2011 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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2011 Tennessee Volunteers football
UT Volunteers logo.svg
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
2011 record 5–7 (1–7 SEC)
Head coach Derek Dooley (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney (3rd year)
Defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox (2nd year)
Home stadium Neyland Stadium
(Capacity: 102,455)[1]
Seasons
« 2010 2012 »
2011 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
#9 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Florida   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Western Division
#2 LSU x   8 0         13 1  
#1 Alabama #   7 1         12 1  
#5 Arkansas   6 2         11 2  
Auburn   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10
# – BCS National Champion
† – BCS representative as conference champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 2011 season. The team was coached by Derek Dooley, who entered his second season with UT. The Volunteers played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

Recruiting class[edit]

Tennessee's recruiting class was highlighted by six players from the "ESPN 150": No. 57 DeAnthony Arnett (WR); No. 63 Curt Maggitt (OLB); No. 73 Marcus Jackson (OG); No. 105 Antonio Richardson (OT); No. 118 A.J. Johnson (ILB); and No. 134 Marlin Lane (RB).[2] Tennessee signed the No. 13 recruiting class according to Rivals and the No. 11 recruiting class according to Scout.[3][4] The football program received 27 letters of intent on National Signing Day, February 2, 2011.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3 6:00 pm #12 (FCS) Montana* Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN PPV W 42–16   94,661
September 10 3:30 pm Cincinnati* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ESPN2 W 45–23   94,207
September 17 3:30 pm at #17 Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL (Third Saturday in September) CBS L 33–23   90,744
October 1 12:30 pm Buffalo* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN CSS W 41–10   103,758
October 8 7:00 pm Georgia Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Rivalry) ESPN2 L 20–12   106,154
October 15 3:30 pm #1 LSU Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN CBS L 38–7   106,822
October 22 7:15 pm at #2 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL (Third Saturday in October) ESPN2 L 37–6   101,821
October 29 7:00 pm #9 South Carolina Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ESPN2 L 14–3   105,655
November 5 7:00 pm Middle Tennessee*dagger Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN SECRN W 24–0   102,211
November 12 6:00 pm at Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR ESPN2 L 49–7   72,103
November 19 7:00 pm Vanderbilt Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Rivalry) ESPNU W 27–21 OT  91,867
November 26 12:21 pm at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY SECN L 10–7   57,040
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[6]
Neyland Stadium hosted eight Tennessee home games in 2011.

Personnel[edit]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Tennessee
Alma Mater
Derek Dooley Head coach 2 Virginia (1991)
Charlie Baggett Assistant Head Coach, Wide Receivers 2 Michigan State (1975)
Jim Chaney Offensive Coordinator, Offensive Line 3 Central Missouri State (1983)
Harry Hiestand Offensive Line 2 East Stroudsburg (1983)
Darin Hinshaw Quarterbacks 2 Central Florida (1993)
Terry Joseph Defensive Backs, Recruiting Coordinator 2 Northwestern State (1996)
Eric Russell Tight Ends, Special Teams 2 Idaho (1991)
Peter Sirmon Linebackers 1 Oregon (1999)
Lance Thompson Defensive Line 3 The Citadel (1987)
Justin Wilcox Defensive Coordinator 2 Oregon (1999)
Reference:[7]

The Middle Tennessee game is notable for having Derrick Brodus, a redshirt freshman walk-on who was not on the depth chart and never played college football, plucked from his fraternity's couch after Tennessee's other kickers (regular Michael Palardy was out and his replacement Chip Rhome hurt himself during warm-ups) were unavailable. He got the call less than an hour before kickoff. Brodus scored three extra points and a field goal.

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Main article: 2012 NFL Draft
Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Malik Jackson Defensive end 5 137 Denver Broncos
  • Reference:[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Neyland Stadium". utsports.com. Retrieved November 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "ESPNU 150 Class of 2011". ESPN.com. Archived from the original on February 25, 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  3. ^ "2011 Team Rankings". Rivals.com. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  4. ^ "2011 College Football Team Recruiting Rankings". Scout.com. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  5. ^ "2011 Signing Day Recap". UTSports.com. University of Tennessee Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. February 2, 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  6. ^ "2011 Football Schedule". The University of Tennessee. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Football Coaching Staff". The University of Tennessee. Retrieved February 11, 2011. 
  8. ^ 2012 NFL Draft. Retrieved: 14 November 2013.