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2011 Tennessee Volunteers football
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 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
#19 Georgia x   7 1         10 4  
#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
#2 LSU x   8 0         13 1  
#1 Alabama   7 1         12 1  
#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
† – BCS representative as champion
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
As of January 9, 2012 • Rankings from AP Poll

The 2011 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the college football season of 2011–2012. The team was coached by Derek Dooley, who was entering his second season with Tennessee. The Volunteers played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC).

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:[2]

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).[3] Tennessee signed the No. 13 recruiting class according to Rivals and the No. 11 recruiting class according to Scout.[4][5] The football program received 27 letters of intent on National Signing Day, February 2, 2011.[6]


ScheduleEdit

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 3* 6:00 pm #12 (FCS) Montana Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN PPV W 42–16   94,661
September 10* 3:30 pm Cincinnati Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ESPN2 W 45–23   94,207
September 17 3:30 pm at #16 Florida Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL (Florida-Tennessee Rivalry) CBS L 23–33   90,744
October 1* 12:30 pm Buffalo Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN CSS W 41–10   87,758
October 8 7:00 pm Georgia Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ESPN2 L 12–20   102,455
October 15 3:30 pm #1 LSU Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN CBS L 7–38   101,822
October 22 7:15 pm at #2 Alabama Bryant–Denny StadiumTuscaloosa, AL (Third Saturday in October) ESPN2 L 6–37   101,821
October 29 7:00 pm #14 South Carolina Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ESPN2 L 3–14   96,655
November 5*† 7:00 pm Middle Tennessee Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN SECRN W 24–0   88,211
November 12 6:00 pm at #8 Arkansas Donald W. Reynolds Razorback StadiumFayetteville, AR ESPN2 L 7–49   72,103
November 19 7:00 pm Vanderbilt Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN (Rivalry) ESPNU W 27–21 OT  91,867
November 26 12:21 pm at Kentucky Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY SECN L 7–10   57,040
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.
Schedule Source:[7]
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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 Palady 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.

ReferencesEdit

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