1911 College Football All-America Team

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Walter Camp, the only "official" All-America selector in 1911

The 1911 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans for the 1911 college football season. The only selector for the 1911 season who has been recognized as "official" by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is Walter Camp. Many other sports writers, newspapers, coaches and others also selected All-America teams in 1911. Others who selected All-Americans in 1911 include New York sports writer Wilton S. Farnsworth, The New York Globe, Minnesota coach Henry L. Williams, The Christian Science Monitor, former Yale stars Ted Coy and Charles Chadwick, and Baseball Magazine.

Walter Camp's "official" selections[edit]

The only individual who has been recognized as an "official" selector by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the 1911 season is Walter Camp.[1] Accordingly, the NCAA's official listing of "Consensus All-America Selections" mirrors Camp's first-team picks.[1] Nine of Camp's first-team All-Americans in 1911 played on teams from the Ivy League. The only players recognized by Camp from outside the Ivy League were Jim Thorpe from the Carlisle School, Leland Devore of Army and Jack Dalton of Navy.[2]

The dominance of Ivy League players on Camp's All-America teams led to criticism over the years that his selections were biased against players from the leading Western universities, including Chicago, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame.[3][4] [5]

All-Americans of 1911[edit]

Ends[edit]

  • Sanford White, Princeton (WC-1; NYG-1; TC-1; WSF-1; HW-1; CC-1; HL; BM; CSM; SPS; COY)
  • Douglas Bomeisler, Yale (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; WSF-2; CC-1; HL; COY)
  • Stanfield Wells, Michigan(WC-3 [hb]; NYG-1; HW-1; HL)
  • Lawrence Dunlap "Bud" Smith, Harvard (WC-2; TC-1; WSF-1; HL; BM; CSM)
  • Dexter Very, Penn. State (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-2; WSF-3; HL)
  • Edward J. Daly, Dartmouth (WSF-2; HL)
  • A. Harry Kallett, Syracuse (WC-3; SPS)
  • Russell "Busty" Ashbaugh, Brown (WC-3; WSF-3)
  • Frederick L. Conklin, Michigan (HL)
  • Oliver, Illinois (HL)
  • Sampson Burd, Carlisle (HL)

Tackles[edit]

  • Edward White, Princeton (WC-1; NYG-1; TC-1; WSF-1; HW-1; CC-1; HL; BM; CSM; SPS; COY)
  • Leland Devore, Army (WC-1; NYG-1)
  • Jim Scully, Yale (WC-2; WSF-2; CC-1; BM; SPS)
  • Walter B. Elcock, Dartmouth (WSF-1)
  • Leonard Frank, Minnesota (TC-1; HW-1)
  • Robert M. Littlejohn, Army (WSF-2)
  • John H. Brown, Jr., Navy (College Football Hall of Fame), Navy (WC-3; COY)
  • William Edward Munk, Cornell (WC-2; WSF-3; BM [fb])
  • Sylvester V. Shonka, Nebraska (HL)
  • Charles M. Rademacher, Chicago (HL; CSM)
  • Greig, Swarthmore (HL)
  • Rudy Probst, Syracuse (HL)
  • Oliver M. Kratz, Brown (WSF-3)

Guards[edit]

  • Bob Fisher, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; TC-1; WSF-1; CC-1; BM; CSM; SPS; COY)
  • Joseph Duff, Princeton (WC-1; TC-1; WSF-1; CC-1; HL; CSM; COY)
  • Alfred L. Buser, Wisconsin (WC-3 [t]; NYG-1; HL [t])
  • Charles J. Robinson, Minnesota (HW-1)
  • Ray Wakeman, Navy (HW-1)
  • George Howe, Navy (NYG-1)
  • Horace Scruby, Chicago (WC-2; HL)
  • Elmer W. McDevitt, Yale (WC-2; WSF-2)
  • James "Red" Bebout, Penn State (WSF-2)
  • Pomeroy T. Francis, Yale (WC-3; BM)
  • Archibald V. Arnold, Army (WC-3; WSF-3; HL; CSM; SPS)
  • Paul Belting Illinois (HL)
  • Ray L. Bennett, Dartmouth (WSF-3)

Centers[edit]

Quarterbacks[edit]

  • Art Howe, Yale (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; NYG-1; WSF-1; HW-1; CC-1; HL; COY)
  • Earl Sprackling, Brown (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-2; WSF-2; HL; BM)
  • John "Keckie" Moll, Wisconsin (HL; CSM; SPS)[6][7]
  • Ralph Capron, Minnesota (WC-3; TC-1; HL)
  • Thomas Andrew "Andy" Gill, Indiana (HL)[8]
  • Ray Morrison, Vanderbilt (College Football Hall of Fame) (HL; COY [hb])
  • Preston Doane Fogg, Syracuse (HL)
  • Shorty Miller, Penn State (College Football Hall of Fame) (WSF-3)

Halfbacks[edit]

  • Percy Wendell, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; NYG-1 [fb]; TC-1; WSF-1; HW-1; CC-1; HL; BM; CSM; SPS [fb]; COY [fb])
  • Jim Thorpe, Carlisle (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; WSF-2; CC-1; HL; BM; CSM; SPS)
  • Reuben Martin Rosenwald, Minnesota (WC-2; NYG-1; HW-1; HL)
  • Walter C. Camp, Jr., Yale (WC-2; WSF-2; HL)
  • Dave Morey, Dartmouth (WC-2)
  • Talbot Pendleton, Princeton (WSF-3)
  • Robert Hogsett, Dartmouth (WSF-3)
  • James B. Craig, Michigan (HL)
  • Clark Sauer, Chicago (HL)
  • Elmer Oliphant,Purdue (HL)
  • Spiegel, Lafayette (HL)
  • Harry Costello, Georgetown (HL)

Fullbacks[edit]

  • Jack Dalton, Navy (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; NYG-1 [hb]; TC-1 [hb]; WSF-1 [hb]; CC-1; HL; SPS [hb]; COY [hb])
  • F. LeRoy Mercer, Penn (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-3 [hb]; TC-1; WSF-1; HL; CSM)
  • Jesse Philbin, Yale (WSF-1)
  • Winthrop J. Snow, Dartmouth (WSF-2)
  • Ted Hudson, Trinity (WC-3, WSF-3)
  • Stancil "Possum" Powell, Carlisle (HL)
  • Wallace De Witt, Princeton (HL)

Key[edit]


  • Bold - Consensus All-American[1]
  • 1 - First team selection
  • 2 - Second team selection
  • 3 - Third team selection

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Award Winners". NCAA. 2012. pp. 2–4. 
  2. ^ a b "Walter Camp Picks All-American Team: Unquestioned Football Authority of Country Selects Best Men". The Lexington Herald. 1911-12-10. 
  3. ^ "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. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "Westerners Missed By Walter Camp: Football Wizard Puts Indian on 'All-American.'". The Decatur Review. December 7, 1911. p. 5. 
  6. ^ ""Keckie" Moll Is Taken By Death: Former Star Wisconsin Quarterback Succumbs to Attack of Typhoid Fever". Detroit Free Press. December 26, 1912. p. 8. 
  7. ^ "Keckie Moll Dies: Coached Purdue And Was Great Quarterback Last Year". The Baltimore Sun. December 26, 1912. p. 8. 
  8. ^ "Thomas Andrew "Andy" Gill". Indiana Football Hall of Fame. 
  9. ^ "Three Westernes on All-American Eleven". Sandusky Star Journal. December 2, 1911. 
  10. ^ "Three Westerners On This Team". The Toledo News-Bee. December 2, 1911. 
  11. ^ "Pick Syracusans for Honor List: Representative Coaches Select Orange Captain-Elect and Retiring Captain". Syracuse Herald. 1911-12-11. 
  12. ^ Tommy Clark (December 8, 1911). "All American Football Team For 1911". The Altoona Mirror. p. 18. 
  13. ^ "Latest Sporting News All-American Football Team Selected by W. S. Farnsworth". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 1911-12-10. 
  14. ^ "Dr. Williams' Choice: Minnesota University Coach's Idea of All-American Football Team". The Montgomery Advertiser. December 4, 1911. 
  15. ^ "Dr. Williams PIcks An All-American Team". The Gazette Times. December 4, 1911. 
  16. ^ "Chadwick's All-American Football Team Lined up for Action: Four Players Selected from Yale". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. 1911-12-11. 
  17. ^ "The All-America Football Eleven: The Stars of the Gridiron for 1911". Baseball Magazine. 1912. 
  18. ^ a b Spalding's Official Football Guide, 1912, p. 19.
  19. ^ "Dopesters Pick American Teams: Ted Coy Makes Known His Choice of Team, But Camp Has Yet to Name One". The Syracuse Herald. December 4, 1911. p. 12.