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2012 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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

2012 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2012 record5–7 (1–7 SEC)
Head coachDerek Dooley (3rd)
Jim Chaney (interim)
Offensive coordinatorJim Chaney (4th season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorSal Sunseri (1st season)
Base defenseMultiple
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
(Capacity: 102,455)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 5т Georgia xy   7 1         12 2  
No. 9 Florida x%   7 1         11 2  
No. 8 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
No. 23 Vanderbilt   5 3         9 4  
Missouri   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 1 Alabama x$#   7 1         13 1  
No. 14 LSU   6 2         10 3  
No. 5т Texas A&M   6 2         11 2  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 8  
Auburn   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

Coaching staffEdit

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

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 317:30 PMvs. NC State*ESPNUW 35–2155,529
September 84:00 PMGeorgia State*PPVW 51–1387,821
September 156:00 PMNo. 18 FloridaNo. 23
ESPNL 20–37102,455
September 227:30 PMAkron*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
CSSW 47–2681,719
September 293:30 PMat No. 5 GeorgiaCBSL 44–5192,746
October 139:00 PMat No. 19 Mississippi StateESPN2L 31–4157,831
October 207:00 PMNo. 1 Alabama
ESPNL 13–44102,455
October 2712:00 PMat No. 17 South CarolinaESPNL 35–3880,250
November 312:00 PMTroy* 
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
SECRNW 55–4884,189
November 1012:21 PMMissouri
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
SECNL 48–51 4OT89,272
November 177:00 PMat VanderbiltESPN2L 18–4140,350
November 2412:21 PMKentucky
SECNW 37–1781,841
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[3]

RankingsEdit

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

Game summariesEdit

NC StateEdit

1 234Total
NC State 7 707 21
Tennessee 22 0103 35
  • Location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Game start: 7:36 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:29
  • Game attendance: 55,529
  • Referee: Matt Moore
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Dave Neal (Play-by-Play), Andre Ware (Color), Cara Capuano (Sideline)

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

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Cordarrelle Patterson Wide receiver 1 29 Minnesota Vikings
Justin Hunter Wide receiver 2 34 Tennessee Titans
Dallas Thomas Offensive guard 3 77 Miami Dolphins
Mychal Rivera Tight end 6 184 Oakland Raiders

ReferencesEdit

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