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    Countdown To Kickoff: Tennessee at Vanderbilt

    TENNESSEE at VANDERBILT
    6:30 p.m. CT
    Nashville, Tenn.
    Vanderbilt Stadium (39,773)
    Overall: 4-6
    SEC: 1-5
    XM: N/A
    Sirius: N/A
    LIVE TV: CSS
    [Matt Stewart, play-by-play; Chris Doering, analyst]
    Overall: 2-8
    SEC: 1-6
    XM: 200
    Sirius: 215


    THE COACHES

    Derek Dooley is in his first season at Tennessee and in his fourth season overall with a record of 21-26 (.447). The Volunteers’ offensive coordinator is Jim Chaney and the defensive coordinator is Justin Wilcox.

    Robbie Caldwell is in his first season at Vanderbilt and overall. The Commodores’ offensive coordinator is Des Kitchings and the defensive coordinator is Jamie Bryant.

    WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN TENNESSEE HAS THE BALL

    QB Tyler Bray threw for 323 yards and three TD’s vs. Ole Miss in his second career start. His first was at Memphis the week prior, and when he threw for 325 yards and five TD’s. Bray is the first Tennessee quarterback to throw for 300+ yards in his first two career starts. Justin Hunter has tied a Tennessee freshman record with five touchdown receptions. Tauren Poole rushed 12 times for 107 yards and two touchdowns vs. Mississippi, his sixth 100-yard rushing game in 2010. Denarius Moore has 16 catches for 422 yards and three TD in his last three games.

    Vanderbilt's struggling offense (18 ppg) is evident in the fact that opponents are averaging 75 plays per game against the Commodore defense. The Vanderbilt has been unable to force key turnovers during its current five-game losing streak. The Commodores have forced just three turnovers in the stretch against tough SEC foes. Vanderbilt standouts Casey Hayward and Tim Fugger remain among the national leaders in key defensive stats. Hayward ranks second in the SEC lead with five interceptions and tops the league with 13 defensed passes. Fugger ranks fourth nationally with four forced fumbles.

    WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN VANDERBILT HAS THE BALL

    Prentiss Waggner has set a Tennessee season record with his third interception returned for a touchdown. DT Malik Jackson leads the Vols with 4.0 sacks in 2010. Nick Reveiz ranks 9th in the SEC with a career-high 77 tackles, including double-digit totals five times this season, most recently vs. Alabama (11). Gerald Williams is tied for second in sacks with 2.5. His 29 tackles are third on the D-line. Herman Lathers ranks third on the Vols with 50 tackles. Janzen Jackson ranks second on Vols with 51 tackles. He also recorded his third interception (T-5th, SEC) of the season vs. Ole Miss.

    Zac Stacy, one of the Commodores' top backs for the last two seasons, has joined fellow sophomore running back Warren Norman on the sidelines for the rest of the 2010 season due to injury. Last week, Mason Johnston became the latest added to the injury list and will miss the rest of the season. Kennard Reeves set a career high with 105 rushing yards in his first starting assignment last week. He also added a career-long rush of 31 yards in 19 carries, the highest single-game total of his career. The Vanderbilt offense produced 242 total yards in the first half, the highest total against an SEC foe this season. Jordan Matthews has touchdown receptions in consecutive games.

    SPECIAL TEAMS

    Daniel Lincoln returned to the lineup vs. Ole Miss after missing five games. Lincoln made his only field-goal attempt and has made his first eight attempts of the season, tying his school record of eight consecutive makes. Chad Cunningham ranks fifth among SEC punters in conference games with a 43.8- yard average. He ranks 8th in the conference for full-season average of 42.6.

    Placekicker Ryan Fowler was 2-of-2 in field goals, hitting from 20 and 29 yards. His first conversion early in the first quarter was his first field goal attempt in five games. He is now 5-6 on the year. Richard Kent is averaging 41.6 yards per punt, with 25 inside the 20-yard line and 17 punts over 50 yards.

    SERIES/GAME NOTES
    Record: UT, 72-28-5

    Vanderbilt snapped a 22-game losing streak versus Tennessee in 2005, earning a come-from-behind 28-24 victory in Knoxville... The Commodore win also ended a 14-game Vanderbilt losing streak in Neyland Stadium that dated to a 17-14 victory in 1975...In 2007, Vanderbilt held a fourth quarter lead before the Volunteers rallied to score 16 points to earn a 25-24 victory...The Commodores have played Tennessee more than any other team...It is the SEC's fourth most frequently played rivalry. The series is in dispute – Vanderbilt recognizes a 1918 win; Tennessee does not recognize the game... Vanderbilt also controlled the early years between the universities, holding a 19-2-3 overall record through 1927.