2011 Tennessee Team Preview

2011 Tennessee Volunteers Team Preview

2010 Record – 6-7

2010 Pythag. Record – 7.07-5.93

2011 Rivals Recruiting Ranking – #13

2008-2011 Rivals Ranking Average – 16.75

2008-2011 Average Star Rating – 3.38

Offensive Write-Up

The Vols are a team with a bunch of young talent on the offensive side of the ball. Most will cite Tyler Bray as the star of this team, and rightfully so. Bray, who started the last 5 games of Tennessee’s season, was a QB who showed a tremendous amount of potential. His freshman stats were comparable to Peyton Manning’s freshman year, and many Vol fans believe the sky is the limit for the young man from California.

Bray throwing a pass

Tauren Poole, the 1,000+ yard rusher from last year, returns to be the main back in Tennessee’s ground attack. Poole is a powerful back, however, his ineffecient RBSPP(running back score per play), is somewhat concerning for an SEC back.

The receiving corps are held down by two stellar sophomores in Da’Rick Rogers and Justin Hunter. Hunter, who was a breakout player last year, is expected to be Tyler Bray’s favorite target yet again in 2011. Da’Rick Rogers, the signing day pull from Georgia to Tennessee, didn’t have a whole lot of impact in 2010. However, his NFL like body, and speed have to be taken into consideration when projecting his abilities, which will only get better with time.

The line was Tennessee’s concern on offense last year. Often times, they couldn’t get enough push, and Tauren Poole was hit in the backfield. Not because of actual talent level, but due to some size issues (Tennessee was starting a 260 pounder at center for some games in 2010) However, there is a fair amount of talent there, and could be very, very good in ’11.

Offensive Starters

QB – Tyler Bray

RB – Tauren Poole

FB – Channing Fugate

WR – Justin Hunter

WR – Da’Rick Rogers

OL – Dallas Thomas

OL – JerQuari Schofield

OL – Darin Gooch

OL – Zach Fulton

OL – Ja’Wuan James

Advanced Offensive Stats

QB – Tyler Bray61.44 net points produced, 1.248 wins produced, responsible for 20.8% of Tennessee’s wins in 2010, QB Score – 817, QB Score Per Game – 90.78, QB Score Per Play – 3.35, Adjusted Yards Per Attempt – 7.9, Passes Per Interception – 22.4

RB – Tauren Poole – RB Score – 422, RB Score Per Game – 32.46, RB Score Per Play – 2.07

WR – Justin Hunter – QB Attempts Per Reception – 14.0, Receptions Per Touchdown – 2.3, Yards Per Catch – 25.9, Explosive Receiver Index – 256

WR – Da’Rick Rogers – QB Attempts Per Reception – 20.4, Receptions Per Touchdown – 5.5, Yards Per Catch – 15.2, Explosive Receiver Index – 90

OL – Dallas Thomas – O-Line Shares – 47.4

OL – JerQuari Schofield – O-Line Shares – 25.7

OL – Darin Gooch – O-Line Shares – 36.7

OL – Zach Fulton – O-Line Shares – 43.8

OL – JaWuan James – O-Line Shares – 47.4

Advanced Offensive Team Statistics

Plays Per 6 points scored – 14.14

Rushing Yards Per Play – 3.48

Passing Yards Per Play – 7.90

Run/Pass Ratio – 49.3% run/50.7% pass

Points Per Possession – 2.3

True Red Zone Percentage – 62.5%

Offensive Line Rating – 3.95

Defensive Write-Up

The Vols were pretty good on defense against teams who weren’t very good. They gave up 48 to Oregon in Tennessee’s worst home loss since 1905. They gave up 41 against both Georgia and Alabama, and gave up 31 to Florida. Overall though, things could have been a lot worse. Tennessee’s defensive line situation was well noted. So much so, that Malik Jackson, a defensive end, moved over to tackle to add depth to a moribund and anemic defensive interior.

The linebackers are expected to be, well, kinda good. John Propst, the son of former Hoover High and Two-A-Day’s coach Rush Propst, looks to be on the fast track to #1 at the mike linebacker spot. Daryl Vereen, a former tailback is on the outside, and Herman Lathers takes up the other outside linebacker spot in Tennessee’s 4-3 defense.

If there was one strength for the Vols, it would be in the secondary. Janzen Jackson, who currently hopes to re-enroll at UT in the fall, is UT’s best player, and a player who lands absolutely devastating hits on anyone near the ball.


Jackson would be a huge loss if he doesn't re-enroll at Tennessee

Other guys in the secondary include Prentiss Waggner, a interception machine, Brent Brewer, a guy with a lot of potential, but played 4 years of minor league baseball before enrolling at UT, and Marsalis Teague, a man who was recruited to be a wide receiver, now roams at corner, Eric Gordon, a sophomore from Nashville, is at the other corner spot.

Defensive Starters

DE – Corey Miller

DT – Malik Jackson

DT – Montori Hughes

DE – Jacques Smith

OLB – Daryl Vereen

MLB – John Propst

OLB – Herman Lathers

CB – Eric Gordon

CB – Marsalis Teague

S – Prentiss Waggner

S – Janzen Jackson

Advanced Defensive Team Statistics

Plays Per 6 points allowed – 16.80

Rushing Yards Per Play Allowed – 4.18

Passing Yards Per Play Allowed – 6.8

Opponent’s Run/Pass Ratio – 51.9% run/48.1% pass

Opponent’s Points Per Possession – 2.1

Opponent’s True Red Zone Percentage – 65.6%

Personal Thoughts

The Vols weren’t great in 2010. Of course, that was to be expected with the Vols having their 3rd coach in 3 years and transitioning to their 3rd different way of doing things. However, a 8 win 2011 season with their schedule is not only possible, but likely. I’ll go 8-4, with a Gator Bowl invitation.

2011 Schedule(Projected Result in Parenthesis)

September 3 – Montana – (W 42-14)

September 10 – Cincinnati – (W 28-22)

September 17- Florida – (L 24-31)

October 1 – Buffalo – (W 52-7)

October 8 – Georgia – (W 23-21)

October 15 – LSU – (L 10-24)

October 22 – at Alabama – (L 10-35)

October 29 – South Carolina – (W 24-21)

November 5 – Middle Tennessee – (W 44-20)

November 12 – at Arkansas – (L 32-49)

November 19 – Vanderbilt – (W 24-17)

November 26 – at Kentucky – (W 31-18)

Nick’s 2011 Prediction – 8-4

2011 Predictive Pythag. Record – 7.48-4.52

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One Response to 2011 Tennessee Team Preview

  1. Jeff Seals says:

    You Forgot TE, bro.

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