Austin Downes

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Austin Downes
Georgia Bulldogs – No. 1; 20; 41
Position Quarterback
Class Graduate
Career history
College Georgia (1930–1931)
Personal information
Born: c. 1907
Chicago, Illinois
Height 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m)
Weight 156 lb (71 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Austin Downes was a college football player.

Early years[edit]

Downes came from Chicago.[1][2]

University of Georgia[edit]

Downes was a prominent quarterback for the Georgia Bulldogs of the University of Georgia from 1929 to 1931. He was twice All-Southern.[1][3] He led the team in 1930 to wins over NYU and Yale.[4] The Georgia tradition of rubbing the head of Harry "Squab" Jones to some degree starts with Downes, who refused to rub it. After finally doing so, he returned a kick in the Yale game for a touchdown.[5][6] The 1931 team of which he was captain[2][7][8] suffered just two losses, one to national champion USC, and the other to the team USC beat in the Rose Bowl, Southern champion Tulane.


  1. ^ a b "All-Southern Team". The Monroe News-Star. December 2, 1931. p. 6. Retrieved September 21, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  2. ^ a b Dillon Graham (August 26, 1931). "Line Has Edge On Backfielders". The Monroe News-Star. p. 7. Retrieved September 22, 2015 – via  open access publication – free to read
  3. ^ Dillon Graham (December 2, 1931). "Three Tulane Stars Picked for All-Southern Team". Fitchburg Sentinel. 
  4. ^ Patrick Garbin (2008). About Them Dawgs!: Georgia Football's Memorable Teams and Players. pp. 21, 29. ISBN 9780810860407. 
  5. ^ Austin Wilson (December 29, 1982). ""Squab" part of Georgia football". Gettysburg Times. 
  6. ^ "Jones' Head Good Luck Charm For Georgia". Spartanburg Herald-Journal. December 29, 1982. 
  7. ^ "Pack of Veterans Carry on Georgia's Grid Wars". Sarasota Herald-Tribune. October 12, 1931. 
  8. ^ "Team Captains".