1911 Florida Gators football team

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1911 Florida Gators football
1911gators.jpg
Conference Independent
1911 record 5–0–1
Head coach George E. Pyle
Captain Neal Storter
Seasons
« 1910 1912 »

The 1911 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1911 college football season. The season was George Pyle's third as the head coach of the University of Florida football team. The University of Florida adopted the "Florida Gators" nickname for its sports teams in 1911; the earlier Florida football teams were known simply as "Florida" or the "Orange and Blue." Pyle's newly christened Florida Gators finished their sixth varsity football season 5–0–1[1]—the first, and to date, the only undefeated season in the history of the Florida Gators football program.

It was a pivotal year in the growth of the young Florida football program. Florida played four different college football teams from the state of South Carolina, including The Citadel Bulldogs, the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Clemson Tigers and the College of Charleston Cougars, and finished 3–0–1 against the four South Carolina college teams and returned home to Gainesville to celebrate with their new nickname: the "Florida Gators."[2]

Before the season[edit]

BoGator Storter

The team was captained by Neal "Bo Gator" Storter. The team was also the first to use the nickname "Gators." He is as such one reason given for the nickname. A former player Roy Corbett sent a letter to The Gainesville Sun congratulating the 1928 team and mentioned the nickname coming from Storter.[3] Carl Van Ness's research also posits Storter as the name's origin.[4] 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.[3][5]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 7 The Citadel University Field • Gainesville, Florida W 15–3  
October 21 at South Carolina Davis Field • Columbia, South Carolina T 6–6  
October 25 4:10 p. m. at Clemson Bowman Field • Calhoun, South Carolina W 6–5  
November 4 Columbia College* University Field • Gainesville, Florida W 9–0  
November 11 at Stetson* DeLand, Florida W 27–0   1,500
November 30 Charleston* Jacksonville, Florida W 21–0  
*Non-conference game.

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

Season summary[edit]

The Citadel[edit]

The season opened with a 15–3 victory over The Citadel Bulldogs[2] at the first game on University Field.[6]

South Carolina[edit]

Florida at South Carolina
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 6 0 0 0 6
S. Carolina 0 6 0 0 6

In the second week of play, Florida fought the South Carolina Gamecocks to a 6–6 tie. Earle Taylor scored in the first quarter and the Gamecocks matched in the second.[2]

The starting lineup was Swanson (left end), Coarsey (left tackle), Lawler (left guard), Storter (center), Hancock (right guard), Bullock (right tackle), Buie (right end), Shackleford (quarterback), Davis (left halfback), Taylor (right halfback), Tenney (fullback).[8]

Clemson[edit]

Florida at Clemson
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 0 6 6
Clemson 5 0 0 0 5
  • Date: October 25
  • Location: Bowman Field
    Calhoun, SC
  • Game start: 4:10 p. m.

Florida upset the Clemson Tigers by a single point, 6–5, in the two school's first-ever meeting. "The game as a whole, was a poor exhibition of football."[9] Clemson scored in the first six minutes when Webb took it over.[9] Towards the end of the fourth quarter, the Gators' Dummy Taylor picked up a fumble and ran 45 yards for a touchdown, and then kicked the extra point to win.[9]

"It was on the South Carolina trip that the Florida team was dubbed the ‘Alligators,’ and the battle that took place . . .between the Clemson Tigers and the Florida Alligators is one long to be remembered!" declared the Florida Pennant.[2]

The starting lineup was Bonus (left end), Bullock (left tackle), Wilson (left guard), Storter (center), Baker (right guard), Hancock (right tackle), Buie (right end), Shackleford (quarterback), Davis (left halfback), Taylor (right halfback), Tenney (fullback).[9]

Columbia College[edit]

Florida beat Columbia College 9–0. Taylor kicked three field goals.[10][11] The starting lineup was Buie (left end), Hancock (left tackle), Wilson (left guard), Storter (center), Aker (right guard), Coarsey (right tackle), Swanson (right end), Shackleford (quarterback), Gavis (left halfback), Taylor (right halfback), Tenney (fullback).[12]

Stetson[edit]

Florida at Stetson
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 9 9 8 26
Stetson 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: November 11
  • Location: DeLand, FL
  • Game attendance: 1,500

Florida beat Stetson 26–0. The Stetson Weekly Collegiate called it "the greatest football game ever played in the state of Florida."[7]

The starting lineup was Swanson (left end), Coarsey (left tackle), Baker (left guard), Storter (center), Wilson (right guard), Bullock (right tackle), Buie (right end), Shackleford (quarterback), Tenney (left halfback), Taylor (right halfback), Pound (fullback).[7]

Charleston[edit]

Florida closed the season with a 21–0 defeat of Charleston. "Florida should have made at least three more touchdowns."[13]

Postseason[edit]

A cartoon showing the Gators eating all of their opponents

The Gators proclaimed themselves "champions of South Carolina" as well as the state of Florida.[14]

Earle "Dummy" Taylor, the only five-letter winner in team history,[15] scored 49 of the season's 84 points (including a school-record eight field goals).[16] He scored 25 points on the ground and points-after, and 24 on field goals. He also threw two touchdown passes.[17]

Personnel[edit]

Linemen[edit]

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
A. A. Baker Guard 3 175
J. R. Bullock Tackle 3 160
Sam Buie End 4 124
Jim Coarsey Guard 3 170
Neal Storter Center 4 5'11" 170 21
Joe Swanson End 3
R. B. Wilson Guard 3

Backfield[edit]

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
F. G. Davis Fullback 3
Bob Shackleford Quarterback 4
Dummy Taylor Halfback 4 165 20
Louis E. Tenney Halfback 4 155

Subs[edit]

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
Hancock Tackle 3
Harvey Hester Back
S. W. Lawler Back and Line
J. A. Miller End
Hoyle Pounds Back and End 1
Hubby Price Line
A. G. Shands Quarterback and End
John Sutton Line

[18]

Scoring leaders[edit]

Player Touchdowns Extra points Field goals Safeties Points
Dummy Taylor 4 5 8 0 49
Sam Buie 1 0 0 0 5
? 6 0 0 0 30
TOTAL 11 5 8 0 84

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d "1911". 
  3. ^ a b Pat Dooley. "33. How the Gators Got Their Name". 100 Things Florida Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die: 33. 
  4. ^ Carl Van Ness (2006). "The Cannon Incident of 1909". Florida: news for alumni and friends of the university of florida: 7. 
  5. ^ Olivia Ormos (February 1, 2006). "Good Ol' Boys". 
  6. ^ Florida Historical Markers Programs - Marker: Alachua
  7. ^ a b c d "Stetson Weekly Collegiate, Vol. 24, No. 05, November 16, 1911 :: Central Florida Memory". 
  8. ^ "Florida Meets South Carolina". The Evening Chronicle. October 21, 1911. p. 9. Retrieved July 12, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ a b c d e "Florida-Clemson game". The Tiger. 7 (3): 2. October 28, 1911. 
  10. ^ "Times Daily - Google News Archive Search". 
  11. ^ McEwen, p. 46
  12. ^ "Columbia College Meets Florida U.". The Charlotte News. November 3, 1911. p. 13. Retrieved July 12, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ "Florida 21, Charleston 0". The Atlanta Constitution. December 1, 1911. p. 8. Retrieved July 12, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ The Seminole, 1912 approx p. 86
  15. ^ "Sports: 100 things about 100 years of Gator football". 
  16. ^ The Times-Union (September 1, 2006). "10 top 10 lists". Retrieved April 17, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Florida Gators History". 
  18. ^ The Seminole, 1912 approx p. 84

Bibliography[edit]

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