1917 College Football All-Southern Team

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Everett Strupper of Georgia Tech.

The 1917 College Football All-Southern Team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-Southern Teams selected by various organizations for the 1917 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. Georgia Tech won the SIAA and the south's first national championship. Walker Carpenter and Everett Strupper were the first two players from the Deep South selected first-team All-American.

Composite eleven[edit]

Moon Ducote of Auburn.

The composite All-Southern eleven formed by the selection of 7 coaches and sporting writers included:

  • Alf Adams, end for Vanderbilt. Adams was also a basketball star and later a prominent attorney.
  • Pete Bonner, guard for Auburn. Bonner is selected at guard for various all-time Auburn teams.
  • Walker Carpenter, tackle and captain for Georgia Tech' championship team. He and Strupper were the first two players from the Deep South selected first-team All-American.
  • Moon Ducote, end for Auburn. Ducote is often considered Auburn's greatest player of its early years. He also kicked and later coached.
  • Bill Fincher, tackle for Georgia Tech, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974. He was also an all-time great as a placekicker.
  • Buck Flowers, halfback for Davidson, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955. He was selected for the Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869-1919 era.[1] He was just 17 years old when the season started, and also kicked.
  • Joe Guyon, back for Georgia Tech, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1966. He was unanimously selected for the Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869-1919 era.[1]
  • Albert Hill, quarterback for Georgia Tech, received the most carries on Tech's championship team and was the nation's high scorer.
  • Pup Phillips, center for Georgia Tech. Phillips received the Hal Nowell trophy for the most efficient play during the season, and left to join the American effort in the First World War as a marine just a week after celebrating the title
  • Tram Sessions, guard for Alabama. He was later involved in politics and attempted to pass a resolution to re-establish the Auburn–Alabama rivalry.
  • Everett Strupper, halfback for Georgia Tech, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1972. He was deaf and produced the most yards for Tech's championship team.

Composite overview[edit]

Seven players were unanimous All-Southern.[2]

Name Position School First-team selections
Moon Ducote End Auburn 7
Walker Carpenter Tackle Georgia Tech 7
Bill Fincher Tackle Georgia Tech 7
Pete Bonner Guard Auburn 7
Pup Phillips Center Georgia Tech 7
Everett Strupper Halfback Georgia Tech 7
Joe Guyon Fullback Georgia Tech 7
Albert Hill Quarterback Georgia Tech 6
Eben Wortham Fullback Sewanee 4
Alf Adams End Vanderbilt 3
Tram Sessions Guard Alabama 3
Buck Flowers Halfback Davidson 3
Dan Boone End Alabama 2
Shorty Guill End Georgia Tech 2
Georgie King End Davidson 1
Wooly Grey Guard Davidson 1
Carey Robinson Guard Auburn 1
Mutt Gee Guard Clemson 1
Otto Colee Guard Tulane 1

All-Southerns of 1917[edit]

Ends[edit]

Alf Adams
  • Moon Ducote†, Auburn (C, DJ, MB, FD [as hb], ZN, HB [as hb], H [as fb], FB [as fb], NT-1, CM, HW, GT [as u], HS [as fb])
  • Alf Adams, Vanderbilt (C, DJ, H, FB, NT-1, GT, HS)
  • Dan Boone, Alabama (C, ZN, FB, HW)
  • Shorty Guill, Georgia Tech (C, MB [as u], FD, HB, HW [as u], GT [as u], HS)
  • Georgie King, Davidson (C, MB, H, NT-2, GT)
  • Si Bell, Georgia Tech (HB)
  • Woodson, Sewanee (NT-2)

Tackles[edit]

Walker Carpenter of Georgia Tech.
  • Walker Carpenter†, Georgia Tech (C, DJ, MB, FD, ZN, HB, H, FB, NT-1, CM [as e], HW, GT, HS [as g])
  • Bill Fincher†, Georgia Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (C, DJ [as g], MB, FD [as g], ZN [as g], HB [as g], H, FB [as g], NT-1, CM, HW, GT, HS [as g])
  • Dan Whelchel, Georgia Tech (NT-2)
  • Jack Hovater, Alabama (NT-2, HS)

Guards[edit]

Pup Phillips

Centers[edit]

  • Pup Phillips†, Georgia Tech (C, DJ, MB, FD, ZN, HB, H, FB, NT-1, CM, HW, GT)

Quarterbacks[edit]

Al Hill of Georgia Tech.
  • Albert Hill, Georgia Tech (C, DJ, MB, FD, ZN, H, NT-1, CM, HW, GT [as fb], HS)
  • Gene Davidson, Arkansas (HB)
  • W. H. Bobo, Mississippi A&M (NT-2)

Halfbacks[edit]

  • Everett Strupper*†, Georgia Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (C, DJ, MB, FD, ZN, HB, H, FB [as qb], NT-1, CM, HW, GT, HS)
  • Buck Flowers, Davidson (College Football Hall of Fame) (C, DJ, MB, NT-1, CM, HW, GT [as qb])
  • Donohue, Sewanee (NT-2)

Fullbacks[edit]

Joe Guyon
  • Joe Guyon†, Georgia Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (C, DJ [as e], MB, FD, ZN, HB, H [as hb], FB [as hb], NT-1, CM, HW, GT [as hb], HS [as hb])
  • Eben Wortham, Sewanee (DJ, FD [as end], ZN [as hb], FB [as hb], NT-2 [as hb])
  • Revington, Auburn (NT-2)

Key[edit]

Bold = Composite selection

* = Consensus All-American

† = Unanimous selection

C = composite selection picked by seven football writers in the South.[3][4] The seven were Dick Jemison, John Heisman, Morgan Blake, Fred Bodeker, George Watkins, Fred Digby, and Blinkey Horn.

DJ = selected by Dick Jemison, sporting editor for the Atlanta Constitution.[3][5][6]

MB = selected by Morgan Blake, sporting editor for the Atlanta Georgian.[7]

FD = selected by Fred Digby, sporting editor for the New Orleans Item.[3]

ZN = selected by Zipp Newman, assistant sporting editor for the Birmingham News.[3]

HB = selected by "Happy" Barnes of Tulane University, in the New Orleans Item.[3]

H = selected by John Heisman, coach of Georgia Institute of Technology.[3]

FB = selected by Fred Bodeker of the Birmingham Age-Herald.[8]

NT = selected by the Nashville Tennessean.[9]

CM = selected by "Country" Morris, assistant coach at Clemson College.[10]

HW = selected by former Sewanee player Henry Watkins.[11]

GT = selected by the Technique, Georgia Tech's student newspaper. It had two players selected as "utility", denoted with a u.[12]

HS = selected by Hugh Sparrow of the Nashville Banner.[13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "All-Time Football Team Lists Greats Of Past, Present". Gadsden Times. July 27, 1969. 
  2. ^ "Southern Football Luminaries Named". The Sun. December 10, 1917. p. 13. Retrieved March 3, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b c d e f Spalding Football Guide. 1918. 
  4. ^ "Six Yellow Jackets Are On All-Southern Team". The Washington Times. December 10, 1917. 
  5. ^ Jemison, Dick (December 2, 1917). "Dick Jemison Has Ideal Selection for All-Southern". The Montgomery Advertiser. 
  6. ^ "Statistics On The Constitution's All-Southern Team". Atlanta Constitution. December 2, 1917. p. 3. Retrieved April 16, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Morgan Blake's Mythical Team". The Tennessean. December 2, 1917. p. 18. Retrieved September 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ "Five Jackets Picked On Age-Herald Team". Atlanta Constitution. December 2, 1917. p. 3. Retrieved April 16, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ Blinkey Horn (December 2, 1917). "Only One Commodore Gets On All-Southern—Tech Supplies Six". p. 18. Retrieved September 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ "Southern Grid Stars Praised". Atlanta Constitution. December 30, 1917. p. 3. Retrieved August 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ "Henry Watkins' All-Southern". The Tennessean. December 2, 1917. p. 18. Retrieved September 21, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ "Technique Picks All-Southern" (PDF). The Technique. November 27, 1917. p. 4. 
  13. ^ Blinkey Horn (December 3, 1917). "On Composite Six Players Are Named Unanimously". The Tennessean. p. 12. Retrieved January 2, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read