1908 Tennessee Volunteers football team
|1908 Tennessee Volunteers football|
|Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1908 record||7–2 (4–2 SIAA)|
|Head coach||George Levene (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Waite Field|
|1908 SIAA football standings|
The 1908 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1908 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The season was the second of head coach George Levene's three-year tenure. The Volunteers had compiled four wins in Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association play, the most in team history. It was widely considered the best Tennessee football season up to that point.
|October 3||North Carolina*||Waite Field • Knoxville, TN||W 12–0|
|October 10||Maryville*||Waite Field • Knoxville, TN||W 39–5|
|October 17||Kentucky State||Waite Field • Knoxville, TN||W 7–0|
|October 24||Georgia||Waite Field • Knoxville, TN||W 10–0|
|October 31||at Georgia Tech||Atlanta, GA||W 6–5|
|November 7||at Vanderbilt||Dudley Field • Nashville, TN (Rivalry)||L 16–9|
|November 14||Clemson||Waite Field • Knoxville, TN||W 6–5|
|November 21||Chattanooga*||Waite Field • Knoxville, TN||W 35–6
|November 26||vs. Alabama||Birmingham Fairgrounds • Birmingham, AL||L 4–0||4,000|
|*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern.|
In the second week of play, the Vols beat Maryville 39–5.
Tennessee celebrated the victory over Kentucky State 7–0, as they were outweighed 10 pounds to the man. A 40-yard run by Leach set up an offtackle run by Peery.
Leach scored all of Tennessee's points in the 10–0 victory over Georgia with a 30-yard fumble return for a touchdown and a 40-yard field goal.
Tennessee defeated John Heisman's Georgia Tech team 6–5, "in a game in which they clearly outplayed the Yellow Jackets". Tech scored first thanks to three consecutive completed forward passes. Perry scored Tennessee's touchdown. He scored another just after the referee blew the whistle to end the contest.
1908 was a down year for Vanderbilt with a wealth of sophomores; guided shrewdly by McGugin to its success. Vanderbilt won the match between the two schools 16 to 9.
Walker Leach made a 41-yard field goal to put the Vols up 4 to 0. "This seemed to arouse the local team" and Vanderbilt drove down the field for a touchdown. On a fake kick, Leach circled Vanderbilt's left end for 60 yards. Ray Morrison stopped him short of the goal.
Tennessee also edged Clemson 6–5.
The Vols beat Chattanooga 39–5.
Alabama surprised with the 4 to 0 victory over Tennessee to close the season. 
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- Woodruff 1928, p. 215
- Woodruff 1928, p. 217
- Woodruff 1928, p. 220
- Edwin Pope. Football's Greatest Coaches. pp. 340, 342.
- "Vanderbilt Athletics". Vanderbilt University Quarterly. 9: 28–35.
- Spalding's Football Guide. 1909. p. 75.
- Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 1.