1915 Florida Gators football team

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1915 Florida Gators football
1916 Florida Gators football team.jpg
Florida Gators c. 1915
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1915 record 4–3 (3–3 SIAA)
Head coach C. J. McCoy (2nd season)
Captain A. A. "Daddy" Lotspeich
Home stadium University Athletic Field
Uniform
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Seasons
← 1914
1916 →
1915 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 5 0 0     9 1 0
Alabama 5 0 0     6 2 0
LSU 4 0 0     6 2 0
Transylvania 3 0 1     7 1 1
Auburn 5 1 0     6 2 0
Georgia 3 1 1     5 2 2
Chattanooga 2 1 2     5 2 2
Mississippi A&M 4 2 1     5 2 1
Kentucky 2 1 1     6 1 1
Florida 3 3 0     4 3 0
Clemson 2 2 1     2 4 2
South Carolina 1 1 1     5 3 1
Furman 1 1 0     5 3 0
Mercer 1 1 0     5 4 0
Mississippi College 2 3 0     4 4 1
The Citadel 1 2 0     5 3 0
Sewanee 1 2 2     4 3 2
Tulane 1 4 0     4 4 0
Howard 0 2 0     0 2 0
Wofford 0 3 0     3 5 0
Louisville 0 3 0     1 5 1
Tennessee 0 4 0     4 4 0
Ole Miss 0 5 0     2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1915 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1915 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The season was C. J. McCoy's second as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. McCoy's 1915 Florida Gators completed their tenth varsity football season with an overall record of 4–3[1] and their sixth year in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) with a conference record of 3–3.[2]

Before the season[edit]

Last year, first-year head coach Charles J. McCoy had churned out a Florida team in the top half of the SIAA.[3] McCoy this year was also the school's first basketball coach.

The team's captain was tackle A. A. "Daddy" Lotspeich. At the guards were Ham Dowling, future Georgia Tech transfer, and Everett Yon, future Gator athletic director. Leading the backfield was Rammy Ramsdell, "the Gators' first quarterback of note,"[4] and first scholarship athlete at the University of Florida.[4]

Assisting the team was Z. J. Stanley, last year the coach of the Maryville Scots.[5]

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result
October 9 at Auburn Drake FieldAuburn, Alabama L 7–0  
October 16 3:25 p. m. Sewanee Barrs FieldJacksonville, Florida L 7–0  
October 30 Florida Southern* University Field • Gainesville, Florida W 45–0  
November 6 Georgia Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida L 37–0  
November 13 The Citadel University Field • Gainesville, Florida W 6–0  
November 18 Tulane University Field • Gainesville, Florida W 14–7  
November 25 at Mercer Macon, Georgia W 34–7  
*Non-conference game.

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

Season summary[edit]

Auburn[edit]

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

The season opened with a 7–0 loss to Auburn. Florida played hard for three quarters, until Wren scored the winning touchdown in the final period.[6]

Ham Dowling

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspiech (left tackle), Callen (left guard), Farrin (center), Yon (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Roble (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Thompson (left halfback), Fuller (right halfback), Sparkman (fullback).[6]

Sewanee[edit]

Sewanee at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Sewanee 0 7 0 0 7
Florida 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: October 16
  • Location: Barrs Field
    Jacksonville, FL
  • Game start: 3:25 p. m.
  • Game weather: Hot

Florida lost to coach Harris Cope's Sewanee Tigers 7–0, continuing the losing streak against the Tigers. The Sewanee game was then the largest crowd to see a game in Jacksonville.[8]

"After scoring one touchdown Sewanee was content to allow Florida to exhaust herself in vain attempts to find the weak spot in the Purple defense."[7] Sewanee's Ellerbe scored the game's only touchdown.[7]

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Dowling (left guard), Farrior (center), Yon (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Robles (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Sparkman (left halfback), Thompson (right halfback), Fuller (fullback).[7]

Florida Southern[edit]

The Gators lengthened their winning streak against Florida Southern with an easy 45–0 victory.[9]

Georgia[edit]

Georgia at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia 0 13 17 7 37
Florida 0 0 0 0 0

The Gators lost their first-ever game against coach Alex Cunningham's Georgia Bulldogs 0–37 in Jacksonville, at a larger crowder than at the Sewanee game.[10] The Gators carried the ball to Georgia's 15-yard line in the first period, but never threatened afterwards.[11] Georgia put across two touchdowns in the second quarter, and had a strong second half.[10]

Rammy Ramsdell

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Dowling (left guard), Farrior (center), Robles (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Lovell (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Sparkman (left halfback), Thompson (right halfback), Fuller (fullback).[10]

The Citadel[edit]

The Citadel at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
The Citadel 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 0 0 6 0 6

Florida beat The Citadel 6–0 in a game "marked by frequent fumbling."[12] Florida scored when, in the third quarter, Sparkman rushed for an 8-yard touchdown.[12]

Tulane[edit]

In a torrential rain,[5] Florida met Tulane for the first time and upset the Olive and Blue 14–7, the highlight of the season.[13] Rammy Ramsdell scored the game-winning touchdown, "crashing through center" and zig-zagging 60 yards to the endzone.[14]

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Yon (left guard), Farrior (center), Robles (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Wilkinson (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Sparkman (left halfback), Thompson (right halfback), Fuller (fullback).[14]

Mercer[edit]

Florida at Mercer
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 13 7 7 7 34
Mercer 0 0 7 0 7

The Gators defeated the Mercer Baptists 34–7. Rammy Ramsdell had a then-school record of four touchdowns.[16][17][18][19][20]

According to one account, Ramsdell in fact scored three touchdowns but set up all five. The first was a Sparkman touchdown set up by a 25-yard end run from Ramsdell, the second was a 5-yard run by Fuller set up by a 40-yard pass from Ramsdell to Henderson.[15]

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Robles (left guard), Farrior (center), Yon (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Wilkinson (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Thomson (left halfback), Sparkman (right halfback), Fuller (fullback).[15]

Personnel[edit]

Line[edit]

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
Ham Dowling Guard Duval 5'9" 185 20
Rex Farrior Center Hillsborough 5'8" 170 19
Jack Goldsby Tackle 5'9" 185 20
B. Henderson End 5'8" 150 20
Daddy Lotspeich Tackle 5'10" 175 23
Liza Robles Tackle 5'11" 180 21
Bill Wilkinson End 5'8" 145 22
Everett Yon Guard 5'11" 175 20

Backfield[edit]

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
Bush Bushnell Halfback 5'8" 150 21
Ed Embry Halfback 5'11" 170 22
Artie Fuller Fullback 5'11" 158 20
Rammy Ramsdell Quarterback Hillsborough 5'10" 150 21
Jim Sparkman Halfback 5'8" 167 19
Harry K. Thompson Halfback 5'7" 150 24

Subs[edit]

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
Paul Collins Line 5'10" 175 22
Fat DeVane Guard 6'0" 205 20
Stock Stockton 5'9" 160 21

[21]

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Roger Saylor, "Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Archived 2011-05-26 at WebCite," College Football Historical Society, The LA84 Foundation (1993). Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  3. ^ University of Florida, p. 87
  4. ^ a b Joey Johnston, "Tampa Bay's All-Century Team: No. 98 Rammy Ramsdell," The Tampa Tribune (September 22, 1999). Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  5. ^ a b University of Florida, p. 95
  6. ^ a b c "Auburn Makes Single Touchdown On Fla". The Tennessean. October 10, 1915. p. 44. Retrieved July 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ a b c d "Sewanee Defeats Florida". Sewanee Purple. October 21, 1915. 
  8. ^ "The Game owes it all to Sewanee". November 2, 1997. 
  9. ^ University of Florida, p. 94
  10. ^ a b c d "Georgia Victorious Over Aligators---Score: 37-0". The Red and Black. 22 (6). November 19, 1915. 
  11. ^ "Georgia Easily Beat Florida". Greensboro Daily News. November 7, 1915. p. 6. Retrieved July 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ a b c "Florida 6, Citadel 0". The Atlanta Constitution. November 14, 1915. p. 2. Retrieved July 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ McEwen, p. 59
  14. ^ a b "Florida Wallops Tulane Warriors". The Tampa Tribune. November 19, 1915. p. 7. Retrieved November 7, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  15. ^ a b c "Former Terriers Show The Way To Comrades". The Tampa Tribune. November 26, 1915. p. 10. Retrieved November 8, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  16. ^ Rachel George (September 26, 2010). "Where Florida freshman Trey Burton's six-touchdown game ranks". 
  17. ^ Mark Stewart. The Florida Gators. p. 36. 
  18. ^ "Tebow Leads Football to Victory at South Carolina, 51-31". November 11, 2007. 
  19. ^ "Making His Mark". 
  20. ^ "Sports: Spurrier ire directed at fourth-down conversions". 
  21. ^ University of Florida, pp. 88-95

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 (1916). The Seminole. 7.