Tennessee Volunteers Football Season Preview History
2011 Tennessee Volunteers Football Preview:
After a disastrous loss in the Music City Bowl to North Carolina, where a UNC penalty cost the Vols a win, Tennessee is looking to come back and make their mark in the SEC. Head coach Derek Dooley now has a year under his belt, one where mishaps caused at least two losses. Fans and the team alike are hoping he’s gotten it out of his system, and that a return to prominence is in the cards.
One of the reasons the Vols made it to the bowl game to begin with is the play of sophomore quarterback Tyler Bray, who came in mid-season to replace Matt Simms. He ended the year throwing 300-plus yards in four out of five games, along with 16 touchdowns. Along with Dooley, he looks to improve with the experience under his belt, and increase his rapport with his sophomore wide receivers Da'Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter. Bray will have a lot of help with his running back Tauren Poole coming back for his senior year hoping to duplicate his 2010 numbers: 1,034 yards and 12 TDs.
Defensively, there’s also a 2010 mid-season change looking to come into fruition in 2011. Senior Malik Jackson switched from end to tackle, and had five sacks afterwards. He and sophomore Daniel Hood will look to shore up the line, which is the kind of stability the linebackers would love to have after losing two of them in the offseason. It will look to jumble the rosters with some of the talent in the secondary to make it work.
2010 Tennessee Football Preview:
Lane Kiffin came to Knoxville in 2009, promising to usher in an era of success, but left after just one season. Now, Tennessee has a relative unknown at the helm in coach Derek Dooley, but is still expecting to be a factor in the competitive SEC East.
The Volunteer offense has a great deal of question marks, especially at quarterback. The starting job currently belongs to Matt Simms, son of former New York Giant's quarterback Phil Simms, but not much is known about the junior college transfer. The backfield is also up in the air - there is no go-to option as junior Tauren Poole and sophomore David Oku have very little experience.
The biggest issue on defense is the lack of depth on the defensive line. Sophomore nosetackle Montori Hughes should be soild at getting pressure on the quarterback, but there are not many other options besides him. The secondary will miss the departure of All-American Eric Berry, who left for the NFL, and will be looking to junior Art Evans and sophomore Janzen Jackson to fill the void.
The Volunteers have a tough early season schedule as they host Oregon and Florida in back-to-back weeks. Seeing how they fare against those two teams will be a good indicator of how the rest of the season will go.
2009 Tennessee Football Preview:
Head Coach: Lane Kiffen
The 2009 Tennessee Volunteers should be a very fun team to watch. That is mostly because new Head Coach Lane Kiffen has already come in to the Vol Nation and shaken things up so much. So no one knows quite what to expect when Tennessee takes the field in 2009, but you can be sure they are going to compete. The Vols will also feature a roster full of talent, that should only get better in the coming years as Kiffen and his group of talented recruiters raid the country for top players. The defensive side is one area Tennessee should see dramatic improvements in 2009. Those improvements should come as a result of their new defensive coordinator, Monte Kiffen. The elder Kiffen spent many years in the NFL as one of the top defensive coaches, so his transition to college should quickly improve the defense of Rocky Top. Watch out for Tennessee in 2009, they could be a dark horse team that wins a lot of big games.
2008 Tennessee Football Preview:
Head Coach: Phillip Fulmer
The University of Tennessee Volunteers football program is one of the winningest programs in college football history. The Vols rank in the top 10 all-time in winning percentage. With 15 seasons as head coach, Phil Fulmer looks to bring the Tennessee Volunteers back to national championship contention in the next few years. Watching a Tennessee game at the enormous Neyland Stadium and its sea of orange is truly an unforgettable college football experience.
The 2008 Tennessee Volunteers are heading into the season with hopes of retaining their hold on the SEC Eastern Division. The Volunteers have lost their senior QB, Erik Ainge, who was selected in the 5th round of NFL draft picks for the NY Jets in 2008. The team will have to spend a little time adjusting their play for whoever will take over the reins at QB - that is most likely Jonathan Crompton. Crompton started only one game in 2006 as an injury replacement for Ainge, and is the only man on the roster who took any snaps in '07.
The Tennessee defense is looking up, as the two top Volunteer tacklers are returning at linebacker. Also, safety Eric Berry will be returning, who last year earned Freshman All-American honors for his team leading five interceptions. However, the Volunteers are going to have to boost their pass defense and defensive line, after ranking 84th in the nation in 2008 versus passes and 85th in the nation in total sacks. The deciding factor for this Tennessee team will be just how well the team can manage without Erik Ainge, and how effective the team will evolve defensively under coach Phillip Fulmer and the defensive coordinators.