they were a 2.5 point favorite over the Gators but lost by one point.

It will be interesting to see how Tennessee bounces back after a disappointing loss against an opponent that is hard to get up for. The Vols could be looking ahead to a trip to Top 5 Ole Miss next week.

After winning their first 2 games Tennessee has dropped 3 straight. On the other side of the coin, the Mocs lost their first two but have won three in a row. UTC beat VMI 55-7 in their last game and seems to have found some offense.

The game will be shown on the SEC Network at 4 PM ET Saturday.

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Vols settle in as 2.5 point favorite over Gators

Vols settle in as 2.5 point favorite over Gators

Posted on 30 September 2014 by Allen

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After almost upsetting Georgia in Athens Tennessee has become the favorite over Florida at home Saturday. The game opened up offshore as a pick ‘em but a lot of money has come in on the Vols moving the line to 2.5 points after it was announced that Justin Worley would be starting at QB for UT. The line could move a little either way depending on how much money comes in on either team.

Last year the Vols lost a sloppy game to the Gators in the Swamp 31-14. Florida has dominated the series, winning 9 straight. The last Tennessee win came in 2004.

Florida has been a little shaky this year. They are 2-1 with a blowout win over Eastern Michigan. They almost lost to Kentucky at home but survived in triple overtime. In their last game they put up a fight against Alabama but lost 42-21 on the road. The Gators had last week off to prepare for the game at Neyland Stadium.

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Hurd Named SEC Freshman Of Week

Hurd Named SEC Freshman Of Week

Posted on 09 September 2014 by Allen

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Volunteer tailback Jalen Hurd was named the SEC Freshman Of The Week on Monday Night. Hurd rushed 23 times for 83 yards in Tennessee’s 34-19 win over Arkansas State, including a 4-yard touchdown run in the first quarter, the first of his career.

Hurd is the first tailback from Tennessee to be named SEC Freshman Of The Week since Arian Foster was honored on Nov. 28, 2005. Hurd is Tennessee’s first overall freshmen award weekly winner since Curt Maggitt was recognized on Nov. 19, 2011.

Hurd and the Vols return to action at #4/3 Oklahoma on Saturday night in a game that airs on ABC.

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Vols top Red Wolves 34-19

Vols top Red Wolves 34-19

Posted on 06 September 2014 by Allen

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The Tennessee Volunteers scored on three consecutive possessions in the first half and led the rest of the way en route a 34-19 non-conference victory over the Arkansas State University football team this Saturday (Sept. 6) afternoon in front of 99,538 fans at UT’s Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn.

With their loss in the SEC Network-televised game, the Red Wolves drop to 1-1 overall in the 2014 season while Tennessee improves its record to 2-0.

A-State struck first on its opening drive of the game as the Red Wolves marched 40 yards on six plays and found the end zone on a four-yard quarterback keeper from junior Fredi Knighten to claim a 6-0 lead. Back-to-back pass completions from Knighten to redshirt freshman wide receiver Tres Houston, covering 14 and 16 yards, along with a 12-yard Knighten run moved A-State to the UT six-yard line. Junior running back Michael Gordon’s rush moved the ball two yards closer and on the ensuing play, Knighten scampered into the end zone untouched.

Tennessee answered back with a 73-yard drive resulting in a 20-yard field goal by Aaron Medley to cut A-State’s lead at 6-3 with 7:16 to go in the first quarter. The Volunteers would claim a 10-6 advantage on their next possession as tailback Jalen Hurd finished off a 70-yard drive with a four-yard TD run at the opening quarter’s 3:02 mark.

A 10-yard TD pass from quarterback Justin Worley to wide receiver Marquez North early in the second quarter resulted in the third straight scoring series for Tennessee, which bumped its lead up to 17-6 with 13:01 remaining on the clock. The Red Wolves bounced back to draw within 17-12 at the 4:10 mark as a result of a Fredi Knighten slant pass to Tres Houston from nine yards out. A-State went for two points, but was unsuccessful as redshirt junior quarterback Stephen Hogan’s pass was incomplete and the Red Wolves were also whistled for offensive pass interference. A-State managed to keep the drive alive on a fourth-and 11 situation when junior punter Luke Ferguson faked a punt and then completed a 24-yard pass to redshirt junior Chris Stone for a first down to the UT 49-yard line. However, the Vols stretched their lead back to double digits at 24-12 with 1:20 to be played in the first half as Justin Worley tallied on a five-yard keeper to cap a 10-play, 71-yard drive.

Tennessee stretched its margin to 31-12 in the third quarter by capitializing on a Red Wolves’ turnover as Worley connected with Marquez North on another scoring pass play, this one of 14 yards at the 7:52 mark. A 33-yard Matt Darr punt was fumbled by redshirt junior J.D. McKissic, which was recovered by the Vols at their own 36-yard line to set up the drive.

The last touchdown of the game came from A-State and occurred with 10:06 left to be played as redshirt frosh DeKeathan Williams’ 24-yard TD run capped an 11-play, 83-yard scoring drive as the Red Wolves closed their deficit to 31-19. Tennessee would account for the final points in extending its lead to 34-19 with 1:41 remaining in the outing as Aaron Medley split the uprights on a 38-yard field goal.

Fredi Knighten completed 21-of-34 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown in directing the Red Wolves offense, which produced 190 yards passing and 141 rushing yards for a 331-yards total to Tennessee’s 415 offensive yards. He also ran for a team-high 65 yards on 14 carries and one score.

Redshirt freshman Tres Houston’s 48 yards in receiving on four catches lead A-State, which also received a five catch, 38-yard performance from J.D. McKissic.

Defensively, redshirt senior free safety Sterling Young and redshirt senior middle linebacker Qushaun Lee each compiled a squad-high nine tackles apiece, which included seven solo stops each. Redshirt senior cornerback Andrew Tryon and sophomore linebacker Xavier Woodson each chipped in with seven tackles (six solos). Sophomore defensive back Money Hunter contributed with a pass interception and five tackles (four solos).

For the Vols, Justin Worley threw for 247 yards and two TD’s on 22-of-38 passing while Jalen Hurd’s 83 yards on 23 carries led all rushers in the contest. Tight end Ethan Wolf had five grabs for 20 yards while Von Pearson and Marquez North caught four Worley aerials for 71 and 68 yards, respectively. North had a pair of TD receptions in the game as well.

Tennessee now leads the all-time series 2-0 after recording a 48-27 home victory over the Red Wolves in the 2007 season.

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UT’s Military Appreciation Game, Saturday

UT’s Military Appreciation Game, Saturday

Posted on 03 September 2014 by Allen

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In honor of those who serve our country by wearing the uniform, The University of Tennessee has designated this Saturday’s game at Neyland Stadium against Arkansas State as the Military Appreciation Game for 2014. A variety of events, as well a military-themed halftime show, are planned around the game.

At halftime, the Pride of the Southland Band will pay tribute to the military with their performance, one that will be accompanied by country music icon Lee Greenwood. The performance will also pay tribute to several Medal of Honor recipients attending the game, all of whom will be attending The 2014 Medal of Honor Convention, held in Knoxville from Sept. 10-13.

Also at halftime, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, Department of Tennessee, is naming the University of Tennessee as a Purple Heart-designated University because of its commitment to veterans and the military as well for its consistent support of combat-wounded veterans. UT is the first school in the state of Tennessee to receive this designation and only the sixth nationally. Major Gen. Max Haston, Adjutant General for the state of Tennessee, will be a part of the presentation, in which Robert Hunt, State Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, will present the designation to UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek.

Several members of the Wounded Warriors Project will also attend Saturday’s game.

Fans will also have the opportunity to express their appreciation for our country’s men and women in uniform by signing and writing messages of appreciation on an 8 foot-by-20 foot banner that reads “Thank You Military” and includes the five logos of the branches of the military. The banner will be set up outside Gate 21 at Neyland Stadium.

Saturday’s game between Tennessee and Arkansas State is slated for a 12:01 p.m. kickoff.

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