FB PREVIEW: Flights ends non-conference game against South Alabama

KNOXVILLE, Tennessee – Tennessee continue their three-game homestand to end the regular season with a game against South Alabama Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

Both teams enter the game with identical 5-5 records and will seek bowl eligibility with a win on Saturday night.

BROADCAST INFORMATION

The game will be televised on ESPNU with Clay Matvick (PxP) and Rocky Boiman (analyst) on call. Kick-off is scheduled for 7:32 p.m. ET.

Fans can listen to the official Tennessee radio show on the Vol network (WIVK-FM 107.7 / WNML-FM 99.1) and satellite radio (Sirius Ch. 137, XM Ch. 190, Internet Ch. 961). A live audio stream of the broadcast will also be available on UTSports.com and the official Gameday app.

Bob Kesling (PxP), Pat Ryan (analyst) and Brent Hubbs (analyst) will launch the action, with Kasey Funderburg manage secondary tasks. The Big Orange countdown begins at 6 p.m. ET.

GAME DAY INFO

For the most recent information on Tennessee’s 2021 game day policies, please visit the Tennessee Football Game Days information page on UTSports.com. Some important information is also listed below.

Tickets and parking
Tickets for Saturday’s game which can be purchased at TousVols.com.

Although Tennessee Athletics does not control the prices of tickets obtained through the secondary market, fans of Vol are reminded that Lively seats is the only aftermarket with a 100% buyer’s guarantee on the validity of Tennessee home game tickets.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early. The doors of the Neyland stadium open at 5.30 p.m. Fans with digital tickets are strongly encouraged to download them to their mobile devices before arriving on campus. Holders of a printed or mobile parking permit are requested to have their permit ready to display at the entrance to their parking lot.

To speed up entry into the stadium, it is recommended that each individual hold their own ticket in order to optimize scanning procedures. All tickets will be scanned electronically to verify their authenticity. Tickets will be scanned as customers enter the stadium, and once a ticket has been scanned it cannot be reused by another guest.

For more information on electronic tickets, see the Mobile tickets video or visit our Mobile delivery faq page.

Tennessee Track and Field App
Fans are encouraged to download the Tennessee Athletics app, now home to the Coca-Cola GBO Zone, allowing fans to play trivia games, take part in a light show and more. Search for “Tennessee Athletics” in Apple or Google Play Store or use this link to download: http://utsports.com/app

GAME EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES

Fan experience improvements

With this year being the 100e season at Neyland Stadium, Shield-Watkins Field, Tennessee Athletics unveiled several exciting new fan experience enhancements for the 2021 football season. New game day enhancements include new stadium LED lights, Unclassified fireworks and “I’ll give my all” signs throughout the stadium.

More information on all of the new gameday enhancements can be found HERE.

LED lights: A dynamic and state-of-the-art LED lighting system has been installed inside the Neyland stadium. A dramatic LED light show will accentuate the pre-game and during-game festivities.

Fireworks: The traditional fireworks display is on the move and now bigger than ever. Fireworks will now be displayed from the roof of the North End Area and the East and West roofs of the skyboxes during the pre-match and after UT touchdowns and wins.

“I will give everything”: As fans make their way to their seats, they can participate in a tradition similar to that of volunteers entering the field. “I Will Give My All” signs have been installed above the gates entering each section of Neyland Stadium. Just as the ‘Give it all’ team is reminded before going through the T pre-game, every fan entering the stadium is encouraged to do the same.

Flight Village: Be sure to visit Vol Village presented by Toyota for a whole new experience for fans. It’s FREE for all fans with or without a match ticket. There will be live music, activities for all ages, food trucks and more. Vol Village, located in a great location for viewing the Vol Walk (starts at 5.15pm) and Band March is just across from Circle Park. The Toyota Flight Village on November 20 will feature musical guest Gabe Burdulis, face painting, tailgate games, and Hi Serve activities including a flight simulator and military vehicles! Fans can stop from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The tailgate of really: Truly’s Tailgate, located outside Gate 9, will open at 4:30 p.m. and will remain open until the end of the third quarter. All fans with tickets to the match can stop by to eat and drink during this time.

In-game recognition: Former Grand Dame Vol Tamika Catchings will be recognized on the court in the first quarter for her recent induction into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and her 2020 induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Catchings is the 10th player from Tennessee to be inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame. She followed in the footsteps of her head coach at UT, the late Pat Summitt, who was the first and only other person associated with the Lady Vol program to be welcomed into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Promo tickets WBB: Anyone who attends Saturday’s soccer game is eligible to receive free entry to Sunday’s women’s basketball game against the Texas No.12 by showing their football ticket at the Thompson-Boling Arena box office prior to the game. .

MUST KNOW

Hello to the service game

Saturday will serve as Tennessee’s “Salute to Service” game. There will be a C-17 flyby for Flight Walk. During halftime there will be a joint contracting ceremony with Army and Air ROTC cadets and the Pride of the Southland group will present a patriotic-themed Salute to Service show, which will include a live performance by country music singer-songwriter Lee Greenwood.

Points in abundance
With 361 points, Tennessee has already eclipsed its final point total from the previous four seasons. That tally is the highest in the first 10 games of a season at UT since the 1995 team (26 years ago) scored 399 in their first 10 games.

The Vols’ 344 points rank 17th in the FBS and third in the SEC. UT is averaging 36.1 points per game, good for 17th in the FBS and fourth in the SEC. In the SEC games only, the Vols show 33.3 ppg, which is second in the SEC. Josh Heupel trained teams scored at least 14 points in each game (46 games) and scored at least 20 points in 44 of 46 games.

Tillman on a tear
Large junior redshirt Cedric Tillman became one of the SEC’s top receivers this season, placing fifth in the conference with a team record 725 receiving yards, tied for seventh with six touchdowns and tied for ninth with 46 receptions. In conference games only, Tillman is second in the SEC in receiving yards per game (93.9), second in touchdown catches (5) and second in receiving yards (657). He is tied for the SEC lead in SEC games only in catches of 20+ yards (10), catches of 30+ yards (5), catches of 40+ yards (3) and catches of 50+ yards (3).

In last week’s loss to top-ranked Georgia, Tillman set a career-high 10 catches for 200 yards and a touchdown. It was the ninth 200-yard receiving game in Tennessee history and the first since Cordarrelle Patterson had 219 against Troy on November 3, 2012. It was the first 200-yard steal in a game. SEC since Denarius Moore had 205 against Kentucky on Nov. 27, 2010.

Tillman recorded at least six catches in five straight games, becoming the first Vol to achieve the feat since Cedrick Wilson did so in the first five games of the 1999 season. The Las Vegas native has also thrived in games. against ranked teams. Against current Top 25 teams, he’s third nationally for yards (456), ninth nationally for catches (25) and fourth nationally for touchdowns (3).

Banks an attacking machine
Junior Linebacker Redshirt Jérémy Banks has a breakout season for the Big Orange. The Cordova, Tennessee native leads the team and ranks third in the SEC with a career-high 89 tackles and has recorded double-digit saves in four straight games, including a career best tying 15 last Saturday against the No. 1 Georgia. Banks is also tied for seventh in the SEC with 9.0 tackles for a loss and tied for the team lead in sacks at 4.5.

STORY OF THE SERIES

Vols leads the series, 1-0

Saturday will only be the second meeting between the two programs. Tennessee won the only previous game, 31-24, in 2013. Rajion Neal ran for a career-high 169 yards and one touchdown while quarterback Justin Worley threw for 204 yards and a pair of scores.

ABOUT SOUTHERN ALABAMA

The Jaguars are led by first-year head coach Kane Wommack, who was one of five finalists for the Broyles Award last season while serving as defensive coordinator in Indiana. Southern Alabama and Tennessee have a common opponent this season at Bowling Green, which the Vols have beaten 38-6 in their season opener. The Jaguars defeated the Falcons 22-19 the following week.

Quarterback Jake Bentley, who spent four seasons as South Carolina’s starting quarterback, had a solid season before sustaining an injury in the Jaguars’ loss to Troy two weeks ago. Sophomore Desmond Trotter took over from Bentley, who had 380 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions in four games played. Junior receiver Jalen Tolbert was America’s best offensive weapon, leading the team with 65 receptions and six touchdowns. He ranks fourth nationally with 1,140 receiving yards, averaging 114.0 per game.

Defensively, South Alabama was sensitive to the big game but also managed to create turnovers, placing fifth in the FBS with 14 interceptions over the year. Eight different players have managed an assist this season for the Jags. Defensive backs Darrell Luter Jr. (4) and Tre Young (3) combined for seven interceptions.