2019 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 2019 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 2019 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). They were led by second-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt.

2019 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
Gator Bowl champion
Gator Bowl, W 23–22 vs. Indiana
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2019 record8–5 (5–3 SEC)
Head coachJeremy Pruitt (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorJim Chaney (5th season)
Defensive coordinatorDerrick Ansley (1st season)
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
(Capacity: 102,455)
Seasons
← 2018
2020 →
2019 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East Division
No. 4 Georgia x   7 1         12 2  
No. 6 Florida   6 2         11 2  
Tennessee   5 3         8 5  
Kentucky   3 5         8 5  
Missouri *   3 5         6 6  
South Carolina   3 5         4 8  
Vanderbilt   1 7         3 9  
West Division
No. 1 LSU x$^   8 0         15 0  
No. 8 Alabama   6 2         11 2  
No. 14 Auburn   5 3         9 4  
Texas A&M   4 4         8 5  
Mississippi State   3 5         6 7  
Ole Miss   2 6         4 8  
Arkansas   0 8         2 10  
Championship: LSU 37, Georgia 10
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * – ineligible for postseason due to NCAA sanctions
Rankings from AP Poll

Tennessee finished the regular season at 7–5 overall, 5–3 in the SEC, and were bowl eligible for the first time since 2016. On January 2, the Volunteers won the Gator Bowl over Indiana to finish at 8–5 for the season.

Previous seasonEdit

The Volunteers finished the 2018 season 5–7, 2–6 in SEC play to finish in last place in the Eastern Division.

PreseasonEdit

2019 recruiting classEdit

SEC media pollEdit

The 2019 SEC Media Days were held July 15–18 in Birmingham, Alabama. In the preseason media poll, Tennessee was projected to finish in fifth in the East Division.[1]

Preseason All-SEC teamsEdit

The Volunteers had one player selected to the preseason all-SEC teams.

ScheduleEdit

Tennessee announced its 2019 football schedule on September 18, 2018.[2] The 2019 schedule consists of eight home and four away games in the regular season.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 313:30 p.m.Georgia State*ESPNUL 30–3885,503
September 77:00 p.m.BYU*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
ESPNL 26–29 2OT92,475
September 1412:00 p.m.Chattanooga*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
SECNW 45–086,208
September 2112:00 p.m.at No. 9 FloridaESPNL 3–3482,276
October 57:00 p.m.No. 3 Georgia
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
ESPNL 14–4392,709
October 1212:00 p.m.Mississippi State
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
SECNW 20–1085,462
October 199:00 p.m.at No. 1 AlabamaESPNL 13–35101,821
October 264:00 p.m.South Carolina
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
SECNW 41–2187,397
November 27:00 p.m.UAB* 
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
ESPNUW 30–785,791
November 97:30 p.m.at KentuckySECNW 17–1356,760
November 237:30 p.m.at MissouriSECNW 24–2049,348
November 304:00 p.m.Vanderbilt
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
SECNW 28–1087,367
January 2, 20207:00 p.m.vs. Indiana*ESPNW 23–2261,789
Schedule Source:[3]

Game summariesEdit

Georgia StateEdit

1 234Total
Georgia State 7 7717 38
Tennessee 14 3310 30
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:21
  • Game attendance: 85,503
  • Game weather: Temperature: 89 °F (32 °C) • Wind: 5 mph (8.0 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Clay Matvick (play-by-play), Ryan Leaf (color), Stormy Buonantony (sideline)
Overall record Last meeting Result
1–0 Sep. 8, 2012 W, 51–13

BYUEdit

BYU at Tennessee
1 234OT2OTTotal
BYU 3 07676 29
Tennessee 7 60373 26
  • Date: September 7
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 7:05 EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:25
  • Game attendance: 92,475
  • Game weather: Temperature: 82 °F (28 °C) • Wind: 3 mph (4.8 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Brandon Cruse
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (color), Tom Luginbill (sidelines)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
First meeting

ChattanoogaEdit

Chattanooga at Tennessee
1 234Total
Chattanooga 0 000 0
Tennessee 21 1770 45
  • Date: September 14
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 12:05 EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:53
  • Game attendance: 86,208
  • Game weather: Temperature: 84 °F (29 °C) • Wind: 3 mph (4.8 km/h) • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (SECN): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color), Alyssa Lang (sidelines)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
38–2–2 Oct. 11, 2014 W, 45–10

at FloridaEdit

Tennessee at Florida
1 234Total
Tennessee 0 030 3
No. 9 Florida 7 10710 34
  • Date: September 21
  • Location: Gainesville, Florida
  • Game start: 12:02 EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 82,276
  • Game weather: Temperature: 81 °F (27 °C) • Wind: 9 mph (14 km/h) • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Bob Wischusen (play-by-play), Dan Orlovsky (color), Allison Williams (sidelines)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
20–28 Sep. 22, 2018 L, 21–47

GeorgiaEdit

Georgia at Tennessee
1 234Total
No. 3 Georgia 10 16314 43
Tennessee 7 700 14
  • Date: October 5
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 7:06 EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:33
  • Game attendance: 92,709
  • Game weather: Temperature: 81 °F (27 °C) • Wind: 11 mph (18 km/h) • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Sean McDonough (play-by-play), Todd Blackledge (color) and Holly Rowe (sidelines)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
23–23–2 Sep. 29, 2018 L, 12–38

Mississippi StateEdit

Mississippi State at Tennessee
1 234Total
Mississippi State 0 307 10
Tennessee 7 337 20
  • Date: October 12
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 12:06 EDT
  • Elapsed time: 2:56
  • Game attendance: 85,462
  • Game weather: Temperature: 56 °F (13 °C) • Wind: 7 mph (11 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (SECN): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color) and Alyssa Lang (sidelines)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
28–16–1 Oct. 13, 2012 L, 31–41

at AlabamaEdit

Tennessee at Alabama
1 234Total
Tennessee 7 330 13
No. 1 Alabama 14 777 35
  • Date: October 19
  • Location: Tuscaloosa, Alabama
  • Game start: 8:11 pm CDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 101,821
  • Game weather: Temperature: 61 °F (16 °C) • Wind: 6 mph (9.7 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Steve Levy (play-by-play), Brian Griese (color) and Molly McGrath (sidelines)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
36–56–8 Oct. 20, 2018 L, 21–58

South CarolinaEdit

South Carolina at Tennessee
1 234Total
South Carolina 7 1400 21
Tennessee 3 141410 41
  • Date: October 26
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 4:01 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:40
  • Game attendance: 87,397
  • Game weather: Temperature: 75 °F (24 °C) • Wind: 5 mph (8.0 km/h) • Weather: Cloudy
  • Referee: Steve Marlow
  • TV announcers (SECN): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color) and Alyssa Lang (sidelines)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
25–10–2 Oct. 27, 2018 L, 24–27

UABEdit

UAB at Tennessee
1 234Total
UAB 0 007 7
Tennessee 6 1770 30
  • Date: November 2
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 7:02 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:03
  • Game attendance: 85,791
  • Game weather: Temperature: 51 °F (11 °C) • Wind: 5 mph (8.0 km/h) • Weather: Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Roy Philpott (play-by-play), Kelly Stouffer (color) and Lauren Sisler (sidelines)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
4–0 Sep. 25, 2010 W, 32–29 2OT

at KentuckyEdit

Tennessee at Kentucky
1 234Total
Tennessee 0 3140 17
Kentucky 13 000 13
  • Date: November 9
  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • Game start: 7:39 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 56,760
  • Game weather: Temperature: 40 °F (4 °C) • Wind: 8 mph (13 km/h) • Weather: Clear
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • TV announcers (SECN): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (color) and Cole Cubelic (sidelines)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
80–25–9 Nov. 10, 2018 W, 24–7

at MissouriEdit

Tennessee at Missouri
1 234Total
Tennessee 0 1770 24
Missouri 3 773 20
  • Date: November 23
  • Location: Columbia, Missouri
  • Game start: 7:39 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:25
  • Game attendance: 49,348
  • Game weather: Temperature: 39 °F (4 °C) • Wind: 8 mph (13 km/h)
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe
  • TV announcers (SECN): Dave Neal (play-by-play), D. J. Shockley (color) and Dawn Davenport (sidelines)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–5 Nov. 17, 2018 L, 17–50

VanderbiltEdit

Vanderbilt at Tennessee
1 234Total
Vanderbilt 3 007 10
Tennessee 7 1407 28
  • Date: November 30
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 4:29 pm EDT
  • Elapsed time: 3:46
  • Game attendance: 87,367
  • Game weather: Temperature: 51 °F (11 °C) • Wind: 5 mph (8.0 km/h) • Weather: Rain
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (SECN): Dave Neal (play-by-play), D. J. Shockley (color) and Dawn Davenport (sidelines)
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
75–32–5 Nov. 24, 2018 L, 13–38

IndianaEdit

Gator Bowl
1 234Total
Indiana 0 3163 22
Tennessee 0 6314 23
  • Date: January 2
  • Location: Jacksonville, Florida
  • Game start: 7:00 pm EDT
Sources:
Overall record Last meeting Result
2–0 Jan. 2, 1988 W, 27–22

PersonnelEdit

Roster and staffEdit

2019 Tennessee Volunteers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Marquez Callaway Sr
QB 2 Jarrett Guarantano   Jr
RB 3 Eric Gray Fr
TE 4 Dominick Wood-Anderson Sr
WR 5 Josh Palmer Jr
WR 6 Deangelo Gibbs Jr
WR 7 Brandon Johnson Sr
RB 8 Ty Chandler Jr
RB 9 Tim Jordan Jr
WR 10 Tyler Byrd Sr
WR 11 Jordan Murphy Jr
QB 12 JT Shrout   Fr
WR 13 Richard Mize Jr.   So
QB 14 Spencer Smith Fr
WR 15 Jauan Jennings   Sr
QB 17 Michael Bittner Fr
QB 18 Brian Maurer Fr
QB 19 Steven Orr Fr
WR 21 Jacquez Jones   So
WR 22 Isaiah Montgomery Fr
WR 26 JT Siekerman   Fr
RB 27 Carlin Fils-aime Sr
RB 28 James Christian   Jr
RB 36 Tanner Dobrucky   So
WR 38 Grant Frerking   So
RB 40 Fred Orr Fr
RB 42 Chip Omer   Jr
TE 44 Princeton Fant   So
RB 46 Cameron Miller Fr
OL 50 Jackson Lampley Fr
OL 55 Brandon Kennedy   Sr
OL 56 Riley Locklear Jr
OL 58 Jahmir Johnson   Jr
OL 64 Wanya Morris Fr
OL 65 Parker Ball Fr
OL 66 Dayne Davis Fr
OL 67 Airin Spell   Fr
OL 68 Marcus Tatum   Jr
OL 70 Ryan Johnson   Jr
OL 72 Darnell Wright Fr
OL 73 Trey Smith Jr
OL 74 K'Rojhn Calbert   So
OL 75 Jerome Carvin So
OL 77 Chris Akporoghene Fr
OL 78 Ollie Lane   Fr
OL 79 Jarious Abercrombie   Fr
WR 80 Ramel Keyton Fr
TE 81 Austin Pope   Jr
TE 82 Jackson Lowe Fr
TE 83 Sean Brown Fr
WR 84 Maleik Gray   So
WR 85 Cedric Tillman   Fr
TE 86 Andrew Craig   Jr
TE 87 Jacob Warren   Fr
TE 89 Hunter Salmon Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 1 Trevon Flowers So
DB 2 Alontae Taylor So
DB 3 Bryce Thompson So
DB 4 Warren Burrell Fr
LB 6 JJ Peterson   Fr
DB 7 Romello Edwards   Fr
LB 8 Jordan Allen   Jr
DB 9 Garrett Johnson   So
DB 10 Jay Shoop   So
LB 11 Henry To'oto'o Fr
DB 12 Shawn Shamburger So
LB 13 Deandre Johnson Jr
DB 17 Tyus Fields Fr
DB 18 Nigel Warrior Sr
LB 19 Darrell Taylor   Sr
DB 20 Cheyenne Labruzza   Fr
LB 21 Shanon Reid Jr
DB 22 Jaylen McCollough Fr
LB 23 Will Ignont Jr
DB 24 Aaron Beasley Fr
DB 25 Jerrod Means Fr
DB 26 Theo Jackson Jr
LB 27 Quavaris Crouch Fr
DB 28 Baylen Buchanan Sr
DB 29 Brandon Davis   Fr
LB 30 Roman Harrison Fr
LB 31 Nick Humphrey Jr
DB 31 Kenney Solomon Fr
LB 34 Deontae Beauchamp Fr
LB 35 Daniel Bituli Sr
DB 36 Terrell Bailey   So
LB 38 Solon Page III   So
LB 39 West Shuler Fr
DB 41 Kenneth George Jr.   Jr
DB 43 Jake Powers   So
DB 44 Cheyenne Labruzza So
LB 47 Landon Knoll   Sr
DL 48 Ja'Quain Blakely   Jr
DL 50 Savion Williams Jr
DL 51 Elijah Simmons Fr
LB 52 Bryan Aiken Fr
DL 53 Dawson Stephens   Jr
DL 54 Kingston Harris   Fr
DL 55 Gatkek Kueth   So
LB 56 Ethan Rinke Fr
LB 57 Nyles Gaddy   Fr
DL 79 Kurott Garland   Fr
DL 88 LaTrell Bumphus Jr
DL 90 Greg Emerson   Fr
DL 93 Emmit Gooden   Sr
DL 94 Matthew Butler Jr
LB 95 Kivon Bennett   So
DL 97 Darel Middleton Jr
DL 98 Aubrey Solomon Jr
DL 99 John Mincey So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 37 Paxton Brooks So
PK 39 Toby Wilson   Fr
PK 42 Brent Cimaglia Jr
PK 43 Marshall Ware Fr
LS 46 Riley Lovingood   Jr
P 47 Joe Doyle   So
LS 59 Jake Yelich   So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Jim Chaney (Offensive Coordinator) - 1st year
  • Derrick Ansley (Defensive Coordinator/Defensive backs) - 1st year
  • Chris Rumph (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Outside linebackers) - 2nd year
  • Kevin Sherrer (Special Teams Coordinator/Inside linebackers) - 2nd year
  • Tee Martin (Assistant Head Coach/Passing Game Coordinator/Wide receivers) - 1st year
  • Will Friend (Offensive line) - 2nd year
  • David Johnson (Running backs) - 2nd year
  • Brian Niedermeyer (Tight ends) - 2nd year
  • Tracy Rocker (Defensive line) - 2nd year
  • Chris Weinke (Quarterbacks) - 2nd year
  • Craig Fitzgerald (Director of Strength and Conditioning) - 2nd year

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

Roster

Current depth chartEdit

Source:[5]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. т = Tied with team above or below. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Final 
AP NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV 
Coaches RV NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR NR RV RV RV 
CFP Not released NR NR NR NR NR NR Not released

Players drafted into the NFLEdit

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
2 48 Darrell Taylor DE Seattle Seahawks
7 217 Jauan Jennings WR San Francisco 49ers

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Media predicts Alabama to win 2019 SEC Championship". SECSports.com. Southeastern Conference. July 19, 2019.
  2. ^ "TENNESSEE FOOTBALL ANNOUNCES 2019 SCHEDULE". University of Tennessee Department of Athletics. September 18, 2018. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  3. ^ "2019 Tennessee Volunteers Football Schedule". FB Schedules. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Tennessee stunned as Georgia St. rallies for win". ESPN. August 31, 2019. Retrieved August 31, 2019.
  5. ^ Terry Lambert, "Tennessee Releases First Depth Chart of 2019," Rocky Top Talk, August 26, 2019.