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FOOTBALL CENTRAL: Vols vs. Arkansas State
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Sept. 6, 2014 | 12 p.m. ET
Neyland Stadium | Knoxville, Tenn.
TV: SEC Network (Alternate Channel Listings) | Radio: Vol Network | Satellite Radio: Sirius Ch. 112/XM Ch. 192
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AT FIRST GLANCE - ARKANSAS STATE GAME

  • Saturday's game (12:01 p.m. kickoff) represents the second all-time meeting between Tennessee and Arkansas State. The Vols won the only previous meeting, a 48-27 decision at Neyland Stadium on Sept. 22, 2007
  • Tennessee is 7-0 all-time vs. current Sun Belt schools, including a 31-24 win over South Alabama in 2013, the last UT game vs. a Sun Belt team.
  • Following the Vols' 38-7 win on Sunday, UT improved to 88-24-6 (.771) in season openers all-time, while head coach Butch Jones is now 5-3 in season openers, including 2-0 at Tennessee.

LOOKING BACK AT: TENNESSEE 38, UTAH STATE 7

  • Tennessee defeated Utah State 38-7 on Aug. 31 in front of a sellout crowd at Neyland Stadium, the first sellout in a home opener since 2007 for UT.
  • UT's victory over Utah State marked its sixth consecutive win in a season opener as well as the 18th opening game win in the last 20 years. The victory was also the 20th consecutive in a home opener.
  • The win over Utah State marked the 12th consecutive at home vs. a non-conference opponent and the 15th in a row over a non-"Power 5" conference foe since defeating Western Kentucky to begin 2009.
  • The sellout crowd of 102,455 was the largest for a non-conference game since the last sellout of a home opener, when the Vols beat Southern Mississippi in 2007 before 106,311.

21 TRUE FRESHMEN, 32 NEWCOMERS

  • Tennessee played 21 true freshmen in the win over Utah State, a school record for a season opener and the most by any FBS program to date in 2014.
  • Of the 71 players who saw action on Sunday vs. Utah State, 32 were playing in their first game at Tennessee, meaning 45 percent of the players were appearing in their first game with the Vols.

TURNOVER TICKER

  • Tennessee forced three turnovers while committing none vs. Utah State, the eighth time in 13 games under Butch Jones that the Vols have forced multiple turnovers.
  • The Vols rank tied for sixth nationally with a +3 turnover margin, and among all those who have been head coaches in all four years from 2011-14, Jones' teams lead the nation with a +1.17 turnover margin per game.

FRESHMAN STARTERS

  • The Vols started three true freshmen on offense and defense and one on special teams in their 2014 season opener vs. Utah State. Jashon Robertson at right guard, Derek Barnett at defensive end, Ethan Wolf at tight end and Aaron Medley at placekicker were the starters.
  • The last time Tennessee started three true freshmen on offense and defense was in 2011 as current Vols Justin Coleman, A.J. Johnson and Curt Maggitt all started vs. Montana.
  • Robertson became 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 became the first true freshman to start at tight end since freshmen became eligible in 1972 in a season opener.
  • Barnett was 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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