The SEC's lone soccer All-America is right here on campus.
Lady Vol junior Keeley Dowling was one of 12 players selected to Soccer Buzz Magazine's 2003 Preseason All-America list announced on Monday. The first-team All-Southeastern Conference defender, who was tabbed as Tennessee's initial All-American last year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and Soccer Buzz, was the lone SEC player cited by the publication.
As a sophomore, Dowling was the first UT player to repeat as a first-team All-Central Region honoree from the NSCAA and advanced to the first team on Soccer Buzz's All-Central list. She was chosen all-tournament at the Clemson/Nike Invitational, Santa Clara Adidas Classic and the SEC Tournament.
Last November, she was responsible for the most important goal in school history, as her header with 1:02 remaining in the second overtime off a cross from teammate Sue Flamini brought home the first SEC Tournament Championship in program history.
Dowling and her teammates will open the regular season Friday night at the UT Soccer Complex against UC Santa Barbara.
The Kevins recognized again
Tennessee's Kevin Simon and Kevin Burnett have been named to the Butkus Award preseason watch list as candidates for the nation's top linebacker award.
The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando presents the Butkus Award annually to college football's most outstanding linebacker.
This year's Butkus Award Watch List includes 90 noteworthy candidates that represent schools and conferences from across the nation. The independent selection committee for the 2003 Butkus Award, comprised of 26 of the nation's foremost media members, is solely responsible for all voting in the selection process.
The Butkus Award Watch List will be trimmed to 10 semifinalists on Thursday, Oct. 16. That list will be cut down to three finalists, who will be announced via a national teleconference with players, coaches, media members and Butkus Award officials on Thursday, Nov. 13.
The winner will be announced Dec. 12, 2003 at the Butkus Award Gala in Orlando, Fla.
Familiar name back at UT
Tennessee golf coach Jim Kelson announced the signing of Ricky Honeycutt of Chattanooga for the 2003-04 season.
Honeycutt comes to the Vols from Cleveland State Community College in Cleveland, Tenn., where he was a member of the golf team for two years. While at Cleveland State, Honeycutt finished fourth in the NJCAA Division II golf tournament.
Other notable achievements for Honeycutt include winning the 2003 Redbud and Signal Mountain Invitationals, as well as qualifying for the 2003 U.S. Amateur.
Prior to attending Cleveland State, Honeycutt was a member of the Baylor School golf team.
Honeycutt has ties to Tennessee that go back to his father Rick Honeycutt, who played baseball for the Vols from 1973-76. He also played major league baseball as a pitcher for six teams from 1977-97.