1908 Florida football team
|1908 Florida Gators football|
|Head coach||Jack Forsythe|
|Captain||William W. Gibbs|
The 1908 Florida football team represented the University of Florida during the 1908 college football season. The season was Jack Forsythe's third and last as the head coach of the University of Florida football team. Forsythe's 1908 Florida football team posted a record of 5–2–1 in their third varsity season, and Forsythe finished his three-year tenure as Florida's football coach with an overall record of 14–6–2.
Before the season
The team was captained by veteran transfer William Gibbs. It was the first season for a talented Gainesville product, Dummy Taylor. The backfield also included Charlie Bartleson Jim Vidal, and William A. Shands, future state senator and namesake of Shands Hospital.
One story of Florida becoming the "Florida Gators" originates in 1908. Gainesville shop owner ordered orange and blue pennants with a gator emblem from the Michie Company, drawing inspiration from the University of Virginia.
Schedule and results
|October 10||at Mercer||Macon, Georgia||L 0–24|
|October 17||at Riverside Athletic Club||Baseball Park • Jacksonville, Florida||W 4–0|
|October 21||Gainesville Athletic Club||The Baseball Park • Gainesville, Florida||W 37–5|
|October 24||at Columbia College||Lake City, Florida||W 6–0|
|November 1||at Rollins||Winter Park, Florida||L 0–5|
|November 7||Stetson||The Baseball Park • Gainesville, Florida||W 6–5|
|November 21||Riverside Athletic Club||The Baseball Park • Gainesville, Florida||W 37–0|
|November 26||at Stetson||DeLand, Florida||T 0–0|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
The starting lineup was Malhorton (left end), Rader (left tackle), Vanfleet (left guard), Parker (center), Videll (right guard), J. Taylor (right tackle), Shands (right end), Thompson (quarterback), Bartleson (left halfback), E. Taylor (right halfback), Gibbs (fullback).
Riverside A. C.
Florida beat the Jacksonville Athletic Club twice. The first win was 4–0.
Gainesville A. C.
The Gainesville Athletic Club fell to Florida 37–5.
Columbia College of Lake City was beaten 6–0.
Florida also played the Stetson College Hatters for the first time, beating them 6–5 on the Orange and Blue's home field in Gainesville. Dummy Taylor's extra point decided the win over Stetson, after a Charlie Bartleson touchdown run.
Riverside A. C.
The second win over Jacksonville was 37–0.
Florida tied Stetson 0–0 in a rematch on the Hatters' home field in DeLand, Florida.
The starting lineup was Moody (left end), Taylor (left tackle), Shands (left guard), Parker (center), McMillan (right guard), Rader (right tackle), Haughton (right end), Bartleson (quarterback), Gibbs (left halfback), E. Taylor (right halfback), Vidal (fullback).
- Norm Carlson, University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators, Whitman Publishing, LLC, Atlanta, Georgia, pp. 7–11 (2007).
- 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
- McEwen, p. 42
- McEwen, p. 43
- "Mercer 24; Florida 0". The Atlanta Constitution. October 11, 1908. p. 4. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Football 1908
- "U. of F. Victorious". Stetson Weekly Collegiate 21 (6). November 12, 1908.
- "Football Game". Stetson Weekly Collegiate 21 (3). November 26, 1908.