1932 Tennessee Volunteers football
SoCon co-champion
ConferenceSouthern Conference
Record9–0–1 (7–0–1 SoCon)
Head coach
Offensive schemeSingle-wing
CaptainMalcolm Aitken
Home stadiumShields–Watkins Field
Seasons
← 1931
1933 →
1932 Southern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Tennessee + 7 0 1 9 0 1
Auburn + 6 0 1 9 0 1
LSU + 4 0 0 6 3 1
VPI 6 1 0 8 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 2 6 1 2
NC State 3 1 1 6 1 2
Alabama 5 2 0 8 2 0
Tulane 5 2 1 6 2 1
Duke 5 3 0 7 3 0
Georgia Tech 4 4 1 4 5 1
Kentucky 4 5 0 4 5 0
Virginia 2 3 0 5 4 0
Ole Miss 2 3 0 5 6 0
Georgia 2 4 2 2 5 2
Maryland 2 4 0 5 6 0
North Carolina 2 5 1 3 5 2
South Carolina 1 2 1 5 4 2
VMI 1 4 0 2 8 0
Washington and Lee 1 4 0 1 9 0
Florida 1 6 0 3 6 0
Clemson 0 4 0 3 5 1
Mississippi State 0 4 0 3 5 0
Sewanee 0 6 0 2 7 1
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1932 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1932 Southern Conference football season. Playing as a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon), the team was led by head coach Robert Neyland, in his seventh year, and played their home games at Shields–Watkins Field in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The 1932 Vols won nine, lost zero and tied one game (9–0–1 overall, 7–0–1 in the SoCon) and were Southern Conference champions. It was their last year in the conference before moving to the newly formed Southeastern Conference.[1] The team was led by its backfield with Deke Brackett and Beattie Feathers.

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteResultAttendanceSource
September 24at Chattanooga*W 13–03,635[2]
October 1Ole MissW 33–0[3]
October 8North Carolina
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 20–7[4]
October 15at AlabamaW 7–320,000[5]
October 22Maryville*
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 60–0[6]
October 29Dukedagger
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 16–1313,000[7][8]
November 5Mississippi State
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN
W 31–0[9]
November 12at VanderbiltT 0–0[10]
November 24Kentucky
  • Shields–Watkins Field
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
W 26–0[11]
December 3at FloridaW 32–13[12]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming

Season summary

Chattanooga

In the season opener, the Vols defeated Chattanooga 13–0.[2]

Ole Miss

In the second week of play, Tennessee beat Ole Miss 33–0.[3]

North Carolina

The Volunteers defeated the Tar Heels 20–7.[4]

Alabama

Third Saturday in October
1 234Total
Tennessee 0 007 7
Alabama 0 300 3
  • Date: October 15
  • Location: Legion Field
    Birmingham, Alabama
  • Game attendance: 20,000

Against rival Alabama, the Vols won 7–3 at Legion Field in rainy conditions.[5] Alabama scored its only points of the game when Hillman Holley connected on a 12-yard field goal in the second quarter to take a 3–0 lead.[5] Alabama held their lead through the fourth quarter when Johnny Cain had a punt of only 12-yards from his own endzone to give Tennessee the ball at the 12-yard line.[5] Three plays later, Beattie Feathers scored on a seven-yard touchdown run and with the extra point, the Volunteers took a 7–3 lead that they would not relinquish.[5] Due to the poor weather conditions, the game was noted for both Alabama head coach Thomas and Tennessee head coach Robert Neyland calling for punt after punt, often on first and second down, in an attempt to gain field position advantage.[13] As a result, Feathers punted 21 times for Tennessee, and Cain punted 19 times for Alabama.[13] Cain's 19 punts and 914 total yards still stand as the single game school records for punts and punting yardage.[14]

Maryville

Maryville was swamped 60–0.[6]

Duke

1 234Total
Duke 0 076 13
Tennessee 0 673 16

In a game deemed a "thriller", the Vols beat Wallace Wade's Duke Blue Devils 16–13.[15] Feathers ran through Duke's line time and again. The highlight of the contest came when Fred Crawford intercepted a pass and raced 72 yards for a touchdown. Wynn kicked Tennessee's winning field goal.[8]

The starting lineup was Rayburn (left end), Franklin (left tackle), Ellis (left guard), Maples (center), Frank (right guard), Aitken (right tackle), Warmath (right end), Robinson (quarterback), Vaughn (left halfback), Feathers (right halfback), Middletown (fullback).[8]

Mississippi State

Mississippi State was beaten 31–0.[9]

Vanderbilt

1 234Total
Tennessee 0 000 0
Vanderbilt 0 000 0

Clyde Roberts and Vanderbilt fought the Vols to a scoreless tie. The game's only score was called back in the second half. Feathers caught a pass but was called out of bounds at the 27-yard line, right in front of the Vanderbilt bench.[16]

Kentucky

The Volunteers beat the Wildcats of Kentucky 26–0.[11]

Florida

1 234Total
Tennessee 20 660 32
Florida 7 006 13

The Vols defeated Charlie Bachman's Florida Gators 32–13. Beattie Feathers scored after the opening kickoff.[12]

Players

Line

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
11 Malcolm Aitken tackle
54 Alfred Austele tackle
25 Howard Bailey tackle
13 Bert Bibee center
51 Thomas Bounds tackle
22 J. Molden Butcher tackle
20 James O. Claxton center
68 Vincent Cox end
53 Jesse Cullum guard
40 Hewell Duncan guard
21 J. B. Ellis guard
30 Milton Frank tackle
37 John Franklin tackle
45 Fooshee tackle
57 Guinn B. Goodrich guard
42 Ralph Hatley guard
31 Alton Mark end
46 Talmadge Maples center
35 C. L. McPherson end
34 Kenneth Needham end
56 Ben Ottinger center
52 Louis Pounders end
39 Virgil Rayburn end
33 Roy Rose end
49 Francis Shull end
60 Boyd Smith end
23 Gordon Smith guard
14 Robert Stafford tackle
64 H. L. Stewart guard
58 Sam Venable guard
26 Murray Warmath end

Backfield

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
32 Malcolm Anderson fullback
15 John D. Bayless quarterback
43 Deke Brackett quarterback
37 Joseph D. Cohen fullback
28 Richard T. Dorsey halfback
48 Beattie Feathers halfback
69 Wade Kever halfback
41 Henry Krouse halfback
16 Albert Middleton halfback
19 Harvey Robinson quarterback
38 Leo Petruzze quarterback
18 Charles Vaughan halfback
24 Herman Wynn fullback

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References

  1. ^ "About the SEC". SECDigitalNetwork.com. Retrieved March 18, 2012.
  2. ^ a b "Moccasins hold Vols to 13–0 edge". The Chattanooga Times. September 25, 1932. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b "Mississippi members of Southern Conference humiliated". The Clarion-Ledger. October 2, 1932. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b "Tennessee wins over Carolina, 20–7". The News and Observer. October 9, 1932. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ a b c d e f "Vols turn back muddy Tide 7–3". The Tuscaloosa News. October 16, 1932. p. 8. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  6. ^ a b "Tennessee reserves trample Maryville Highlanders, 60 to 0". The Knoxville Journal. October 23, 1932. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ a b "Wynn's last period field goal beats Duke for Vols 16 to 13". The Charlotte News. October 30, 1932. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ a b c d "Wynn boots field goal to win game in last 3 minutes". The Kingsport Times. October 30, 1932. p. 2. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ a b "Vols down State 31 to 0". The Clarion-Ledger. November 6, 1932. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ a b "Vandy and Vols battle to scoreless tie". Nashville Tennessean. November 13, 1932. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ a b "Vols submerge Cats, 26–0". The Lexington Herald. November 25, 1932. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ a b c "Vols override Florida to win battle, 32–13". The Anniston Star. December 4, 1932. p. 14. Retrieved August 8, 2021 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  13. ^ a b Richard, Scott (2004). Legends of Alabama Football. Champaign, Illinois: Sports Publishing, LLC. p. 9. ISBN 9781582612775. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  14. ^ 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book (PDF). Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. p. 23. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
  15. ^ Jeff Moshier (September 29, 1941). "Playing Square". The Evening Independent.
  16. ^ Bill Traughber. Vanderbilt Football. p. 94.
  17. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved August 23, 2015.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)