1956 College Football All-America Team

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The 1956 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 1956. The seven selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1956 season are (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (4) the International News Service (INS), (5) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (6) the Sporting News (SN), and (8) the United Press (UP).

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

For the year 1956, the NCAA recognizes seven 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
Ron Kramer End Michigan 7/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Joe Walton End Pittsburgh 7/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Jim Parker Guard Ohio State 7/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Bill Glass Guard Baylor 7/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP WC
Jerry Tubbs Center Oklahoma 7/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Jim Brown Back Syracuse 7/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Johnny Majors Back Tennessee 7/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP WC
John Witte Tackle Oregon State 6/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, UP CP, WC
Tommy McDonald Back Oklahoma 6/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, SN, UP CP, WC
John Brodie Quarterback Stanford 4/7 AFCA, FWAA, INS, NEA WC
Lou Michaels Tackle Kentucky 3/7 AFCA, NEA, UP WC

All-American selections for 1956[edit]

Ends[edit]

  • Ron Kramer, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA; AP-1; UP-1; SN; INS-1; CP-1; NEA-1; WC; FWAA)
  • Joe Walton, Pittsburgh (AFCA; AP-1; UP-1; SN; CO-1; INS-1; CP-1; NEA-1; WC; FWAA)
  • Buddy Cruze, Tennessee (AP-3; UP-2; INS-2; CP-2; NEA-2;FWAA)
  • Bill Steiger, Washington State (AP-2, FWAA)
  • Walter Brodie,[1] William & Mary (AP-2)
  • Lamar Lundy, Purdue (UP-2; INS-2; NEA-3)
  • Tom Maentz, Michigan (UP-3; CP-3; NEA-3)
  • Paul Lopata, Yale (AP-3)
  • Frank Gilliam, Iowa (UP-3; NEA-2)
  • Jack Johnson, Miami (CP-2)
  • Brad Bomba, Indiana (CP-3)
  • Ernie Pitts, Denver (INS-2)
  • John Bell, Oklahoma (INS-2)

Tackles[edit]

  • John Witte, Oregon State (AFCA, AP-1; FWAA UP-1; CO-1; INS-1; CP-1; NEA-1; WC)
  • Lou Michaels, Kentucky (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-1; CO-1; INS-2; CP-2; NEA-1; WC-1)
  • Alex Karras, Iowa (AP-1; UP-2; INS-2; CP-1; NEA-2; FWAA)
  • Charlie Krueger, Texas A&M (AP-3, INS-1, CP-3)
  • Norm Hamilton, TCU (CP-3; NEA-2; FWAA)
  • Bob Hobert, Minnesota (AP-3; UP-3; NEA-3; FWAA)
  • Paul Wiggin, Stanford (UP-2, SN, INS-2)
  • Ed Gray, Oklahoma (SN)
  • Mike Sandusky, Maryland (CP-2)
  • Esker Harris, UCLA (AP-2)

Guards[edit]

  • Jim Parker, Ohio State (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA, AP-1; UP-1; SN; INS-1; CP-1; NEA-1; WC; FWAA)
  • Bill Glass, Baylor (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA, AP-1; UP-1; SN; CO-1; INS-1; CP-2; NEA-1; WC-1; FWAA)
  • Sam Valentine, Penn State (AP-2; UP-2; INS-2; CP-1; NEA-2; NEA-2; FWAA)
  • John Barrow, Florida (Canadian Football Hall of Fame)(AP-3 CP-3; NEA-3; FWAA)
  • Allen Ecker, Georgia Tech (UP-2; INS-2; CP-3)
  • Dick Day, Washington (AP-3)
  • Stan Slater, Army (UP-3)
  • Bill Krisher, Oklahoma (UP-3)
  • John Owselchik, Yale (CP-2; NEA-3)
  • Dan Currie, Michigan State (INS-2)

Centers[edit]

  • Jerry Tubbs, Oklahoma (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA, AP-1; UP-1; INS-1; CP-1; NEA-1; WC; FWAA)
  • Don Stephenson, Georgia Tech (AP-2; UP-3; SN; NEA-3; FWAA)
  • John Matsko, Michigan State (AP-3; UP-2; INS-2; CP-3; NEA-2)
  • Don Suchy, Iowa (INS-2; CP-2)
  • Jim Matheny, UCLA (INS-2)

Quarterbacks[edit]

  • John Brodie, Stanford (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA, AP-3; UP-2; CO-1; INS-1; CP-2; NEA-1; WC-1; FWAA-1)
  • Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (Heisman Trophy winner and College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-1; INS-2; CP-1; NEA-2; FWAA-1)
  • Claude Benham, Columbia (INS-2; NEA-3)
  • Len Dawson, Purdue (UP-3)
  • Gene Newton, Tulane (CP-3)

Backs[edit]

  • Jim Brown, Syracuse (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA; AP-1; UP-1; CO-1; INS-1; CP-1; NEA-1; WC; FWAA)
  • Johnny Majors, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA; AP-1; UP-1; CO-1; INS-1; CP-2; NEA-1; WC; FWAA)
  • Tommy McDonald, Oklahoma (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA; AP-1; UP-1; CO-1; INS-1; CP-1; NEA-2; WC; FWAA)
  • Jack Pardee, Texas A&M (College Football Hall of Fame) (UP-3; INS-2; CP-1; NEA-2; FWAA)
  • Jim Crawford, Wyoming (AP-3; UP-3; INS-2; CP-2; NEA-1; FWAA)
  • Don Bosseler, Miami (AP-1; INS-2; CP-2; NEA-3)
  • Billy Ray Barnes, Wake Forest (AP-2; FWAA)
  • John David Crow, Texas A&M (AP-2; SN; INS-2; NEA-3)
  • Clendon Thomas, Oklahoma (UP-2; INS-2; CP-3)
  • Ken Ploen, Iowa (AP-2)
  • Jim Swink, TCU (AP-3; UP-2; INS-2)
  • Paige Cothren, Mississippi (UP-2)
  • Mel Dillard, Purdue (AP-3)
  • Jon Arnett, Southern California (UP-3; INS-2; NEA-2)
  • Bob McKeiver, Northwestern (CP-3)
  • John Bayuk, Colorado (INS-2; CP-3)
  • Joel Wells, Clemson (NEA-3)
  • Paul Rotenberry, Georgia Tech (INS-2)
  • Dennis McGill, Yale (INS-2)
  • Earnel Durden, Oregon State (INS-2)

Key[edit]

  • 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]

References[edit]

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  6. ^ http://www.sportswriters.net/fwaa/awards/allamerica/alltime.pdf
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  12. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-12-18.