The second in a series leading up to fall camps takes us to Rocky
Tennessee Volunteers 5-7 (2-6) in 2013
In Knoxville, they are calling it "The Dark Ages". It's the tire fire that has been raging since Fat Phil Fulmer's 5-7 2008 season up to today. It is a term some longtime Bama fans are familiar with but the Crimson Tide never had four straight losing seasons (For the record, Bama hasn't had consecutive losing seasons since "Ears" Whitworth's debacle back in the 1950s). Most Tennessee fans seem to have faith in second year coach Butch Jones and gave him a pass for last season's 5-7 dreck. Could this season result in the Vols' return to a bowl game?
|2009||7-6 (4-4)||Lane Kiffin|
|2010||6-7 (3-5)||Derek Dooley|
|2012||5-7 (1-7)||Dooley 4-7/Jim Chaney 1-0|
|2013||5-7 (2-6)||Butch Jones|
The Vols showed some spark against UGA in 2013 but a late goal line fumble was their undoing. The upset of South Carolina gave them hope but three straight blowout losses to the Crimson Tide (45-10), Mizzou (31-3), and Auburn (55-23) brought them back down to earth. A home win against Vandy probably could've gotten them to a bowl game but the 'Dores had other ideas.
OT Ja'Wuan James, (Dolphins - 1st round), DT Daniel McCullers (Steelers - 6th round), OG Zach Fulton (Chiefs - 6th round), RB Rajion Neal, OT Antonio Richardson (undrafted junior), C James Stone, LB Dontavis Sapp, OG Alex Bullard - Note that UT lost all five starting offensive lineman.
Butch Jones, LB A.J. Johnson (surprised he did not go pro), WR Marquez North, WR Alton "Pig" Howard, LB Curt Maggitt, S Brian Randolph, CB Cameron Sutton, who will win the QB job?
WR Josh Malone, ATH Jalen Hurd, S Todd Kelly, LB Dillon Bates, DE Dewayne Hendrix, APB Derrell Scott, WR Von Pearson, S Cortez McDowell.
Aug. 31 Utah State - W - This is no gimme.
Sept. 6 Arkansas State - W - Neither is this.
Sept. 13 at Oklahoma - L - Lawd, have mercy.
Sept. 27 at Georgia - L - see above.
Oct. 4 Florida - L - call the riot police.
Oct. 11 Chattanooga - W
Oct. 18 at Ole Miss - L - call in the National Guard.
Oct. 25 Alabama - L - do you think they will boo Lane Kiffin?
Nov. 1 at South Carolina - L
Nov. 15 Kentucky - W - lose this one and they should just give up football.
Nov. 22 Missouri - L - home game could tilt in their favor but where will their heads be at?
Nov. 29 at Vanderbilt - W - Could they REALLY lose to Vandy 3 years in a row? Last time VU beat UT even twice in a row before last season was 1925-26.
Let's go Bowling! Nope.
Wow, another 5-7? Could it be? There is an outside chance that the Vols could surprise Florida, Ole Miss or Mizzou.