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1914 Florida Gators football team

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1914 record  5–2 (3–2 7th SIAA)
Head coach  Charles J. McCoy
1914 Florida Gators football team
Conference  Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Captain  John Sutton, Puss Hancock

The 1914 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1914 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The season was Charles J. "C.J." McCoy's first year of three as the head coach of the Gators team. McCoy's 1914 Florida Gators completed their ninth varsity football season on a four-game winning streak, with an overall record of 5–2 and an SIAA conference record of 3–2.


Before the season

End Joe Swanson was shifted to fullback.

Schedule and results

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.


Coach Mike Donahue's Auburn team was nearly as strong as the season before, and beat Florida 20–0 en route to another SIAA title. In contrast to last year, the Gators held Auburn scoreless in the first half, and the loss was seen as a moral victory and sign of progress. However, the Gators also lost their captain. John Sutton left the game feeling poorly, and further examination revealed a weak heart. Roy "Puss" Hancock took over for Sutton as captain.

Auburn's backfield played well and fullback Bedie Bidez scored two touchdowns. Florida gave way to Auburn's superior weight by the second half.

King College

In the second week of play, Florida enjoyed a first-time victory against the King College Tornados, 36–0.


Florida suffered a shutout loss to the Sewanee Tigers, 26–0. Florida was outplayed in the first half. In the final period, Sewanee quarterback Lee Tolley had an 85-yard touchdown run.

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Goldsby (left guard), Farrior (center), Yon (right guard), Hancock (right tackle), Freeman (right end), Oates (quarterback), Fuller (left halfback), Sparkman (right halfback), Swanson (fullback).

Florida Southern

In Tampa, Florida extended the winning streak over Florida Southern 59–0.


Florida beat Wofford for the first time 66–0.

The Citadel

In Charleston, the Gators defeated The Citadel 7–0 in a heavy rain and a field saturated with inches of mud. Rammy Ramsdell returned the opening kickoff back 40 yards, and Jim Sparkman eventually carried it over for the decisive touchdown, "before the ball was wet."


Florida closed the season with a 14–0 win over the Mercer Baptists on Thanksgiving.


Florida ranked in the top half of the SIAA. The yearbook remarked that a Gator squad had never had more "guts".

Coaching staff

  • Head coach: Charles J. McCoy
  • Manager: Ed Embry
  • References

    1914 Florida Gators football team Wikipedia

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