1921 Florida Gators football team

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1921 Florida Gators football
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Conference Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1921 record 6–3–2 (4–1–2 6th SIAA)
Head coach William G. Kline
Assistant coach James Van Fleet
Captain Tootie Perry
Home stadium Fleming Field
Uniform
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Seasons
« 1920 1922 »
1921 SIAA football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Centre + 5 0 0     10 1 0
Georgia Tech + 4 0 0     8 1 0
Georgia + 6 0 1     7 2 1
Vanderbilt + 5 0 1     7 0 1
Tennessee 4 1 1     6 2 1
Florida 4 1 2     6 3 2
Mississippi College 3 1 1     7 2 1
Sewanee 4 2 0     6 2 0
Furman 4 2 1     7 2 1
LSU 2 1 1     6 1 1
South Carolina 2 1 1     5 1 2
Transylvania 2 1 0     4 4 0
Auburn 3 2 0     5 3 0
The Citadel 2 2 1     3 3 2
Mississippi A&M 2 3 1     4 4 1
Tulane 3 4 0     4 6 0
Alabama 2 4 2     5 4 2
Oglethorpe 2 4 0     5 4 0
Mercer 2 5 0     3 6 0
Chattanooga 1 3 0     4 6 0
Louisville 0 1 0     2 2 1
Kentucky 0 2 1     4 3 1
Clemson 0 4 2     1 6 2
Millsaps 0 3 1     0 3 1
Ole Miss 0 3 0     3 6 0
Georgetown (KY) 0 3 0     2 6 0
Wofford 0 3 0     2 7 0
Howard 0 5 0     3 6 0
  • + – Conference co-champions

The 1921 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1921 college football season. It was the second season for William Kline as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team.

The Gators split a pair of games against football teams from two U.S. Army training bases, and improved their record against major collegiate competition by edging the Alabama Crimson Tide 9–2 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama; the Gators' two losses against the Tennessee Volunteers (0–9) and the North Carolina Tar Heels (10–14) were competitive and close. Kline's 1921 Florida Gators produced a marginally improved 6–3–2 overall record compared to the 1920 Gators,[1] and a much better 4–1–2 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) conference record.

Coach Herman Stegeman of Georgia wrote in Spalding's Football Guide "Florida, for the first time, had a strong team. Aided by Dixon, the South's best punter, they combined a kicking game and a well diversified offense to good advantage."[2] Captain Tootie Perry was the school's first ever All-Southern selection.

Before the season[edit]

Professor of military science James Van Fleet joined Kline's coaching staff.[3]

"The coming of coach Kline (and heavy pressure from the alumni for a winning football team)" brought players from "the University of Oklahoma and the western states" such as Ferdinand H. Duncan and Ark Newton.[4] Newton allegedly first attended a practice just to watch, and the mere sight of him was so impressive, he was offered a uniform and coaxed onto the field by captain Tootie Perry. Newton's punts sailed over the head of the return men, and brought the attention of the coaches.[3][5]

Schedule and results[edit]

Date Opponent Site Result Attendance
October 1 at Fort Benning* Columbus, Georgia W 6–0   4,500
October 8 at Rollins* Orlando, Florida W 33–0  
October 10 Carlstrom Field* Gainesville, Florida L 0–19  
October 15 Mercer Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 7–0  
October 22 at Tennessee Shields-Watkins FieldKnoxville, Tennessee L 0–9  
October 29 at Howard Montgomery, Alabama W 34–0  
November 5 South Carolina Plant FieldTampa, Florida T 7–7  
November 12 at Alabama Denny FieldTuscaloosa, Alabama W 9–2   5,000
November 18 Mississippi College Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida T 7–7  
November 26 Oglethorpe Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida W 21–3  
December 3 North Carolina* Jacksonville, Florida L 10–14   7,500
*Non-conference game.

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

Season summary[edit]

Week 1: at Camp Benning[edit]

Week 1: Florida at Camp Benning
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 6 0 6
Infantry 0 0 0 0 0
  • Date: October 1
  • Location: Columbus, GA
  • Game attendance: 4,500

A blocked punt proved the difference in the Gators' first win of the season, over Camp Benning in Columbus, Georgia 6–0.[6]

In the third quarter, Camp Benning's Crist attempted to punt and had it blocked, recovered by Florida at the 20-yard line. Renfro went through tackle for seven yards, and T. Hoyt Carlton ran around right end the remaining 13 yards to score. Dickson missed goal.[6]

The starting lineup was: Swanson (left end), Wuthrich (left tackle), Scott (left guard), Perry (center), Rosenhouse (right guard), Doty (right tackle), Duncan (right end), Renfro (quarterback), Newton (left halfback), Carlton (right halfback), Dickson (fullback).[6]

Week 2: Rollins[edit]

Week 2: Rollins at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Rollins 0 0 0 0 0
Florida 8 0 7 18 33
  • Date: October 8

Florida rolled up a large, 33–0 score on the Rollins Tars. In the fourth quarter T. Hoyt Carlton faked a kick and ran 40 yards for the touchdown; the first of three scored by the Gators in the final period.[7]

The starting lineup was: Swanson (left end), Wuthrich (left tackle), H. Perry (left guard), Wilsky (center), C. Perry (right guard), Doty (right tackle), Duncan (right end), Renfro (quarterback), Beasley (left halfback), Carlton (right halfback), Newton (fullback).[7]

Week 3: Carlstrom Field[edit]

Week 3: Carlstrom Field at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Aviators 0 13 0 6 19
Florida 0 0 0 0 0

The Gators lost to Carlstrom Field and its "baffling" display of passes and defense 19 to 0.[8] Gene Vidal attempted a drop kick which was blocked, but caught the ball off the rebound and had run 20 yards by the time spectators realized what happened.[8]

The starting lineup was: Swanson (left end), Doty (left tackle), C. Perry (left guard), Wilsky (center), Scott (right guard), Wuthrich (right tackle), Duncan (right end), Renfro (quarterback), Carlton (left halfback), Beasley (right halfback), Newton (fullback).[8]

Week 4: Mercer[edit]

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

The Gators defeated Josh Cody's Mercer Baptists just 7–0.[9] After a 30–0 loss last year and a stronger Florida team this season, Mercer took it as a moral victory.[10]

Tootie Perry.

"Capt. Tootie Perry was again the star on defense."[9] He recovered a Mercer fumble on the 15-yard line. On the ensuing fourth down T. Hoyt Carlton ran in a touchdown. Wilsky kicked goal.[9]

The starting lineup was: Swanson (left end), Wuthrich (left tackle), H. Perry (left guard), Wilsky (center), C. Perry (right guard), Doty (right tackle), Burnett (right end), Carlton (quarterback), Duncan (left halfback), Renfro (right halfback), Newton (fullback).[9]

Week 5: at Tennessee[edit]

Week 5: Florida at Tennessee
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 0 0 0 0 0
Tennessee 0 9 0 0 9
  • Date: October 22
  • Location: Knoxville, TN
  • Referee: Parrish (VMI)

The Tennessee Volunteers defeated Florida 9 to 0.[11] Florida was inside Tennessee's 30-yard line just once, failing to convert a field goal. Tennessee's touchdown and safety were thanks to the forward pass. The safety was an interception by Florida tackled in the endzone. The Vols' Roe Campbell averaged 50 yards on 14 punts.[12]

The starting lineup was: Swanson (left end), Wuthrich (left tackle), Robinson (left guard), Wilsky (center), C. Perry (right guard), Doty (right tackle), Burnett (right end), Carlton (quarterback), Duncan (left halfback), Renfro (right halfback), Newton (fullback).[11]

Week 6: at Howard[edit]

In a "drizzling rain" and "sea of mud" in Montgomery,[13] Florida defeated the Howard Bulldogs 34–0 and gave up just one first down.[14][15]

Week 7: South Carolina[edit]

Week 7: South Carolina at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
S. Carolina 7 0 0 0 7
Florida 0 7 0 0 7

In a game in Tampa on Plant Field, coach Sol Metzger's South Carolina Gamecocks fought the Gators to a 7–7 tie. The Gamecocks scored early after a fumble recovery near the goal. The Gators scored once in the second period, "and threatened to do so again and again from both attempted placement kicks and straight football, only to fall by missing the cross bars by inches and by gameness of the fighting Gamecocks."[16]

The Gators starting lineup was: Swanson (left end), Wurthrich (left tackle), Scott (left guard), Wilsky (center), C. Perry (right guard), Doty (right tackle), Burnett (right end), Stanley (quarterback), Duncan (left halfback), Carlton (right halfback), Dickson (fullback).[16]

Week 8: at Alabama[edit]

Week 8: Florida at Alabama
1 2 3 4 Total
Florida 6 0 0 3 9
Alabama 0 0 2 0 2

In the Gators first ever win over the Alabama Crimson Tide, Ferdinand H. Duncan accounted for all of Florida's points to upset the Tide at homecoming 9–2.[17][18]

After an early exchange of punts, Florida started with the ball on its 45-yard line. Duncan and Ark Newton, with one run from T. Hoyt Carlton, worked the ball down for the game's lone touchdown.[18] Alabama scored on a safety after blocking a Ray Dickson punt into the endzone.[19] A 20-yard drop kick was the Gators' final score.

The starting lineup was: Swanson (left end), Robinson (left tackle), H. Perry (left guard), Wilsky (center), C. Perry (right guard), Scott (right tackle), Burnett (right end), Stanley (quarterback), Duncan (left halfback), Pomeroy (right halfback), Newton (fullback).[18][20]

Week 9: Mississippi College[edit]

Week 9: Mississippi College at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Mississippi 0 7 0 0 7
Florida 0 0 0 7 7
  • Date: November 18
  • Location: Gainesville, FL
Goat Hale.

Florida battled coach Stanley L. Robinson's Mississippi College Choctaws to a 7–7 tie.[21] Florida had the greater weight and Mississippi College the greater speed.[22]

Led by Hall of Fame quarterback Goat Hale, the Choctaws controlled the first half. In the middle of the fourth quarter, Florida led a comeback with a series of forward passes, scoring its touchdown.[23] Ark Newton had a 92-yard punt in this game.[24]

Week 10: Oglethorpe[edit]

Week 10: Oglethorpe at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
Oglethorpe 0 0 3 0 3
Florida 14 7 0 0 21
  • Date: November 25
  • Location: Gainesville, FL

Florida defeated coach Jogger Elcock's Oglethorpe Stormy Petrels 21 to 3, keeping the ball in Oglethorpe territory most of the game.[25] The Gators scored all their points in the first half, including two touchdowns in the first five minutes.

The first touchdown was scored by a short run behind center from Ferdinand H. Duncan. An Oglethorpe punt was later blocked by Tootie Perry, recovered by Swanson for a touchdown.[25] Ark Newton made both extra points. Oglethorpe intercepted a Florida pass at the 5-yard line. Perry and Merrin broke through the line, blocking the ensuing punt. Thomas then fell on the ball for Florida's final touchdown and Newton again kicked goal. A 28-yard drop kick from Oglethorpe's Morris got its points.[25]

Postseason[edit]

Week 11: North Carolina[edit]

Week 11: North Carolina at Florida
1 2 3 4 Total
N. Carolina 0 7 7 0 14
Florida 3 0 7 0 10

Scheduled since November,[26] the Gators met the North Carolina Tar Heels in a postseason contest at Jacksonville on December 3. A large crowd was expected.[27] It was the first ever meeting between the two schools.[28] Despite outweighing the Tar Heels, the Gators lost 14 to 10.

Florida's scores came on Dickson's goal from placement and a 20-yard pass from Dickson to Carlton.[29]

The starting lineup was: Swanson (left end), Robinson (left tackle), Gunn (left guard), Wilksy (center), C. Perry (guard), Doty (tackle), Duncan (end), Carlton (quarterback), Pomeroy (left halfback), Newton (right halfback), Dickson (fullback).[29]

Awards and honors[edit]

Tootie Perry was the first Gator ever selected for an All-Southern team following the 1921 season. Among the selectors who honored Perry as such were J. L. Ray of the Nashville Banner, George A. Butler of the Chattanooga News, and John Snell of the Enquirer-Sun.[30]

Players[edit]

Line[edit]

Number Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
R. H. Burnett end 5'10" 180
Arthur Doty tackle 6'0" 198
Ferdinand H. Duncan end 6'2" 200
Eric "Shorty" Gunn center Kissimmee 6'6" 200
Mervin Mounts end 5'9" 155
13 Carl "Tootie" Perry guard Rochelle Gainesville High 5'10" 230 25
Henry Perry guard 6'0" 247
Robbie Robinson tackle Mobile, Alabama 6'0" 179 19
Moses Rosenhouse guard 5'8" 193
Ivan Scott guard 6'0" 180
Robert Swanson end Texarkana 6'0" 170
Horace Tolbert guard 5'7" 200
Charlie Wilsky center 5'10" 170
Emory Wuthrich tackle 5'8" 185

Backfield[edit]

Player Position Games
started
Hometown Prep school Height Weight Age
Tully Hoyt Carlton fullback Wauchula 6'0" 160
J. O'Neal Cox halfback 5'7" 150
Ray Dickson fullback 6'0" 202
James Merrin fullback Rackmore, Georgia 5'10" 155
Ark Newton halfback Camden, Arkansas Camden High 6'0" 181 18
Stewart Pomeroy halfback Tampa 5'6" 150
Bill Renfroe quarterback 5'8" 160
George Stanley quarterback Jacksonville 5'8" 148

[31][32]

See also[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. ^ Stegeman, H. J. "Foot Ball in the South". Spalding's Football Guide: 89. 
  3. ^ a b Carlson, pp. 24-25
  4. ^ Graham, p. 9
  5. ^ McEwen, pp. 75-76
  6. ^ a b c "'Gator Machine With Perfect Team Works Triumph Over Camp Benning In a 6 to 0 Hard Fought Battle". Florida Alligator. October 7, 1921. 
  7. ^ a b "'Gators Smother Rollins 33 to 0". Florida Alligator. October 14, 1921. 
  8. ^ a b c "Arcadia Flyers Defeat Florida". Florida Alligator. October 14, 1921. 
  9. ^ a b c d "Mercer Goes Down Before Orange and Blue Onslaught". Florida Alligator. October 21, 1921. 
  10. ^ "The Team". Mercer Cluster. October 21, 1921. p. 2. 
  11. ^ a b "Tennessee Wins Over 'Gators, Who Put Up Wonderful Defensive Fight". Florida Alligator. October 28, 1921. 
  12. ^ "Tennessee Beats Florida With Overhead Passes". Greensboro Daily News. October 23, 1921. p. 20. Retrieved September 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  13. ^ "Florida Defeats Howard, 34 to 0, In Sea of Mud". Atlanta Constitution. October 30, 1921. p. 2. Retrieved September 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ "Florida Swamps Howard College". The Washington Post. October 30, 1921. p. 29. Retrieved September 1, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  15. ^ "'Gators Prove Too Much For Howard Winning By An Overwhelming Score". Florida Alligator. November 4, 1921. 
  16. ^ a b "Florida and S. C. In Tie". Atlanta Constitution. November 6, 1921. p. 2. Retrieved August 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  17. ^ Carlson, p. 26
  18. ^ a b c "Orange and Blue Outclass Red and White in Fast Game". Florida Alligator. November 18, 1921. 
  19. ^ "Alabama is Loser 9-2". Atlanta Constitution. November 12, 1921. p. 14. Retrieved August 22, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  20. ^ "Florida Squad Puts One On Alabama Men". The Wilmington Morning Star. November 12, 1921. p. 7. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  21. ^ "'Goat' Hale Ties Florida". Atlanta Constitution. November 19, 1921. p. 10. Retrieved August 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  22. ^ "'Gators Will Lock Horns With Miss.. This Afternoon". November 18, 1921. 
  23. ^ "Florida University Shows Aerial Play". The Charlotte News. November 19, 1921. p. 3. Retrieved August 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  24. ^ "Gators Humble Origins In Its 107-Year History, Florida Football Has Tantalized More Than It Has Triumphed". 
  25. ^ a b c "Tootie's Gators Hand Oglethorpe A 21 to 3 Drubbing---Ends Season". Florida Alligator. November 25, 1921. 
  26. ^ "Tar Heels To Play Post-Season Game". The High Point Enterprise. November 19, 1921. p. 1. Retrieved August 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  27. ^ "Entire Student Body Goes To Jacksonville To See the 'Gators Put Florida On The Map In Post Season Game With The N. C. Tar Heels". Florida Alligator. December 2, 1921. 
  28. ^ "Carolina To Meet Florida Gators". The High Point Enterprise. December 2, 1921. p. 12. Retrieved August 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  29. ^ a b "University of North Carolina Triumphs Over Florida 14 to 10". Greensboro Daily News. December 4, 1921. p. 14. Retrieved August 31, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  30. ^ "Scribes Are Finding Material Plentiful For All-Star Machines". Atlanta Constitution. November 29, 1921. p. 12. Retrieved March 13, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  31. ^ "Florida Men Versatile". Atlanta Constitution. January 4, 1922. p. 13. Retrieved September 8, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  32. ^ The Seminole

Books[edit]

  • Carlson, Norm (2007). University of Florida Football Vault: The History of the Florida Gators. Atlanta, Georgia: Whitman Publishing, LLC. ISBN 0-7948-2298-3. 
  • Graham, Klein. History of the University of Florida. 
  • McEwen, Tom (1974). The Gators: A Story of Florida Football. Huntsville, Alabama: The Strode Publishers. ISBN 0-87397-025-X.