1934 VPI Gobblers football team

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1934 VPI Gobblers football
Conference Southern Conference
1934 record 5–5 (3–3 SoCon)
Head coach Henry Redd (3rd season)
Captain Louis L. Fittro
George Maxie Smith
Home stadium Miles Stadium
Seasons
← 1933
1935 →
1934 Southern Conference football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Washington and Lee $ 4 0 0     7 3 0
North Carolina 2 0 1     7 1 1
Duke 3 1 0     7 2 0
Maryland 3 1 0     7 3 0
Clemson 2 1 0     5 4 0
VPI 3 3 0     5 5 0
South Carolina 2 3 0     5 4 0
NC State 1 3 1     2 6 1
Virginia 1 4 0     3 6 0
VMI 0 5 0     1 8 0
  • $ – Conference champion

The 1934 VPI Gobblers football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1934 college football season. The team was led by their head coach Henry Redd and finished with a record of five wins and five losses (5–5).

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site Result Attendance
September 22, 1934 Roanoke* Miles StadiumBlacksburg, Virginia W 21–0  
September 29, 1934 at Temple* Temple StadiumPhiladelphia L 0–34  
October 6, 1934 Florida* Miles Stadium • Blacksburg, Virginia L 13–20  
October 13, 1934 vs. William & Mary* City StadiumRichmond, Virginia W 6–0   9,000[1]
October 20, 1934 vs. Maryland Norfolk, Virginia L 9–14  
October 27, 1934 at Washington and Lee Wilson Field • Lexington, Virginia L 7–13  
November 3, 1934 2:30pm[2] at South Carolina Columbia Municipal StadiumColumbia, South Carolina L 0–20  
November 10, 1934 vs. NC State Portsmouth, Virginia W 7–6  
November 17, 1934 Virginiadagger Miles Stadium • Blacksburg, Virginia (Rivalry) W 19–6  
November 29, 1934 vs. VMI Maher Field[3]Roanoke, Virginia (Rivalry) W 13–0   10,000[3]
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1934 Virginia Tech football schedule[4]

NFL Draft selections[edit]

= NFL Hall of Fame = Canadian Football Hall of Fame = College Football Hall of Fame
NFL Draft Selections 
Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1937 7 3 63 Herman E. "Foots" Dickerson Chicago Cardinals End

Players[edit]

The following players were members of the 1934 football team according to the roster published in the 1935 edition of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[5]

VPI 1934 roster
Quarterbacks
  • William Duncan Holsclaw
  • Mattox

Guards

  • Benjamin Botnick
  • James Henry Copenhaver
  • Edward Ralph English
  • John Norman Ochs

Tackles

  • F. M. "Mac" Banks
  • Benjamin Dodge
  • Harry Worden Howard

Center

  • David Jones
Ends
  • Louis Leonard Fittro (Capt.)
  • Warren "Red" Negri
  • David Thomas

Halfbacks

  • Jack A. "Buck" Carpenter
  • Herman Edward "Foots" Dickerson
  • James Edward Ottaway
  • Joseph Decatur Russell
  • George Edward Sodaro
  • Howard Arnold Spruill

Fullback

  • George Maxie Smith (Capt.)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "V.P.I. Scores on Pass to Beat Indians, 6–0" (PDF). The Flat Hat. College of William & Mary. October 16, 1934. p. 3. Retrieved February 2, 2016. 
  2. ^ "Gamecocks-Gobblers To Match Spurs". The Gamecock. University of South Carolina. November 2, 1934. p. 1. Retrieved August 17, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b "VPI Subdues Cadets On Muddy Field 13–0". The V.M.I. Cadet. Virginia Military Institute. December 3, 1934. p. 1. Retrieved February 3, 2016. 
  4. ^ Virginia Tech Football Past Schedules "1934–1935". Virginia Tech Sports Information Department, Hokiesports.com. Accessed January 11, 2016.
  5. ^ "The Bugle 1935" (PDF). Virginia Tech Bugle. 1935. p. 282. Retrieved 2016-01-11.