Game notes from the Tennessee Sports details department front of Saturday’s game between the 18th-ranked Vols(2-1) and also Kentucky (1-2) in ~ Neyland Stadium(see the complete game notes from theTennessee SIDs here):

HOW come WATCH: TV — SEC Network (Tom Hart, Jordan Rogers, Cole Cubelic) … Radio: The Vol Network … Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 138, XM Ch. 190 … stream Online: ESPN application for computers or mobile devices


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(Photo: UT Athletics)BACK HOME: No. 18/17 Tennessee return to Neyland stadion for the first of back-to-back house contests beginning with Kentucky in ~ noon ET Saturday ~ above SEC Network. The Vols have actually won 17 straight versus the Wildcats in Neyland Stadium, a streak that dates back to 1986. Take care seating will certainly be at approximately 25 percent of the venue’s complete capacity. Both of UT’s home gamings this season have actually been noon kickoffs. The Vols organize No. 2 Alabama next week in ~ 3:30 p.m. Top top CBS. Tennessee has actually won nine of its last 11 games dating earlier to critical season v the losses coming to No. 1 Alabama (2019) and also No. 3 Georgia (2020).


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(Photo: Randy Sartin, USA this particular day Sports)NEYLAND STREAKING: The Vols lug a five-game home winning streak into the contest. UT has actually outscored adversaries 154-60 in those 5 games with all five victories comes in double-digit fashion. The streak started Oct. 12 critical season through a 20-10 win over Mississippi State. Enemies have regulated only 3 touchdowns in the last 14 soldier in Neyland stadium dating ago to the southern Carolina dispute on Oct. 26, 2019 (1 by UAB in 4Q, 1 through Vandy in 4Q, 1 by Mizzou in 3Q). The Vols have actually not surrendered a an initial half touchdown in their last three home games. Offensively, UT has put up at least 28 clues in its last 4 home contests. Jeremy Pruitt owns a 10-6 record as a head coach in Neyland Stadium.

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(Photo: Tennessee strong Communications)BOUNCING BACK: Tennessee observed its then-Power-5 and SEC-best win streak come to an finish at eight gamings with a 44-21 loss at No. 3 Georgia last Saturday in Athens. The streak finished together UT’s second longest due to the fact that the 1998 national championship season (won 11 in a heat 2015-16). Behind a dramatic goal-line stand as time expired in the 2nd quarter and a fumble recovery for a touchdown by Kivon Bennett top top the an initial series, the Vols took a 21-17 lead right into halftime. However, Georgia outscored UT 27-0 in the 2nd half. Josh Palmer hauled in two touchdowns, a 36- and a 27-yarder indigenous Jarrett Guarantano in the 2nd quarter. UT has actually won that is last 2 games complying with a lose under Jeremy Pruitt.


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(Photo: Dale Zanine, USA today Sports)YEAR 3 PRUITT ERA: Head coach Jeremy Pruitt is in his third season at the helm ~ orchestrating the Vols’ come back in 2019 that had six straight wins and a TaxSlayer Gator Bowl victory over Indiana. Pruitt, a 5 time nationwide champion assistant, own a 15-13 note overall and a 9-10 record in SEC play. Pruitt is the 26th head coach in UT history. ~ above Sept. 24, 2020, UT announced a contract extension with Pruitt with the 2025 season. Pruitt has coached 59 NFL draft selections, including 16 first-round picks and 22 All-Americans. That guided the nation’s No. 1 defense in 2017, 2016 and also 2013. The signed a top-10 recruiting course for the Vols in the feather of 2020, and UT right now has the sixth-best course nationally because that 2021. The 2020 season is the 13th year because that Pruitt coaching in the SEC. Pruitt led the Vols to a 5-3 document in SEC play in 2019, representing the program’s very first above .500 mark in conference games since going 5-3 in 2015.


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Tennessee sophomore linebackerHenry To"o To"o (Photo: Tennessee strong Communications)TO’O TO’O THE LEADER that THE DEFENSE: After a freshman All America campaign, So. LB Henry To"o To"o is the leader that the Vol defense in 2020. To’o To’o is tops on the formation in tackles v 23, consisting of a career finest 11 critical week in ~ No. 3 Georgia. 2 of those 11 were TFLs. He ranks 15th in the SEC in tackles. In the season-opening win at southern Carolina, he taped his first career interception and returned that 32 yards because that a touchdown. The is one of 4 FBS linebackers with a pick six this season. To’o To’o ranked 2nd among SEC freshmen critical season v 72 tackles, a note that additionally ranked fourth among FBS freshmen.


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Tennessee junior linebacker Kivon Bennett (Photo: Tennessee athletic Communications)

TURNOVER MARGIN: Tennessee owns a +2 sales margin this season, which ranks 3rd in the SEC and also 20th in the FBS. The Vols have actually forced 5 turnovers through three games (three fumbles, two interceptions).

BY THE NUMBERS: 7 — The an unified touchdowns by So. RB Eric Gray in the last 5 games (6 rush, 1 receiving) … 12.0 — Points every game permitted by UT at home during the existing five-game home win streak … 2 — protective touchdowns through UT this season, which is tied for the FBS and also SEC lead (Georgia) … 16 — football player who have actually made their UT debut so much this season, consisting of 13 true freshmen


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(Photo: Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)NOTING THE TENNESSEE-KENTUCKY SERIES: Tennessee leads the all time series, 81-25-9, as the two groups will be meeting for the 77th continually season dating earlier to 1944. The Vols have played (116 times) and beaten Kentucky (81 times) an ext than any type of other enemy … The Vols have actually won 17 straight over the Wildcats in Neyland Stadium and also own a 43-10-6 note all-time in Knoxville versus UK … The critical time Kentucky winner in Knoxville was Nov. 24, 1984, by a score that 17-12 in what to be Johnny Majors’ eighth season as UT head coach … Tennessee has declared 33 out of the critical 35 meetings in between the two due to the fact that that 1984 contest. UK’s only wins during that time occurred in 2011 and 2017 - both in Lexington … Jeremy Pruitt own a 2-0 record as a head coach versus Kentucky, including a 24-7 victory over a ranked Wildcats team in his debut season that 2018 in Knoxville.


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Tennessee associate head coach/receivers coach Tee boy name (Photo: Tennessee athletic Communications)TENNESSEE-KENTUCKY CONNECTIONS: Three members of the Vols’ on-field staff have actually served together assistant coaches at Kentucky … Tennessee assistant head coach/passing game coordinator/WRs coach Tee Martin to be the Wildcats’ broad receivers coach in 2010 and also 2011. In 2011, he additionally served together their passing video game coordinator … UT defensive coordinator Derrick Ansley coached protective backs in ~ Kentucky on mark Stoops’ employee from 2013-15 … First-year UT defensive line coach and also co-defensive coordinator Jimmy Brumbaugh coached 4 seasons in the same function on mark Stoops’ UK employee from 2013-16 … Brumbaugh coached the likes the NFL performers Bud Dupree and also Za’Darius smith … Both Ansley and Brumbaugh coached in ~ Kentucky together for three seasons. In Brumbaugh’s final, season the Wildcats appeared in the 2016 TaxSlayer key … attack quality regulate analyst Michael Colosimo involved UT in 2019 adhering to three years together a graduate assistant in ~ Kentucky … protective graduate assistant Isaac Shewmaker, a Lexington native, served as a student manager in 2015 because that Kentucky.


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(Photo: Dale Zanine, USA this day Sports)DEPTH CHART

TIGHT END

88Princeton Fant6-2 240 R-Jr.

-or- 83Sean Brown6-5 246 R-Fr.

-or- 87Jacob Warren6-6 248 R-So.

LEFT TACKLE

64Wanya Morris6-5 320 So.

-or- 58Jahmir Johnson6-5 300 R-Sr.

LEFT GUARD

73Trey Smith6-6 330 Sr.

56Riley Locklear6-4 300 Sr.

CENTER

55Brandon Kennedy6-3 300 R-Sr.

75Jerome Carvin6-5 310 Jr.

RIGHT GUARD

75Jerome Carvin6-5 310 Jr.

76Javontez Spraggins6-3 315 Fr.

RIGHT TACKLE

68Cade Mays6-6 320 Jr.

72Darnell Wright6-6 330 So.

WIDE RECEIVER

80Ramel Keyton6-3 195 So.

4Cedric Tillman6-3 215 R-So.

WIDE RECEIVER

7Brandon Johnson6-2 203 R-Sr.

1Velus Jones Jr.6-0 200 R-Sr.

WIDE RECEIVER

5Josh Palmer6-2 210 Sr.

1Velus Jones Jr.6-0 200 R-Sr.

QUARTERBACK

2Jarrett Guarantano6-4 230 R-Sr.

18Brian Maurer6-3 195 So.

-or- 12J.T. Shrout6-3 213 R-So.

-or- 15Harrison Bailey6-5 225 Fr.

RUNNING BACK

8Ty Chandler5-11 205 Sr.

-or- 3Eric Gray5-10 205 So.


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(Photo: Calvin Mattheis, Knoxville News Sentinel)DEFENSE

DEFENSIVE END

94Matthew Butler6-4 291 Sr.

97Darel Middleton6-7 305 Sr.

NOSE TACKLE

98Aubrey Solomon6-5 315 Sr.

-or- 79Kurott Garland6-3 295 R-So.

-or- 51Elijah Simmons6-2 320 R-Fr.

DEFENSIVE END

88LaTrell Bumphus6-3 290 Sr.

90Greg Emerson6-3 300 R-So.

JACK

13Deandre Johnson6-3 255 Sr.

99John Mincey6-3 276 Jr.

MIKE LINEBACKER

27Quavaris Crouch6-2 235 So.

33Jeremy Banks6-1 235 Jr.

WILL LINEBACKER

11Henry To"o To"o6-2 225 So.

24Aaron Beasley6-1 225 So.

SAM

95Kivon Bennett6-2 245 R-Jr.

30Roman Harrison6-2 240 So.

CORNERBACK

2Alontae Taylor6-0 193 Jr.

4Warren Burrell6-0 190 So.

CORNERBACK

0Bryce Thompson5-11 190 Jr.

5Kenneth George Jr.5-11 200 R-Sr.

STAR

12Shawn Shamburger5-11 190 Sr.

18Doneiko Slaughter6-0 185 Fr.

SAFETY

22Jaylen McCollough6-0 205 So.

17Tyus Fields5-10 186 R-Fr.

-or- 44Cheyenne Labruzza5-11 197 R-Jr.

SAFETY

1Trevon Flowers5-11 195 Jr.

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26Theo Jackson6-2 203 Sr.


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Tennessee punter/kickoff specialist Paxton Brooks (Photo: Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)