1927 College Football All-Southern Team

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Bill Spears was a near unanimous selection.

The 1927 College Football All-Southern Team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-Southern Teams selected by various organizations in for the 1927 Southern Conference football season.

Composite eleven[edit]

John Barnhill as coach.

The All-Southern eleven compiled by the Associated Press included:

Composite overview[edit]

Bill Spears received the most selections from the Associated Press composite. Sixty four votes in all were cast.

Name Position School First-team selections
Bill Spears Quarterback Vanderbilt 61
Herdis McCrary Fullback/Halfback Georgia 52
Ivey Shiver End Georgia 43
Fred Pickhard Tackle Alabama 42
Tom Nash End Georgia 37
John Barnhill Guard Tennessee 37
Stumpy Thomason Halfback Georgia Tech 26
Gene Smith Guard Georgia 25
Elvin Butcher Center Tennessee 23
Jess Tinsley Tackle LSU 17
Jim Bowdoin Guard Alabama 17
Vernon Sharpe Center Vanderbilt 17
Jack McDowall Halfback/Quarterback North Carolina A & M 17
Dick Dodson Halfback Tennessee 16
Ed Crowley End Georgia Tech 14
Phoney Smith Halfback Mercer 14
Bill Banker Halfback Tulane 13
Harry Schwartz Center North Carolina 9
Larry Creson End Vanderbilt 7
V. K. Smith Guard Ole Miss 7
Frank Peake Halfback VPI 7
Dave McArthur Tackle Tennessee 6
Glenn Lautzenhiser Tackle Georgia 6
Bill Brunson Tackle Mississippi A & M 4
Duke Kimbrough Tackle Sewanee 4
Clark Pearce Tackle Alabama 4
Earl Fitzpatrick Tackle Washington & Lee 4
V. E. Miles Guard VPI 4
Peter Pund Center Georgia Tech 4
Raleigh Drennon Guard Georgia Tech 3
William Patterson Center Auburn 2
Jimmy Armistead Fullback Vanderbilt 2
H. S. Spotts End Washington & Lee 1+
Allyn McKeen End Tennessee 1+
Ap Applewhite End Ole Miss 1+
Bill Middlekauff Fullback Florida 1
Sollie Cohen Fullback Ole Miss 1
Tom Young Fullback North Carolina 1

All-Southerns of 1927[edit]






  • Bill Spears, Vanderbilt (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1, UP-1, C, CP, WMA, EB)
  • Johnny Menville, Tulane (UP-2, WMA)
  • Babe Godfrey, LSU (WMA-r)




Bold = Composite selection

* = Consensus All-American

AP = composite selected by the Associated Press. It had a first and second team.[6]

UP = composite selected by the United Press. It had a first and second team.[7] Those who received selections despite missing first or second team are appended with a C.

C = composite selected by six sporting editors: Blinkey Horn of the Nashville Tennessean, Ralph McGill of the Nashville Banner, Zipp Newman of the Birmingham News, Bib Phillips of the Birmingham Age-Herald, Morgan Blake of the Atlanta Journal, and Ed Danforth of the Atlanta Georgian.[8]

CP = selected by football fans of the South through Central Press newspapers.[9]

WMA = selected by coaches Wallace Wade of Alabama, Dan McGugin of Vanderbilt, and William Alexander of Georgia Tech, for a roster spot on a team set to face an All-Pacific Coast squad in Los Angeles on Christmas Day.[10][11][12][13][14] It also include reserves.

EB = selected by Miss Emily Boyd, sports editor of the Griffin Daily News, the only woman sports editor in the south.[15]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Four Georgia Grid Stars Voted Places On United Press Conference Team". Banner-Herald. November 23, 1917. 
  3. ^ "Vols Down Marshall On A Stormy Day". 
  4. ^ "Backfielders In South Get Real Mention". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. November 15, 1927. 
  5. ^ "Herdis McCrary NFL Football Statistics". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Sports Reference LLC. 
  6. ^ "Spears Given Highest Vote in Selection". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. November 27, 1927. 
  7. ^ "Four Georgia Grid Stars Voted Places On United Press Conference Team". Banner-Herald. November 23, 1917. 
  8. ^ "All-Southern Is Picked By Sport Writers". The Miami News. December 11, 1927. 
  9. ^ "Southern Team". The Kingsport Times. November 12, 1927. 
  10. ^ "30 Stars Play On All-Southern Team". Appleton Post Crescent. November 29, 1927. 
  11. ^ "'Bama Star Is Captain Of Eleven". The Bismarck Tribune. December 22, 1927. 
  12. ^ "All-Southern Team Comes From 20 Stars". Gastonia Daily Gazette. December 1, 1927. 
  13. ^ "All-American Back Leads Dixie Forces in Invasion". The Billings Gazette. December 21, 1927. p. 8. Retrieved August 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  14. ^ "Southern Grid Team Is Named". St. Petersburg Times. December 10, 1927. 
  15. ^ "Girl Sports Editor In South Picks Her All-Star Eleven" (PDF). Jamestown Evening Herald. December 3, 1927.