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1969 Tennessee Volunteers football team

The 1969 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1969 NCAA University Division football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Doug Dickey, in his sixth year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of nine wins and two losses (9–2 overall, 5–1 in the SEC) and a loss against Florida in the Gator Bowl.

1969 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
SEC champion
Gator Bowl, L 14–13 vs. Florida
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 15
1969 record9–2 (5–1 SEC)
Head coachDoug Dickey (6th season)
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1968
1970 →
1969 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 15 Tennessee $ 5 1 0     9 2 0
No. 10 LSU 4 1 0     9 1 0
No. 20 Auburn 5 2 0     8 3 0
No. 14 Florida 3 1 1     9 1 1
No. 8 Ole Miss 4 2 0     8 3 0
Georgia 2 3 1     5 5 1
Vanderbilt 2 3 0     4 6 0
Alabama 2 4 0     6 5 0
Kentucky 1 6 0     2 8 0
Mississippi State 0 5 0     3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Tennessee's defense featured Jack Reynolds and All-American Steve Kiner while the offense featured quarterback Bobby Scott throwing to end Ken DeLong. Chip Kell was an All-American guard on the offensive line.

Florida Gators coach Ray Graves' final game saw his club beat the SEC champion Volunteers, 14–13, in the Gator Bowl. The game, which marked the Gator Bowl's silver anniversary had added drama because two days before kickoff word leaked out that Volunteers head coach Doug Dickey, the SEC Coach of the Year, would return to Florida, his alma mater, after the game.

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 20Chattanooga*No. 15W 31–0
September 27No. 17 AuburnNo. 19
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
ABCW 45–1957,826
October 4at Memphis State*No. 10W 55–16
October 11Georgia Tech*No. 10
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
W 26–863,171
October 18at No. 20 AlabamaNo. 7W 41–1472,443
November 1at No. 11 GeorgiaNo. 3W 17–3
November 8South Carolina* No. 3
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
W 29–1462,868
November 15at No. 18 Ole MissNo. 3L 0–3847,220
November 22at KentuckyNo. 9W 31–26
November 29VanderbiltNo. 10
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
W 40–27
December 27vs. No. 14 FloridaNo. 11NBCL 13–1472,248
  • *Non-conference game
  •  Homecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

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RosterEdit

  • OG #65 Phillip Fulmer, So.
  • LB #57 Steve Kiner, Sr.
  • DB Bobby Majors, So.
  • LB Jack Reynolds, Sr.

Team players drafted into the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Jack Reynolds Linebacker 1 22 Los Angeles Rams
Steve Kiner Linebacker 3 73 Dallas Cowboys
Herman Weaver Punter 9 227 Detroit Lions

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1960–69". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
  2. ^ "1970 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2012.