1952 College Football All-America Team

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The 1952 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 1952 college football season. The organizations that chose the teams included: the United Press; the Associated Press; and Collier's Weekly.

All-American selections for 1952[edit]


Bold = Consensus All-American[4]

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




  • Kline Gilbert, Mississippi (AP-1)
  • David M. "Dave" Suminski, Wisconsin (AP-1)
  • Harvey Achziger, Colorado A&M (INS-1)
  • Bob Fleck, Syracuse (INS-1)
  • Ben Dunkerley, West Virginia (AP-2)
  • Eldred Kraemer, Pittsburgh (AP-2)


  • John J. Michels, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1, UP-1, WC-1)
  • Marvin H. "Marv" Matuszak, Tulsa (AP-1)
  • Michael "Mike" Takacs, Ohio State (INS-1)
  • Elmer Willhoite, Southern California (INS-1)
  • James "Jim" Reichenbach, Ohio State (AP-2)
  • Harley Sewell, Texas (AP-2)





  • Frank McPhee, Princeton (INS-1, WC-1)
  • Don Branby, Colorado (AP-1)
  • Thomas C. "Tom" Scott, Virginia (AP-1)
  • Ed Bell, Pennsylvania (INS-1, AP-2)
  • Ed Luke, Michigan State (AP-2)



  • Elmer Willhoite, Southern California (UP-1, WC-1, AP-2)
  • Steve "Ike" Eisenhauer, Navy (AP-1, INS-1)
  • Frank Kush, Michigan State (AP-1)
  • Chester Millett, Holy Cross (AP-2)



  • Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1, INS-1, UP-1, WC-1)
  • Jim Sears, Southern California (AP-1, INS-1, WC-1)
  • Bobby Morehead, Georgia Tech (AP-1, INS-1)
  • Val Joe Morris, Southern Methodist (AP-2)
  • Norris Mullis, South Carolina (AP-2)
  • Gilbert "Gil" Reich, Kansas (AP-2)

Note: Because the "platoon system" was not fully accepted in 1952, several All-American players received 1952 honors on both offense and defense because those individuals played on both sides of the ball.

Heisman Trophy voting[edit]

The chart below reflects the point total in the 1952 Heisman Trophy voting.

Rank Name Position School Heisman points
1 Billy Vessels Halfback Oklahoma 525
2 Jack Scarbath Quarterback Maryland 367
3 Paul Giel Halfback Minnesota 329
4 Donn Moomaw Center UCLA 257
5 Johnny Lattner Quarterback Notre Dame 253
6 Paul Cameron Halfback UCLA 218
7 Jim Sears Back USC 173
8 Don McAuliffe Halfback Michigan State 164
9 Don Heinrich Quarterback Washington 153
10 Tom Catlin Center Oklahoma 150

Other individual awards[edit]


  1. ^ Ted Smits, "Michigan State and Tech Pace All=American," Florence Times-Daily, p. 8 (December 5, 1952). Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  2. ^ International News Service, "Hardeman, Morehead on INS All-American team," Rome News-Tirbune, p. 15 (November 30, 1952). Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  3. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation". 
  4. ^ Consensus All-American designations based on the NCAA guide to football award winners
  5. ^ Jack Scarbath, College Football Hall of Fame, retrieved June 16, 2009. Archived 2009-06-19.