1969 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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1969 Tennessee Volunteers football
UT Volunteers logo.svg
SEC Champions
Gator Bowl, L 14–13 vs. Florida
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches #11
AP #15
1969 record 9–2 (5–1 SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey
Home stadium Neyland Stadium
Seasons
« 1968 1970 »
1969 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#15 Tennessee 5 1 0     9 2 0
#10 LSU 4 1 0     9 1 0
#20 Auburn 5 2 0     8 3 0
#14 Florida 3 1 1     9 1 1
#8 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

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.

Schedule[edit]

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*dagger #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. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
  • Reference:[1]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Jack Reynolds Linebacker 1 22 Los Angeles Rams
Steve Kiner Linebacker 3 73 Dallas Cowboys
Herman Weaver Punter 9 227 Detroit Lions
  • References:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1960–69". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "1970 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2012.