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The 1896 Clemson Tigers football team represented Clemson Agricultural College in the 1896 college football season. Professor Walter Riggs brought the game to Clemson from his alma mater, Auburn, where he was a member of Auburn's first football team. The Tigers completed their first season with a record of 2–1, with wins over upstate neighboring colleges Furman and Wofford, and a loss in the first installment of the rivalry with South Carolina.[1] All games were played in the opposing school's home city. The rivalry matchup with South Carolina was held on Thursday morning at the South Carolina state fair, a tradition that would endure until 1960.[2][3] Riggs served as the team's coach while R. G. Hamilton was the first captain.[4]

1896 Clemson Tigers football
1896 Clemson Tigers football team.jpg
ConferenceIndependent
1896 record2–1
Head coachWalter Riggs (1st season)
CaptainR. G. Hamilton
Seasons
1897 →
1896 college football independents records
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
Virginia         7 2 2
California         6 2 2
Washington Agricultural         2 0 1
Oregon         2 1 0
Utah         3 2 0
Notre Dame         4 3 0
Clemson         2 1 0
Texas A&M         2 0 1
Stanford         2 1 1
Washington         2 3 0
Michigan Agricultural         1 2 1
Oregon Agricultural         1 2 0
North Carolina         3 4 1
USC         0 3 0
Indiana State Normal         0 1 0

Contents

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentSiteResult
October 31at Furman*Greenville, SCW 14–6
November 12at South Carolina*Columbia, SC (Big Thursday)L 6–12
November 21at Wofford*Spartanburg, SCW 16–0
  • *Non-conference game

PlayersEdit

Clemson states these were the starting players.[5]

LineEdit

Player Position Class
J.H. Blain left end Sr.
Charlie Gentry right end So.
Jock Hanvey right tackle Fr.
L.L. Hendricks left guard So.
Shack Shealy right guard Fr.
George Swygert center Jr.
J.D. White left tackle Fr.

BackfieldEdit

Player Position Class
A.M. Chritzberg fullback Sr.
R.G. Hamilton right halfback Sr.
Jeff Maxwell quarterback Jr.
F.G. Thompkins left halfback Sr.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2016 FOOTBALL MEDIA GUIDE" (PDF). ClemsonTigers.com. Clemson Athletics. 2016. pp. 200–208. Retrieved December 14, 2016.
  2. ^ Bourret, Tim. "2010 Clemson Football Media Guide" (PDF). Clemson University. p. 202. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 May 2011. Retrieved 11 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Clemson Game by Game Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Retrieved September 13, 2015.
  4. ^ 2010 Media Guide, p. 198
  5. ^ http://www.clemsontigers.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=28500&ATCLID=205517763