1924 Florida Gators football team
|1924 Florida Gators football|
A field goal on Fleming Field
|1924 record||6–2–2 (2–0–1 2nd SoCon)|
|Head coach||James Van Fleet|
|Assistant coach||Tom Sebring|
|Home stadium||Fleming Field|
|1924 Southern Conference football standings|
|Washington and Lee||4||–||1||–||1||6||–||3||–||1|
The 1924 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1924 college football season. This was Major James Van Fleet's second and final year as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Van Fleet's 1924 Florida Gators finished 6–2–2 overall, and 2–0–1 in the Southern Conference, placing second of twenty-two teams in the conference standings.
The Gators traveled further during the 1924 season than any other college football team in the country, and received national recognition for a controversial tie with Texas Longhorns and the close loss to Army. The season also involves a tie with southern power Georgia Tech.
- 1 Before the season
- 2 Schedule and results
- 3 Season summary
- 4 Postseason
- 5 Players
- 6 Coaching staff
- 7 See also
- 8 References
Before the season
More than 100 players took part in the game between the varsity and freshmen.
Schedule and results
|October 4||Rollins*||Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 77–0|
|October 11||at Georgia Tech||Grant Field • Atlanta, Georgia||T 7–7|
|October 18||Wake Forest||Plant Field • Tampa, Florida||W 34–0|
|October 25||at Texas*||Clark Field • Austin, Texas||T 7–7|
|November 1||Florida Southern*||Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 27–0|
|November 8||at Army*||Michie Stadium • West Point, New York||L 7–14|
|November 14||at Mercer*||Macon, Georgia||L 0–10||6,000|
|November 22||vs. Mississippi A&M||Cramton Bowl • Montgomery, Alabama||W 27–0|
|November 27||Drake*||Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida (HC)||W 10–0|
|December 6||Washington & Lee||Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida||W 16–6|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
Week 1: Rollins
At the "newly completed" Fleming Field in Gainesville the Gators rolled up a 77–0 score on the Rollins Tars. The game was played mostly in the rain. Every man on the Gator squad saw playing time. Owen Pittman scored three touchdowns; Tiny Chaplin, Ark Newton, Spic Stanley, and Bob Brumby scored two each, and Dick Brown scored one. Chaplin contributed a field goal. Newton had five extra points; Brown two, and Brumby one.
The starting lineup for the Gators against Rollins: Todd (left end), Williams (left tackle), Norton (left guard), Cornwall (center), Goldstein (right guard), Davis (right tackle), Oosterhoudt (right end), Murphree (quarterback), Newton (left halfback), Brown (right halfback), Chaplin (fullback).
Week 2: at Georgia Tech
Within the first few minutes, Tech scored when Gus Merkle launched at Edgar C. Jones, causing him to crash into the approaching Cy Williams and fumble. Doug Wycoff picked it up and ran 35 yards for the score. Florida once fumbled at Tech's 1-yard line. Again the Gators drove to the goal, and a Jones to Ark Newton pass tied the game.
The starting lineup for the Gators against Georgia Tech: Lightsey (left end), Williams (left tackle), Norton (left guard), Cornwall (center), Goldstein (right guard), Smith (right tackle), Oosterhoudt (right end), Jones (quarterback), Newton (left halfback), Brown (right halfback), Middlekauff (fullback).
Week 3: Wake Forest
On Plant Field in a drizzling rain, Florida defeated the Wake Forest Demon Deacons 34–0, a surprising score. Fullback Tiny Chaplin was the star of the day; as well as the forward passes of captain Ark Newton, Edgar C. Jones on punt returns, and Cy Williams in the line. Bill Middlekauff was kept out of the lineup due to injures sustained versus Tech.
The starting lineup for the Gators against Wake: Lightsey (left end), Williams (left tackle), Norton (left guard), Cornwall (center), Goldstein (right guard), Smith (right tackle), Merrin (right end), Jones (quarterback), Newton (left halfback), Brown (right halfback), Chaplin (fullback).
Week 4: at Texas
Van Fleet explained that Texas coach Doc Stewart did not like Florida's former coach William G. Kline, and thus accused Florida of harboring a pro team, demanding verification of ages and accusing Ark Newton of being a professional. Florida scored on an illegal play which went unnoticed, a pass from Edgar Jones to Spec Lightsey, who had lined up at tackle. Texas scored on the last of the first half, after the clock had run out already and officials ruled to give Texas another play.
Week 5: Florida Southern
The starting lineup for the Gators against Southern: Lightsey (left end), Williams (left tackle), Peter (left guard), Cornwall (center), Goldstein (right guard), Davis (right tackle), Merrin (right end), Murphee (quarterback), Pittman (left halfback), Brown (right halfback), Chaplin (fullback).
Week 6: at Army
Army's Harry Wilson scored the first touchdown. Ark Newton ran the second half kickoff for a 102-yard touchdown. A second third quarter Gator touchdown was waved off, and Army scored in the final moments to evade the tie.
Coach Van Fleet kvetched about the officiating favoring his alma mater: "I hate to say it but they robbed us. Twice we scored, our backs pushing across the goal line, but the officials would not blow the whistle until our boys were pushed back...Then, later in the game on an important play, Bill Middlekauff was clipped right in front of our bench, and they did not call it. He was clipped so severely it broke his left leg. It was a disgrace." Of Newton's kick return, Van Fleet said thereby Newton "carved his name in the football hall of fame."
Week 7: at Mercer
The Gators returned south, and after much travel (over 5,000 miles in three weeks), coach Stanley L. Robinson's Mercer Bears defeated Florida 10 to 0. Mercer's Crook Smith starred. The touchdown came on a dextrous twist, catch, and run by Kid Cecil.
Week 8: vs. Mississippi A&M
Bitter after the untimely loss to Mercer and last year's tie with Mississippi A&M, the Gators unleashed their second win in the state of Alabama when they defeated coach Earl Abell's Mississippi Aggies 27–0 in Montgomery.
After a scoreless first quarter, Dick Brown and Spic Stanley led the Gator attack from the backfield.
Week 9: Drake
At homecoming, Florida's ability to break up passes and hot weather helped the Gators to a 10–0 intersectional victory over the Drake Bulldogs. Florida's Dick Brown was the game's standout performer. Florida had eight first downs and Drake seven.
The starting lineup for the Gators against Drake: Oosterhoudt (left end), Williams (left tackle), Norton (left guard), Sarra (center), Goldstein (right guard), Stewart (right tackle), Merrin (right end), Jones (quarterback), Newton (left halfback), Brown (right halfback), Chaplin (fullback).
Week 10: Washington & Lee
The Gators defeated coach James DeHart's Washington & Lee Generals 16–6 in Jacksonville. Jacksonville natives Edgar C. Jones and Dick Brown ran well; and Ark Newton punted 13 times for an average of 55 yards. Florida made numerous substitutions in the fourth quarter. Neither team had before suffered a conference loss, and the win secured Florida a second place finish.
The starting lineup for the Gators against Washington & Lee: Rose (left end), Williams (left tackle), Norton (left guard), Sarra (center), Goldstein (right guard), Smith (right tackle), Merrin (right end), Jones (quarterback), Brown (left halfback), Newton (right halfback), Chaplin (fullback).
Awards and honors
Van Fleet's departure
The U.S. Army transferred Van Fleet to the Panama Canal Zone after the 1924 season, and he would later become a regimental, divisional and corps commander during World War II and the commander of all United States and United Nations armed forces during the Korean War.
- Sam Cornwall, center
- Goldy Goldstein, guard
- Spec Lightsey, end
- Joe Merrin, end
- Clyde Norton, guard
- Frank Oosterhoudt, end
- J. R. Rose, end
- Lamar Sarra, center
- Horse Smith, tackle
- Jack Stewart, guard
- Cy Williams, tackle
- W. F. "Stonebruise" Anderson, guard
- Ralph Champlain, tackle
- Clyde Davis, tackle
- Cadillac Harry, tackle
- Carl Price, guard
- Ezra Raasch, tackle
- Edgar Todd, end
- Wilson, end
- Dick Brown, halfback
- Tiny Chaplin, fullback
- Edgar C. Jones, quarterback
- Bill Middlekauff, fullback
- Johnnie Murphree, quarterback
- Ark Newton, halfback
- Bob Brumby, quarterback
- George Merrin, halfback
- Owen Pittman, halfback
- Spic Stanley, halfback
- Head coach: James Van Fleet
- Assistants: Tom Sebring, A. C. Tipton, Everett Yon, J. H. Atkinson, Herbert Bunker, Brady Cowell (freshmen)
- Manager: John Bond
- 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–108 (2015). Retrieved August 15, 2015.
- 2009 Southern Conference Football Media Guide, Year-by-Year Standings, Southern Conference, Spartanburg, South Carolina, p. 74 (2009). Retrieved August 30, 2010.
- "Gator Varsity Defeats Frosh". St. Petersburg Times. September 30, 1924.
- "Nice Black Bear May Help Florida Gators As Mascot During the Football Season". Miami Tribune. October 4, 1924. p. 8. Retrieved September 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- McEwen, Tom, The Gators: A Story of Florida Football, The Strode Publishers, Huntsville, Alabama (1974). ISBN 0-87397-025-X.
- "Gators Drown Rollins Tars". St. Petersburg Times. October 5, 1924.
- Associated Press (October 12, 1924). "Yellow Jackets Tie With Gators". The Index-Journal. p. 6. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Missed Field Goals Cost Each Team Win". Miami Tribune. October 12, 1924. p. 11. Retrieved September 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Damon Runyon (October 22, 1924). "Additional Sports". Miami Tribune. p. 12. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Deacon Hopes Killed By 'Gator". The Daily Times. October 21, 1924. p. 2. Retrieved September 22, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Miamian Is Big Star Florida's 34-0 Victory". Miami Tribune. October 19, 1924. p. 14. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "'Gators May Lac Star Plunger In Battle at Tampa". The Evening Independent. October 16, 1924.
- "Stiffest Test For Longhorsn To Be In Florida Game". The Waco News-Tribune. October 22, 1924. p. 9. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Florida Is Expecting To Have Hard Battle". Miami Tribune. October 25, 1924. p. 5. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Virgil M. Newton (October 31, 1924). "Circus Cuts Practice Session Quite Short". Miami Tribune. p. 12. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Virgil M. Newton (November 2, 1924). "Pittman and Chaplin Star For Winning Team". Miami Tribune. p. 18. Retrieved June 25, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.
- Larry Daily (November 8, 1924). "Grid Forecast". The Decatur Herald. p. 5. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "100 Things About 100 Years of Gator Football".
- Michael Haskew. West Point 1915: Eisenhower, Bradley, and the Class the Stars Fell On. p. 107.
- "Alligators Surprised By Ferocious Bruins". Mercer Cluster (8). November 21, 1924.
- Associated Press (November 24, 1924). "Florida Alligators Beat Mississippi". The Bee. p. 10. Retrieved September 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Will No. 13 be Jinx To Gator Saturday". The Evening Independent. October 30, 1936.
- "Drake Travels Long Way To Get Florida Licking". Chicago Tribune. November 28, 1924.
- "Florida Beats Drake". Joplin Globe. November 28, 1924. p. 6. Retrieved September 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Drake Eleven Is Defeated By Florida U.". Cedar Rapids Republican. November 28, 1924. p. 9. Retrieved September 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Florida "Gators" Beat Their Old Rival, The Generals, 16-6". The Bee. December 8, 1924. p. 8. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Associated Press (December 7, 1924). "Florida 'Gators Trounce Washington And Lee Team". Galveston Daily News. p. 15. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Gator's Who Who Is Book of State's Gridiron Stars". The Evening Independent. November 1, 1924.