1919 Florida Gators football team

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1919 Florida Gators football
Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1919 record 5–3 (2–2 12th SIAA)
Head coach Alfred L. Buser
Assistant coach George B. Sparkman, Jr.
Captain Jim Sparkman
Uniform
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Seasons
« 1918 1920 »
1919 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Centre + 3 0 0     9 0 0
Auburn + 5 1 0     8 1 0
Alabama 6 1 0     8 1 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 2     5 1 2
Mississippi A&M 5 2 0     6 2 0
Kentucky 3 1 1     3 4 1
Georgia Tech 2 1 0     7 3 0
Georgia 4 2 2     4 2 3
Furman 2 1 1     6 2 1
Tulane 3 2 1     6 2 1
Clemson 3 2 2     6 2 2
LSU 2 2 0     6 2 0
Florida 2 2 0     5 3 0
Wofford 1 1 0     3 2 1
Ole Miss 1 4 0     4 4 0
The Citadel 1 4 0     4 4 1
Sewanee 1 4 0     3 6 0
Tennessee 0 3 2     3 3 3
South Carolina 0 4 1     1 7 1
Transylvania 0 1 0     0 1 0
Mercer 0 1 0     0 2 0
Georgetown 0 2 0     0 2 0
Mississippi College 0 4 0     3 5 1
Howard 0 4 0     3 5 2
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1919 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida in the sport of American football during the. 1919 college football season. It was Al Buser's third and last as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team.

Florida students, fans and alumni had learned to suffer through football losses to major Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) opponents like the Georgia Bulldogs and Tulane Green Wave, but the 0–7 loss to the Florida Southern was viewed by many as an unacceptable failure. Nevertheless, Buser's 1919 Florida Gators completed their football season with an improved overall record of 5–3[1] and an SIAA conference record of 2–2.[2]

Before the season[edit]

George B. Sparkman, Jr. assisted the Gators.[3]

The team's captain was Jim Sparkman, who returned from World War 1 service with the Rainbow Division after playing for Florida from 1914 to 1916.[4] Rondo Hatton was a substitute quarterback on the team.

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 4 Georgia A&M* Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 33–2   1,200
October 18 Mercer Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 48–0  
October 25 Georgia Plant FieldTampa, Florida L 0–16   3,000
November 1 at Florida Southern* Saint Petersburg, Florida L 0–7  
November 8 at Tulane Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, Louisiana L 2–14  
November 15 Stetson* Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 64–0   600+
November 22 at South Carolina Columbia, South Carolina W 13–0  
November 27 Oglethorpe* Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 14–7  
*Non-conference game.

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

Season summary[edit]

Georgia A&M[edit]

The season opened with a 33–2 defeat of Georgia A&M.[5]

The starting lineup was Clemons (left end), Wuthrich (left tackle), Connell (left guard), Perry (center), Baker (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Thomas (right end), B. Anderson (quarterback), C. Anderson (left halfback), Sparkman (right halfback), Olson (fullback).[5]

Mercer[edit]

Mercer at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Mercer 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 18 12 12 6 48

In spite of rain and mud, the Gators beat the Mercer Baptists 48–0.[3] Three hundred students led a parade in Gainesville afterwards.[3] No extra points were kicked all game due to the wet condition of the ball.[3] Florida scored first on a 40-yard touchdown run from C. Anderson.[3]

The starting lineup was Clemons (left end), Wuthrich (left tackle), Connell (left guard), Perry (center), Baker (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Thomas (right end), B. Anderson (quarterback), C. Anderson (left halfback), Sparkman (right halfback), Merrin (fullback).[3]

Tootie Perry

Georgia[edit]

Georgia at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia 0 0 13 3 16
Florida 0 0 0 0 0

Tootie Perry had a breakout game in a 16–0 loss to the Georgia Bulldogs on Plant Field, dueling with Georgia center Bum Day.[6] The Gators kept the game close for three quarters.[6]

The starting lineup was Thomas (left end), Goldsby (left tackle), Baker (left guard), Perry (center), Connell (right guard), Wuthrich (right tackle), Clemons (right end), Hatton (quarterback), Anderson (left halfback), Sparkman (right halfback), Merrin (fullback).[6]

Florida Southern[edit]

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

In the 7–0 upset loss to Florida Southern, captain Jim Sparkman seemed the only one to draw praise.[8]

The starting lineup was Clemons (left end), Baker (left tackle), Norton (left guard), Perry (center), Gunn (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Thomas (right end), B. Anderson (quarterback), C. Anderson (left halfback), Sparkman (right halfback), Stanley (fullback).[7]

Tulane[edit]

Florida at Tulane
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 2 0 0 2
Tulane 0 0 7 7 14

Tulane beat the Gators 14–2 with its swift backfield. The Gators led 2–0 at the half.[10] In the third periods, Tulane's Williams completed a pass for a touchdown. In the fourth period, Fields ran for a touchdown on a 30-yard end run.[9]

Stetson[edit]

Florida romped over Stetson 64–0. The Hatters resorted to using the forward pass.[11]

South Carolina[edit]

Florida at South Carolina
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 7 6 0 13
S. Carolina 0 0 0 0 0

The Gators line tore through the South Carolina Gamecocks in a 13–0 victory.[12] Crom Anderson made the first touchdown on a 15-yard reception.[12] In the third quarter, Merrin rushed through the line and blocked a punt, and Baker fell on Florida's second touchdown.[12]

The starting lineup was Swanson (left end), Baker (left tackle), Wuthrich (left guard), Perry (center), Connell (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Thomas (right end), B. Anderson (quarterback), C. Anderson (left halfback), Sparkman (right halfback), Merrin (fullback).[12]

Oglethorpe[edit]

Oglethorpe at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Oglethorpe 7 0 0 0 7
Florida 0 14 0 0 14

To close the season, the Gators defeated Oglethorpe 14–7. Despite the score and being outweighed, Oglethorpe outplayed the Gators.[13] Oglethorpe's touchdown came conventionally, and both Florida scores were off turnovers: the first after a fumble and the second after a blocked punt.[13]

The starting lineup was Clemons (left end), Baker (left tackle), Wuthrich (left guard), Perry (center), Connell (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Thomas (right end), B. Anderson (quarterback), Sparkman (left halfback), C. Anderson (right halfback), Merrin (fullback).[13]

Postseason[edit]

Al Buser finished his three-year tenure as the Gators' athletic director and football coach with an overall record of 7–8, and he later became the athletic director for Hamline University.

Personnel[edit]

Line[edit]

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
Paul Baker guard 6'2" 198
Gordon Clemons end 6'0" 155
H. Connell guard 6'1" 190
C. Devane guard 6'0" 175
Jack Goldsby tackle 5'7" 187
Tootie Perry center Rochelle, Florida 5'10" 210
R. Swanson end 5'11" 160
C. Thomas end 6'0" 170
H. Warner tackle 5'10" 178
E. Wuthrich tackle 5'8" 185
M. Yancey end 5'10" 148

Backfield[edit]

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
Crom Anderson halfback 6'0" 165
W. Gunn halfback 5'10" 174
J. Merrin fullback 6'0" 168
Jim Sparkman halfback 5'9" 165
L. Wilson halfback 5'11" 148

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 d e f g "Nightshirt Parade Celebrates Mercer's 48 to 0 Defeat". The Florida Alligator. October 24, 1919. 
  4. ^ McEwen, p. 64
  5. ^ a b "Large Crowd Sees The Gators Under Sparkman Defeat A&M". The Florida Alligator. October 10, 1919. 
  6. ^ a b c d "'Gators Fight Georgia To End". The Florida Alligator. 8 (5). October 31, 1919. 
  7. ^ a b "Florida Outclassed In Every Stage of the Game". The Southern. 2 (6). November 6, 1919. 
  8. ^ "Southern Trims Gators; 7-0 Score". The Florida Alligator. November 7, 1919. 
  9. ^ a b "Tulane 14, Florida 2.". The Atlanta Constitution. November 9, 1919. p. 5. Retrieved July 23, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ "Gator Eleven Rallies And Holds Tulane Greenbacks; Score 14-2". The Florida Alligator. November 14, 1919. 
  11. ^ "Stetson Eleven Falls Before 'Gators Sat. On Fleming Field". November 21, 1919. 
  12. ^ a b c d e "Gamecock Feathers Fly When Florida Gators Romp On South Carolina To Tune of 13 To 0". The Florida Alligator. 8 (9). November 27, 1919. 
  13. ^ a b c d Bob Nicholes (November 28, 1919). "Oglethorpe Eleven Gave Florida Scare Fighting Hard Game". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 19. Retrieved May 13, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read

Bibliography[edit]

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