1922 College Football All-America Team
The most widely reported All-American team selectors in 1922 were Walter Camp for Collier's Weekly, Athletic World magazine (selected by more than 200 coaches), Walter Eckersall for the Chicago Tribune, the New York Tribune (selected by Ray McCarthy, Grantland Rice and William B. Hanna), Norman E. Brown for the Central Press Association, and syndicated sports writers Billy Evans and Lawrence Perry. Evans selections for his "National Honor Roll" were based on his polling of 200 sports editors.
With the proliferation of All-American selectors, the Romelke Press Clipping Bureau assembled a consensus All-American team based on its compilation of the votes of "nearly every important pressman who has picked an All-American team." In addition to naming players to five All-American teams based on the consensus voting, Romelke also compiled the total number of votes compiled by each school and ranked how the schools ranked in the voting. The team statistics compiled by Romelke showed the following schools receiving the highest vote count.
|School||Votes||Members||Names of members|
|Michigan||385||7||Harry Kipke (99), Paul Goebel (67), Bernard Kirk (66), Stanley Muirhead (51), Irwin Uteritz (30), Oliver Aas (29), Franklin Cappon (23)|
|Iowa||345||5||Gordon Locke (111), Paul Minnick (93), John Heldt (69), Thompson (39), Max Kadesky (33)|
|Chicago||268||4||McMillen (83), King (66), John Webster Thomas (65), Fletcher (64)|
|Princeton||259||4||Herb Treat (96), Gray (93), Baker (38), Dickinson (25)|
|Army||254||5||Edgar Garbisch (78), Fritz Breidster (76), Smythe (48), Mulligan (31), Wood (23)|
|Cornell||239||3||Eddie Kaw (122), Hanson (64), George Pfann (33)|
|Harvard||227||3||George Owen (113), Charles C. Buell (58), Charles Hubbard (54)|
|Wisconsin||211||4||Marty Below (57), Barr (55), Gus Tebell (51), Williams (47)|
|Lafayette||133||2||Frank Schwab (94), Brunner (30)|
|Brown||97||1||Mike Gulian (97)|
Several major teams finished the season with undefeated records, including Cornell (8–0–0), Princeton (8–0–0), California (9–0–0), Iowa (7–0), West Virginia (10–0–1), Vanderbilt (8–0–1), Michigan (6–0–1), and Army (8–0–2). Each of these teams was well represented on the All-American teams for 1922.
Michigan back and punter Harry Kipke was selected by some as the best football player of the 1922 season, and was named a first-team All-American by six of the nine major selectors. Kipke is considered one of Michigan's all-time great athletes, having lettered nine times in football, basketball, and baseball. Kipke also went on to coach Michigan to two national championships in the 1930s.
Iowa quarterback Gordon Locke was the only player chosen as a first-team All-American by all nine major selectors. Locke led the undefeated 1922 Iowa Hawkeyes to a 6–0 win over Yale, which had never before lost to a team from the "West". After returning by train from Yale, Locke scored Iowa's only touchdown in an 8–7 win over Illinois.
Cornell back Eddie Kaw was chosen as a first-team All-American by eight of the nine major selectors, and Princeton tackle Herb Treat and California end Harold "Brick" Muller were selected by six of the nine. Kaw and Muller were both inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, and Muller also won acclaim as the silver medalist in the high jump at the 1920 Summer Olympics. Treat suffered a head injury when he was struck by a car in 1943 and died when he plunged nine stories from a Kansas City hotel in 1947.
Controversy over Eastern bias
Controversy surrounded the dominance of Eastern players on Walter Camp's All-American team. Among the nine major selectors in 1922, Camp was alone in naming several Eastern players as first-team All-Americans, including Harvard guard Charles Hubbard, Navy end Taylor, and Penn tackle John Thurman. A syndicated columnist from Ohio accused Camp of favoritism:
"We print with apologies the All-American football teams selected by Walter Camp. We print them because Walter picks them and for years [we] have been accustomed to regard Camp's choices as official. But in our opinion Camp's teams this year are positively the poorest that the dean of football critics has ever foisted upon the public. For we find Camp drifting unquestionably back into the old rut of letting his eastern feelings dominate his selections. It is a positive travesty upon All-American selections to have six members of the first team honor teams chosen from the eastern Big Three—Harvard, Yale and Princeton ... Camp should begin once more to see the light or the first thing he knows folks will forget the halo with which he has been for years blessed in the opinion of football followers."
Notable omissions from Camp's 1922 squad included Bernard Kirk, who Camp named to his second team at the end position. Kirk, who had been teammates with George Gipp in 1919, was named a first-team All-American by several selectors and died in an automobile accident in December 1922—before all of the All-American selections had even been announced. Several writers at the time noted the coincidence that former teammates Gipp and Kirk had both died at the height of their popularity and before all of the All-American teams had been selected (Gipp having died in December 1920, and Kirk in December 1922).
All-Americans of 1922
- Harold "Brick" Muller, California (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; AW-1; WE-1; NB-1; LP-2; BE; FM-1; RO-3)
- Wendell Taylor, Navy (WC-1; RO-4)
- Paul G. Goebel, Michigan (NYT-1; NB-1; AW-1; LP-1; BE; RO-1)
- Bernard Kirk, Michigan (WC-2; NYT-1; WE-1; NB-2; LP-2; BE; FH-1; RO-2)
- Howard "Howdy" Gray, Princeton (WE-2; LP-1; BE; FH-1; RO-1)
- Lynn Bomar, Vanderbilt (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-2; WE-3; BE; FM-1)
- Lee Spillers, Washington & Jefferson (WE-3)
- Gus Tebell, Wisconsin (NYT-2; WE-3; BE; RO-3)
- Herb Kopf, Washington & Jefferson (WC-3; RO-5)
- Max Kadesky, Iowa (WC-3; NB-2; FH-2; RO-4)
- Charlie Berry, Lafayette (BE)
- Ray Eklund, Minnesota (FM-2)
- James "Red" Roberts, Centre (FM-2; BE; RO-5)
- Pulaski, Wisconsin (NYT-2)
- Warren S. Parr, Navy (FH-2; RO-2)
- John Thurman, Penn (WC-1; WE-3)
- Herb Treat, Princeton (WC-1; WE-1; NB-1; LP-1; BE; FM-1; RO-1)
- Mike Gulian, Brown (WC-3; AW-1; WE-2; NB-2; LP-1; BE; RO-1)
- Raymond "Bub" Weller, Nebraska (WE-1; BE; FM-2; FH-1)
- Marty Below, Wisconsin (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-3; NYT-1; WE-2; NB-1; RO-2)
- Hanson, Cornell (NB-2; BE; FH-1; RO-2)
- Gus Sonnenberg, Detroit (FM-1)
- James "Red" Roberts, Centre (AW-1; WE-2 [end]; BE [end])
- Lynn Bomar, Vanderbilt (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-2; WE-3; BE [end]; FM-1 [end])
- Lynn "Pappy" Waldorf, Syracuse (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-2)
- Smith, Wisconsin (NYT-1)
- Lloyd "Pudge" Neidlinger, Dartmouth (WC-2)
- Graham Penfield, Northwestern (LP-2; BE; RO-3)
- Stanley Muirhead, Michigan (LP-2; RO-4)
- Tiny McMahon, Penn State (BE)
- Joe Bennett, Georgia (BE)
- Russell Meredith, West Virginia (BE; FM-2)
- Jerome Kriz, Iowa (NYT-2)
- George Thompson, Iowa (NYT-2; RO-4)
- John Spellman, Brown (FH-2)
- Denis J. Mulligan, Army (FH-2; RO-5)
- Fletcher, Chicago (RO-3)
- Harland "Pink" Baker, Princeton (RO-5)
- Charles J. Hubbard, Harvard (WC-1; WE-2; LP-2; RO-3)
- Frank Schwab, Lafayette (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; AW-1; WE-1; BE; RO-1)
- Waldemar "Fritz" Breidster, Army (AW-1; WE-1; BE; FM-1; RO-2)
- Paul Minick, Iowa (WC-2; NB-1; LP-2; FH-2; RO-1)
- Oscar Davis, Georgia Tech (LP-1; BE)
- Jim McMillen, Illinois (WC-3; NYT-2; WE-2; NB-2; BE; FH-1; RO-2)
- Cross, Yale (WC-2; NB-1; FM-2; RO-5)
- Ed Degree, Notre Dame (FM-1)
- Joe Pondelik, Chicago (LP-1)
- Leo Calland, Southern California (WE-3)
- Redenk, Penn State (WE-3)
- Joe Setron, West Virginia (WC-2; BE)
- Mel Dickinson, Princeton (WC-3; NB-2)
- Jack Sack (born Jacob Bernard Sacklowsky), Pittsburgh (BE; RO-4)
- Webster Clarke, California (BE)
- Lloyd Pixley, Ohio State (NYT-1; FM-2; RO-3)
- Thomas Long, Ohio State (NYT-1)
- Roy Miller, Illinois (NYT-2)
- Phillip Cruikshank, Yale (FH-1)
- Jim Welsh, Colgate (FH-2; RO-4)
- Edgar Garbisch, Army (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; NYT-1; NB-1; BE; RO-1)
- Charley Bowser, Pittsburgh (WE-1; BE; FM-1; RO-2)
- John Heldt, Iowa (WE-3; LP-2; BE; FH-1; RO-3)
- Dudley DeGroot, Stanford (AW-1)
- Frank Culver, Syracuse (LP-1)
- Ralph King, Chicago (WE-2; FM-2; RO-4)
- Carl Peterson, Nebraska (WC-3)
- Winslow Lovejoy, Yale (NB-2; BE)
- John Heaphy, Boston College (BE)
- Newsh Bentz, Penn State (BE)
- Oliver Aas, Minnesota (BE; RO-5)
- Ed Kubale, Centre (BE)
- Al Crook, Washington & Jefferson (FH-2)
- Gordon Locke, Iowa (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; NYT-1; AW-1 [fb]; WE-1; NB-1 [hb]; LP-1 [fb]; BE [fb]; FM-1 [hb]; FH-1; RO-1 [fb])
- Charles C. Buell, Harvard (AW-1; WE-2; NB-1; BE; FH-2; RO-1)
- Irwin Uteritz, Michigan (WC-3; WE-3; FM-1; RO-5)
- George Smythe, Army (WC-2; BE; RO-4)
- Herb Covington, Centre (NB-2; BE)
- Charles Darling, Boston College (BE)
- George Pfann, Cornell (College Football Hall of Fame) (BE; FM-2; RO-3)
- Jimmy Robertson, Carnegie Tech (BE)
- Oliver "Doc" Kuhn, Vanderbilt (BE)
- Matt "Matty" Brennan, Lafayette (BE)
- Hoge Workman, Ohio State (NYT-2)
- Shorty Barr, Wisconsin (RO-2)
- Harry Kipke, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; NYT-2; AW-1; WE-1; NB-1; LP-1 [qb]; BE; RO-2)
- Eddie Kaw, Cornell (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; AW-1; WE-1; NB-1 [fb]; LP-1; BE; FM-1; FH-1 [fb]; RO-1)
- George Owen, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-2; WE-1 [fb]; NB-2; LP-2 [fb]; BE [FB]; FH-1; RO-1)
- Earl Martineau, Minnesota (NYT-1; WE-2; LP-2 [qb]; BE; FM-2; RO-3 [fb])
- Otis McCreery, Minnesota (NYT-1)
- Jack Cleaves, Princeton (FH-1)
- Nick Nardacci, West Virginia (WE-2; BE)
- Leonard "Bots" Brunner, Lafayette (BE; FM-1; RO-3)
- Ralph Edward Jordan, Yale (WC-3; WE-3; NB-2; RO-3)
- Steve Barchet, Navy (WC-3)
- Donald Nichols, California (BE)
- Rollie Williams, Wisconsin (BE; RO-2; WE-3)
- Arch Nesbit, California (FH-2)
- Jonathan Miller, Penn (FH-2)
- Harry Wilson, Penn State (RO-4)
- John Webster Thomas, Chicago (WC-1; NYT-1; NB-2; LP-2; BE; RO-2)
- Paul Castner, Notre Dame (WC-3; LP-1; BE; RO-5)
- Duke Morrison, California (WC-2 [hb]; WE-2; LP-2 [hb]; BE; FM-2; RO-4 [hb])
- Franklin Cappon, Michigan (WE-3; NYT-2 [hb]; FH-2; RO-5 [hb])
- Red Barron, Georgia Tech (WC-2; BE [hb]; FM-2 [hb])
- William H. Wood, Army (BE; RO-5 [hb])
- Chick Hartley, Nebraska (BE)
- John H. Fletcher, Georgia (BE)
- Merrill Taft, Wisconsin (NYT-2)
- Orville Hewitt, Pittsburgh (RO-4)
NCAA recognized selector for 1922
- AW = Athletic World magazine, selected by 214 coaches
- NYT = New York Tribune, selected by Ray McCarthy of the New York Tribune with advice from Grantland Rice and William B. Hanna. McCarthy selected his ends, guards, tackles and halfbacks in pairs from a single team.
- WE = Walter Eckersall, of the Chicago Tribune
- NB = Norman E. Brown, sports editor of the Central Press Association
- LP = Lawrence Perry
- BE = Billy Evans National Honor Roll, as culled from the selections of 200 sports editors
- FM = Frank G. Menke
- FH = Fred A. Hayner, sports writer of the Chicago Daily News
- RO = Romelke Press Clipping Bureau, based on votes of "nearly every important pressman who has picked an All-American team."
Bold = Consensus All-American
- 1 – First-team selection
- 2 – Second-team selection
- 3 – Third-team selection
- "Championship Locke At Quarter on Camp's First Team". Iowa City Press-Citizen. 1922-12-26.
- "Some Team!". The Lima News. 1922-12-13.
- "All-American Eleven Composed from Stars of Ten Institutions". Salt Lake Tribune. 1922-12-24.
- "M'Carthy Picks Them In Pairs". The Newark Advocate. 1922-12-05.
- Norman E. Brown (1922-12-08). "Below Wins Place on 'All-American' Eleven Selected by Prominent Sports Writer: Harry Kipke Named as Year's Best All-Round Man". Capital Times (Madison, WI).
- Billy Evans (1922-12-13). "Big Ten Given Eleven Places on Honor Roll: Kirk, Kirke and Goebel Named". The Lima News.
- "Michigan Proves A Favorite: Consensus Vote of Sports Writers Shows Wolverines Have Most Men Picked". Los Angeles Times. 1922-12-27.
- "Ex-Princeton Star and W. Va. Native Leaps To Death". Charleston Daily Mail. 1947-04-20.
- Ross Tenney (1922-12-31). "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.
- Lawrence Perry (1922-12-17). "All-America Selection Discloses Unusual Number of Great Backs: Perry Observed Them". San Antonio Light.
- Frank G. Menke (1922-12-11). "All-American Grid Selections". The Lincoln Star.
- "Locke Made Captain of All-American Team By Chicago Critic -- Heldt Gets Center". Des Moines Capital. 1922-12-14.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. Retrieved August 16, 2014.