You Love Tennessee Football, and you love a good story. We do too! So we created this podcast to share all of the best of the Tennessee Football Archives! The stories you'll hear come directly from the Volunteer Lettermen who played the game, direct from the recordings of legendary Voice of the Vols John Ward, and direct from the voluminous vault of VFL Films. Mix it all together, and you get "A Host of Volunteers" the podcast.
Tim Townes: An undersized guy with oversized dreams
Former Tennessee Strong Safety Tim Townes dreams big. First he wanted to be a Vol. In spite of his lack of size, speed or scholarship offer he achieved his dream. This episode introduces you to Tim and spotlights his career in orange. Tim’s dreams continued after graduation. He is now Dr. Tim Townes and he wants to cure Sickle Cell Anemia. It’s another big dream, but he’s close to achieving it! Tune in to learn more about the story of VFL Tim Townes.
88 Out the Gate
IF you automatically think of 1988 as the season Tennessee went 0-6, then this show is for you! We hope to re-frame your memory of that season, because yes that team began 0-6, but after this episode is finished … if we’ve done our job … you’ll think of that season as the season we FINISHED 5-0! As the season that LAUNCHED the decade of dominance. As the season that turned a bunch of young talented inexperienced kids into a team of future SEC Champions!
Bonus Episode: 1988 Peach Bowl
As suggested by a listener we bring you an abridged replay of the Tennessee vs. Indiana game in the 1988 Peach Bowl in Atlanta.
1972 vs. Penn State: When Shields Watkins Shined Like an Emerald in the Night.
Tennessee faced Penn State in back to back home games over 1971 and 1972! This episode tells the story of HOW Joe Paterno played the Vols twice and never played them in his home stadium! This story also documents a new era for Tennessee Football. This game was the first to be played under the lights at Neyland Stadium. It was a magical year for Tennessee, and it was the first season for quarterback Condredge Holloway.
Bobby Majors: An All American Tale
In 1971 Bobby Majors was selected to the All America team. In that season's final regular season game against Penn State he proved the selection was no mistake! This episode tells the story of Bobby's greatest game, and one of Tennessee's greatest teams.
Jeff Powell: Roaring Down The Greensward!
Before Tennessee began its historic 1985 championship season, it was loaded with quality running backs. Keith Davis, Charles Wilson, Pete Panuska, William Howard and Big Sam Henderson were just some of the veteran backs who would be counted on. Nowhere in the preseason media guide was there any mention of a walk-on named Jeff Powell. In spite of his low profile Jeff Powell would go on to be remembered for one of the all time great runs in Tennessee football history when he came "roaring down the greensward of the super dome" in the 1986 Sugar Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes. This episode tells Jeff's fascinating story with interviews by him, his coach Doug Mathews, with archival sound from John Ward and Johnny Majors.
Season 1 was awesome! When does season 2 begin?
This is a must listen to any Volunteer fan!
Absolutely amazing work. Great story telling and the archival material is unbelievable.
Thank you for this!
If you’re a Tennessee Volunteers fan, this podcast is a must. It is great to listen to the radio calls from the legendary broadcast duo of John Ward and Bill Anderson. Many of their calls brought back fond memories of sitting with my dad and others listening to Tennessee dispatch their weekly foes.