As many of you know, we've been tracking Tennessee's movement in all of the statistics that the NCAA officially keeps. When we started doing it back in 2010, we called it simply "Monitoring Tennessee's Improvement." In 2011, we re-branded it #OPPORTUNITYISNOWHERE, but the appeal of that phrase has gone the way of the orange pants. So last year, we just called it "Statistical Rankings." Whatever. It's a record of the Vols' movement in each of the official NCAA stats. Perhaps we'll update it all at some point to track some of the more advanced stats that are all the rage with the kids these days, but for now, we go with the book we've been recording for going on four years now.
To kick off the season, we're only looking at the rankings at the end of the 2011, 2012, and 2013 seasons, and then we've sorted the results by the change from Dooley's last year to Butch's first year. I've compiled the numbers below, and I'll leave most of the commentary to y'all, but I'll preempt you on this: Comparisons between 2012 and 2013 must be made with the understanding that the 2012 defense was historically bad. Improvement has as much to do with how bad you were as it does how good you are now. Before you get too excited about the last column, have a look at the second-to-last column. Conversely, the 2012 offense was a pretty high-powered, pass-happy beast often either playing from behind or fast to stay ahead of the expected defensive breakdowns. So there you are.
And here are the numbers. What jumps out at you?
And in what categories do you think the team will improve the most in 2014?
|Category||2011||2012||2013||Change from '12-'13|
|Red Zone Defense||47||115||11||104|
|Passing Yards Allowed||12||111||27||84|
|Fewest Penalties Per Game||56||92||26||66|
|Fewest Penalty Yards Per Game||51||67||21||46|
|First Downs Defense||18||86||45||41|
|Time of Possession||37||116||91||25|
|Team Passing Efficiency||69||31||11||20|
|4th Down Conversion Pct||91||80||76||4|
|Team Pass Sacks||100||98||99||-1|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct||56||81||92||-11|
|Pass Sacks Allowed||40||5||21||-16|
|Passes Had Intercepted||63||83||107||-24|
|Punt Return Defense||85||67||92||-25|
|Tackles for Loss Allowed||38||9||37||-28|
|4th Down Conversion Pct Defense||48||86||117||-31|
|3rd Down Conversion Pct Defense||57||50||91||-41|
|Team Tackles for Loss||67||48||90||-42|
|Kickoff Return Defense||7||47||118||-71|
|Red Zone Offense||58||29||100||-71|
|First Downs Offense||98||20||101||-81|
|Passing Yards per Completion||115||n/a|
|Team Passing Efficiency Defense||58||n/a|