2019 Tennessee Volunteers season

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2019 Tennessee Volunteers
Tenn logo.png
SEC Champion
Conference Southeastern Conference
East Division
2019 record 13-2 (7-1 SEC)
Head coach SageBow (3rd year)
Offensive scheme Option
Base defense 4-3
Captain Julius Thomas, Anthony Miller, Eli Austin, Nathaniel Jeffries
Home stadium Neyland Stadium
(Capacity: 102,455)
Seasons
« 20182020 »
2019 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
East
#3 Tennessee x†   7 1         13 2  
#25 Vanderbilt   5 2         10 3  
Missouri   4 3         7 6  
Georgia   4 3         8 5  
South Carolina   3 4         4 8  
Florida   1 6         3 9  
Kentucky   0 7         3 9  
West
#12 LSU x   6 2         10 3  
#5 Alabama   6 1         11 3  
#14 Mississippi State   5 2         10 3  
Arkansas   5 2         8 5  
Auburn   3 4         6 7  
Texas A&M   1 6         3 9  
Ole Miss   0 7         2 10  
SEC Championship Game: Tennessee 30, LSU 27
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from Coaches Poll

The Tennessee Volunteers had their seventh year of play during the 2019 CFBHC Season. This was the third season with SageBow at head coach. Expectations were once again very high for the Vols, with the team being ranked #8 in the preseason coaches poll.

The Vols began the season with a scintillating five game winning streak as they knocked off SEC East rivals Georgia and Kentucky on their way to tie their record high ranking, #6 in the nation. Against Auburn and the first start of freshman quarterback Marcus Black, the Vols faultered and were stunned in Jordan-Hare for their first loss of the season. After the defeat, the Vols were triumphant against talented MWC team Air Force and also defeated Missouri and hated rival Florida.

After a critical rivalry week victory against #20 Vanderbilt, the Vols won their second straight Davy Crockett Cup and clinched the SEC East title. In an incredible SEC Championship Game against LSU, the Vols had a come from behind victory led by Julius Thomas to win their first SEC title in program history.

The Vols were slotted in as the 4th seed of the playoffs and triumphed against Baylor in the Quarterfinals to set up a highly anticipated matchup against Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl. There, the Volunteers were sorely beaten, knocking them out of championship contention. Still, this amounted to the best campaign the Volunteers have ever had, and looked to put them on a bright path going forward.

Star receiver Eli Austin declared early for the 2020 NFLHC Draft, and joined Anthony Miller as first round picks. Michael Williams was taken in the second round, joining the proud Vols for Life playing at the next level.

Schedule

Regular Season

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site Result
7/30/2016 12:00 PM Memphis* #8 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 14–37  
8/20/2016 6:00 PM #21 Arizona* #7 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 7–16  
8/27/2016 12:00 PM USF* #6 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 3–31  
9/3/2016 6:00 PM #24 Georgia #6 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 16–24  
10/1/2016 12:00 PM Kentucky #6 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 12–19 2OT 
10/15/2016 6:00 PM at Auburn #6 Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL L 17–38  
10/30/2016 6:00 PM Air Force*dagger #15 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 35–44  
11/5/2016 12:00 PM at North Carolina* #15 Kenan Memorial Stadium • Chapel Hill, NC W 35–10  
11/26/2016 6:00 PM at Missouri #8 Faurot Field • Columbia, MO W 17–7  
12/3/2016 6:00 PM Florida #7 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 3–23  
12/31/2016 12:00 PM at South Carolina #5 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC W 35-20  
1/8/2017 6:00 PM at #20 Vanderbilt #5 Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN W 27-7  
1/13/2017 6:00 PM vs. #12 LSU #3 Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA (SEC Conference Championship) W 30-27  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Post-season

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site Result
1/20/2017 6:00 PM vs. #6 Baylor #3 Mercedes-Benz Superdome • New Orleans, LA (Quarterfinals) W 34-14  
1/27/2017 6:00 PM vs. #2 Penn State #3 University of Phoenix Stadium • Glendale, AZ (Fiesta Bowl) L 35-13  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from Coaches' Poll released prior to game. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

Personnel

Key Personnel

Name Position Season at
Tennessee
Season in
current role
SageBow Head Coach 3rd 3rd
Julius Thomas Quarterback 4th 3rd
Eli Austin Wide Receiver 4th 3rd
Damian Mason Offensive Tackle 4th 2nd
Toma Malifa Center 4th 3rd
Anthony Miller Defensive End 5th 4th
Nathaniel Jeffries Outside Linebacker 4th 3rd
Michael Williams Strong Safety 4th 3rd

Position key

Back B Center C Cornerback CB Defensive back DB
Defensive end DE Defensive lineman DL Defensive tackle DT End E
Fullback FB Guard G Halfback HB Kicker K
Kickoff returner KR Offensive tackle OT Offensive lineman OL Linebacker LB
Long snapper LS Punter P Punt returner PR Quarterback QB
Running back RB Safety S Tight end TE Wide receiver WR

Pre-Season Roster

2018 Tenneessee Volunteeers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. Name Class
QB Thomas, JuliusJulius Thomas Redshirt.png Sr
QB McLean, IsraelIsrael McLean Redshirt.png Jr
QB Light, MalikMalik Light So
QB Stark, SolomonSolomon Stark Redshirt.png Fr
QB Goldson, AdrianAdrian Goldson Fr
RB Crowe, NikitaNikita Crowe Redshirt.png Jr
RB Peacock, JulianJulian Peacock Redshirt.png So
RB Ford, AboubacarAboubacar Ford Fr
FB Burnett, SeanSean Burnett Sr
FB McCord, AnthonyAnthony McCord Sr
FB Maloney, MatthewMatthew Maloney Jr
FB Moody, AlanAlan Moody Jr
FB Lowery, NoahNoah Lowery So
FB Whitney, JesseJesse Whitney Redshirt.png Fr
WR Browne, TristanTristan Browne Sr
WR Richard, EmmanuelEmmanuel Richard Sr
WR Austin, EliEli Austin Redshirt.png Jr
WR Story, ZacharyZachary Story Jr
WR Moss, CameronCameron Moss Redshirt.png Fr
WR Tyler, JaredJared Tyler Fr
TE Self, CharlesCharles Self Redshirt.png Sr
TE Butts, DeSeanDeSean Butts Sr
TE Taylor, AnthonyAnthony Taylor So
TE Negron, ArturoArturo Negron Redshirt.png Fr
OT Whitney, FrankFrank Whitney Redshirt.png Sr
OT Mason, DamianDamian Mason Redshirt.png Jr
OT Carney, BradyBrady Carney Redshirt.png So
OT Krause, AnthonyAnthony Krause Redshirt.png Fr
OT Roland, QuinnQuinn Roland Fr
OG Craft, ConnorConnor Craft Sr
OG Barnhart, JacksonJackson Barnhart Sr
OG Kendrick, DonaldDonald Kendrick Redshirt.png Fr
OG Phelps, JakeJake Phelps Fr
C Donohue, BenBen Donohue Sr
C Malifa, TomaToma Malifa Redshirt.png Jr
C Rowe, EricEric Rowe Jr
C Gold, JonahJonah Gold Jr
C Mulinu'u, LaretoLareto Mulinu'u Redshirt.png So
C Reynoso, JohnJohn Reynoso So
C York, LeoLeo York Redshirt.png Fr
Defense
Pos. Name Class
DE Miller, AnthonyAnthony Miller Redshirt.png Sr
DE Jamison, EricEric Jamison Redshirt.png Jr
DE Stubbs, JermaineJermaine Stubbs Jr
DE Cobb, DavidDavid Cobb Redshirt.png So
DT Santos, HerbertHerbert Santos Redshirt.png Sr
DT Walter, RicardoRicardo Walter Redshirt.png Sr
DT Grogan, EdwardEdward Grogan Jr
DT Manuel, TerrellTerrell Manuel Jr
DT Hirsch, IanIan Hirsch Jr
DT Nieves, EmmanuelEmmanuel Nieves Redshirt.png Fr
ILB Betts, NicolasNicolas Betts Redshirt.png Jr
ATH Gross, BrianBrian Gross Redshirt.png So
ILB Coles, MarcusMarcus Coles Fr
OLB Strange, DavidDavid Strange Sr
OLB Cardenas, ElvisElvis Cardenas Sr
OLB Jeffries, NathanielNathaniel Jeffries Redshirt.png Jr
OLB Singletary, MicahMicah Singletary Redshirt.png Jr
OLB Dudley, JalenJalen Dudley Jr
OLB Durant, SeanSean Durant Jr
OLB Stevens, JudeJude Stevens So
CB Staples, JahmirJahmir Staples Sr
CB Handy, DylanDylan Handy Redshirt.png Jr
CB Hein, OwenOwen Hein Redshirt.png So
CB Willis, AnthonyAnthony Willis So
CB Williams-Spears, MamadouMamadou Williams-Spears So
CB Gray, MilesMiles Gray Jr
FS Calloway, EthanEthan Calloway Sr
FS Pressley, LamontLamont Pressley Sr
FS Conrad, GavinGavin Conrad So
SS Williams, MichaelMichael Williams Redshirt.png Sr
SS Crenshaw, IbrahimaIbrahima Crenshaw Redshirt.png Fr
SS Holmes, HunterHunter Holmes Fr
Special teams
Pos. Name Class
K Becker, ZacharyZachary Becker Sr
K Major, PatrickPatrick Major Redshirt.png Fr
P Hoskins, BryanBryan Hoskins Sr
P Fay, FrancescoFrancesco Fay Fr
Head coach
  • SageBow
Coordinators/assistant coaches
  • None

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

[TBA Roster]
Last update: end of 2018 season

Depth chart

Defense
[1]


FS
Ethan Calloway
Lamont Pressley


WLB MLB SLB
Nathaniel Jeffries Brian Gross Micah Singletary
Elvis Cardenas Nicholas Betts David Strange
SS
Michael Williams
Ibrahima Crenshaw
CB
Miles Gray
Owen Hein


DE DT DT DE
Eric Jamison Emmanuel Nieves Ricardo Walter Anthony Miller
David Cobb Edward Grogan Herbert Santos Jermaine Stubbs
CB
Dylan Handy
Jahmir Staples
Offense
[2]
WR
Eli Austin
Emmanuel Richard
LT LG C RG RT
Damian Mason Connor Craft Toma Malifa Donald Kendrick Anthony Krause
Frank Whitney Jackson Barnhart ben Donohue Lareto Mulinu'u Brady Carney
TE
Charles Self
Arturo Negron
WR
Tristan Browne
Cameron Moss
QB
Julius Thomas
Israel McLean
FB
Sean Burnett
Jesse Whitney
Special Teams
PK Zachary Becker
PK Patrick Major
P Francesco Fay
P Bryan Hoskins
KR Michael Williams
PR Michael Williams
LS Jesse Whitney
H Israel McLean
RB
Nikita Crowe
Julian Peacock


Individual Awards

QB Julius Thomas - National Offensive Player of the Week - 9, SEC Offensive Player of the Week - 9, 10
WR Cameron Moss - SEC Special Teams Player of the Week - 3
OT Damian Mason - All-SEC First Team
OG Donald Kendrick - All-SEC First Team
DE Anthony Miller - Outland Trophy, All-SEC First Team
CB Miles Gray - All-SEC First Team, SEC Defensive Player of the Week - 16
SS Michael Williams - SEC Defensive Player of the Week - 15, SEC Special Teams Player of the Week - 12
FS Ethan Calloway - All-SEC Second Team, SEC Defensive Player of the Week - 6
K Zachary Becker - SEC Special Teams Player of the Week - 9

Recruiting

High School

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Eddie Clinton
RB
Ripley, TN Ripley High School 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m) 219 lb (99 kg) Jan 1, 2017 
Skill:1.5 stars   Potential:4.5 stars
Jeremy Tinsley
WR
Clarksville, TN Kenwood High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 171 lb (78 kg) Nov 27, 2016 
Skill:1 star   Potential:4 stars
Edgar Cuellar
OT
Gleason, TN Gleason High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 276 lb (125 kg) Nov 5, 2016 
Skill:1 star   Potential:4 stars
Harrison Fontaine
FS
Maryville, TN Heritage High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 219 lb (99 kg) Nov 20, 2016 
Skill:1 star   Potential:4 stars
Zac Hudson
SS
Nashville, TN Father Ryan High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 194 lb (88 kg) Jan 1, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:4 stars
Bart Tuttle
DT
Clarksville, TN Kenwood High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 319 lb (145 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:2.5 stars   Potential:3.5 stars
Bryce McLeod
OLB
Clarksville, TN Kenwood High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 242 lb (110 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1.5 stars   Potential:3.5 stars
Ilan Stone
RB
Louisville, KY St. Xavier High School 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m) 191 lb (87 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:3.5 stars
Jorge Bravo
OG
McMinnville, TN Warren County High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 259 lb (117 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:3.5 stars
Shia Yates
OG
Johnson City, TN Science Hill High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 268 lb (122 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:2.5 stars   Potential:3 stars
Jeremiah Dobbins
OG
Ripley, TN Ripley High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 276 lb (125 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:2 stars   Potential:3 stars
Israel Barrow
DE
Durant, MS Durant High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 253 lb (115 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:2 stars   Potential:3 stars
Samir Mitchell
WR
Athens, TN McMinn County High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1.5 stars   Potential:3 stars
Elijah Boyle
WR
Hermitage, TN Donelson Christian Academy 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1.5 stars   Potential:3 stars
Preston Bland
TE
Monticello, KY Wayne County High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 229 lb (104 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:3 stars
Tyler Donovan
OT
Town Creek, AL Hatton High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 271 lb (123 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:3 stars
Antonio Joiner
DE
Corbin, KY Lynn Camp High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 256 lb (116 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:3 stars
Carter Berg
ILB
Clarksville, TN Kenwood High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 233 lb (106 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:3 stars
Nosh Morgan
WR
Decatur, TN Meigs County High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 206 lb (93 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1.5 stars   Potential:2.5 stars
Niyol Nieto
WR
Memphis, TN Sheffield High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 197 lb (89 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:2.5 stars
Marshal Hand
OT
Mt. Pleasant, TN Mt. Pleasant High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 293 lb (133 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:2.5 stars
Emanuelu Isara
OT
Watertown, TN Watertown High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 309 lb (140 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:2.5 stars
Javier McCrary
ILB
Fairview, TN Fairview High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:2 stars   Potential:2 stars
Frank Weir
CB
Athens, TN McMinn County High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 202 lb (92 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:2 stars   Potential:2 stars
Janoris Slade
DT
Athens, TN McMinn County High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 301 lb (137 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:2 stars
Jude Stoddard
DT
Maryville, TN Heritage High School 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 276 lb (125 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:2 stars
K.J. Monroe
LS
Clarksville, TN Clarksville High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 232 lb (105 kg) Jan 7, 2017 
Skill:1 star   Potential:2 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:

Sources:

Junior College Transfers

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Marcus Holmes
WR
Dyersburg, TN Dyersburg State Community College 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 172 lb (78 kg) Jan 1, 2017 
Skill:4 stars   Potential:5 stars
Overall recruiting rankings:

Sources: