2012 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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2012 Tennessee Volunteers football
UT Volunteers logo.svg
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
2012 record 5–7 (1–7 SEC)
Head coach Derek Dooley (3rd)
Jim Chaney (interim)
Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney (4th year)
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Sal Sunseri (1st year)
Base defense Multiple
Home stadium Neyland Stadium
(Capacity: 102,455)
Seasons
« 2011 2013 »
2012 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#5 Georgia xy   7 1         12 2  
#9 Florida x   7 1         11 2  
#8 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
#23 Vanderbilt   5 3         9 4  
Missouri   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
#1 Alabama x   7 1         13 1  
#14 LSU   6 2         10 3  
#5 Texas A&M   6 2         11 2  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 8  
Auburn   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 2012 season. The Volunteers played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). The team was coached by Derek Dooley, who was in his third season with Tennessee. On November 18, 2012 Dooley was fired after 11 games following a 41–18 loss to hated in-state rival Vanderbilt. Dooley ended his three-year tenure at Tennessee with losing records of 15–21 overall and 4–19 in the SEC. Offensive coordinator Jim Chaney was named interim head coach for the final game of the season against Kentucky.[1] The season was Tennessee's third consecutive losing season, a streak the program had not matched since 1909-1911.[2]

Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Tennessee
Alma Mater
Derek Dooley Head coach 3 Virginia (1991)
Jim Chaney Interim head coach / Offensive Coordinator, Quarterbacks 4 Central Missouri State (1983)
Darin Hinshaw Wide Receivers 3 Central Florida (1993)
Jay Graham Running Backs 1 Tennessee (1996)
Sam Pittman Offensive Line 1 Pittsburg State (Kan.) (1985)
Sal Sunseri Defensive Coordinator, Line Backers 1 Pittsburgh (1981)
John Palermo Defensive Line 1 Florida State (1973)
Charlie Coiner Special Teams, Tight Ends 1 Appalachian State (1986)
Derrick Ansley Cornerbacks 1 Troy (2005)
Josh Conkin Safeties 1 Northwestern State (2003)

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 7:30 PM vs. NC State* Georgia DomeAtlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game) ESPNU W 35–21   55,529
September 8 4:00 PM Georgia State* Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN PPV W 51–13   87,821
September 15 6:00 PM #18 Florida #23 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in September) ESPN L 20–37   102,455
September 22 7:30 PM Akron* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN CSS W 47–26   81,719
September 29 3:30 PM at #5 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA (Rivalry) CBS L 44–51   92,746
October 13 9:00 PM at #19 Mississippi State Davis Wade StadiumStarkville, MS ESPN2 L 31–41   57,831
October 20 7:00 PM #1 Alabama Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) ESPN L 13–44   102,455
October 27 12:00 PM at #17 South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC ESPN L 35–38   80,250
November 3 12:00 PM Troy* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN SECRN W 55–48   84,189
November 10 12:21 PM Missouri Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN SECN L 48–51 4OT  89,272
November 17 7:00 PM at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN (Rivalry) ESPN2 L 18–41   40,350
November 24 12:21 PM Kentucky Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel) SECN W 37-17   81,841
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[3]

Rankings[edit]

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP NR RV 23 RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Coaches' NR RV 23 RV RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR 
Harris Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released 
BCS Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released


Game notes[edit]

NC State[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
NC State 7 7 0 7 21
Tennessee 22 0 10 3 35
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Game start: 7:36 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:29
  • Game attendance: 55,529
  • Referee: Matt Moore
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Dave Neal (Play-by-Play), Andre Ware (Color), Cara Capuano (Sideline)

The Tennessee Volunteers opened the season in the Georgia Dome against NC State in the annual Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game. Junior college transfer WR Cordarrelle Patterson put a show early on in his debut as a Volunteer, catching a 41-yard touchdown as well as rushing for a 67-yard touchdown on a reverse, both during the first quarter. Tyler Bray threw for 333 passing yards with two TDs, including a 72-yard bomb to Zach Rogers, who beat NC State star cornerback David Amerson down the field. The defense not only recorded a safety but also forced 4 interceptions by NC State quarterback Mike Glennon. Despite Bray losing a fumble at the end of the first half, Tennessee would continue to dominate the rest of the game. On the opening possession of the 2nd half, Rajion Neal rushed for an 8 yard touchdown, which would be followed by a 20 yard field goal by Michael Palardy to extend the Vol's lead to 32-14. NC State responded in the 4th when Glennon threw a touchdown to Bryan Underwood to whittle Tennessee's lead down to 32-21. Too bad for Glennon he would also throw 2 of his 4 interceptions during the 4th quarter, and after one more Palardy field goal, Tennessee would go on to win 35-21.[4]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Main article: 2013 NFL Draft
Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Cordarrelle Patterson Wide receiver 1 29 Minnesota Vikings
Justin Hunter Wide receiver 2 34 Tennessee Titans
Dallas Thomas Offensive guard 3 77 Miami Dolphins
Mychal Rivera Tight end 6 184 Oakland Raiders
  • Reference:[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wolken, Dan (November 18, 2012). "Tennessee Fires Derek Dooley After Embarrassing Loss". USA Today. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ Climer, David (November 17, 2012). "Loss to Vanderbilt Will Seal Derek Dooley's Fate". The Tennessean (Nashville). Retrieved November 17, 2012. 
  3. ^ "2012 Football Schedule". The University of Tennessee. Retrieved January 14, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Cordarrelle Patterson's 2 TDs help Vols down N.C. State". ESPN. Retrieved October 26, 2012. 
  5. ^ 2013 NFL Draft. Retrieved: 14 November 2013.