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1969 Tennessee Volunteers football
SEC Champions
Gator Bowl, L 14–13 vs. Florida
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 11
APNo. 15
1969 record9–2 (5–1 SEC)
Head coachDoug Dickey
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1968
1970 →
1969 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#15/11 Tennessee 5 1 0     9 2 0
#10/7 LSU 4 1 0     9 1 0
#20/15 Auburn 5 2 0     8 3 0
#14/17 Florida 3 1 1     9 1 1
#8/13 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 / Coaches' Poll

The 1969 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1969 college 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.

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.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 20* Chattanooga #15 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN W 31–0    
September 27 #17 Auburn #19 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ABC W 45–19   57,826
October 4* at Memphis State #10 Memphis Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN W 55–16    
October 11* Georgia Tech #10 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 26–8    
October 18 at #20 Alabama #7 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 41–14   72,443
November 1 at #11 Georgia #3 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA W 17–3    
November 8*† South Carolina #3 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 29–14   62,868
November 15 at #18 Ole Miss #3 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS L 0–38    
November 22 at Kentucky #9 McLean StadiumLexington, KY (Battle for the Barrel) W 31–26    
November 29 Vanderbilt #10 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 40–27    
December 27 vs. #14 Florida #11 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl, Rivalry) NBC L 13–14   72,248
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players drafted into in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Jack Reynolds Linebacker1 22 Los Angeles Rams
Steve Kiner Linebacker3 73 Dallas Cowboys
Herman Weaver Punter9 227 Detroit Lions
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