2014 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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2014 Tennessee Volunteers football
UT Volunteers logo.svg
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
2014 record 0–0 (0–0 SEC)
Head coach Butch Jones (2nd year)
Offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian (2nd year)
Offensive scheme Multiple
Defensive coordinator John Jancek (2nd year)
Base defense 4–3
Home stadium Neyland Stadium
(Capacity: 102,455)
Seasons
« 2013 2015 »
2014 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
Florida   0 0         0 0  
#12 Georgia   0 0         0 0  
Kentucky   0 0         0 0  
#24 Missouri   0 0         0 0  
#9 South Carolina   0 0         0 0  
Tennessee   0 0         0 0  
Vanderbilt   0 0         0 0  
Western Division
#2 Alabama   0 0         0 0  
Arkansas   0 0         0 0  
#6 Auburn   0 0         0 0  
#13 LSU   0 0         0 0  
Mississippi State   0 0         0 0  
#18 Ole Miss   0 0         0 0  
#21 Texas A&M   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 6, 2014
As of 00:14, 18 August 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Tennessee Volunteers football team will represent the University of Tennessee in the 2014 season. This will be the 118th overall season, 81st as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and its 23rd within the SEC Eastern Division. The team will be coached by Butch Jones, who will be in his second season with UT, and will play its home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville.

Previous season[edit]

Tennessee came into the 2013 season un-ranked and on a streak of three consecutive losing seasons. 2013 fared no better for the Volunteers under new head coach Butch Jones. The season started with a 45-0 victory over Austin Peay that gave Tennessee its 800th win in school history. Tennessee became only the eighth school to ever win 800 games in football. In week two UT beat the WKU Hilltoppers 52-20. In week three Tennessee was beat by #2 Oregon 59-14 and a 31-17 loss to rival #19 Florida in week 4.

By mid-October, Tennessee was in position to qualify for a bowl game after a 23-21 victory over #11 South Carolina, the first win for Tennessee over an AP Top 25 team since 2009, however Tennessee went on a four game losing skid that included 45-10 loss to #1 Alabama, 31-3 #10 Missouri, homecoming loss to #7 Auburn, and any chance of a bowl game was dashed in a 14-10 loss to in-state rival Vanderbilt. A 27-14 victory over Kentucky in week 14 left Tennessee with a 5-7 record and gave Tennessee its fourth straight seven-loss season.[1]

Before the season[edit]

Tennessee has 11 starters returning from the 2013 season. All five starting offensive linemen from last season are gone, as are the top five tacklers from the defensive line.[2]

After missing the 2013 season, outside linebacker Curt Maggitt will be back on the field playing various roles. He led the team in 2012 with five tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks before tearing his ACL, which kept him off the field last season.[3]

Bobby Denton, longtime PA announcer at Neyland Stadium, passed away on April 9 at the age of 73 after battling cancer for a year.[4] Jeff Jarnigan, the PA announcer for UT's basketball games, was named the new PA announcer for football games on July 17.[5]

Spring practice[edit]

Tennessee began Spring football practice on March 7 and played their annual Orange-and-White Game on April 12.[6] They were without star wide receiver Pig Howard for unspecified personal reasons.[7] Reserve defensive lineman Gregory Clark, who was a fifth-year senior, left the team in the offseason to focus on his postgraduate career.[7] Wide receivers Drae Bowles and Ryan Jenkins, tight end Brendan Downs, safety Brian Randolph, and defensive lineman Trevarris Saulsberry did not participate so that they could recover from injuries.[8]

Marlin Lane was expected to be limited on reps through spring practice with a broken bone in his hand[9] and that highly recruited running back Jalen Hurd would see an increased workload. This was not the case however as Lane was carrying most of the first-team reps in practice.[10] Josh Malone, also a highly recruited wide receiver, competed with Jason Croom for the starting spot in the outside receiver slot opposite of Marquez North.[9]

With the graduation of Michael Palardy, Tennessee was in need of a new kicker and punter. Matt Darr is expected to take over as punter. George Bullock is in line to handle kicking.[11]

Defensive tackle Jason Carr and defensive end Malik Brown were both expected to sit out of spring practice for wrist injuries.[11] But Jason returned to practice on April 2 while Malik remained sidelined.[12] Coach Jones considered moving Jason Carr from defensive tackle to offensive tackle.[10]

The battle for the starting spot at quarterback showed no clear frontrunners through most of spring practice.[13] Justin Worley, who won the starting job last August, lost his starting spot against Florida in week 4 (he ended up subbing in for Nathan Peterman). After being knocked out of the week 8 game against Alabama, then redshirted freshman Joshua Dobbs took over the starting role for the rest of the 2013 season. In the final week of practice, Worley and Ferguson emerged as the frontrunners for the starting job.[14] Justin Worley is most likely to retake the starting spot at quarterback.

Senior cornerback Justin Coleman played the nickel back role this spring and is expected to lineup as the fifth defensive back this season.[15]

Coach Jones challenged his 'soft' defense to toughen up during spring practice along with reiterating themes of "fundamental improvement" and "competing all day".[12]

Devrin Young, after playing a season as slot receiver, returned to the running back position during spring practice.[16]

Spring game[edit]

Tennessee played the Orange and White Game on April 12. Coach Butch Jones said that the offense had made great strides from where they started at the beginning of spring practice. Jones, however, made note that the defense was still deficient overall.[17]

In his first action since tearing his ACL in 2012, Curt Maggitt finished the game with three tackles and one sack. He played defensive end in nickel situations and at outside linebacker during base packages.[17]

Jalen Hurd, highly recruited running back, got a chance to show his ability when he carried the ball for 66 yards rushing and one touchdown carry. He also caught a pass for 27 yards.[17] "Josh has been pretty much doing that all spring," Jones said. "You can see he adds a whole other dynamic to our offense. I said it in the offseason: We have to be able to throw a 5-yard pass and turn it into a 20-yard gain. That was missing from our offense last year, and we've really helped ourselves in recruiting. Josh has been an individual that, right from practice one, he can be as good as he wants to be."[18]

Jaylen Reeves-Maybin finished second on the team with seven tackles and 0.5 tackles for loss at outside linebacker.[17]

Joshua Dobbs, who started the final four games last season in place of Justin Worley, was not in contention for the starting job at QB. He completed six passes for 199 yards and three touchdowns and took a low, bounced snap off the ground and rumbled 59 yards for another touchdown. "Josh has had a productive spring, but I thought he really stepped it up today," coach Butch Jones said. Though all that action came against mostly reserves, Dobbs' had noticeable muscle gain and sheer arm strength on deep balls.[17]

Justin Worley, who is expected to be the starting quarterback when the season starts, finished the game 11-13 and 151 yards passing along with one touchdown. He also had 55 yards rushing on two carries.[17]

Marquez North makes up one of many impressive wide receivers playing for Tennessee this season. He finished the game with 106 yards receiving and a 50 yard touchdown reception.[17]

Josh Malone showed why he was so coveted as a recruit with 181 yards receiving on six catches and three touchdowns. The longest of which he took 79 yards to the end zone.[17] The Gallatin, Tenn. standout pass-catcher had been improving throughout the spring and dominated defenders when he got the ball.[18]

In 2013, Tennessee finished 11th in total defense in the SEC (418.4 YPG) and the spring game showed that the defense was dealing with the same problems such as tackling. This was something that Butch Jones had spent a chunk of time during spring practice to work on.[19]

Post spring practice[edit]

On April 22, reserve running back Alden Hill announced that he was leaving the team. “As of today I am I’m sad to say I am no longer a Tennessee Vol. I have decided to move on for my best interest and find a new home. I have loved Tennessee and the entire Big Orange family. I thank the coaches and the fans for my time here and will always remember my time spent at Tennessee, my first true love,” Alden said via his Instagram account.[20] He tweeted a link to the post. Although his Twitter account is unverified, head coach Butch Jones confirmed that Hill had left the team and was looking to transfer to another school.[21]

On April 30, fifth-year defensive back JaRon Toney announced that he was leaving the team. Coach Jones said Toney would graduate in the summer and planned to pursue his professional non-football career. "I'm very excited for him getting his college degree, and I'm very appreciative of everything he's done for Tennessee," Jones said Wednesday.[22]

On May 6, lineman Jason Carr announced that he was leaving the program and transferring to another school. Carr played defensive tackle last season for the Vols but was moved to offensive tackle after this spring and was expected to practice at that position this summer.[23]

In a May 14 interview with the Chattanooga Times Free Press, coach Jones told Patrick Brown that Pig Howard, who didn't participate in spring practice for unspecified personal reasons, would be back with the team for the team's summer workout program on the condition of meeting school requirements. "He's in here in mini-term, so he's here," Jones said. "When we start our official summer strength and conditioning program he will be a part of it. He still has certain stipulations and requirements that must be met for him. It'll be ongoing throughout the summer months. A lot of it is laid out upon our player staff, but up until this point in time right now, he's done everything that's been required of him."[24] On July 15, Butch Jones announced that Pig Howard was officially back on the team.[25]

On May 27, Riley Ferguson announced that he would transfer to another school according to coach Jones.[26] “As of right now, based on our recent conversations, we do not anticipate that he will be a member of our football family moving forward,” Jones said.[27] He was expected to battle Justin Worley and sophomore Joshua Dobbs for the starting spot throughout summer and into fall after redshirting last season following a stress fracture in his right leg. "I'm not sure how much this helps or hurts Tennessee," GoVols247's Wes Rucker said in an interview with Bleacher Report. "I think Ferguson had the most upside of Tennessee's four quarterbacks, but he was arguably the least consistent. "I thought before this came out that Justin Worley was the starter going into the season, and obviously, this news doesn't change that. I think this potentially creates more long-term questions than short-term questions."[28]

Summer months[edit]

On June 2, coach Jones confirmed that redshirt freshman Malik Brown would transfer from Tennessee.[29]

Incoming freshman Charles Mosley suffered a broken leg in a July 6 car crash. He was traveling back to the university campus with family at the time.[30] He underwent tibia surgery later that night. Mosley was in good condition following the surgery according to associate athletic director Jimmy Stanton.[31] However, coach Jones announced that he would miss the season as a result of his injuries. "We don't anticipate him being back for this year," Jones said following UT's second preseason practice Saturday at Haslam Field."He's been back since reporting day, so he's getting the rehabilitation that he needs," Jones said. "He's still around the meetings, so it's great because, again, he's another Von Pearson. He's always up. He's always positive. And to be able to have him around our team is very, very good — good for him and good for the team, as well."[32]

On July 7, the Maxwell Football Club released an official list of college football players who are considered frontrunners for the annual Chuck Bednarik Award, given to the best defensive player. Tennessee linebacker A. J. Johnson was named to the list.[33] Johnson was also named to the watch list for the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, which is also given to the best defensive player, the Butkus Award that's given to the top linebacker and the Rotary Lombardi Award that's given to the best lineman or linebacker.[34][35]

SEC Media Days[edit]

On day two of SEC Media Days, Butch Jones took the podium to make it clear that his team is very optimistic about the upcoming season. “Obviously, it’s an exciting time of year right now,” Butch Jones said Tuesday. “Everyone starts at 0-0.” He also noted that no teams are ever alike when comparing the current squad to the previous season's squad and that Tennessee has had enough of losing. “I think the whole dynamic of our football program has changed,” Jones said. “From a work capacity, from a mentality, from a passion to represent the University of Tennessee, we had some great seniors last year and are very indebted to them, but overall as an organization, losing is a disease. We’ve been sick, we’ve been ill, and we’re working to get over those ills. This football team has worked exceptionally hard, and they have a great competitive component about them.” A. J. Johnson also took the podium on day two. “I know we’re going to turn it around,” senior linebacker A.J. Johnson said. “We were a couple plays away, a couple inches away last year. We’re going to better ourselves this season, so it’s going to turn around. I didn’t come back for my senior season to not win.” When asked how Tennessee plans to replace interior lines and how the highly touted freshman class will respond, coach Jones said that the great thing about the SEC is that it's so talented and anybody is capable of winning.[36]

On day four of SEC Media Days, senior linebacker A. J. Johnson was named to the Preseason All-SEC First Team and sophomore wide receiver Marquez North was named to the Preseason All-SEC Third Team.[37] Tennessee was picked to finish fifth in the SEC Eastern Division while South Carolina was picked to win the East.[38]

Fall camp[edit]

Tennessee opened its preseason fall camp on July 31 with a preseason media session and began practice on August 1.[39] “We have to get a lot of players ready to play for the first time,” Butch Jones said. “We have a lot of questions. We have a lot of untested positions and individuals in our football program. We have to test them each and every day both mentally and physically.”[40]

Junior wide receiver Cody Blanc suffered an injury in the Vols opening practice of fall camp on August 1. "We don't know (what he injured)," Coach Jones said. "It may be his ankle, maybe Achilles tendon. We're kind of waiting right now."[41] On August 5, Coach Jones announced that Cody Blanc would be out the entire season after tearing his Achilles tendon.[42]

On August 4, Coach Jones announced that freshman Jashon Robertson would move from defensive tackle to offensive guard.[43]

In an interview with Ryan Callahan, Coach Jones spoke about the test of week 1. "They’re being challenged—not only on the field, but, again, this being the final week of classes, so they have papers due. They have final examinations coming up. So I think it's just a combination of a lot of things, but I was very pleased in the way they fought through it today. But (it's) not fighting through it. It's more in how you attack the day, and I thought that they attacked the day exceptionally well."[44] The first week showed no clear front-runner for the starting QB job. In fact, it brought a lot of all too familiar problems to the surface such as inconsistency and timing. "I need much more consistency at the quarterback position right now," Bajakian said.[44] The freshman who are here to bring Tennessee back to prominence did show great signs in the first week. "It's gonna be a slow process," UT freshman safety Todd Kelly Jr. told GoVols247's Wes Rucker. "It's a learning process. We just got here. We've only been here for about a month and a half. Ultimately we just want to make this program [a] better place."[44]

On August 14, Coach Jones announced that Justin Worley would be the starting quarterback.[45]

After the second week of fall camp, Daniel Helm and Ethan Wolf emerged as the leading contenders for the starting role at tight end.[46] Highly touted freshman wide receiver Josh Malone, who had struggled in the first week of practice, showed dramatic improvement in the teams second full scrimmage. "I'm proud of Josh Malone," Coach Jones said. "He's been fighting through things and he took big steps tonight."[46] While Curt Maggitt was hobbled by a minor leg injury, freshman Derek Barnett got rave reviews from the coaches while practicing with the first team in Maggitt's place.[46] No decision has been made on who will be the starting kicker according to Coach Jones.[46]

After the final week of fall camp, Coach Jones made it clear that the young team is a work in progress on maturity and mentality. "We're still work-in-progress from the maturity standpoint. Like I said, some individuals are ahead of others in terms of maturity. We knew this. This isn't any surprise to us. They're 17-year-old kids going through their first training camp. It's having that mental toughness, mental conditioning to fight through the fatigue, especially the mental fatigue. We talk about being relentless and having a relentless approach. But the mental approach is so much more important than the physical approach. … We're very, very youthful. So every day is a learning experience for them."[47] Despite a re-aggrivated knee injury, Trevarris Saulsberry won't be out for the season as was initially feared. Coach Jones said he would be out for a few days at most.[47]

Personnel[edit]

Tennessee Head Coach Butch Jones will enter his second year as the Volunteers' head coach for the 2014 season. In his first season last year, he led the Vols to a 5-7 record that included wins over #11 South Carolina and Austin Peay that gave Tennessee its 800th win in school history. Tennessee also retains its entire coaching staff from 2013 for the first time since 2007.[8]

Roster & staff[edit]

2014 Tennessee Volunteers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Hurd, JalenJalen Hurd Fr
WR 2 Howard, PigPig Howard Jr
WR 3 Malone, JoshJosh Malone Fr
WR 4 Wharton, VicVic Wharton Fr
WR 5 Jenkins, RyanRyan Jenkins Redshirt.svg Fr
WR 7 Bowles, DraeDrae Bowles Redshirt.svg So
WR 8 North, MarquezMarquez North So
WR 9 Pearson, VonVon Pearson Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 10 Bradshaw, WillWill Bradshaw Fr
QB 11 Dobbs, JoshuaJoshua Dobbs So
QB 12 Peterman, NathanNathan Peterman Redshirt.svg So
QB 14 Ashford, PatrickPatrick Ashford Redshirt.svg Jr
QB 14 Worley, JustinJustin Worley Sr
RB 15 Lane, MarlinMarlin Lane Sr
QB 17 Smith, DevinDevin Smith Fr
WR 18 Croom, JasonJason Croom Redshirt.svg So
RB 19 Young, DevrinDevrin Young Sr
RB 23 Beck, ChrisChris Beck Jr
RB 24 Scott, DerrellDerrell Scott Fr
RB 24 Summerhill, DeanthonieDeanthonie Summerhill Redshirt.svg Sr
WR 25 Smith, JoshJosh Smith So
RB 26 Paulk, TreyvonTreyvon Paulk Fr
WR 26 Rochell, JayeJaye Rochell Redshirt.svg Fr
RB 31 Pickett, JustusJustus Pickett Redshirt.svg Jr
FB 39 Cantwell, MichaelMichael Cantwell Jr
TE 40 Ellis, AlexAlex Ellis Redshirt.svg Jr
FB 46 Cavendar, LoganLogan Cavendar Redshirt.svg So
TE 47 Stocstill, JoeJoe Stocstill Redshirt.svg So
RT 55 Thomas, ColemanColeman Thomas Fr
C 57 Crowder, MackMack Crowder Redshirt.svg Jr
LG 60 Sanders, AustinAustin Sanders Redshirt.svg Fr
RT 63 Kendrick, BrettBrett Kendrick Redshirt.svg Fr
C 64 Raulerson, RayRay Raulerson Fr
LT 65 Gilliam, JacobJacob Gilliam Redshirt.svg Sr
OL 66 Pair, MarquesMarques Pair Redshirt.svg Sr
RG 71 Wiesman, DylanDylan Wiesman So
LT 74 Blair, DontaviusDontavius Blair Jr
LG 75 Jackson, MarcusMarcus Jackson Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 76 Simcox, JohnJohn Simcox Redshirt.svg So
RG 77 Kerbyson, KylerKyler Kerbyson Redshirt.svg Jr
OL 78 Mosley, CharlesCharles Mosley Injured Fr
OL 79 Edwards, ThomasThomas Edwards Redshirt.svg Fr
TE 80 Helm, DanielDaniel Helm Fr
WR 81 Johnson, JohnathonJohnathon Johnson Jr
WR 82 Creamer, NeikoNeiko Creamer Fr
WR 83 Blanc, CodyCody Blanc Injured Jr
TE 84 Quinn, WoodyWoody Quinn Sr
TE 85 Downs, BrendanBrendan Downs Sr
TE 86 Branisel, A.J.A.J. Branisel So
WR 87 Carter, JacobJacob Carter Redshirt.svg Sr
TE 88 Wolf, EthanEthan Wolf Fr
TE 89 Tisho, GregGreg Tisho Redshirt.svg Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
CB 2 Payne, D'AndreD'Andre Payne Fr
DL 4 Lewis, LaTroyLaTroy Lewis Redshirt.svg So
S 6 Kelly Jr., ToddTodd Kelly Jr. Fr
S 7 Gaulden, RaShaanRaShaan Gaulden Fr
DE 8 Hendrix, DewayneDewayne Hendrix Fr
DE 9 Barnett, DerekDerek Barnett Fr
CB 12 Moseley, EmmanuelEmmanuel Moseley Fr
FS 13 Swafford, DevaunDevaun Swafford So
OLB 17 Bates, DillonDillon Bates Fr
S 20 McDowell, CortezCortez McDowell Fr
DB 21 Priddy, DavidDavid Priddy So
CB 21 Jones, RiyahdRiyahd Jones Sr
CB 22 Foreman, MalikMalik Foreman So
CB 23 Sutton, CameronCameron Sutton So
DB 26 Orta, GeraldoGeraldo Orta Redshirt.svg Jr
NB 27 Coleman, JustinJustin Coleman Sr
FS 28 Johnson, LemondLemond Johnson So
ATH 29 Berry, EvanEvan Berry Fr
DB 30 Williams, DevinDevin Williams Redshirt.svg Fr
SS 33 McNeil, LaDarrellLaDarrell McNeil Jr
LOLB 34 Reeves-Maybin, JalenJalen Reeves-Maybin So
OLB 36 Bryant, GavinGavin Bryant Fr
FS 37 Randolph, BrianBrian Randolph Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 38 Timoshchuk, NikolayNikolay Timoshchuk Redshirt.svg So
LB 38 King, JustinJustin King Redshirt.svg So
DL 39 Vickers, KendalKendal Vickers Fr
DL 40 Mixon, DimaryaDimarya Mixon Fr
OLB 41 Berry, ElliottElliott Berry Fr
DL 42 Folger, CharlesCharles Folger Redshirt.svg So
LB 43 Weatherd, ChrisChris Weatherd Jr
LB 43 Beeler, GageGage Beeler Jr
DE 44 Johnson, JakobJakob Johnson Fr
LB 45 Johnson, A. J.A. J. Johnson Sr
DB 46 Arnold, MaxMax Arnold Redshirt.svg Jr
DE 50 Vereen, CoreyCorey Vereen So
LB 51 Bynum, KennyKenny Bynum Redshirt.svg So
DE 52 Henderson, JosephJoseph Henderson Fr
LB 53 Jumper, ColtonColton Jumper Fr
DT 54 Williams, JordanJordan Williams Sr
DL 56 Maggitt, CurtCurt Maggitt Redshirt.svg Jr
DL 58 Williams, OwenOwen Williams Redshirt.svg Jr
LB 59 Grieco, GregoryGregory Grieco Redshirt.svg Sr
DL 69 Carson, AllanAllan Carson Redshirt.svg Jr
DT 72 Sawyers, MichaelMichael Sawyers Fr
DL 78 Mosley, CharlesCharles Mosley Injured Fr
DL 89 Miller, JaylenJaylen Miller So
DT 95 O'Brien, DannyDanny O'Brien Redshirt.svg So
DT 96 Saulsberry, TrevarrisTrevarris Saulsberry Redshirt.svg Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 5 Bullock, GeorgeGeorge Bullock Redshirt.svg So
LS 10 Bradshaw, WillWill Bradshaw Fr
K 25 Medley, AaronAaron Medley Fr
PK 34 Toole, PatrickPatrick Toole Redshirt.svg Jr
P 35 Ault, RyanRyan Ault Redshirt.svg So
P 36 Daniel, TrevorTrevor Daniel Redshirt.svg Fr
PK 42 Brodus, DerrickDerrick Brodus Redshirt.svg Sr
P 43 Darr, MattMatt Darr Redshirt.svg Sr
LS 54 Finch, DannyDanny Finch Redshirt.svg Fr
LS 57 Henry, AndrewAndrew Henry Redshirt.svg Jr
LS 59 Glampapa, MattMatt Glampapa Redshirt.svg Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured Injured
  • Redshirt Redshirt

Roster
Last update: August 5, 2014

2014 recruiting class[edit]

Tennessee's 2014 recruiting class was ranked the fifth-best overall 2014 class by both Rivals.com and ESPN,[48][49] fourth-best by Scout.com,[50] and seventh-best by 247Sports.com.[51] The Vols' 2014 class is known as the "legacy class" for its unusually large number of legacies, including Todd Kelly, Jr. (son of Todd Kelly), Dillon Bates (son of Bill Bates), twins Elliott and Evan Berry (sons of former Vol running back James Berry and brothers of All-American safety Eric Berry), Neiko Creamer (son of former Vol defensive back Andre Creamer), and Vic Wharton (nephew of former Tennessee basketball player Brandon Wharton).[52] Isaiah McDaniel, the son of former Vol cornerback Terry McDaniel, joined the squad as a preferred walk-on.[53] Will Bradshaw and Devin Smith, who were both standout quarterbacks at their respective East Tennessee high schools, joined the team July 10 as walk-ons.[54]

Returning starters[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

* This depth chart is the official lineup for week one.


Defense
[56][57]


FS
Brian Randolph
LaDarrell McNeil
Evan Berry


WLB MLB SLB
Curt Maggitt A. J. Johnson Jaylen Reeves-Maybin
Chris Weatherd Kenny Bynum Dillon Bates
Gavin Bryant Justin King
SS
Devaun Swafford
Todd Kelly, Jr.
Max Arnold
CB
Cameron Sutton
Emmanuel Moseley


DE DT DT DE
Derek Barnett Danny O'Brien Jordan Williams Corey Vereen
Dewayne Hendrix Owen Williams Dimarya Mixon LaTroy Lewis
Kendal Vickers Michael Sawyers
CB
Justin Coleman
Michael Williams
RaShaan Gaulden
Offense
[56][57]
WR
Marquez North
Jason Croom
Johnathon Johnson
WR
Von Pearson
Josh Smith
Vic Wharton
LT LG C RG RT
Jacob Gilliam Marcus Jackson Mack Crowder Jashon Robertson Kyler Kerbyson
Dontavius Blair Austin Sanders Dylan Wiesman Brett Kendrick Coleman Thomas
Marquis Pair Coleman Thomas Austin Sanders Dylan Wiesman
TE
Ethan Wolf
Alex Ellis
Daniel Helms
WR
Pig Howard
Josh Malone
Jacob Carter
QB
Justin Worley
Nathan Peterman
Joshua Dobbs
RB
Marlin Lane
Jalen Hurd
Devrin Young
Special Teams
PK George Bullock
PK Aaron Medley
P Matt Darr
P Aaron Medley
KR Cameron Sutton
PR Devrin Young
LS Matt Giampapa
H Patrick Ashford


Schedule[edit]

The 2014 schedule was officially released on August 21, 2013.[58] Tennessee will face all six Eastern Division opponents: Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Missouri, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.[58] They will also face two Western Division opponents: official SEC rival Alabama and Ole Miss.[58] Tennessee is not scheduled to play SEC opponents Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, or Texas A&M.[58] They are also scheduled to play four non-conference games: Oklahoma of the Big 12 Conference, Utah State of the Mountain West Conference, Chattanooga of the Southern Conference in the FCS, and Arkansas State.[58]

In his College Football Preview in March 2014, football analyst Phil Steele pointed out that, according to the NCAA method, Tennessee's 2014 schedule would be the nation's third toughest, behind the schedules of Arkansas and Virginia.[59] His own ranking of the nation's toughest schedules has yet to be released.

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 31 7:00 p.m. Utah State* Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN SECN      
September 6 12:00 p.m. Arkansas State* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN SECN      
September 13 8:00 p.m. at Oklahoma* Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK ABC, ESPN or ESPN2      
September 27 at Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA (Rivalry)      
October 4 Florida Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Rivalry)      
October 11 Chattanooga* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN      
October 18 at Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS      
October 25 Alabama Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October)      
November 1 at South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC      
November 15 Kentuckydagger Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel)      
November 22 Missouri Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN      
November 29 at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN (Rivalry)      
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Time.

Schedule source

Game notes[edit]

Utah State[edit]

Utah State Aggies vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Utah State 0 0 0 0 0
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: August 31st, 2014
  • Game time: 7:00 EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (SEC Network):  
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • UT St. –
  • TENN –
Top Rushers
  • UT St.–
  • TENN –
Top Receiving
  • UT St. –
  • TENN –
Top Tackler
  • UT St. –
  • TENN –

The Tennessee Volunteers will open their 2014 season at home against the Utah State Aggies. This will be the first ever meeting between the two schools.[60]

Arkansas State[edit]

Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas State 0 0 0 0 0
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: September 6th, 2014
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (SEC Network):  
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • AK St. –
  • TENN –
Top Rushers
  • AK St. –
  • TENN –
Top Receiving
  • AK St. –
  • TENN –
Top Tackler
  • AK St. –
  • TENN –

In their second game of the 2014 season, Tennessee will play the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. In their previous meeting, Tennessee defeated Arkansas State 48-27 during the 2007 season, and the Volunteers lead the all-time-series 1-0.[61]

Oklahoma[edit]

Tennessee Volunteers at Oklahoma Sooners – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0
Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0

at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Norman, Oklahoma

  • Date: September 13th, 2014
  • Game time: 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (ABC, ESPN or ESPN2):  
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • Tenn –
  • OKLA –
Top Rushers
  • TENN –
  • OKLA –
Top Receiving
  • TENN –
  • OKLA –
Top Tackler
  • TENN –
  • OKLA –

In their third game of the 2014 season, Tennessee will travel to Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma to take on the Oklahoma Sooners. This will be the third time these two schools have met on the gridiron and the first since 1968. The series is tied at one a piece.[62]

Georgia[edit]

Tennessee Volunteers at Georgia Bulldogs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0

at Sanford Stadium Athens, Georgia

  • Date: September 27th, 2014
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • TENN –
  • GEOR –
Top Rushers
  • TENN -
  • GEOR –
Top Receiving
  • TENN -
  • GEOR –
Top Tackler
  • TENN -
  • GEOR –

In their first SEC game of the 2014 season, Tennessee will travel down to Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia to play the Georgia Bulldogs. This will be the 44th meeting against their Eastern Division opponent. Tennessee leads the all time series against Georgia 41-40-2 (.506).[63] In last year's contest in Knoxville, Tennessee and Georgia went into overtime. On the first possession, Vols WR Pig Howard fumbled the ball before he crossed the end zone plane and the ball went out the back of the end zone resulting in a turnover. Georgia won the game with a 42-yard field goal from Marshall Morgan on their possession.[64]

Florida[edit]

Florida Gators vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 0 0 0
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 4th, 2014
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • FLA –
  • TENN –
Top Rushers
  • FLA –
  • TENN –
Top Receiving
  • FLA –
  • TENN –
Top Tackler
  • FLA –
  • TENN –

In their second SEC game of the 2014 season, Tennessee will square off against their bitter rival the Florida Gators. Both teams have met annually since 1990 and the Volunteers trail the Gators in the all time series 19-24 (.442).[65] In last year's contest in Gainesville, Florida dominated Tennessee 31-17.[66]

Chattanooga[edit]

Chattanooga Mocs vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chattanooga 0 0 0 0 0
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 11th, 2014
  • Game time: TBA EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (TBA):  
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • CHAT –
  • TENN –
Top Rushers
  • CHAT –
  • TENN –
Top Receiving
  • CHAT –
  • TENN –
Top Tackler
  • CHAT –
  • TENN –

In their sixth game of the 2014 season, Tennessee will play host to the Chattanooga Mocs. This will be the 41st meeting between the two schools and the first since 1969. Tennessee leads the all time series 37-2-2 (.927).[67]

Ole Miss[edit]

Tennessee Volunteers at Ole Miss Rebels – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0
Ole Miss 0 0 0 0 0

at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Oxford, Mississippi

  • Date: October 18th, 2014
  • Game time: TBA EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (TBA):  
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • TENN –
  • MISS –
Top Rushers
  • TENN –
  • MISS –
Top Receiving
  • TENN –
  • MISS –
Top Tackler
  • TENN –
  • MISS –

In their third SEC game of the 2014 season, Tennessee will travel down to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium in Oxford, Mississippi to take on the Ole Miss Rebels. This will be the 65th meeting between these SEC schools. Tennessee leads the all time series against Ole Miss 44-19-1 (.695).[68] In their most recent meeting in 2010, the Volunteers put on a clinic against the Rebels winning 52-14.

Alabama[edit]

Alabama Crimson Tide vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 0 0 0 0
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 25th, 2014
  • Game time: 3:30 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • BAMA –
  • TENN –
Top Rushers
  • BAMA –
  • TENN –
Top Receiving
  • BAMA –
  • TENN –
Top Tackler
  • BAMA –
  • TENN –

In their fourth SEC game of the 2014 season, Tennessee will square off against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the annual college football rivalry game known as the Third Saturday in October. This will be the 96th between these bitter SEC rivals. Tennessee trails Alabama in the all time series 38-50-7 (.437).[69] In last year's meeting in Tuscaloosa, Alabama controlled the game against Tennessee to the point that they were pitching a shutout until the Vols put up points in the 4th quarter. Alabama blew out Tennessee 45-10.[70]

South Carolina[edit]

Tennessee Volunteers at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0
South Carolina 0 0 0 0 0

at Williams-Brice Stadium Columbia, South Carolina

  • Date: November 1st, 2014
  • Game time: TBA EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (TBA):  
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • TENN –
  • SCAR –
Top Rushers
  • TENN –
  • SCAR –
Top Receiving
  • TENN –
  • SCAR –
Top Tackler
  • TENN –
  • SCAR –

In their fifth SEC game of 2014, Tennessee will travel to Columbia to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks. This will be the 33rd meeting between these two Eastern Division opponents. Tennessee leads the all time series against South Carolina 23-7-2 (.750).[71] In last year's contest, Tennessee came back from a six point deficit at the start of the 4th quarter to defeat #11 South Carolina after a last second field goal.[72]

Kentucky[edit]

Kentucky Wildcats vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 0 0 0 0 0
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 15th, 2014
  • Game time: TBA EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (TBA):  
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • KENT –
  • TENN –
Top Rushers
  • KENT –
  • TENN –
Top Receiving
  • KENT –
  • TENN –
Top Tackler
  • KENT –
  • TENN –

In their sixth SEC game of the 2014 season, Tennessee will square off against their rivals up North, the Kentucky Wildcats. This will be the 110th meeting between these two Eastern Division rivals. This will be the first time since 2001 that Tennessee won't end their season against Kentucky. The Volunteers lead the all time series 76-24-9 (.739) over the Wildcats.[73] In last year's meeting in Lexington, Tennessee ended their third consecutive seven loss season with a 27-14 victory over Kentucky.[74]

Missouri[edit]

Missouri Tigers vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Missouri 0 0 0 0 0
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 22nd, 2014
  • Game time: TBA EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (TBA):  
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • MIZZ –
  • TENN –
Top Rushers
  • MIZZ –
  • TENN –
Top Receiving
  • MIZZ –
  • TENN –
Top Tackler
  • MIZZ –
  • TENN –

In their seventh game of the 2014 season, Tennessee will celebrate senior day by squaring off with the Missouri Tigers. This will be the third meeting between the two Eastern Division schools. Missouri is the only SEC school that Tennessee has never defeated in football.[75] In last year's meeting in Missouri, Tennessee failed to score a touchdown in this game and managed to only score a field goal in a 31-3 blowout at the hands of #9 Missouri.[76]

Vanderbilt[edit]

Tennessee Volunteers at Vanderbilt Commodores – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0
Vanderbilt 0 0 0 0 0

at Vanderbilt Stadium Nashville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 29th, 2014
  • Game time: TBA EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (TBA):  
Game information
First Quarter
Second Quarter
Third Quarter
Fourth Quarter
Top Passers
  • VANDY –
  • TENN –
Top Rushers
  • VANDY –
  • TENN –
Top Receiving
  • VANDY –
  • TENN –
Top Tackler
  • VANDY –
  • TENN –

In their 12th and final game of the 2014 season, Tennessee will head west on I-40 for Nashville to face their in-state rival the Vanderbilt Commodores. This will be the 108th meeting between these two Eastern Division rivals. Tennessee leads the all time series 73-29-5 (.706) against Vanderbilt.[77] In last year's meeting in Knoxville, Vanderbilt pulled off a comeback victory in the closing seconds of the game to hand Tennessee its third consecutive seven loss season.[78]

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 15 Final 
AP NR  
Coaches' NR  
CFP Not released Not released


Team statistics[edit]

UT OPP
Scoring
  Points per Game
First Downs
  Rushing
  Passing
  Penalty
Total Offense
  Avg per Play
  Avg per Game
Fumbles-Lost
Penalties-Yards
  Avg per Game
UT OPP
Punts-Yards
  Avg per Punt
Time of Possession/Game
3rd Down Conversions
4th Down Conversions
Touchdowns Scored
Field Goals-Attempts
PAT-Attempts
Attendance
  Games/Avg per Game

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