1935 College Football All-America Team

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The 1935 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 1935. The nine selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1935 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the United Press (UP), (4) the All-America Board (AAB), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) Liberty magazine, (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (8) the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA), and (9) the Sporting News (SN).

Jay Berwanger of Chicago was one of two unanimous All-American selections. Berwanger was also the first recipient of the Heisman Trophy and the first player selected in the first NFL Draft.[1][2][3]

Bobby Grayson of Stanford was the other unanimous All-American. He was one of Stanford's "Vow Boys," a group of freshmen players who vowed after a 1932 loss to the University of Southern California that they would never lose to the Trojans when they made the varsity team. The group kept their promise, defeating USC three straight years and becoming the first team in college football history to play in three consecutive Rose Bowl games. Other "Vow Boys" who made the 1935 All-American team include Monk Moscrip and Bob Reynolds.

Bob Wilson of SMU received eight official first-team designations, and Jac Weller of Princeton received seven. The 1935 All-Americans also included two players who went on to Hall of Fame careers as coaches. Bear Bryant was named a third-team All-American at the end position by the NEA, and Bud Wilkinson of the University of Minnesota was named a second-team All-American by the UP and a third-team selection by the NEA and the Central Press Association.

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

For the year 1935, the NCAA recognizes nine published 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
Jay Berwanger Halfback Chicago 9/9 AAB, AP, COL, INS, LIB, NANA, NEA, SN, UP CNS, CP, KCS, NYS, PTH, WC
Bobby Grayson Fullback Stanford 9/9 AAB, AP, COL, INS, LIB, NANA, NEA, SN, UP CNS, CP, KCS, PTH
Bob Wilson Halfback SMU 8/9 AP, COL, INS, LIB, NANA, NEA, SN, UP CNS, CP, NYS, PTH
Jac Weller Guard Princeton 7/9 AP, COL, INS, LIB, NANA, NEA, UP CNS, CP, KCS, NYS, PTH
Ed Widseth Tackle Minnesota 6/9 AAB, INS, LIB, NANA, SN, UP CNS, CP, KCS, SN
Gaynell Tinsley End LSU 6/9 AP, COL, INS, LIB, NEA, UP CNS, NYS, PTH
Darrell Lester Center TCU 6/9 AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA, SN CNS, PTH, WC
Monk Moscrip End Stanford 5/9 AAB, COL, INS, NANA, SN CNS, CP, KCS, PTH, WC
Riley Smith Quarterback Alabama 5/9 AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA CNS, NYS, WC
Dick Smith[4] Tackle Minnesota 5/9 AP, COL, INS, NEA, UP NYS, PTH
Wayne Millner End Notre Dame 4/9 AAB, NANA, SN, UP CP, NYS, WC
Gomer Jones Center Ohio State 4/9 AAB, LIB, NANA, UP CP, KCS, WC
Larry Lutz Tackle California 4/9 AAB, AP, NANA, SN CNS, CP, WC
J. C. Wetsel Guard SMU 3/9 AAB, NANA, SN CNS, KCS, WC
Sid Wagner Guard Michigan State 2/9 LIB, UP NYS

All-American selections for 1935[edit]


  • Gaynell Tinsley, LSU (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; LIB-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-2; CP-3; NYS-1; PTH-1; CNS-1)
  • Wayne Millner, Notre Dame (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-1; AAB-1; LIB-2; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-1; WC-1; SN; CNS-2; KCS-2)
  • Jim Moscrip, Stanford (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-2; AAB-1; LIB-2; COL-1; NEA-2; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1; WC-1; SN; PTH-1; CNS-1; KCS-1)
  • Merle Wendt, Ohio State (UP-2; LIB-1; NEA-1; NANA-2; CP-2)
  • William R. Shuler, Army (son of radio evangelist Robert P. Shuler) (AP-1; CP-2)
  • Gilbert Lea, Princeton (AP-2; NYS-2; CNS-2; KCS-1)
  • Walter Winika, Rutgers (AP-2; LIB-3)
  • Rutherford B. Hayes, Kansas (NEA-2)
  • Bob "Choo-Choo" Train, Yale (NYS-2)
  • Bernie Scherer, Nebraska (UP-3; CP-3)
  • Bear Bryant, Alabama (NEA-3)
  • Maco Stewart, SMU (NEA-3)
  • Jack Brittingham, California (UP-3; LIB-3)
  • Keith Topping, Stanford (KCS-2)


  • Ed Widseth, Minnesota (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-1; AAB-1; LIB-1; NEA-2; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-2; WC-1; SN; CNS-1; KCS-1)
  • Larry Lutz, California (AP-1; UP-2; AAB-1; LIB-2; NANA-1; CP-1; WC-1; SN; CNS-1; KCS-2)
  • Dick Smith, Minnesota (AP-1; UP-1; LIB-3; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NYS-1; PTH-1; CNS-2)
  • Charles Wasicek, Colgate (UP-2; LIB-1; NANA-2; CP-2; NYS-2)
  • Truman Spain, SMU (AP-2; UP-3; COL-1; NEA-3; CP-3; PTH-1; CNS-2; KCS-2)
  • Art Detzel, Pittsburgh (NEA-1)
  • Bob Reynolds, Stanford (College Football Hall of Fame) (NANA-2; CP-2; NYS-1; KCS-1)
  • James Whatley, Alabama (NEA-2)
  • Haygood Paterson, Auburn (AP-3; LIB-2)
  • Charles Toll, Princeton (AP-3)
  • Joe Stydahar, West Virginia (NEA-3)
  • Al Duvall, Loyola, Los Angeles (UP-3; LIB-3)
  • Charles Galbreath, Illinois (CP-3)


  • Jac Weller, Princeton (AP-1; UP-1; LIB-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-1; PTH-1; CNS-1; KCS-1)
  • Sid Wagner, Michigan State (8th pick in the 1936 NFL Draft, by Detroit)(AP-2; UP-1; LIB-1; NYS-1)
  • J. C. Wetsel, SMU (AAB-1; LIB-3; NANA-1; CP-2; NYS-2; WC-1; SN; CNS-1; KCS-1)
  • Paul Tangora, Northwestern (AP-1; UP-3; LIB-2; NANA-2; CP-2; SN; CNS-2; KCS-2)
  • Ed Michaels, Villanova (AP-2; UP-2; LIB-2; INS-1; NYS-2; CNS-2)
  • J. W. "Dub" Wheeler, Oklahoma (NEA-1)
  • Inwood Smith, Ohio State (COL-1; PTH-1)
  • Osborne Helveston, LSU (CP-1)
  • Bud Wilkinson, Minnesota (College Football Hall of Fame) (UP-2; NEA-3; CP-3; KCS-2)
  • Marty Kordick, St. Mary's (NEA-2)
  • Ike Hayes, Iowa State (NEA-2)
  • Alex Drobnitch, Denver (AP-3; UP-3; LIB-3; CP-3)
  • Phil Flanagan, Holy Cross (AP-3)
  • Cotton Harrison, TCU (NEA-3)
  • Edward Gryboski, Illinois (NANA-2)


  • Darrell Lester, TCU (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-3; AAB-1 [g]; LIB-2; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-2; CP-2; WC-1 [g]; SN; PTH-1; CNS-1; KCS-2)
  • Gomer Jones, Ohio State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-1; AAB-1; LIB-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-2; WC-1; CNS-2; KCS-1)
  • Steve Sabol, North Carolina State (AP-3; NEA-2)
  • Sherman Chavoor, UCLA (NEA-3)
  • Louis Robertshaw, Navy (CP-3)
  • Walt Gilbert, Auburn (UP-2; LIB-3; NYS-1)


  • Riley Smith, Alabama (College Football Hall of Fame) (Second pick in the 1936 NFL Draft) (AP-1; UP-2; AAB-1; LIB-2; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-2; CP-2; NYS-1; WC-1; CNS-1; KCS-2)
  • Sammy Baugh, TCU (College and Pro football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-1; LIB-3; NANA-2 [fb]; CP-2 [hb]; NYS-2; PTH-1; CNS-2; KCS-1)
  • Ed Goddard, Washington State (Second pick in 1937 NFL Draft) (LIB-1)
  • Kenneth Sandbach, Princeton (NDA-3; CP-3)
  • Ace Parker, Duke (AP-3 [hb]; UP-3; LIB-3 [hb]; NEA-2)



  • Bobby Grayson, Stanford (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; AAB-1; LIB-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1 [qb]; CP-1; NYS-2; WC-1; SN: PTH-1; CNS-1; KCS-1)
  • William Shakespeare, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (Third pick in the 1936 NFL Draft) (UP-2 [hb]; AAB-1 [hb]; CP-3; NYS-2 [hb]; WC-1; CNS-2 [hb]; KCS-1 [hb])
  • Sheldon Beise, Minnesota (AP-2; UP-2; LIB-3; NEA-2; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-2; CNS-2; KCS-2)
  • John McCauley, Rice (AP-2 [qb]; LIB-2 [hb]; NYS-1)
  • Donald Jackson, North Carolina (AP-2 [hb]; NEA-2; CP-2)
  • Dick Crayne, Iowa (AP-3; UP-3; KCS-2 [hb])
  • Abe Mickal, LSU (College Football Hall of Fame) (LIB-2)


Bold = Consensus All-American[5]

  • -1 – First-team selection
  • -2 – Second-team selection
  • -3 – Third-team selection

Official selectors[edit]

  • AAB = All-America Board, selected by a board made up of Glenn "Pop" Warner, Christy Walsh, Elmer Layden, Howard Jones and Frank Thomas.[6]
  • AP = Associated Press[7]
  • COL = Collier's Weekly[8]
  • INS = International News Service: "Based upon the findings of staff men and qualified observers in all sections of the country, the International News Service today is making public its all-American football team for 1935"[9]
  • LIB = Liberty Magazine: "An 'All-Players' All-America football team compiled by Liberty Magazine from a poll of 1,521 varsity players in all parts of the country"[10][11]
  • NANA = North American Newspaper Alliance, selected by four prominent coaches: Andy Kerr of Colgate, Dan McGugin of Vanderbilt, James Phelan of Washington, and Gus Dorais of Detroit.[12]
  • NEA = Newspaper Editors Association, selected by Bernie Bierman and NEA Service's committee of coaches[13]
  • SN = The Sporting News[14]
  • UP = United Press[15]

Other selectors[edit]

  • CNS = Consensus All-American team based on the following scoring system: 5 points for a first-team selection; 3 points for a second-team selection; and 1 point for a third-team selection. The All-American teams reviewed for the consensus team were AP, UP, INS, NEA, North American Newspaper Alliance, All-America Board, Collier's, Bill Corum's symposium, and Fritz Crisler.[16]
  • CP = Central Press Association: "The sixth annual Central Press Captains' All-American football team is presented today. It represents the selections of 54 gridiron leaders from important schools in every part of the country. Every major conference had a voice in the voting, and captains of important teams not identified with conferences—such as Army and Navy—expressed their preferences in the nation-wide poll which has grown tremendously in popularity since its introduction in 1930."[17][18]
  • KCS = Kansas City Star by C.E. McBride[19]
  • NYS = New York Sun[20]
  • PTH = Pathé News, selected by a board of outstanding college coaches that included Bernie Bierman of Minnesota, Frank Thomas of Alabama, Claude E. Thornhill of Stanford and Lou Little of Columbia.[21]
  • WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation[22]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Really number one". Daily Herald. UPI. 1972-04-10.  (referring to the 1936 NFL Draft as "the first pro football league draft")
  2. ^ "The NFL's First NFL Draft - 1936: Held February 8, 1936, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia". Pro Football Hall of Fame. 
  3. ^ Bob Barnett. "1936: The First Draft" (PDF). Pro Football Researchers. 
  4. ^ Although he received five of nine official first-team designations, Dick Smith is not currently recognized by the NCAA as a consensus All-American.
  5. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 7. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  6. ^ Christy Walsh (1935-12-08). "Stars Listed on Official All-America Team". Salt Lake Tribune. 
  7. ^ Alan Gould (1935-12-07). "Lutz, Grayson Only Coast Stars On A.P. All-American: FOUR SOUTHERN ACES GIVEN LAURELS". Oakland Tribune. 
  8. ^ "Inwood Smith Selected For Collier's 'American: Ohio State Guard One of Three Middlewestern Players Honored; Year Termed 'Greatest'". Circleville Herald. 1935-12-12. 
  9. ^ Davis Walsh (INS Sports Editor) (1935-12-05). "Walsh's National Eleven Leaves Ohio Out in Cold: Both Minnesota Tackles Chosen; Backfield Includes Smith, Berwanger, Wilson and Grayson". Circleville Herald. 
  10. ^ "Bobby Wilson Named Liberty All-Players' All-America Eleven". Galveston Daily News. 1935-12-31. 
  11. ^ "Grayson on Honor Team: Liberty's All-Star Eleven Released; Moscrip and Duvall Placed". Los Angeles Times. 1936-01-02. 
  12. ^ "Four Coast Stars on All-America Elevens: Kerr, McGugin, Phelan and Dorais Select 1935 All-Star Teams; Moscrip, Grayson Named". Los Angeles Times. 1935-12-01. 
  13. ^ Bernard Bierman (1935-12-02). "Here's NEA'S 1935 All-America Team". Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune. 
  14. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1167. ISBN 1401337031. 
  15. ^ Stuart Cameron (1935-11-29). "Grayson On U.P. All-American Team: MOSCRIP AND LUTZ PLACED ON RESERVES". Oakland Tribune. 
  16. ^ Jack Singer (1935-12-22). "Real All-American of 1935 Season Selected". Los Angeles Times. 
  17. ^ Bill Braucher (1935-12-08). "SOUTH LEADS OTHER SECTIONS - ALL AMERICA: 54~Captains Select Central Press All-American Teams". Kingsport Times. 
  18. ^ Bill Braucher, "Lutz Again Chosen For All-America Honors In Poll of Grid Captains," Berkeley Daily Gazette (December 13, 1935). Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  19. ^ "All-America Addendum -- Part 2" (PDF). College Football Historical Society Newsletter. November 2008. 
  20. ^ "Reynolds Gets All-Star Post". Oakland Tribune. 1935-12-08. 
  21. ^ "INWOOD SMITH ON PATHE ALL-AMERICA". Mansfield News Journal. 1935-12-09. 
  22. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation".