1947 College Football All-America Team

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The 1947 College Football All-America team was composed of college football players selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers. The organizations choosing the teams included: the United Press, the Associated Press, Collier's Weekly, the International News Service (the wire service operated by the Hearst newspapers), and the Football Writers Association of America. The individuals selected to the most All-American teams were Notre Dame quarterback (and Heisman Trophy winner) Johnny Lujack and Michigan halfback Bob Chappuis.

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

The chart below reflects the published point total from the UP poll (2,211 points possible), and also reflects the number of polls in which the leading candidates were selected as a first-team All-American, and their point total in the 1947 Heisman Trophy voting.

Name Class Position School UPI votes First-team selections Heisman points
Johnny Lujack Sr. Quarterback N.Dame 2,086 9 742
Bob Chappuis Sr. Back Mich. 1,838 9 555
Joe Steffy Guard Army 1,465 8
Doak Walker So. Back SMU 1,367 7 196
Bill Swiacki Sr. End Columbia 1,041 7 61
Bob Davis Sr. Tackle Ga.Tech. 739 7
Paul Cleary Sr. End S.Cal. 899 6
Bill Fischer Jr. Guard N.Dame 909 6
Chuck Bednarik Jr. Center Penn 899 5 65
George Connor Tackle N.Dame 1,831 4
Bobby Layne Quarterback Texas 1,200 3 75

All-American selections for 1947[edit]

Key[edit]

Bold = Consensus All-American

  • 1 - First Team Selection
  • 2 - Second Team Selection
  • 3 - Third Team Selection

Ends[edit]

  • Paul Cleary, Southern California (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-2; CO-1; NEA-1; CP-1; INS-1; FW-1)
  • Bill Swiacki, Columbia (AP-1; UP-1; PO-1; CO-1; NEA-1; CP-2; INS-1; WC-1)
  • Barney Poole, Mississippi (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-1; PO-1; NEA-2; CP-1; INS-3; WC-1; FW-2)
  • Leon Hart, Notre Dame (FW-1)
  • Bob Mann, Michigan (AP-2; UP-3; NEA-3; CP-3)
  • Ike Owens, Illinois (AP-2; NEA-2; CP-3; INS-2; FW-3)
  • Len Ford, Michigan (Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-2; CP-2)
  • Tom Fears, UCLA (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (UP-3; NEA-3; INS-2; FW-2)
  • Banard Hafen, Utah (INS-3)
  • Max Bumgardner, Texas (FW-3)

Tackles[edit]

Guards[edit]

  • William Fischer, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; NEA-1; CP-1; INS-2; FW-1)
  • Joe Steffy, Army (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-1; PO-1; CO-1; NEA-1; CP-1; INS-1; WC-1; FW-1)
  • Steve Suhey, Penn State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-3; CO-1; NEA-2; CP-3; INS-1)
  • Leo Nomellini, Minnesota (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-2; NEA-2; CP-2; INS-2)
  • Rod Franz, California (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; PO-1; CP-2; INS-3; WC-1; FW-2)
  • Knox Ramsey, William & Mary (UP-2; NEA-3 [tackle])
  • Mike Dimitro, UCLA (AP-3; INS-3; FW-3)
  • J.W. Magee, Rice (NEA-3)
  • Jon Baker, California (NEA-3)
  • Howard Brown, Indiana (CP-3)
  • Dominic Tomasi, Michigan (UP-3)
  • Herbert Siegert, Illinois (FW-2)
  • Bill Healy, Georgia Tech (FW-3)

Centers[edit]

Quarterbacks[edit]

  • Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; PO-1; CO-1; NEA-1; CP-1; INS-1; WC-1; FW-1)
  • Charlie Conerly, Mississippi (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-2; NEA-1; CP-2; INS-1; FW-1)
  • Bobby Layne, Texas (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-1; NEA-2; CP-1; INS-2; FW-1)

Backs[edit]

  • Bob Chappuis, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; PO-1; CO-1; NEA-1; CP-1; INS-1; WC-1; FW-1)
  • Doak Walker, Southern Methodist (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; PO-1; NEA-1; CP-1; INS-1; WC-1; FW-2)
  • Ray Evans, Kansas (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; CO-1; NEA-3; CP-3; INS-2; FW-3)
  • Bump Elliott, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-2; PO-1; NEA-3; CP-2; INS-3; FW-2)
  • Tony "Skip" Minisi, Penn (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-2; CO-1; NEA-3; CP-3; INS-3; WC-1; FW-2)
  • Harry Gilmer, Alabama (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-2; NEA-2; CP-2; INS-2; FW-2)
  • Charlie "Choo Choo" Justice, North Carolina (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-3; NEA-2; CP-3; INS-3)
  • Clyde Scott, Arkansas (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; CP-3; INS-3)
  • Jack Cloud, William & Mary (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3)
  • George Taliaferro, Indiana (College Football Hall of Fame) (NEA-2)
  • Don Doll, Southern California (NEA-3; FW-3)
  • Elwyn Rowan, Army (CP-2)
  • Jake Leicht, Oregon (INS-2)
  • Terry Brennan, Notre Dame (UP-3; FW-3)
  • Harry Szulborski, Purdue (FW-3)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Midwest Places Three Backs On AP All-American Squad: Lujack, Evans and Chappuis On First Team". Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune. 1947-12-03. 
  2. ^ "Offensive Brilliance Pays Off On UP All-American: Midwestern Zone Leads With Four Players on Team". Journal (Western Nevada). 1947-11-27. 
  3. ^ Al Warren (1947-12-17). "Patrolling the Sport Highway with Al Warren". The Ogden (Utah) Standard-Examiner. 
  4. ^ "Collier's Grid Team Announced". The Times Recorder (Zanesville, OH). 1947-12-05. 
  5. ^ Harry Grayson (1947-11-). "Lujack Is Only Unanimous Choice For NEA's 1947 All-America". Middlesboro, Ky., Daily News. 
  6. ^ Lawton Carver (1947-12-04). "Johnny Lujack Unanimous INS All-American Grid Selection". The Daily Courier (Connellsville, PA). 
  7. ^ Walter L. Johns (1947-12-01). "Midwest Gains Edge On CP All-American: Nation's Grid Captains Help Select Honor Eleven". The Era (Bradford, PA). 
  8. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation. 
  9. ^ http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/allamerica/alltime.pdf