1904 College Football All-Southern Team

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The 1904 College Football All-Southern Team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-Southern Teams selected by various organizations for the 1904 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season.

In Dan McGugin and Mike Donahue's first year as head coach, Vanderbilt and Auburn shared the SIAA championship, challenging John Heisman's eminence in the South.

Composite eleven[edit]

The composite eleven included:

  • Jones Beene, end for Tennessee. He once coached the Chattanooga Mocs[1] and was also the first coach of the Tennessee Wesleyan Bulldogs.[2]
  • Innis Brown, guard for Vanderbilt. He was also a Rhodes Scholar. Brown was later a referee who often commented on the sport, picking the Constitution's All-Southern team in 1912.
  • Lob Brown, tackle for Georgia Tech. Some publications claim he was Tech's first All-Southern player,[3] while others claim Jesse Thrash.[4]
  • Honus Craig, halfback for Vanderbilt. Dan McGugin once called him the South's greatest athlete and Vanderbilt's greatest halfback.[5]
  • Puss Derrick, tackle for Clemson. He was captain-elect, "and he has learned to run the ball" wrote former coach Heisman.
  • Humphrey Foy, fullback for Auburn, the undefeated school's lone selection in Mike Donahue's first year. He was injured the year prior.
  • Ed Hamilton, end for Vanderbilt. He coached Vanderbilt basketball in 1903–1904 and 1908–1909.
  • Henry D. Phillips, guard for Sewanee, unanimous selection. Sportswriter Fuzzy Woodruff called him "the greatest football player who ever sank cleated shoes into a chalk line south of the Mason-Dixon line."
  • John Scarbrough, quarterback for Sewanee, unanimous selection. On the dedication of Harris Stadium, one writer noted "The University of the South has numbered among its athletes some of the greatest. Anyone who played against giant Henry Phillips in 1901-1903 felt that he was nothing less than the best as guard and fullback. Anyone who ever saw a punt from the foot of J. W. Scarbrough."[6]
  • Willard Steele, halfback for Cumberland, made All-Southern in his first year on the varsity. He was a physician who specialized in diseases of the eye, ear, nose, and throat.[7]
  • Stein Stone, center for Vanderbilt. He was selected for the Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869-1919 era.[8]

Composite overview[edit]

Henry D. Phillips and John Scarbrough were both unanimous selections.

Name Position School First-team selections
Henry D. Phillips Guard Sewanee 10
John Scarbrough Quarterback Sewanee 10
Innis Brown Guard Vanderbilt 8
Jones Beene End Tennessee 7
Ed Hamilton End Vanderbilt 6
Lob Brown Tackle Georgia Tech 6
Stein Stone Center Vanderbilt 6
Honus Craig Halfback Vanderbilt 6
Humphrey Foy Fullback Auburn 6
Puss Derrick Tackle Clemson 5
Willard Steele Halfback Cumberland 5
Dan Blake Halfback Vanderbilt 3
W. Wilson End Georgia Tech 2+
Irish Graham Tackle Vanderbilt 1+
Hillsman Taylor Tackle Vanderbilt 1+
Ephraim Kirby-Smith Tackle Sewanee 1+
George Watkins Center Sewanee 1+
C. E. Elgin Center Nashville 1+
Ick Bryan Halfback Vanderbilt 1+
René A. Messa Halfback LSU 1+
Biddle Halfback Nashville 1+
Don Robinson Halfback Texas 1+
Gene Oliver Halfback South Carolina 1+
Joe Holland Fullback Clemson 1+
Sam Y. Parker Fullback Tennessee 1+

All-Southerns of 1904[edit]




  • Henry Phillips†, Sewanee (C, H-1, WRT-1, JLD, NB, WJE, EC)
  • Innis Brown, Vanderbilt (C, H-1, WRT-1, NB, WJE, EC)
  • Branch Johnson, Virginia (JLD, WK, WSK)
  • Harvey Sartain, Alabama (H-2, WRT-2)
  • Braswell, Auburn (H-2)
  • William Pitt Moon, Auburn (WRT-2)






Bold = Composite selection

† = Unanimous selection

C = received votes for a composite selection put together by John de Saulles using the teams of Grantland Rice, W. R. Tichenor, Heisman, and others.[9]

H = selected by John Heisman, coach at Georgia Institute of Technology. He had a first and second team.[10]

WRT = selected by W. R. Tichenor in the Atlanta News.[10]

GR = selected by Grantland Rice in the Atlanta Journal.

NB = selected by former Tennessee player Nash Buckingham in the Memphis Commercial Appeal.[11]

WJE = selected by William J. Ewing in the Nashville American.[12]

JLD = selected by John de Saulles.[9][13]

EC = selected by Edwin Camp, in Illustrated Sporting News.[14]

WK = selected by Willis Keinholz, head coach at the North Carolina College of Agriculture and Mechanical Arts.[15]

WSK = selected by W. S. Kimberly.[16][17]


  1. ^ B. B. Branton (November 8, 2008). "Mocs Big Football Win Over UT Was 50 Years Ago".
  2. ^ Bill Akins. "Keeping the Faith: A History of Tennessee Wesleyan College 1857-2007": 108.
  3. ^ "Georgia Tech Football Team of 1904". Archived from the original on 2016-10-10.
  4. ^ "2011 Georgia Tech Football Media Guide".
  5. ^ ""Honus" Craig, All-Southern Right Halfback---He Talks". Abilene Daily Reporter. April 25, 1909. Archived from the original on March 4, 2016. Retrieved March 8, 2015 – via University of North Texas. open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ "Stadium Has Harris Name" (PDF). The Sewanee Purple. November 6, 1957.
  7. ^ Tennessee, The Volunteer State 1769-1923. 4. pp. 454–455.
  8. ^ "U-T Greats On All-Time Southeast Team". Kingsport Post. July 31, 1969.
  9. ^ a b "Football in the South". The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Guide: 161.
  10. ^ a b J. W. Heisman (December 4, 1904). "Coach Heisman Names All Southern Team". The Atlanta Constitution. p. 5. Retrieved March 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ "Some Past All-Southerns". Atlanta Georgian. December 9, 1907. p. 12. Retrieved March 5, 2015 – via Digital Library of Georgia. open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ Wm. J. Ewing, Jr. (November 30, 1904). "All-Southern Foot Ball Team, 1904". Nashville American. p. 7. Retrieved October 8, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ "De Saulles' Choice for the All-Southern". The State. July 28, 1905.
  14. ^ "On Gridiron In South". The Washington Post. December 25, 1904. p. 7. Retrieved March 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  15. ^ "An All-Southern Football Team". The Cavalier Daily. December 14, 1904. Retrieved March 5, 2015 – via Google news. open access publication – free to read
  16. ^ "For All Southern Football Team". The Morning Post. December 11, 1904. p. 5. Retrieved March 10, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  17. ^ "The All-Southern Eleven". The Charlotte Observer. December 25, 1904. p. 11. Retrieved March 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read