1969 Tennessee Volunteers football team
|1969 Tennessee Volunteers football|
|1969 record||9–2 (5–1 SEC)|
|Head coach||Doug Dickey (6th season)|
|Home stadium||Neyland Stadium|
|1969 SEC football standings|
|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|
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.
|September 20||Chattanooga*||No. 15||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, 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 Stadium • Memphis, 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 Field • Birmingham, AL (Third Saturday in October)||W 41–14||72,443|
|November 1||at No. 11 Georgia||No. 3||Sanford Stadium • Athens, GA||W 17–3|
|November 8||South Carolina*||No. 3||Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, TN||W 29–14||62,868|
|November 15||at No. 18 Ole Miss||No. 3||Mississippi Veterans Memorial Stadium • Jackson, MS||L 0–38||47,220|
|November 22||at Kentucky||No. 9||McLean Stadium • Lexington, 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 Stadium • Jacksonville, FL (Gator Bowl, Rivalry)||NBC||L 13–14||72,248|
|*Non-conference game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.|
Team players drafted into the NFL
|Jack Reynolds||Linebacker||1||22||Los Angeles Rams|
|Steve Kiner||Linebacker||3||73||Dallas Cowboys|
|Herman Weaver||Punter||9||227||Detroit Lions|
- "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1960–69". University of Tennessee Athletics. Retrieved March 14, 2012.
- "1970 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 14, 2012.