1908 Vanderbilt Commodores football team
|1908 Vanderbilt Commodores football|
|Conference||Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association|
|1908 record||7–2–1 (3–0–1 SIAA)|
|Head coach||Dan McGugin (5th season)|
|Offensive scheme||Short punt|
|Captain||John Vaughn Blake|
|Home stadium||Dudley Field|
|1908 SIAA football standings|
The 1908 Vanderbilt Commodores football team represented Vanderbilt University during the 1908 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association football season. The team's head coach was Dan McGugin, who served his fifth season in that capacity. Members of the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association, the Commodores played eight home games in Nashville, Tennessee and finished the season with a record of 7–2–1 and 3–0–1 in SIAA.
On October 17, 1908 Vanderbilt played the school's 137th game, against Clemson. Winning the contest 41–0 for the schools' 100th victory. 1908 was a down year for Vanderbilt with a wealth of sophomores; guided shrewdly by McGugin to its success.
|September 26||Rhodes*||W 11–5|
|October 3||Maryville (TN)*||W 32–0|
|October 10||Rose Polytechnic*||W 32–0|
|October 17||Clemson||W 41–0|
|October 24||Ole Miss||W 29–0|
|October 31||at Michigan*||L 6–24|
|November 7||Tennessee||W 16–9|
|November 14||Ohio State*||L 6–17|
|November 21||at Washington (MO)*||St. Louis, MO||W 28–0|
|November 26||Sewanee||T 6–6|
Before Vanderbilt played Michigan, Louis Hasslock had been on duty at Reelfoot Lake with a militia who were to guard against night riders. When he learned he could be granted a leave of absence if he were to join his football team, he walked a distance of twenty miles through a country infested with night riders, and caught a train at Union City.
The Volunteers had compiled four wins in conference play. It was widely considered the best Tennessee football season up to that point. Vanderbilt won the match between the two schools 16 to 9.
Walker Leach made a 41-yard field goal to put the Vols up 4 to 0. "This seemed to arouse the local team" and Vanderbilt drove down the field for a touchdown. On a fake kick, Leach circled Vanderbilt's left end for 60 yards. Ray Morrison stopped him short of the goal. Nathan Dougherty was on Tennessee's squad.
Varsity letter winners
"Wearers of the V."
|Vaughn Blake||end||Cuero, Texas||Bowen School||160||20|
|Ewing Y. Freeland||tackle||Turnersville, Texas||21|
|R. B. Hager||tackle|
|Louis Hasslock||guard||Nashville, Tennessee||Montgomery Bell Academy||173||20|
|E. B. Ross||guard|
|Will Metzger||halfback||Nashville, Tennessee||6'1"||175||18|
|Ray Morrison||quarterback||Sugar Branch, Indiana||McTyiere School for Boys||23|
|David Morton||fullback||Louisville, Kentucky||Branham & Hughes School|
- Edwin Pope. Football's Greatest Coaches. pp. 340, 342.
- "Coaching Records Game by Game: Dan McGugin 1908". College Football Data Warehouse.
- "Walks Many Miles To Join Football Team". The Winchester News. October 30, 1908.
- Big Orange: a pictorial history of University of Tennessee football. 1982. p. 34.
- "Vanderbilt Athletics". Vanderbilt University Quarterly. 9: 28–35.
- "Meeting of the Executive Committee". Vanderbilt University Quarterly. 9: 35.