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1916 Alabama Crimson Tide football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1916 record6–3 (4–3 SIAA)
Head coachThomas Kelley (2nd season)
CaptainLowndes Morton
Home stadiumUniversity Field
Rickwood Field
Seasons
← 1915
1917 →
1916 SIAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech § 5 0 0     8 0 1
Tennessee § 6 0 1     8 0 1
[[{{{school}}}|Georgetown (KY)]] 1 0 0     2 0 0
Vanderbilt 4 1 1     7 1 1
LSU 3 1 1     7 1 2
The Citadel 3 1 0     6 1 1
Tulane 2 1 1     4 3 1
Kentucky 2 1 2     4 1 2
Auburn 6 2 0     6 2 0
Georgia 5 2 0     6 3 0
Alabama 4 3 0     6 3 0
Sewanee 2 2 2     5 2 2
Mississippi A&M 3 4 0     4 4 1
Mississippi College 2 3 0     4 3 0
Clemson 2 4 0     3 6 0
South Carolina 2 4 0     2 7 0
Louisville 1 2 0     2 3 1
Wofford 1 2 0     2 7 0
[[{{{school}}}|Transylvania]] 1 2 1     1 2 1
Furman 1 3 0     4 5 0
Chattanooga 1 4 0     3 5 0
Howard 0 1 0     0 1 0
Mercer 0 3 0     1 6 0
Florida 0 4 0     0 5 0
Ole Miss 0 6 0     3 6 0
§ – Conference co-champions

The 1916 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1916 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 24th overall and 21st season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach Thomas Kelley, in his second year, and played their home games at University Field in Tuscaloosa and at Rickwood Field in Birmingham, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of six wins and three losses (6–3 overall, 4–3 in the SIAA).

Game summariesEdit

Three brothers, Dexter, Walter, and Jack Hovater, were starters for the 1916 Tide.

Alabama opened the season with six consecutive victories over Birmingham College and Southern College (now combined as Birmingham–Southern College), Mississippi College, Florida, Ole Miss and Sewanee.[1] In those six games, Alabama outscored their opponents by a margin of 156 to 13.[2] Sewanee almost beat Bama after making two interceptions and stopping Bama on 4th and goal at the 1, but Alabama scored late and kicked the extra point (Sewanee's having failed) for the victory. The defeat of Ole Miss was thanks to a late rally.[3]

However, they were shut out in the final three games with losses to Georgia Tech, Tulane and Georgia to finish with an overall record of 6–3.[1] Georgia Tech held Alabama to two first downs and 60 yards of offense.

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
September 30[[{{{school}}}|Birmingham College]]*W 13–0
October 7[[{{{school}}}|Southern College]]*W 80–0
October 14Mississippi CollegeW 13–7
October 21vs. FloridaW 16–0
October 28Ole MissW 27–0
November 4SewaneeW 7–6
November 11at Georgia TechL 0–13
November 18at TulaneL 0–33
November 30GeorgiaL 0–3
  • *Non-conference game
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1916 Alabama football schedule[2]

PersonnelEdit

Varsity letter winnersEdit

Player Hometown Position
Robert C. Brown Ensley, Alabama Back
Cecil L. Creen Anniston, Alabama Back
Fred Harrison Gage Hampton, New Hampshire Back
James H. “Dink” Hagan Quarterback
J. Goree Johnson Wetumpka, Alabama Fullback
Joseph Allen Lowman Birmingham, Alabama End
Bill Marsh Birmingham, Alabama Back
Dave Mayfield Jacksonville, Florida Tackle
Lowndes Morton Birmingham, Alabama End
Ike Rogers Vina, Alabama Tackle
Conner Samford Montgomery, Alabama Guard
Calhoun “Sunbeam” Saul Montgomery, Alabama Guard
Lovick Leonidas Stephenson Birmingham, Alabama End
Max Frederick Stowers Attalla, Alabama Quarterback
Edward Verner Manager
C. S. Whittlesley Opelika, Alabama Guard
Reference:[4]

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Alabama
Alma mater
Thomas Kelly Head coach 2
B. L. Noojin Assistant coach 2 Alabama (1908)
Reference:[5]

ReferencesEdit

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Specific

  1. 1.0 1.1 1916 Season Recap
  2. 2.0 2.1 "1916 Alabama football schedule". RollTide.com. University of Alabama Department of Intercollegiate Athletics. Archived from the original on December 2, 2011. https://www.webcitation.org/63dbQSj7C?url=http://www.rolltide.com/sports/m-footbl/archive/m-footbl-results-archive.html. Retrieved February 29, 2012.
  3. "Twenty Years Ago Today". The Tuscaloosa News. October 13, 1936. https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19361013&id=auM-AAAAIBAJ&sjid=-UwMAAAAIBAJ&pg=4053,4545681&hl=en.
  4. "All-Time Tide Football Lettermen". 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. pp. 127–141.
  5. "All-Time Assistant Coaches". 2011 Alabama Crimson Tide Football Record Book. Tuscaloosa, Alabama: University of Alabama Athletics Media Relations Office. 2011. pp. 142–143.
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