1966 College Football All-America Team

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The 1966 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1966.

The NCAA recognizes six selectors as "official" for the 1966 season. They are (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Central Press Association (CP), (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (6) the United Press International (UPI).[1] Four of the six teams (AP, UPI, NEA, and FWAA) were selected by polling of sports writers and/or broadcasters. The Central Press team was selected with input from the captains of the major college teams. The AFCA team was based on a poll of coaches. Other notable selectors, though not recognized by the NCAA as official, included Time magazine,[2] The Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).[3]

The undefeated Notre Dame and Michigan State teams finished the season ranked #1 and #2, played to a 10-10 tie in the 1966 Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football game, and dominated the 1966 All-America selections. Notre Dame had six players who received first-team honors: guard Tom Regner (AFCA, AP, CP, NEA, UPI, Time, TSN, WCFF); back Nick Eddy (AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WCFF); defensive end Alan Page (CP, FWAA, NEA, Time, TSN, WCFF); linebacker Jim Lynch (AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, Time, TSN, WCFF); and defensive tackles Pete Duranko (AFCA, UPI) and Kevin Hardy (Time, TSN). Michigan State had five: defensive end Bubba Smith (AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, Time, TSN, WCFF); offensive end Gene Washington (AFCA, UPI, Time, TSN); running back Clint Jones (AP, CP, NEA, Time, TSN, WCFF); defensive back/linebacker George Webster (AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, Time, TSN, WCFF); and tackle Jerry West (NEA).

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

The NCAA recognizes 22 players as "consensus" All-Americans for the 1966 season. The following chart identifies the consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received.[1]

Name Position School Official selectors Number Others Total
Jack Clancy End Michigan AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI 6/6 FN, Time, TSN, WCFF 10/10
Jim Lynch Linebacker Notre Dame AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI 6/6 FN, Time, TSN, WCFF 10/10
Loyd Phillips Defensive tackle Arkansas AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI 6/6 FN, Time, TSN, WCFF 10/10
Bubba Smith Defensive end Michigan State AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI 6/6 FN, Time, TSN, WCFF 10/10
Steve Spurrier Quarterback Florida AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI 6/6 FN, Time, TSN, WCFF 10/10
George Webster Defensive back Michigan State AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI 6/6 FN, Time, TSN, WCFF 10/10
Mel Farr Running back UCLA AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI 5/6 FN, Time, TSN, WCFF 9/10
Tom Regner Guard Notre Dame AFCA, AP, CP, NEA, UPI 5/6 FN, Time, TSN, WCFF 9/10
Nick Eddy Running back Notre Dame AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI 6/6 FN, WCFF 8/10
Ron Yary Tackle USC AFCA, CP, FWAA, UPI 4/6 FN, Time, TSN, WCFF 8/10
Cecil Dowdy Tackle Alabama AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI 6/6 WCFF 7/10
Wayne Meylan Middle guard Nebraska AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI 5/6 FN, WCFF 7/10
Alan Page Defensive end Notre Dame CP, FWAA, NEA 3/6 FN, Time, TSN, WCFF 7/10
Nate Shaw Defensive back USC AFCA, NEA, UPI 3/6 FN, Time, TSN, WCFF 7/10
Tom Beier Defensive back Miami (Fla.) AFCA, AP, NEA, UPI 4/6 FN, WCFF 6/10
Jim Breland Center Georgia Tech AFCA, AP, CP, UPI 4/6 FN, WCFF 6/10
Clint Jones Running back Michigan State AP, CP, NEA 3/6 Time, TSN, WCFF 6/10
Paul Naumoff Linebacker Tennessee AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI 4/6 FN, WCFF 6/10
Ray Perkins End Alabama AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA 4/6 FN, WCFF 6/10
LaVerne Allers Guard Nebraska AP, CP, UPI 3/6 FN, WCFF 5/10
John LaGrone Middle guard SMU AFCA, CP, FWAA, NEA 4/6 WCFF 5/10
Tom Greenlee Defensive tackle Washington AFCA, AP, UPI 3/6 WCFF 4/10

Offensive selections[edit]

Ends[edit]

  • Jack Clancy, Michigan (AFCA, AP-1, CP-1, FWAA, NEA-1 [split end], UPI-1, FN, Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • Ray Perkins, Alabama (AFCA [flanker], AP-1, CP-2, FWAA, NEA-1 [safety], UPI-2, FN, WCFF)
  • Gene Washington, Michigan State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA, NEA-2 [split end], UPI-1, Time, TSN)
  • Jim Beirne, Purdue (CP-1)
  • Eppie Barney, Iowa (AP-2 [end])
  • Larry Gilbert, Texas Tech (AP-2 [end])
  • Jim Seymour, Notre Dame (CP-2, NEA-2 [flanker], UPI-2, FN)

Tight ends[edit]

Tackles[edit]

  • Cecil Dowdy, Alabama (AFCA [guard], AP-1, CP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, WCFF)
  • Ron Yary, USC (College and Pro Football Halls of Fame) (AFCA, AP-2, CP-1, FWAA, NEA-2, UPI-1, FN, Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • Wayne Mass, Clemson (AFCA, CP-2, UPI-2)
  • Jerry West, Michigan State (NEA-1)
  • Jack Calcaterra, Purdue (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Reeve Vannaman, Cornell (CP-2)

Guards[edit]

  • Tom Regner, Notre Dame (AFCA, AP-1, CP-1, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN, Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • LaVerne Allers, Nebraska (AP-1, CP-1, NEA-2, UPI-1, FN, WCFF)
  • Mo Moorman, Texas A&M (FWAA, NEA-2 [tackle], Time, TSN)
  • Gary Bugenhagen, Syracuse (AP-1 [tackle], FWAA)
  • Bob Hyland, Boston College (CP-2, Time, TSN)
  • Edgar Chandler, Georgia (NEA-1, UPI-2)
  • Lynn Thornhill, Southern Methodist (AP-2)
  • Del Williams, Florida State (AP-2, CP-2, NEA-2, UPI-2)

Centers[edit]

  • Jim Breland, Georgia Tech (AFCA, AP-1, CP-1, UPI-1, FN, WCFF)
  • Bill Carr, Florida (AP-2, CP-2, Time, TSN)
  • Ray Pryor, Ohio State (FWAA, NEA-2)
  • Bob Johnson, Tennessee (FN)
  • George Goeddeke, Notre Dame (UPI-2)

Quarterbacks[edit]

  • Steve Spurrier, Florida (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA [tie], AP-1, CP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN, Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • Bob Griese, Purdue (College and Pro Football Halls of Fame) (AFCA [tie], AP-2, CP-2, NEA-2, UPI-2, FN)
  • Gary Beban, UCLA (FN)

Running backs[edit]

  • Mel Farr, UCLA (AFCA, AP-1, CP-2, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN [halfback], Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • Nick Eddy, Notre Dame (AFCA, AP-1, CP-1, FWAA, NEA-1 (FL), UPI-1, FN [halfback], WCFF)
  • Clint Jones, Michigan State (AP-1, CP-1, NEA-1, UPI-2, Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • Floyd Little, Syracuse (College and Pro Football Halls of Fame) (AFCA, AP-2, CP-2, NEA-2, UPI-1, WCFF)
  • Ray McDonald, Idaho (AP-2, NEA-2, UPI-2, Time, TSN)
  • Lenny Snow, Georgia Tech (FWAA, UPI-2, FN [halfback])
  • Larry Csonka, Syracuse (College and Pro Football Halls of Fame) (CP-1 [fullback], FN [fullback])
  • Jim Bohl, New Mexico State (FN [halfback])
  • Warren McVea, Houston (FN [halfback])
  • Bob Apisa, Michigan State (FN [fullback])
  • Larry Conjar, Notre Dame (FN [fullback])
  • Garrett Ford, Sr., West Virginia (AP-2)
  • Pete Pifer, Oregon State (CP-2 [fullback])

Defensive selections[edit]

Defensive ends[edit]

  • Bubba Smith, Michigan State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA, AP-1, CP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN [end], Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • Alan Page, Notre Dame (College and Pro Football Halls of Fame) (AP-2, CP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-2, FN [end], Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • George Foussekis, Virginia Tech (AP-2)
  • Sam Harris, Colorado (CP-2, UPI-2)
  • Billy Anders, Ohio State (CP-2)
  • Dennis Randall, Oklahoma State (NEA-2)
  • Ted Hendricks, Miami (College and Pro Football Halls of Fame) (NEA-2)

Defensive tackles[edit]

  • Loyd Phillips, Arkansas (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA, AP-1, CP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI, FN [tackle], Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • Tom Greenlee, Washington (AFCA, AP-1 [defensive end], UPI-1 [defensive end], WCFF)
  • Pete Duranko, Notre Dame (AFCA, UPI)
  • Dennis Byrd, North Carolina State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2, NEA-1, FWAA)
  • George Patton, Georgia (AP-1, CP-1, UPI-2, FN [tackle])
  • Kevin Hardy, Notre Dame (AP-2, UPI-2, FN [tackle], Time, TSN)
  • Bill Stanfill, Georgia (College Football Hall of Fame) (NEA-2)
  • Ed Philpott, Miami (OH) (CP-2, NEA-2)
  • Jim Urbanek, Mississippi (CP-2, FN [tackle])

Middle guards[edit]

  • Wayne Meylan, Nebraska (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA [defensive tackle], AP-1, CP-2 [guard], FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN [guard], WCFF)
  • John LaGrone, SMU (AFCA [middle guard], AP-2, CP-1 [guard], FWAA, NEA-1 [linebacker], UPI-2, WCFF)
  • John Richardson, UCLA (CP-1 [guard])
  • Granville Liggins, Oklahoma (CP-2 [guard], NEA-2, FN [guard])

Linebackers[edit]

  • Jim Lynch, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA, AP-1, CP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN, Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • Paul Naumoff, Tennessee (AFCA, AP-1, CP-2, FWAA, NEA-2, UPI-1, FN, WCFF)
  • Bob Matheson, Duke (AP-1, Time, TSN)
  • Townsend Clarke, Army (AP-2, CP-1, NEA-1, UPI-2)
  • Charles Thornhill, Michigan State (AP-2, NEA-2, UPI-2)
  • Adrian Young, Southern California (AP-2)
  • Dwight Lewis, Mississippi State (CP-2)
  • Wayne Purdon, Montana State (CP-2)

Defensive backs[edit]

  • George Webster, Michigan State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AFCA, AP-1, CP-1 [linebacker], FWAA, NEA-1 [linebacker], UPI-1, FN [linebacker], Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • Nate Shaw, USC (AFCA, AP-2, CP-2, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN, Time, TSN, WCFF)
  • Tom Beier, Miami (Fla.) (AFCA, AP-1, CP-2, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN, WCFF)
  • Frank Loria, Virginia Tech (AP-1, FWAA)
  • Martine Bercher, Arkansas (AFCA, UPI-1)
  • Rick Volk, Michigan (Time, TSN)
  • John Charles, Purdue (Time, TSN)
  • Henry King, Utah State (NEA-2, Time, TSN)
  • Bobby Johns, Alabama (CP-1, UPI-2, FN)
  • Wynn Mabry, Dartmouth (CP-1)
  • Larry Wachholtz, Nebraska (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Chuck Latourette, Rice (AP-2)
  • Bruce Sullivan, Illinois (NEA-2)
  • Bobby Bryant, South Carolina (NEA-2 [safety])
  • Tom Schoen, Notre Dame (UPI-2)
  • Lynn Hughes, Georgia (UPI-2)

Special teams[edit]

Kicker[edit]

  • Jan Stenerud, Montana State (Pro Football Hall of Fame) (TSN)

Punter[edit]

Key[edit]

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

Official selectors[edit]

Unofficial selectors[edit]

  • FN = The Football News, consisting of the 34 best players out of the 25,000 men playing college football that year, as selected by the paper's correspondents and staff members[10]
  • Time = Time magazine[2]
  • TSN = The Sporting News, consisting of 24 players (11 offense, 11 defense, a punter, and a placekicker) "picked by 24 directors of player personnel of the American and National Football Leagues for the Sporting News"[11]
  • WCFF = Walter Camp Football Foundation[3]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 10. Retrieved March 17, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "As The Pros See Them". Time. 1966-12-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Walter Camp Foundation All-American Teams". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  4. ^ "Coaches Pick All-Star Team". Hazleton Standard-Speaker. November 25, 1966. p. 35. 
  5. ^ "untitled". The Express. December 8, 1966. p. 22. 
  6. ^ Walter Johns (November 30, 1966). "Irish Dominate All-American Elevens". The Gaffney Ledger. p. 2. 
  7. ^ Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved October 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ Murray Olderman (November 29, 1966). "Irish, Spartans Dominate NEA All-America Team". Raleigh (WV) Register. p. 8. 
  9. ^ "United Press names All-American grid teams". Kokomo (Ind.) Morning Times. December 1, 1966. p. 9. 
  10. ^ "All-America Selected: Seven Notre Dame Players Named to FN 'Dream Squad'". The Football News. November 26, 1966. p. 1. 
  11. ^ "ND, MSU Dominate Sporting News All-America Team With 8 Players". The Sunday Herald (Provo, UT). December 4, 1966. p. 16.