2011 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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

2011 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2011 record5–7 (1–7 SEC)
Head coachDerek Dooley (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Chaney (3rd season)
Defensive coordinatorJustin Wilcox (2nd season)
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
(Capacity: 102,455)[1]
Seasons
← 2010
2012 →
2011 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
No. 9 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
Florida   3 5         7 6  
Vanderbilt   2 6         6 7  
Kentucky   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Western Division
No. 2 LSU x$   8 0         13 1  
No. 1 Alabama %#   7 1         12 1  
No. 5 Arkansas   6 2         11 2  
Auburn   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   2 6         7 6  
Ole Miss   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 42, Georgia 10
    1. – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

Recruiting classEdit

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

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 36:00 pmNo. 12 (FCS) Montana*PPVW 42–1694,661
September 103:30 pmCincinnati*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
ESPN2W 45–2394,207
September 173:30 pmat No. 17 FloridaCBSL 23–3390,744
October 112:30 pmBuffalo*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
CSSW 41–1087,758
October 87:00 pmGeorgia
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
ESPN2L 12–20106,154
October 153:30 pmNo. 1 LSU
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
CBSL 7–38106,822
October 227:15 pmat No. 2 AlabamaESPN2L 6–37101,821
October 297:00 pmNo. 9 South Carolina
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
ESPN2L 3–14105,655
November 57:00 pmMiddle Tennessee* 
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
SECRNW 24–0102,211
November 126:00 pmat No. 8 ArkansasESPN2L 7–4972,103
November 197:00 pmVanderbilt
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
ESPNUW 27–21 OT91,867
November 2612:21 pmat KentuckySECNL 7–1057,040
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[6]
 
Neyland Stadium hosted eight Tennessee home games in 2011.

PersonnelEdit

Coaching staffEdit

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

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

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Malik Jackson Defensive end 5 137 Denver Broncos

ReferencesEdit

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