1956 Tennessee Volunteers football team
|1956 Tennessee Volunteers football|
|1956 record||10–1 (6–0 SEC)|
|Head coach||Bowden Wyatt (2nd season)|
|Home stadium||Shields-Watkins Field|
|1956 SEC football standings|
|No. 2 Tennessee $||6||–||0||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
|No. 4 Georgia Tech||7||–||1||–||0||10||–||1||–||0|
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.
|September 29||at Auburn||Legion Field • Birmingham, AL||W 37–7|
|October 6||at Duke*||No. 9||Duke Stadium • Durham, 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*||No. 3||Shields-Watkins Field • Knoxville, TN||W 20–0|
|November 10||at No. 2 Georgia Tech||No. 3||Grant Field • Atlanta, 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 Field • Nashville, TN||W 27–7|
|January 1, 1957||vs. No. 13 Baylor||No. 2||Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, LA (Sugar Bowl)||ABC||L 7–13||81,000|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
Team players drafted into the NFL
|John Gordy||Tackle||2||24||Detroit Lions|
|Frank Kolinsky||Tackle||28||329||Pittsburgh Steelers|
- 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book. Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011.
- 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 122
- "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1950–59". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
- 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 100
- "1957 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012.