1978 Tennessee Volunteers football team

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1978 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1978 record5–5–1 (3–3 SEC)
Head coachJohnny Majors (2nd season)
Offensive coordinatorJoe Avezzano (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorBobby Roper (2nd season)
CaptainRobert Shaw
CaptainDennis Wolfe
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →
1978 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 1 Alabama $ 6 0 0     11 1 0
No. 16 Georgia 5 0 1     9 2 1
Auburn 3 2 1     6 4 1
LSU 3 3 0     8 4 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     5 5 1
Florida 3 3 0     4 7 0
Mississippi State 2 4 0     6 5 0
Ole Miss 2 4 0     5 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0     4 6 1
Vanderbilt 0 6 0     2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1978 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1978 NCAA Division I-A football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Johnny Majors, in his second year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of five wins, five losses and one tie (5–5–1 overall, 3–3 in the SEC).

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
September 16 No. 9 UCLA* Neyland StadiumKnoxville, Tennessee L 0–13   85,897
September 23 Oregon State* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, Tennessee T 13–13   82,048
September 30 at Auburn Legion FieldBirmingham, Alabama ABC L 10–29   50,136
October 7 Army* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, Tennessee W 31–13   81,887
October 21 No. 4 Alabama Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, Tennessee (Third Saturday in October) L 17–30   85,436
October 28 vs. Mississippi State Liberty Bowl Memorial StadiumMemphis, Tennessee L 21–34   40,879
November 4 Duke* Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, Tennessee W 34–0   83,098
November 11 at No. 14 Notre Dame* Notre Dame StadiumNotre Dame, Indiana L 14–31   59,075
November 18 Ole Missdagger Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, Tennessee W 41–17   83,210
November 24 Kentucky Neyland Stadium • Knoxville, Tennessee (Battle for the Barrel) W 29–14   84,926
December 2 at Vanderbilt Dudley FieldNashville, Tennessee W 41–15    
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll.

Team players drafted into the NFL[edit]

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Robert Shaw Center 1 27 Dallas Cowboys
Jeff Moore Wide receiver 3 58 Los Angeles Rams
Kelsey Finch Running back 12 311 New Orleans Saints

References[edit]

General

  • 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book (PDF). Knoxville, Tennessee: University of Tennessee Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. Retrieved March 7, 2012.

Specific

  1. ^ 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 125
  2. ^ 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 101
  3. ^ "1979 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 7, 2012.