2021 Tennessee Volunteers football
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
2021 record7–5 (4–4 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorAlex Golesh (1st season)
Offensive schemeSpread
Defensive coordinatorTim Banks (1st season)
Base defense4–3 multiple
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
Seasons
← 2020
2022 →
2021 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 3 Georgia x^   8 0     12 1  
No. 22 Kentucky   5 3     9 3  
Tennessee   4 4     7 5  
Missouri   3 5     6 6  
South Carolina   3 5     6 6  
Florida   2 6     6 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8     2 10  
West Division
No. 1 Alabama x$^   7 1     12 1  
No. 8 Ole Miss   6 2     10 2  
No. 21 Arkansas   4 4     8 4  
Mississippi State   4 4     7 5  
No. 25 Texas A&M   4 4     8 4  
Auburn   3 5     6 6  
LSU   3 5     6 6  
Championship: Alabama 41, Georgia 24
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
As of December 14, 2021; Rankings from CFP Rankings

The 2021 Tennessee Volunteers football team represents the University of Tennessee in the 2021 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Volunteers play their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee, and compete in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They are led by first-year coach Josh Heupel.

Recruiting class

Ranking Position Name Home State
★★★★ OT Addison Nichols Georgia
★★★★ QB Tayven Jackson Indiana
★★★★ WR Cameron Miller Tennessee
★★★ EDGE Joshua Josephs Georgia
★★★ TE Brody Foley Ohio
★★★ WR Marquarius White Alabama
★★★ WR Chase Nimrod Arkansas
★★★ RB Dylan Simpson Louisiana
★★★ OG Maurice Clipper Georgia
★★★ OT Brian Grant Florida
★★★ OG Masai Reddick Michigan
★★★ DT Jordan Phillips Florida
★★★ LB Elijah Herring Tennessee
★★★ LB Kalib Perry Kentucky

Coaching staff

Name Position[1] Joined Staff
Josh Heupel Head Coach 2021
Tim Banks Defensive Coordinator 2021
Kodi Burns Wide Receivers 2021
Mike Ekeler Outside Linebackers / Special Teams Coordinator 2021
Glen Elarbee Offensive Line 2021
Rodney Garner Defensive Line 2021
Alex Golesh Offensive Coordinator / Tight Ends 2021
Joey Halzle Quarterbacks 2021
Brian Jean-Mary Linebackers 2021
Jerry Mack Running Backs 2021
Willie Martinez Secondary 2021

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
September 2 8:00 p.m. Bowling Green* SECN W 38–6 84,314
September 11 Noon Pittsburgh*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
ESPN L 34–41 82,203
September 18 Noon Tennessee Tech*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
ESPN+/SECN+ W 56–0 80,053
September 25 7:00 p.m. at No. 11 Florida ESPN L 14–38 88,478
October 2 Noon at Missouri SECN W 62–24 45,655
October 9 Noon South Carolina
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
ESPN2 W 45–20 89,437
October 16 7:30 p.m. No. 13 Ole Miss
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
SECN L 26–31 102,455
October 23 7:00 p.m. at No. 4 Alabama ESPN L 24–52 100,077
November 6 7:00 p.m. at No. 18 Kentucky ESPN2 W 45–42 61,690
November 13 3:30 p.m. No. 1 Georgia
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
CBS L 17–41 100,074
November 20 7:30 p.m. South Alabama*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
ESPNU W 60–14 75,203
November 27 3:45 p.m. Vanderbilt
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
SECN W 45–21 77,349
December 30 3:00 p.m. vs. Purdue* ESPN

[2]

Game summaries

Bowling Green

See also: 2021 Bowling Green Falcons football team

Bowling Green at Tennessee
1 2 34Total
Bowling Green 0 6 006
Tennessee 14 0 141038

at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

  • Date: September 2
  • Game time: 8:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Sunny, 77 °F (25 °C)
  • Game attendance: 84,314
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe
  • TV announcers (SECN): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (color) and Cole Cubelic (sidelines)

Pittsburgh

See also: 2021 Pittsburgh Panthers football team

Pittsburgh at Tennessee
1 2 34Total
Pittsburgh 0 27 7741
Tennessee 10 10 7734

at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

  • Date: September 11
  • Game time: Noon
  • Game weather: Sunny, 71 °F (22 °C)
  • Game attendance: 82,203
  • Referee: Stuart Mullins
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Dave Pasch (play-by-play), Dusty Dvoracek (color) and Tom Luginbill (sidelines)

Tennessee Tech

See also: 2021 Tennessee Tech Golden Eagles football team

Tennessee Tech at Tennessee
1 2 34Total
Tennessee Tech 0 0 000
Tennessee 14 14 21756

at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

  • Date: September 18
  • Game time: Noon
  • Game weather: Sunny, 75 °F (24 °C)
  • Game attendance: 80,053
  • Referee: Kyle Olson
  • TV announcers (SECN+/ESPN+): Kevin Brown (play-by-play), Hutson Mason (color) and Abby Labar (sidelines)

at No. 11 Florida

See also: 2021 Florida Gators football team and Florida–Tennessee football rivalry

Tennessee at No. 11 Florida
1 2 34Total
Tennessee 7 7 0014
No. 11 Florida 10 7 14738

at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, FL

  • Date: September 25
  • Game time: 7:00 p.m.
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 80 °F (27 °C)
  • Game attendance: 88,478
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Joe Tessitore (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (color), and Katie George (sidelines)

at Missouri

See also: 2021 Missouri Tigers football team

Tennessee at Missouri
1 2 34Total
Tennessee 28 17 10762
Missouri 3 7 7724

at Faurot Field, Columbia, MO

  • Date: October 2
  • Game time: Noon
  • Game weather: Rain, 72 °F (22 °C)
  • Game attendance: 45,655
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (SECN): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Deuce McAllister (color), and Andraya Carter (sidelines)

South Carolina

See also: 2021 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

South Carolina at Tennessee
1 2 34Total
South Carolina 0 7 7620
Tennessee 28 10 0745

at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

  • Date: October 9
  • Game time: Noon
  • Game weather: Sunny, 70 °F (21 °C)
  • Game attendance: 89,437
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Anish Shroff (play-by-play), Mike Golic Jr. (color), and Taylor McGregor (sidelines)

No. 13 Ole Miss

See also: 2021 Ole Miss Rebels football team

No. 13 Ole Miss at Tennessee
1 2 34Total
No. 13 Ole Miss 10 14 7031
Tennessee 9 3 7726

at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

  • Date: October 16
  • Game time: 7:30 pm
  • Game weather: Sunny, 59 °F (15 °C)
  • Game attendance: 102,455
  • Referee: Marc Curles
  • TV announcers (SECN): Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (color) and Cole Cubelic (sidelines)

The game was delayed for nearly 20 minutes in the 4th quarter as some Tennessee fans started to throw objects onto the field, including a golf ball that hit Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin in the leg. The eruption occurred after officials ruled that Tennessee tight end Jacob Warren was short on 4th-and-24 with just under a minute left to play.[3] On the Monday following the game, SEC commissioner Greg Sankey announced that Tennessee would be fined $250,000 due to the fans' actions.[4]

at No. 4 Alabama

See also: 2021 Alabama Crimson Tide football team and Third Saturday in October

Tennessee at No. 4 Alabama
1 2 34Total
Tennessee 14 0 3724
No. 4 Alabama 7 14 32852

at Bryant-Denny Stadium, Tuscaloosa, AL

  • Date: October 23
  • Game time: 7:00 pm
  • Game weather: Sunny, 72 °F (22 °C)
  • Game attendance: 100,077
  • Referee: Alex Moore
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Jason Benetti (play-by-play), Greg McElroy (color), and Katie George (sidelines)

at No. 18 Kentucky

See also: 2021 Kentucky Wildcats football team and Kentucky–Tennessee football rivalry

Tennessee at No. 16 Kentucky
1 2 34Total
Tennessee 14 10 14745
No. 18 Kentucky 7 14 14742

at Kroger Field, Lexington, KY

  • Date: November 6
  • Game time: 7:00 pm
  • Game weather: Sunny, 46 °F (8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 61,690
  • Referee: Steve Marlowe
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Beth Mowins (play-by-play), Kirk Morrison (color), and Dawn Davenport (sidelines)

No. 1 Georgia

See also: 2021 Georgia Bulldogs football team and Georgia–Tennessee football rivalry

No. 1 Georgia at Tennessee
1 2 34Total
No. 1 Georgia 7 17 31441
Tennessee 10 0 0717

at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

  • Date: November 13
  • Game time: 3:30 pm
  • Game weather: Sunny, 49 °F (9 °C)
  • Game attendance: 100,074
  • Referee: James Carter
  • TV announcers (CBS): Brad Nessler (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color) and Jamie Erdahl (sidelines)

South Alabama

See also: 2021 South Alabama Jaguars football team

South Alabama at Tennessee
1 2 34Total
South Alabama 0 7 0714
Tennessee 14 21 141160

at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

  • Date: November 20
  • Game time: 7:30 pm
  • Game weather: Cloudy, 46 °F (8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 75,203
  • Referee: Jason Autrey
  • TV announcers (ESPNU): Clay Matvick (play-by-play) and Rocky Boiman (color)

Vanderbilt

See also: 2021 Vanderbilt Commodores football team and Tennessee–Vanderbilt football rivalry

Vanderbilt at Tennessee
1 2 34Total
Vanderbilt 0 7 6821
Tennessee 7 17 14745

at Neyland Stadium, Knoxville, TN

  • Date: November 27
  • Game time: 3:45 pm
  • Game weather: Sunny, 46 °F (8 °C)
  • Game attendance: 77,349
  • Referee: David Smith
  • TV announcers (SECN): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Deuce McAllister (color), and Andraya Carter (sidelines)

Purdue

See also: 2021 Purdue Boilermakers football team and 2021 Music City Bowl

1 2 3 4 Total
Boilermakers 0
Volunteers 0

References

  1. ^ "Football Coaches". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved 2021-06-07.
  2. ^ "2021 Tennessee Football Schedule". FBSchedules.com. Retrieved January 30, 2021.
  3. ^ Wilson, Mike (October 17, 2021). "How Tennessee Vols fans trashed end of Ole Miss game vs. Lane Kiffin". Knox News. Retrieved October 23, 2021.
  4. ^ Low, Chris (October 18, 2021). "SEC Fines Tennessee Volunteers $250k for fan behavior at end of loss to Ole Miss Rebels". ESPN. Retrieved October 23, 2021.