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1917 Alabama Crimson Tide football
ConferenceSouthern Intercollegiate Athletic Association
1917 record5–2–1 (3–1–1 SIAA)
Head coachThomas Kelley (3rd season)
CaptainJack Hovater
Home stadiumUniversity Field
Rickwood Field
Soldiers Field
Seasons
← 1916
1918 →
1917 SIAA football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Georgia Tech 4 0 0     9 0 0
Auburn 5 1 0     6 2 1
Clemson 5 1 0     6 2 0
Sewanee 4 1 1     5 2 1
Mississippi A&M 3 1 0     6 1 0
Alabama 3 1 1     5 2 1
Tulane 2 1 0     5 3 0
Vanderbilt 3 2 0     5 3 0
LSU 2 3 0     3 5 0
South Carolina 2 3 0     3 5 0
Wofford 1 2 0     5 4 0
Furman 1 3 0     3 5 0
Florida 1 3 0     2 4 0
Ole Miss 1 4 0     1 4 1
The Citadel 0 2 0     3 3 0
Howard 0 3 0     0 3 0
Mississippi College 0 4 0     0 4 0
† – Conference champion
  • There were several SIAA schools that did not field a team due to World War I.

The 1917 Alabama Crimson Tide football team (variously "Alabama", "UA" or "Bama") represented the University of Alabama in the 1917 college football season. It was the Crimson Tide's 25th overall and 22nd season as a member of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association (SIAA). The team was led by head coach Thomas Kelley, in his third year, and played their home games at University Field in Tuscaloosa, at Rickwood Field in Birmingham and at Soldiers Field in Montgomery, Alabama. They finished the season with a record of five wins, two losses and one tie (5–2–1 overall, 3–1–1 in the SIAA).

Game summariesEdit

Alabama's 1917 season opener against the "Second Ambulance Company of Ohio" at Soldiers Field in Montgomery was the only game the Crimson Tide ever played at that location. The 2nd, which was part of the 37th Division training in Montgomery, only got two first downs.

Alabama opened the season with four consecutive, shutout victories over the Second Ambulance Company, Marion Military Institute, Mississippi College and Ole Miss.[1] In those four games, Alabama outscored their opponents by a margin of 130 to 0.[2] After a tie against Sewanee and a loss to Vanderbilt at Rickwood Field, Alabama won their only road game at Kentucky.[2]

In the season finale, Camp Gordon, the second military opponent Alabama faced as the country mobilized for World War I, beat the Tide 19–6. Camp Gordon had several players with college experience, including Adrian Van de Graaff, formerly of Alabama.[3]

Joe Sewell, who went on to a Hall of Fame baseball career with the Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees, lettered in football for Alabama in 1917, 1918 and 1919.[4]

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 3Second Ambulance Company of Ohio*W 7–0
October 12Marion Military Institute*W 13–0
October 20Mississippi CollegeW 46–0
October 26Ole MissW 64–0
November 3SewaneeT 3–3
November 10VanderbiltL 2–7
November 17at KentuckyW 27–0
November 29Camp Gordon*L 6–19
  • *Non-conference game
  • Source: Rolltide.com: 1917 Alabama football schedule[2]

PersonnelEdit

Varsity letter winnersEdit

Player Hometown Position
Robert C. Brown Ensley, Alabama Back
Elmer Blair Birmingham, Alabama Back
Alfred Morgan "Dan" Boone Samantha, Alabama End
James H. “Dink” Hagan Mobile, Alabama Quarterback
Walter E. Hovater Russellville, Alabama Back
Ralph Lee Jones Jones Mills, Alabama Guard
Mullie Lenoir Marlin, Texas Halfback
Joseph Allen Lowman Birmingham, Alabama End
John Phillip Noland Tuscaloosa, Alabama
Ike Rogers Vina, Alabama Tackle
Tram Sessions Birmingham, Alabama Center
Joe Sewell Titus, Alabama Halfback
Riggs Stephenson Akron, Alabama Fullback
Max Frederick Stowers Attalla, Alabama Quarterback
C. S. Whittlesley Opelika, Alabama Guard
Reference:[5]

Coaching staffEdit

Name Position Seasons at
Alabama
Alma Mater
Thomas Kelly Head coach 3
Reference:[6]

ReferencesEdit

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Specific

  1. 1917 Season Recap
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "1917 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. 1917 game recaps Script error
  4. Entry at the Paul W. Bryant Museum Script error
  5. "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.
  6. "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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