2018 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Record5–7 (2–6 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorTyson Helton (1st season)
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorKevin Sherrer (1st season)
Co-defensive coordinatorChris Rumph (1st season)
Base defense3–4
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
(Capacity: 102,455)
Seasons
← 2017
2019 →
2018 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No.Georgia x   7 1     11 3  
No. 12 Kentucky   5 3     10 3  
No.Florida   5 3     10 3  
South Carolina   4 4     7 6  
Missouri   4 4     8 5  
Vanderbilt   3 5     6 7  
Tennessee   2 6     5 7  
West Division
No. 2 Alabama x$^   8 0     14 1  
No. 16 Texas A&M   5 3     9 4  
No. 6 LSU   5 3     10 3  
Auburn   3 5     8 5  
Ole Miss   1 7     5 7  
Arkansas   0 8     2 10  
Mississippi State*   0 4     0 5  
Championship: Alabama 35, Georgia 28
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * Mississippi State vacated four conference and eight total wins due to NCAA violations.[1]
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 2018 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 first-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt.[2] They finished the season 5–7, 2–6 in SEC play to finish in last place in the Eastern Division.

Previous season

The team finished the season 4–8, 0–8 in SEC play in last place in the Eastern Division and the SEC. They were also the first Tennessee team in program history to lose eight games in a season, as well as the first to not win an SEC game since becoming a charter member of the conference in 1932.[3] They were led by fifth-year head coach Butch Jones until his firing on November 12.[4] Brady Hoke was named the interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[5]

Preseason

2018 recruiting class

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

Award Player Position Year
Chuck Bednarik Award[6] Nigel Warrior S JR
Outland Trophy[7] Trey Smith OL SO
Wuerffel Trophy[8] Kyle Phillips DL SR
Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award[9] Keller Chryst QB GS

SEC media poll

The SEC media poll was released on July 20, 2018 with the Volunteers predicted to finish in sixth place in the East Division.

Media poll (East)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Georgia 1,977 (271)
2 South Carolina 1,535 (8)
3 Florida 1,441 (2)
4 Missouri 1,057
5 Kentucky 874 (1)
6 Tennessee 704 (1)
7 Vanderbilt 392

Preseason All-SEC teams

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

Schedule

Tennessee announced its 2018 football schedule on September 19, 2017. The 2018 schedule consisted of 7 home games,[10] 4 away, and 1 neutral site game in the regular season. The Volunteers hosted SEC foes Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, and Missouri, and traveled to Georgia, Auburn, South Carolina, and Vanderbilt.[11]

The Volunteers hosted three of its four non–conference games which were against ETSU from the Southern Conference, UTEP and Charlotte, both of whom competed in the Conference USA. They traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina, for the Belk Kickoff against West Virginia from the Big 12 Conference.

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 13:30 p.m.vs. No. 17 West Virginia*CBSL 14–4066,793
September 84:00 p.m.East Tennessee State*SECNW 59–396,464
September 1512:00 p.m.UTEP*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
SECNW 24–087,074
September 227:00 p.m.Florida
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
ESPNL 21–47100,027
September 293:30 p.m.at No. 2 GeorgiaCBSL 12–3892,246
October 1312:00 p.m.at No. 21 AuburnSECNW 30–2484,589
October 203:30 p.m.No. 1 Alabama
CBSL 21–5897,087
October 277:30 p.m.at South CarolinaSECNL 24–2780,614
November 34:00 p.m.Charlotte*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
SECNW 14–386,753
November 103:30 p.m.No. 12 Kentucky
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
SECNW 24–795,258
November 173:30 p.m.Missouri
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
CBSL 17–5088,224
November 244:00 p.m.at VanderbiltSECNL 13–3835,887
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game
  • All times are in Eastern time
Schedule Source:[12]

Personnel

Roster and staff

2018 Tennessee Volunteers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 1 Marquez Callaway Jr
QB 2 Jarrett Guarantano
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 So
RB 3 Ty Chandler So
WR 5 Josh Palmer So
WR 7 Brandon Johnson Jr
WR 8 Latrell Williams
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 So
RB 9 Tim Jordan So
WR 10 Tyler Byrd Jr
WR 11 Jordan Murphy So
QB 12 JT Shrout So
WR 13 Richard Mize Jr. So
QB 14 Zac Jancek
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 Jr
WR 15 Jauan Jennings
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 Jr
QB 17 Will McBride So
RB 18 Princeton Fant
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 Fr
QB 19 Keller Chryst
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 Sr
WR 21 Jacquez Jones
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 Jr
RB 24 Trey Coleman So
WR 26 Jay Shoop
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 Fr
RB 28 James Christian
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 So
RB 29 Jeremiah Howard
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 So
RB 31 Madre London
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 Sr
RB 33 Jeremy Banks Fr
WR 34 Malik Elion
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 Sr
RB 35 Ramsey Hailey So
RB 36 Tanner Dobrucky
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 Fr
WR 38 Grant Frerking
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 Fr
WR 38 Brent McPherson Jr
RB 42 Chip Omer
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 So
TE/RB 48 Ja'Quain Blakely
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 So
OL 50 Joey Cave
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 So
OL 51 Drew Richmond
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 Jr
OL 56 Riley Locklear So
OL 57 Nathan Niehaus
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 So
OL 58 Brandon Kennedy 
Injured
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 Jr
OL 60 Michael Raymond Jr
OL 66 Jarious Abercrombie Fr
OL 67 Joe Keeler
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 Jr
OL 68 Marcus Tatum
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 So
OL 69 Brian Garvey So
OL 70 Ryan Johnson
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 So
OL 71 Tanner Antonutti Fr
OL 72 Jahmir Johnson
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 So
OL 73 Trey Smith So
OL 74 K'Rojhn Calbert
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 Fr
OL 75 Jerome Carvin Fr
OL 76 Chance Hall
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 Jr
OL 77 Devante Brooks
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 So
TE 80 Eli Wolf
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 Jr
TE 81 Austin Pope
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 So
TE 82 Dominick Wood-Anderson Jr
WR 83 Cooper Melton So
TE 84 James Brown
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 Fr
WR 85 Cedric Tillman Fr
TE 86 Andrew Craig
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 Fr
TE 87 Jacob Warren Fr
TE 88 LaTrell Bumphus So
TE 89 Brandon Benedict
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 So
OL 99 Ollie Lane Fr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 1 Jonathan Kongbo
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 Sr
DL 2 Shy Tuttle Sr
DB 3 Marquill Osborne Jr
DL 5 Kyle Phillips Sr
DB 6 Alontae Taylor Fr
DB 7 Bryce Collier Jr
LB 7 Jordan Allen
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 So
DB 9 Garrett Johnson Jr
DB 10 Bryce Thompson Fr
LB 11 Austin Smith
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 Jr
DB 12 Zach Weatherly
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 So
LB 13 Deandre Johnson So
DB 14 Quart'e Sapp
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 Jr
DB 15 Shawn Shamburger Jr
LB 17 Dillion Bates
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 Sr
DB 18 Nigel Warrior Jr
LB 19 Darrell Taylor
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 Jr
DB 20 Cheyenne Labruzza
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 Fr
LB 21 Shanon Reid So
DB 22 Micah Abernathy Sr
LB 23 Will Ignont Jr
DB 24 Todd Kelly Jr.
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 Sr
DB 25 Trevon Flowers Fr
DB 26 Theo Jackson So
DB 27 Carlin Fils-Aime Jr
DB 28 Baylen Buchanan Jr
DB 29 Brandon Davis Fr
DB 31 D.J. Henderson
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 Sr
DB 33 MaLeik Gatewood
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 Jr
LB 34 Darrin Kirkland Jr
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 Jr
LB 35 Daniel Bituli Jr
DB 36 Terrell Bailey
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 Fr
DB 37 Sam Harvin Jr
LB 38 Solon Page III
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 Fr
LB 39 Nick Humphrey So
LB 40 J.J. Peterson Fr
DB 41 Kenneth George Jr. So
LB 42 Nyles Gaddy Fr
DB 43 Jake Powers So
LB 46 Joshua Warren
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 Fr
LB 47 Landon Knoll
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 Jr
LB 48 Matt Ballard
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 So
LB 50 Cole Hughes Jr
DB 51 Kingston Harris Fr
DL 52 Maurese Smith
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 Fr
DL 55 Gatkek Kueth
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 Fr
DL 56 Matthew Butler So
DL 59 John Mincey Fr
DL 64 Kurott Garland Fr
DB 79 Bryce Collier Jr
DL 93 Emmit Gooden Jr
DL 95 Kivon Bennett So
DL 96 Airin Spell Fr
DL 97 Paul Bain
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 Sr
DL 98 Alexis Johnson
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 Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
PK 30 Brent Cimaglia So
P 37 Paxton Brooks Fr
P 39 Grayson Pontius Jr
PK 41 Ryan Tice
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 Sr
PK 43 Laszlo Toser
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 Jr
LS 46 Riley Lovingood
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 Jr
P 47 Joe Doyle
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 Fr
LS 52 Elijah Medford
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 Sr
LS 59 Jake Yelich
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 So
PK 97 Jackson Morris So
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • Tyson Helton (Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks) - 1st year
  • Kevin Sherrer (Defensive Coordinator/Inside Linebackers) - 1st year
  • Chris Rumph (Co-Defensive Coordinator/Outside Linebackers) - 1st year
  • Chris Weinke (Running Backs Coach) - 1st year
  • Charles Kelly (Special Teams Coordinator/Safeties) - 1st year
  • Terry Fair (Cornerbacks Coach) - 1st year
  • David Johnson (Wide Receivers Coach) - 1st year
  • Will Friend (Offensive Line Coach) - 1st year
  • Tracy Rocker (Defensive Line Coach) - 1st year
  • Brian Niedermeyer (Tight Ends Coach) - 1st year
  • Craig Fitzgerald (Director of Strength and Conditioning) - 1st year
  • Support Staff
  • Jon Shalala
  • Karmichael Dunbar
  • Nate Andrews
  • Brandon Deaderick
  • Bert Biffani
  • Tino Sunseri
  • Kevin Simon
  • Carter Blount
  • Vince Lewis
  • Cam Clemmons
  • Kevin O’Brien
  • Caleb Cox
  • John Lilly
  • Shelton Felton
  • Todd Watson

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

Roster

Current depth chart

Source:[13]

Game summaries

vs. West Virginia

See also: 2018 West Virginia Mountaineers football team and Belk Kickoff Game

Belk Kickoff Game
1 234Total
• No. 17 West Virginia 10 3207 40
Tennessee 0 770 14
  • Location: Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 4:00
  • Game attendance: 66,793
  • Game weather: Temperature: 89 °F (32 °C) • Wind: 4 mph (6.4 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Gary Patterson
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Jamie Erdahl (sidelines)

ETSU

See also: 2018 East Tennessee State Buccaneers football team

1 234Total
ETSU 0 030 3
Tennessee 10 28714 59
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:52
  • Game attendance: 96,464
  • Game weather: Temperature: 90 °F (32 °C) • Wind: 8 mph (13 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (SECN): Taylor Zarzour (play-by-play), Matt Stinchcomb (color), Kris Budden (sidelines)

UTEP

See also: 2018 UTEP Miners football team

1 234Total
UTEP 0 000 0
Tennessee 3 777 24
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: Noon
  • Elapsed time: 3:04
  • Game attendance: 87,074
  • Game weather: Temperature: 85 °F (29 °C) • Wind: 12 mph (19 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe
  • TV announcers (SECN): Dave Neal (play-by-play), D. J. Shockley (color), Dawn Davenport (sidelines)

Florida

See also: 2018 Florida Gators football team and Florida–Tennessee football rivalry

1 234Total
Florida 14 12714 47
Tennessee 0 3108 21
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 7:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 100,027
  • Game weather: Temperature: 85 °F (29 °C) • Wind: 3 mph (4.8 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Adam Amin (play-by-play), Rod Gilmore (color), Quint Kessenich (sidelines)

at Georgia

See also: 2018 Georgia Bulldogs football team and Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry

1 234Total
Tennessee 0 066 12
No. 2 Georgia 7 10714 38
  • Location: Athens, Georgia
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:10
  • Game attendance: 92,746
  • Game weather: Temperature: 85 °F (29 °C) • Wind: 3 mph (4.8 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Referee: John McDaid
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Jamie Erdahl (sidelines)

at Auburn

See also: 2018 Auburn Tigers football team and Auburn–Tennessee football rivalry

1 234Total
Tennessee 3 10143 30
No. 21 Auburn 10 707 24
  • Location: Auburn, Alabama
  • Game start: Noon
  • Elapsed time: 3:30
  • Game attendance: 84,589
  • Game weather: Temperature: 70 °F (21 °C) • Wind: 6 mph (9.7 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (SECN): Dave Neal (play-by-play), D. J. Shockley (color), Dawn Davenport (sidelines)

Alabama

See also: 2018 Alabama Crimson Tide football team and Third Saturday in October

Third Saturday in October
1 234Total
• No. 1 Alabama 28 14160 58
Tennessee 0 1470 21
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 3:30 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 97,087
  • Game weather: Temperature: 64 °F (18 °C) • Wind: 10 mph (16 km/h) • Weather: Mostly cloudy
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Jamie Erdahl (sideline)
  • Sources:

at South Carolina

See also: 2018 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

1 234Total
Tennessee 7 7100 24
South Carolina 3 6153 27
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Sources:
  

Charlotte

See also: 2018 Charlotte 49ers football team

1 234Total
Charlotte 0 300 3
Tennessee 14 000 14
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 4:00 p.m.
  • Elapsed time: 3:00
  • Game attendance: 86,753
  • Game weather: Temperature: 58 °F (14 °C) • Wind: 5 mph (8.0 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe
  • TV announcers (SECN Alt): Mike Morgan (play-by-play), Barrett Jones (color), Taylor Davis (sidelines)

Kentucky

See also: 2018 Kentucky Wildcats football team and Kentucky–Tennessee football rivalry

1 234Total
No. 12 Kentucky 0 070 7
Tennessee 3 1470 24
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 3:30 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:12
  • Game attendance: 95,258
  • Game weather: Temperature: 45 °F (7 °C) • Wind: 6 mph (9.7 km/h) • Weather: Sunny
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (SECN): John Congemi (play-by-play), Taylor Zarzour (color), Kris Budden (sidelines)

Missouri

See also: 2018 Missouri Tigers football team

1 234Total
Missouri 6 201410 50
Tennessee 0 1070 17
  • Location: Knoxville, Tennessee
  • Sources:
  

at Vanderbilt

See also: 2018 Vanderbilt Commodores football team and Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry

1 234Total
Tennessee 0 076 13
Vanderbilt 7 10021 38
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game weather: Temperature: 63 °F (17 °C) • Wind: 8 mph (13 km/h) • Weather: Partly cloudy
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • Sources:
  

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