Things to Know about Tennessee

Nov. 15, 2007

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Vanderbilt (5-5, 2-5 SEC) goes for its second victory in its last three tries against in-state rival No. 19 ranked Tennessee (7-3, 4-2) Saturday at Neyland Stadium. The SEC matchup is slated for 1 p.m. CT and will be broadcast on a pay-per-view basis.

Get to Know Tennessee:

Head Coach Phillip Fulmer:
Fulmer is in his 16th season as the head coach of the Tennessee Volunteers with a career record of 144-44, including a 13-1 record against Vanderbilt. Fulmer led the Volunteers to an undefeated National Championship season in 1998-1999 and won two back-to-back SEC Championships during the 1997-1998 and 1998-1999 seasons. He leads all NCAA active head coaches with at least 10 years of experience with a 76.6 winning percentage. Fulmer is the seventh winningest coach in SEC history. Through his 188 games as head coach, the Volunteers have been ranked for 165 of them. Before becoming the Volunteers' head coach, Fulmer was an assistant coach at the university beginning in 1980. Fulmer was an offensive lineman at Tennessee from 1969-1971. During that time, the Volunteers were 30-5.

QB #10 Erik Ainge (6'6" 220 lbs Sr.):
This season, Ainge has passed for 2,266 total yards with 17 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He ranks second in the SEC in completions per game (22.3) and third in yards (226.6) per game. Ainge ranks third in school history in passing yards (7,444) and total offense (7,233). Last season vs. Vanderbilt, Ainge completed 21-of-26 passes for 266 yards and two touchdowns. In that game, he completed 11 straight passes, a record that is tied for sixth best in school history.

TB #27 Arian Foster (6'1" 225 lbs. Jr.):
Foster is the team's leading rusher in 2007 with 883 yards. He averages 5.5 yards per rush and 88.3 rushing yards per game. Foster averages 114.2 all-purpose yards per game. In two career games against the Commodores, Foster has rushed 43 times for 219 net yards, an average of 5.1 yards per rush. In addition, he has also scored two rushing touchdowns.

WR #12 Lucas Taylor (6'0" 185 lbs. Jr.):
Taylor averages a team-leading 78.2 receiving yards per game. For the season, he has caught 56 passes for 782 yards and three scores. Last season, Taylor caught one pass against VU.

LB #7 Jerod Mayo (6'2" 230 lbs. Jr.):
Mayo is tied for the team lead with LB Rico McCoy in tackles with 78. Through 10 games, Mayo has also recorded three tackles for loss, one sack, and one interception. In 2006 vs. Vanderbilt, he recorded two tackles.

LB #39 Ryan Karl (6'0" 218 lbs. Sr.):
A native of Franklin, Tenn. and former Battle Ground Academy standout, Karl is third on the team with 64 tackles. He is second on the team with five tackles for loss. Karl also has an interception and eight passes defended to his credit. Last season against VU, Karl tallied five total tackles, including one tackle for loss.

FS #33 Jonathan Hefney (5'9" 185 lbs. Sr.):
The leader of the Volunteers' secondary, Hefney is also the fourth leading tackler on Tennessee's defense with 61 overall. Hefney has started 46 games in his four-year career at Tennessee. In 2006 vs. the Commodores, he had seven tackles and one interception.

Tennessee Talking Points:

Tennessee's offensive line has allowed only three sacks this season.

Volunteers have outscored its opponents a combined 93-3 in the first half of home games this season.

UT has 35 all-time undefeated seasons at home and are gunning for their 36th this season.

Since 1985, Tennessee is 30-2 at home in the month of November against SEC opponents. The first loss in that period was against Vanderbilt in 2005.

With David Cutcliffe as the offensive coordinator, the Volunteers are 58-3 when scoring at least 30 points in a game.

Since 1992, Tennessee has recorded 13 shutouts, most of any SEC team.

UT leads the conference in kickoff return average at 25.1 yards per return.

Tennessee's defense ranks 11th in the SEC, allowing 400 yards per game.

The Vols are rated second in the SEC in red zone efficiency, converting on 41 of 44 opportunities (29 TDs, 12 FGs).



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