1903 College Football All-Southern Team

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The 1903 College Football All-Southern Team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-Southern Teams selected by various organizations for the 1903 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season.

Both John Heisman and Reynolds Tichenor selected teams. Fuzzy Woodruff relates: "The first selections that had any pretense of being backed by a judicial consideration were made by W. Reynolds Tichenor, old-time Auburn quarterback, who had kept in intimate contact with football through being a sought-after official. The next selections were made by John W. Heisman, who was as good a judge of football men as the country ever produced."[1][2]

So did Nash Buckingham, former captain of the Tennessee Volunteers football team.

Tichenor's eleven[edit]

Reynolds Tichenor's eleven as posted in Fuzzy Woodruff's A History of Southern Football includes:

All-Southerns of 1903[edit]









Bold = consensus choice by a majority of the selectors

† = Unanimous selection

H = selected by John Heisman, coach at Clemson University.[7]

WRT = selected by W. R. Tichenor.[8]

NB = selected by former Tennessee player Nash Buckingham in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.[9][10] It had substitutes, denoted with a small S.

NY = selected by a prominent New Yorker hired for the purpose.[11]

JLD = selected by John Longer Desaulles. It had a first and second team.[12][13]


  1. ^ Ronnie Thomas (April 26, 1968). "One Way To Break The Monotony". Times Daily.
  2. ^ "All-Southern Eleven of 1903 Powerful, and Fleet of Foot". Atlanta Constitution. November 29, 1903. p. 11. Retrieved March 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ Lou Sahadi. "24. 1903 Game With Cumberland". 100 Things Clemson Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die.
  4. ^ Wiley Lee Umphlett. Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football. p. 67.
  5. ^ "Vetter Sitton Clemson Coach". The Anderson Daily-Intelligencer. January 21, 1915.
  6. ^ Verner M. Jones. "The Editor's Desk". The Kappa Alpha Journal. 21 (5): 639.
  7. ^ "Sadler Is Made Captain of All-Southern Team". Atlanta Constitution. November 29, 1903. p. 11. Retrieved March 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  8. ^ Fuzzy Woodruff (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890-1928. p. 280.
  9. ^ "Some Past All-Southerns". Atlanta Georgian. December 9, 1907. p. 12. Retrieved March 5, 2015 – via Digital Library of Georgia. open access
  10. ^ "The Best in the South". The Cincinnati Enquirer. November 30, 1903. p. 3. Retrieved August 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  11. ^ "All-Southern Team". Baltimore American. May 30, 1904.
  12. ^ "Johnny Desaulles Picks All-Southern Football Team". The State. August 27, 1904.
  13. ^ Spalding's Football Guide