Derek  Barnett

9Derek Barnett


Nashville, Tenn.

High School:
Brentwood Academy

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 265



Career Highs

  • Tackles:15 vs. Oklahoma, 9/12/15
  • Tackles For Loss: 4 at Ole Miss, 10/18/14 & vs. Kentucky, 11/15/14
  • Sacks: 3 at Ole Miss, 10/18/14, at South Carolina, 11/1/14, at South Carolina, 10/29/16
  • Fumbles Forced:1 vs. Northwestern, 1/1/16, at Georgia 10/1/16 & vs. Alabama 10/15/16
  • Fumbles Recovered:1 vs. Chattanooga, 10/11/14, W. Carolina, 9/19/15
  • Double-Figure Tackle Games: 2, 2x, last 15 vs. Oklahoma, 9/12/15
  • QB Hurries: 4 vs. Nebraska, 12/30/16
  • Interceptions: 1 vs. Alabama, 10/15/16
  • Pass Breakups: 2 vs. Nebraska, 12/30/16


2016 - JUNIOR

  • Photo Gallery
  • Games/Starts: 13/13
  • Set new Tennessee all-time career sacks record at 33.0, breaking the previous mark of 32.0 held by the legendary Reggie White. His 33.0 sacks also ranks first among all active NCAA FBS players.
  • His 52.0 career tackles for loss ranks second in Tennessee history only to Leonard Little's program-record 53.0
  • Had seven multi-sack games in his career - Tennessee was 5-2 in those games
  • Finished junior season with career-high 13.0 sacks, which ranks as the third-highest single-season mark in UT history behind only Reggie White's 15.0 in 1983 and Jonathan Brown's 13.5 in 1997.
  • Set the new UT program record for career sacks at 33.0 in his career finale against Nebraska in the 2016 Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl (12/30), sacking quarterback Ryker Fyfe for a nine-yard loss late in the fourth quarter. Also posted six tackles and had career highs with four quarterback hurries and two pass breakups.
  • Had two tackles, one sack a career-high three QB hurries and one pass breakup at Vanderbilt (11/26). Recorded sack on the final play of the first half.
  • SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (11/21)
  • Totaled six tackles, 1.0 sack and 1 QB hurry in win vs. Missouri (11/19), setting new career high at 11.0 sacks
  • Recorded five tackles, 1.0 sack, 1.5 TFL and one quarterback hurry in win vs. Kentucky (11/12), becoming the first Vol to have three seasons with 10.0 sacks or more
  • Had one tackle vs. Tennessee Tech (11/5), playing only in the first half of a 55-0 UT win as reserves played for the majority of the game
  • Matched career high with three sacks at South Carolina (10/29) and also had four tackles, three TFLs and two QB hurries. Reached 29.0 career sacks, passing Leonard Little (28.0 from 1995-97) for second-most in Tennessee history.
  • SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week (10/17) - Against No. 1/1 Alabama (10/15) recorded three tackles, 1.0 sack, 2.0 TFLs, one forced fumble and one interception. His strip sack of Jalen Hurts in the second quarter as the 26th sack of his career, moving him into sole possession of third place on UT's all-time sack list. Also recorded first interception of career in the second quarter.
  • Had six tackles and one sack (the 25th of his career)and two QB hurries at No. 8/7 Texas A&M (10/8). Tied Jonathan Brown (25.0 sacks, 1994-97) for third-most in Tennessee history. QB hurry on second play of game forced A&M quarterback Trevor Knight to throw an interception to Todd Kelly Jr. Had impressive pass deflection when dropped back in coverage in second quarter.
  • SEC Defensive Player of the Week (10/3) - Recorded two sacks in the second half, including a strip sack in the end zone, to spark defense in comeback win at Georgia (10/1). Finished the game with five tackles (three solo) with two sacks (sixth multi-sack game of career) and 2.5 TFLs for 15 yards.
  • Both of his sacks at Georgia (10/1) came at key moments. Georgia's opening drive of the third quarter halted at midfield when Barnett broke through the offensive line for a nine-yard sack. With 2:56 remaining in the game and the Vols down 24-21, Barnett sacked Jacob Eason on 2nd-and-11 in the UGA end zone and stripped the ball, which was recovered a split second later by teammate Corey Vereen to give the Vols their first lead of the game.
  • Chuck Bednarik Award Player of the Week (9/29) & SEC Co-Defensive Lineman of the Week (9/26) following performance against Florida (9/24)
  • Both of his sacks vs. Florida (9/24) (fifth multi-sack game of his career) came on third downs. Recorded the 21st sack of his career, bringing Austin Appleby down for a one-yard sack late in the third quarter on a 3rd-and-10. Barnett made the 22nd sack of his career in the fourth quarter on 3rd-and-6 at the UF 24 to force a punt.
  • Sparked Tennessee's defense in the second half of comeback win vs. Florida (9/24), making two sacks after halftime and finishing with five tackles (three solo) and one pass deflection. Moved into fifth place in UT history in both career sacks (22) and TFLs (39).
  • Had five tackles, one TFL, two QB hurries vs. Ohio (9/17)
  • Made seven tackles with one TFL, one QB hurry vs. Appalachian State (9/1)


  • Photo Gallery
  • Games/Starts: 13/13
  • Started all 13 games in 2015 at right defensive end, third on Vols in tackles (69) with team-best 10.0 sacks and 12.5 TFLs (second on the team)
  • Tied for eighth in career sacks at Tennessee with 20
  • Third in SEC in sacks with 10.0, which is tied for seventh-most in a season in Tennessee history
  • Had at least one sack in five consecutive games (six sacks) from Oct. 10-Nov. 14
  • Nine sacks in eight-game span from Oct. 10-Jan. 1 to finish season with sacks in seven of eight games
  • 35 tackles over last six games of season
  • Posted eight tackles with a sack, tackle for loss and forced fumble in Outback Bowl win over Northwestern (1/1)
  • Closed regular-season with two sacks as part of five tackles vs. Vanderbilt (11/28); posted first-career safety on a 5-yard sack for Vols first safety since Aug. 31, 2012
  • Five tackles in win at Missouri (11/21)
  • Eight tackles with 2.0 TFLs and a sack vs. South Carolina (11/7)
  • Seven tackles, including two sacks for two TFLs at Kentucky (10/31)
  • Two tackles with a 5-yard sack at #8 Alabama (10/24)
  • Posted 100th career tackle as part of seven tackles, with a 6-yard sack in win over #19 Georgia (10/10)
  • Three tackles vs. Arkansas (10/3)
  • Three stops with one TFL at Florida (9/26)
  • Career high 15 tackles, including 1.5 TFLs and sack vs. #19 Oklahoma (9/12)
  • Opened 2015 with four tackles vs. Bowling Green (9/5)


  • Photo Gallery
  • Games/Starts: 13/10
  • Set Tennessee record for most TFLs (20.5) and most sacks (10.0) by a true freshman in history
  • Twice posted Tennessee record for sacks in a game by a true freshman with three: with at # 3 Ole Miss (10/18) and at South Carolina (11/1)
  • With 20.5 TFLs, ranks fifth on all-time single season list in UT history, most since John Henderson had 21 in 2000
  • Led the SEC with 18 TFLs in conference games, the next closest is teammate Curt Maggitt (12)
  • Ranked tied for first in the SEC and tied for sixth in NCAA in TFLs per game (1.6) and second in the SEC in total TFLs (20.5)
  • Tied for 16th in the NCAA and tied for fourth in SEC in sacks (10.0)
  • Became first true freshman to start season opener on defensive line in Tennessee history vs. Utah State
  • Played all 13 games, starting nine, making 72 tackles, fifth on team in tackles
  • Led all true freshman in the SEC in tackles with 72
  • 72 tackles ranked as third highest total tackles by a true freshman in Tennessee history (No. 1 Eric Berry with 86 in 2007; No. 2 A.J. Johnson with 80 in 2011)
  • Second on UT with 10.0 sacks and led team with eight quarterback hurries along with a fumble recovery
  • Made three tackles in 2015 TaxSlayer Bowl win over Iowa (1/2)
  • Five tackles, 2.0 TFLs and a sack at Vanderbilt (11/29)
  • Eight tackles, 0.5 TFL and two quarterback hurries vs. #19 Missouri (11/23)
  • Notched career best tying 4.0 TFLs including 2.0 sacks as part of seven tackles vs. Kentucky (11/15)
  • For second time posted UT true freshman record for sacks in a game with 3.0, at South Carolina (11/1), finished game with five tackles and 3.0 TFLs
  • Three sacks at # 3 Ole Miss (10/18) set UT record for most sacks by a freshman in a game
  • Posted six tackles and 1.5 TFLs vs. #4 Alabama (10/25)
  • First career game with double-figure tackles came at #3 Ole Miss (10/18) with 10 stops including 4.0 TFLs and two sacks
  • Three tackles including 0.5 TFL and a fumble recovery vs. Chattanooga (10/11)
  • First sack (for 10 yards) as part of six tackles and two TFLs for 15 yards vs. Florida (10/4)
  • Racked up eight tackles with a TFL at #12/13 Georgia (9/27)
  • Notched five tackles with a TFL at #4/3 Oklahoma (9/13)
  • Three tackles and first TFL vs. Arkansas State (9/6)
  • In first-career start vs. Utah State (8/31), made three tackles
  • One of first four Vols to have black stripes removed in `14 (Jalen Hurd, Emmanuel Moseley, Ethan Wolf) on Aug. 10


  • Lettered at Brentwood Academy, in Brentwood, Tenn. for coach Cody White
  • 247 Sports: 4-star (No. 12 strong side defensive end, No. 5 prospect in Tenn.)
  • ESPN: 4-star (No. 25 defensive end, No. 6 prospect in Tenn.)
  • Rivals: 4-star (No. 10 defensive end, No. 5 prospect in Tenn.)
  • Scout: 4-star (No. 27 defensive end)
  • Back-to-back Division 2, Class AA Tennessee Mr. Football winner (2012, 2013)
  • Received All-Midstate honors as a senior
  • 2013 TSWA All-State selection
  • All-Division II-AA Defensive Line
  • As a senior, recorded 60 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 5.5 sacks and one forced fumble
  • Helped Brentwood Academy Eagles to a 9-4 record and state semifinal berth
  • Also had 141 receiving yards, one receiving touchdown and three rushing touchdowns in senior year


  • Full Name: Derek Anthony Barnett
  • Born: June 25, 1996
  • Son of Christine Barnett
  • Majoring in Communication Studies
  • Recipient of the Charlotte Greene Athletic Scholarship
  • Recipient of Jim & Natalie Haslam Athletic Scholarship


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