Tennessee coach Jeremy Pruitt

Jeremy Pruitt looks to continue the rebuild at Tennessee this season. In year one, Pruitt won five games, but only two in the SEC. However, that was two more than his predecessor, Butch Jones, won in 2017. Pruitt believes the people and the pieces are in place for the Vols to return to their once lofty status as an SEC and national power, from the new president to athletics director Phillip Fulmer, the longtime Vols’ coach who won a national championship in 1998. Pruitt also is high on his coaching staff which has new coordinators in Jim Chaney (offense) and Derrick Ansley (defense). The Vols lost at USC last season 27-24 and will host the Gamecocks October 26th. They will open their season at home August 31st against Georgia State.

Jeremy Pruitt at SEC Media Days

Tennessee at a glance (compiled by Menachem Muller)

                                                   Overall           Conference

Tennessee Volunteers              5-7                    2-6

Jeremy Pruitt 2nd season          5-7                    2-6

Offense 2018 SEC Rank NCAA Rank
Points Per game 22.8 13 110
Rushing Yards per game 130 14 111
Passing yards per game 196.4 11 97
Total yards per game 326.4 14 122
Points allowed per game 27.9 12 77
Rushing yards allowed per game 155.2 9 54
Passing yards allowed per game 222.9 8 60
Total yards allowed per game 378.1 9 49

The Volunteers return 16 starters; 7 on offense, 7 on defense, and the Kicker and Punter.

Statistical Leaders Returning

Jarrett Guarantano 1907 12 3 62.2
RB Games Yards TD AVG
Ty Chandler 11 813 7 6.1
Tim Jordan 12 638 3 4.4
WR Games Yards TD REC
Marquez Callaway 11 592 2 37
Josh Palmer 12 511 3 23
Defense Tackles TFL INT Sacks
Daniel Bituli 79 7.0 0 1.0
Darrin Kirkland Jr. 51 5.0 1 1.0
Darrell Taylor 36 11.0 0 8.0
Bryce Thompson 32 4.0 3 1.0
Nigel Warrior 64 1.0 0 0

Returning Starters Offense   

QB Jarrett Guarantano

RB Ty Chandler

WR Marquez Callaway

WR Josh Palmer

TE Dominick Wood-Anderson

LG Jahmir Johnson

C Ryan Johnson

Returning Starters Defense

LB Daniel Bituli

LB Darrin Kirkland Jr.

LB Darrell Taylor

CB Baylen Buchanan

CB Alontae Taylor

CB Bryce Thompson

S Nigel Warrior

Special Teams

K Brent Cimaglia

P Joe Doyle

Key Losses

RT Drew Richmond

DE Kyle Phillips

DT Shy Tuttle

DT Alexis Johnson

S Micah Abernathy