1917 College Football All-America Team
The 1917 College Football All-America team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-America Teams selected by various organizations in 1917. The selections were affected by the First World War. The Walter Camp Football Foundation lists no team in 1917. Camp posted an All-Service team in Collier's Weekly, and other organizations posted All-American teams. Walter Eckersall accidentally picked two players from Tech High School in an attempt to give credence to the first consensus national champion from the south, Georgia Tech. Walker Carpenter and Everett Strupper were the first two players from the Deep South ever selected All-American.
All-Americans of 1917
- Charles Bolen, Ohio State (MS; WE-1; JV-2; PP-1; DJ)
- Henry Miller, Penn (JV-1, DJ)
- Paul Robeson, Rutgers (WC–2; MS; JV-2; PP-2)
- Clifford Carlson, Pittsburgh (WE-1; JV-1)
- Ernest H. Von Heimburg, Navy (PP-1)
- John Rasmussen, Nebraska; Grant (WC-1)
- William Jennings Gardner, Carlisle; Custer (WC-1)
- C. A. Coolidge, Harvard; Devens (PPS)
- Fred Heyman, Washington & Jefferson; Sherman (PPS)
- Ben Cubbage, Penn State; USAACS (NYT)
- George B. L. Green, Dartmouth; New Port Naval Res (NYT)
- Paul "Monk" Hager, West Virginia (PP-2)
- Elmer "Bird" Carroll, Washington & Jefferson (WE-2)
- Heinie Miller, Pennsylvania (WE-2)
- Ellenberger, Cornell; Dix (WC-2)
- Mitchell, Mare Isl.; Marines (WC-2)
- Spike Dennie, Brown; Funston (WC-3)
- Hunt, Coast Naval Res. (WC-3)
- George Hauser, Minnesota (WE-1; JV-1; PP-1)
- Alfred Cobb, Syracuse (WE-2; JV-1; PP-1)
- Walker Carpenter, Georgia Tech (MS, DJ)
- Belford West, Colgate; Dix (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1, PPS)
- Wilbur Henry, Washington & Jefferson (MS)
- John Beckett, Oregon; Mare Isl. (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1)
- Albert Benbrook, Michigan; Ft. Sheridan (College Football Hall of Fame) (PPS)
- Pike Johnson, Washington & Lee; USAACS (NYT)
- Corbeau, Case; U. S. Marines Corps (NYT)
- Ernest Hubka, Nebraska (JV-2; PP-2)
- B. T. Williams, Oregon (JV-2; PP-2)
- Joseph Strauss, Penn (DJ)
- Joseph Murphy, Dartmouth (WE-2)
- Moriarty, Coast Naval Res. (WC-2)
- Hugh Blacklock, Mich. Ag; Great Lakes (WC-2)
- Robertson, Dartmouth; Dodge (WC-3)
- Zipper Lathrop, Notre Dame; Grant (WC-3)
- Harvey McCord, Tech High School (WE-1)
- Dale Seis, Pittsburgh (MS; PP-1, DJ)
- Eugene Neeley, Dartmouth (JV-1)
- Jock Sutherland, Pittsburgh (JV-1)
- Clinton Black, Yale; Newport Res. (WC-1, PPS, NYT)
- Frank Culver, Michigan (JV-2; PP-1)
- Chris Schlachter, Syracuse; Newport Res. (PPS, NYT)
- C. J. Grabb, Brown (WE-1)
- H. M. Grey, Davidson (DJ)
- Ernest Allmendinger, Michigan; Ft. Sheridan (WC-1)
- Charles Lane, California (JV-2; PP-2)
- Herbert Dieter, Pennsylvania (PP-2)
- C. G. Higgins, Chicago (MS; WE-2)
- John Ulrich, Northwestern (WE-2)
- Allen Thurman, Virginia; Jackson (WC-2)
- Paul Withington, Harvard; Funston (WC-2)
- Snyder, 91st Division (WC-3)
- Holder, 91st Division (WC-3)
- Sid Sault, Tech High School (WE-1)
- Frank Rydzewski, Notre Dame (JV-1; PP-1)
- Russ Bailey, West Virginia (MS; WE-1; JV-2)
- Pup Phillips, Georgia Tech (DJ)
- John T. Callahan, Yale; Newport Res. (WC-1)
- Paul Des Jardien, Chicago; Ft. Sheridan (College Football Hall of Fame) (PPS)
- Lud Wray, Penn; U.S. Marine Corps (NYT)
- Alex Wray, Pennsylvania (PP-2)
- Oscar P. Lambert, Michigan (WE-2)
- Hommand, Kas.; Funston (WC-2)
- White, Yale; Jackson (WC-3)
- Benny Boynton, Williams (College Football Hall of Fame) (MS; JV-1)
- Bill Ingram, Navy (JV-2 [hb]; PP-2)
- Ockie Anderson, Colgate; Dix (WC-2; PPS)
- Archie Weston, Michigan (WE-1)
- Raymond "Razor" Watkins, Colgate; Mineola (WC-1)
- Charles Thorne "Mike" Murphy, Yale; USAACS (NYT)
- Albert Hill, Georgia Tech (JV-2)
- Brennan, Fordham (WE-2)
- Harry Costello, Georgetown; Custer (WC-3)
- Elmer Oliphant, Army (College Football Hall of Fame) (MS; JV-1; PP-1, DJ)
- Everett Strupper, Georgia Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (MS; JV-2; PP-1 [qb], DJ [qb])
- Charley Barrett, Cornell; Newport Res. (WC-2, PPS, NYT)
- Joe Guyon, Georgia Tech (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (PP-2, DJ)
- Eddie Casey, Harvard; Boston Navy Yard (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1)
- Wayland Minot, Harvard; Devens (WC-1)
- Bernard Gerrish, Dartmouth; Newport Res. (PPS)
- Johnny Scott, Lafayette; U.S. Marine Corps (NYT)
- "Scrubby" McCreight, Washington & Jefferson (PP-2)
- Arthur Hoffman, Cornell (WE-2)
- James J. Drummey, Tufts (WE-2)
- Fritz Shiverick, Cornell; Grant (WC-2)
- Edmund O'Boyle, Georgetown; Pelham (WC-3)
- Blair, Md.; Upton (WC-3)
- Chic Harley, Ohio State (College Football Hall of Fame) (WE-1; JV-1; PP-1; DJ)
- George "Tank" McLaren, Pittsburgh (College Football Hall of Fame) (MS; WE-1 [HB]; JV-1; PP-2)
- Joseph Howard Berry, Jr., Pennsylvania (WE-1; JV-2; PP-1)
- Cedric C. Smith, Michigan; Great Lakes (WC-1)
- Eddie Mahan, Harvard; U.S. Marine Corps (College Football Hall of Fame) (PPS)
- Earl "Curley" Cramer, Hamline; USAACS (NYT)
- Bob Koehler, Northwestern (WE-2)
- Maxfield, Lafayette, Ft. Slocum (WC-2)
- Thayer, Pa.; Meade (WC-3)
NCAA recognized selectors for 1917
- WC = Collier's Weekly All Service team as selected by Walter Camp
- JV = Jack Veiock of the International News Service
- PP = Paul Purman, noted sports writer whose All-American team was syndicated in newspapers across the United States, of the Newspaper Editors Association
- PPS = Paul Purman's All Service selection
- MS = Frank Menke Syndicate, by Frank G. Menke
- WE = Walter Eckersall, of the Chicago Tribune
- DJ = Dick Jemison, of the Atlanta Constitution.
- NYT = All Service eleven of the New York Times.
Bold = Consensus All-American
- 1 – First-team selection
- 2 – Second-team selection
- 3 – Third-team selection
- 1917 All-Big Ten Conference football team
- 1917 All-Southern college football team
- 1917 All-Western college football team
- Walter Camp Football Foundation
- "Walter Eckersall's Famous 'Merkle'". The Miami News. January 6, 1942.
- Wiley Lee Umphlett (1992). Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football. p. 142.
- "War and Football". Collier's Weekly. 60: 32. January 5, 1918.
- Spalding's Football Guide
- ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, p. 1150
- Jack Veiock (1917-12-11). "Veiock's All-American Elevens for 1917 Season". Logansport Pharos-Reporter.
- Paul Purman (1917-11-29). "East, West, South Give Stars To The Times-Tribune All-American Football Team For 1917 Season". Waterloo Times-Tribune.
- Paul Purman (1917-11-29). "East, West, South Give Stars To The Sentinel All-American Football Team For 1917 Season". The Fort Wayne Sentinel.
- "East, West, South Give Stars To The Sheboygan Press All-American Team For 1917 Season". Sheboygan Press. 1917-11-30.
- "The East, West and South Give Greatest Stars To The News Special All-American Football Team For 1917 Season". Des Moines Daily News. 1917-11-29.
- "Purman's 1917 'All-American' Team". The Daily Alaska Dispatch. 1917-12-11.
- "Captain Hauser Picked for Team: Paul Purnam, Special Writer, Gives Tackle Position to Gopher Captain". The Duluth News Tribune. 1917-12-04.
- "East, West, South Give Stars to Purman's All-American Team". Albuquerque Morning Journal. 1917-12-03.
- "East West South Give Stars to the Hearld All American Football Team for 1917 Season". Grand Forks Herald. 1917-11-30.
- ""All" Teams Picked By Walter Eckersall". Lincoln Daily Star. 1917-12-16.
- "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 4. Retrieved August 16, 2014.