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1915 Florida Gators football team

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1915 record  4–3 (3–3 10th SIAA)
Assistant coach  Z. J. Stanley
Head coach  Charles J. McCoy
1915 Florida Gators football team
Conference  Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
Captain  A. A. "Daddy" Lotspeich

The 1915 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1915 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The season was C. J. McCoy's second as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. McCoy's 1915 Florida Gators completed their tenth varsity football season with an overall record of 4–3 and their sixth year in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA) with a conference record of 3–3.


Before the season

Last year, first-year head coach Charles J. McCoy had churned out a Florida team in the top half of the SIAA. McCoy this year was also the school's first basketball coach.

The team's captain was tackle A. A. "Daddy" Lotspeich. At the guards were Ham Dowling, future Georgia Tech transfer, and Everett Yon, future Gator athletic director. Leading the backfield was Rammy Ramsdell, "the Gators' first quarterback of note," and first scholarship athlete at the University of Florida.

Assisting the team was Z. J. Stanley, last year the coach of the Maryville Scots.

Schedule and results

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.


The season opened with a 7–0 loss to Auburn. Florida played hard for three quarters, until Wren scored the winning touchdown in the final period.

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspiech (left tackle), Callen (left guard), Farrin (center), Yon (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Roble (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Thompson (left halfback), Fuller (right halfback), Sparkman (fullback).


Florida lost to coach Harris Cope's Sewanee Tigers 7–0, continuing the losing streak against the Tigers. The Sewanee game was then the largest crowd to see a game in Jacksonville.

"After scoring one touchdown Sewanee was content to allow Florida to exhaust herself in vain attempts to find the weak spot in the Purple defense." Sewanee's Ellerbe scored the game's only touchdown.

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Dowling (left guard), Farrior (center), Yon (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Robles (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Sparkman (left halfback), Thompson (right halfback), Fuller (fullback).

Florida Southern

The Gators lengthened their winning streak against Florida Southern with an easy 45–0 victory.


The Gators lost their first-ever game against coach Alex Cunningham's Georgia Bulldogs 0–37 in Jacksonville, at a larger crowder than at the Sewanee game. The Gators carried the ball to Georgia's 15-yard line in the first period, but never threatened afterwards. Georgia put across two touchdowns in the second quarter, and had a strong second half.

The starting lineup was Henderson (left end), Lotspeich (left tackle), Dowling (left guard), Farrior (center), Robles (right guard), Goldsby (right tackle), Lovell (right end), Ramsdell (quarterback), Sparkman (left halfback), Thompson (right halfback), Fuller (fullback).

The Citadel

Florida beat The Citadel 6–0 in a game "marked by frequent fumbling." Florida scored when, in the third quarter, Sparkman rushed for an 8-yard touchdown.


In a torrential rain, Florida met Tulane for the first time and upset the Olive and Blue 14–7, the highlight of the season. Rammy Ramsdell scored the game-winning touchdown.


The Gators defeated the Mercer Baptists 34–7. Rammy Ramsdell had a then-school record of four touchdowns.

Coaching staff

  • Head coach: Charles J. McCoy
  • Assistant coach: Z. J. Stanley
  • Manager: T. J. Swanson
  • References

    1915 Florida Gators football team Wikipedia

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