1951 College Football All-America Team

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The 1951 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 1951. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1951 season are (1) the All-American Board (AAB), (2) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA, (3) the Associated Press (AP), (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (7) the Sporting News and (8) the United Press (UP).

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

For the year 1951, the NCAA recognizes eight 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
Bill McColl End Stanford 8/8 AAB, AFCA, APO, FWO, INSO, NEAO, SN, UP CP, CTO, WC
Don Coleman Tackle Michigan St. 8/8 AAB, AFCA, APO, FWO, INSO, NEAO, SN, UP CP, CTO, WC
Dick Kazmaier Halfback Princeton 8/8 AAB, AFCA, APO, FWO, INSO, NEAO, SN, UP CP, CTO, WC
Hank Lauricella Halfback Tennessee 8/8 AAB, AFCA, APO, FWO, INSO, NEAO, SN, UP CP, CTO, WC
Jim Weatherall Tackle Oklahoma 8/8 AAB, AFCA, APD, FWD, INSD, NEAO, SN, UP CP, WC
Bob Ward Guard Maryland 8/8 AAB, AFCA, APO, FWD, INSO, NEAO, SN, UP CTO, WC
Les Richter Guard California 6/8 AAB, APD, FWD, INSO, SN, UP CP, CTO, CTD, WC
Dick Hightower Center SMU 5/8 AAB, AFCA, INSO, SN, UP CP, CTO, WC
Babe Parilli Quarterback Kentucky 5/8 AAB, INSD, NEAO, SN, UP CP, CTO, WC
Johnny Karras Halfback Illinois 5/8 AFCA, AAB, FWO, SN, UP CP, WC
Bob Carey End Michigan St. 5/8 AAB, APO, NEAO, SN, UP CP, WC
Ray Beck[a] Guard Georgia Tech 4/8 AFCA, APD, FWO, NEAD COL, CP, CTD

All-American selections for 1951[edit]





  • Dick Hightower, Southern Methodist (SMU) (AAB; AFCA; APO-2; INSO-1; SN; UP-1; CP-1; CP-1; CTO-1; WC-1)
  • Pat Cannamela, USC (APD-2; UP-2; FWD-1; INSD-1 (center); NEAD-1; CP-2 (guard))
  • Doug Moseley, Kentucky (APO-1; FWO-1; UP-3; CP-3)
  • Keith Flowers, Texas Christian (APD-1; CTD-1)
  • Chuck Boerio, Illinois (UP-2 (center); NEAD-1)
  • George Tarasovic, LSU (NEAO-1)
  • Charlie Harris, California (CP-2)
  • Donn Moomaw, UCLA (College Football Hall of Fame) (APD-2; UP-3)



  • Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (Heisman Trophy and College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AFCA; APO-1; FWO-1; INSO-1; NEAO-1 (HB); SN; UP-1; CP-1; CTO-1 (HB); WC-1)
  • Hank Lauricella, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AFCA; APO-1; FWO-1; INSO-1; NEAO-1 (HB); SN; UP-1; FWO-1; CP-1; CTO-1 (HB); WC-1)
  • Johnny Karras, Illinois (AFCA; AAB; APO-2; FWO-1; SN; UP-1; CP-1; WC-1)
  • Ed Modzelewski, Maryland (APO-2; UP-3; CP-2; INSO-1)
  • Bobby Dillon, Texas (APD-1; FWD-1 (halfback); NEAD-1 (safety); CTD-1)
  • Al Brosky, Illinois (APD-1; FWD-1 (safety))
  • Harry Agganis, Boston U. (NEAD-1 (def. halfback))
  • Jim Ellis, Michigan State (CTD-1)
  • Avatus Stone, Syracuse (CTD-1)
  • Johnny Bright, Drake (College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame) (UP-2; CP-3)
  • Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (College Football Hall of Fame) (APD-2; UP-2; CP-2)
  • Veryl Switzer, Kansas State (APD-2)
  • Jim Dooley, Miami (APD-2)


  • Ollie Matson, San Francisco (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (APD-1; UP-2; FWD-1 (def. halfback); CP-2; INSO-1; NEAD-1 (def. halfback)
  • Hugh McElhenny, Washington (Pro and College Football Hall of Fame) (APO-1; UP-3; CP-3; NEAO-1 (FB); CTO-1 (FB))
  • Frank Gifford, USC (Pro and College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA; UP-3; CP-3)


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

Official selectors[edit]

  • AAB = All-America Board[2]
  • AFCA = American Football Coaches Association, published in Collier's Weekly[2][3]
  • APO/APD = Associated Press. The AP selected separate offensive and defensive teams. "The team was picked after the Dec. 1 games in consultation with 11 prominent sportswriters. They had the benefit of reports from hundreds of writers and broadcasters throughout the country."[4]
  • FWO/FWD = The Football Writers Association of America picked separate offensive and defensive teams: "22-man offensive and defensive all-star teams picked by Grantland Rice and the Football Writers Association of America for Look magazine[5]
  • INSO/INSD = International News Service, later merged with UP to form UPI. The INS began selecting separate offensive and defensive teams in 1948 and continued that tradition in 1951.[6]
  • NEAO/NEAD = Newspaper Enterprise Association. The NEA selected separate offensive and defensive teams.[7]
  • SN = Sporting News[8]
  • UP = United Press. The United Press did not select separate offensive and defensive teams. They selected only 11 first-team players: "Chosen by ballots from 260 sports writers and broadcasters in all sections of the nation, these players were considered the finest at their positions."[9]

Other selectors[edit]

  • CP = Central Press Association: "the 21st annual Central Press All-American football team, selected as usual with the assistance of the nation's football captains"[10]
  • CTO/CTD = Chicago Tribune's 5th annual All-Players All-America team determined based on polling of players in cooperation with the major universities and colleges throughout the United States. The results were based on a record 18,876 votes (10,086 for offense and 8,790 for defense).[11]
  • WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Although he was named a first-team player by four of the eight official selectors, and also by the Central Press Association and Chicago Tribune, Ray Beck is not recognized by the NCAA as a consensus All-American.


  1. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 8. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1224. ISBN 1401337031. 
  3. ^ "Collier's All-American". The Berkshire Evening Eagle. December 7, 1951. ("The on-the-field reports of the coaches on this year's crop of football players were consolidated and evaluated by Collier's All-America board of 10 coaches, including Lloyd Jordan, association president; Frank Leahy, Notre Dame; Carl Snavely, North Carolina; Henry Frnka, Tulane; Dutch Meyer, T.C.U.; Ray Eliot, Illinois and Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma")
  4. ^ "AP's All-American Grid Team". Greeley Daily Tribune. December 7, 1951. 
  5. ^ "Look Picks Two Teams". Long Beach Press-Telegram. December 5, 1951. 
  6. ^ "Wheat, Lauricella, Daffer Named on INS All-America Team". Rome News-Tribune. INS. November 26, 1951. 
  7. ^ Harry Grayson (December 4, 1951). "Kazmaier, Lauricella Unanimous NEA All-American Eleven Selections". Brownsville Herald. Brownsville, Texas. 
  8. ^ "Kazmaier On Another All-Star Team". Toledo Blade. United Press. November 28, 1951. 
  9. ^ Leo H. Peterson (November 28, 1951). "Kazmaier Tops INS "Star" Team". The Lowell Sun. United Press. 
  10. ^ Walter Johns (December 5, 1951). "2 Coast Players on CP All-American Team". Long Beach Press-Telegram. 
  11. ^ Arch Ward (December 9, 1951). "PLAYERS NAME 1951 ALL-AMERICA TEAMS: Football Stars Who Rate as Nation's Best Offensive Group--Their Opponents Say So! RICHTER OF CALIFORNIA MAKES BOTH UNITS; KAZMAIER HONORED". Chicago Daily Tribune. 
  12. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation". Archived from the original on 2009-03-30.