1954 College Football All-America Team
The 1954 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 1954. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1954 season are (1) the All-America 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 (SN), and (8) the United Press (UP).
Wisconsin's fullback Alan Ameche won the Heisman Trophy in 1954 as the best player in college football and was a unanimous first-team selection by all eight official selectors. Three other players were unanimous choices among the official selectors: Notre Dame's quarterback Ralph Guglielmi; Ohio State's halfback Howard "Hopalong" Cassidy; and Arkansas' guard Bud Brooks.
For the year 1954, 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.
|Ralph Guglielmi||Quarterback||Notre Dame||8/8||AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP||CP, WC|
|Howard Cassidy||Halfback||Ohio State||8/8||AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP||CP, WC|
|Alan Ameche||Fullback||Wisconsin||8/8||AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP||CP, WC|
|Bud Brooks||Guard||Arkansas||8/8||AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP||WC|
|Jack Ellena||Tackle||UCLA||7/8||AAB, AFCA, AP, INS, NEA, SN, UP||CP, WC|
|Dicky Maegle||Halfback||Rice||7/8||AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP||WC|
|Kurt Burris||Center||Oklahoma||6/8||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP||CP, WC|
|Max Boydston||End||Oklahoma||6/8||AAB, AFCA, FWAA, INS, SN, UP||WC|
|Ron Beagle||End||Navy||6/8||AAB, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN||WC|
|Cal Jones||Guard||Iowa||5/8||AAB, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP||CP, WC|
|Sid Fournet||Tackle||LSU||5/8||AFCA, FWAA, INS, NEA, UP||WC|
All-American selections for 1954
- Max Boydston, Oklahoma (AAB, AFCA, AP-2, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-2, SN, UP-1, CP-3, WC)
- Ron Beagle, Navy (AAB, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-2, CP-2, WC)
- Don Holleder, Army (AFCA, INS-2, NEA-1, UP-1, CP-1)
- Frank McDonald, Miami (Fla.) (AP-1, FWAA, NEA-3)
- Dean Dugger, Ohio State (FWAA, INS-2, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-2)
- Ron Kramer, Michigan (AP-3, INS-2, UP-3, CP-1)
- Bill Walker, Maryland (AP-2)
- Jim Pyburn, Auburn (AP-3 INS-2)
- Dave Dickerson, Ole Miss (NEA-3)
- John Kerr, Purdue (CP-3)
- Dan Shannon, Notre Dame (UP-3)
- Jack Ellena, UCLA (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, WC)
- Sid Fournet, LSU (AFCA, AP-2, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, UP-1, CP-2, WC)
- Frank Varrichione, Notre Dame (AP-3, INS-2, NEA-3, SN, UP-2, CP-1)
- Rex Boggan, Mississippi (AP-1)
- Darris McCord, Tennessee (FWAA)
- Art Walker, Michigan (AAB, FWAA, NEA-3, UP-3)
- Jim Ray Smith, Baylor (AP-2, UP-2)
- Tom Jones, Miami (OH) (INS-2, NEA-2, CP-3)
- Bob Bartholomew, Wake Forest (NEA-2)
- Eldred Kraemer, Pitt (INS-2, CP-2)
- Dick Hilinski, Ohio State (AP-3)
- Bruce Bosley, West Virginia (CP-3)
- Francis Machinsky, Ohio State (UP-3)
- Bud Brooks, Arkansas (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-2, WC)
- Cal Jones, Iowa (AAB, AP-2, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, WC)
- Tom Bettis, Purdue (FWAA, INS-1, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-1)
- Ralph Chesnauskas, Army (AP-1, UP-3)
- Jim Salsbury, UCLA (AFCA, AP-3, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-3)
- Frank Mincevich, South Carolina (FWAA)
- William Meigs, Harvard (AP-2)
- Gene Lamone, West Virginia (AP-3, NEA-3, CP-2)
- Ken Paul, Rice (NEA-3)
- Jan Smid, Illinois (CP-3)
- Franklin Brooks, Georgia Tech (UP-3)
- Kurt Burris, Oklahoma (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, WC)
- Hal Easterwood, Mississippi State (AP-2, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-2)
- Matt Hazeltine, California (INS-1, UP-3)
- Hugh Pitts, TCU (CP-2)
- Leon Cunningham, South Carolina (AP-3, NEA-3)
- Larry Morris, Georgia Tech (UP-2, CP-3)
- Ralph Guglielmi, Notre Dame (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, WC)
- Paul Larson, California (AP-2, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-3)
- George Shaw, Oregon (AP-3, INS-2, NEA-3, UP-2)
- Pete Vann, Army (INS-2, UP-3, CP-2)
- Len Dawson, Purdue (AP-3, UP-3)
- Buddy Leake, Oklahoma (CP-3)
- Howard Cassidy, Ohio State (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, WC)
- Dicky Moegle, Rice (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-2, WC)
- Tommy Bell, Army (FWAA, INS-1, NEA-2)
- Lenny Moore, Penn State (AP-3, CP-1, NEA-2, UP-3)
- Bob McNamara, Minnesota (AP-2, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-3, UP-2, CP-3)
- Frank Bernardi, Colorado (AP-2)
- Primo Villanueva, UCLA (UP-2)
- Corky Tharp, Alabama (INS-2)
- Corky Taylor, Kansas State (INS-2)
- Bob Watkins, Ohio State (CP-2)
- Robert A. Pascall, Duke (AP-3)
- Carroll Hardy, Colorado (NEA-3)
- Hubert Bobo, Ohio State (CP-3)
- Alan Ameche, Wisconsin (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, WC)
- Bob Davenport, UCLA (AP-2, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-2, UP-3, CP-2)
- Henry Moore, Arkansas (NEA-3)
- Bold – Consensus All-American
- -1 – First-team selection
- -2 – Second-team selection
- -3 – Third-team selection
- AAB = All-America Board
- AFCA = American Football Coaches Association, published in Collier's Magazine
- AP = Associated Press: "The team was chosen on the recommendations of 11 AP regional all-America boards plus individual recommendations received from more than 500 AP member newspapers and radio stations, and is based on full reports for the entire season."
- FWAA = Football Writers Association of America selected for Look magazine
- INS = International News Service: "selected by INS grid experts throughout the nation"
- NEA = Newspaper Enterprise Association selected by an "electorate composed of coaches and football writers"
- SN = The Sporting News
- UP = United Press, "chosen by the ballots of 308 sports writers and broadcasters in all sections of the country"
- CP = Central Press Association: selected by captains of college football teams
- WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation
- 1954 All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team
- 1954 All-Big Seven Conference football team
- 1954 All-Big Ten Conference football team
- 1954 All-Pacific Coast Conference football team
- 1954 All-SEC football team
- 1954 All-Southwest Conference football team
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