By the numbers: The Tennessee that Butch Jones inherited

Butch Jones addresses members of the media as the University of Tennessee introduced him as the new head football coach during a press conference in the Peyton Manning Locker Room at Neyland Stadium, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

Photo by Amy Smotherman Burgess

Butch Jones addresses members of the media as the University of Tennessee introduced him as the new head football coach during a press conference in the Peyton Manning Locker Room at Neyland Stadium, Friday, Dec. 7, 2012. (AMY SMOTHERMAN BURGESS/NEWS SENTINEL)

A look at the team new Tennessee football coach Butch Jones inherits.

Tennessee will have 65 scholarship players on its roster after the expected departure of Tyler Bray, Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson for the NFL draft.Two players (Omari Phillips and Deion Bonner) were suspended for all or part of 2012 and their current status is unclear, but they will remain on the list unless officially released. Other offseason attrition is possible, and even likely.

These numbers do not include any incoming prospects, even players who plan to enroll early and participate in spring practice.

BY CLASS

Seniors: 24

Juniors: 15

Sophomores: 14

Freshman: 12

BY YEAR AT UT

Fifth: 6

Fourth: 16

Third: 22

Second: 21

GAMES PLAYED AT UT

30 or more: 15

20-29: 10

10-19: 14

1-9: 15

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GAMES STARTED AT UT

20 or more: 5

10-19: 11

1-9: 8

none: 31

BY POSITION

QB: 2

RB: 5

WR: 6

OL: 10

TE: 2

FB: 1

DL: 13

LB: 11

DB: 12

K/P: 2

P: 1

BY HOME STATE

Tennessee: 17

Georgia: 16

Florida: 13

South Carolina: 4

Alabama: 3

California: 2

Ohio: 2

Illinois, Mississippi, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, Texas: 1 each

BY SIGNING CLASS

2009: 5

2010: 15

2011: 22

2012: 20

- Two players started their careers as walk-ons

- One player (Alex Bullard) transferred from Notre Dame

- One player (Tino Thomas) signed in 2011, but enrolled in 2012

BY 247 COMPOSITE RANKING

5 stars: 1

4 stars: 20

3 stars: 39

2 stars: 2

- Three players were not ranked

FULL SCHOLARSHIP ROSTER

Seniors (24)

Daniel McCullers, DL

Ja'Wuan James, OL

Darrington Sentimore, DL

Naz Oliver, DB

Eric Gordon, DB

Maurice Couch, DL

Greg King, LB

Marlon Walls, DL

Daniel Hood, DL

Alex Bullard, OL

Michael Palardy,K

Brent Brewer, DB

Rajion Neal, RB

Raiques Crump, LB

Dontavis Sapp, LB

Channing Fugate, LB

John Propst, LB

Jacques Smith, LB

James Stone, OL

Zach Fulton, OL

Corey Miller, DL

Gregory Clark, DL

Byron Moore, DB

Jaron Toney, DB

Juniors (15)

Matt Darr, P

Marques Pair, OL

Antonio Richardson, OL

Vincent Dallas , WR

Justin Worley, QB

Marlin Lane, RBDevrin Young, RB

Justin Coleman, DB

A.J. Johnson, LB

Jordan Williams, DL

Curt Maggitt, LB

Marcus Jackson, OL

Allan Carson, DL

Brendan Downs, TE

Jacob Carter, WR

Sophomores (14)

Deion Bonner, DB

Brian Randolph, DB

Geraldo Orta, DB

Christian Harris, LB

Mack Crowder, OL

Alan Posey, OL

Kyler Kerbyson, OL

Trevarris Saulsberry, DL

Alton Howard, WR

Daniel Gray, DB

Quenshaun Watson, RB

LaDarrell McNeil, DB

Cody Blanc, WR

Justin King, FB

Redshirt freshmen (12)

Omari Phillips, DL

LaTroy Lewis, LB

Drae Bowles, WR

Nathan Peterman, QB

Jason Croom, WR

Alden Hill, RB

Tino Thomas, DBKenny Bynum, LB

Justin Meredith, TE

Danny O'Brien, DL

George Bullock, K

Trent Taylor, DL

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Comments » 16

KINGKONG writes:

2013 recruiting class must be a least a top 25 for us to compete with the big boys

Shake_Bake writes:

in response to KINGKONG:

2013 recruiting class must be a least a top 25 for us to compete with the big boys

Would be very nice to get the big RB Derrick Green!! Nothing wrong with dreaming...GBO!!

therightstuff writes:

in response to KINGKONG:

2013 recruiting class must be a least a top 25 for us to compete with the big boys

That would be a start, but top 10 is where we really need to be. I have a feeling (maybe wishful) that Coach Butch Jones and staff will make some headway on the recruiting trail.

florida-volfan writes:

He inherits a football team that if somebody knew what to do with and how to motivate could win alot of games next year. Good luck to him....trying to stay optimistic

florida-volfan writes:

in response to therightstuff:

That would be a start, but top 10 is where we really need to be. I have a feeling (maybe wishful) that Coach Butch Jones and staff will make some headway on the recruiting trail.

You got that right...they have to. UT is just getting killed on recruiting right now, and I really dont quite understand it. We are around 12th in current rankings in the SEC on all sites. Thats just horrendous. The coaching change has something to do with that, but we havent lost to many players that Dooley had committed

KVCrockett writes:

Not sure how many we can sign this year but I believe CBJ and staff will make us proud come signing day.

whatthe84 writes:

in response to florida-volfan:

He inherits a football team that if somebody knew what to do with and how to motivate could win alot of games next year. Good luck to him....trying to stay optimistic

You must be vacationing in Colorado if you really believe that! No QB with experience, new offense, new defense entire new staff except RB coach and you don't have a very good running back to begin with. A schedule that might provide 6 wins if all the stars line up. Trying to stay optimistic is one thing but winning alot of games is pipe dreaming for sure. Thats the kind of bs that sets the bar at an unrealistic level to begin with. I noticed the phrase "if somebody knew what to do with and how to motivate" begins to set the table for pointing the finger at CBS as a failure if he "does not know what to do or how to motivate". Please folks give this guy and his staff a fighting chance. There has been a lot of water under the bridge since January 1998. We are in the same league as we were then but only in name (SEC) defintely not in ability or talent level. We are on the bottom of the food chain the SEC with only Kentucky below us. This is not a tune up job it is an overhaul. Dude I think you have been in the sun too long you need to move into the shade or get under an umbrella and stop drinking. You can't be serious!

kd45music writes:

He better get some speedy and tough tackling defensive back recruits.

signalcorps writes:

in response to KINGKONG:

2013 recruiting class must be a least a top 25 for us to compete with the big boys

Top ten you mean

signalcorps writes:

After the dust settles down,,he has the best all around line in the NCAA that only needs a star RB......

signalcorps writes:

in response to KVCrockett:

Not sure how many we can sign this year but I believe CBJ and staff will make us proud come signing day.

2nd

jumboliyah writes:

Nice piece of factual information! Very interesting that only 5 players from 2009 class remain!

LovinMyVols writes:

Wow. We need some D-linemen pretty quick.

Batts writes:

Thanks for the scholarship info. Was curious that RB Tom Smith was not listed. What happened to him?

WhoDat writes:

in response to whatthe84:

You must be vacationing in Colorado if you really believe that! No QB with experience, new offense, new defense entire new staff except RB coach and you don't have a very good running back to begin with. A schedule that might provide 6 wins if all the stars line up. Trying to stay optimistic is one thing but winning alot of games is pipe dreaming for sure. Thats the kind of bs that sets the bar at an unrealistic level to begin with. I noticed the phrase "if somebody knew what to do with and how to motivate" begins to set the table for pointing the finger at CBS as a failure if he "does not know what to do or how to motivate". Please folks give this guy and his staff a fighting chance. There has been a lot of water under the bridge since January 1998. We are in the same league as we were then but only in name (SEC) defintely not in ability or talent level. We are on the bottom of the food chain the SEC with only Kentucky below us. This is not a tune up job it is an overhaul. Dude I think you have been in the sun too long you need to move into the shade or get under an umbrella and stop drinking. You can't be serious!

Yeah, just look at Texas A&M, breaking in a Freshman QB, new coaches, new offensive and defensive schemes. They did return a veteran O-line and most of their defense, sort of like UT. OH, and also like UT they have a 33-31 record from 2007 to 2011. Yeah pretty much impossible to have a good year when facing those kind of obstacles. What is A&M's record their first year with a new coach, in a new league?

As to your comment that we are at the bottom of the food chain, is idiotic. Has UT recruited in the top 15 over the past 3 years? Only 5 schools in the SEC have recruited at that lvl or higher in this league. UT's problem isn't talent, it's coaching. Anyone who has watched football can see that, coaching wins ball games. You are basically saying that all of the players currently on the roster are busts, I find that highly unlikely. What would be more close to the truth would be some thing like, the D-coordinate didn't know what he was doing, and confused his players, which set them up for failure.
Unless you have a player like Eric Berry or Peterson(from LSU) and you are just a few feet out of position, then you can and will probably get beat and look bad in the process.

I'm not saying I think UT is going to have a season like A&M's, but I do believe, that with as many seniors that this team has and if Butch is a solid coach, then UT should have a solid year.

whatthe84 writes:

in response to WhoDat:

Yeah, just look at Texas A&M, breaking in a Freshman QB, new coaches, new offensive and defensive schemes. They did return a veteran O-line and most of their defense, sort of like UT. OH, and also like UT they have a 33-31 record from 2007 to 2011. Yeah pretty much impossible to have a good year when facing those kind of obstacles. What is A&M's record their first year with a new coach, in a new league?

As to your comment that we are at the bottom of the food chain, is idiotic. Has UT recruited in the top 15 over the past 3 years? Only 5 schools in the SEC have recruited at that lvl or higher in this league. UT's problem isn't talent, it's coaching. Anyone who has watched football can see that, coaching wins ball games. You are basically saying that all of the players currently on the roster are busts, I find that highly unlikely. What would be more close to the truth would be some thing like, the D-coordinate didn't know what he was doing, and confused his players, which set them up for failure.
Unless you have a player like Eric Berry or Peterson(from LSU) and you are just a few feet out of position, then you can and will probably get beat and look bad in the process.

I'm not saying I think UT is going to have a season like A&M's, but I do believe, that with as many seniors that this team has and if Butch is a solid coach, then UT should have a solid year.

And then in the middle of whodats vivid dream his dear mother woke him up by shaking his toe telling him your oatmeal is ready whodat! I love the example used Texas A and M with Johnny Football as the QB. Why didn't you use Auburn and Cam Newton as well? The quality players on the offense two WR gone, QB with any experience gone. We don't have a RB. I don't think anything above 6-6 is reasonable. Our cupboard is bare dude get serious our recruiting has been pathetic for the last 4 years just pathetic and if you don;t see that you are blind. UT for many years was a national player in recruiting those days are behind us now.

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