1923 College Football All-Southern Team

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Lynn Bomar of Vanderbilt was selected an All-American by Walter Camp.

The 1923 College Football All-Southern Team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-Southern Teams selected by various organizations for the 1923 Southern Conference football season.

Vanderbilt won the SoCon championship, its last conference title to date. Florida upset previously undefeated Alabama on the last week of play.

Composite eleven[edit]

Ark Newton of Florida.

The composite All-Southern eleven put out by the Atlanta Journal who received gold medals included:

Doug Wycoff of Georgia Tech was a near unanimous selection.
  • Gil Reese, halfback for Vanderbilt. Reese was the team's leading scorer, netting nine touchdowns in two weeks in the victories over Tennessee and Georgia had by a combined 86–14.
  • Robbie Robinson, tackle and captain for Florida. On the Gators' upset of previously undefeated Alabama, he said "Psychology did the trick and turned the tables on the Crimson, for the word went the rounds on the campus that "they can't do it"'–referring to Alabama's chances of walking on the Florida team. He also remarked on the many goal line stands by Florida.[5]
  • Henry Wakefield, end for Vanderbilt, known as "Hek." After the loss to Michigan opposing coach Fielding Yost said "I never saw a greater exhibition of end play", referring to Wakefield.[6] The Kingsport Times reported that governor Austin Peay had also given Hek praise for his play that day.[7] Coach Dan McGugin rated Wakefield as one of the six greatest players he ever coached.
  • Doug Wycoff, fullback for Georgia Tech. Coach Alexander recalled "The work of Douglas Wycoff against Notre Dame two years in succession was brilliant in the extreme, as was his plunging against Penn State when we defeated them twice."[8] Wycoff played professionally for various teams in both the AFL and NFL including with the Newark Bears. He was inducted into the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.

Composite overview[edit]

Doug Wycoff received the most votes of any player in the composite selection.

Name Position School First-team selections
Doug Wycoff Fullback Georgia Tech 30
Gil Reese Halfback Vanderbilt 25
Lynn Bomar End Vanderbilt 23
Hek Wakefield End Vanderbilt 19
Joe Bennett Tackle Georgia 17
Shorty Propst Center Alabama 15
Goldy Goldstein Guard Florida 14
Tuck Kelly Guard Vanderbilt 14
Ark Newton Halfback Florida 13
Rip Reagan Guard Auburn 11
Al Clemens End Alabama 10
Robbie Robinson Tackle Florida 10
John Staton End Georgia Tech 9
Bob Rives Tackle Vanderbilt 9
Charlie Barbour Tackle VMI 8
Claire Frye Center Georgia Tech 8
Grant Gillis Quarterback Alabama 8
Fats Lawrence Guard Auburn 6

All-Southerns of 1923[edit]


Hek Wakefield of Vanderbilt.
  • Lynn Bomar*, Vanderbilt (College Football Hall of Fame) (C, AC, MB, BCL, MN-2, ZN, JB-1, CL [as t], BH-1, JH-1, WGF, WR [as g], FD, NOD, EH, WC, GJ, BE)
  • Hek Wakefield, Vanderbilt (C, AC, MB-1, BCL, MT, CL, HP, BH-1, JH-1, WGF, GHB-1, WR, BP, KN, NOD, LB, HB, JF, BE)
  • Al Clemens, Alabama (C, ED, HP, JH-2, GHB-2, FD, EH, HC, BE)
  • John Staton, Georgia Tech, (C, MB-1, ED, MN-2, BH-2, JH-2, GHB-1, LB, BE)
  • Cliff Lemon, Centre (ZN, JB-2, CL, BH-2, BP, WC, JF, GJ, Hc, BE)
  • Tarzan Holt, Tennessee (GHB-2 [as fb], WR, KN, TT)
  • Spec Lightsey, Florida (JB-1, HP)
  • Crook Smith, Mercer (MT)
  • Case Thomasson, Centre (HB)
  • Tuck Carlton, VMI (HC)
  • Blood Miller, Sewanee (JB-2, GHB-2)
  • Bill Supplee, Maryland (BE)


Joe Bennett of Georgia.
  • Joe Bennett, Georgia (C, AC, MB, ED, BCL, MT, MN-2, CL, JH-2, WGF [as g], GHB-1, WR, BP, FD, EH, LB, HB, GJ, TT, BE)
  • Robbie Robinson, Florida (C, JB-1, BH-2, WGF, GHB-1, FD, EH, BE)
  • Bob Rives, Vanderbilt (C, AC, MT, JB-1, BH-1, JH-1, WGF, GHB-2, KN, HB, HC, BE)
  • Charlie Barbour, VMI (C, MB, ED, ZN, BH-1, JH-1, BE)
  • E. A. Stephenson, Kentucky (BH-2, JH-2, NOD, BE)
  • Jack Langhorne, Alabama (KN, JF [as g], HC)
  • J. G. Lowe, Tennessee (WR, BE)
  • Jim Taylor Georgia (HP)
  • Broomley, Maryland (NOD)
  • Cy Williams, Florida (LB)
  • Jim Walker, Vanderbilt (JF)
  • Huffines, Georgia Tech (JF)
  • Amos Kent, Sewanee (GJ)
  • Tex Tilson, Washington & Lee (TT)
  • Ralph Brice, Auburn (JB-2, GHB-2)
  • Red Simmons, Mercer (MN-2)


Tuck Kelly of Vanderbilt.
  • Goldy Goldstein, Florida (C, AC, ED, ZN, JB-1, BH-1, JH-1, NOD, EH, HC, TT, BE)
  • Tuck Kelly, Vanderbilt (C, AC, MB, ED, BCL, ZN, BH-1, JH-2, GHB-1, BP, KN, WC [as t], LB, HB, BE)
  • Rip Reagan, Auburn, (C, BCL, MT, WGF, GHB-1, WC, TT, BE)
  • Lynch, Centre (CL, HP, BH-2, WC [as t], GJ, BP)
  • Dell Ramsey, Kentucky (WR, HB)
  • Mike Herndon, Mercer (MT)
  • Bill Buckler, Alabama (JB-1)
  • Fats Hammond, VMI (JH-1)
  • Pete Camp, Alabama (NOD)
  • Cooper Litton, Sewanee (BH-2, JH-2, GHB-2)
  • John McIntyre, Georgia Tech (GHB-2, KN, JF, BE)
  • C. L. Terry, Washington & Lee (HC, BE)
  • Tom McCracken, VMI (MN-2)
  • F. McConnell, Georgia Tech (MN-2)
  • Ben Compton, Alabama (JB-2)
  • George M. Chinn, Centre (BE)


  • Shorty Propst, Alabama (C, AC, MB [as g], ZN [as t], JB-1, CL, HP, BH-1, JH-1, WGF, GHB-2, WR, BP [as t], KN, FD, EH, WC [as g], GJ [as g], TT, BE)
  • Claire Frye, Georgia Tech (C, MB, MN-2, GHB-1, FD [as g], NOD, EH [as g], BE)
  • Fats Lawrence, Auburn (C, ED, ZN, JB-2 [as g], CL [as g], HP [as g], LB [as t], BE)
  • Ed Kubale, Centre (BCL, MT, JB-2, BH-2, JH-2, BP, LB, WC, HB, JF, GJ, BE)
  • Alf Sharpe, Vanderbilt (FD [as g])
  • T. Roosevelt Day, Georgia (HC)


  • Grant Gillis, Alabama (C, MB, ED, JB-1 [as hb], BH-2, JH-2 [as hb], WGF [as hb], GHB-1 [as hb], BE [as hb])
  • Herb Covington, Centre (AC, BCL, MT, ZN, JB-1, CL, HP, BH-1, GHB-1, WR, BP, FD, EH, LB, WC, HB, JF, GJ, HC, TT, BE)
  • Edgar C. Jones, Florida (MN-2, JB-2 [as qb], BE)
  • Monk McDonald, North Carolina (NOD)
  • S. D. Peterson, Auburn (GHB-2)
  • Boots Groves, Maryland (GHB-2 [as hb])
  • Doc Kuhn, Vanderbilt (BE)
  • Harry Sutton, VPI (BE)


Gil Reese of Vanderbilt.
  • Gil Reese, Vanderbilt (C, MB, AC, ED, BCL, MT, ZN, JB-1, CL, HP, BH-1, JH, WGF, GHB-1, WR, BP, KN, FD, NOD, EH [as fb], LB, HB, GJ, TT, BE)
  • Ark Newton, Florida (C, AC, MB, BCL [as t], MT, MN-2, JB-2, CL, BH-1, JH, EH, WC, HC, TT, BE)
  • Windy White, VMI (MB, ED, BH-2, JH-2 [as fb], GHB-2, BE)
  • Brother Brown, Tulane (FD, NOD, EH)
  • William Bone, Tennessee (WR, KN)
  • John H. Fletcher, Georgia (BCL, JH-2)
  • Spurlock, Washington & Lee (WC)
  • Ike Williams, Georgia Tech (JF)
  • Hudgins, Centre (JF)
  • J. E. Luckett, Mississippi A&M (HC)
  • Adrian Maurer, Oglethorpe (MN-2, BE)
  • Cy Parks, Mississippi College (JB-2)
  • William C. Baty, Alabama (BH-2)
  • W. Shufford, NC State (BE)


  • Doug Wycoff, Georgia Tech (C, AC, MB, ED, BCL, MT, ZN [as hb], JB, CL, HP, BH-1, JH, WGF, GHB-1, WR, BP [as hb], KN, FD, NOD, LB [as hb], WC, HB [as hb], GJ [as hb], HC, TT, BE)
  • Pooley Hubert, Alabama (College Football Hall of Fame) (MN-2, ZN, HP [as hb])
  • Eddie Cameron, Washington & Lee (HB, JF, BE)
  • Bill Middlekauff, Florida (JB-2, BH-2, BP, BE)
  • Curtis Sanders, Kentucky (LB, BE)
  • John Hutchins, Carson-Newman (GJ)
  • Jack McQuade, Maryland (BE)


Bold = Composite selection

* = Consensus All-American

C = received votes for the composite All-Southern eleven, using 32 sportswriters, put out by the Atlanta Journal. The composite eleven received gold medals.[9] Votes for multiple positions have been combined under the one which received the most.

AC = another composite selection, using 21 sportswriters.[10]

MB = selected by Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal.[11]

ED = selected by Ed Danforth of the Atlanta Georgian.[11]

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

MT = selected by the Macon Telegraph.[12]

MN = selected by Julian Leggett of the Macon News.[12]

ZN = selected by Zipp Newman of the Birmingham News.[11]

JB = selected by Jerry Bryan of the Birmingham Age-Herald.[11]

CL = selected by Colquitt Love in the Montgomery Journal[11]

HP = selected by Howard Pill of the Montgomery Advertiser.[11]

BH = selected Blinkey Horn of the Nashville Tennessean.[13]

JH = selected by Joe Hatcher of the Nashville Tennessean.[11]

WGF = selected by W. G. Foster of the Chattanooga Times.[11]

GHB = selected by George H. Butler in the Chattanooga News.[11]

WR = selected by Wendell Robinson of the Knoxville Sentinel[11]

BP = selected by Bob Pigue of the News-Scimitar.[11]

KN = selected by the Knoxville News.[11]

FD = selected by Fred Digby of the New Orleans Item.[11]

NOD = selected by the New Orleans Daily States.[11]

EH = selected by Ed Hebert of the Times-Picayune.[11]

LB = selected by Lester Barnes of the Louisville Times.[11]

WC = selected by Warren Collins of the Louisville Herald.[11]

HB = selected by Harry Bloom of the Louisville Post.[11]

JF = selected by John Francis of the Courier-Journal.[11]

GJ = selected by George Joplin of the Danville Messenger.[11]

HC = selected by Harry Cully of the Florida Times-Union.[11]

TT = selected by the Tampa Tribune.[10]

BE = Billy Evans's "All-Southern" Honor Roll[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Patrick Garbin. About Them Dawgs!: Georgia Football's Memorable Teams and Players. p. 30. 
  2. ^ "Goldstein, Erving "Goldy"". jewsinsports.com. Retrieved September 5, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Vandy Captain Gets High Rating In South". Modesto Evening News. December 22, 1923. 
  4. ^ "Gators Trounce Alabama In Titular Grid Contest". The Evening Independent. November 30, 1923. 
  5. ^ Frank Rising (November 14, 1925). "Snipes Do Run And Sport Dope Flows". p. 9. 
  6. ^ Russell, Fred, and Maxwell Edward Benson. Fifty Years of Vanderbilt Football. Nashville, Tennessee, 1938, p. 42, 67
  7. ^ "Wakefield Star On Vandy Team". The Kingsport Times. November 27, 1923. 
  8. ^ W. A. Alexander (1926). "Forty-Five Yards for Georgia Tech" (PDF). Kansas City Star. 
  9. ^ closed access publication – behind paywall"All Star Eleven To Be Awarded By Atlanta Paper". Times-Picayune. December 9, 1923.  (password-protected)
  10. ^ a b "Two Gators Chosen On Composite All-Southern". The Tampa Tribune. December 5, 1923. p. 9. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  11. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v "How Dixie Scribes Chose All Southern Team". The Tennessean. December 2, 1923. p. 13. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  Page 2 open access publication – free to read
  12. ^ a b "The Telegraph's All-Southern". Mercer Cluster. December 7, 1923. pp. 3; 6. 
  13. ^ "Ply of Five Commodores Wins For Them Coveted Position on All-Southern Moleskin Clan". The Tennessean. December 2, 1923. p. 13. Retrieved November 14, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  14. ^ "Billy Evans' All-Southern Honor Roll". Freeport Journal-Standard. December 20, 1923. p. 8. Retrieved July 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read