|1925 Florida Gators football|
|1925 record||8–2 (3–2 SoCon)|
|Head coach||Harold Sebring (1st season)|
|Offensive scheme||Notre Dame Box|
|Captain||Edgar C. Jones|
|Home stadium||Fleming Field|
|1925 Southern Conference football standings|
|Washington and Lee||5||–||1||–||0||5||–||5||–||0|
The 1925 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1925 Southern Conference football season. This was law student Harold Sebring's first of three seasons as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Sebring's 1925 Florida Gators finished 8–2 overall, and 3–2 in the Southern Conference, placing eighth of twenty-two teams in the conference standings.
The Gators compiled their best win-loss record to date, losing only to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 7–23 in Atlanta, Georgia and coach Wallace Wade's undefeated Alabama Crimson Tide 0–34 in Montgomery, Alabama. The highlights of the season included conference victories over the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, Clemson Tigers, Mississippi A&M Aggies and Washington & Lee Generals.
Captain and halfback Edgar C. Jones set a Florida single-season scoring record (108 points) that lasted until 1969.
Before the season
Practice began on September 14. Coaches Tom Sebring, A. C. Tipton, Everett Yon, and Herbert Bunker were in charge of the first workout. Though he graduated, Clyde Norton was eligible to return. Despite losing eight players, prospects were bright. 1925 saw the south's widespread use of the forward pass. As coach Sebring recalled, quarterback Edgar C. Jones "held back from calling plays for himself the year before. I told him not to hold back."
|October 3||Mercer*||Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 24–0|
|October 10||Florida Southern*||Fleming Field • Gainesville Florida||W 9–0|
|October 10||Hampden-Sydney*||Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida||W 22–6|
|October 17||at Georgia Tech||Grant Field • Atlanta, Georgia||L 23–7|
|October 24||Wake Forest*||Fleming Field • Gainesville, Florida (HC)||W 24–3|
|October 31||Rollins*||Fleming Field • Gaineville, Florida||W 61–0|
|November 7||at Clemson||Riggs Field • Clemson, South Carolina||W 42–0|
|November 14||at Alabama||Cramton Bowl • Montgomery, Alabama||L 34–0|
|November 21||Mississippi A&M||Plant Field • Tampa, Florida||W 12–0||20,000|
|November 26||Washington & Lee||Barrs Field • Jacksonville, Florida||W 17–14||15,000|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
Week 1: Mercer
Horse Bishop scored in the first five minutes. Dick Brown added the extra point. In the third quarter, Brown added a field goal, and Cy Williams recovered a Mercer fumble in the endzone. Brown again converted the extra point. Cecil Beck ran across the final touchdown; Edgar C. Jones added the extra point.
Week 2: Florida Southern and Hampden-Sydney
Week 2a: Florida Southern
Tom Fuller made a field goal, the lone score of the first half. In the third period, Glen Whitaker intercepted a Southern pass and raced 20 yards for a touchdown.
Week 2b: Hampden–Sydney
Edgar C. Jones scored first with a field goal. Lamar Sarra once scored after blocking a punt, gathering the ball, and running 10 yards to the endzone. Burnett added the extra point. Tiny Chaplin made the next touchdown; and the final touchdown was a 22-yard run by Jones.
Hampden–Sydney's score came when Atkins picked up a Florida fumble and raced 40 yards for a touchdown.
Week 3: at Georgia Tech
Florida lost big to Bill Alexander's Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets 23–7. The Gators made just five first downs to Tech's 15. "After 5,000 fans had journeyed to Atlanta certain that captain Edgar Jones...would lead the Saurians to a glorious victory."
Tech's Doug Wycoff scored two touchdowns. Wycoff scored first, and Ike Williams added the extra point. In the second period, Williams made a 12-yard field goal. Wycoff and Sam Murray scored in the third period, with one extra point converted by Williams.
The lone Gator touchdown came after a series of forward passes put them within Tech territory, including one of nearly 20 yards from Edgar C. Jones to Livingston. A 26-yard end run from Jones brought Florida to Tech's 4-yard line. Jones then scored through the line and kicked goal.
The starting lineup was: Anderson (left end), Williams (left tackle), Stewart (left guard), Sarra (center), Norton (right guard), Goldstein (right tackle), Todd (right end), Stanley (quarterback), Ihrig (left halfback), Bishop (right halfback), Chaplin (fullback).
Week 4: Wake Forest
The Gators practiced at night with whitewashed footballs in preparation for the homecoming contest with the Wake Forest Demon Deacons. On the back of Edgar C. Jones, who accounted for every point for his squad, Florida won 24–3.
A field goal by Wake's Rackley gave the Demon Deacons a 3–0 lead at the end of the first quarter. Jones then scored a touchdown, extra point, and converted a field goal by half's end. A pass from Burnett to Jones made Florida's next touchdown. Jones went through tackle for the final score.
Week 5: Rollins
Week 6: at Clemson
In the most impressive win of the season, the Gators beat the Clemson Tigers 42–0 on the road.
Edgar C. Jones had a 28-yard run lead to a touchdown and another 30-yard touchdown run. Fullback Horse Bishop accounted for three touchdowns: one a run of 20 yards from scrimmage and two 30-yard interception returns. Capt. Jones was declared the best back to run on a South Carolina gridiron in a number of years.
The starting lineup was: Green (left end), Williams (left tackle), Norton (left guard), Sarra (center), Davis (right guard), Petronis (right tackle), Whitaker (right end), Stanley (quarterback), Brown (left halfback), Jones (right halfback), Bishop (fullback).
Week 7: at Alabama
A large crowd was expected in Montgomery for the game against coach Wallace Wade's Alabama Crimson Tide. The return to the lineup of Tide center Gordon Holmes, injured against Georgia Tech, and the battle between backs Mack Brown and Edgar C. Jones brought intrigue.
Mack Brown made two touchdowns; Red Barnes two, and Pooley Hubert one on an interception. Brown's first score came when he caught the ball on a pass from Hubert at the 15-yard line, dodged Jones and scored. A pass from Hubert to Brown in the end zone netted the second score. Florida's Scott returned the kickoff to Alabama's 20-yard line, nearly breaking the tackle there. Two Barnes interceptions set up his touchdowns, one a 16-yard run after catch and another an end run. Jones attempted a drop kick, which was short and returned by Brown for 35 yards. A drive and a pass to Barnes got Alabama to Florida's 3-yard line, and Hubert scored over center.
The starting lineup was: Green (left end), Williams (left tackle), Norton (left guard), Sarra (center), Stewart (right guard), Goldstein (right tackle), E. Jones (right end), W. Jones (quarterback), Brown (left halfback), Burnett (right halfback), Bishop (fullback).
Week 8: Mississippi A&M
Edgar C. Jones, Lamar Sarra, and Greek Petronis were nursing injuries from the Alabama loss, and the Mississippi Aggies had lost to Alabama by just a touchdown. Despite this, Jones kicked two field goals and scored the only touchdown in a 12–0 victory.
After a bitterly fought first quarter, Jones netted 27-yard and 40-yard field goals for a 6–0 lead at the half. Jones ran off tackle for the game's only touchdown. Some 20,000 were in attendance.
Week 9: Washington & Lee
The annual Thanksgiving game in Jacksonville with coach James DeHart's Washington & Lee Generals was marked by both teams' use of the forward pass and brought the highlight of the season. Once behind by a 14–3 deficit, Florida came back and won 17–14.
The yearbook remarked: "Not since the 1923 Alabama game has Florida participated in a more brilliant, thrilling, and colorful football game." Edgar C. Jones made a 29-yard field goal in the first quarter, but the Generals responded with a touchdown from Palmer in the second. A 25-yard finger-tip touchdown catch by Spotts put the Gators behind 14–3. Jones ran in a touchdown; 14–10. Then in the fourth quarter Cy Williams blocked a Generals' punt. On fourth down, Jones caught the winning touchdown from Horse Bishop.
The following chart provides a visual depiction of Florida's lineup during the 1925 season with games started at the position reflected in parenthesis. The chart mimics a Notre Dame Box on offense.
|W. F. "Stonebruise" Anderson||guard|
|Goldy Goldstein||guard||Jacksonville, Florida||Duval High||6'3"||210||21|
|Cy Williams||tackle||Sopchoppy, Florida||6'0"||200|
|Elmer Ihrig||fullback||Fort Myers, Florida||Fort Myers High||5'8"||174||21|
|Edgar C. Jones||halfback/quarterback||Jacksonville, Florida||Jacksonville High|
- 2012 Florida Football Media Guide Archived 2013-05-27 at the Wayback Machine., University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, pp. 107–116 (2012). Retrieved September 16, 2012.
- 2009 Southern Conference Football Media Guide, Year-by-Year Standings, Southern Conference, Spartanburg, South Carolina, p. 74 (2009). Retrieved August 30, 2010.
- "'Gator Fans Look For A Real Football Season At Gainesville This Year". The Evening Independent. September 1, 1925.
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- "Star To Take Extra Course During Season". The Miami News. September 5, 1925.
- "Florida Loses Many Grid Stars But Followers In Hopes For Real Contest". The Evening Independent. August 31, 1925.
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- "Shaping College Football". google.com.
- Carlson, p. 33
- University of Florida, pp. 114–117
- "Florida 'Gators Lose Hard Battle". The Index-Journal. October 18, 1925. p. 7. Retrieved September 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Universal Service (October 18, 1925). "Florida Beaten In Great Battle By Gold Tornado". St. Petersburg Times.
- "Two Year Deadlock With Florida 'Gators Broken By Georgia Tech, 23 to 7". The Anniston Star. October 18, 1925. p. 8. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Woodruff 1928, p. 96
- "[No title]". Anniston Star. October 22, 1925. p. 12. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Jones Plays Whole Game". Florence Morning News. October 25, 1925. p. 10. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- Woodruff 1928, p. 103
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- University of Florida, p. 118
- "Clemson Loses To 'Gator Team". Florence Morning News. November 8, 1925. p. 14. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
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- "'Gator Squad Meets Aggies In Poor Trim". Anniston Star. November 18, 1925. p. 9. Retrieved September 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Aggies To Give Florida 'Gators Hard Run, Claim". Anniston Star. November 19, 1925. p. 12. Retrieved September 4, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Florida's Gators Whip Miss. Aggies". Asheville Citizen Times. November 22, 1925. p. 42. Retrieved January 6, 2017 – via Newspapers.com.
- Associated Press (November 27, 1925). "Thanksgiving Games in Old Dominion Reviewed". The Bee. p. 16. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Gator Captain To Play Game In California". New Smyrna Daily News. December 22, 1925. p. 3. Retrieved September 5, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- "Gators Awarded Varsity Letters Include Manager". December 5, 1925.