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1971 Tennessee Volunteers football
Liberty Bowl Champions
Liberty Bowl, W 14–13 vs. Arkansas
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 9
APNo. 9
1971 record10–2 (4–2 SEC)
Head coachBill Battle
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1970
1972 →
1971 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#4/2 Alabama 7 0 0     11 1 0
#7/8 Georgia 5 1 0     11 1 0
#12/5 Auburn 5 1 0     9 2 0
#15/20 Ole Miss 4 2 0     10 2 0
Tennessee 4 2 0     10 2 0
LSU 3 2 0     9 3 0
Vanderbilt 1 5 0     4 6 1
Florida 1 6 0     4 7 0
Kentucky 1 6 0     3 8 0
Mississippi State 1 7 0     2 9 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll / Coaches' Poll

The 1971 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1971 college football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Bill Battle, in his second year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of ten wins and two losses (10–2 overall, 4–2 in the SEC) and a victory over Arkansas in the 1971 Liberty Bowl.

ScheduleEdit

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 18* [[{{{school}}}|UC Santa Barbara]] #8 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN W 48–6   65,114
September 25 #5 Auburn #9 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ABC L 9–10   62,990
October 2 at Florida #12 Florida FieldGainesville, FL (Rivalry) W 20–13   61,112
October 9* Georgia Tech #13 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 10–6   63,671
October 16 at #4 Alabama #14 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) L 15–32   73,828
October 23 Mississippi State #18 Memphis Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN W 10–7   37,529
October 30* Tulsa #16 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 38–3   62,513
November 6*† South Carolina #11 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 35–6   63,507
November 20 at Kentucky #11 McLean StadiumLexington, KY (Battle for the Barrel) W 21–7   35,000
November 27 Vanderbilt #11 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 19–7   56,244
December 4* #5 Penn State #12 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ABC W 31–11   59,542
December 20 vs. #18 Arkansas #9 Memphis Memorial Stadium • Memphis, TN (Liberty Bowl) ABC W 14–13   51,410
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players drafted into in the NFLEdit

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Bobby Majors Defensive Back 3 76 Philadelphia Eagles
George Hunt Kicker 5 122 Cleveland Browns
Jackie Walker Linebacker 6 148 San Francisco 49ers
Curt Watson Running Back 6 150 New Orleans Saints
Ray Nettles Linebacker 6 155 Miami Dolphins
Gary Theiler Tight End 12 308 Baltimore Colts
Joe Balthrop Guard 16 397 New Orleans Saints

ReferencesEdit

General

Specific

  1. 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 124
  2. 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 101
  3. "1972 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/years/1972/draft.htm?redir. Retrieved March 8, 2012.

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