1922 Florida Gators football team

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1922 Florida Gators football
Conference Southern Conference
1922 record 7–2 (2–0 SoCon)
Head coach William G. Kline
Captain Ferdinand H. Duncan
Home stadium Fleming Field
Seasons
« 1921 1923 »
1922 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Vanderbilt* + 5 0 0     8 0 1
North Carolina + 5 0 0     9 1 0
Georgia Tech + 4 0 0     7 2 0
Virginia Tech 3 0 0     8 1 1
Florida 2 0 0     7 2 0
Auburn 2 1 0     8 2 0
Tennessee 3 2 0     8 2 0
Alabama 3 2 1     6 3 1
Virginia 1 1 1     4 4 1
Mississippi A&M 2 3 0     3 4 2
Kentucky 1 2 0     6 3 0
Clemson 1 2 0     5 4 0
Washington and Lee 1 2 0     5 3 1
Maryland 1 2 0     4 5 1
LSU 1 2 0     3 7 0
Georgia 1 3 1     5 4 1
Tulane 1 4 0     4 4 0
South Carolina 0 2 0     5 4 0
Ole Miss 0 2 0     4 5 1
NC State 0 5 0     4 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions
  • * – co-member of SIAA

The 1922 Florida Gators football team represented the Florida Gators of the University of Florida during the 1922 college football season. The season was law professor William Kline's third and last year as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Kline's 1922 Florida Gators finished 7–2 overall,[1] and 2–0 in their first year as members of the new Southern Conference, placing fifth of twenty-one teams in the conference standings.[2] The 1922 Spalding's Football Guide ranked Florida as the best forward passing team in the country.[3]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10–7–1922 Furman* Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida L 6–7  
10–14–1922 Rollins* Orlando, Florida W 19–0  
10–21–1922 American Legion* Tampa, Florida W 14–0  
10–28–1922 Howard* Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 57–0  
11–4–1922 Harvard* Harvard StadiumAllston, Massachusetts L 0–24  
11–11–1922 Mississippi College* Plant FieldTampa, Florida W 58–0  
11–18–1922 Tulane Second Tulane Stadium • New Orleans, Louisiana W 27–6  
11–25–1922 Oglethorpe* Ponce de Leon ParkAtlanta, Georgia W 12–0  
12–2–1922 Clemson Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida W 47–14  
*Non-conference game.

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

Season summary[edit]

Week 1: Furman[edit]

Week 1: Furman at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Furman 7 0 0 0 7
Florida 0 6 0 0 6
  • Date: October 7, 1922
  • Location: Fleming Field
    Gainesville, FL
  • Game weather: Rain

The lone upset of the year happened in the opening game with a 7 to 6 loss to Furman. A muddy and slippery field plagued the first half. Florida had two touchdowns called back and halfback Case once fell down with a clear field in front of him. The Gators' only score was made in a downpour.[4] Florida completed just two passes. Furman scored on its only completed pass, a long one of 60+ yards. Ark Newton once failing to kick goal proved to be the difference.[5] As a result of this game, the coaches revised their tactics and strategy.

Week 2: Rollins[edit]

Again rain and a soggy field hampered play in the second week against Rollins in Orlando. Florida only rolled up 19 points with the new tactics.

Week 3: American Legion[edit]

Facing many former college football stars including Buck Flowers, Florida defeated American Legion 14–0 in Tampa using much of the new style of play.[6]

Week 4: Howard[edit]

In the game against Howard in Gainesville, Florida seemed to find its stride within the coaches' new system, winning 57–0.

Week 5: at Harvard[edit]

Week 5: Florida at Harvard
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 0 0 0
Harvard 14 3 0 7 24

In the Gators' first ever game against a traditional northeastern college football power, they traveled north to meet Harvard. Harvard subs overwhelmed the Florida team 24 to 0 in front of the largest crowd yet to see the Gators play. One writer spoke of "the desperate rally of Florida's 'Gators against the overwhelming Harvard attack" which despite the loss "showed the 'Gators probably the best team the Gainesville institution has turned out."[7] The stars for Florida that day included backs Ray Dickson and Ark Newton. On the line, Robbie Robinson, "who at times stood Harvard's backs on their heads," played well. "Robinson and Duncan stood out all afternoon." [8]

The starting lineup for the Gators against Harvard: Hockinstadt (left end), Robinson (left tackle), Byrd (left guard), Gunn (center), Scott (right guard), Doty (right tackle), Duncan (right end), Pomeroy (quarterback), Newton (left halfback), Case (right halfback), Dickson (fullback).[8][9]

Week 6: Mississippi College[edit]

Week 6: Mississippi College at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Mississippi College 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 0 13 13 32 58

In Tampa on Plant Field, the Gators defeated the Mississippi College Choctaws 58 to 0, after a poor first quarter. The highlight of the game was Ark Newton's run of 72 yards in the second quarter.[10][11]

The starting lineup for the Gators against Mississippi College: Mounts (left end), Robinson (left tackle), Byrd (left guard), Gunn (center), Scott (right guard), Doty (right tackle), Duncan (right end), Barchan (quarterback), Case (left halfback), Newton (right halfback), Dickson (fullback).[11]

Week 7: at Tulane[edit]

Week 7: Florida at Tulane
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 6 0 7 14 27
Tulane 0 6 0 0 6
  • Date: November 18, 1922
  • Location: Tulane Stadium
    New Orleans, LA
  • Game attendance: 6,000
  • Referee: Bonner (Auburn)

In the seventh week of play, Florida defeated Tulane in New Orleans 27 to 6. Fullback Ray Dickson was all over the field tackling Tulane's players. He knocked center Eddie Reed out of the game on a hit which got an unnecessary roughness penalty.[12] After the first half ended with in a tie, the Gators opened up a passing attack in the second half "which could not be stopped."[13] One sportswriter claimed Ark Newton threw 13 completions in a row.[14] "Newton gave the greatest halfback exhibition this season in New Orleans."[12]

The starting lineup for the Gators against Tulane: Hockinstadt (left end), Robinson (left tackle), Byrd (left guard), Gunn (center), Scott (right guard), Doty (right tackle), Duncan (right end), Pomeroy (quarterback), Newton (left halfback), Case (right halfback), Dickson (fullback).[12]

Week 8: at Oglethorpe[edit]

Week 8: Florida at Oglethorpe
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 6 0 6 12
Oglethorpe 0 0 0 0 0

Freezing weather and a stony field in Atlanta made for unexpected trouble against Oglethorpe. Florida defeated the Petrels by just a 12 to 0 score.[15] End Ferdinand H. Duncan scored all of Florida's points. "Albeit Duncan did the damage...most of the credit for the victory should go to Newton."[16]

The starting lineup for the Gators against Oglethorpe: Hockinstad (left end), Robinson (left tackle), Byrd (left guard), Gunn (center), Scott (right guard), Doty (right tackle), Duncan (right end), Barchan (quarterback), Case (left halfback), Newton (right halfback), Dickson (fullback).[16]

Week 9: Clemson[edit]

Week 9: Clemson at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Clemson 0 7 7 0 14
Florida 6 13 14 14 47

The Gators defeated the Clemson Tigers 47 to 14 using a repertoire of shifting tactics.[17] They also used hard line plunges and forward passes. "Newton and Pomeroy provided the thrills from the Florida side."[18] A description of the game reads "The whistle frequently found Ark Newton, Florida's star on his feet with four or five of the Carolinians clinging around him and the others smothered under the Florida poundage."[19]

The starting lineup for the Gators against Clemson: Mounts (left end), Robinson (left tackle), Byrd (left guard), Gunn (center), Scott (right guard), Doty (right tackle), Hockenstad (right end), Barchan (quarterback), Pomeroy (left halfback), Case (right halfback), Newton (fullback).[17]

Postseason[edit]

Awards and honors[edit]

Newton was selected for the All-Southern team of Ed Hebert of the Times-Picayune in 1922.[20]

Kline's departure[edit]

After the 1922–1923 school year, Kline returned to the University of Nebraska, where he was the head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball and baseball teams, and later became a published author of books on coaching football, basketball and baseball. He was replaced at Florida by assistant Van Fleet.

Players[edit]

Line[edit]

  • Calhoun Byrd, guard
  • Robert Carlton, center
  • Arthur Doty, tackle
  • Ferdinand H. Duncan, end
  • Eric Dunn, center
  • George Hodges, guard
  • Lloyd Hokenstad, end
  • Mervin Mounts, end
  • Robbie Robinson, tackle
  • Ivan Scott, guard

Backfield[edit]

  • Joseph Barchan, quarterback
  • Osmond Bie, halfback
  • Lawrence Case, halfback
  • Ray Dickson, fullback
  • Ark Newton, halfback
  • Stewart Pomeroy, halfback/quarterback

Coaching staff[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–108 (2015). Retrieved August 15, 2015.
  2. ^ 2009 Southern Conference Football Media Guide, Year-by-Year Standings, Southern Conference, Spartanburg, South Carolina, p. 74 (2009). Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  3. ^ Newton, Virgil M. (September 19, 1923). "'Ark' Newton Ready To Go". St. Petersburg Times. 
  4. ^ "Furman Wins From Florida Eleven By Score of 7 to 6". Greensboro Daily News. October 8, 1922. p. 18. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  5. ^ "Failure To Kick Goal Gave Game To Furman". Winston-Salem Journal. October 8, 1922. p. 7. Retrieved August 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ "For 'Gators". Atlanta Constitution. October 26, 1922. p. 10. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ Associated Press (November 6, 1922). "Brilliant Battles Marked Saturday's Football Games". Durham Morning Herald. p. 7. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ a b "Harvard Subs Find Florida Team Easy". The New York Times. November 5, 1922. p. 26. Retrieved August 20, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ "Harvard Pierces Hide of 'Gators". Asheville Citizen. November 5, 1922. p. 18. Retrieved August 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  10. ^ "Florida Beats Mississippi". The Wilmington Morning Star. November 13, 1922. p. 7. Retrieved August 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ a b "'Gators Ruin Mississippi". Atlanta Constitution. November 12, 1922. p. 2. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  12. ^ a b c "Heavy Florida Team Batters Down Tulane's Defense and Wins, 27-6". Atlanta Constitution. November 19, 1922. p. 3. Retrieved August 20, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ "Floria Gators Wallop Tulane's Battling Bunch". The Anniston Star. November 19, 1922. p. 8. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ "Prokop Duplicated Ark Newton's Feat". The Miami News. November 19, 1943. 
  15. ^ "Oglethorpe Holds Gators to Close Score of 12 to 0 Saturday". Florida Alligator. November 25, 1922. 
  16. ^ a b Paul Warwick (November 26, 1922). "Oglethorpe Is Defeated by Florida Gator, 12-0; Duncan Proves Big Star". Atlanta Constitution. p. 1. Retrieved August 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  17. ^ a b "Florida Smother The Clemson Team 47 to 14". The Charlotte Observer. December 3, 1922. p. 1. Retrieved August 20, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  18. ^ "University of Florida Wins Over Clemson, But Tigers Score Twice". Atlanta Constitution. December 3, 1922. p. 3. Retrieved August 30, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  19. ^ Closed access "Florida's Force Baffles Tigers". The State. December 3, 1922. 
  20. ^ Closed access"Selection of Mythical All-Southern Grid Team Difficult Task; Much Star Talent of Dixie Elevens This Season". The Montgomery Advertiser. December 3, 1922.