1914 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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1914 Tennessee Volunteers football
UT Volunteers logo.svg
SIAA champion
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1914 record 9–0 (7–0 SIAA)
Head coach Zora G. Clevenger
Offensive scheme Straight T
Base defense Multiple
Captain Farmer Kelly
Home stadium 15th and Cumberland Field
Seasons
« 1913 1915 »
1914 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tennessee + 5 0 0     9 0 0
Auburn + 4 0 1     8 0 1
Texas A&M 2 0 0     6 1 1
Mississippi A&M 4 2 0     6 2 0
Ole Miss 2 1 1     5 4 1
Sewanee 3 2 0     5 3 0
Florida 3 2 0     5 2 0
Alabama 3 3 0     5 4 0
Georgia 2 2 1     3 5 1
Clemson 2 2 0     5 3 1
LSU 1 1 1     4 4 1
Kentucky 1 1 0     5 3 0
Vanderbilt 1 3 0     2 6 0
Mississippi College 0 1 1     4 3 1
Tulane 0 3 1     3 3 1
Central 0 1 0     1 3 1
Wofford 0 1 0     1 7 1
The Citadel 0 3 0     2 5 0
Mercer 0 3 0     0 3 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1914 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1914 college football season. The team won the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the first championship of any kind for the Tennessee program. Winning all nine of their games, the 1914 squad was only the second undefeated team in Tennessee history. The 1914 Vols were retroactively awarded a national championship by 1st-N-Goal, though this remains largely unrecognized.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 26 Carson–Newman* 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 89–0  
October 3 King* 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 55–3  
October 10 Clemson 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 27–0  
October 17 at Louisville Louisville, KY W 66–0  
October 24 Alabama 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 17–7  
October 31 Chattanooga 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 67–0  
November 7 at Vanderbilt Old Dudley FieldNashville, TN (Rivalry) W 16–14  
November 14 vs. Sewanee Chattanooga W 14–7  
November 26 Kentucky 15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN W 23–6  
*Non-conference game. All times are in Eastern.

Season summary[edit]

Alabama[edit]

Alabama quarterback Charlie Joplin was ruled ineligible by the SIAA for refusing to sign an affidavit that he had not played professional baseball, and Tennessee halfback Red Rainey was out with injury. Tennessee won 17–7. The first score came on a 40-yard pass from Bill May to Scotty Cameron. A 22-yard pass to Goat Carroll got the next score. Alabama's score came in the second period, when Bully Van de Graaff picked up a Farmer Kelly fumble and ran 50 yards for a touchdown. Cameron kicked a field goal to make it 17.[2]

Vanderbilt[edit]

Bill May threw two touchdown passes to Goat Carroll in the 16–14 victory over Vanderbilt, the first ever victory over the Tennessee rival.[3][4] Carroll scored all of the Vols points, adding a field goal in between touchdowns. Irby Curry scored all of Vanderbilt's points. An account of the first Tennessee touchdown reads, "Four minutes of play had barely drifted by when Tennessee's weird, mystic, elusive forward pass, May to Carroll, deadly in accuracy, went sailing home for the first touchdown of the game. The chesty Tennessee quarterback sent the oval whizzing for a distance of thirty-five yards and Carroll gathered in the ball near his goal line, when he hurried beneath the posts with all the speed at his command."[5]

Sewanee[edit]

A description of the 14–7 win over Sewanee in 1914 read, "Mush Kerr played a wonderful game in the line as did Capt. Kelly. The work of the Tennessee line was easily the feature of the contest, and Sewanee early discovered that it was practically useless to rely on line plunges to gain ground...Lindsay, as usual, ploughed through the opposing line for consistent gains, and when it was absolutely necessary that Tennessee gain a certain number of yards 'Russ' was sure to be called upon."[6]

Kentucky[edit]

The Kentucky Wildcats outweighed 15 pounds to the man and beaten 23–6.[7] The starting lineup was Carroll (left end), Bayer (left tackle), Kerr (left guard), McLean (center), Taylor (right guard), Kelly (right tackle), G. Vowell (right end), May (quarterback), Thomason (left halfback), Rainey (right halfback), Lindsay (fullback).[7]

Personnel[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

Offense
LE
Goat Carroll
B. J. Greenwood
Frank Sorrels
LT LG C RG RT
S. D. Bayer Mush Kerr Evan McLean Bob Taylor Farmer Kelly
Morris Vowell Chink Lowe Clifton Cates
Graham Vowell
RE
Lloyd Wolfe
Graham Vowell
 
QB
Bill May
Red Rainey
LHB FB RHB
Tommy Thomason Rus Lindsay Red Rainey
Scotty Cameron P. H. Callahan

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Roster[edit]

1914 Tennessee Volunteers roster

Quarterbacks

Halfbacks

  • 9 Scotty Cameron
  • 7 Red Rainey
  • 10 Tommy Thomason
  • 1 P. H. Callahan
 

Fullbacks

Ends

 

Tackles

Guards

 

Centers

  • 4 Evan McLean

Unlisted

  • 17 Malcolm McSpadden
 

[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

All-Southern: Alonzo Carroll, Farmer Kelly, Mush Kerr, Rus Lindsay

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennessee Total National Championships". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved 2010-06-01. 
  2. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/14-m-footbl-recaps.pdf
  3. ^ Marvin West (September 16, 2014). "Tennessee Football 100 Years Ago". Retrieved January 26, 2015. 
  4. ^ The Commercial Appeal. "Vols Score First Win Over Vandy". Greatest Moments in Tennessee: 12. 
  5. ^ "Athletics". The University of Tennessee Record 18 (5): 65. 
  6. ^ "Athletics". The University of Tennessee Record 18 (5): 65–68. 
  7. ^ a b "Wildcats Lose To Volunteers". The Courier Journal. November 27, 1914. p. 6. Retrieved May 7, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ http://diglib.lib.utk.edu/fbpro/main.php?bid=249&pg=2&catid=53