1925 Florida Gators football team

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1925 Florida Gators football
Conference Southern Conference
1925 record 8–2 (3–2 8th SoCon)
Head coach Harold Sebring
Captain Edgar Jones
Home stadium Fleming Field
Seasons
« 1924 1926 »
1925 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Alabama + 7 0 0     10 0 0
Tulane + 5 0 0     9 0 1
North Carolina 4 0 1     7 1 1
Washington and Lee 5 1 0     5 5 0
Virginia 4 1 1     7 1 1
Georgia Tech 4 1 1     6 2 1
Kentucky 4 2 0     6 3 0
Florida 3 2 0     8 2 0
Auburn 3 2 1     5 3 1
VPI 3 3 1     5 3 2
Vanderbilt 3 3 0     6 3 0
Tennessee 2 2 1     5 2 1
South Carolina 2 2 0     7 3 0
Georgia 2 4 0     4 5 0
VMI 2 4 0     6 4 0
Sewanee 1 4 0     4 4 1
Mississippi A&M 1 4 0     3 4 1
LSU 0 2 1     5 3 1
NC State 0 4 1     3 5 1
Ole Miss 0 4 0     5 5 0
Clemson 0 4 0     1 7 0
Maryland 0 4 0     2 5 1
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1925 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1925 college football season. This was law student Harold L. "Tom" Sebring's first of three seasons as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. The Gators compiled their best win-loss record to date, losing only to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 7–23 in Atlanta, Georgia and coach Wallace Wade's undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide 0–34 in Montgomery, Alabama. The highlights of the season included conference victories over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Clemson Tigers, Mississippi A&M Aggies and Washington & Lee Generals. Sebring's 1925 Florida Gators finished 8–2 overall,[1] and 3–2 in the Southern Conference, placing eighth of twenty-two teams in the conference standings.[2] Halfback Edgar C. Jones set a Florida single-season scoring record (108 points) that lasted until 1969.

Before the season[edit]

Practice began on September 14.[3] Coaches Tom Sebring, A. C. Tipton, Everett Yon, and Herbert Bunker were in charge of the first workout.[4] Though he graduated, Clyde Norton was eligible to return.[5] Despite losing eight players, prospects were bright.[6][7]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result
10–3–1925 Mercer* Fleming FieldGainesville, Florida W 24–0  
10–10–1925 Florida Southern* Fleming Field • Gainesville Florida W 9–0  
10–10–1925 Hampden-Sydney* Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 22–6  
10–17–1925 Georgia Tech Grant FieldAtlanta, Georgia L 7–23  
10–24–1925 Wake Forest* Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida (HC) W 24–3  
10–31–1925 Rollins* Fleming Field • Gaineville, Florida W 61–0  
11–7–1925 Clemson Clemson, South Carolina W 42–0  
11–14–1925 Alabama Cramton BowlMontgomery, Alabama L 0–34  
11–21–1925 Mississippi State Plant FieldTampa, Florida W 12–0  
11–26–1925 Washington & Lee Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida W 17–14  
*Non-conference game.

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

Season Summary[edit]

Week 1: Mercer[edit]

Week 1: Mercer at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Mercer 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 7 0 10 7 24

In the opening contest at Fleming Field in Gainesville on October 3 against coach Stanley L. Robinson's Mercer Bears, Florida won 24 to 0.

Horse Bishop scored in the first five minutes. Dick Brown added the extra point. In the third quarter, Brown added a field goal, and Cy Williams recovered a Mercer fumble in the endzone. Brown again converted the extra point. Cecil Beck ran across the final touchdown; Edgar C. Jones added the extra point.

Week 2: Florida Southern and Hampden-Sydney[edit]

Week 2a: Florida Southern[edit]

Week 2a: Florida Southern at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Fla. Southern 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 0 3 6 0 9

In the first game of a doubleheader in Gainesville on October 10, the Gators defeated the Florida Southern Moccasins 9 to 0, using mostly reserves.

Tom Fuller made a field goal, the lone score of the first half. In the third period, Glen Whitaker intercepted a Southern pass and raced 20 yards for a touchdown.

Week 2b: Hampden–Sydney[edit]

Week 2b: Hampden–Sydney at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Hamp.–Sydney 0 0 0 6 6
Florida 3 7 6 6 22

Florida defeated Hampden–Sydney College 22 to 6 in the second game of the doubleheader.

Edgar C. Jones scored first with a field goal. Lamar Sarra once scored after blocking a punt, gathering the ball, and running 10 yards to the endzone. Burnett added the extra point. Tiny Chaplin made the next touchdown; and the final touchdown was a 22-yard run by Jones.

Hampden–Sydney's score came when Atkins picked up a Florida fumble and raced 40 yards for a touchdown.

Week 3: at Georgia Tech[edit]

Week 3: Florida at Georgia Tech
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 7 0 7
Ga. Tech 7 3 13 0 23

Florida lost big to Bill Alexander's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 23 to 7. The Gators made just five first downs to Tech's 15.[8]

Tech's Doug Wycoff scored two touchdowns. Wycoff scored first, and Ike Williams added the extra point. In the second period, Williams made a 12-yard field goal. Wycoff and Sam Murray scored in the third period, with one extra point converted by Williams.

The lone Gator touchdown came after a series of forward passes put them within Tech territory, including one of nearly 20 yards from Edgar C. Jones to Livingston. A 26-yard end run from Jones brought Florida to Tech's 4-yard line. Jones then scored through the line and kicked goal.[8][9]

The starting lineup for the Gators against Georgia Tech: Fisher (left end), Williams (left tackle), Stewart (left guard), Sarra (center), Norton (right guard), Goldstein (right tackle), Todd (right end), Stanley (quarterback), Ihrig (left halfback), Bishop (right halfback), Chaplin (fullback).[10]

Week 4: Wake Forest[edit]

Week 4: Wake Forest at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Wake 3 0 0 0 3
Florida 0 10 7 7 24

The Gators practiced at night with whitewashed footballs in preparation for the homecoming contest with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons.[11] On the back of Edgar C. Jones, who accounted for every point for his squad, Florida won 24 to 3.[12]

A field goal by Wake's Rackley gave the Demon Deacons a 3–0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Jones then scored a touchdown, extra point, and converted a field goal by half's end.[13] A pass from Burnett to Jones made Florida's next touchdown. Jones went through tackle for the final score.

Week 5: Rollins[edit]

Florida rolled up a 61 to 0 score on the Rollins Tars, scoring 26 in the first quarter.

Week 6: at Clemson[edit]

Week 6: Florida at Clemson
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 6 0 21 15 42
Clemson 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: November 7, 1925
  • Location: Clemson, SC
  • Referee: Perr (Sewanee)

In the most impressive win of the season, the Gators beat the Clemson Tigers 42–0 on the road.

Edgar C. Jones had a 28-yard run lead to a touchdown and another 30-yard touchdown run. Fullback Horse Bishop accounted for three touchdowns: one a run of 20 yards from scrimmage and two 30-yard interception returns.[14] Capt. Jones was declared the best back to run on a South Carolina gridrion in a number of years.[15]

The starting lineup for the Gators against Clemson: Green (left end), Williams (left tackle), Norton (left guard), Sarra (center), Davis (right guard), Petronis (right tackle), Whitaker (right end), Stanley (quarterback), Brown (left halfback), Jones (right halfback), Bishop (fullback).[14]

Week 7: at Alabama[edit]

Week 7: Florida at Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 0 0 0
Alabama 7 6 7 14 34

A large crowd was expected in Montgomery for the game against coach Wallace Wade's Alabama Crimson Tide.[16] The return to the lineup of Tide center Gordon Holmes, injured against Georgia Tech, and the battle between backs Mack Brown and Edgar C. Jones brought intrigue.[16]

Goldy Goldstein.

Mack Brown made two touchdowns; Red Barnes two, and Pooley Hubert one on an interception. Brown's first score came when he caught the ball on a pass from Hubert at the 15-yard line, dodged Jones and scored.[17] A pass from Hubert to Brown in the end zone netted the second score. Florida's Scott returned the kickoff to Alabama's 20-yard line, nearly breaking the tackle there. Two Barnes interceptions set up his touchdowns, one a 16-yard run after catch and another an end run. Jones attempted a drop kick, which was short and returned by Brown for 35 yards. A drive and a pass to Barnes got Alabama to Floria's 3-yard line, and Hubert scored over center.[17]

Goldy Goldstein was the undisputed star for the Gators.[18]

The starting lineup for the Gators against Alabama: Green (left end), Williams (left tackle), Norton (left guard), Sarra (center), Stewart (right guard), Goldstein (right tackle), E. Jones (right end), W. Jones (quarterback), Brown (left halfback), Burnett (right halfback), Bishop (fullback).[19]

Week 8: Mississippi A&M[edit]

Week 8: Mississippi A&M at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Miss. A&M 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 0 6 6 0 12

For the ninth week of play, the Gators met coach Bernie Bierman's Mississippi Aggies in Tampa on Plant Field and won 12–0.

Edgar C. Jones, Lamar Sarra, and Greek Petronis were nursing injuries from the Alabama loss,[20] and the Mississippi Aggies had lost to Alabama by just a touchdown.[21] Despite this, Jones kicked two field goals and scored the only touchdown in a 12–0 victory.

After a bitterly fought first quarter, Jones netted 27-yard and 40-yard field goals for a 6–0 lead at the half. Jones ran off tackle for the game's only touchdown.

Week 9: Washington & Lee[edit]

Week 9: Washington & Lee at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
W&L 0 7 7 0 14
Florida 3 0 7 7 17
  • Date: November 26, 1925
  • Location: Barrs Field
    Jacksonville, FL
  • Game attendance: 15,000

The annual Thanksgiving game in Jacksonville with coach James DeHart's Washington & Lee Generals was marked by both teams' use of the forward pass and brought the highlight of the season. Once behind by a 14–3 deficit, Florida came back and won 17 to 14.[22]

The yearbook remarked: "Not since the 1923 Alabama game has Florida participated in a more brilliant, thrilling, and colorful football game." Edgar C. Jones made a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter, but the Generals responded with a touchdown from Palmer in the second. A 25-yard finger-tip touchdown catch by Spotts put the Gators behind 14–3. Jones ran in a touchdown; 14–10. Then in the fourth quarter Cy Williams blocked a Generals' punt. On fourth down, Jones caught the winning touchdown from Horse Bishop.[22]

Postseason[edit]

For the third year in a row, Goldy Goldstein made composite All-Southern. Captain Edgar C. Jones played in a charity game.[23]

Players[edit]

Line[edit]

  • W. F. "Stonebruise" Anderson, guard
  • Ralph Champlain, tackle
  • Clyde Davis, guard
  • Goldy Goldstein, guard
  • Tom Green, end
  • Cadillac Harry, tackle
  • Clyde Norton, guard
  • Frank Oosterhoudt, end
  • Greek Petronis, tackle
  • Ralph Proctor, center
  • Lamar Sarra, center
  • Jack Stewart, guard
  • Edgar Todd, end
  • Glen Whitaker, end
  • Cy Williams, tackle

Backfield[edit]

Edgar C. Jones
  • Cecil Beck, halfback
  • Horse Bishop, fullback
  • Dick Brown, halfback
  • Tiny Chaplin, fullback
  • Tom Fuller, fullback
  • Elmer Ihrig, fullback
  • Edgar C. Jones, halfback/quarterback
  • Spic Stanley, halfback

[24]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b 2012 Florida Football Media Guide, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
  2. ^ 2009 Southern Conference Football Media Guide, Year-by-Year Standings, Southern Conference, Spartanburg, South Carolina, p. 74 (2009). Retrieved August 30, 2010.
  3. ^ "'Gator Fans Look For A Real Football Season At Gainesville This Year". The Evening Independent. September 1, 1925. 
  4. ^ D. L. Graham, Jr. (September 9, 1925). "Gator Outfit Will Be A Real Fighting Aggregation". The Evening Independent. 
  5. ^ "Star To Take Extra Course During Season". The Miami News. September 5, 1925. 
  6. ^ "Florida Loses Many Grid Stars But Followers In Hopes For Real Contest". The Evening Independent. August 31, 1925. 
  7. ^ D. L. Graham, Jr. (September 14, 1925). "Rat Team Of 1924 Expected To Help 'Gators This Year". The Evening Independent. 
  8. ^ a b "Florida 'Gators Lose Hard Battle". The Index-Journal. October 18, 1925. p. 7. Retrieved September 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ Universal Service (October 18, 1925). "Florida Beaten In Great Battle By Gold Tornado". St. Petersburg Times. 
  10. ^ "Two Year Deadlock With Florida 'Gators Broken By Georgia Tech, 23 to 7". The Anniston Star. October 18, 1925. p. 8. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  11. ^ "[No title]". Anniston Star. October 22, 1925. p. 12. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  12. ^ "Jones Plays Whole Game". Florence Morning News. October 25, 1925. p. 10. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ "Florida Gators Sweep To Victory Over Deacon Clan". Anniston Star. October 25, 1925. p. 10. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ a b "Clemson Loses To 'Gator Team". Florence Morning News. November 8, 1925. p. 14. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  15. ^ "Gators Return After Victory". St. Petersburg Times. November 10, 1925. 
  16. ^ a b "Crimson Tide Rushing Upon Gator Eleven". Anniston Star. November 14, 1925. p. 6. Retrieved September 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  17. ^ a b http://grfx.cstv.com/schools/alab/graphics/docs/25-m-footbl-recaps.pdf
  18. ^ "Crimson Tide Overcomes Gators; Goldstein Stars For Losing Aggregation". The Anniston Star. November 15, 1925. p. 8. Retrieved September 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  19. ^ "Alabama Machine Crushes Florida". The Index-Journal. November 15, 1925. p. 7. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  20. ^ "'Gator Squad Meets Aggies In Poor Trim". Anniston Star. November 18, 1925. p. 9. Retrieved September 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  21. ^ "Aggies To Give Florida 'Gators Hard Run, Claim". Anniston Star. November 19, 1925. p. 12. Retrieved September 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  22. ^ a b Associated Press (November 27, 1925). "Thanksgiving Games in Old Dominion Reviewed". p. 16. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  23. ^ "Gator Captain To Play Game In California". New Smyrna Daily News. December 22, 1925. p. 3. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  24. ^ "Gators Awarded Varsity Letters Include Manager". December 5, 1925.  open access publication - free to read