1929 College Football All-America Team

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The 1929 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams for the 1929 college football season. The organizations that chose the teams included: the United Press; the Associated Press; Collier's Weekly selected by Grantland Rice; and The New York Sun.

Overview[edit]

In 1929, the top five teams in the post-season Dickinson ratings were represented by the following first-team All-Americans:

TEAM Record All-Americans
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9–0–0 Frank Carideo (QB), Jack Cannon (G)
2 Purdue Boilermakers 8–0–0 Elmer Sleight (T), Ralph Welch (FB)
3 Pittsburgh Panthers 9–0–0 Joe Donchess (E), Ray Montgomery (G), Toby Uansa (HB), Pug Parkinson (FB)
4 California Golden Bears 7–1–1 Bear Schwartz (E), Roy Riegels (C)
5 Illinois Fighting Illini 6–1–1 Lou Gordon (T), Russ Crane (G)

Following the death of Walter Camp in 1925, there was a proliferation of All-American teams in the late 1920s. In 1929, there were at least a dozen published All-American teams that received extensive coverage in the press. Only one player, Notre Dame quarterback Frank Carideo was selected as a first-team All-American on all 12 teams. Pittsburgh end Joe Donchess was selected on 11 of the teams. The following chart identifies the players who were listed as first-team All-Americans on at least four of the 12 listed teams.

Name Position School Number Selectors

First-team selections

Frank Carideo Quarterback Notre Dame 12 AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, NANA, CP, NYS, NYP, AAB, WA, LP
Joe Donchess End Pittsburgh 11 AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, NANA, NYS, NYP, AAB, WA, LP
Bronko Nagurski Tackle/Fullback Minnesota 10 AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, NANA, CP [fb], NYS, NYP [fb], LP
Jack Cannon Guard Notre Dame 10 AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, NYS, NYP, AAB, WA, LP
Ben Ticknor Center Harvard 10 AP, UP, COL, INS, NANA, NYS, NY [g], AAB, WA, LP
Elmer Sleight Tackle Purdue 9 AP, COL, INS, CP, NYS, NYP, AAB, WA, LP
Ray Montgomery Guard Pittsburgh 6 UP, COL, NEA, INS, AAB, WA
Ralph Welch Fullback Purdue 6 UP, COL, NEA, INS [hb], NANA, AAB
Francis Tappaan End Southern Calif. 5 UP, NEA, NANA, NYP, AAB
Red Cagle Halfback Army 4 AP, COL, AAB, WA
Gene McEver Halfback Tennessee 4 UP, NEA, NANA, CP
Willis Glassgow Halfback Iowa 4 COL, NEA, NYS, LP
Bill Banker Halfback Tulane 4 NYP, AAB, WA, LP

All-American selections for 1929[edit]

Key[edit]

  • AP = Associated Press, based on a nationwide opinion poll of 215 experts, including "newspaper sports editors and writers, Associated Press staff observers, officials and coaches in every section of the country."[1]
  • UP = United Press, "named by the United Press with the assistance and advice of more than 200 coaches, officials and experts from every part of the country"[2]
  • COL = Collier's Weekly as selected by Grantland Rice[3]
  • NEA = Newspaper Enterprise Association selected as follows: "In the selection of these All-America players, the opinions of more than 100 coaches and football writers have been confidentially consulted."[4]
  • INS = International News Service (later merged with UP to form UPI), based on "popular vote among sport writers and coaches, representing every major section of the country"; voters included Damon Runyon, Ford Frick, Tom Thorp, Dick Hylund, John Heisman, and Bill Corum[5]
  • NANA = North American Newspaper Alliance, selected by four noted coaches, Dan McGugin, Howard Jones, Bob Zuppke, and Bill Roper[6]
  • CP = Central Press Association, "selected by the readers of hundreds of client newspapers of the Central Press Association"[7]
  • NYS = New York Sun[8][9]
  • NYP = New York Post[10]
  • AAB = All-America Board of Football, consisting of Knute Rockne, "Pop" Warner, Tad Jones and W.A. Alexander[11]
  • WA = Davis Walsh for the International News Service[12]
  • LP = Lawrence Perry: "Lawrence Perry selected his 1929 All-America football team after traveling many thousands of miles and watching most of the country's leading teams in play or practice"[13]
  • WT = Washington Times[14]
  • Bold – Consensus All-American[15]
  • 1 – First Team Selection
  • 2 – Second Team Selection
  • 3 – Third Team Selection

Ends[edit]

  • Joe Donchess, Pittsburgh (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Wes Fesler, Ohio State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-2; NEA-2; INS-1; CP-1; NYS-2; NYP-2; WA-2; WT)
  • Francis Tappaan, Southern California (AP-2; UP-1; NEA-1; INS-2; NANA-1; CP-2; NYS-2; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-2)
  • Wear Schoonover, Arkansas (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-2; COL-1; INS-3; NYS-1; WA-3; LP-1)
  • Robert Tanner, Minnesota (NEA-2; NYP-2; WA-1)
  • Vernon Smith, Georgia (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; NEA-3)
  • Paul L. Bates, Western Maryland (UP-3)
  • Tom Churchill, Oklahoma (UP-3; NEA-3)
  • Frank Baker, Northwestern (AP-3; NANA-2)
  • Dale Van Sickel, Florida (College Football Hall of Fame) (CP-2)
  • Mitchell, Davis-Elkins (WA-3)
  • Norton, California (INS-2; NANA-3)
  • Muller, Stanford (INS-3)
  • Barres, Yale (NANA-2)
  • Conley, Notre Dame (NANA-3)

Tackles[edit]

  • Bronko Nagurski, Minnesota (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1 [fb]; NYS-1; NYP-1 [fb]; WA-2 [fb]; LP-1)
  • Elmer Sleight, Purdue (AP-1; UP-2; COL-1; INS-1; NANA-2; CP-1; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Marion Hammon, Southern Methodist (UP-1; NYS-2; WA-2)
  • George Ackerman, St. Mary’s (NYP-2; AAB-1; WA-1)
  • Forrest "Jap" Douds, Washington & Jefferson (AP-3; UP-2; NEA-2; INS-2; CP-1; WT)
  • Fred Sington, Alabama (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-2 [g]; INS-2 [g]; NYP-1; WA-2 [g])
  • Richards, Nebraska (NEA-1; WA-3)
  • Lou Gordon, Illinois (NEA-2; NANA-1)
  • Samuel Wakeman, Cornell (AP-2; UP-3; NEA-3; INS-2; NANA-2; CP-2; NYP-2; WA-3)
  • Ted Twomey, Notre Dame (AP-2; UP-3; INS-3; WA-2)
  • John Utz, Penn (CP-2)
  • Huntington, Colgate (NYS-2)
  • Shields, Oregon (NEA-3)
  • Barfield, Princeton (NANA-3)
  • Bowstrom, Navy (NANA-3)

Guards[edit]

  • Jack Cannon, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-3; CP-2; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Ray Montgomery, Pittsburgh (AP-2; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-2; NYS-2; AAB-1; WA-1)
  • Bear Schwartz, California (AP-1; UP-2; INS-3; NYS-1; WA-2; LP-1)
  • Wade Greene, Yale(AP-2; CP-1; WT)
  • Russ Crane, Illinois (CP-1)
  • Mike Brumbelow, Texas Christian (UP-3; NEA-3; WA-3)
  • Roberts, Iowa (UP-3)
  • John Law, Notre Dame (AP-3)
  • Ray Farris, North Carolina (AP-3; NEA-2)
  • Nathan Barrager, Southern California (INS-2; CP-2; WA-3)
  • Gibson, Colgate (NYP-2)
  • Luby DiMeolo, Pitt (INS-3 [t]; NYP-2)
  • Bull Brown, Vanderbilt (NYS-2; NANA-1)
  • Driscoll, Stanford (NEA-2)
  • Paul Schwegler, Washington (College Football Hall of Fame) (NEA-3)
  • Anderson, Northwestern (INS-3; NANA-1)
  • Weir, Illinois (NANA-2)
  • Humber, Army (NANA-3)

Centers[edit]

  • Ben Ticknor, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-3; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-2; NYS-1; NYP-1 [g]; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Roy Riegels, California (AP-2; NEA-1; INS-3; CP-1)
  • Walter Heinecke, Stanford (UP-2; NANA-3; NYS-2; WA-2)
  • Tony Slano, Fordham (AP-3; UP-3; NEA-2; NANA-2; NYP-1)
  • Tim Moynihan, Notre Dame (NYP-2)
  • Marvin Jonas, Utah (WA-3)

Quarterbacks[edit]

  • Frank Carideo, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Alton Marsters, Dartmouth (AP-2; INS-1 [hb]; NANA-1; CP-2; NYS-1 [hb]; NYP-2)
  • Glen Harmeson, Purdue (UP-3; INS-3; NEA-3 [fb])
  • Albie Booth, Yale (AP-3; INS-3 [hb]; NYS-2; NYP-1 [hb]; WA-3 [hb])
  • Saunders, So. Calif. (NEA-3; NANA-3)
  • Barry Wood, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (INS-2; NANA-2; NYP-2)

Halfbacks[edit]

  • Red Cagle, Army (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-2 [qb]; COL-1; NEA-2 [qb]; INS-2; NANA-2; CP-2; NYS-2; NYP-2; AAB-1; WA-1; WT)
  • Gene McEver, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-1; NEA-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYP-2; WA-3)
  • Willis Glassgow, Iowa (UP-2; COL-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; WA-3 [fb]; LP-1)
  • Octavius "Toby" Uansa, Pitt (AP-1; UP-3; NEA-2; INS-2; NANA-3; CP-1; WT)
  • Willis "Bill" Banker, Tulane (AP-3; UP-3 [fb]; NEA-2; INS-3; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1)
  • Merle Hufford, Washington (UP-1)
  • Fred "Stud" Stennett, St. Mary's (UP-2)
  • Cy Leland, Texas Christian (UP-3)
  • Benny Lom, California (AP-3; NEA-2 [fb]; NANA-2)
  • Lloyd Brazil, Detroit (NEA-3; INS-3 [fb]; WA-2 [qb])
  • Dick Boyle, St. Mary's (NEA-3)
  • Wittmer, Princeton (NANA-3)

Fullbacks[edit]

  • Ralph "Pest" Welch, Purdue (AP-2 [hb]; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1 [hb]; NANA-1; CP-2 [hb]; NYS-2 [hb]; AAB-1; WA-2 [hb])
  • Thomas "Pug" Parkinson, Pitt (AP-2; UP-2; INS-1; NANA-2; NYS-1; NYP-2; WA-2 [hb]; LP-1; WT)
  • Bernard "Tony" Holm, Alabama (AP-1; INS-2)
  • Earl "Powerhouse" Pomeroy, Utah (AP-3; WA-1)
  • C. Russell Bergherm, Northwestern (NANA-3; CP-2; NYS-2)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alan Gould (AP Sports Editor) (1929-12-07). "Three Big Ten Players on A.P. All-American Team: Carideo and Cannon Land Honor Posts". The News-Palladium (Michigan). 
  2. ^ "United Press Selects Its 1929 All-American Football Eleven". Charleston Gazette. 1929-12-04. 
  3. ^ "Nagurski Gets Post On Rice’s All-American: Minnesota Star Placed At Tackle on All-Star Aggregation; Glassgow and Welch Other Big Ten Aces". The Evening Tribune (Albert Lea, MN). 1929-12-20. 
  4. ^ William Braucher (NEA Service Sports Writer) (1929-12-06). "NEA Names Three Big 10 Stars on All-American: Place Carideo of Notre Dame at Quarterback". Sheboygan Journal. 
  5. ^ "International News Service Announces All-American Teams: Leading Coaches And Writers Of Nation Aid In Selections; Carideo, Marsters, Welch And Parkinson Picked In First Team Backfield". New Castle News. 1929-12-05. 
  6. ^ "Race for All-Star Picking Gets Going: Great Coach Critics for Standard in Their Annual Huddle Agree on Choices". Montana Standard. 1929-12-01. 
  7. ^ "Gene M'Ever Gains Place on Popular All-American Team: Hundreds of Thousands of Football Followers Select Fourth Annual Mythical Eleven by Good Old-Fashioned Election Method". Kingsport Times. 1929-12-10. 
  8. ^ "Bear Schwartz on One All-American". Montana Standard. 1929-12-01. 
  9. ^ "Sleight Picked for All-America: Purdue Tackle Placed On New York Sun's Mythical Team; Welch On Second Eleven". Kokomo Tribune. 1929-11-30. 
  10. ^ "First and Second All-American Are Named by N.Y. Post". Sterling Daily Gazette (IL). 1929-12-02. 
  11. ^ "All-America Football Board Selects 1929 Honor Team: Rockne, Warner, Jones, Alexander Present Choices for Season's Best". Salt Lake Tribune. 1929-12-08. 
  12. ^ "Walsh's All-American 1929 Football Team". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. 1929-12-04. 
  13. ^ "Lawrence Perry's 1929 All-American". Evening Huronite. 1929-12-10. 
  14. ^ "All-America Addendum". College Football Historical Society Newsletter. November 2008. 
  15. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. Retrieved August 16, 2014.