1920 College Football All-Southern Team

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Georgia v. Alabama. Artie Pew is attempting to tackle Riggs Stephenson. Behind Pew is Puss Whelchel.

The 1920 College Football All-Southern Team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-Southern Teams selected by various organizations for the 1920 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season.

Georgia and Georgia Tech both had claims to the SIAA championship.

Composite eleven[edit]

Bill Fincher of Georgia Tech was a near unanimous selection.

The composite All-Southern eleven formed by the selection of 27 coaches and sporting writers culled by the Atlanta Constitution and Atlanta Journal included:

  • Red Barron, halfback for Georgia Tech, also an All-Southern baseball player who played pro ball with the Boston Braves. He later coached high school football.
  • Noah Caton, center for Auburn, died just two years later due to complications from an appendicitis operation.
  • Bum Day, center for Georgia, in 1918 as a player for Georgia Tech was the first Southern player selected first-team All-American by Walter Camp.
  • Bill Fincher, tackle for Georgia Tech, a unanimous selection and this year the third Southern player selected first-team All-American by Walter Camp, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1974. He also kicked.
  • Buck Flowers, halfback for Georgia Tech, 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 also kicked.
  • Bo McMillin, quarterback for Centre, the second Southern player selected first-team All-American by Walter Camp, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.
  • Artie Pew, tackle for Georgia, member of teams which over two years (1920 and 1921) did not lose to a single southern opponent. He also kicked. Pew was also a basketball player.
  • Owen Reynolds, end for Georgia, played for the New York Giants in the inaugural season of 1925.
  • John Staton, end for Georgia Tech, later a Coca-Cola executive.
  • Riggs Stephenson, fullback for Alabama, later played professional baseball for the Cleveland Indians and Chicago Cubs.
  • Fatty Warren, guard for Auburn. He also kicked.

Composite overview[edit]

Bill Fincher received the most votes with 26.[2]

Name Position School First-team selections
Bill Fincher End/Tackle Georgia Tech 26
Red Barron Halfback Georgia Tech 25
Bo McMillin Quarterback Centre 23
Buck Flowers Halfback Georgia Tech 23
Bum Day Center Georgia 18
Owen Reynolds End Georgia 18
Artie Pew Tackle Georgia 17
Riggs Stephenson Fullback Alabama 17
Fatty Warren Guard Auburn 11
John Staton End Georgia Tech 7
Noah Caton Guard Auburn 7
Puss Whelchel Guard Georgia 7
Terry Snoddy End Centre 6
Yen Lightsey Guard Clemson 6
Georgie Ratterman End Georgia Tech 5
Al Clemens End Alabama 5
Emmett Sizemore Guard Auburn 5
Dummy Lebey Guard Georgia Tech 4
Tram Sessions Guard Alabama 4
Buck Hatcher Tackle Tennessee 4
Bill James Tackle Centre 3
Noisy Grisham Guard Auburn 3
Sully Montgomery Tackle Centre 2
Albert Staton Tackle Georgia Tech 2
Speedy Speer Quarterback Furman 1+
Frank Stubbs Quarterback Auburn 1+
Buck Cheves Quarterback Georgia 1+
Ed Sherling Fullback Auburn 1+
Judy Harlan Fullback Georgia Tech 1+
Oscar Davis Guard Georgia Tech 1
Manning Jeter Guard Furman 1
James Pearce Guard Auburn 1
Joe Bennett Guard Georgia 1
Gink Hendrick Guard Vanderbilt 1
Red Weaver Center Centre 1

All-Southerns of 1920[edit]

Ends[edit]

John Staton of Georgia Tech.
  • Owen Reynolds, Georgia (C, FA, CM, S, JD, D, MB, BD, ED, BH, ZN, BAH, JLR, CW, HG, CEB, BP, UT)
  • John Staton, Georgia Tech (C, MB, KS)
  • Terry Snoddy, Centre (C, WGF, BH, SM, ZN, HLL, JLR, CR)
  • Georgie Ratterman, Georgia Tech (C, FA, CM, BD, WGF)
  • Al Clemens, Alabama (C, X, ED, CW, CEB)
  • John Shirey, Auburn (X, D, BAH)
  • Dicky White, Tulane (KS, HLL)
  • M. C. Billingsley, Mississippi A&M (UT)

Tackles[edit]

  • Bill Fincher*†, Georgia Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (C, FA, CM, X, S, JD, D, MB, BD, ED, WGF, BH, SM, ZN, KS, HLL, BAH, JLR, CR, CW, HG, CEB, BP)
  • Artie Pew, Georgia (C, FA, CB, S, JD, MB, BD, ED, WGF, HLL [as g], BAH [as g], JLR, CW, HG, CEB, BP)
  • Buck Hatcher, Tennessee (C, KS, HLL, UT)
  • Bill James, Centre (C, CM [as g], BD [as g], ZN)
  • Sully Montgomery, Centre (C, SM, JLR, CR)
  • Al Staton, Georgia Tech (C, S [as e], JD [as e], BAH, BP [as e])

Guards[edit]

Fatty Warren of Auburn.

Centers[edit]

Bo McMillin of Centre College.
  • Bum Day, Georgia (C, FA, CM, S, JD, MB, WGF, BH, SM-as guard, KS, HLL, CR-as guard, CW, HG, CEB)
  • Noah Caton, Auburn (C [as g], X, D, MB [as g], ED, WGF [as g], ZN, BAH, CW [as g], HG [as g], CEB [as g], BP, S [as g][3])
  • Red Weaver, Centre, (C, BD, SM, CR, UT)

Quarterbacks[edit]

Halfbacks[edit]

Buck Flowers of Georgia Tech.
  • Red Barron, Georgia Tech (C, FA, CM, X, S, JD, D, MB, ED, WGF, BH, SM, KS, HLL, BAH, JLR, CR, CW, HG, CEB, BP, UT)
  • Buck Flowers, Georgia Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (C, FA, CM, MB, BD, ED, WGF, BH, SM, ZN, KS, HLL, BAH [as qb], JLR, CR, CW, HG, CEB, BP, UT [as fb], S[3])
  • Mullie Lenoir, Alabama (X, SM [as fb], CR [as fb])
  • Reuben Blair, Tennessee (UT)

Fullbacks[edit]

  • Riggs Stephenson, Alabama (C, X, S [as hb], JD, D [as hb], BD [as hb], WGF, BH, ZN [as hb], KS, HLL, BAH [as hb], JLR, HG [as e], S[3])
  • Ed Sherling, Auburn (C, FA, CM, S, JD [as hb], D, BD, ZN, BAH, BP)
  • Judy Harlan, Georgia Tech (C, MB, ED, CW, HG, CEB)

Key[edit]

Bold = Composite selection

* = Consensus All-American

† = Unanimous selection

C = composite All-SIAA selection of 27 coaches and sporting writers culled by the Atlanta Constitution and Atlanta Journal.[4][5]

FA = selected by Frank Anderson, coach at Oglethorpe University.[6]

CM = selected by Charley Moran, coach at Centre College.[6][7]

X = selected by Xen C. Scott, coach at the University of Alabama.[6]

S = selected by H. J. Stegeman, coach at University of Georgia.[6][8]

JD = selected by James DeHart, assistant coach at University of Georgia.[6]

D = selected by Mike Donahue, coach at Auburn University.[8][9]

MB = selected by Morgan Blake, sports editor for the Atlanta Journal.[6][8]

BD = selected by Bruce Dudley, sports editor for the Louisville Herald.[6]

ED = selected by Ed Danforth, sports editor for the Atlanta Georgian.[6][8]

WGF = selected by W. G. Foster, sports editor for the Chattanooga Times, along with S. J. McAllister, coach and official.[6]

BH = selected by Blinkey Horn, sports editor for the Nashville Tennessean.[6][8]

SM = selected by Sam H. McMeekin of the Louisville Courier-Journal.[6]

ZN = selected by Zipp Newman, sports editor for the Birmingham News.[6]

KS = selected by the Knoxville Sentinel.[6]

HLL = selected by H. L. Lesbon of the Knoxville Journal and Tribune.[6]

BAH = selected by the Birmingham Age-Herald.[6][8]

JLR = selected by J. L. Ray of the Nashville Banner.[6][8]

CR = selected by Charles Rinehart, sports editor for the Louisville Courier-Journal.[6]

CW = selected by Cliff Wheatley, sports editor for the Atlanta Constitution.[6][8][10]

HG = selected by Homer George.[8][11]

CEB = selected by C. E. Baker of the Macon Telegraph.[8]

BP = selected by Boozer Pitts, assistant at Auburn.[8]

UT = selected by University of Tennessee student publication "Pigskin Number."[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "All-Time Football Team Lists Greats Of Past, Present". Gadsden Times. July 27, 1969. Retrieved March 8, 2015 – via Google news.  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ "Georgia Bulldog Next in Line With Three Members; Alabama, Auburn, and Centre Represented". Atlanta Constitution. December 5, 1920. p. 3. Retrieved March 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com. open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ a b c d A second All-Southern team of Stegeman's in 1920 has different guards and a different backfield.
  4. ^ closed access publication – behind paywall "Experts Select Star Athletes". The State. December 5, 1920. 
  5. ^ "All-Southern Grid Eleven Is Named". December 6, 1920. p. 12. Retrieved March 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r "All-Southern Elevens". Spalding Football Guide. 1920. pp. 41, 69; 27, 67. Retrieved March 8, 2015 – via Google books.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ "Four Tech Stars On All Southern Of Center Coach". Atlanta Constitution. December 7, 1920. p. 12. Retrieved March 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k "Some All-Star Selections". Atlanta Constitution. November 28, 1920. p. 2. Retrieved March 13, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ "Donahue Selects Outfit". Atlanta Constitution. November 28, 1920. p. 3. Retrieved March 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  10. ^ Cliff Wheatley (November 28, 1920). "Picking All-Southern Aggregation Is Hardest Task Ever Confronting Perspiring Scriveners of Section". Atlanta Constitution. p. 3. Retrieved March 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ Homer George (November 28, 1920). "H. George Selects His Team". Atlanta Constitution. p. 3. Retrieved March 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ "Pigskin Number". November 25, 1920. p. 11.