1926 College Football All-America Team

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The 1926 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 in 1926. The six selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1926 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice with cooperation from ten coaches, (2) the Associated Press, based on polling of "more than 100 coaches and critics", (3) the United Press, (4) the All-America Board, selected by Knute Rockne (Notre Dame), Glenn "Pop" Warner (Stanford), and Tad Jones (Yale), (5) the International News Service (INS), and (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA).

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

For the year 1926, the NCAA recognizes eight All-American teams as "official" designations for purposes of its consensus determinations. The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number Official Other
Frank Wickhorst Tackle Navy 6/6 AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA, UP BE, CP, DW, NYS, RG, WC
Herb Joesting Fullback Minnesota 5/6 AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA BE, CP, DW, ES, NYS, RG, WC
Bernie Shively Guard Illinois 5/6 AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA BE, DW, WC
Bud Boeringer Center Notre Dame 5/6 AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA BE, CP, DW, NYS, RG, WC
Mort Kaer Halfback USC 5/6 AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA BE, CP, DW, NYS, RG, WC
Vic Hanson End Syracuse 4/6 AP, COL, INS, UP DW, ES, NYS
Bennie Oosterbaan End Michigan 4/6 AAB, COL, NEA, UP BE, CP, ES, WC
Harry Connaughton Guard Georgetown 4/6 AP, COL, NEA, UP BE, CP, ES, NYS, RG
Benny Friedman Quarterback Michigan 4/6 AP, COL, INS, NEA BE, CP, DW, ES, NYS, RG
Ralph Baker Halfback Northwestern 2/6 AP, COL CP, NYS, DW
Bud Sprague Tackle Army 1/6 AP CP

All-American selections for 1926[edit]


  • Bennie Oosterbaan, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-3; COL-1; NEA; UP; CP-1; WC-1; BE-1; RG-2; ES-1; BEHR; WE-1)
  • Vic Hanson, Syracuse (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; COL-1; INS; UP; CP-2; NYS-1; BE-2; RJW-2; RG-2; DW-1; ES-1; BEHR; WE-1)
  • Hal Broda, Brown (AP-2; UP; CP-1; NYS-1; BE-3; RWJ-3; DW-2; RG-1; ES-2; BEHR; WE-2)
  • Hoyt Winslett, Alabama (AP-1; INS; NEA; CP-2; NYS-2; BE-1; RWJ-2; DW-1; ES-2; BEHR; WE-3)
  • Ted Shipkey, Stanford (AAB; AP-2; WC-1; NYS-2; BE-2; RG-1; DW-2; BEHR; WE-2)
  • Carl Bacchus, Missouri (AP-3; BE-3; RWJ-3; BEHR)
  • Thayer, Penn (WE-3)
  • Higgins, Texas (BEHR)
  • Badgro, USC (BEHR)


  • Frank Wickhorst, Navy (AAB; AP-1; COL-1; INS; NEA; UP; CP-1; WC-1; NYS-1; BE-1; RG-1; DW-1; BEHR; WE-1)
  • Bud Sprague, Army (AP-1; CP-1)
  • Lloyd Yoder, Carnegie Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-3; CP-2; WC-1; DW-2)
  • Lon Stiner, Nebraska (INS; RWJ-2; DW-1; ES-2; BEHR)
  • Robert Johnson, Northwestern (NEA; BE-1; RG-1; BEHR; WE-2)
  • Alfred "Al" Lassman, NYU (UP; BE-3; RWJ-3; RG-2; ES-1; WE-2)
  • Spike Nelson, Iowa (AP-2; CP-2; NYS-1; BE-2)
  • Theodore "Tiny" Roebuck,[1] Haskell (RWJ-2)
  • Jim Dixon, Oregon State (RWJ-3; DW-2)
  • D. Thomas Eddy, Navy (AP-2; NYS-2; ES-2)
  • Orland Smith, Brown (AP-3; COL-2; NYS-2; BEHR; WE-1)
  • Fred Pickhard, Alabama (BE-2; BEHR)
  • Jesse Hibbs, USC (BE-3; BEHR)
  • Cochran, Lafayette (RG-2)
  • Leo Raskowski, Ohio State (ES-1; WE-3)
  • Mack Tharpe, Georgia Tech (BEHR)
  • Sellman, Stanford (BEHR)
  • Cothran, Lafayette (WE-3)


  • Bernie Shively, Illinois (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-1; COL-1; INS; NEA; CP-2; WC-1; BE-1; RG-2; DW-1; BEHR; WE-1)
  • Harry Connaughton, Georgetown (AP-1; COL-1; NEA; UP; CP-1; NYS-1; BE-1; RWJ-2; RG-1; DW-2; ES-1; BEHR; WE-1)
  • Ed Hess, Ohio State (AP-2; CP-1; NYS-2; BE-2; RWJ-2; RG-1; DW-2; ES-1; BEHR; WE-2)
  • Edwin Hayes, Ohio State (UP)
  • Fred H. Swan, Stanford (AP-3; CP-2; RWJ-3; ES-2; BEHR)
  • Herbert Sturhahn, Yale (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-3; WC-1; NYS-2; BE-3; ES-2; WE-2)
  • Ted "Butter" Gorrell, USC (RWJ-3; BEHR)
  • Emerson Carey, Cornell (AP-2; CP-1; RWJ-2; WE-3)
  • Ernest Schmidt, Army (NYS-1; BE-2; BEHR)
  • Orland Smith, Brown (INS; BE-3; RG-2; DW-1)
  • John H. Lovette, Michigan (WE-3)
  • John Barnhill, Tennessee (BEHR)
  • Scott, Arkansas (BEHR)


  • Bud Boeringer, Notre Dame (AAB; AP-1; COL-1; INS; NEA; CP-1; WC-1; NYS-1; BE-1; RG-1; ES-1; BEHR; WE-1)
  • John J. Butler, Penn (AP-2; UP; CP-2; BE-2; RG-2; DW-1; ES-2; BEHR; WE-2)
  • Jeff Cravath, USC (RWJ-2; DW-2; BEHR)
  • Larry Bettencourt, St. Mary's (CA) (College Football Hall of Fame) (RWJ-3)
  • Polly Wallace, Oklahoma (AP-3)
  • Alex Klein, Ohio State (BE-3)
  • Maurice Daly, Army (NYS-2)
  • Robert Reitsch, Illinois (WE-3)
  • Vernon Sharpe, Vanderbilt (BEHR)


  • Benny Friedman, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; COL-1; INS; NEA; CP-1; NYS-1; BE-1; RWJ-2; RG-1; DW-1; ES-1; BEHR; WE-1)
  • Bill Spears, Vanderbilt (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; NYS-2; BE-2; RWJ-3 [as hb]; DW-2; BEHR)
  • Bill Kelly, Montana (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2 [as hb]; BE-3 [as hb]; CP-2; RG-2; BEHR; WE-3)
  • Roy Randall, Brown (AAB; WC-1; BEHR)
  • Meeker, Washington State (WE-2)
  • George Guttormsen, Washington (AP-3)
  • Gerald Mann, SMU (College Football Hall of Fame) (BE-3; RWJ-3)


  • Mort Kaer, USC (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-1; COL-1; INS; NEA; CP-1; WC-1; NYS-1; BE-1; RG-1; DW-1; ES-2 [as qb]; BEHR; WE-1)
  • Ralph Baker, Northwestern (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; COL-1; CP-1; NYS-1; BE-2; RWJ-2; RG-2; DW-2; ES-2; BEHR; WE-1)
  • Harry Wilson, Army (AAB; AP-2; INS; NEA; CP-2; WC-1; DW-1; ES-1)
  • Tom Hamilton, Navy (UP; WE-2)
  • Marty Karow, Ohio State (UP; ES-2; WE-3)
  • Frank Kirkleski, Lafayette (AP-3; RWJ-3)
  • Charles Rogers, Penn (AP-3; UP; RG-1; WE-2)
  • Chester "Cotton" Wilcox, Purdue (NYS-2; BE-2)
  • George Bogue, Stanford (BE-3; WE-3)
  • Christie Flanagan, Notre Dame (CP-2; RWJ-2; RG-2; ES-1; BEHR)
  • Dave Mishel, Brown (DW-2)
  • Tolbert "Red" Brown, Alabama (BEHR)
  • Cortmeglia, SMU (BEHR)
  • George Wilson, Lafayette (BEHR)
  • Welch, Pittsburgh (BEHR)
  • Dick Hyland, Stanford (BEHR)



Official selectors[edit]

Other selectors[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ "Ten States Represented on Coaches' All-American Grid Selection". Davenport Democrat And Leader. 1926-12-19. 
  3. ^ "Associated Press Picks All-American Eleven". Morning News Review (South Carolina). 1926-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Seven Western Players Named On Collier's All-American; Big Three Teams Are Slighted". Charleston Daily Mail. 1926-12-06. 
  5. ^ Norman Brown (1926-12-13). "Six Mid-West Stars Are On Nation's All-American Football Selection: Mythical Team of Million Grid Fans Released; 500 Newspapers Conduct Poll to Get Genuine Football Eleven". The Davenport Democrat And Leader. 
  6. ^ "Fans Select First All-American Grid Team". Billings Gazette. 1926-12-13. 
  7. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation". 
  8. ^ "All-American Is Chosen By New York Sun". Athens Messenger. 1926-11-28. 
  9. ^ Evans, Billy (1926-12-03). "Billy Evans' All-American Selections". Chester Times. 
  10. ^ "Grange Picks All-American Eleven". The Morning Herald (Pennsylvania). 1926-11-30. 
  11. ^ "Walsh Picks Cornhusker Captain On All-American". Lincoln Star. 1926-11-30. 
  12. ^ Ed Sullivan (1926-12-07). "Another All-American Team; N.Y. Scribe Has Swan, Kaer On It; Everybody Now Trying Hand At It". Oakland Tribune. 
  13. ^ "Billy Evans' Honor Roll". The Post-Crescent. December 15, 1926. p. 12. Retrieved July 24, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  14. ^ "These Players Honored by Eckersall with Places on All-America Team". Detroit Free Press. December 12, 1926. p. 29. 
  15. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. Retrieved August 16, 2014.