1922 College Football All-Southern Team

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Lynn Bomar of Vanderbilt.

The 1922 College Football All-Southern Team consists of college football players chosen by various organizations and writers for College Football All-Southern Teams for the 1922 Southern Conference football season. It was the first season of the Southern Conference.

Vanderbilt end Lynn Bomar and Georgia Tech running back Red Barron were the only two unanimous choices of a composite of selectors. Walter Camp picked no Southerners for his first-team All-American, but picked Bomar and Barron for his second team.

Composite eleven[edit]

Herb Covington of Centre
Al Staton of Georgia Tech.

The composite All-Southern eleven compiled from twenty four coaches and sporting editors of the South each of whom received trophies from the Atlanta Journal included:

  • Red Barron, halfback for Georgia Tech, unanimous selection, second-team Camp All-American. Barron led Tech to a 14–6 defeat over one of Auburn's greatest teams.[1] He was also an All-Southern baseball player who played professionally with the Boston Braves; and later coached high school football.
  • Joe Bennett, tackle for Georgia, later a Coca-Cola executive. "Prior to the 1960s, Bennett is likely Georgia's most outstanding tackle."[2] Both he and Whelchel were notorious kick blockers.
  • Lynn Bomar, end for Vanderbilt, unanimous selection, second-team Camp All-American. He played with the New York Giants in their inaugural season and was later warden of Tennessee State Prison. Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1956.
  • Herb Covington, quarterback for Centre, known as "The Mayfield Flash", had to replace Bo McMillin and kicked a record six straight drop-kicked field goals in a game against Louisville.
  • Oscar Davis, guard for Georgia Tech, also selected All-American by Lawrence Perry and Billy Evans.
  • John Fletcher, fullback for Georgia, provided much of the team's offense. An account of the game against Tennessee the next season says "he rammed the ball almost the entire length of the field on two occasions."[3]
  • Claire Frye, center for Georgia Tech, had formerly played football as a member of the American Expeditionary Forces.
  • Red Roberts, end for Centre, last year the fifth southern player selected first-team All-American by Walter Camp. Later coached the Waynesburg Yellow Jackets.
  • John Shirey, halfback for Auburn, was a member of various all-time Auburn teams.
  • Albert Staton, tackle for Georgia Tech, is the starting end on the all-time Heisman era team.
  • Puss Whelchel, guard for Georgia, and the unanimously elected captain from Georgia's strong line of '21. Both he and Bennett were notorious kick blockers.

Composite overview[edit]

Name Position School First-team selections
Lynn Bomar End/Tackle Vanderbilt 24
Red Barron Halfback Georgia Tech 24
Oscar Davis Guard Georgia Tech 23
Herb Covington Quarterback Centre 22
John Shirey Halfback Auburn 22
Red Roberts End/Guard/Tackle/Fullback Centre 19
Albert Staton Tackle Georgia Tech 11
Joe Bennett Tackle Georgia 11
Claire Frye Center Georgia Tech 10
John Fletcher Fullback Georgia 9
Puss Whelchel Guard Georgia 8
James Pearce Tackle/Guard Auburn 7
Ed Kubale Center Centre 7
Shorty Propst Center/Guard Alabama 6
Scotty Neill End Vanderbilt 5
Rip Reagan Guard Auburn 5
Slick Moulton End Auburn 4
John Staton End Georgia Tech 3
Eddie Reed Center Tulane 3
Roe Campbell Fullback Tennessee 3
Al Clemens End Alabama 2
Jack Hovater Tackle Alabama 2
Thug Murray Tackle Sewanee 2
Tex Bradford Tackle Vanderbilt 2
Ed Sherling Fullback Auburn 2
Tarzan Holt End Tennessee 1
Cliff Lemon End Centre 1
Blood Miller End Sewanee 1
Crook Smith End Mercer 1
Edgar David End Oglethorpe 1
Charles R. Fenwick Tackle Virginia 1
Martin Tackle 1
Tex Tilson Tackle VPI 1
Yen Lightsey Tackle Clemson 1
L. O. Wesley Guard Alabama 1
Ben Compton Guard Alabama 1
Birkett Pribble Guard Kentucky 1
Grady Pritchard Guard North Carolina 1
Tuck Kelly Guard Vanderbilt 1
Fats Lawrence Center Auburn 1
Johnson Center Mercer 1
Pooley Hubert Fullback Alabama 1
Red Johnston Fullback North Carolina 1

All-Southerns of 1922[edit]


Red Roberts of Centre.


Joe Bennett


Puss Whelchel of Georgia.




John Shirey of Auburn.
  • Red Barron†, Georgia Tech (C, BE, MA, ZN, ED, EH, MB, JP, MM, GHB, BH, HGP, JB, CWA, JH, NOI, CM, KS, WGF, MT)
  • John Shirey, Auburn (C, BE, MA, ZN, ED, EH [as fb], MB, JP, MM [as fb], GHB [as fb], BH, HGP, JB, CWA, JH, NOI, CM, WGF, MT)
  • Gil Reese, Vanderbilt (BE, GHB)
  • Ark Newton, Florida (EH, KS)
  • Jimmy Brewster, Georgia Tech (BE)
  • G. B. Arnold, Virginia (BE)



Bold = Composite selection

* = Consensus All-American

† = Unanimous selection

C = received votes for the composite All-Southern eleven compiled from twenty four coaches and sporting editors of the South.[4][5]

BE = Billy Evans's Southern Honor Roll.[6]

MA = selected by the Montgomery Advertiser.[7]

ZN = selected by Zipp Newman, sporting editor for the Birmingham News.[7][8][9]

ED = selected by Ed Danforth, sporting editor for the Atlanta Georgian.[7][8][9]

EH = selected by Ed Hebert of the Times-Picayune.[7][8][9]

MB = selected by Morgan Blake, sporting editor for the Atlanta Journal.[7][8][9]

JP = selected by J. P. Paterson, former Auburn star.[7]

MM = selected by Marvin McCarthy, sporting editor of the Birmingham Age-Herald.[8]

GHB = selected by George H. Butler of the Chattanooga News.[8][9]

BH = selected by Blinkey Horn, sporting editor of the Nashville Tennessean.[8]

HGP = selected by H. G. Pannell of the Montgomery Journal.[8][9]

JB = selected by Jimmy Burns of the Knoxville Journal-Tribune.[8]

CWA = selected by Carlyle Ward of the Montgomery Journal.[8]

JH = selected by Joe Hatcher of the Nashville Tennessean.[9]

NOI = selected by the New Orleans Item.[9]

CM = selected by Centre coach Charley Moran[9]

KS = selected by the Knoxville Sentinel[9]

WGF = selected W. G. Foster and S. J. McAllister in the Chattanooga Times.[9]

MT = selected by the Macon Telegraph[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ cf. "Auburn's Gator Bowl Champs Rated Among Top Tiger Teams". Ocala Star-Banner. January 16, 1955. 
  2. ^ Patrick Garbin. About Them Dawgs!: Georgia Football's Memorable Teams and Players. p. 30. 
  3. ^ "John Hamilton Fletcher". Banner-Herald. November 16, 1923. 
  4. ^ "Georgia Tech Has Four on All-Southern Team". Richmond Times Dispatch. December 10, 1922. 
  5. ^ Cliff Wheatley (December 10, 1922). "Al Staton, Davis, Whelchel Frye, Roberts, Covington, Bennett, Fletcher Picked". Atlanta Constitution. p. 3. Retrieved March 16, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  6. ^ closed access publication – behind paywall "Evans' All-Southern Honor Roll". Miami District Daily News. December 10, 1922. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f closed access publication – behind paywall "Selection of Mythical All-Southern Grid Team Difficult Task; Much Star Talent of Dixie Elevens This Season". The Montgomery Advertiser. December 3, 1922. 
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Teams Selected By Various Scribes". Atlanta Constitution. December 3, 1922. p. 5. Retrieved March 7, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  9. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l "How Dixie Sport Scribes Handed Out Plums for All Southern". The Tennessean. December 3, 1922. p. 28. Retrieved June 26, 2016 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read