1932 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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1932 Tennessee Volunteers football
SoCon co-champion
Conference Southern Conference
1932 record 9–0–1 (7–0–1 SoCon)
Head coach Robert Neyland (7th year)
Offensive scheme Single-wing
Captain Malcolm Aitken
Home stadium Shields-Watkins Field
Seasons
← 1931
1933 →
1932 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tennessee + 7 0 1     9 0 1
Auburn + 6 0 1     9 0 1
LSU + 4 0 0     6 3 1
VPI 6 1 0     8 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 2     6 1 2
NC State 3 1 1     6 1 2
Alabama 5 2 0     8 2 0
Tulane 5 2 1     6 2 1
Duke 5 3 0     7 3 0
Georgia Tech 4 4 1     4 5 1
South Carolina 2 2 2     5 4 2
Kentucky 4 5 0     4 5 0
Virginia 2 3 0     5 4 0
Ole Miss 2 3 0     5 6 0
Georgia 2 4 2     2 5 2
Maryland 2 4 0     5 6 0
North Carolina 2 5 1     3 5 2
VMI 1 4 0     2 8 0
Washington and Lee 1 4 0     1 9 0
Florida 1 6 0     3 6 0
Clemson 0 4 0     3 5 1
Mississippi State 0 4 0     3 5 0
Sewanee 0 6 0     2 7 1
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1932 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1932 Southern Conference football season. Playing as a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon), the team was led by head coach Robert Neyland, in his seventh year, and played their home games at Shields-Watkins Field in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The 1932 Vols won nine, lost zero and tied one game (9–0–1 overall, 7–0–1 in the SoCon) and were Southern Conference champions. It was their last year in the conference before moving to the newly formed Southeastern Conference.[1] The team was led by its backfield with Deke Brackett and Beattie Feathers.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
September 24 at Chattanooga* Chamberlain FieldChattanooga, TN W 13–0  
October 1 Ole Miss Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, TN W 33–0  
October 8 North Carolina Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 20–7  
October 15 at Alabama Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 7–3  
October 22 Maryville* Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 60–0  
October 29 Dukedagger Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 16–13  
November 5 Mississippi State Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 31–0  
November 12 at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, TN T 0–0  
November 24 Kentucky Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel) W 26–0  
December 3 at Florida Fairfield StadiumJacksonville, FL (Rivalry) W 32–13  
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.
  • Reference:[2]

Season summary[edit]

Chattanooga[edit]

In the season opener, the Vols defeated Chattanooga 13–0 .

Ole Miss[edit]

In the second week of play, Tennessee beat Ole Miss 33–0.

North Carolina[edit]

The Volunteers defeated the Tar Heels 20–7.

Alabama[edit]

Third Saturday in October
1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 0 0 7 7
Alabama 0 3 0 0 3
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Legion Field
    Birmingham, AL
  • Game attendance: 20,000

Against rival Alabama, the Vols won 7–3 at Legion Field in rainy conditions.[3][4] Alabama scored its only points of the game when Hillman Holley connected on a 12-yard field goal in the second quarter to take a 3–0 lead.[3] Alabama held their lead through the fourth quarter when Johnny Cain had a punt of only 12-yards from his own endzone to give Tennessee the ball at the 12-yard line.[3] Three plays later, Beattie Feathers scored on a seven-yard touchdown run and with the extra point, the Volunteers took a 7–3 lead that they would not relinquish.[3] Due to the poor weather conditions, the game was noted for both Alabama head coach Thomas and Tennessee head coach Robert Neyland calling for punt after punt, often on first and second down, in an attempt to gain field position advantage.[5] As a result, Feathers punted 21 times for Tennessee, and Cain punted 19 times for Alabama.[5] Cain's 19 punts and 914 total yards still stand as the single game school records for punts and punting yardage.[6]

Maryville[edit]

Maryville was swamped 60–0 .

Duke[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Duke 0 0 7 6 13
Tennessee 0 6 7 3 16

In a game deemed a "thriller", the Vols beat Wallace Wade's Duke Blue Devils 16–13.[8] Feathers ran through Duke's line time and again. The highlight of the contest came when Fred Crawford intercepted a pass and raced 72 yards for a touchdown. Wynn kicked Tennessee's winning field goal.[7]

The starting lineup was Rayburn (left end), Franklin (left tackle), Ellis (left guard), Maples (center), Frank (right guard), Aitken (right tackle), Warmath (right end), Robinson (quarterback), Vaughn (left halfback), Feathers (right halfback), Middletown (fullback).[7]

Mississippi State[edit]

Mississippi State was beaten 31–0.

Vanderbilt[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 0 0 0 0 0
Vanderbilt 0 0 0 0 0
  • Source:

Clyde Roberts and Vanderbilt fought the Vols to a scoreless tie. The game's only score was called back in the second half. Feathers caught a pass but was called out of bounds at the 27-yard line, right in front of the Vanderbilt bench.[9]

Kentucky[edit]

The Volunteers beat the Wildcats of Kentucky 26–0 .

Florida[edit]

1 2 3 4 Total
Tennessee 20 6 6 0 32
Florida 7 0 0 6 13

The Vols defeated Charlie Bachman's Florida Gators 32–13. Beattie Feathers scored after the opening kickoff.[10]

Players[edit]

Line[edit]

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
11 Malcolm Aitken tackle
54 Alfred Austele tackle
25 Howard Bailey tackle
13 Bert Bibee center
51 Thomas Bounds tackle
22 J. Molden Butcher tackle
20 James O. Claxton center
68 Vincent Cox end
53 Jesse Cullum guard
40 Hewell Duncan guard
21 J. B. Ellis guard
30 Milton Frank tackle
37 John Franklin tackle
45 Fooshee tackle
57 Guinn B. Goodrich guard
42 Ralph Hatley guard
31 Alton Mark end
46 Talmadge Maples center
35 C. L. McPherson end
34 Kenneth Needham end
56 Ben Ottinger center
52 Louis Pounders end
39 Virgil Rayburn end
33 Roy Rose end
49 Francis Shull end
60 Boyd Smith end
23 Gordon Smith guard
14 Robert Stafford tackle
64 H. L. Stewart guard
58 Sam Venable guard
26 Murray Warmath end

Backfield[edit]

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
32 Malcolm Anderson fullback
15 John D. Bayless quarterback
43 Deke Brackett quarterback
28 Richard T. Dorsey halfback
48 Beattie Feathers halfback
69 Wade Kever halfback
41 Henry Krouse halfback
16 Albert Middleton halfback
19 Harvey Robinson quarterback
38 Leo Petruzze quarterback
18 Charles Vaughan halfback
24 Herman Wynn fullback

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "About the SEC". SECDigitalNetwork.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  2. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1930–39". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c d e "Vols turn back muddy Tide 7–3". The Tuscaloosa News. Google News Archives. October 16, 1932. p. 8. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  4. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/32-m-footbl-recaps.pdf
  5. ^ a b Richard, Scott (2004). Legends of Alabama Football. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing, LLC. p. 9. ISBN 9781582612775. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  6. ^ 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book (PDF). Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. p. 23. Retrieved March 27, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c "Wynn Boots Field Goal To Win Game In Last 3 Minutes". The Kingsport Times. October 30, 1932. p. 2. Retrieved January 9, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ Jeff Moshier (September 29, 1941). "Playing Square". The Evening Independent. 
  9. ^ Bill Traughber. Vanderbilt Football. p. 94. 
  10. ^ a b "Vols Override Florida To Win Battle, 32-13". The Anniston Star. December 4, 1932. p. 14. Retrieved July 30, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ http://diglib.lib.utk.edu/fbpro/main.php?bid=623&pg=24&catid=109