Watson, Lofton named
Tennessee guards C.J. Watson and Chris Lofton have been named to the Southeastern Conference’s preseason All-SEC teams.
Watson, a senior point guard from Las Vegas, was named to the first team. Lofton, a 6-foot-2 sophomore from Maysville, Ky., made the second team.
Watson, a three-year starter at point guard, led the SEC in assists against league opponents for the second time in three seasons last year. He was the third-leading scorer on the team with 11.9 points per game.
Lofton, an SEC All-Freshman team selection, hit 93 3-pointers as a freshman, breaking the SEC freshman record of 84 previously held by LSU’s Chris Jackson. He led the SEC and was fourth in the nation with 46.5-percent shooting from 3-point range.
Watson and Lofton are the top two returning scorers on a Tennessee team with only nine scholarship players. Watson and Lofton are expected to have more scoring opportunities thanks to first-year coach Bruce Pearl’s uptempo style.
Vol, Lady Vol basketball
teams to share spotlight
The University of Tennessee will tip off basketball season a little early this year with “Big Orange Madness.”
Big Orange Madness will take place at Thompson-Boling Arena Friday, the night before the Tennessee football team takes on South Carolina. The event starts at 6:30 p.m., with doors opening at 5:30 p.m. Admission and parking are free.
Leading off the event, the Lady Vols volleyball team will take the court against SEC rival Georgia at 6:30 p.m., its second match all-time in the facility. The Lady Vols drew a school-record crowd of 1,571 to its Oct. 31, 2003, contest against No. 3 Florida in the only other volleyball match to be played in the facility.
An autograph session with both the Vols and Lady Vols basketball teams will take place on the Thompson-Boling Arena concourse from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Autographs are limited to one item per person.
The basketball portion of Big Orange Madness will start at 8 p.m. and will include team introductions, followed by intrasquad scrimmages by both the men’s and women’s teams, on-court interviews with coaches Bruce Pearl and Pat Summitt, and a 3-point shooting contest with members of both squads. One team of men’s student-athletes and one team of women’s will compete against each other.
The final event of the night will be a dunk contest with members of the Vol basketball team. Lady Vol redshirt freshman Candace Parker also will participate in the dunk contest.
Fans will have opportunities throughout the night to win prizes, starting with the volleyball match and continuing on with the basketball event.
Former baseball players
to return for HR derby
Numerous former Tennessee baseball lettermen will return to Knoxville Friday to take part in a full day of events that will be capped by the annual Tennessee Alumni Baseball Game at Lindsey Nelson Stadium. A golf tournament and home run derby are scheduled to precede the game.
Vols head coach Rod Delmonico hosts the annual Food-City All-Star Golf Tournament at Three Ridges Golf Course in Knoxville beginning Friday at 8:30 a.m. Participants include more than 10 former Vols, including former major leaguers Rich Delucia, Rick Honeycutt, Greg McMichael, Rich Rodriguez, Steve Searcy and Mike Smithson.
Spots are still available for the tournament. Entry fees are $250 per person or $1000 for a foursome. All participants receive a gift pack that includes adidas golf shoes, jacket and cap. To register, call Jeff Burdick at (865) 974-9118.
The day's action moves to Lindsey Nelson Stadium starting at 6 p.m., as a group of former Vols tests their long-ball skills in a home run derby. Derby participants include 2005 Academic All-District honoree Rob Fitzgerald, 21-year Major Leaguer Rick Honeycutt, 2005 Tennessee co-captain and first-round draft pick Eli Iorg and former professional baseball player Donnie Ross.
The 2005 Tennessee Alumni Baseball Game will follow the home run derby with a host of former Vols taking the field on Rocky Top once again. Coaches for the alumni teams will be former UT coach and current Texas Rangers bullpen coach Mark Connor and former Vol and 14-year major leaguer Ed Bailey.
The home run derby and alumni game participants will sign autographs for fans at the stadium throughout the evening.
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Published: Thu Oct 27, 2005