1924 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

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1924 Alabama Crimson Tide football
Alabama Crimson Tide football team (1924).jpg
SoCon champion
Champ Pickens Trophy
Conference Southern Conference
1924 record 8–1 (5–0 SoCon)
Head coach Wallace Wade (2nd season)
Offensive scheme Single-wing
Captain Pooley Hubert
Home stadium Denny Field
Rickwood Field
Cramton Bowl
Uniform
20sTideuniform.png
Seasons
← 1923
1925 →
1924 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Alabama $ 5 0 0     8 1 0
Florida 2 0 1     6 2 2
Georgia 5 1 0     7 3 0
Tulane 4 1 0     8 1 0
Washington and Lee 4 1 1     6 3 1
Mississippi A&M 3 2 0     5 4 0
Sewanee* 3 2 0     6 4 0
South Carolina 3 2 0     7 3 0
Virginia 3 2 0     5 4 0
Georgia Tech 3 2 1     5 3 1
Vanderbilt* 3 3 0     6 3 1
VPI 2 2 3     4 2 3
VMI 2 3 1     6 3 1
North Carolina 2 3 0     4 5 0
Kentucky 2 3 0     4 5 0
Maryland 2 2 1     3 3 3
Auburn 2 4 1     4 4 1
NC State 1 4 1     2 4 2
LSU 0 3 0     5 4 0
Ole Miss 0 3 0     4 5 0
Clemson 0 3 0     2 6 0
Tennessee 0 4 0     3 5 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • * – co-member of SIAA

The 1924 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1924 Southern Conference football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 31st overall and 3rd season as a member of the Southern Conference (SoCon). The team was led by head coach Wallace Wade, in his second year, and played their home games at Denny Field in Tuscaloosa, at Rickwood Field in Birmingham and at the Cramton Bowl in Montgomery, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of eight wins and one loss (8–1 overall, 5–0 in the SoCon), as Southern Conference champions and won the Champ Pickens Trophy.

Alabama opened the season with six consecutive shutout victories. After they defeated Union University at Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide defeated Furman in their first road contest of the season. Alabama returned to Tuscaloosa where they defeated Mississippi College a week prior to their victory over Sewanee at Birmingham in their SoCon opener. The Crimson Tide continued their dominance with victories at Georgia Tech and in Montgomery against Ole Miss before they allowed their first points of the season in their homecoming victory over Kentucky. Alabama then closed the season with a pair of games at Birmingham where they first lost their lone game against Centre and defeated Georgia in their final game and captured their first SoCon championship.

Before the season[edit]

Coach Wade was assisted by Russ Cohen and Hank Crisp. The team was captained by Pooley Hubert. Georgia's then-athletic directo Herman Stegeman remarked that with Hubert in the game Alabama had the advantage another team would have by a coach on the field of play.[1] Coach Wade called Hubert "undoubtedly one of the greatest football players of all time."

Schedule[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 27 Union (TN)* Denny FieldTuscaloosa, AL W 55–0    
October 4 at Furman* Manly Field • Greenville, SC W 20–0   3,000
October 11 Mississippi College* Denny Field • Tuscaloosa, AL W 51–0    
October 18 Sewanee Rickwood FieldBirmingham, AL W 14–0   10,000
October 25 at Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, GA W 14–0    
November 1 Ole Miss Cramton BowlMontgomery, AL (Rivalry) W 61–0    
November 8 Kentuckydagger Denny Field • Tuscaloosa, AL W 42–7    
November 15 Centre* Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL L 17–0   10,000
November 27 Georgia Rickwood Field • Birmingham, AL W 33–0   16,000
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1924 Alabama football schedule[2]

Game summaries[edit]

Union[edit]

Week 1: Union at Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
Union 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 21 21 0 13 55
  • Date: September 27
  • Location: Denny Field
    Tuscaloosa, AL

Alabama opened their 1924 season against Union University at Denny Field, and defeated the Bulldogs 55–0 [3][4] In a game dominated by the Crimson Tide, touchdowns were scored by Johnny Mack Brown (3), David Rosenfeld (2), Pooley Hubert, Grant Gillis and Andy Cohen.[3]

The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Union to 3–0.[5]

Furman[edit]

Week 2: Alabama at Furman
1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 0 6 14 20
Furman 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: October 4
  • Location: Manly Field
    Greenville, SC
  • Game attendance: 3,000
  • Referee: Foster (Carolina)

In what was the first all-time meeting against Furman, Alabama shutout the Purple Hurricane by a 20–0 score in the first road game of the season.[6][7][8] After a scoreless first half, Pooley Hubert scored on a one-yard touchdown run late in the third to give the Crimson Tide a 6–0 lead.[6][7] Alabama then closed the game with a pair of fourth quarter touchdowns. The first came when Hubert ran through the entire Furman team on a fake punt, and the second on a 58-yard Johnny Mack Brown interception return.[6][7][9]

The starting lineup was Bruce Jones (left end), Bill Buckler (left tackle), Ben Compton (left guard), Clyde Propst (center), W. S. Oliver (right guard), Jack Langhorne (right tackle), Graham McClintock (right end), Grant Gillis (quarterback), Red Barnes (left halfback), Johnny Mack Brown (right halfback), Pooley Hubert (fullback).[9]

Mississippi College[edit]

Week 3: Mississippi College at Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
MS College 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 6 20 12 13 51
  • Date: October 11
  • Location: Denny Field
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Referee: Moriarty (St. Mary's)

Against Mississippi College, the Crimson Tide defeated the Choctaws 51–0 at Tuscaloosa.[4][10][11] In a game dominated by the Crimson Tide, touchdowns were scored by Pooley Hubert (3), Andy Cohen (2), David Rosenfeld (2), and Red Barnes.[10][11] Rosenfeld had the longest play of the afternoon with his 82-yard touchdown run.[10] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Mississippi College to 6–0.[12]

The starting lineup was Ben Hudson (left end), Bill Buckler (left tackle), Bruce Jones (left guard), Clyde Propst (center), Ben Compton (right guard), Jack Langhorne (right tackle), Graham McClintock (right end), Grant Gillis (quarterback), Red Barnes (left halfback), Johnny Mack Brown (right halfback), Pooley Hubert (fullback).[10]

Sewanee[edit]

Week 4: Sewanee at Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
Sewanee 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 7 7 0 0 14
  • Date: October 28
  • Location: Rickwood Field
    Birmingham, AL
  • Game attendance: 10,000
  • Referee: Kittleman (Northwestern)

In what was their first game in conference play, Alabama defeated the Sewanee Tigers 14–0 at Rickwood Field.[4][13] David Rosenfeld gave the Crimson Tide a 7–0 lead after his 56-yard run in the first quarter.[13] Pooley Hubert then scored what would be the final points of the game on a four-yard touchdown run that made the final score 14–0.[13]

Of note in the second quarter, the Sewanee team got into a fight with the Alabama student section in the second quarter.[13] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Sewanee to 7–10–3.[14]

The starting lineup was Red Barnes (left end), Bill Buckler (left tackle), Ben Compton (left guard), Clyde Propst (center), Bruce Jones (right guard), Jack Langhorne (right tackle), Graham McClintock (right end), Grant Gillis (quarterback), David Rosenfeld (left halfback), Hulet Whitaker (right halfback), Pooley Hubert (fullback).[13]

Georgia Tech[edit]

Brown on an end run against Tech.
Week 5: Alabama at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Alabama 0 7 0 7 14
GA Tech 0 0 0 0 0

At Atlanta, Alabama defeated the Georgia Tech Golden Tornado for the first time since their 1914 season with a 14–0 victory.[4][15][16] After a scoreless first quarter, the Crimson Tide took a 7–0 lead on a double pass from Grant Gillis to Johnny Mack Brown.[15][16][17] Tech drove the ball to the Alabama six yard line in the third with a chance to tie the game up but was stopped on 4th and 1.[15]

A short David Rosenfeld touchdown run in the fourth quarter clinched the Alabama victory.[15][16] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Georgia Tech to 3–7–2.[18]

The starting lineup was Herschel Caldwell (left end), Bill Buckler (left tackle), Jack Langhorne (left guard), Clyde Propst (center), Bruce Jones (right guard), Pete Camp (right tackle), Graham McClintock (right end), Grant Gillis (quarterback), Hulet Whitaker (left halfback), Johnny Mack Brown (right halfback), Pooley Hubert (fullback).[17]

Ole Miss[edit]

Week 6: Ole Miss at Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
Ole Miss 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 7 7 13 34 61
  • Date: November 1
  • Location: Cramton Bowl
    Montgomery, AL
  • Referee: Coles (Clemson)

At Montgomery Alabama defeated the Ole Miss Rebels 61–0 at the Cramton Bowl.[4][19] The Crimson Tide scored nine touchdowns and had 26 first downs to Ole Miss's one in the contest.[20] Touchdowns were scored by James Johnson (3), Johnny Mack Brown (2), David Rosenfeld, Red Barnes, Herschel Caldwell and Andy Cohen.[19] The victory brought Alabama's all-time record against Ole Miss to 11–2–1.[21]

The starting lineup was Herschel Caldwell (left end), Claude Perry (left tackle), Bruce Jones (left guard), Clyde Propst (center), Ben Compton (right guard), Pete Camp (right tackle), Graham McClintock (right end), Grant Gillis (quarterback), Hulet Whitaker (left halfback), Johnny Mack Brown (right halfback), Pooley Hubert (fullback).[20]

Kentucky[edit]

Week 7: Kentucky at Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
Kentucky 0 0 7 0 7
Alabama 7 7 14 14 42
  • Date: November 8
  • Location: Denny Field
    Tuscaloosa, AL
  • Referee: Kittleman (Northwestern)

For the second consecutive year Alabama played Kentucky for homecoming, and for the second consecutive year the Crimson Tide defeated the Wildcats, this time by a score of 42–7.[22][23] Alabama took a 7–0 lead in the first quarter on a short Pooley Hubert touchdown run, and then they extended to 14–0 at halftime behind a Herschel Caldwell touchdown reception from Grant Gillis in the second.[22][23] Early in the third quarter, Charles Hughes scored Kentucky's lone points with his 97-yard interception return for a touchdown.[24] This also marked the first points scored against the Crimson Tide for the season as they had shutout their previous six opponents.[22][23]

Johnny Mack Brown scored on the next play when he returned the kickoff 101 yards for a touchdown and extended the Alabama lead to 21–7.[24] Hubert then scored the next pair of touchdowns for the Crimson Tide on runs in the third and fourth quarters. David Rosenfeld then made the final score 42–7 with his 76-yard punt return late in the fourth quarter.[22][23] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Kentucky to 3–1.[25]

The starting lineup was Herschel Caldwell (left end), Bill Buckner (left tackle), Jack Langhorne (left guard), Clyde Propst (center), Bruce Jones (right guard), Pete Camp (right tackle), Graham McClintock (right end), Grant Gillis (quarterback), Johnny Mack Brown (left halfback), Hulet Whitaker (right halfback), Pooley Hubert (fullback).[24]

Centre[edit]

Week 8: Centre at Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
Centre 0 7 3 7 17
Alabama 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: November 15
  • Location: Rickwood Field
    Birmingham, AL
  • Game attendance: 10,000
  • Referee: Kittleman (Northwestern)

Against Centre College, Alabama lost their only game of the season to the Praying Colonels at Rickwood Field by a 17–0 score.[4][26][27] After a scoreless first quarter, Centre took a 7–0 lead into halftime after Herb Covington scored on a short run.[26] Cliff Lemon then extended their lead with his 32-yard field goal in the third quarter, and then made the final score 17–0 with his 20-yard touchdown reception from Covington in the fourth quarter.[26]

Alabama would not lose another game until their loss against Georgia Tech in their 1927 season. The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Centre to 2–1.[28]

The starting lineup was Herschel Caldwell (left end), Jack Langhorne (left tackle), Bill Buckler (left guard), Clyde Propst (center), Bruce Jones (right guard), Tom Camp (right tackle), Graham McClintock (right end), Grant Gillis (quarterback), David Rosenfeld (left halfback), Hulet Whitaker (right halfback), Pooley Hubert (fullback).[29]

Georgia[edit]

Week 9: Georgia at Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
Georgia 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 6 6 0 21 33
  • Date: November 27
  • Location: Rickwood Field
    Birmingham, AL
  • Game attendance: 16,000

In their final game of the season the Crimson Tide defeated the Georgia Bulldogs 33–0, and secured their first SoCon football championship.[4][30][31] Alabama took a 6–0 lead in the first quarter behind field goals of 33 and 35 yards by Ben Compton. The lead was extended to 12–0 at halftime after Pooley Hubert threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Herschel Caldwell in the second quarter.[30][31]

After a scoreless third, Alabama closed the game with a trio of fourth quarter touchdowns. The first came on a Hubert pass to Ben Hudson, the second on a 65-yard Johnny Mack Brown interception return, and the third on a Hubert run.[30][31] The victory improved Alabama's all-time record against Georgia to 7–9–3.[32]

The starting lineup was Bem Hudson (left end), Ben Compton (left tackle), W. S. Oliver (left guard), Clyde Propst (center), Jack Langhorne (right guard), Pete Camp (right tackle), Graham McClintock (right end), Pooley Hubert (quarterback), Johnny Mack Brown (left halfback), Red Barnes (right halfback), Herschel Caldwell (fullback).[33]

Postseason[edit]

The Tide started with season with seven consecutive victories, and was only really challenged once. Alabama was awarded the Champ Pickens Trophy. "This was the beginning of the Crimson reign."[33] "Wade...had developed football players who tackled more smartly than any football players had hitherto tackled in the South and in blocking they were in a class by themselves."[34]

Personnel[edit]

Depth chart[edit]

The following chart provides a visual depiction of Alabama's lineup during the 1923 season with games started at the position reflected in parenthesis. The chart mimics a single wing on offense.

Varsity letter winners[edit]

Line[edit]

Number Player Hometown Position Games
started
Prep school Height Weight Age
Bill Buckler Saint Paul, Minnesota Guard
Joseph "Pete" Camp Manchester, Alabama Tackle
Ben E. Compton Greensboro, Alabama Guard
Ernest Cooper St. Stephens, Alabama Tackle
Gordon Holmes Springville, Alabama Center
Ben A. Hudson Montgomery, Alabama End
Bruce Jones Jasper, Alabama Guard
Jack Langhorne Uniontown, Alabama Tackle
Graham McClintock Laurel, Mississippi End/Back
Clyde "Shorty" Propst Ohatchee, Alabama Center
58 Hoyt "Wu" Winslett Dadeville, Alabama End 172 20

Backfield[edit]

Number Player Hometown Position Games
started
Prep school Height Weight Age
17 Johnny Mack Brown Dothan, Alabama Halfback Dothan High 5'11" 160 20
Andy Cohen El Paso, Texas Back 5'8" 155 20
Grant Gillis Grove Hill, Alabama Quarterback 5'10 165 23
10 Allison "Pooley" Hubert Meridian, Mississippi Fullback Meridian High 5'10" 190 23
James Johnson Tuscaloosa, Alabama Halfback

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Coaching staff[edit]

Name Position Seasons at
Alabama
Alma Mater
Wallace Wade Head coach 2 Brown (1917)
Hank Crisp Assistant coach 4 VPI (1920)
Russell Cohen Assistant coach 2 Vanderbilt (1916)
William T. Van de Graaff Assistant coach 4 Alabama (1916)

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References[edit]

General

  • "1924 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  • Woodruff, Fuzzy (1928). A History of Southern Football 1890–1928. 3. 

Specific

  1. ^ Woodruff, pp. 7-8
  2. ^ "1924 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. Retrieved March 3, 2012. 
  3. ^ a b c "Alabama has no trouble defeating Union". The Anniston Star. September 28, 1924. p. 8. Retrieved January 7, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h 1924 Season Recap
  5. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Union (TN)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  6. ^ a b c d "Tide of Crimson snuffs Hurricane". The State. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 5, 1924. 
  7. ^ a b c d "Purple Hurricane falls before Tide". The Augusta Chronicle. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 5, 1924. p. 2. 
  8. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Furman (SC)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  9. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 12
  10. ^ a b c d e "Mississippi submerged by Crimson Tide". The Anniston Star. October 12, 1924. p. 8. Retrieved January 7, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ a b c "Alabama swamps Miss. Choctaws by 51–0 score". The Times-Picayune. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 12, 1924. p. 23. 
  12. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Mississippi College". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  13. ^ a b c d e f "Bama sweeps up over Sewanee team 14 to 0". The Times-Picayune. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 19, 1924. p. 24. 
  14. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Sewanee (TN)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  15. ^ a b c d e "Georgia Tech goes down before stiff attack of Bama". The Times-Picayune. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 26, 1924. p. 10. 
  16. ^ a b c d "Alabama routes Georgia Tech". The State. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. October 26, 1924. p. 10. 
  17. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 32
  18. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Georgia Tech". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  19. ^ a b c "Crimson Tide routes Ole Miss". The State. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 1, 1924. p. 10. 
  20. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 42
  21. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Mississippi". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  22. ^ a b c d e "Alabama batters Kentucky". The Times-Picayune. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 9, 1924. p. 10. 
  23. ^ a b c d e "Crimson Tide too much for Wildcats". The Tampa Tribune. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 9, 1924. p. 10-F. 
  24. ^ a b c Woodruff 1928, p. 52
  25. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Kentucky". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  26. ^ a b c d "Alabama loses: Centre is first eleven to defeat Crimson this year". The Times-Picayune. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 15, 1924. p. 10. 
  27. ^ Rob Robertson. "The Centre College Football Team's Amazing Run, Climaxed By Winning the "Southern Championship" in 1924" (PDF). 
  28. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Centre (KY)". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  29. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 54
  30. ^ a b c d "Alabama wins Southern Conference football title: Crimson defeats Georgia 33 to 0 in crucial game". The Times-Picayune. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 28, 1924. p. 13. 
  31. ^ a b c d "Crimson Tide surges over Georgia and swamps Bulldogs 33–0 to win Southern Conference championship". The Tampa Tribune. NewsBank: America's Historical Newspapers. November 28, 1924. p. 8A. 
  32. ^ DeLassus, David. "Alabama vs Georgia". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  33. ^ a b Woodruff 1928, p. 67
  34. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 7
  35. ^ "All-Time Tide Football Lettermen". 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. pp. 127–141. 
  36. ^ "All-Time Assistant Coaches". 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. pp. 142–143. 

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