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1908 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

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1908 record  7–2–1 (3–0–1 SIAA)
Offensive scheme  Short-punt
Home stadium  Dudley Field
Head coach  Dan McGugin (5th year)
Captain  J. Vaughn Blake
1908 Vanderbilt Commodores football team
Conference  Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association

The 1908 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University during the 1908 college football season. The team's head coach was Dan McGugin, who served his fifth season in that capacity. Members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Commodores played eight home games in Nashville, Tennessee and finished the season with a record of 7–2–1 and 3–0–1 in SIAA.


1908 was a down year for Vanderbilt with a wealth of sophomores; guided shrewdly by McGugin to its success.


Before Vanderbilt played Michigan, Louis Hasslock had been on duty at Reelfoot Lake with a militia who were to guard against night riders. When he learned he could be granted a leave of absence if he were to join his football team, he walked a distance of twenty miles through a country infested with night riders, and caught a train at Union City.


The Volunteers had compiled four wins in conference play. It was widely considered the best Tennessee football season up to that point. Vanderbilt won the match between the two schools 16 to 9.

Walker Leach made a 41-yard field goal to put the Vols up 4 to 0. "This seemed to arouse the local team" and Vanderbilt drove down the field for a touchdown. On a fake kick, Leach circled Vanderbilt's left end for 60 yards. Ray Morrison stopped him short of the goal. Nathan Dougherty was on Tennessee's squad.

Varsity letter winners

"Wearers of the V."


1908 Vanderbilt Commodores football team Wikipedia

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