Open main menu

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
SEC champion
Sugar Bowl, L 13–7 vs. Baylor
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1956 record10–1 (6–0 SEC)
Head coachBowden Wyatt (2nd season)
Home stadiumShields–Watkins Field
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 2 Tennessee $ 6 0 0     10 1 0
No. 4 Georgia Tech 7 1 0     10 1 0
Florida 5 2 0     6 3 1
Ole Miss 4 2 0     7 3 0
Auburn 4 3 0     7 3 0
Kentucky 4 4 0     6 4 0
Tulane 3 3 0     6 4 0
Vanderbilt 2 5 0     5 5 0
Alabama 2 5 0     2 7 1
Mississippi State 2 5 0     4 6 0
LSU 1 5 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 6 0     3 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 29at AuburnW 37–7
October 6at Duke*No. 9W 33–20
October 13Chattanooga*No. 6W 42–20
October 20AlabamaNo. 7
W 24–027,500
October 27Maryland*No. 4
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 34–733,500
November 1North Carolina* No. 3
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 20–0
November 10at No. 2 Georgia TechNo. 3W 6–040,000
November 19No. 19 Ole MissNo. 1
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 27–7
November 24KentuckyNo. 2
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
W 20–7
December 1at VanderbiltNo. 2W 27–7
January 1vs. No. 13 BaylorNo. 2ABCL 7–1381,000
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

[1][2]

RosterEdit

  • HB #45 Johnny Majors, Sr.

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
John Gordy Tackle 2 24 Detroit Lions
Frank Kolinsky Tackle 28 329 Pittsburgh Steelers

[3][4]

ReferencesEdit

General

  • 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011.

Specific

  1. ^ 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 122
  2. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1950–59". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  3. ^ 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 100
  4. ^ "1957 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012.