American Football Database
1894 Tennessee Volunteers football
1894 record2–0–2
Head coachW. B. Stokley (student coach)
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The 1894 Tennessee Volunteers football team unofficially represented the University of Tennessee in the 1894 college football season. In October 1894, the Athletic Association resolved to drop varsity football and look forward to baseball in the spring. After the humiliating 1893 season with two wins and four imposing defeats, only two athletes willing to admit they had played on the 1893 team returned to campus in 1894. To complicate matters further, the practice field, located just west of the main entrance to the Hill, was being graded and improved.

Soon after this decision, W. B. Stokely, a UT senior who transferred from Wake Forest University, persuaded a group of students to form a team. Stokely, who was elected captain, gave encouragement and direction to the other players. Even though the institution chose not to be represented officially on the gridiron, Stokely and his unofficial team kept football interest alive during this period when almost certainly it otherwise would have been allowed to lapse completely.

These unofficial games, referred to as "The Lost Years" are not included in NCAA statistics or in official University of Tennessee won-lost records.


Date Opponent Site Result
November 3, 1894 Maryville College Knoxville, TN T 0–0  
November 10, 1894 vs. Knoxville Athletic Club Knoxville, TN T 8–8  
November 29, 1894 vs. Knoxville YMCA Knoxville, TN W 12–4  
December 7, 1894 at Carson-Newman Jefferson City, TN W 18–0  
All times are in Eastern.


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