The Vols return to practice Monday afternoon, the first of three remaining workouts before breaking for the holidays Wednesday afternoon. The team reports Christmas night to Tampa, Fla., for the Jan. 1 meeting against Penn State.
2006 FOOTBALL AWARDS
SPIRIT OF THE HILL AWARD -- Presented annually by the Knoxville Quarterback Club to the Most Valuable senior football players.
2006 -Defensive Tackle Turk McBride and Offensive Tackle Arron Sears
OUTSTANDING LINEMAN AND BACK AWARDS -- Awarded annually to the outstanding lineman and back as selected by their teammates.
2006 - Offensive Tackle Arron Sears
2006 - Wide Receiver Robert Meachem
NATIONWIDE EXPRESS QUALITY AWARD -- Given annually by former Vol lineman Charlie Coffey in honor of the most fundamentally sound offensive and defensive players as selected by the coaching staff.
2006 -- OFFENSIVE AWARD -- Offensive Tackle Arron Sears
2006 -- DEFENSIVE AWARD -- Defensive Tackle Turk McBride
MICKEY O'BRIEN AWARD -- Awarded annually in honor of Mickey O'Brien, Tennessee trainer from 1938-72, by the Dr. Joe Parker Family to the seniors who best exemplify courage and determination in overcoming physical obstacles during their careers and make a valuable contribution to the team.
2006 - Wide Receiver Jayson Swain and Linebacker Marvin Mitchell
BILL MAJORS AWARD -- Awarded annually to the player who best exemplifies the dedication toward football displayed by Bill Majors, a Tennessee player and coach, who died in 1965.
2006 - Defensive Back Jonathan Hefney
VOLUNTEER AWARD -- Awarded annually to the player who enters school as a non-scholarship player and contributes greatly to the team's success during his career.
2006 - Center Ryan West
THE DAILY TIMES TROPHY -- Awarded annually to the senior player with the highest scholastic average. The award, which was originated in 1951 by The Knoxville Journal, has been presented by The Daily Times of Maryville and Alcoa since 1992.
2006 -Placekicker James Wilhoit
(JOHN STUCKY) LIFTER OF THE YEAR -- Awarded annually to the players who show the most dedication and work discipline to improve strength as selected by the strength and conditioning staff.
AL WILSON LEADERSHIP AWARD -- Awarded annually to the players who best lead by example on and off the field.
2006 - Defensive Tackle Turk McBride and Offensive Tackle Arron Sears
COACHES AWARD -- Awarded annually to the player who consistently exemplifies an unselfish attitude, puts the success of the team above his own yet continues to perform at a high level.
2006 - Defensive Back Antwan Stewart
TAKEAWAY AWARD -- Awarded to the player who affects the outcome of the game with a timely interception or turnover.
2006 -Defensive Back Jonathan Hefney and Defensive Back Jonathan Wade
BILLY RATLIFF AWARD -- Awarded in honor of Billy Ratliff, a defensive tackle at UT from 1996-99, to players who face multiple season ending injuries and serve as inspirations to their teammates by their attitudes and actions.
2006 -Wide Receiver Jayson Swain, Offensive Guard David Ligon and Wide Receiver Bret Smith
"GO-TO" AWARD -- Awarded to the player who steps up to make the big play that affects the outcome of the game.
2006 -Wide Receiver Robert Meachem
SPECIAL TEAMS DIFFERENCE-MAKER AWARD -- Awarded to a players who swing the momentum of the game with special teams play.
2006 - Punter Britton Colquitt and Place Kicker James Wilhoit