1952 College Football All-America Team

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The 1952 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 1952. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1952 season are (1) the Associated Press, (2) the United Press, (3) the All-America Board, (4) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (5) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (6) the International News Service (INS), (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (8) the Sporting News.

Maryland quarterback Jack Scarbath and Notre Dame halfback Johnny Lattner were the only two players to be unanimously named first-team All-Americans by all eight official selectors. Lattner was awarded the 1952 Heisman Trophy.

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

For the year 1952, 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
Jack Scarbath Quarterback Maryland 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP Look
Johnny Lattner Halfback Notre Dame 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP WC
Billy Vessels Halfback Oklahoma 7/8 AAB, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP WC
John Michels Guard Tennessee 6/8 AAB, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP WC
Frank McPhee End Princeton 5/8 AAB, INS, NEA, SN, UP WC
Dick Modzelewski Tackle Maryland 5/8 AFCA, AAB, NEA, SN, UP WC
Donn Moomaw Center UCLA 5/8 AFCA, AP, NEA, SN, UP WC
Bernie Flowers End Purdue 5/8 AAB, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP WC
Elmer Willhoite Guard USC 5/8 AFCA, FWAA INS, NEA, UP WC
Tom Catlin[1] Center Oklahoma 5/8 AAB, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN --
Hal Miller Tackle Georgia Tech 4/8 FWAA, NEA, SN, UP WC
Jim Sears Halfback USC 3/8 AP, INS, NEA WC

All-American selections for 1952[edit]



  • Dick Modzelewski, Maryland (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA, AAB, NEA, SN, UP, WC)
  • Hal Miller, Georgia Tech (AP-3, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP, WC)
  • Doug Atkins, Tennessee (AAB; INS)
  • Ed Meadows, Duke (AFCA; AP-2)
  • Kline Gilbert, Mississippi (AP-1, FWAA)
  • Dave Suminski, Wisconsin (AP-1)
  • Harvey Achziger, Colorado A&M (INS)
  • Bob Fleck, Syracuse (INS)
  • J.D. Kimmel, Houston (AP-1)
  • Charlie LaPradd, Florida (AP-1)
  • Jerry Minnick, Nebraska (INS)
  • Oliver Spencer, Kansas (NEA)
  • Ben Dunkerley, West Virginia (AP-2)
  • Eldred Kraemer, Pittsburgh (AP-2)
  • William "Bill" Skyinskus, Syracuse (AP-2)


  • John Michels, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB, AP-1, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP, WC)
  • Elmer Willhoite, Southern California (AFCA, AP-2, FWAA, INS, NEA, UP, WC)
  • Steve Eisenhauer, Navy (AP-1, INS, NEA, SN)
  • Harley Sewell, Texas (AFCA, AAB, AP-2, NEA)
  • Marv Matuszak, Tulsa (AP-1)
  • Frank Kush, Michigan State (AP-1)
  • Michael "Mike" Takacs, Ohio State (INS)
  • James "Jim" Reichenbach, Ohio State (AP-2)
  • Chester Millett, Holy Cross (AP-2)



  • Jack Scarbath, Maryland (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, COL-1, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP, Look-1)
  • Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AFCA; AP-1, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP, WC)
  • Billy Vessels, Oklahoma (Heisman Trophy winner and College Football Hall of Fame) (AAB; AP-1, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP, WC)
  • Jim Sears, Southern California (AP-1, INS, NEA; WC)
  • Don McAuliffe, Michigan State (AAB; COL-1, UP)
  • Leon Hardeman, Georgia Tech (AAB, INS, SN)
  • Johnny Olszewski, California (INS, NEA; AP-2)
  • Bobby Morehead, Georgia Tech (AP-1, INS)
  • Paul Giel, Minnesota (AP-1, FWAA)
  • Buck McPhail, Oklahoma (AFCA)
  • Lowell Perry, Michigan (NEA)
  • Paul Cameron, UCLA (NEA)
  • Don Heinrich, Washington (AP-1)
  • Gene Fillipski, Villanova (FWAA)
  • Andy Kozar, Tennessee (AP-2)
  • Bobby Marlow, Alabama (AP-2)
  • Ed Mioduszewski, William & Mary (AP-2)
  • Val Joe Morris, Southern Methodist (AP-2)
  • Norris Mullis, South Carolina (AP-2)
  • Gilbert "Gil" Reich, Kansas (AP-2)


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

Official selectors[edit]

Other selectors[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Despite being a first-team pick of five of the eight official selectors, Tom Catlin is not recognized by the NCAA as a consensus All-American.
  2. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 8. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1228. ISBN 1401337031.
  4. ^ Ted Smits, "Michigan State and Tech Pace All=American," Florence Times-Daily, p. 8 (December 5, 1952). Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  5. ^ International News Service, "Hardeman, Morehead on INS All-American team," Rome News-Tribune, p. 15 (November 30, 1952). Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  6. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation". Archived from the original on 2009-03-30.