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Aug. 31, 2014 | 7 p.m. ET
Neyland Stadium | Knoxville, Tenn.
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TEAM 118

  • The Tennessee Vols begin their 118th season with a 7 p.m. kickoff on Sunday, Aug. 31 vs. Utah State at Neyland Stadium in their debut on the SEC Network.
  • 2014 marks the second season at UT for Butch Jones, who is 4-3 in season openers as a head coach. In seven seasons as a head coach overall, Jones is 55-34 (.618) with four conference titles.

THE UTAH STATE GAME

  • Sunday marks the first-ever meeting between Tennessee and Utah State. UT is 15-1 all-time vs. current Mountain West schools, with the last game vs. a MWC school resulting in the only loss (13-7 to Wyoming in `08).
  • The Vols have opened a season vs. a current MWC school seven times and are 7-0 in those meetings (`86 vs. New Mexico; `89 vs. Colorado State; `96 and `04 vs. UNLV; `99 and `02 vs. Wyoming; and `03 vs. Fresno State).

SEASON/HOME OPENERS

  • The Vols have won five consecutive and 17 of their last 19 season openers since 1995. UT is 87-24-6 (.769) in season openers dating back to 1891.
  • UT is 25-3-2 (.867) in its last 30 season openers.
  • Tennessee is 93-18-5 (.823) in home openers, with 19 consecutive wins in home openers since 1995 dating to a 27-7 win over East Carolina (9/2/1995).
  • Aug. 31 represents the third consecutive August opener for the Vols. It also marks the first time in history that UT has began its campaign on the same date for three consecutive seasons.
  • The Vols are 7-0-1 all-time in August and 4-0 all-time on Aug. 31. The Vols have won six consecutive games in August.

SUNDAY STORY

  • The season opener vs. Utah State marks the seventh game on Sunday for Tennessee. It is the first since a 42-17 win over UNLV to open the 2004 season.
  • The Vols are 3-2-1 all-time on Sundays.
  • The Vols played two Sunday matchups in the Kickoff Classic, including win over Wisconsin in 1981 (23-21) and Iowa in 1987 (23-22), both in East Rutherford, N.J. UT also played Colorado to a 31-31 tie on Sunday in the 1990 Pigskin Classic in Anaheim.
  • Tennessee lost to Nebraska on Sunday on 1/2/2000 in the Fiesta Bowl and also lost in 1905 to Grant (5-0), now known as Chattanooga, also on Sunday.

YOUTH IS SERVED

  • Tennessee's depth chart included 28 freshmen and sophomores on offense and defense demonstrating of youth of Team 118.
  • With a high volume of underclassmen on the depth chart, the Vols have only six seniors listed on the two-deep: Justin Coleman at cornerback, Jacob Gillam at left tackle, A.J. Johnson at middle linebacker, Marlin Lane at tailback, Jordan Williams at defensive tackle, and Justin Worley at quarterback.
  • The six equals the fewest seniors on any depth chart in the country, tying Temple.

FRESHMEN SET TO START

  • The Vols are expected to start three true freshmen: Jashon Robertson at right guard, Derek Barnett at defensive end and Ethan Wolf at tight end.
  • The last time Tennessee started three true freshmen was in 2011 as current Vols Justin Coleman, A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt all drew the start vs. Montana.
  • Robertson would be the fourth true freshman to start on the offensive line in a season opener in Tennessee history. The previous true freshmen starters on the line were: Bill Mayo (1981), Michael Munoz (2000) and Ja'Wuan James (2010).
  • Wolf is set to become the first true freshman to start at tight end since freshmen became eligible in 1972 in a season opener.
  • Barnett would be the first true freshman to start a season opener on the defensive line in history as well. In 1984, Darrin Miller started as a redshirt freshman at middle guard on the defensive line as the last freshman to draw a nod in an opener.

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