1910 Florida football team

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1910 Florida Gators football
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Conference Independent
1910 record 6–1
Head coach George E. Pyle
Captain Earle Taylor
« 1909 1911 »

The 1910 Florida football team represented the University of Florida during the 1910 college football season. The season was George E. Pyle's second as the head coach of the University of Florida football team. Pyle's 1910 Florida football team finished its fifth varsity football season undefeated on its home field, with an overall record of 6–1[1] and a Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) record of 1–1.[2]

Before the season[edit]

The team was captained by Earle Taylor, the only five-time letterman in school history.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 8 Gainesville Guards* The Baseball Park • Gainesville, Florida W 23–0  
October 15 Georgia A&M* Jacksonville, Florida W 52–0  
October 22 at Mercer Central City Park • Macon, Georgia L 0–13  
November 5 The Citadel Jacksonville, Florida W 6–2  
November 12 at Rollins* Winter Park, Florida W 38–0  
November 19 Charleston* The Baseball Park • Gainesville, Florida W 34–0  
November 26 at Columbia Athletic Club* Lake City, Florida W 33–0  
*Non-conference game.

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.[1]

Season summary[edit]

Gainesville Guards[edit]

The season opened with a 23–0 defeat of the Gainesville Guards.

Georgia A&M[edit]

Florida defeated Georgia Agricultural College 52–0.


The season's only blemish was a 13–0 loss to the Mercer Baptists.[4][5] It was Florida's fourth consecutive loss to Mercer. It took until the second half for Mercer to get going.[6]

A former player Roy Corbett sent a letter to The Gainesville Sun congratulating the 1928 team and mentioned the Gators nickname coming from Neal "Bo Gator" Storter.[7] Carl Van Ness's research also posits Storter as the name's origin.[8] Storter himself denied the above and stated the nickname 'Gators' came when a Macon Telegraph reporter declared "Macon to be invaded by a bunch of alligators from Florida" before the game with Mercer in 1910.[7][9]

The starting lineup was Swanson (left end), Wagner (left tackle), Price (left guard), Storter (center), Barker (right guard), Robles (right tackle), Boule (right end), Edgerton (quarterback), Tenney (left halfback), Taylor (right halfback), Vidal (fullback).[6]


Florida faced The Citadel Bulldogs for the first time and won 6–2. Aside from the loss to Mercer, only The Citadel scored on the Gators. Dummy Taylor ran 55 yards for the touchdown.[10]


Florida beat the in-state rival Rollins College Tars 38–0 for the third consecutive meeting.


Florida beat the College of Charleston Cougars 34–0.

Columbia A. C.[edit]

To close the season, Florida defeated the Columbia Athletic Club 33–0, its third successive shutout and thirty point victory.[11] The win for the Gainesville squad over it a Lake City institution, its former home, was the highlight of the season.[12]


  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Roger Saylor, "Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association," College Football Historical Society, The LA84 Foundation (1993). Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  3. ^ "Dummy Taylor Dies at Gainesville Home". Ocala Star Banner. September 12, 1955. p. 6. 
  4. ^ "Malaria was the most common diagnosis made by the University Physician". 
  5. ^ Hogg, Clyde H. (1 January 2005). "Spitting on Diamonds: A Spitball Pitcher's Journey to the Major Leagues, 1911-1919". University of Missouri Press – via Google Books. 
  6. ^ a b P. L. Johnston (October 23, 1910). "Baptists Win Over Florida". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 6. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ a b Pat Dooley. "33. How the Gators Got Their Name". 100 Things Florida Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die: 33. 
  8. ^ Carl Van Ness (2006). "The Cannon Incident of 1909". Florida: news for alumni and friends of the university of florida: 7. 
  9. ^ Olivia Ormos (February 1, 2006). "Good Ol' Boys". 
  10. ^ "Florida 6, Citadel 2". The Atlanta Constitution. November 6, 1910. p. 5. Retrieved July 23, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ "UF Better Than 1974". Ocala Star Banner. October 22, 1975. 
  12. ^ McEwen, p. 46


  • McEwen, Tom (1974). The Gators: A Story of Florida Football. Huntsville, Alabama: The Strode Publishers. ISBN 0-87397-025-X.