1997 Tennessee Volunteers Football Team
Get 1997 Tennessee Volunteers Football Team essential facts below. View Videos or join the 1997 Tennessee Volunteers Football Team discussion. Add 1997 Tennessee Volunteers Football Team to your PopFlock.com topic list for future reference or share this resource on social media.
1997 Tennessee Volunteers Football Team

1997 Tennessee Volunteers football
Tennessee Volunteers logo.svg
SEC champion
SEC Eastern Division champion
Orange Bowl, L 17-42 vs. Nebraska
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 8
APNo. 7
1997 record11-2 (7-1 SEC)
Head coachPhillip Fulmer
Offensive coordinatorDavid Cutcliffe
Defensive coordinatorJohn Chavis
CaptainLeonard Little
CaptainPeyton Manning
Home stadiumNeyland Stadium
(Capacity: 102,854)[1]
Seasons
← 1996
1998 →
1997 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 7 Tennessee x$   7 1         11 2  
No. 10 Georgia   6 2         10 2  
No. 4 Florida   6 2         10 2  
South Carolina   3 5         5 6  
Kentucky   2 6         5 6  
Vanderbilt   0 8         3 8  
Western Division
No. 11 Auburn xy   6 2         10 3  
No. 13 LSU x   6 2         9 3  
No. 22 Ole Miss   4 4         8 4  
Mississippi State   4 4         7 4  
Alabama   2 6         4 7  
Arkansas   2 6         4 7  
Championship: Tennessee 30, Auburn 29
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1997 Tennessee Volunteers football team represented the University of Tennessee during the 1997 NCAA Division I-A football season. Quarterback Peyton Manning had already completed his degree in three years, and had been projected to be the top overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft, but returned to Tennessee for his senior year.[2] The Volunteers opened the season with victories against Texas Tech and UCLA, but for the third time in his career, Manning fell to Florida, 33-20.[3][4][5] The Vols won the rest of their regular season games, finishing 10-1, and advanced to the SEC Championship Game against Auburn. Down 20-7, Manning led the Vols to a 30-29 victory. Throwing for four touchdowns, he was named the game's MVP, but injured himself in the process.[6][7] The #3 Vols were matched up with #2 Nebraska in the Orange Bowl. Had Tennessee won and top-ranked Michigan lost to Washington State in the Rose Bowl, the Vols would have been expected to win the national championship.[8] However, the Vols' defense could not stop Nebraska's rushing attack, giving up more than 400 yards on the ground in a 42-17 loss.[9] As a senior, Manning won numerous awards. He was a consensus first-team All-American and won the Maxwell Award, the Davey O'Brien Award, the Johnny Unitas Award, and the Best College Football Player ESPY Award, among others. However, he did not win the Heisman Trophy, finishing runner-up to Charles Woodson, a CB from Michigan, and the only defensive player ever to win the Heisman Trophy.[10][11][12]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:45 PMTexas Tech*No. 5ESPNW 52-17106,285
September 63:30 PMat UCLA*No. 3ABCW 30-2462,619
September 203:30 PMat No. 1 FloridaNo. 4CBSL 20-3385,714
October 43:30 PMOle MissNo. 10
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
CBSW 31-17106,229
October 113:30 PMNo. 15 GeorgiaNo. 10
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, Tennessee (rivalry)
CBSW 38-13106,656
October 187:00 PMat AlabamaNo. 9ESPNW 38-2183,091
November 112:30 PMSouth CarolinaNo. 8
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
JPSW 22-7106,301
November 84:00 PMNo. 25 Southern Miss*No. 7
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, Tennessee
PPVW 44-20107,073
November 158:00 PMat ArkansasNo. 5ESPN2W 30-2253,235
November 2212:30 PMat KentuckyNo. 5ESPN2W 59-3161,076
November 2912:00 PMVanderbiltNo. 3
  • Neyland Stadium
  • Knoxville, Tennessee (rivalry)
CBSW 17-10106,683
December 68:00 PMvs. No. 11 AuburnNo. 3ABCW 30-2974,896
January 28:00 PMvs. No. 2 Nebraska*No. 3CBSL 17-4274,002

Roster

Awards and honors

Team players drafted into the NFL

Player Position Round Pick NFL club
Peyton Manning Quarterback 1 1 Indianapolis Colts
Terry Fair Cornerback 1 20 Detroit Lions
Marcus Nash Wide receiver 1 30 Denver Broncos
Leonard Little Defensive end 3 65 St. Louis Rams
Jonathan Brown Defensive end 3 90 Green Bay Packers
Trey Teague Center 7 200 Denver Broncos
Andy McCullough Wide receiver 7 204 New Orleans Saints
Corey Gaines Safety 7 231 Indianapolis Colts

References

  1. ^ "Neyland Stadium". utsports.com. Retrieved 2012.
  2. ^ "Nothing to Prove; Manning Made His Decision to Stay at Tennessee, and the Rest Is History". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. September 3, 1997.
  3. ^ "Tenn. Jumps To No. 3 in Poll". The Washington Post. September 1, 1997.
  4. ^ "UCLA Rallies in Second Half Against Tennessee, but Comes Up Short for Second Week in a Row, 30-24". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles, California. September 7, 1997.
  5. ^ Rhoden, William C. (September 21, 1997). "Manning's Nightmare Continues". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007.
  6. ^ Sallee, Barrett (August 24, 2012). "Classic SEC Football: Tennessee Tops Auburn in the 1997 SEC Championship Game". Bleacher Report. Archived from the original on August 26, 2012. Retrieved 2014.
  7. ^ Fulmer, Phillip (1999). A Perfect Season. Rutledge Hill Press. p. 7. ISBN 1-55853-798-8. Peyton had played with a lot of pain in the Orange Bowl because of an injury he had suffered in our SEC Championship victory against Auburn, and his mobility was limited throughout the game against Nebraska
  8. ^ MacCambridge, Michael (2005). ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. p. 1401. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.
  9. ^ MacCambridge, Michael (2005). ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. p. 1462. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.
  10. ^ MacCambridge, Michael (2005). ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. p. 1402. ISBN 1-4013-3703-1.
  11. ^ "The 2005 ESPY Awards - ESPY Awards past winners". ESPN. Retrieved 2007.
  12. ^ "1997 Heisman Trophy". Heisman.com. Archived from the original on February 1, 2008. Retrieved 2008.
  13. ^ http://aausullivan.org/winners_1997.html
  14. ^ 2011 Tennessee Football Record Book, p. 102.

  This article uses material from the Wikipedia page available here. It is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share-Alike License 3.0.

1997_Tennessee_Volunteers_football_team
 



 



 
Music Scenes