2014 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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2014 Tennessee Volunteers football
UT Volunteers logo.svg
Conference Southeastern Conference Eastern Division
2014 record 5–6 (2–5 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
#19 Missouri x   6 1         9 2  
#9 Georgia   6 2         9 2  
Florida   4 4         6 4  
South Carolina   3 5         6 5  
Tennessee   2 5         5 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 7         3 8  
Western Division
#2 Alabama   6 1         10 1  
#4 Mississippi State   6 1         10 1  
#16 Auburn   4 3         8 3  
#8 Ole Miss   4 3         8 3  
Texas A&M   3 4         7 4  
LSU   3 4         7 4  
Arkansas   2 5         6 5  
Championship: December 6, 2014
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of 04:14, 23 November 2014 (UTC); Rankings from AP Poll

The 2014 Tennessee Volunteers football team represents the University of Tennessee in the 2014 season. This is the 118th overall season, 81st as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), and its 23rd within the SEC Eastern Division. The team is coached by Butch Jones, who will be in his second season with UT, and 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
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
ROLB 17 Bates, DillonDillon Bates Injured 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
ROLB 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
ROLB 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
LOLB 43 Weatherd, ChrisChris Weatherd Jr
LB 43 Beeler, GageGage Beeler Jr
DE 44 Johnson, JakobJakob Johnson Fr
MLB 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
MLB 53 Jumper, ColtonColton Jumper Fr
DT 54 Williams, JordanJordan Williams Sr
LOLB 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: September 22, 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 six.


Defense
[56][57]


FS
Brian Randolph
Todd Kelly, Jr.
Evan Berry


WLB MLB SLB
{{{WLB_Starter}}} A. J. Johnson {{{SLB_Starter}}}
Justin King Kenny Bynum {{{SLB_Backup}}}
Gavin Bryant
SS
LaDarrell McNeil
Devaun Swafford
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
WR
Josh Smith
Johnathon Johnson
LT LG C RG RT
Kyler Kerbyson Marcus Jackson Mack Crowder Jashon Robertson Coleman Thomas
Brett Kendrick Austin Sanders Dylan Wiesman Brett Kendrick Dylan Wiesman
Dontavius Blair Coleman Thomas Austin Sanders
TE
Ethan Wolf
Alex Ellis
Daniel Helm
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 of the Sun Belt Conference.[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 W 38–7   102,455
September 6 12:00 p.m. Arkansas State* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN SECN W 34–19   99,538
September 13 8:00 p.m. at #4 Oklahoma* Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial StadiumNorman, OK ABC L 10–34   85,622
September 27 12:00 p.m. at #12 Georgia Sanford StadiumAthens, GA (Rivalry) ESPN L 32–35   92,746
October 4 12:00 p.m. Florida Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Rivalry) SECN L 9–10   102,455
October 11 4:00 p.m. #13 (FCSChattanooga*dagger Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN SECN W 45–10   93,097
October 18 7:00 p.m. at #3 Ole Miss Vaught–Hemingway StadiumOxford, MS ESPN L 3–34   62,081
October 25 7:30 p.m. #4 Alabama Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) ESPN2 L 20–34   102,455
November 1 7:30 p.m. at South Carolina Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC SECN W 45–42 OT  81,891
November 15 4:00 p.m. Kentucky Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel) SECN W 50–16   102,455
November 22 7:30 p.m. #19 Missouri Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ESPN      
November 29 4:00 p.m. at Vanderbilt Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN (Rivalry) SECN      
*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 7 7
Tennessee 14 3 7 14 38

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: August 31st, 2014
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature:81 °F (27 °C) • Wind:7 mph (11 km/h) • Weather: Partly Cloudy[60]
  • Game attendance:  102,455
  • Referee: Referee: Marc Curles • Umpire: Rick Lowe • Linesman: John Langlois • Line judge: Kirk Lewis • Back judge: Scott Vaughan • Field judge: Jabir Walker • Side judge: Richard Rooker • Alternate: Blake Parks[60]
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Brock Huard (color) & Shannon Spake (sideline reporter)
Game information
First Quarter
  • TENN – Pig Howard 8-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 9:23. Vols 7-0. Drive: 6 plays, 70 yards, 2:30
  • TENN – Brendan Downs 12-yard pass from Justin Worley (Aaron Medley kick), 9:09. Vols 14-0 Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:08
Second Quarter
  • TENN – Aaron Medley 36-yard field goal, 1:00. Vols 17-0 Drive: 3 plays, 11 yards, 0:50.
Third Quarter
  • TENN – Von Pearson 14-yard pass from Justin Worley (Aaron Medley kick), 5:31. Vols 24-0 Drive: 9 plays, 34 yards, 3:20.
Fourth Quarter
  • TENN – Jalen Hurd 15-yard pass from Justin Worley (Aaron Medley kick), 14:51. Vols 31-0 Drive: 5 plays, 15 yards, 2:37.
  • UT St. – Hunter Sharp 37-yard pass from Chuckie Keeton (Nick Diaz kick), 14:16. Vols 31-7 Drive: 8 plays, 73 yards, 2:58.
  • TENN – Marlin Lane 7-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 10:36. Vols 38-7 Drive: 3 plays, 0 yards, 0:25.
Top Passers
  • UT St. – Chuckie Keeton – 18/35, 144 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
  • TENN – Justin Worley – 27/38, 273 yards, 3 TD
Top Rushers
  • UT St.– JoJo Natson – 2 rushes, 47 yards
  • TENN – Marlin Lane – 11 rushes, 41 yards, 1 TD
Top Receiving
  • UT St. – Hunter Sharp – 2 rec, 37 yards, 1 TD
  • TENN – Josh Smith – 3 rec, 48 yards

In their first ever matchup on the gridiron, Tennessee opened the season with a 38-7 win over Utah State. Justin Worley threw for 273 yards and 3 touchdowns. "I didn't have the nerves I've had in the past," Worley said. "It goes back to my confidence level, the confidence I have in these guys, the confidence I have in the offensive scheme and everything. This being the second year (as a starter), my confidence is a lot higher. I tried to go out there and play like that."[61]

Starting left tackle Jacob Gilliam suffered a torn ACL. “It’s very very unfortunate,” Butch Jones said of Gilliam’s injury. “I feel for him and his family. He’s a young man that– I love him to death. A walk-on who earned his scholarship, he earned it. It’s very very unfortunate but that’s football and we’ll need to have the next guy in. But I just feel for Jacob just because he’s earned the respect of his peers and put himself in the position to be our starting left tackle.”[62]

Arkansas State[edit]

Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Arkansas State 6 6 0 7 19
Tennessee 10 14 7 3 34

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: September 6th, 2014
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 84 °F (29 °C) • Wind: 3 mph (4.8 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance:  99,538
  • Referee: Referee: Matt Loeffler • Umpire: Brent Sowell • Linesman: Gus Morris III • Line judge: D. LaFontaine • Back judge: Tony Josselyn • Field judge: Bobby Ables • Side judge: Jess Dupuy
  • TV announcers (SEC Network):  
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Game information
First Quarter
  • AK St. – Fredi Knighten 4-yard run (Luke Ferguson kick no good), 11:03. 'Red Wolves 6-0. Drive: 6 plays, 40 yards, 2:13.
  • TENN – Aaron Medley 20-yard field goal, 7:16. Red Wolves 6-3. Drive: 9 plays, 73 yards, 3:47.
  • TENN – Jalen Hurd 4-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 3:02. Vols 10-6. Drive: 10 plays, 70 yards, 3:08.
Second Quarter
  • TENN – Marquez North 10-yard pass from Justin Worley (Aaron Medley kick), 13:01. Vols 17-6. Drive: 10 plays, 77 yards, 2:23.
  • AK St. – Tres Houston 9-yard pass from Fredi Knighten (Two-point conversion failed), 4:10. Vols 17-12. Drive: 13 plays, 72 yards, 4:29.
  • TENN – Justin Worley 5-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 1:20. Vols 24-12. Drive: 10 plays, 71 yards, 2:36.
Third Quarter
  • TENN – Marquez North 14-yard pass from Justin Worley (Aaron Medley kick), 7:52. Vols 31-12. Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 3:15.
Fourth Quarter
  • AK St. – DeKeathan Williams 24-yard run (Luke Ferguson good), 10:06. Vols 31-19. Drive: 11 plays, 83 yards, 3:36.
  • TENN – Aaron Medley 38-yard kick, 1:41. Vols 34-19. Drive: 4 plays, 9 yards, 1:06.
Top Passers
  • AK St. – Fredi Knighten – 21/34, 166 yards, 1 TD
  • TENN – Justin Worley – 22/38, 247 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Top Rushers
  • AK St. – Fredi Knighten – 14 rushes, 65 yards, 1 TD
  • TENN – Jalen Hurd – 23 rushes, 83 yards, 1 TD
Top Receiving
  • AK St. – Tres Houston – 4 rec, 48 yards, 1 TD
  • TENN – Von Pearson – 4 rec, 71 yards
Game action in the 34-19 win.

Tennessee improved their overall record against Sun Belt Conference teams to 8-0 with a 34-19 win over Arkansas State. This was the fourth straight year Tennessee started a season 2-0.[64] Despite trailing for the first time this season, Tennessee took control of the ball game at the tail-end of the first quarter and Arkansas State wasn't able to fight back.

Von Pearson suffered a high ankle sprain in this game and didn't play against Oklahoma.[65]

#4 Oklahoma[edit]

Tennessee Volunteers at #4 Oklahoma Sooners – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 7 3 0 10
#4 Oklahoma 13 7 7 7 34

at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium Norman, Oklahoma

  • Date: September 13th, 2014
  • Game time: 8:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 62 °F (17 °C) • Wind: 6 mph (9.7 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance:  85,622
  • Referee: Referee: Matt Moore • Umpire: Tom Quick • Linesman: Gary Jayroe • Line judge: David Oliver • Back judge: Grantis Bell • Field judge: Phillip Davenpo • Side judge: Chris Conley
  • TV announcers (ABC): Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color commentator), Heather Cox (sideline reporter)
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Game information
First Quarter
  • OKLA - Michael Hunnicutt 29-yard field goal, 9:48. Sooners 3-0. Drive: 10 plays, 45 yards, 3:53.
  • OKLA - Keith Ford 23-yard pass from Trevor Knight (Michael Hunnicutt kick), 5:52. Sooners 10-0. Drive: 6 plays, 54 yards, 1:48.
  • OKLA - Michael Hunnicutt 27-yard field goal, 0:04. Sooners 13-0. Drive: 7 plays, 53 yards, 3:15.
Second Quarter
  • TENN - Josh Smith 40-yard pass from Justin Worley (Aaron Medley kick), 9:46. Sooners 13-7. Drive: 8 plays, 79 yards, 2:54.
  • OKLA - Keith Ford 11-yard run (Michael Hunnicutt kick), 1:33. Sooners 20-7. Drive: 9 plays, 81 yards, 3:49.
Third Quarter
  • OKLA - Trevor Knight 5-yard run (Michael Hunnicutt kick), 12:25. Sooners 27-7. Drive: 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:35.
  • TENN - Aaron Medley 31-yard kick, 2:29. Sooners 27-10. Drive: 7 plays, 17 yards, 2:55.
Fourth Quarter
  • OKLA - Justin Wilson 100-yard interception return (Michael Hunnicutt kick), 10:57. Sooners 34-10. Drive: 0 plays, 100 yards, 0:00.
Top Passers
Top Rushers
  • TENN – Jalen Hurd - 14 rushes, 97 yards
  • OKLA – Keith Ford - 15 rushes, 56 yards, 1 TD
Top Receiving
  • TENN – Josh Smith - 5 rec, 58 yards, 1 TD
  • OKLA – Sterling Shepard - 5 rec, 109 yards

In the first road game of the season, Tennessee suffered its first loss of the season at the hands of the fourth ranked Oklahoma Sooners. The young offensive line was overwhelmed the whole night by the much more experienced Sooner defense as they sacked Justin Worley five times (not including one that was negated by a face mask penalty), intercepted two balls in the end zone, including one that was returned 100 yards for a touchdown, and recovered a fumble. "We improved in some areas, but when you go on the road against a quality opponent like Oklahoma you can't turn the football over," Butch Jones said. "A game can come down to two or three plays and you never know which plays are going to make a difference."[67]

During the time between Oklahoma and Georgia, Coach Jones announced that freshman running back Treyvon Paulk had been dismissed from the team for a "personal conduct" issue. He did not elaborate further.[68]

#12 Georgia[edit]

Tennessee Volunteers at #12 Georgia Bulldogs – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 10 7 0 15 32
#12 Georgia 7 14 0 14 35

at Sanford Stadium Athens, Georgia

  • Date: September 27th, 2014
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 71 °F (22 °C) • Wind: East 13 miles per hour (21 km/h) • Weather: Overcast
  • Game attendance:  92,746
  • Referee: Referee: Matt Austin • Umpire: Rodney Lawary • Linesman: Tim Sistrunk • Line judge: Michael Taylor • Back judge: Jimmy Russell • Field judge: Blake Parks • Side judge: Bobby Moreau
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Brian Griese (color commentator), Tom Luginbill (sideline reporter)
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Game information
First Quarter
  • TENN - Aaron Medley 46-yard field goal, 11:39. Vols 3-0. Drive: 9 plays, 43 yards, 3:21.
  • TENN - Jalen Hurd 1-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 5:04. Vols 10-0. Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards, 3:04.
  • GEOR - Hutson Mason 3-yard run (Marshall Morgan kick), 1:07. Vols 10-7. Drive: 4 plays, 32 yards, 1:03.
Second Quarter
  • GEOR - Todd Gurley 1-yard run (Marshall Morgan kick), 8:45. Dawgs 14-10. Drive: 11 plays, 87 yards, 4:16.
  • GEOR - Nick Chubb 20-yard pass from Hutson Mason (Marshall Morgan kick), 1:17. Dawgs 21-10. Drive: 11 plays, 81 yards, 4:14.
  • TENN - Jason Croom 23-yard pass from Justin Worley (Aaron Medley kick), 0:18. Dawgs 21-17. Drive: 7 plays, 83 yards, 0:59.
Third Quarter
  • None
Fourth Quarter
  • GEOR - Todd Gurley 51-yard run (Marshall Morgan kick), 9:31. Dawgs 28-17. Drive: 5 plays, 77 yards, 1:38.
  • TENN - Pig Howard 31-yard pass from Justin Worley (2-point conversion successful), 8:07. Dawgs 28-25. Drive: 4 plays, 52 yards, 1:15.
  • GEOR - Josh Dawson fumble recovery (Marshall Morgan kick), 4:27. Dawgs 35-25. Drive: 0 plays, 0 yards, 0:00.
  • TENN - Marquez North 6-yard pass from Justin Worley (Aaron Medley kick), 2:14. Dawgs 35-32. Drive: 7 plays, 58 yards, 2:02.
Top Passers
  • TENN – Justin Worley - 23/35, 264 yards, 3 TD
  • GEOR – Hutson Marson - 16/25, 147 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT
Top Rushers
  • TENN - Jalen Hurd - 24 rushes, 126 yards, 1 TD, 1 FUM
  • GEOR – Todd Gurley - 28 rushes, 217 yards, 2 TD
Top Receiving
  • TENN - Ethan Wolf - 5 rec, 69 yards
  • GEOR – Michael Bennett - 4 rec, 31 yards

In their first SEC game of the 2014 season, Tennessee fell short of upsetting a ranked Georgia team for the third consecutive year. The defense kept the Vols in the game, but inconsistent drives and failing to capitalize on two interceptions prevented them from taking control of the game. Heisman candidate Todd Gurley ran for a career high 217 yards and scored two touchdowns. Ultimately, a fumble in the end zone recovered by Josh Dawson is what sealed the game for the Bulldogs.[70]

Florida[edit]

Florida Gators vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 0 10 10
Tennessee 0 3 6 0 9

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 4th, 2014
  • Game time: 12:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 54 °F (12 °C) • Wind: WNW 10 miles per hour (16 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Game attendance:  102,455
  • Referee: Referee: Hubert Owens • Umpire: Brent Sowell • Linesman: Gus Morris • Line judge: Michael Shirey • Back judge: Stan Murray • Field judge: Greg Thomas • Side judge: Chad Hill
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Brent Musberger (play-by-play), Jesse Palmer (color commentator), Maria Taylor (sideline reporter)
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Game information
First Quarter
  • None
Second Quarter
  • TENN  Aaron Medley 36-yard field goal, 13:23. Vols 3-0. Drive: 9 plays, 36 yards, 2:58.
Third Quarter
  • TENN  Aaron Medley 38-yard field goal, 9:24. Vols 6-0. Drive: 4 plays, -3 yards, 0:38.
  • TENN  Aaron Medley 39-yard field goal, 2:21. Vols 9-0. Drive: 8 plays, 47 yards, 3:09.
Fourth Quarter
  • FLA  Matt Jones 2-yard run (Francisco Velez kick), 13:40. Vols 9-7. Drive: 5 plays, 30 yards, 1:28.
  • FLA  Austin Hardin 49-yard field goal, 6:20. Gators 10-9. Drive: 8 plays, 49 yards, 3:38.
Top Passers
Top Rushers
  • FLA – Matt Jones - 23 rushes, 114 yards, 1 TD
  • TENN – Jalen Hurd - 10 rushes, 39 yards
Top Receiving
  • FLA – Demarcus Robinson - 3 rec, 30 yards
  • TENN – Pig Howard - 6 rec, 79 yards

In front of a sold-out crowd of over 100-thousand fans which wore color-coordinated shirts to create an orange-and-white checkerboarded Neyland Stadium, the Tennessee Volunteers allowed ten unanswered points in the fourth quarter and fell to the Florida Gators for the tenth consecutive season. The Volunteers had a 9-0 lead at the start of the fourth until Matt Jones scored the first touchdown of the game with 13 minutes and 40 seconds left in the game. Austin Hardin scored a controversial game winning field goal after time had expired on the play clock that was not called back. Justin Worley was driving the team down the field when he threw a costly interception that was picked off by Neil K.[72] The Vols fans subsequently began to chant obscenities at the victorious Florida Gators.

Chattanooga[edit]

Chattanooga Mocs vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Chattanooga 0 3 0 7 10
Tennessee 7 17 14 7 45

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 11th, 2014
  • Game time: 4:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 69 °F (21 °C) • Wind: North at 5 miles per hour (8.0 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance:  93,097
  • Referee: Referee: Marc Curles • Umpire: Tom Quick • Linesman: John Langlois • Line judge: Kirk Lewis • Back judge: Scott Vaughan • Field judge: Jabir Walker • Side judge: Richard Rooker
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (Color-Commentator), Heather Mitts (sideline reporter)
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Game information
First Quarter
  • TENN  Marquez North 5-yard pass from Justin Worley (Aaron Medley kick), 9:20. Vols 7-0. Drive: 8 plays, 38 yards, 3:06.
Second Quarter
  • TENN  Aaron Medley 25-yard field goal, 14:22. Vols 10-0. Drive: 11 plays, 78 yards, 3:16.
  • TENN  Justin Worley 8-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 13:48. Vols 17-0. Drive: 3 plays, 29 yards, 0:29.
  • CHAT  Henrique Ribeiro 27-yard field goal, 2:17. Vols 17-3. Drive: 7 plays, 18 yards, 3:26.
  • TENN  Johnathon Johnson 21-yard pass from Justin Worley (Aaron Medley kick), 0:15. Vols 24-3. Drive: 8 plays, 71 yards, 2:02.
Third Quarter
  • TENN  Johnathon Johnson 19-yard pass from Justin Worley (Aaron Medley kick), 14:08. Vols 31-3. Drive: 2 plays, 19 yards, 0:52.
  • TENN  Justin Worley 1-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 4:47. Vols 38-3. Drive: 4 plays, 16 yards, 1:32.
Fourth Quarter
  • CHAT  Richardre Bagley 14-yard run (Henrique Ribeiro kick), 6:38. Vols 38-10. Drive: 9 plays, 75 yards, 4:35.
  • TENN  Nathan Peterman 14-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 3:40. Vols 45-10. Drive: 1 play, 14 yards, 0:09.
Top Passers
  • CHAT – Jacob Huesman - 9/16, 85 yards, 1 INT
  • TENN – Justin Worley - 19/24, 198 yards, 3 TD
Top Rushers
  • CHAT – Jacob Huesman - 12 rushes, 45 yards
  • TENN – Derrell Scott - 9 rushes, 42 yards
Top Receiving
  • CHAT – Faysal Shafaat - 3 rec, 45 yards
  • TENN – Johnathon Johnson - 3 rec, 46 yards, 2 TD

In the sixth game of the season, Tennessee ended a three game losing skid with a 45-10 victory over Chattanooga. Justin Worley completed 79% of his passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns. The team combined for 123 rushing yards and 217 receiving yards. Worley became the first Tennessee quarterback to rush for two touchdowns in a game since Casey Clausen in a 45-17 Florida Citrus Bowl triumph over Michigan on Jan. 1, 2002.[74]

#3 Ole Miss[edit]

Tennessee Volunteers at #3 Ole Miss Rebels – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 3 0 0 3
#3 Ole Miss 0 14 10 10 34

at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium Oxford, Mississippi

  • Date: October 18th, 2014
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature:63 °F (17 °C) • Wind:North at 6 miles per hour (9.7 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance:  62,081
  • Referee: Referee:Ken Williamson • Umpire:Wally Hough • Linesman:Lane Thomas • Line judge:Mickey Bryson • Back judge:Grantis Bell • Field judge:Grant Jackson • Side judge:Rob Skelton
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color-commentator), Holly Rowe (sideline reporter)
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Game information
First Quarter
  • None
Second Quarter
  • TENN  Aaron Medley 27-yard field goal, 12:40. Vols 3-0. Drive: 7 plays, 38 yards, 2:48.
  • MISS  Vince Sanders 39-yard pass from Bo Wallace (Gary Wunderlich kick), 5:08. Rebels 7-3. Drive: 4 plays, 73 yards, 1:09.
  • MISS  Jaylen Walton 7-yard run (Gary Wunderlich kick), 1:51. Rebels 14-3. Drive: 5 plays, 35 yards, 2:10.
Third Quarter
  • MISS  Gary Wunderlich 34-yard field goal, 2:04. Rebels 17-3. Drive: 5 plays, 46 yards, 1:46.
  • MISS  Evan Engram 28-yard pass from Bo Wallace (Gary Wunderlich kick), 1:50. Rebels 24-3. Drive: 1 play, 28 yards, 0:14.
Fourth Quarter
  • MISS  Gary Wunderlich 27-yard kick, 7:53. Rebels 27-3. Drive: 14 plays, 62 yards, 6:52.
  • MISS  Mark Dodson 8-yard run, 0:31. Rebels 34-3. Drive: 9 plays, 55 yards, 4:41.
Top Passers
Top Rushers
  • TENN – Jalen Hurd - 13 rushes, 40 yards
  • MISS – Jaylen Walton - 10 rushes, 60 yards, 1 TD
Top Receiving
  • TENN – Josh Malone - 5 rec, 75 yards.
  • MISS – Vince Sanders - 4 rec, 108 yards, 1 TD

In their third SEC game of the 2014 season, Tennessee had it's lowest offensive production of the season in a 34 to three loss to the third ranked Ole Miss Rebels. "Turnovers were the story of the game," Tennessee coach Butch Jones said. "We had a lot of negative yardage. When you are 3-for-16 on third-down conversions you are not giving yourself an opportunity to be in the game and win." The Volunteers continued to play excellent on defense. "They're phenomenal," Wallace said. "They're fun to watch. Before the season I knew they were good. I didn't know they were this good. All I have to do is take care of the ball."[76]

#4 Alabama[edit]

#4 Alabama Crimson Tide vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
#4 Alabama 20 7 7 0 34
Tennessee 0 10 7 3 20

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: October 25th, 2014
  • Game time: 7:37 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 63 °F (17 °C) • Wind: Southwest at 4 miles per hour (6.4 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Game attendance:  102,455
  • Referee: Referee: Matt Moore • Umpire: Tom Quick • Linesman: Gary Jayroe • Line judge: Michael Shirey • Back judge: Dax Hill • Field judge: Phil Davenport • Side judge: Chris Conley
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Brock Huard (color commentator) & Shannon Spake (sideline reporter)
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Game information
First Quarter
  • BAMA Amari Cooper 80-yard pass from Blake Sims (Adam Griffith kick no good), 12:39. Tide 6-0. Drive: 1 play, 80 yards, 0:13.
  • BAMA Amari Cooper 41-yard pass from Blake Sims (Adam Griffith kick), 8:55. Tide 13-0. Drive: 7 plays, 79 yards, 2:09.
  • BAMA T. J. Yeldon 1-yard run (Adam Griffith kick), 3:12. Tide 20-0. Drive: 9 plays, 90 yards, 4:00.
Second Quarter
  • BAMA Blake Sims 28-yard run (Adam Griffith kick), 12:03. Tide 27-0. Drive: 3 plays, 19 yards, 0:45.
  • TENN Josh Malone 9-yard pass from Joshua Dobbs (Aaron Medley kick), 7:03. Tide 27-7. Drive: 10 plays, 84 yards, 5:00.
  • TENN Aaron Medley 27-yard field goal, 0:00. Tide 27-10. Drive: 11 plays, 59 yards, 3:53.
Third Quarter
  • TENN Von Pearson 9-yard pass from Joshua Dobbs (Aaron Medley kick), 5:52. Tide 27-17. Drive: 15 plays, 84 yards, 6:46.
  • BAMA Derrick Henry 28-yard run (Adam Griffith kick), 0:13. Tide 34-17. Drive: 13 plays, 76 yards, 5:39.
Fourth Quarter
  • TENN Aaron Medley 24-yard field goal, 9:42. Tide 34-20. Drive: 6 plays, 17 yards, 2:03.
Top Passers
  • BAMA – Blake Sims - 14/24, 286 yards, 2 TD
  • TENN – Joshua Dobbs - 19/32, 192 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Top Rushers
  • BAMA – Derrick Henry - 16 rushes, 78 yards, 1 TD
  • TENN – Joshua Dobbs - 19 rushes, 75 yards
Top Receiving
  • BAMA – Amari Cooper - 9 rec, 224 yards, 2 TD
  • TENN – Marquez North - 4 rec, 56 yards

In the 96th edition of the Third Saturday in October, the Tennessee Volunteers lost to the fourth ranked Alabama Crimson Tide for the eighth consecutive year. The Tide jumped to a 27-0 lead before the Vols scored 17 unanswered points to cut the deficit to ten. But a 28 yard touchdown run by Derrick Henry in the third quarter and an early fourth quarter pick by Joshua Dobbs put a dagger in Tennessee's late rally. They were only able to put up one more field goal to bring the final score to 34-20. Alabama was led by a 224 yard receiving performance by Amari Cooper compared to 56 yards by Tennessee's Marquez North.[78]

South Carolina[edit]

Tennessee Volunteers at South Carolina Gamecocks – Game summary
1 2 3 4 OT Total
Tennessee 7 14 0 21 3 45
South Carolina 7 7 14 14 0 42

at Williams-Brice Stadium Columbia, South Carolina

  • Date: November 1st, 2014
  • Game time: 7:39 p.m. EDT
  • Game weather: Temperature: 51 °F (11 °C) • Wind: WNW at 12 miles per hour (19 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Game attendance:  81,891
  • Referee: Referee: Matt Austin • Umpire: Rodney Lawary • Linesman: Chad Green • Line judge: Chuck Rice • Back judge: Stan Murray • Field judge: Greg Thomas • Side judge: Chad Hill
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color commentator) and Heather Mitts (sideline reporter)
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Game information
First Quarter
  • SCAR Pharoh Cooper 11-yard run (Elliot Fry kick), 8:34. Cocks 7-0. Drive: 7 plays, 78 yards, 2:47.
  • TENN Pig Howard 1-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 2:37. Tied 7-7. Drive: 7 plays, 40 yards, 2:40.
Second Quarter
  • TENN Joshua Dobbs 7-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 10:58. Vols 14-7. Drive: 11 plays, 80 yards, 3:05.
  • SCAR Brandon Wilds 30 yard pass from Pharoh Cooper (Elliot Fry kick), 6:35. Tied 14-14. Drive: 8 plays, 88 yards, 4:23.
  • TENN Joshua Dobbs 36-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 0:07. Vols 21-14. Drive: 7 plays, 80 yards, 1:13.
Third Quarter
  • SCAR Brandon Wilds 5-yard run (Elliot Fry kick), 9:06. Tied 21-21. Drive: 8 plays, 74 yards, 3:02.
  • SCAR Pharoh Cooper 12-yard pass from Dylan Thompson (Elliot Fry kick), 0:09. Cocks 28-21. Drive: 9 plays, 72 yards, 5:11.
Fourth Quarter
  • SCAR Pharoh Cooper 85-yard pass from Dylan Thompson (Elliot Fry kick), 13:22. Cocks 35-21. Drive: 3 plays 84 yards, 0:58.
  • TENN Jalen Hurd 21-yard pass from Joshua Dobbs (Aaron Medley kick), 6:34. Cocks 35-28. Drive: 6 plays, 47 yards, 1:59.
  • SCAR Brandon Wilds 70-yard run (Elliot Fry), 4:52. Cocks 42-28. Drive: 4 plays, 82 yards, 1:42.
  • TENN Joshua Dobbs 3-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 1:50. Cocks 42-35. Drive: 10 plays, 75 yards, 3:02.
  • TENN Jason Croom 9-yard pass from Joshua Dobbs (Aaron Medley kick), 0:11. Tied 42-42. Drive: 9 plays, 85 yards, 1:12.
Overtime
  • TENN Aaron Medley 32-yard field goal, 0:00. Vols 45-42. Drive: 6 plays, 11 yards, 0:00.
Top Passers
  • TENN – Joshua Dobbs - 23/40, 301 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
  • SCAR – Dylan Thompson - 20/32, 347 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT
Top Rushers
  • TENN – Joshua Dobbs - 24 rushes, 166 yards, 3 TD
  • SCAR – Brandon Wilds - 8 rushes, 143 yards, 2 TD
Top Receiving
  • TENN – Pig Howard - 5 rec, 109 yards
  • SCAR – Pharoh Cooper - 11 rec, 223 yards, 2 TD

In their fifth SEC game of 2014, Tennessee rallied back from a 14 point deficit in the fourth quarter to tie the game and force overtime. Aaron Medley the game winning field goal on Tennessee's first overtime possession. After two sacks and an incomplete pass, Elliot Fry lined up for a 58 yard field goal that was blocked and gave the Volunteers their first SEC win of the season. Tennessee out-rushed an opponent for the first time this season with a combined 344 rushing yards. Joshua Dobbs accounted for 166 of those yards. With this victory, Tennessee moved into a tie with Missouri for the most all-time overtime victories.[80]

Kentucky[edit]

Kentucky Wildcats vs Tennessee Volunteers – Game summary
1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 3 10 3 0 16
Tennessee 14 19 17 0 50

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 15th, 2014
  • Game time: 4:01 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: 43 °F (6 °C) • Wind: ESE at 3 miles per hour (4.8 km/h) • Weather: Clear
  • Game attendance:  102,455
  • Referee: Referee: Tom Ritter • Umpire: Stan Weihe • Linesman: Johnny Crawford • Line judge: Tim Beard • Back judge: Dax Hill • Field judge: James Carter • Side judge: Chuck Russ
  • TV announcers (SECN): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color commentator) & Heather Mitts (sideline reporter)
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Game information
First Quarter
  • KENT Austin MacGinnis 32-yard field goal, 10:38. Cats 3-0. Drive: 12 plays, 77 yards, 4:22.
  • TENN Von Pearson 21-yard pass from Joshua Dobbs (Aaron Medley kick), 9:11. Vols 7-3. Drive: 5 plays, 73 yards, 1:27.
  • TENN Brian Randolph 23-yard interception return (Aaron Medley kick), 5:07. Vols 14-3. Drive: 0 plays, 23 yards, 0:00.
Second Quarter
  • TENN Von Pearson 16-yard pass from Joshua Dobbs (Aaron Medley kick failed), 13:21. Vols 20-3. Drive: 14 plays, 66 yards, 5:00.
  • TENN Aaron Medley 38-yard field goal, 8:31. Vols 23-3. Drive: 10 plays, 39 yards, 3:47.
  • TENN Joshua Dobbs 9-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 4:09. Vols 30-3. Drive: 7 plays, 50 yards, 2:37.
  • KENT Patrick Towles 2-yard run (Austin MacGinnis kick), 1:27. Vols 30-10. Drive: 8 plays, 76 yards, 2:42.
  • TENN Aaron Medley 21-yard field goal, 0:14. Vols 33-10. Drive: 7 plays, 66 yards, 1:13.
  • KENT Austin MacGinnis 54-yard field goal, 0:00. Vols 33-13. Drive: 2 plays, 23 yards, 0:14.
Third Quarter
  • TENN Jason Croom 52-yard pass from Joshua Dobbs (Aaron Medley kick), 14:44. Vols 40-13. Drive: 1 play, 52 yards, 0:16.
  • KENT Austin MacGinnis 30-yard field goal, 11:40. Vols 40-16. Drive: 10 plays, 64 yards, 3:04.
  • TENN Aaron Medley 39-yard field goal, 3:17. Vols 43-16. Drive: 8 plays, 35 yards, 3:04.
  • TENN Jalen Hurd 4-yard run (Aaron Medley kick), 0:20. Vols 50-16. Drive: 4 plays, 19 yards, 1:28.
Fourth Quarter
  • None
Top Passers
  • KENT – Patrick Towles&nbsp- 13/25, 168 yards, 1 INT
  • TENN – Joshua Dobbs - 19/27, 297, 3 TD
Top Rushers
  • KENT – Patrick Towles - 14 rushes, 29 yards, 1 TD
  • TENN – Jalen Hurd - 24 rushes, 118 yards, 1 TD
Top Receiving
  • KENT – Javess Blue - 6 rec, 131 yards
  • TENN – Jason Croom - 3 rec, 87 yards, 1 TD

In their sixth SEC game of the 2014 season, Tennessee, behind a 297 yard, three touchdown passing performance from Joshua Dobbs, continued it's absolute dominance over their longtime rival Kentucky in a 50-16 blowout victory. For Tennessee, it moved them one game closer to a bowl game. For Kentucky, it was the continuation of a five game losing skid after a 5-1 start to the season. Dobbs went 19 of 27 for 297 yards and threw two touchdown passes to Von Pearson and one to Jason Croom. Tennessee's Jalen Hurd rushed for 118 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Austin MacGinnis kicked three field goals for Kentucky, including a school-record 54-yarder.[82]

#19 Missouri[edit]

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

at Neyland Stadium Knoxville, Tennessee

  • Date: November 22nd, 2014
  • Game time: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Game weather: Temperature: • Wind: • Weather: Indoors
  • Game attendance:  
  • Referee: Referee: • Umpire: • Linesman: • Line judge: • Back judge: • Field judge: • Side judge:
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Chris Fowler (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color commentator) & Heather Cox (sideline reporter)
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.[83] 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.[84]

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 to Nashville to face their in-state rival the Vanderbilt Commodores. This will be the 108th meeting between these two bitter Eastern Division rivals. Tennessee leads the all time series 73-29-5 (.706) against Vandy.[85] 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.[86]

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 RV RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
Coaches' NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR  
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR Not released


Team statistics[edit]

UT OPP
Scoring 286 241
  Points per Game 28.6 24.1
First Downs 213 183
  Rushing 1,397 1,642
  Passing 2,418 1,995
  Penalty 39 55
Total Offense 3,815 3,637
  Avg per Rush 3.5 4.1
  Avg per Pass 6.5 6.9
  Avg Rush per Game 139.7 164.2
  Avg Pass per Game 241.8 199.5
Fumbles-Lost 16–7 15–7
Interceptions 10 12
Penalties-Yards 39–294 55–451
  Avg per Game 3.9–29.4 5.5–45.1
UT OPP
Punts-Yards 63–2,611 66–2,720
  Avg per Punt 41.4 41.2
Time of Possession/Game 5:04:20 4:57:56
  Avg TOP 30:22 29:38
3rd Down Conversions 68 50
4th Down Conversions 5 6
Touchdowns Scored 34 31
Field Goals-Attempts 16–22 9–14
PAT-Attempts 32–33 28–30
Attendance 602,455 322,340
  Games/Avg per Game 100,409 80,585

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