1956 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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1956 Tennessee Volunteers football
UT Volunteers logo.svg
SEC champion
Sugar Bowl, L 13–7 vs. Baylor
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 2
AP No. 2
1956 record 10–1 (6–0 SEC)
Head coach Bowden Wyatt
Home stadium Shields-Watkins Field
Seasons
« 1955 1957 »
1956 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
#2 Tennessee $ 6 0 0     10 1 0
#4 Georgia Tech 7 1 0     10 1 0
Florida 5 2 0     6 3 1
Ole Miss 4 2 0     7 3 0
Auburn 4 3 0     7 3 0
Kentucky 4 4 0     6 4 0
Tulane 3 3 0     6 4 0
Vanderbilt 2 5 0     5 5 0
Alabama 2 5 0     2 7 1
Mississippi State 2 5 0     4 6 0
LSU 1 5 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 6 0     3 6 1
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1956 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously Tennessee, UT, or the Vols) represented the University of Tennessee in the 1956 college football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Bowden Wyatt, in his second year, and played their home games at Shields-Watkins Field in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of ten wins and one loss (10–1 overall, 6–0 in the SEC), as SEC Champions and with a loss against Baylor in the Sugar Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 275 points while the defense allowed 88 points.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 29 at Auburn Legion FieldBirmingham, AL W 37–7    
October 6 at Duke* No. 9 Duke StadiumDurham, NC W 33–20    
October 13 Chattanooga* No. 6 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 42–20    
October 20 Alabama No. 7 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Third Saturday in October) W 24–0    
October 27 Maryland* No. 4 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 34–7   33,500
November 1 North Carolina*dagger No. 3 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 20–0    
November 10 at No. 2 Georgia Tech No. 3 Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 6–0    
November 19 No. 19 Ole Miss No. 1 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN W 27–7    
November 24 Kentucky No. 2 Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN (Battle for the Barrel) W 20–7    
December 1 at Vanderbilt No. 2 Dudley FieldNashville, TN W 27–7    
January 1, 1957 vs. No. 13 Baylor No. 2 Tulane StadiumNew Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl) ABC L 7–13   81,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
John Gordy Tackle 2 24 Detroit Lions
Frank Kolinsky Tackle 28 329 Pittsburgh Steelers

References[edit]

General

  • 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. 

Specific

  1. ^ 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 122
  2. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1950–59". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 18, 2012. 
  3. ^ 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 100
  4. ^ "1957 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012.