Will Metzger

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Will Metzger
Vanderbilt Commodores
Position Guard/Fullback
Class Graduate
Career history
College Vanderbilt (1908–1911)
Personal information
Born: (1890-08-21)August 21, 1890
Nashville, Tennessee
Died: December 2, 1951(1951-12-02) (aged 61)
Memphis, Tennessee
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg)
Career highlights and awards

William Edgar "Frog" Metzger, Jr. (August 21, 1890 – December 2, 1951) was a college football player.


Metzger was a prominent guard for the Vanderbilt Commodores of Vanderbilt University from 1908 to 1911. Metzger was Dan McGugin's first great lineman.[1] Metzger was selected for an Associated Press Southeast Area All-Time football team 1869-1919 era.[2] Metzger was chosen for an all-time Vandy team in 1912,[3] as well as an All-time Vandy team published in Vanderbilt's yearbook in 1934. At Vanderbilt he was a member of the Kappa Alpha fraternity.


Metzger was injured in the loss to Ohio State in 1909, breaking his leg just above the knee.[4]


The 1910 team which tied defending national champion Yale[5] and allowed just 8 points and scored 165 was led by Metzger,[6] a unanimous All-Southern player and third-team All-American as chosen by Walter Camp.[7] He was the third ever player from the South to get on one of Camp's teams.[8]


  1. ^ "2014 Vanderbilt Commodores Football Media Guide" (PDF). p. 143. 
  2. ^ "All-Time Football Team Lists Greats Of Past, Present". Gadsden Times. July 27, 1969. 
  3. ^ Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt University Quarterly. 13. p. 56. 
  4. ^ "Vandy Loses to Ohio State". Atlanta Constitution. November 14, 1909. p. 4. Retrieved May 14, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication – free to read
  5. ^ Traughber, Bill (November 9, 2005). "Commodores Shock Powerful Yale in 1910". Retrieved February 11, 2015. 
  6. ^ Christopher J. Walsh (2006). Where Football Is King: A History of the SEC. Taylor Trade Publishing. p. 120. 
  7. ^ "Three Westerners Selected By Camp: Benbrook and Wells of Michigan and Walker of Minnesota Named for All-American". The Indianapolis Star. 1910-12-11. 
  8. ^ "On the Gridiron and Diamond". The Kappa Alpha Journal. 30 (2): 211.