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1939 VPI Gobblers football
ConferenceSouthern Conference
1939 record4–5–1 (1–4–1 SoCon)
Head coachHenry Redd (8th season)
CaptainDavid Marion Pitts
Home stadiumMiles Stadium
Seasons
← 1938
1940 →
1939 Southern Conference football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Duke 5 0 0     8 1 0
Clemson 4 0 0     9 1 0
North Carolina 5 1 0     8 1 1
VMI 3 1 1     6 3 1
Richmond 3 1 1     7 1 2
Furman 3 3 0     5 4 0
Wake Forest 3 3 0     7 3 0
William & Mary 1 1 1     6 2 1
NC State 2 4 0     2 8 0
Washington & Lee 1 2 0     3 4 1
South Carolina 1 3 0     3 6 1
Virginia Tech 1 4 1     4 5 1
Davidson 1 7 0     2 7 0
Maryland 0 1 0     2 7 0
The Citadel 0 4 0     3 8 0
† – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

The 1939 VPI Gobblers football team represented Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College and Polytechnic Institute in the 1939 college football season. The team was led by their head coach Henry Redd and finished with a record of four wins, five losses and one tie (4–5–1).

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteResultAttendance
September 23[[{{{school}}}|Randolph–Macon]]*W 26–0
September 30at Marshall*L 0–20
October 72:00 p.m.[1]vs. North CarolinaL 6–1315,000[2]
October 14vs. William & MaryT 6–6
October 21Centre Colonels*dagger
  • Miles Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 28–0
October 28vs. Washington and Lee
L 0–612,000[3]
November 4[[{{{school}}}|Furman]]
  • Miles Stadium
  • Blacksburg, VA
W 20–7
November 112:30 p.m.[4]at Richmond
  • City Stadium
  • Richmond, VA
L 0–13
November 18at Virginia*W 13–0
November 30vs. VMIRoanoke, VA (rivalry)L 7–1920,000[5]
  • Source: HokieSports.com: 1939 Virginia Tech football schedule[6]

PlayersEdit

The following players were members of the 1939 football team according to the roster published in the 1940 edition of The Bugle, the Virginia Tech yearbook.[5]

VPI 1939 roster
Quarterbacks
  • Richard Davis Kern
  • Samuel B. Rose, Jr.

Guards

  • Van Anderson
  • H. Woodrow Gosney
  • Robert Preston Graves
  • Joseph Franklin Smith
  • William Lee Tate
  • John Charles Wycoff

Tackles

  • James Emory Coleman
  • Frank DeBord
  • Benjamin McCurdy
  • David Marion Pitts (Capt.)
  • Andrew Wellington Todd
  • Ralph Travis Unterzuber

Centers

  • Graham Sullivan Buchanan
  • Herbert Andrews Markle
  • Frank Arthur Streiff
  • William Daniel Zydiak
Ends
  • Gerald Harley Clark
  • John L. Henderson
  • Robert Lawson
  • Daniel Green Shawhan
  • Louis Willson

Halfbacks

  • William Barnes
  • Philip Galliano DeMuro
  • Mathew Leslie Ellison
  • Willard Joseph Henderson
  • Sherwood Roudabush
  • Herbert Joseph Thomas
  • Albert Crawford Traynham
  • Garrett Ernest Taylor
  • James Walter Woolwine

Fullbacks

  • Irving Ward Boswell
  • Rankin McGuire Hudson
  • George Daniel Warriner

ReferencesEdit

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