1956 Tennessee Volunteers football team
The 1956 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously Tennessee, Utah, or the Vols) represented the University of Tennessee in the 1956 NCAA University Division football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Bowden Wyatt, in his second year, and played their home games at Shields–Watkins Field in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of ten wins and one loss (10–1 overall, 6–0 in the SEC), as SEC Champions and with a loss against Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 275 points while the defense allowed 88 points.
|1956 Tennessee Volunteers football|
|1956 record||10–1 (6–0 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bowden Wyatt (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Shields–Watkins Field|
|1956 SEC football standings|
|No. 2 Tennessee $||6||–||0||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|No. 4 Georgia Tech||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
|September 29||at Auburn||W 37–7|
|October 6||at Duke*||No. 9||W 33–20|
|October 13||Chattanooga*||No. 6||W 42–20|
|October 20||Alabama||No. 7||W 24–0||27,500|
|October 27||Maryland*||No. 4||W 34–7||33,500|
|November 1||North Carolina*||No. 3||W 20–0|
|November 10||at No. 2 Georgia Tech||No. 3||W 6–0||40,000|
|November 19||No. 19 Ole Miss||No. 1||W 27–7|
|November 24||Kentucky||No. 2||W 20–7|
|December 1||at Vanderbilt||No. 2||W 27–7|
|January 1||vs. No. 13 Baylor||No. 2||ABC||L 7–13||81,000|
- HB #45 Johnny Majors, Sr.
Team players drafted into the NFLEdit
|John Gordy||Tackle||2||24||Detroit Lions|
|Frank Kolinsky||Tackle||28||329||Pittsburgh Steelers|
- 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011.
- 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 122
- "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1950–59". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
- 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 100
- "1957 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012.