1921 College Football All-Southern Team

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Bo McMillin of Centre running on Harvard.

The 1921 College Football All-Southern Team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-Southern Teams selected by various organizations for the 1921 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. This was the last year before many schools left the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) for the Southern Conference (SoCon).

Centre posted the SIAA's best record and upset Harvard 6–0. Georgia Tech was also undefeated in conference play, as were Georgia and Vanderbilt, the latter two posting one tie against the other. Vanderbilt was the only one to remain undefeated overall, and were selected as a national champion retroactively by selector Clyde Berryman.

Composite eleven[edit]

Judy Harlan of Georgia Tech blocking for Red Barron.

The composite All-Southern eleven awarded gold badges and formed by 30 sports 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. Sam Murray, who played later for Georgia Tech as a substitute fullback, was asked about a certain strong runner in the 1930s, "He's good. But if I were playing again, I would have one wish – never to see bearing down upon me a more fearsome picture of power than Judy Harlan blocking for Red Barron."[1]
  • Noah Caton, center for Auburn, died just a year later due to complications from an appendicitis operation.
  • Bum Day, center for Georgia. Not a single point was scored all year through Georgia's line, and over two years (1920 and 1921) Georgia did not lose to a single southern opponent. In 1918, as a player for Georgia Tech, Day was the first Southern player selected first-team All-American by Walter Camp.
  • Goat Hale, quarterback for Mississippi College, inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1963. Got the nickname "Goat" in high school when he battered through the line, scoring a touchdown, and ran past the end zone until his head hit a wooden building, loosening several planks.[2]
  • Judy Harlan, fullback for Georgia Tech, a senior captain and third-team All-American.
  • Bo McMillin, quarterback for Centre College, unanimous selection, inaugural inductee into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. He led Centre over defending national champion Harvard 6–0 in what is widely considered one of the greatest upsets in college football history.[3] In 1919, he was the second southern player selected first-team All-American by Walter Camp.
  • Owen Reynolds, end for Georgia, played for the New York Giants in their inaugural season of 1925.
  • Artie Pew, tackle for Georgia. He was also the team's kicker as well as a basketball player.
  • Red Roberts, end for Centre, this year the fifth southern player selected first-team All-American by Walter Camp. Roberts was a unanimous selection for the Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869–1919 era.[4] Later coached the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets.
  • Albert Staton, tackle for Georgia Tech, the starting end on the all-time Heisman era team.[5]
  • Puss Whelchel, guard for Georgia, captain-elect and third-team All-American.

Composite overview[edit]

Bo McMillin was the only unanimous choice for the composite selection. Caton and Staton were picked out of the ties due to having the most votes at multiple positions.[6]

Name Position School First-team selections
Bo McMillin Quarterback Centre 30
Red Barron Halfback Georgia Tech 28
Owen Reynolds End Georgia 26
Red Roberts End Centre 26
Puss Whelchel Guard Georgia 25
Bum Day Center Georgia 21
Judy Harlan Fullback Georgia Tech 21
Goat Hale Halfback Mississippi College 20
Artie Pew Tackle Georgia 19
Noah Caton Guard Auburn 9
Oscar Davis Guard Georgia Tech 9
Albert Staton Tackle Georgia Tech 6
Joe Bennett Tackle Georgia 6
Fletcher Skidmore Tackle Sewanee 6
Tootie Perry Guard Florida 1

All-Southerns of 1921[edit]


Red Roberts of Centre.
  • Owen Reynolds, Georgia (C, D, BD, JLR, MM, BCL, CEB, SM, MB, ED, GAB, MCK, EH, S, KS, CM, JS, FW, DH, TU)
  • Red Roberts, Centre (C, D, BD [as t], JLR, MM, BCL, CEB, SM, MB, ED, GAB, MCK. EH, ER, BB, S, KS [as t], CM [as t], JS, DH, TU)
  • Lynn Bomar, Vanderbilt (College Football Hall of Fame) (JLR [as t], MM [as t], SM [as t])
  • Bill James, Centre (BD, CM)
  • John Staton, Georgia Tech (BB)
  • Graham Vowell, Tennessee (KS)
  • Rodney Ollinger, Auburn (FW, DH [as hb])
  • Tom Ryan, Vanderbilt



  • Puss Whelchel, Georgia (C, JLR, BCL, CEB, MB, ED, GAB, S, KS, JS, FW, TU)
  • Noah Caton, Auburn (C, D [as c], BD, BCL [as t], MM, CEB, ED, MCK, EH, ER, BB, CM, JS [as t])
  • Oscar Davis, Georgia Tech (C, D, BCL, MB, S, KS, TU)
  • Tootie Perry, Florida (C, JLR [as t], GAB, JS)
  • Charles Lindsay, Tennessee (MCK, ER, BB)
  • Noisy Grisham, Auburn (FW)
  • Thurston Anthony, Georgia (DH)
  • George M. Chinn, Centre (DH)
Bum Day while playing for Georgia Tech.


  • Bum Day, Georgia (C, D [as g], BD [as g], JLR, MM [as g], BCL, CEB, SM, MB, ED, GAB, MCK, EH [as g], ER, BB, CM [as g], JS, FW, DH, TU)
  • Ed Kubale, Centre (BD, CM)
  • Alf Sharpe, Vanderbilt (MM)
  • Eddie Reed, Tulane (EH)
  • Kenneth Grizzard, Tennessee (S, KS)


  • Bo McMillin*†, Centre (College Football Hall of Fame) (C, D, BD, JLR, MM, BCL, CEB, SM, MB, ED, GAB, MCK, EH, ER, BB, S, KS, CM, JS, FW, DH, TU)


Goat Hale of Mississippi College.


  • Judy Harlan, fullback, Georgia Tech (C, D, BD, JLR, MM, BCL, CEB, MB, ED, GAB, BB, CM, FW, TU)
  • Ed Sherling, Auburn (D [as hb], MB [as hb], MCK, EH, ER, JS, DH)
  • Roe Campbell, Tennessee (GAB [as hb], KS)


Bold = Composite selection

* = Consensus All-American

† = Unanimous selection

C = Received votes for a composite All-SIAA eleven selected by 30 sports writers and culled by the Atlanta Constitution and Atlanta Journal. Each of the composite eleven selected were presented with gold football badges.[7]

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

BD = selected by Bruce Dudley, sporting editor of the Louisville Herald.[9][10]

JLR = selected by J. L. Ray of the Nashville Banner.[10][11]

MM = selected by Marvin McCarthy of the Birmingham Age-Herald.[10][11]

BCL = selected by B. C. Lumpkin of the Athens Daily News.[11]

CEB = selected by C. E. Baker of the Macon Telegraph.[11]

SM = selected by Sam H. McMeekin of the Courier-Journal.[10]

MB = selected by Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal.[10]

ED = selected by Ed Danforth of the Atlanta Georgian.[10]

GAB = selected by George A. Butler of the Chattanooga News.[10]

MCK = selected by William McG. Keefe of the Times-Picayune.[10]

EH = selected by Ed Hebert of the Times-Picayune.[10]

ER = selected by Eddie Reed, captain of the Tulane eleven.[10]

BB = selected by Bill Brennan, associate coach at Tulane.[10]

S = selected by coach Herman Stegeman of the University of Georgia.[10]

KS = selected by the Knoxville Sentinel[10]

CM = selected by coach Charley Moran of Centre College.[10]

JS = selected by John Snell of the Enquirer-Sun.[10]

FW = selected by Fuzzy Woodruff.[12]

DH = selected by Dunbar Hair of the Augusta Chronicle.[13]

TU = selected by the Times-Union.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Cast of Characters". Georgia Tech Alumni Magazine. 51 (4): 18. 1973. 
  2. ^ "Edwin "Goat" Hale at College Football Hall of Fame". footballfoundation.org. 
  3. ^ "ESPN ranks 1921 Centre-Harvard game among college football's greatest upsets". Archived from the original on 2004-12-17. 
  4. ^ "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
  5. ^ "All America list" (PDF). grfx.cstv.com. 
  6. ^ Fuzzy Woodruff (December 4, 1921). "Barron, A. Staton, Harlan Are Tornado Celebrities Getting on Big Outfit". Atlanta Constitution. Retrieved March 2, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  7. ^ closed access publication – behind paywall "All-Southern Football Team". Charlotte Observer. December 4, 1921. 
  8. ^ "Donahue Picks All Southern Eleven". Montgomery Advertiser. December 1, 1921. 
  9. ^ "Another All-Southern Team Picked". The Indianapolis Star. November 27, 1921. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Scribes Are Finding Material Plentiful For All-Star Machines". Atlanta Constitution. November 29, 1921. p. 12. Retrieved March 13, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ a b c d "Some All-Southern Selections". Atlanta Constitution. November 27, 1921. p. 4. Retrieved March 13, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ Fuzzy Woodruff (December 10, 1921). "Southern Football Elevens Lacked Field Goal Kickers". The Charlotte News. p. 3. Retrieved May 9, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  13. ^ a b "Scribes Still Pick All-Star From Grid Material". Atlanta Constitution. p. 10. Retrieved August 31, 2015.  open access publication – free to read