1908 College Football All-Southern Team

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Lew Hardage at Auburn, 1908.

The 1908 College Football All-Southern Team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-Southern Teams selected by various organizations for the 1908 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season.

Consensus eleven[edit]

The eleven selected by a majority of selectors included:

  • Vaughn Blake, end for Vanderbilt. One of the prominent Vanderbilt Blake family, he was later an FBI agent involved in the capture of Alvin Karpis.[1]
  • C. C. Countess, center for Alabama. The school's first All-Southern player.[2]
  • J. R. Davis, tackle for Georgia Tech; Davis was known as "Twenty percent" because he was considered twenty percent of the team's worth.[3] Vanderbilt coach Dan McGugin wrote, "He has one glaring fault—a tendency to tackle around the eyebrows. Otherwise he is a splendid foot ball man. He weighs two hundred pounds, is never hurt, never fumbles, bucks a line hard and furnishes excellent interference. He was the strength and stay of Tech."[4]
  • Frank Faulkinberry, tackle for Sewanee, later a coach at Middle Tennessee State.
  • Lewie Hardage, halfback for Auburn, had his breakout season in his first year. Fuzzy Woodruff labeled him the South's "fastest back of the 1910-1920 decade".[5]
  • James L. Harris, guard for Sewanee. also played tackle and running back.
  • Louis Hasslock, tackle for Vanderbilt. Before Vanderbilt played Michigan, Hasslock had been on duty at Reelfoot Lake with a militia who were to guard against night riders. When he learned he could be granted a leave of absence if he were to join his football team, he walked a distance of twenty miles through a country infested with night riders, and caught a train at Union City.[6]
  • Walker Leach, halfback for Tennessee. McGugin noted "All things considered, Leach was perhaps the best football player of the year in Dixie."[4]
  • Lawrence Markley, fullback and captain for Sewanee. McGugin wrote of Markley, "He has always been a very stubborn man on the defense, effective on a short plunge, and his cool head has helped to steady his team through many a crisis."[4]
  • Ray Morrison, quarterback for Vanderbilt, was the best player on a team of sophomores.[7]
  • Walker Reynolds, end for Auburn, was the first cousin of Walker Reynolds Tichenor.

All-Southerns of 1908[edit]



  • Frank Faulkinberry†, Sewanee (C, H-1, DM, NB, VA)
  • J. R. Davis, Georgia Tech (C, H-1, DM)
  • William Evans, Sewanee (GR-2, NB, EW)
  • Oren Noblett, LSU (EW)
  • Cecil Garrett, North Carolina (VA)
  • W. P. Brown, Tennessee (H-2, GR-2)
  • Henry Thomas Burks, Alabama (H-2)






  • Lawrence Markley†, Sewanee (C, H-1, DM, NB, EW, VA)
  • Clarence McCollum, Tennessee (H-2, GR-2)


Bold = consensus choice by a majority of the selectors

† = Unanimous selection

C = selected by a consensus of newspapers, as published in Fuzzy Woodruff's A History of Southern Football.

DM = selected by Dan McGugin, coach at Vanderbilt University.[4][8]

H = selected by John Heisman, coach at Georgia Institute of Technology.[9] with help from Grantland Rice. Both Rice and Heisman had separate second teams.[10]

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

EW = selected by Edgar Wingard, coach at Louisiana State University.[12]

VA = selected by University of Virginia trainers.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Barker/Karpis Gang". p. 18. 
  2. ^ "All Conference Selections". 
  3. ^ Triumph Books. Echoes of Georgia Football: The Greatest Stories Ever Told. p. 35. 
  4. ^ a b c d Spalding's Football Guide. 1909. p. 75. 
  5. ^ Woodruff 1928, p. 96
  6. ^ "Walks Many Miles To Join Football Team". The Winchester News. October 30, 1908. 
  7. ^ Edwin Pope (1955). Football's Greatest Coaches. p. 341. Retrieved March 8, 2015 – via archive.org.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "1909 Football Program - UT vs Central University of Kentucky". October 2, 1909. 
  9. ^ Percy Whiting (November 24, 1909). "Not News, But Views". p. 12. Retrieved March 5, 2015 – via Digital Library of Georgia.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ Grantland Rice (November 29, 1908). "Sewanee Gets More Than Any Other One Team In This Group". The Tennessean. p. 5. Retrieved April 25, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ "All SIAA Teams of Past Six Years". Atlanta Georgian. November 27, 1909. p. 12. Retrieved March 5, 2015 – via Digital Library of Georgia.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ "Wingard's All Southern". The Times-Democrat. December 2, 1908. p. 10. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ "Virginia Makes Claim On The Championship". Atlanta Georgian. December 18, 1908. p. 12. Retrieved March 5, 2015 – via Digital Library of Georgia.  open access publication – free to read