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Aubrey Falls "Laney" Lanier (February 18, 1888 – April 25, 1936) was a college football player.

Aubrey Lanier
Sewanee Tigers
Career history
CollegeSewanee (1907–1910)
Personal information
Born:(1888-02-18)February 18, 1888
Butler, Arkansas
Died:April 25, 1936(1936-04-25) (aged 48)
Shreveport, Louisiana
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Weight170 lb (77 kg)
Career highlights and awards

Early yearsEdit

Aubrey was born on February 18, 1888 in the city of Butler in Lonoke County, Arkansas, to Isaac Hill Lanier and Mary "Ellen" Cooper.


He was a halfback for the Sewanee Tigers of Sewanee: The University of the South from 1907 to 1910, thrice selected All-Southern.[1] Vanderbilt head coach Dan McGugin rated him as one of the greatest he ever saw.[2] Grantland Rice rated him amongst the best ever at punt returns.[2] He would catch punts whilst running at full speed.[3] An all-time Sewanee team noted "Critics declare Aubrey Lanier the equal of Walter Eckersall as a safety man."[3]


McGugin said of Lanier in 1907 that he was "a star of purest ray, and came near winning the Vanderbilt game by his brilliant dashes after receiving punts."[4]


In 1909 when Sewanee won an SIAA championship Rice called him "the noblest Tiger of them all."[5] The Kappa Alpha Journal gives similar praise that year, calling Lanier "The greatest performer of the college game on the Southern field.[6]


Lanier was captain of the 1910 Sewanee team.[7]


  1. ^ e. g. "All S. I. A. A. Team". Times-Picayune. December 8, 1910.
  2. ^ a b "A Star Passes On". Sewanee Alumni News. 2 (4): 4. 1936.
  3. ^ a b "All-Time All Star Team". Archived from the original on 2015-08-02. Retrieved 2015-07-23.
  4. ^ Dan McGugin (1907). "Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Foot Ball". The Official National Collegiate Athletic Association Football Guide. National Collegiate Athletic Association: 71–75.
  5. ^ James Gregg (1949). "Sports at Sewanee". Sewanee Alumni News: 5.
  6. ^ "Alpha-Alpha, University of the South". Kappa Alpha Journal. 27 (2): 200.
  7. ^ "National and Southern Honors". Sewanee Football Media Guide: 31. 2011.