Apr 20, 2013; Knoxville, TN, USA; Tennessee Volunteers head coach Butch Jones during the first half of the spring Orange and White game at Neyland Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Randy Sartin-USA TODAY Sports

Butch Jones by the Numbers

On December 7, 2012, Butch Jones was hired to become the University of Tennessee’s new head coach.  He came to Knoxville after 3-year stops at both Central Michigan and Cincinnati, which resulted in 4 conference championships in those 6 seasons.  During his 6 seasons as head coach, Jones has amassed an overall record of 50-27 (.649 pct) and 32-12 conference record (.727 pct).

  • 27-13 (.675 pct) overall; 20-3 (.870 pct) conference; 12-3 (.800 pct) home; 16-10 (.615 pct) away – Central Michigan
  • 23-14 (.622 pct) overall; 12-9 (.571 pct) conference; 14-6 (.700 pct) home; 8-8 (.500 pct) away  – Cincinnati

 

The offense under Jones has been extremely balanced.  Out of a total 5,626 plays over 6 seasons, his offense has 2912 rushing attempts and 2714 passing attempts to go along with 31.8 ppg and 434.26 ypg

  • 2,912 carries/13,425 yards/174.35 ypg/4.61 ypc/152 TDs
  1. Jones’ teams have ran for over 2,000 yards 4 out of 6 seasons (2237.5 avg), going over 2,500 twice (2007 & 2012)
  2. 4 out of 6 seasons have resulted in 25 or more rushing TDs (25.3 avg), with a high of 36 (2007)
  3. 3 times, his team has had 500 or more carries (485.33 avg)

 

  • 1,691 completions – 2,714 attempts (62.3 pct)/20,013 yards/259.91 ypg/11.84 ypc/156 TDs/71 INTs/2.2 TD-INT ratio
  1. 5 out of 6 seasons of over 3,000 passing yards (3,335.5 avg), 3 times going over 3,500 yards (2007, 2008, & 2009)
  2. Teams passed for over 20 TDs all 6 seasons
  3. Avg 26 TDs/11.8 INTs

 

  • 2524 points/31.8 ppg
  1. 4 out of 6 seasons with over 30 ppg
  2. High 34.8 in 2007, Low 27.1 in 2010

 

Even though Jones’ offenses have been extremely balanced, his teams have held the ball less time than their opponents.  Through 6 seasons, his offense has held the ball on avg 1 minute and 27 seconds less per game than the other team.  1st down conversions, more importantly converting on 3rd down, have consistently been ranked in the top third of the NCAA during Jones’ 6 seasons as a head coach.

  • Avg Time of Possession 28:33/game
  1. Only once has a Butch Jones coached team had a longer time of possession that their opponents (30:28/game & +:38 seconds/game in 2009)
  2. Avg 28:33/game over 6 seasons and -1:27/game

 

  • 1751 total 1st downs/291.83 per season/22.74 per game/483-1093 total 3rd down conversions (44.2%)
  1. 3 out of 6 season with over 300 total first downs (2007, 2008, & 2009)
  2. High of 50% 3rd down conversion rate (92-184) in 2009; Low of 38% 3rd down conversion rate (69-183) in 2011

 

Defensively, Butch Jones’ teams have had up and down seasons, with 2 seasons of allowing more than 30 ppg (2007 & 2008) and 2 seasons of allowing less than 20 ppg (2009 & 2012).  Turnover ratio has been positive in all but one season (2010 -15TO ratio).  His teams have done a very solid job in getting to the QB, with 3 seasons of more than 30 sacks (2008, 2011, & 2012).

  • Jones’ defenses have given up an avg 26.17 ppg.
  1. High of 36.9 in 2007; Low 18.5 in 2012
  2. (36.9 – 2007, 30.2 – 2008, 18.9 – 2009, 28.0 – 2010, 20.3 – 2011, 18.5 – 2012)

 

  • Turnovers have been a key for Jones’ defenses.  77 INTs, 54 Fumble Recoveries, and a +21 TO ratio in 6 seasons (1.7 TOs per game).
  1. Highs – 18 INTs (2007), 17 Fumble Recoveries (2011), +12 TO ratio (2011)
  2. Lows – 8 INTs (2008 & 2010), 6 Fumble Recoveries (2010), -15 TO ration (2010)

 

  • His defenses have totaled 190 sacks/31.67 per season/2.47 per game
  1. High of 46 in 2011, finishing 2nd in the country
  2. Low of 24 in 2007

 

 

 

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