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Tennessee Football Year-by-Year Archive
2013 Season

Record: 5-7
SEC Finish: 2-6 (6th in East)
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Butch Jones (1st season)

The Butch Jones Era started on Rocky Top as the new leader of the Vols was hired on Dec. 7, 2012. Jones led Tennessee to its first win over a ranked team in four years when the Vols knocked off #11 South Carolina, 23-21 as Michael Palardy kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired on Oct. 19. The Vols played one of the toughest schedules in the nation, taking on seven ranked teams including five in row a way midway through the season.

Four Vols were named All-SEC, led by first-team linebacker A.J. Johnson.

2013
2012 Season

Record: 5-7
SEC Finish: 1-7 (6th in East)
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Derek Dooley (3rd season)

Despite opening the season with a victory over NC State and cracking the Top 25 in September, the Vols tumbled in October and finished with just one SEC victory in Derek Dooley's final season as head coach.

Six players were named to an All-SEC team by league coaches.

Cordarrelle Patterson
2011 Season

Record: 5-7
SEC Finish: 1-7 (6th in East)
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Derek Dooley (2nd season)

Derek Dooley's second season at Rocky Top had a promising beginning, but injuries to a number of key contributors and the inconsistencies that come with a youthful roster proved too much to overcome.

The Vols, who played one of the toughest schedules in the country, finished the year with a 5-7 record and missed a bowl game for just the third time since 1988.

Malik Jackson
2010 Season

Record: 6-7
SEC Finish: 3-5 (4th in East)
Postseason: Music City Bowl
Coach: Derek Dooley (1st season)

Tennessee finished the regular season on a four-game winning streak in Derek Dooley's first season in Knoxville.

A overtime loss to North Carolina in the Music City Bowl kept the Vols from winning their fifth straight game, but a core of young players played a major role in UT's strong finish.

Nick Reveiz
2009 Season

Record: 7-6
SEC Finish: 4-4 (2nd in East)
Postseason: Chick-Fil-A Bowl
Coach: Lane Kiffin (1st season)

The 2009 season began with fireworks in a 63-7 win against Western Kentucky at Neyland Stadium. The Vols finished the regular season strong winning five of their last eight games, including an overtime win against Kentucky.

The Vols lost to Virginia Tech, 37-14, in the Chick-fil-A Bowl and finished 7-6 in Lane Kiffin's only season as head coach.

Eric Berry
2008 Season

Record: 5-7
SEC Finish: 3-5 (5th in East)
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Phillip Fulmer (16th season)

The Vols struggled in 2008, beginning with starting with a 27-24 overtime loss at UCLA in the season-opener. The Vols finished 5-7 in Phillip Fulmer's last of 16 seasons as Tennessee's head coach.

Robert Ayers
2007 Season

Record: 10-4
SEC Finish: 6-2 (1st in East)
Postseason: Outback Bowl
Coach: Phillip Fulmer (15th season)

Aa pair of overtime wins against South Carolina and Kentucky helped the Vols win the SEC East.

Despite a 21-14 loss to eventual national champion LSU in the SEC Championship game, Tennessee defeated Wisconsin, 21-17, in the Outback Bowl and finished the season ranked No. 12.

Erik Ainge and Arian Foster
2006 Season

Record: 9-4
SEC Finish: 5-3
Postseason: Outback Bowl
Coach: Phillip Fulmer (14th season)

Tennessee won eight of its first nine games before finishing 9-4 overall.

The Vols tied for second in the SEC East and received a bid to play Penn State in the Outback Bowl.

Robert Meachem
2005 Season

Record: 5-6
SEC Finish: 3-5
Postseason: N/A
Coach: Phillip Fulmer (13th season)

The Vols suffered a down year, despite winning three of their first four games, including an overtime win in Baton Rouge versus LSU.

The Vols ended the season with a 5-6 record and didn't play in a bowl for the first time since 1988.

Arron Sears
2004 Season

Record: 10-3
SEC Finish: 7-1 (1st in East)
Postseason: Cotton Bowl
Coach: Phillip Fulmer (12th season)

The Vols opened the season with three straight wins before suffering their first loss to Auburn in Knoxville. Tennessee would only lose once more in the regular season, before earning its way to a rematch with the Tigers in the SEC Championship.

The rematch ended with the same result as the first meeting. However, redemption was near as the Vols grabbed their 45th all time bowl bid to the Cotton Bowl defeating Texas A & M, 38-7. UT was ranked 13th in the final AP poll.

Jason Allen
2003 Season

Record: 10-2
SEC Finish: 6-2 (Tied for 1st in East)
Postseason: Peach Bowl
Coach: Phillip Fulmer (11th season)

The Vols ended the regular season on a six-game winning streak, including a 51-43 five overtime win in Tuscaloosa over Alabama. A Peach Bowl loss to Clemson ended the Vols' run bringing their final record to 10-3.

Tennessee tied for first in the SEC East and was ranked 15th in the AP poll.

Cedric Houston
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