1976 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Record6–5 (2–4 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorDal Shealy
Defensive coordinatorLarry Jones
Captains
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1975
1977 →
1976 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 10 Georgia $ 5 1 0 10 2 0
No. 11 Alabama 5 2 0 9 3 0
No. 20 Mississippi State 4 2 0 9 2 0
Florida 4 2 0 8 4 0
No. 18 Kentucky 4 2 0 8 4 0
LSU 3 3 0 6 4 1
Auburn 3 3 0 4 7 0
Ole Miss 3 4 0 5 6 0
Tennessee 2 4 0 6 5 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Mississippi State later forfeited all 1976 wins due to NCAA violations.
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1976 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1976 NCAA Division I football season. Playing as a member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), the team was led by head coach Bill Battle, in his seventh year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of six wins and five losses (6–5 overall, 2–4 in the SEC). The Volunteers offense scored 237 points while the defense allowed 162 points.

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 11Duke*L 18–2182,687[1]
September 18TCU*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
W 31–079,564[2]
September 25at AuburnABCL 28–3850,000[3]
October 2Clemson*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
W 21–1978,161[4]
October 9at Georgia Tech*W 42–755,631[5]
October 16No. 20 Alabama
ABCL 13–2082,417[6]
October 23No. 11 Florida
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
L 18–2082,596[7]
November 6at Memphis State*W 21–1452,311[8]
November 13Ole Missdagger
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
W 32–679,161[9]
November 20Kentucky
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN (rivalry)
L 0–780,336[10]
November 27at VanderbiltW 13–1034,694[11]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster

Team players drafted into the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Stanley Morgan Wide receiver 1 25 New England Patriots
Larry Seivers Wide receiver 4 111 Seattle Seahawks
Mickey Marvin Guard 4 112 Oakland Raiders
Andy Spiva Linebacker 5 135 St. Louis Cardinals

References

  1. ^ "Blue Devils surprise Vols, record crowd". The Charlotte Observer. September 12, 1976. Retrieved May 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "'Tennessee waltz' too much for TCU as Vols romp 31–0". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. September 19, 1976. Retrieved May 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Clawed by swooping War Eagles, Vols lose 38–28". Johnson City Press-Chronicle. September 26, 1976. Retrieved May 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Clemson's ultimate penalty: 21–19 loss". Anderson Independent. October 3, 1976. Retrieved May 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "Volunteers smash Ga. Tech by 42–7". The Anniston Star. October 10, 1976. Retrieved May 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Bama stops Vols". San Antonio Express-News. October 17, 1976. Retrieved May 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "UF rally nips Vols by 20–18". Tallahassee Democrat. October 24, 1976. Retrieved May 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Morgan's running paces Tennessee". The Leaf-Chronicle. November 7, 1976. Retrieved May 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "10 Reb turnovers help Vols". Alexandria Daily Town Talk. November 14, 1976. Retrieved May 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "Derrick Ramsey stars as 'Cats edge Vols". The Leaf-Chronicle. November 21, 1976. Retrieved May 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Battle bows out with a win as Vols plan to stalk Majors". The Commercial Appeal. November 28, 1976. Retrieved May 8, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "1977 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012.