1915 Florida Gators football
1916 Florida Gators football team.jpg
Florida Gators c. 1915
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1915 record4–3 (3–3 SIAA)
Head coach
CaptainA. A. "Daddy" Lotspeich
Home stadiumUniversity Athletic Field
Seasons
← 1914
1916 →
1915 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf Overall
Team W   L   T W   L   T
Vanderbilt $ 5 0 0 9 1 0
Alabama 5 0 0 6 2 0
LSU 4 0 0 6 2 0
Transylvania 3 0 1 7 1 1
Auburn 5 1 0 6 2 0
Georgia 3 1 1 5 2 2
Chattanooga 3 1 2 5 2 2
Mississippi A&M 4 2 1 5 2 1
Kentucky 2 1 1 6 1 1
Florida 3 3 0 4 3 0
Clemson 2 2 1 2 4 2
South Carolina 1 1 1 5 3 1
Furman 1 1 0 5 3 0
Mercer 1 1 0 5 4 0
Mississippi College 2 3 0 4 4 1
The Citadel 1 2 0 5 3 0
Sewanee 1 2 2 4 3 2
Tennessee 1 4 0 4 4 0
Tulane 1 4 0 4 4 0
Centre 0 3 1 3 5 1
Louisville 0 3 1 1 5 1
Howard (AL) 0 3 0 3 4 1
Wofford 0 3 0 3 5 0
Ole Miss 0 5 0 2 6 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1915 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1915 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The season was C. J. McCoy's second as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. McCoy's 1915 Florida Gators completed their tenth varsity football season with an overall record of 4–3[1] and their sixth year in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) with a conference record of 3–3.[2]

Before the season

Last year, first-year head coach Charles J. McCoy had churned out a Florida team in the top half of the SIAA.[3] McCoy this year was also the school's first basketball coach.

The team's captain was tackle A. A. "Daddy" Lotspeich. At the guards were Ham Dowling, future Georgia Tech transfer, and Everett Yon, future Gator athletic director. Leading the backfield was Rammy Ramsdell, "the Gators' first quarterback of note,"[4] and first scholarship athlete at the University of Florida.[4]

Assisting the team was Z. J. Stanley, last year the coach of the Maryville Scots.[5]

Schedule

DateTimeOpponentSiteResult
October 9at AuburnL 7–0
October 163:25 p. m.vs. SewaneeL 7–0
October 30Florida Southern*W 45–0
November 6vs. Georgia
  • Barrs Field
  • Jacksonville, FL (rivalry)
L 37–0
November 13The Citadel
  • Fleming Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 6–0
November 18Tulane
  • Fleming Field
  • Gainesville, FL
W 14–7
November 25at MercerMacon, GAW 34–7
  • *Non-conference game

[1]

Season summary

Auburn

Florida at Auburn
1 234Total
Florida 0 000 0
Auburn 0 007 7

The season opened with a 7–0 loss to Auburn. Florida played hard for three quarters, until Wren scored the winning touchdown in the final period.[6]

Ham Dowling
Ham Dowling

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspiech (left tackle), Callen (left guard), Farrin (center), Yon (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Roble (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Thompson (left halfback), Fuller (right halfback), Sparkman (fullback).[6]

Sewanee

Sewanee at Florida
1 234Total
Sewanee 0 700 7
Florida 0 000 0
  • Date: October 16
  • Location: Barrs Field
    Jacksonville, FL
  • Game start: 3:25 p. m.
  • Game weather: Hot

Florida lost to coach Harris Cope's Sewanee Tigers 7–0, continuing the losing streak against the Tigers. The Sewanee game was then the largest crowd to see a game in Jacksonville.[8]

"After scoring one touchdown Sewanee was content to allow Florida to exhaust herself in vain attempts to find the weak spot in the Purple defense."[7] Sewanee's Ellerbe scored the game's only touchdown.[7]

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Dowling (left guard), Farrior (center), Yon (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Robles (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Sparkman (left halfback), Thompson (right halfback), Fuller (fullback).[7]

Florida Southern

The Gators lengthened their winning streak against Florida Southern with an easy 45–0 victory.[9]

Georgia

Georgia at Florida
1 234Total
Georgia 0 13177 37
Florida 0 000 0

The Gators lost their first-ever game against coach Alex Cunningham's Georgia Bulldogs 0–37 in Jacksonville, at a larger crowder than at the Sewanee game.[10] The Gators carried the ball to Georgia's 15-yard line in the first period, but never threatened afterwards.[11] Georgia put across two touchdowns in the second quarter, and had a strong second half.[10]

Rammy Ramsdell
Rammy Ramsdell

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Dowling (left guard), Farrior (center), Robles (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Lovell (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Sparkman (left halfback), Thompson (right halfback), Fuller (fullback).[10]

The Citadel

The Citadel at Florida
1 234Total
The Citadel 0 000 0
Florida 0 060 6

Florida beat The Citadel 6–0 in a game "marked by frequent fumbling."[12] Florida scored when, in the third quarter, Sparkman rushed for an 8-yard touchdown.[12]

Tulane

In a torrential rain,[5] Florida met Tulane for the first time and upset the Olive and Blue 14–7, the highlight of the season.[13] Rammy Ramsdell scored the game-winning touchdown, "crashing through center" and zig-zagging 60 yards to the endzone.[14]

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Yon (left guard), Farrior (center), Robles (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Wilkinson (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Sparkman (left halfback), Thompson (right halfback), Fuller (fullback).[14]

Mercer

Florida at Mercer
1 234Total
Florida 13 777 34
Mercer 0 070 7

The Gators defeated the Mercer Baptists 34–7. Rammy Ramsdell had a then-school record of four touchdowns.[16][17][18][19][20]

According to one account, Ramsdell in fact scored three touchdowns but set up all five. The first was a Sparkman touchdown set up by a 25-yard end run from Ramsdell, the second was a 5-yard run by Fuller set up by a 40-yard pass from Ramsdell to Henderson.[15]

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Robles (left guard), Farrior (center), Yon (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Wilkinson (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Thomson (left halfback), Sparkman (right halfback), Fuller (fullback).[15]

Personnel

Line

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
Ham Dowling Guard Duval 5'9" 185 20
Rex Farrior Center Hillsborough 5'8" 170 19
Jack Goldsby Tackle 5'9" 185 20
B. Henderson End 5'8" 150 20
Daddy Lotspeich Tackle 5'10" 175 23
Liza Robles Tackle 5'11" 180 21
Bill Wilkinson End 5'8" 145 22
Everett Yon Guard 5'11" 175 20

Backfield

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
Bush Bushnell Halfback 5'8" 150 21
Ed Embry Halfback 5'11" 170 22
Artie Fuller Fullback 5'11" 158 20
Rammy Ramsdell Quarterback Hillsborough 5'10" 150 21
Jim Sparkman Halfback 5'8" 167 19
Harry K. Thompson Halfback 5'7" 150 24

Subs

Player Position Games
started
High school Height Weight Age
Paul Collins Line 5'10" 175 22
Fat DeVane Guard 6'0" 205 20
Stock Stockton 5'9" 160 21

[21]

Coaching staff

References

  1. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  2. ^ Roger Saylor, "Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Archived 2011-05-26 at WebCite," College Football Historical Society, The LA84 Foundation (1993). Retrieved September 11, 2010.
  3. ^ University of Florida 1916, p. 87
  4. ^ a b Joey Johnston, "Tampa Bay's All-Century Team: No. 98 Rammy Ramsdell Archived 2012-03-07 at the Wayback Machine," The Tampa Tribune (September 22, 1999). Retrieved October 2, 2011.
  5. ^ a b University of Florida 1916, p. 95
  6. ^ a b c "Auburn Makes Single Touchdown On Fla". The Tennessean. October 10, 1915. p. 44. Retrieved July 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ a b c d "Sewanee Defeats Florida". Sewanee Purple. October 21, 1915. hdl:11005/1052.
  8. ^ "The Game owes it all to Sewanee". November 2, 1997.
  9. ^ University of Florida 1916, p. 94
  10. ^ a b c d "Georgia Victorious Over Aligators---Score: 37-0". The Red and Black. Vol. 22, no. 6. November 19, 1915.
  11. ^ "Georgia Easily Beat Florida". Greensboro Daily News. November 7, 1915. p. 6. Retrieved July 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  12. ^ a b c "Florida 6, Citadel 0". The Atlanta Constitution. November 14, 1915. p. 2. Retrieved July 11, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  13. ^ McEwen 1974, p. 59
  14. ^ a b "Florida Wallops Tulane Warriors". The Tampa Tribune. November 19, 1915. p. 7. Retrieved November 7, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  15. ^ a b c "Former Terriers Show The Way To Comrades". The Tampa Tribune. November 26, 1915. p. 10. Retrieved November 8, 2017 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  16. ^ Rachel George (September 26, 2010). "Where Florida freshman Trey Burton's six-touchdown game ranks".
  17. ^ Mark Stewart (30 July 2010). The Florida Gators. p. 36. ISBN 9781599533339.
  18. ^ "Tebow Leads Football to Victory at South Carolina, 51-31". November 11, 2007. Archived from the original on September 24, 2015. Retrieved July 8, 2016.
  19. ^ "Making His Mark".
  20. ^ "Sports: Spurrier ire directed at fourth-down conversions".
  21. ^ University of Florida 1916, pp. 88–95

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