How does Butch Jones stack up with Derek Dooley?

During the broadcast of Tennessee’s game against Georgia, CBS showed a graphic displaying the similarities between their records as Volunteers coach.

But the truth is, there’s no comparison. Through his first 34 games as coach, Jones is 17-17. Dooley was 15-19 at the same stage of his final season.

The Vols seemed headed nowhere under Dooley. Jones has attracted highly touted recruits and energized the fan base. This season, the Vols have shown they can compete with the nation’s top teams.

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In 2015, Jones’ team has a 5-4 record with a good chance to have its first eight-win season since 2007. In his third season, Dooley had a 4-5 record and missed a bowl game for the second year in a row after losses to Missouri and Vanderbilt.

Jones’ team beat Georgia, then a top 25 team, this season. Dooley’s best win was against unranked N.C. State.

Both coaches had talented players in their third seasons. Dooley had QB Tyler Bray leading his offense in 2012, with receivers Cordarrelle Patterson and Justin Hunter and a stout offensive line. But Tennessee only won five games and Bray’s performance dropped as the season went along.

Jones, on the other hand, is still starting a group of talented freshmen and sophomores and his team has improved each season. Joshua Dobbs and Jalen Hurd are outstanding offensive playmakers.

The biggest difference between these two coaches is the development of their recruits. Jones is getting more out of his young players.

In the final stretch of the regular season, Jones’ should add more victories, further improving upon Dooley’s three-year record.

By next season, Jones won’t be compared to Dooley anymore.