1955 College Football All-America Team

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The 1955 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 1955. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1955 season are (1) the All-America Board (AAB), (2) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (3) the Associated Press, (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).

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

For the year 1955, 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
Howard Cassady Halfback Ohio State 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, Jet, NBC, WC
Ron Beagle End Navy 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, NBC, WC
Jim Swink Halfback TCU 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, NBC, WC
Bob Pellegrini Center Maryland 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, Jet, NBC, WC
Bo Bolinger Guard Oklahoma 7/8 AAB, AFCA, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, Jet, NBC, WC
Ron Kramer End Michigan 7/8 AAB, AFCA, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP Jet, WC
Bruce Bosley Tackle West Virginia 5/8 AAB, AFCA, INS, SN, UP WC
Earl Morrall Quarterback Michigan State 5/8 AP, AFCA, FWAA, INS, SN Jet, NBC, WC
Paul Hornung Halfback Notre Dame 5/8 AAB, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP WC
Cal Jones Guard Iowa 4/8 AAB, FWAA, SN, UP Jet, WC
Hardiman Cureton Guard UCLA 4/8 AAB, AFCA, FWAA, INS CP
Norm Masters Tackle Michigan State 3/8 UP, FWAA, NEA CP, NBC, WC

All-American selections for 1955[edit]



  • Norm Masters, Michigan State (AP-3, UP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, CP-1, Jet-2, NBC, WC)
  • Bruce Bosley, West Virginia (AAB, AP-2, AFCA, INS-1, SN, UP-1, CP-2, WC)
  • Sam Huff, West Virginia (FWAA, NEA-1, UP-3, Jet-1, NBC)
  • John Witte, Oregon State (INS-1, AP-3, NEA-3, CP-3, Jet-1)
  • Frank D'Agostino, Auburn (AP-1, AFCA, UP-3)
  • Mike Sandusky, Maryland (SN, UP-2, NEA-2)
  • Paul Wiggin, Stanford (AP-1)
  • Herb Gray, Texas (FWAA)
  • Phil Tarasovic, Yale (INS-2, NEA-3, CP-3)
  • Francis Machinsky, Ohio State (UP-2)
  • Carl Vereen, Georgia Tech (NEA-2)
  • Roger Siesel, Miami (Ohio) (INS-2)
  • Fred Robinson, Washington (CP-2)
  • John Jankins, Arizona State (Jet-2)


  • Bo Bolinger, Oklahoma (AAB, AP-2, AFCA, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, Jet-1, NBC, WC)
  • Cal Jones, Iowa (AAB, AP-2 [tackle], FWAA, SN, UP-1, NEA-2; INS-2; CP-2, Jet-1, WC)
  • Hardiman Cureton, UCLA (AAB [tackle], AFCA, FWAA [t], INS-1, UP-2, NEA-2, CP-1 [t], Jet-2)
  • Jim Parker, Ohio State (AP-3, FWAA, NEA-3, UP-2, CP-1, Jet-1)
  • Tony Sardisco, Tulane (FWAA, INS-2)
  • Pat Bisceglia, Notre Dame (AP-1, UP-3, NBC)
  • Scott Suber, Mississippi State (AP-2, NEA-1)
  • James D. Brown, UCLA (AP-1)
  • Orlando Ferrante, USC (INS-2, CP-3)
  • Buck Nystrom, Michigan State (INS-2, CP-3)
  • Jim Buonopane, Holy Cross (CP-2)
  • William Meigs, Harvard (AP-3)
  • Franklin Brooks, Georgia Tech (UP-3)
  • Bryan Burnthorne, Tulane (NEA-3)


  • Bob Pellegrini, Maryland (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, Jet-1, NBC, WC)
  • Hugh Pitts, Texas Christian (AP-2, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-3)
  • Jerry Tubbs, Oklahoma (College Football Hall of Fame) (INS-2, NEA-3, UP-3)
  • Ken Vargo, Ohio State (CP-2, Jet-2)
  • Steve DeLatorre, Florida (AP-3)


  • Earl Morrall, Michigan State (AP-1, AFCA, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-2, SN, UP-2, CP-3, Jet-1, NBC, WC)
  • George Welsh, Navy (AP-3, INS-2, NEA-3, UP-2, CP-1)
  • Claude Benham, Columbia (Jet-2)


  • Howard Cassidy, Ohio State (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, Jet-1, NBC, WC)
  • Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (AAB, FWAA, NEA-1 [QB], SN, UP-1, WC)
  • Jim Swink, TCU (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, Jet-2, NBC, WC)
  • Jon Arnett, Southern California (AP-2, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-1, UP-1, CP-2)
  • Tommy McDonald, Oklahoma (AP-1, INS-2, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-2)
  • Art Davis, Mississippi State (FWAA, NEA-2)
  • Ed Vereb, Maryland (AP-3, INS-2, UP-3, CP-3)
  • Jim Brown, Syracuse (AP-3, INS-2, NEA-3)
  • Gary Glick, Colorado A&M (AP-2, INS-2)
  • Sam Brown, UCLA (INS-2, UP-3, Jet-1)
  • Charley Horton, Vanderbilt (AP-3, NEA-3)
  • Fob James, Auburn (INS-2)
  • Lenny Moore, Penn State (Pro Football Hall of Fame) (INS-2, Jet-2)
  • Charley Sticka, Trinity (INS-2)
  • Paige Cothren, Mississippi (INS-2)
  • Bob Pascal, Duke (CP-3)



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

Official selectors[edit]

Other selectors[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ a b "Consensus All-America Team for 1955". The Honolulu Advertiser. December 14, 1955. pp. B2 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1240. ISBN 1401337031.
  4. ^ "Pellegrini Top Player On Colliers' Team". Cedar Rapids Gazette. 1955-11-23.
  5. ^ "Associated Press Announces 1955 All-America Team". The Palm Beach Post. December 2, 1955. p. 21.
  6. ^ "FWAA All America" (PDF). Football Writers Association of America. Archived (PDF) from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  7. ^ John Barrington, INS Sports Editor (November 27, 1955). "Big 10 Dominates INS All-America With 3". The Milwaukee Sentinel.
  8. ^ Harry Grayson, NEA Sports Editor (November 19, 1955). "West Virginia's Tackle Sam Huff on NEA All-America Team". The Pittsburgh Press.
  9. ^ "The Sporting News: College Football TSN All America Teams". The Sporting News. Archived from the original on 4 May 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  10. ^ "Name Arnett On UP First All-America". Lodi News-Sentinel. November 29, 1955. p. 6.
  11. ^ Walter Johns (1955-11-26). "Central Press Captains All-American: Cassady Repeats On All-America". Mansfield News Journal.
  12. ^ "Jet's All-American College Grid Team". Jet.
  13. ^ "All-America Teams". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 19 April 2009.