1914 Florida Gators football team

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1914 Florida Gators football
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Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1914 record 5–2 (3–2 SIAA)
Head coach Charles J. McCoy
Captain John Sutton, Puss Hancock
Seasons
« 1913 1915 »
1914 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Tennessee + 5 0 0     9 0 0
Auburn + 4 0 1     8 0 1
Texas A&M 2 0 0     6 1 1
Mississippi A&M 4 2 0     6 2 0
Ole Miss 2 1 1     5 4 1
Sewanee 3 2 0     5 3 0
Florida 3 2 0     5 2 0
Alabama 3 3 0     5 4 0
Georgia 2 2 1     3 5 1
Clemson 2 2 0     5 3 1
LSU 1 1 1     4 4 1
Kentucky 1 1 0     5 3 0
Vanderbilt 1 3 0     2 6 0
Mississippi College 0 1 1     4 3 1
Tulane 0 3 1     3 3 1
Central 0 1 0     1 3 1
Wofford 0 1 0     1 7 1
The Citadel 0 3 0     2 5 0
Mercer 0 3 0     0 3 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1914 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1914 college football season. The season was Charles J. "C.J." McCoy's first year of three as the head coach of the Gators team. McCoy's 1914 Florida Gators completed their ninth varsity football season on a four-game winning streak, with an overall record of 5–2[1] and an SIAA conference record of 3–2.[2]

Before the season[edit]

End Joe Swanson was shifted to fullback.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 10 Auburn Jacksonville, Florida L 0–20  
October 17 King College* University Field • Gainesville, Florida W 36–0  
October 24 Sewanee Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida L 0–26  
October 31 Florida Southern* Tampa, Florida W 59–0  
November 7 Wofford University Field • Gainesville, Florida W 66–0  
November 14 The Citadel College Park StadiumCharleston, South Carolina W 7–0  
November 26 Mercer University Field • Gainesville, Florida W 14–0  
*Non-conference game.

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

Season summary[edit]

Auburn[edit]

Auburn at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Auburn 0 0 7 13 20
Florida 0 0 0 0 0

Coach Mike Donahue's Auburn team was nearly as strong as the season before, and beat Florida 20–0 en route to another another SIAA title. In contrast to last year, the Gators held Auburn scoreless in the first half,[3] and the loss was seen as a moral victory and sign of progress.[5] However, the Gators also lost their captain. John Sutton left the game feeling poorly, and further examination revealed a weak heart.[5] Roy "Puss" Hancock took over for Sutton as captain.[6]

Auburn's backfield played well and fullback Bedie Bidez scored two touchdowns.[4] Florida gave way to Auburn's superior weight by the second half.[3][4]

King College[edit]

In the second week of play, Florida enjoyed a first-time victory against the King College Tornados, 36–0.[7]

Sewanee[edit]

Sewanee at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Sewanee 13 7 0 6 26
Florida 0 0 0 0 0

Florida suffered a shutout loss to the Sewanee Tigers, 26–0. Florida was outplayed in the first half.[9] In the final period, Sewanee quarterback Lee Tolley had an 85-yard touchdown run.[8]

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Goldsby (left guard), Farrior (center), Yon (right guard), Hancock (right tackle), Freeman (right end), Oates (quarterback), Fuller (left halfback), Sparkman (right halfback), Swanson (fullback).[8]

Florida Southern[edit]

In Tampa, Florida extended the winning streak over Florida Southern 59–0.[10]

Wofford[edit]

Florida beat Wofford for the first time 66–0.[11]

The Citadel[edit]

Florida at The Citadel
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 7 0 0 0 7
The Citadel 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: November 14
  • Location: College Park Stadium
    Charleston, SC
  • Game weather: Heavy rain

In Charleston, the Gators defeated The Citadel 7–0 in a heavy rain and a field saturated with inches of mud.[12] Rammy Ramsdell returned the opening kickoff back 40 yards, and Jim Sparkman eventually carried it over for the decisive touchdown,[12] "before the ball was wet."[13]

Mercer[edit]

Florida closed the season with a 14–0 win over the Mercer Baptists on Thanksgiving.[11]

Postseason[edit]

Florida ranked in the top half of the SIAA. The yearbook remarked that a Gator squad had never had more "guts".[14]

Personnel[edit]

Linemen[edit]

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
Cappleman Guard 5'9" 160 23
Cowsert End 5'8" 145 18
Freeman End 5'11" 160 20
Jack Goldsby Guard 5'9" 185 19
Puss Hancock Tackle 5'10" 185 23
B. Henderson End 5'9" 155 19
Daddy Lotspiech Tackle 5'10" 165 23
Rex Farrior Center Hillsborough 5'9" 168 18
Reid End 5'10" 167 19
John B. Sutton Tackle 6'0" 185 23
Roy Van Camp Tackle, Back 5'10" 162 20
Everett Yon Guard 6'0" 175 19

Backfield[edit]

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
Artie Fuller Fullback 5'11" 158 19
Rammy Ramsdell Quarterback Hillsborough 5'10" 148 20
Jim Sparkman Halfback 5'8" 167 18
Joe Swanson Fullback 6'0" 165 21
Thompson Halfback 5'7" 150 23

[15]

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. ^ Roger Saylor, "Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association," College Football Historical Society, The LA84 Foundation (1993). Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  3. ^ a b c University of Florida, p. 97
  4. ^ a b c "Auburn 20, Florida 0". The Atlanta Constitution. October 11, 1914. p. 3. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ a b McEwen, p. 58
  6. ^ Marty Cohen (1995). Gator Tales. p. 11. 
  7. ^ University of Florida, p. 98
  8. ^ a b c "Tigers Romp Over Plucky Floridians". Sewanee Purple. October 29, 1914. 
  9. ^ "Sewanee Defeated Florida". The Houston Post. October 25, 1914. p. 19. Retrieved July 23, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ University of Florida, p. 99
  11. ^ a b University of Florida, p. 101
  12. ^ a b c "Citadel-Florida Game Played In Heavy Rain". The Wilmington Morning Star. November 15, 1914. p. 7. Retrieved July 22, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ University of Florida, p. 100
  14. ^ University of Florida, p. 95
  15. ^ University of Florida, pp. 95-100

Bibliography[edit]

  • McEwen, Tom (1974). The Gators: A Story of Florida Football. Huntsville, Alabama: The Strode Publishers. ISBN 0-87397-025-X. 
  • University of Florida (1915). The Seminole 6.