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1956 Tennessee Volunteers football
SEC Champions
Sugar Bowl, L 13–7 vs. Baylor
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 2
APNo. 2
1956 record10–1 (6–0 SEC)
Head coachBowden Wyatt
Home stadiumShields-Watkins Field
Seasons
← 1955
1957 →
1956 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Tennessee 6 0 0     10 1 0
#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

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.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 29 at Auburn Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 37–7    
October 6* at Duke #9 Duke StadiumDurham, 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 FieldAtlanta, 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 FieldNashville, TN W 27–7    
January 1, 1957 vs. #13 Baylor #2 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 7–13   81,000
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players drafted into in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
John Gordy Tackle2 24 Detroit Lions
Frank Kilinsky Tackle28 329 Pittsburgh Steelers

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. http://www.utsports.com/sports/m-footbl/fball-history/1950-59.html. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  3. 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 100
  4. "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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