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1896 Alabama Crimson Tide football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1896 record2–1 (1–1 SIAA)
Head coachOtto Wagonhurst (1st season)
CaptainT. W. Powers
Home stadiumThe Quad
Seasons
← 1895
1897 →

The 1896 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1896 college football season. The team was led by head coach Otto Wagonhurst, in his first season, and played their home games at The Quad in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. In what was the fifth season of Alabama football, the team finished with a record of two wins and one loss (2–1, 1–1 SIAA).

ScheduleEdit

In the spring of 1895, the University Board of Trustees passed a rule that prohibited athletic teams from competing off-campus for athletic events.[1] As such, all games scheduled for the 1896 season were played on campus at The Quad.[1] For the 1896 season, point values were different from those used in contemporary games. In 1896 a touchdown was worth four points, a field goal was worth five points and an conversion (PAT) was worth two points.[2]

Date Opponent Site Result
October 24* Birmingham Athletic Club The QuadTuscaloosa, AL W 30–0  
October 31 Sewanee The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL L 6–10  
November 14 Mississippi A&M The Quad • Tuscaloosa, AL (Rivalry) W 20–0  
*Non-Conference Game.
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1896 Alabama football schedule[3]

Game notesEdit

Birmingham Athletic ClubEdit

In the first game played against the Birmingham Athletic Club (B.A.C.) since the 1893 season, Alabama defeated the Athletics 30–0 in Tuscaloosa.[4] Alabama scored their first touchdown early in the first half when a B.A.C. fumble was recovered and returned 50-yards for a touchdown.[4] They scored four more touchdowns and made five successful PAT's in their 30–0 shutout victory.[4] In what was the final all-time contest against the Athletics, the victory improved Alabama's all-time record against the Birmingham Athletic Club to 2–3.[5]

SewaneeEdit

Against Sewanee, Alabama lost their first game of the season 10–6.[4] The loss brought Alabama's all-time record against Sewanee to 1–2.[6]

Mississippi A&MEdit

In their final game of the season, Alabama defeated the Mississippi A&M Aggies (now known as Mississippi State Bulldogs) 20–0 at Tuscaloosa in the first all-time meeting between the long-time rivals.[4] Alabama took a 12–0 halftime lead after Putnam and Frank White scored touchdowns with A. B. McEachin converting both PAT's.[4] In the second half Samuel Slone scored on a 45-yard touchdown run and the Aggies quarterback was sacked for a safety on the last play of the game to make the final score 20–0.[4]

PlayersEdit

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Guards

  • T. C. Marridtt
  • W. Ward

Tackles

  • D. B. Adams
  • S. P. Johnson
  • J. S. Powers
  • W. B. Putnam

Center

  • A. B. McEachin

Ends

Backs

  • Hill Ferguson
  • W. R. Shafer
  • Samuel Slone
  • Frank White

Quarterback

  • Borden Burr

Substitutes

  • R. E. Austill
  • W. C. Harkins
  • J. B. Killebrew
  • J. T. Weatherford
  • E. P. Wilson
  • L. B. Windham

Source: [4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Griffin, John Chandler (2001). "1896: Trustees Thwart Alabama" (in English). Alabama vs. Auburn: Gridiron Grudge Since 1893. Athens, Georgia: Hill Street Press. p. 13. ISBN 1-58818-044-1.
  2. "Scoring values". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/m-footbl-results-archive.html. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  3. "1896 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/m-footbl-results-archive.html#1896. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 4.7 "1896 Season Recap" (PDF). RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/alab/sports/m-footbl/auto_pdf/1896-season.pdf. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  5. "Alabama vs Birmingham AC (AL)". College Football Data Warehouse. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/sec/alabama/opponents_records.php?teamid=338. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  6. "Alabama vs Sewanee (TN)". College Football Data Warehouse. http://www.cfbdatawarehouse.com/data/div_ia/sec/alabama/opponents_records.php?teamid=2947. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
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