Tufts Jumbos football
First season1875
Athletic directorJohn Morris
Head coachJay Civetti
11th season, 37–47 (.440)
StadiumEllis Oval
(capacity: 4,000)
FieldZimman Field
LocationMedford, Massachusetts
NCAA divisionDivision III
ConferenceNew England Small College Athletic Conference
Past conferencesNorthern Intercollegiate Football Association (1885–1886)[1]
Independent (1887–1970)
ColorsTufts blue and brown[2]
   
Websitegotuftsjumbos.com

The Tufts Jumbos football program represents Tufts University in the sport of American football. The team competes in Division III of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).[3] The team's head coach is Jay Civetti, who has led the Jumbos since 2011.[4]

The team has played since the 1874–75 season.[5][6][7] The Tufts football team played its first game on June 4, 1875 against Harvard, which Tufts won by a score of 1–0. This game is considered the first game of American football between two American colleges, with each team fielding 11 men, the ball being advanced by kicking or carrying it, and tackles of the ball carrier stopping play.[8]

Tufts plays its home game at Ellis Oval, located on the campus in Medford, Massachusetts. One Tufts player, William Grinnell, has been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

History

Seasons

Team records from 1875 to 2020.[9]

Season[a] Head Coach Conference Conference finish Wins Losses Ties
1875 Luman Aldrich Independent 2 1 0
1876–77 1 0 1
1877 Scott Campbell 0 3 0
1884 Dwight Griswold 2 4 1
1885 F.P. Chapman NIFA 2nd 2 3[b] 0
1886 James Gallety 2nd 0 8 0
1887 Frank W. Durkee Independent 4 6 0
1889 Martin 3 1 0
1890 Charles Stover 2 3 0
1891 Wilfred Russ 7 1 0
1892 A.G. Baillet 8 2 0
1893 Haskell 4 7 0
1894 Hamlin 6 5 0
1895 Newell 8 5 0
1896 2 6 1
1897 J.D. Upton 6 7 0
1898 1 9 0
1899 Locke 7 4 0
1900 Hopkins 3 6 1
1901 J.C. Pearson 6 6 1
1902 4 6 1
1903 Charles Whelan 5 8 0
1904 2 9 1
1905 5 3 0
1906 6 2 0
1907 3 4 1
1908 Nate Pulsifer 1 6 1
1909 Robinson 2 6 0
1910 Sheeny 1 7 1
1911 Clark Tobin 3 4 0
1912 Charles Whelan 5 4 0
1913 7 1 0
1914 5 3 0
1915 5 1 2
1916 5 3 0
1917 3 3 0
1918 Al Pierotti[10] 2 3 0
1919 Charles Whelan 2 5 0
1920 William Parks 2 6 0
1921 1 5 2
1922 Edward Casey 5 4 0
1923 6 2 0
1924 3 4 2
1925 1 6 0
1926 Arthur Sampson 4 4 0
1927 8 0 0
1928 5 2 1
1929 5 1 2
1930 Lewis Manly 5 2 0
1931 3 2 2
1932 5 1 2
1933 6 2 0
1934 8 0 0
1935 1 5 2
1936 3 3 1
1937 3 4 1
1938 1 6 1
1939 3 4 1
1940 4 4 0
1941 5 3 0
1942 2 5 1
1943 6 2 0
1944 1 4 1
1945 4 1 0
1946 Fred Ellis 1 6 0
1947 5 3 0
1948 3 4 1
1949 5 3 1
1950 4 4 1
1951 0 7 2
1952 3 4 1
1953 4 3 0
1954 Harry Arlanson 6 2 0
1955 5 2 0
1956 6 1 0
1957 6 1 1
1958 6 2 0
1959 5 2 1
1960 7 1 0
1961 5 3 0
1962 5 3 0
1963 2 6 0
1964 3 5 0
1965 1 7 0
1966 Rocky Carzo 1 7 0
1967 1 6 1
1968 5 3 0
1969 6 2 0
1970 1 7 0
1971 NESCAC 3 5 0
1972 4 4 0
1973 1 7 0
1974 Paul Pawlak 3 5 0
1975 2 6 0
1976 6 2 0
1977 3 5 0
1978 Vic Gatto 5 3 0
1979 8 0 0
1980 6 2 0
1981 5 2 1
1982 6 2 0
1983 4 3 1
1984 0 7 1
1985 Duane Ford 3 4 1
1986 7 1 0
1987 4 4 0
1988 4 3 1
1989 6 2 0
1990 6 2 0
1991 5 3 0
1992 3 4 1
1993 1 7 0
1994 Bill Samko 2 6 0
1995 4 4 0
1996 1 7 0
1997 3 5 0
1998 7 1 0
1999 4 4 0
2000 T–7th 2 6 0
2001 3rd 6 2 0
2002 T-6th 3 5 0
2003 T–3rd 5 3 0
2004 T–7th 2 6 0
2005 T–7th 2 6 0
2006 5th 4 4 0
2007 4th 5 3 0
2008 T–5th 4 4 0
2009 T–8th 2 6 0
2010 T–9th 1 7 0
2011 Jay Civetti 10th 0 8 0
2012 10th 0 8 0
2013 T–9th 0 8 0
2014 6th 4 4 0
2015 3rd 6 2 0
2016 2nd 7 1 0
2017 6th 5 4 0
2018 3rd 7 2 0
2019 T–5th 4 5 0
2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Individual accomplishments

College Football Hall of Fame inductees

In 1951, the College Football Hall of Fame opened in South Bend, Indiana. Since then, Tufts has had 1 player inducted into the Hall of Fame.[11]

Name Time at Tufts Position Inducted
William Grinnell 1932–1934 End 1997

Notes

  1. ^ Tufts did not field teams from 1878–83, in 1888, and 2020
  2. ^ Alternative sources indicate a 2–4 record for the 1885 season.[1]

References

  1. ^ a b "Tufts Digital Library". dl.tufts.edu.
  2. ^ Tufts University Visual Identity Standards Quick Guide (PDF). Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  3. ^ "NCAA Directory - Directory - Member Listing". web3.ncaa.org. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  4. ^ "Jay Civetti". Tufts. Retrieved November 2, 2021.
  5. ^ "Tufts Journal: Features: Gridiron history".
  6. ^ "The Tufts Daily". 21 October 2004.
  7. ^ "Tufts".
  8. ^ Dupont, Kevin Paul (September 23, 2004). "Gridiron gridlock: Citing research, Tufts claims football history is on its side". The Boston Globe.
  9. ^ "Tufts University Football Program Records". ((cite journal)): Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  10. ^ "Pierotti "Wises" Up Tufts on Harvard Formation". The Boston Daily Globe. November 7, 1918.
  11. ^ "Hall of Fame: Select group by school". College Football Hall of Fame. Football Foundation. Retrieved October 11, 2008.