1981 Tennessee Volunteers football
Garden State Bowl champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
1981 record8–4 (3–3 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorBill Pace (2nd season)
Defensive coordinatorBobby Jackson (2nd season)
Captains
  • James Berry
  • Lemont Holt Jeffers
  • Lee North
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →
1981 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 6 Georgia + 6 0 0 10 2 0
No. 7 Alabama + 6 0 0 9 2 1
Mississippi State 4 2 0 8 4 0
Tennessee 3 3 0 8 4 0
Florida 3 3 0 7 5 0
Auburn 2 4 0 5 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0 3 8 0
LSU 1 4 1 3 7 1
Ole Miss 1 5 1 4 6 1
Vanderbilt 1 5 0 4 7 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1981 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1981 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 fifth year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of eight wins and four losses (8–4 overall, 3–3 in the SEC). The Volunteers offense scored 244 points while the defense allowed 265 points.

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 5at No. 10 GeorgiaL 0–4479,600
September 12at No. 5 USC*L 7–4362,147
September 19Colorado State*W 42–093,972
September 26Auburn
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
W 10–792,612
October 10Georgia Tech*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
W 10–794,478
October 17at No. 15 AlabamaL 19–3878,550
October 24at Memphis State*W 28–951,668
November 7Wichita State*dagger
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
W 24–2194,155[1]
November 14Ole Miss
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
W 28–2090,955
November 21at KentuckyL 10–2154,604
November 28Vanderbilt
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
W 38–3492,824
December 13vs. Wisconsin*MizlouW 28–2153,220
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster

1981 Tennessee Volunteers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Lenny Taylor So
QB 6 Alan Cockrell Fr
WR 24 Clyde Duncan So
WR 26 Willie Gault Jr
WR 28 Anthony Hancock Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DB 40 Bill Bates Jr
DE 92 Reggie White So
DE 93 Mike Cofer Jr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 4 Fuad Reveiz Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
  • Redshirt

Game summaries

at USC

Tennessee at USC
1 234Total
Volunteers 0 070 7
Trojans 6 20107 43

See also: 1980 USC Trojans football team


vs. Wisconsin (Garden State Bowl)

Main article: 1981 Garden State Bowl

See also: 1981 Wisconsin Badgers football team


Team players drafted into the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Anthony Hancock Wide Receiver 1 11 Kansas City Chiefs
Brian Ingram Linebacker 4 111 New England Patriots
LeMont Holt Jeffers Linebacker 6 153 Washington Redskins
Terry Daniels 10 265 Washington Redskins

References

  1. ^ "Tennessee dodges a Shock(er)". The Tennessean. November 8, 1981. Retrieved February 23, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Tennessee Football History and Records: Tennessee Results 1980–89". University of Tennessee Athletics. Archived from the original on September 21, 2013. Retrieved March 12, 2012.
  3. ^ "1982 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012.