1916 Tennessee Volunteers football team
|1916 Tennessee Volunteers football|
|Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1916 record||8–0–1 (6–0–1 SIAA)|
|Head coach||John R. Bender|
|Offensive scheme||Short Punt|
|Home stadium||15th and Cumberland Field|
|1916 SIAA football standings|
|Georgia Tech +||5||–||0||–||0||8||–||0||–||1|
The 1916 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee in the 1916 college football season. John R. Bender served his first season as head coach of the Volunteers. Because of World War I, Tennessee did not field another varsity squad until 1919.
The 1916 Vols won eight games and lost none. The only blemish on Tennessee's record was a scoreless draw with Kentucky in the last game; and the Vols won a share of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association title for the second time in three years — sharing the title with Georgia Tech. This season also saw the first homecoming football game in Tennessee football history, hosting rival Vanderbilt, against which Tennessee achieved a then-rare victory..
The New York Herald ranked quarterback Buck Hatcher as the season's premier punter. Captain and end Graham Vowell was the season's only unanimous All-Southern selection, and was a third-team All-America selection by Walter Camp. Next to him on the line was his older brother, Morris Vowell. Next to him was Chink Lowe. At the other end was Lloyd Wolfe.
Before the season
Coach Bender came to Tennessee from Kansas State, effectively switching jobs with former Volunteers head coach Zora G. Clevenger. Bender ran a short punt system. In 1916, football used a one-platoon system in which players played both offense, defense, and special teams. Quarterback Buck Hatcher was a triple-threat.
|September 30||Tusculum*||15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN||W 33–0|
|October 7||Maryville*||15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN||W 32–0|
|October 14||at Clemson||Riggs Field • Calhoun, SC||W 14–0|
|October 21||South Carolina||15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN||W 26–0|
|October 28||at Florida||Plant Field • Tampa, FL||W 24–0|
|November 4||at Chattanooga||Chattanooga, TN||W 12–7|
|November 11||Vanderbilt||15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN (Rivalry)||W 10–6|
|November 18||vs. Sewanee||Chattanooga, TN||W 17–0|
|November 30||Kentucky||15th and Cumberland Field • Knoxville, TN||T 0–0|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. All times are in Eastern.|
The starting lineup was G. Vowell (left end), M. Vowell (left tackle), Lowe (left guard), Robinson (center), Shoulders (right guard), Hambaugh (right tackle), Wolfe (right end), A. Hatcher (quarterback), Shelby (left halfback), Emory (right halfback), Luck (fullback).
Tennessee upset the Vanderbilt Commodores 10 to 6 in 1916. Vanderbilt's lone score came on a 70-yard run by Rabbit Curry. Graham Vowell scored Tennessee's winning touchdown. Buck Hatcher regularly outpunted Tom Zerfoss. Both ends, Vowell and Lloyd Wolfe, helped stop Curry.
The season closed with an upset tie by the Kentucky Wildcats, an account of which reads "Rodes and McIlvain, Kentucky's quarterback and fullback, played a magnificent game and had they received the proper support from their team, would have piled up a large score against Tennessee."
The starting lineup was G. Vowell (left end), M. Vowell (left tackle), Lowe (left guard), Robinson (center), Henderson (right guard), Hambaugh (right tackle), Wolfe (right end), A. Hatcher (quarterback), Emory (left halfback), J. Luck (right halfback), Ring (fullback).
- "". The Record of Sigma Alpha Epsilon. 37: 150.
- "Tennessee 24, Florida 0". Atlanta Constitution. October 29, 1916. p. 5. Retrieved May 7, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Defeat of Vandy Was Big Surprise". The Charlotte Observer. November 13, 1916. p. 6. Retrieved March 29, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Auburn Has Bulge In Weight And Experience Behind Line". The Tennessean. November 15, 1916. p. 12. Retrieved January 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Kentucky State Outplays Tenn.". Atlanta Constitution. December 1, 1916. p. 8. Retrieved April 23, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.