1891 college football season

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The 1891 college football season was the season of American football played among colleges and universities in the United States during the 1891–92 academic year.

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The 1891 Yale Bulldogs football team, led by head coach Walter Camp, compiled a perfect 13–0 record, outscored opponents by a total of 488 to 0, and has been recognized as the national champion by the Billingsley Report, Helms Athletic Foundation, Houlgate System, National Championship Foundation, and Parke H. Davis. [1] Yale's 1891 season was part of a 37-game winning streak that began at the end of the 1890 season and continued into the 1893 season.

In the Midwest, Kansas led the way with a 7–0–1 record. In the South, Trinity (now known as Duke) was recognized as the champion.

Ten of the eleven players selected by Caspar Whitney to the 1891 All-America college football team came from the Big Three (Yale, Harvard, and Princeton). The eleventh player was center John Adams from Penn. Five of the honorees have been inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame: quarterback Philip King (Princeton), halfback Lee McClung (Yale), end Frank Hinkey (Yale), tackle Marshall Newell (Harvard), and guard Pudge Heffelfinger (Yale).

Conference and program changes

School1890 Conference1891 Conference
Case football Program establishedIndependent
Sewanee Tigers Program EstablishedIndependent
Tennessee Volunteers Program EstablishedIndependent
West Virginia Mountaineers Program establishedIndependent

Awards and honors

All-Americans

The consensus All-America team included:

PositionNameHeightWeight (lbs.)ClassHometownTeam
QB Philip King 5'6"154So. Washington, D. C. Princeton
HB Everett J. Lake Sr. Woodstock, Connecticut Harvard
HB Bum McClung 5'10"165Sr. Knoxville, Tennessee Yale
FB Sheppard Homans, Jr. Sr. Englewood, New Jersey Princeton
E Frank Hinkey 5'9"150Fr. Tonawanda, New York Yale
T Wallace Winter Jr. Hudson, Wisconsin Yale
G Pudge Heffelfinger 6'4"178Sr. Minneapolis, Minnesota Yale
C John AdamsSr. Penn
G Jesse Riggs Sr. Baltimore, Maryland Princeton
T Marshall Newell 5'7"168So. Great Barrington, Massachusetts Harvard
E John A. Hartwell Sr. Sussex, New Jersey Yale

Statistical leaders

Conference standings

The following is a potentially incomplete list of conference standings:

1891 Colorado Football Association standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Colorado Mines $    511
  • $ Conference champion
1891 Indiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Purdue $400  400
Butler 320  430
Wabash 130  130
Indiana 050  150
  • $ Conference champion
1891 Northeast Intercollegiate League football standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Williams (MA) $    301
  • $ Conference champion
1891 Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Football Association standings
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Penn State $410  620
Dickinson         
Franklin & Marshall         
Haverford         
Lewisburg         
Swarthmore         
  • $ Conference champion


Independents

1891 Eastern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Yale     1300
Harvard     1310
Princeton     1210
Tufts     710
Penn     1120
Colgate     410
Army     411
Navy     520
Cornell     730
Rutgers     860
Delaware     531
Geneva     420
Washington & Jefferson     420
Amherst     843
Dartmouth     221
Brown     460
Fordham     121
Syracuse     470
Franklin & Marshall     240
Massachusetts     250
Western Univ. Penn.     260
Columbia     150
Wesleyan     160
1891 Midwestern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Ohio Wesleyan     400
Kansas     701
Illinois     510
Missouri     310
Lake Forest     620
Washington University     411
Minnesota     311
Wisconsin     311
Cincinnati     421
Iowa     320
Doane     220
Iowa College     111
Nebraska     220
Northwestern     223
Michigan     450
Ohio State     230
Buchtel     130
Washburn     150
Michigan State Normal     020
1891 Southern college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Trinity (NC)     300
Wake Forest     100
Vanderbilt     310
Navy     520
Virginia     212
Delaware     531
Georgetown     220
Sewanee     120
Central     010
Furman     010
Kentucky State College     010
West Virginia     010
Johns Hopkins     020
Mercer     020
North Carolina     020
Richmond     020
1891 Far West college football independents records
Conf  Overall
TeamW L T  W L T
Stanford     310
California (spring)     420
Washington     110
USC     120
Colorado     140
California     010

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References

  1. National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (2015). "National Poll Rankings" (PDF). NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA. p. 107. Retrieved January 4, 2016.