1983 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
Florida Citrus Bowl champion
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Record9–3 (4–2 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorWalt Harris (1st season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorLarry Marmie (1st season)
Base defense5-2
CaptainReggie White
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
Seasons
← 1982
1984 →
1983 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
No. 3 Auburn $ 6 0 0 11 1 0
No. 4 Georgia 5 1 0 10 1 1
No. 6 Florida 4 2 0 9 2 1
Tennessee 4 2 0 9 3 0
No. 15 Alabama 4 2 0 8 4 0
Ole Miss 4 2 0 6 6 0
Kentucky 2 4 0 6 5 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0 3 8 0
LSU 0 6 0 4 7 0
Vanderbilt 0 6 0 2 9 0
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1983 Tennessee Volunteers football team (variously "Tennessee", "UT" or the "Vols") represented the University of Tennessee in the 1983 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 seventh year, and played their home games at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tennessee. They finished the season with a record of nine wins and three losses (9–3 overall, 4–2 in the SEC) and a victory over Maryland in the Florida Citrus Bowl. The Volunteers offense scored 282 points while the defense allowed 165 points.

Schedule

DateOpponentSiteTVResultAttendanceSource
September 3No. 10 Pittsburgh*L 3–1395,824[1]
September 10New Mexico*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
W 31–689,792[2]
September 24No. 11 Auburn
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
L 14–3795,185[3]
October 1vs. The Citadel*W 45–620,351[4]
October 8LSU
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
TBSW 20–694,478[5]
October 15at No. 11 AlabamaW 41–3477,237[6]
October 22Georgia Tech*
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
W 37–394,478[7]
October 29at Rutgers*W 7–019,201[8]
November 12Ole Missdagger
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
TBSL 10–1395,585[9]
November 19at KentuckyCBSW 10–057,985[10]
November 26Vanderbilt
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, TN
CBSW 34–2493,426[11]
December 17vs. No. 16 Maryland*MizlouW 30–2350,185[12]
  • *Non-conference game
  • daggerHomecoming
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Roster

1983 Tennessee Volunteers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
WR 2 Lenny Taylor Sr
QB 6 Alan Cockrell Jr
WR 24 Clyde Duncan Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
DE 92 Reggie White Sr
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
K 4 Fuad Reveiz Jr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

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

Team players drafted into the NFL

The following players were selected in the 1984 NFL Draft:

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Clyde Duncan Wide Receiver 1 17 St. Louis Cardinals
Mark Studaway Defensive End 4 85 Houston Oilers
Curt Singer Tackle 6 167 Washington Redskins
Randall Morris Fullback 10 270 Seattle Seahawks
Lenny Taylor Wide Receiver 12 313 Green Bay Packers
Glenn Streno Center 12 327 Detroit Lions

The following players were selected in the 1984 NFL Supplemental Draft:

Player Position Round Pick NFL Club
Reggie White Defensive End 1 4 Philadelphia Eagles

References

  1. ^ "Pitt dumps Vols, 13–3, on long touchdown pass". The Philadelphia Inquirer. September 4, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ "Lobos fall before 80,792 Tennessee fans". The Santa Fe New Mexican. September 11, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Auburn rebounds with win". The Montgomery Advertiser. September 11, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ "Vols outmuscle The Citadel". The Commercial Appeal. October 2, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ "UT's Vols surprise LSU, 20–6". The Leaf-Chronicle. October 9, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  6. ^ "Last quarter surge lifts Vols past Tide". Johnson City Press. October 16, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Vols don't let down". The Jackson Sun. October 23, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ "Running wild, Jones sets rushing mark in shaky Vol win". Johnson City Press-Chronicle. October 30, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  9. ^ "Rebels celebrate 13–10 upset of Tennessee". The Greenwood Commonwealth. November 13, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ "UT Vols take 10–0 win". Kingsport Times-News. November 20, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  11. ^ "Jones reaches new heights in UT win". The Tennessean. November 27, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  12. ^ "Tennessee beats Maryland 30–23". The Morning News. December 18, 1983. Retrieved August 18, 2022 – via Newspapers.com.
  13. ^ a b "1984 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 12, 2012.