1927 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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1927 Tennessee Volunteers football
SoCon co-champion
Conference Southern Conference
1927 record 8–0–1 (5–0–1 SoCon)
Head coach Robert Neyland (2nd season)
Offensive scheme Single-wing
Captain John Barnhill
Home stadium Shields-Watkins Field
Seasons
← 1926
1928 →
1927 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech + 7 0 1     8 1 1
Tennessee + 5 0 1     8 0 1
NC State + 4 0 0     9 1 0
Vanderbilt 5 0 2     8 1 2
Georgia 6 1 0     9 1 0
Florida 5 2 0     7 3 0
Ole Miss 3 2 0     5 3 1
Virginia 4 4 0     5 4 0
Clemson 2 2 0     5 3 1
Alabama 3 4 1     5 4 1
LSU 2 3 1     4 4 1
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0     5 3 0
Washington and Lee 2 3 0     4 4 1
VPI 2 3 0     5 4 0
Maryland 2 3 0     4 7 0
South Carolina 2 4 0     4 5 0
VMI 2 4 0     6 4 0
Tulane 2 5 1     2 5 1
North Carolina 2 5 0     4 6 0
Sewanee 1 4 0     2 6 0
Kentucky 1 5 0     3 6 1
Auburn 0 6 1     0 7 2
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1927 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1927 Southern Conference football season. Playing as a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon), the team was led by head coach Robert Neyland, in his second year, and played their home games at Shields-Watkins Field in Knoxville, Tennessee. The 1927 Vols won eight, lost zero and tied one game (8–0–1 overall, 5–0–1 in the SoCon). The only blemish on Tennessee's schedule was a tie with in-state rival, Vanderbilt. Playing seven home games, the 1927 Vols outscored their opponents 246 to 26 and posted seven shutouts.

Before the season[edit]

Robert Neyland was hired to coach Tennessee in 1926 by Nathan Dougherty with the explicit goal to "even the score with Vanderbilt," and had his first great team in 1927.[1]

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 24 Carson–Newman* Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, TN W 33–0  
October 1 at North Carolina Emerson Field • Chapel Hill, NC W 26–0  
October 8 Maryville* Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 7–0  
October 15 Mississippi Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 21–7  
October 22 Transylvania* Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 57–0  
October 29 Virginia Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 42–0  
November 5 Sewanee Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 32–12  
November 12 Vanderbiltdagger Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Rivalry) T 7–7  
November 24 at Kentucky McLean StadiumLexington, KY (Battle for the Barrel) W 20–0  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.
  • Reference:[2]

Season summary[edit]

Carson–Newman[edit]

In the season opener, Tennessee beat in-state opponent Carson–Newman 33–0.

North Carolina[edit]

In the second week of play, Tennessee defeated UNC 26–0. The starting lineup was Lowe (left end), McArthur (left tackle), F. Johnson (left guard), Butcher (center), Burgers (right guard), Hundley (right tackle), Alley (right end), Elmore (quarterback), Derryberry (left halfback), Witt (right halfback), Dodson (fullback).[3]

Maryville[edit]

The Vols beat the Maryville Scots 7–0.

Ole Miss[edit]

Tennessee had an easy 21–7 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels, weakening in the last quarter for the first touchdown scored on the Vols. Passes from Witt and runs by Dodson got Tennessee's scores.[4]

The starting lineup was McKeen (left end), McArthur (left tackle), Barnhill (left guard), Butcher (center), Tripp (right guard), Elliott (right tackle), Alley (right end), Elmore (quarterback), Derryberry (left halfback), Witt (right halfback), Dodson (fullback).[5]

Transylvania[edit]

The season's fifth shutout, Tennessee beat Transylvania 42–0.

Virginia[edit]

The Volunteers beat the Virginia Cavaliers 42–0. The starting lineup was McKeen (left end), McArthur (left tackle), Barnhill (left guard), Butcher (center), Tripp (right guard), Elliott (right tackle), Alley (right end), Elmore (quarterback), Derryberry (left halfback), Witt (right halfback), Dodson (fullback). [6]

Sewanee[edit]

Tennessee beat Sewanee 32–12. The starting lineup was McKeen (left end), McArthur (left tackle), Barnhill (left guard), Butcher (center), Tripp (right guard), H. Johnson (right tackle), Alley (right end), Tudor (quarterback), Derryberry (left halfback), Witt (right halfback), Dodson (fullback). [7]

Vanderbilt[edit]

Vanderbilt at Tennessee
1 2 3 4 Total
Vanderbilt 0 0 0 7 7
Tennessee 0 0 0 7 7

McGugin's Commodores led 7–0 until a late Dick Dodson run tied the score.[8] "After the game McGugin questioned each of his players as to his whereabouts during the run. Without exception the players claimed that two men had blocked them. McGugin shrugged. "Well, we'll just protest the play. It's perfectly obvious that Tennessee had twenty-two men on the field."[8]

Vanderbilt center Vernon Sharpe arguably had the better season, but was outperformed by Tennessee's Elvin Butcher.[9] The starting lineup was McKeen (left end), McArthur (left tackle), Barnhill (left guard), Butcher (center), Tripp (right guard), H. Johnson (right tackle), Alley (right end), Elmore (quarterback), Derryberry (left halfback), Witt (right halfback), Dodson (fullback). [10]

Kentucky[edit]

To close the season, the Volunteers shutout the Kentucky Wildcats 20–0. The starting lineup was McKeen (left end), McArthur (left tackle), Barnhill (left guard), Butcher (center), Tripp (right guard), H. Johnson (right tackle), Alley (right end), Elmore (quarterback), Witt (left halfback), Derryberry (right halfback), Dodson (fullback). [11]

Postseason[edit]

Coach Alexander of Tech wrote Neyland to accept a co-championship, and no Pickens Cup was awarded.[12]

Players[edit]

Line[edit]

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
29 George Abernathy center
41 Scott Alden guard
25 Herc Alley end
24 John Barnhill guard Savannah, Tennessee 175
34 Ed Burgess guard
23 Elvin Butcher center Knoxville, Tennessee 184
32 Joe Bybee end
40 Frank Elliott tackle
37 Jim Finney center
53 Ben Fuller guard
44 Louis Green tackle
54 Houston Herndon end
30 Hobart Hooser guard
35 Bo Hundley tackle
46 Xen Hunt tackle
20 Farmer Johnson guard
22 Howard Johnson tackle
33 Ted Lowe end
18 Dave McArthur tackle
26 Allyn McKeen end
36 Harry Meyer end
27 Arthur Tripp guard
43 George Wiggs center

Backfield[edit]

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
15 E. Derryberry halfback
13 Dick Dodson fullback 180
52 Jimmy Dykes halfback
12 Jimmy Elmore quarterback
16 Amos Horner fullback
51 Clyde Keltner halfback
49 Carl Reischling halfback
21 Amos Trotter halfback
19 Vincent Tudor quarterback
14 Roy Witt halfback
17 Ed Young halfback

[13]

References[edit]

  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 3.