|1956 Tennessee Volunteers football|
|1956 record||10–1 (6–0 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bowden Wyatt|
|Home stadium||Shields-Watkins Field|
|1956 SEC football standings|
|#2 Tennessee †||6||–||0||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|#4 Georgia Tech||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|† – Conference champion |
Rankings from AP Poll
The 1956 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously Tennessee, UT, or the Vols) represented the University of Tennessee in the 1956 college 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 an with a loss against Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 275 points while the defense allowed 88 points.
Schedule[edit | edit source]
|September 29||at Auburn||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 37–7|
|October 6*||at Duke||#9||Duke Stadium • Durham, NC||W 33–20|
|October 13*||Chattanooga||#6||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 42–20|
|October 20||Alabama||#7||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October)||W 24–0|
|October 27*||Maryland||#4||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 34–7||33,500|
|November 1*†||North Carolina||#3||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 20–0|
|November 10||at #2 Georgia Tech||#3||Grant Field • Atlanta, GA||W 6–0|
|November 19||#19 Ole Miss||#1||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 27–7|
|November 24||Kentucky||#2||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel)||W 20–7|
|December 1||at Vanderbilt||#2||Dudley Field • Nashville, TN||W 27–7|
|January 1, 1957||vs. #13 Baylor||#2||Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl)||ABC||L 7–13||81,000|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
Team players drafted into in the NFL[edit | edit source]
|John Gordy||Tackle||2||24||Detroit Lions|
|Frank Kilinsky||Tackle||28||329||Pittsburgh Steelers|
References[edit | edit source]
- 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. http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/fball-history/1950-59.html. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
- 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 100
- "1957 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1957/draft.htm?redir. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
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