1901 College Football All-America Team

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Walter Camp, one of two "official" All-America selectors in 1901

The 1901 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various individuals who chose College Football All-America Teams for the 1901 college football season. The only two individuals who have been recognized as "official" selectors by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the 1901 season are Walter Camp and Caspar Whitney, who had originated the College Football All-America Team 13 years earlier in 1889.[1] Camp's 1901 All-America Team was published in Collier's Weekly,[2] and Whitney's selections were published in Outing magazine.[1][3]

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

Paul Bunker of Army
Neil Snow of Michigan
Harold Weekes of Columbia
Oliver Cutts of Harvard
Bill Morley of Columbia
"Blondy" Graydon of Harvard
Robert Kernan of Harvard
Bill Warner of Cornell

In its official listing of "Consensus All-America Selections," the NCAA designates players who were selected by either Camp or Whitney as "consensus" All-Americans.[1] Using this criteria, the NCAA recognizes 18 players as "consensus" All-American for the 1901 football season.[1] The consensus All-Americans are identified in bold on the list below ("All-Americans of 1901") and include the following:

  • Edward Bowditch, an end from Harvard who later had a distinguished military and diplomatic career, including stints as Secretary and Vice Governor of Moro Province in the Philippines, aide-de-camp to Gen. John J. Pershing during World War I, inspector general of the New York National Guard, and as a member of the Harbord Commission and the Wood-Forbes Mission.
  • Paul Bunker, a tackle for Army whose posthumously published account of his time as a Japanese prisoner of war became a best-seller. A portion of the U.S. flag flown at Corregidor was saved from burning by Bunker and kept hidden as a patch inside his shirt; the patch remains on display in the West Point museum.
  • Dave Campbell, an end for Harvard who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1958.[4]
  • Charles Dudley Daly, a quarterback for Harvard who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951.[5] In 2008, Sports Illustrated sought to answer the question, "Who would have won the Heisman from 1900-1934?"[6] Its selection for 1901 was Daly of Army, a player who put on "a one-man show" against Navy, scoring all 11 of Army's points.[6]
  • Bill Morley, a halfback for Columbia who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.[7][8] He became a prominent cattle and sheep rancher in New Mexico.[9]
  • Neil Snow, an end for Michigan who scored five touchdowns in the 1902 Rose Bowl and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1960.[10]
  • Bill Warner, a guard for Cornell who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1971.[11] Warner later served as the head football coach at Cornell, North Carolina, Colgate, St. Louis, and Oregon.[12]
  • Harold Weekes, a halfback for Columbia who was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1954.[13]

Concerns of Eastern bias[edit]

The All-America selections by Camp and Whitney were dominated by players from the East and the Ivy League in particular. In 1901, 17 of the 18 consensus All-Americans came from Eastern universities, and 14 of 18 played in the Ivy League.[1] The undefeated Harvard Crimson team had eight players who were designated as consensus All-Americans. The only four consensus All-Americans from schools outside the Ivy League were Neil Snow of Michigan, Paul Bunker and Charles Dudley Daly of Army, and Walter Bachman of Lafayette.[1]

The dominance of Eastern players led to criticism over the years that the All-America selections were biased against players from the leading Western universities, including Chicago, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame.[14][15] During the 1901 season, Fielding H. Yost's "Point-a-Minute" team at Michigan compiled an 11–0 record and outscored its opponents by the unprecedented total of 550 to 0.[16][17] Four Michigan players were chosen for All-Western teams: end Neil Snow, halfback Willie Heston, quarterback Boss Weeks, and tackle Bruce Shorts.[18][19] Another strong team from the West was Wisconsin which compiled a 9–0 record and outscored opponents 316 to 0.[20] Yet, only one player from a western school, Snow of Michigan, was recognized as a first-team All-American in 1901.[1] Caspar Whitney named two Wisconsin players, tackle Art Curtis and halfback Al "Norsky" Larson, as second-team All-Americans.[3]

Unofficial selectors[edit]

In addition to Camp and Whitney, other sports writers and publications selected All-America teams in 1901, though such lists have not been recognized as "official" All-America selections by the NCAA. The list below includes the All-America selections made by the New York Post and The Philadelphia Inquirer.[21][22] Only four players were unanimously selected by Camp, Whitney, the New York Post, and The Philadelphia Inquirer. They were Dave Campbell, Oliver Cutts, Charles Dudley Daly, and Robert Kernan.

All-Americans of 1901[edit]

Ends[edit]

Tackles[edit]

Guards[edit]

Centers[edit]

  • Henry Holt, Yale (WC-1; CW-2; NYP-1)
  • Walter E. Bachman, Lafayette (CW-1)
  • Charles Sprague Sargent, Harvard (PI-1)
  • Elbridge Howe Green, Harvard (NYP-2)

Quarterbacks[edit]

Halfbacks[edit]

  • Robert Kernan, Harvard (WC-1; CW-1; NYP-1; PI-1)
  • Harold Weekes, Columbia (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; NYP-1)
  • Bill Morley, Columbia (College Football Hall of Fame) (CW-1)
  • Marshall S. Reynolds, Penn (PI-1)
  • Adam F. Casad, Army (NYP-2)
  • George B. Chadwick, Yale (CW-2; NYP-2)
  • Al "Norsky" Larson, Wisconsin (CW-2)

Fullbacks[edit]

  • Thomas Graydon, Harvard (WC-1; CW-1; NYP-1)
  • David Cure, Lafayette (CW-2; NYP-2)

Key[edit]

Bold = Consensus All-Americans[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 4. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "All-America Teams". Walter Camp Football Foundation. 
  3. ^ a b c Caspar Whitney (1902). "The Sportsman's View-Point". Outing. 
  4. ^ "Dave Campbell". College Football Hall of Fame. 
  5. ^ "Charlie Daly". College Football Hall of Fame. 
  6. ^ a b Mike Beacom (December 12, 2008). "Who would have won the Heisman from 1900-1934". Sports Illustrated. 
  7. ^ George Baldwin (April 1, 1971). "Meet the Morleys -- A fascinating family: N.M. son makes football hall of fame; dad brought Santa Fe rails to state". The Albuquerque Tribune. (available at newspaperarchive.com)
  8. ^ "Bill Morley". College Football Hall of Fame. 
  9. ^ "W. Ray Morley, Long Resident of State, Dies in California: Was Football Star, Cattleman, Banker and One of New Mexico's Most Picturesque Characters". Albuquerque Journal. May 30, 1932. p. 1. 
  10. ^ "Neil Snow". College Football Hall of Fame. 
  11. ^ "Bill Warner". College Football Hall of Fame. 
  12. ^ "William J. "Bill" Warner Records Year by Year". College Football Data Warehouse. 
  13. ^ "Harold "Harry" Weekes". College Football Hall of Fame. 
  14. ^ "All-American Teams of East Are Jokes: Critics Who Never Saw Western Teams Play to Name Best in Country -- Forget About Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois". The Mansfield News. December 8, 1910. 
  15. ^ Ross Tenney (December 31, 1922). "Much Dissatisfaction Over Camp's All-American Team: Football Dean Is Accused of Favoring East; Walter Camp Soundly Scored For 'Poorest Teams Ever Foisted Upon Public'". The Des Moines Capital. 
  16. ^ "1901 Football Team". University of Michigan, Bentley Historical Library. Archived from the original on 14 December 2007. Retrieved 21 November 2007. 
  17. ^ Jesse J. Ricks (1901). "Introductory Review". Michigan Daily-News Football Year-Book. Ann Arbor Printing Company. Retrieved 15 March 2010. 
  18. ^ "The Middle Western Football Season". The Outing Magazine. 1902. p. 501. Retrieved 14 March 2010. 
  19. ^ "Walter Camp's All-Western Team". Michigan Alumnus. January 1902. p. 179. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  20. ^ "1901 Wisconsin". College Football Data Warehouse. 
  21. ^ a b "All-American Team: Harvard Football Players in the Majority". Naugatuck Daily News. December 11, 1901. 
  22. ^ a b "Dr. Stauffer's Idea of an All-American". The Philadelphia Inquirer. December 8, 1901.