The Tennessee Volunteers, also known as the Vols or UT, played their first game in 1891 against Sewanee. Coach Robert Neyland is credited with the rise of Vols football in the early 1930s. He led the team to a 75-7-5 record and five undefeated seasons. Bobby Dodd, who later became a well-known Georgia Tech coach, was a Vols quarterback during the Neyland era. Peyton Manning played quarterback for four years at Tennessee and led the team to an SEC Championship in 1997. The Vols have secured six National Championships, 13 SEC Championships and six SEC East Division wins. Tennessee appeared in 52 bowl games, and 357 Tennessee players were drafted into the NFL. The Tennessee Volunteers have sent 24 players and four coaches to the College Football Hall of Fame. Forty Tennessee Volunteers have made All American. Become part of the Vols tradition, and get your Tennessee Volunteers football tickets at StubHub.
Who are the current stars on the Tennessee Volunteers football team?
Jarrett Guarantano is the starting quarterback for the Tennessee Volunteers, and many feel he may be a break-out star in the 2019 season. While Tennessee’s overall scoring record was low last year, Guarantano holds the record for the least interceptions, and he is famous for throwing well under pressure.
What traditions are part of a Tennessee Volunteers football game?
Knoxville is full of fans dressed in orange for a Tennessee Volunteers home game. They line Peyton Manning Pass to cheer on the team as it takes the Vol Walk to Neyland Stadium. Inside the stadium, The Pride of Southland Marching Band forms a giant “T” on the Neyland field. Every member of the Vols taps a locker room sign that says “I Will Give My All For Tennessee Today” before running through the giant “T” onto the field. Keep an eye out for Smokey, the bluetick coonhound who is the Volunteers' mascot. The Pride of the Southland plays “Rocky Top” 40 or 50 times during every game. The Vols fans love it, and opposing teams hate it.
Is there tailgating at a Tennessee Volunteers football game?
Fans start setting up to tailgate six hours before kick-off around “The Fort” between Cumberland Avenue and Grand Avenue. If you want to tailgate in Circle Park or at the McClung Museum on UT campus, Tailgate Tennessee offers many levels of catering packages. The Vol Navy tailgates on the Tennessee River in boats docked against the side of Neyland Stadium.
Who are some famous Tennessee Volunteers football players?
Peyton Manning, of the Manning football family, is one of the most famous Tennessee Volunteers. While at Tennessee, he won the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Draddy Trophy. Manning is a two-time Super Bowl Champion and former quarterback of the Denver Broncos.
What was the most memorable Tennessee Volunteers football game?
Many point to the 1986 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans when Tennessee took on the Miami Hurricanes. The Vols fans, known as the Big Orange, took over the Superdome and cheered the Vols to a 35-7 win over No. 2 ranked Miami. This was the game that elevated Tennessee to the national level.
What was the Tennessee Volunteers football record last year?
The Tennessee Volunteers finished last in the SEC East in 2018. The team posted a 5-7 record in overall play and 2-6 in the SEC.Back to Top