1969 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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1969 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
SEC champion
Gator Bowl, L 14–13 vs. Florida
Conference Southeastern Conference
Ranking
Coaches No. 11
AP No. 15
1969 record 9–2 (5–1 SEC)
Head coach Doug Dickey (6th season)
Home stadium Neyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1968
1970 →
1969 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 15 Tennessee $ 5 1 0     9 2 0
No. 10 LSU 4 1 0     9 1 0
No. 20 Auburn 5 2 0     8 3 0
No. 14 Florida 3 1 1     9 1 1
No. 8 Ole Miss 4 2 0     8 3 0
Georgia 2 3 1     5 5 1
Vanderbilt 2 3 0     4 6 0
Alabama 2 4 0     6 5 0
Kentucky 1 6 0     2 8 0
Mississippi State 0 5 0     3 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1969 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1969 college football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Doug Dickey, in his sixth year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of nine wins and two losses (9–2 overall, 5–1 in the SEC) and a loss against Florida in the Gator Bowl.

Tennessee's defense featured Jack Reynolds and All-American Steve Kiner while the offense featured quarterback Bobby Scott throwing to end Ken DeLong. Chip Kell was an All-American guard on the offensive line.

Florida Gators coach Ray Graves' final game saw his club beat the SEC champion Volunteers, 14–13, in the Gator Bowl. The game, which marked the Gator Bowl's silver anniversary had added drama because two days before kickoff word leaked out that Volunteers head coach Doug Dickey, the SEC Coach of the Year, would return to Florida, his alma mater, after the game.

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 20 Chattanooga* No. 15 Neyland StadiumKnoxville, TN W 31–0    
September 27 No. 17 Auburn No. 19 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN ABC W 45–19   57,826
October 4 at Memphis State* No. 10 Memphis Memorial StadiumMemphis, TN W 55–16    
October 11 Georgia Tech* No. 10 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 26–8    
October 18 at No. 20 Alabama No. 7 Legion FieldBirmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October) W 41–14   72,443
November 1 at No. 11 Georgia No. 3 Sanford StadiumAthens, GA W 17–3    
November 8 South Carolina*dagger No. 3 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 29–14   62,868
November 15 at No. 18 Ole Miss No. 3 Mississippi Veterans Memorial StadiumJackson, MS L 0–38   47,220
November 22 at Kentucky No. 9 McLean StadiumLexington, KY (Battle for the Barrel) W 31–26    
November 29 Vanderbilt No. 10 Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN W 40–27    
December 27 vs. No. 14 Florida No. 11 Gator Bowl StadiumJacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl, Rivalry) NBC L 13–14   72,248
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.
  • Reference:[1]

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Jack Reynolds Linebacker 1 22 Los Angeles Rams
Steve Kiner Linebacker 3 73 Dallas Cowboys
Herman Weaver Punter 9 227 Detroit Lions
  • References:[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1960–69". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 14, 2012. 
  2. ^ "1970 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2012.