1971 College Football All-America Team

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The 1971 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 1971. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1971 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (4) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (5) the United Press International (UPI).[1]

Nine players are recognized by the NCAA as unanimous All-America selections. They are: quarterback and 1971 Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan of Auburn; running backs Ed Marinaro of Cornell and Greg Pruitt of Oklahoma; receiver Terry Beasley of Auburn; tackle Jerry Sisemore of Texas; guard Royce Smith of Georgia; defensive end Walt Patulski of Notre Dame; linebacker Mike Taylor of Michigan; and defensive back Bobby Majors of Tennessee.[1]

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1971 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number[2] Official Other
Terry Beasley Receiver Auburn 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Bobby Majors Defensive back Tennessee 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Walt Patulski Defensive end Notre Dame 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Royce Smith Offensive guard Georgia 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Mike Taylor Linebacker Michigan 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Ed Marinaro Running back Cornell 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN
Pat Sullivan Quarterback Auburn 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, TSN, WC
Clarence Ellis Defensive back Notre Dame 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Reggie McKenzie Offensive guard Michigan 4/4/8 AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Greg Pruitt Running back Oklahoma 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, WC
Jerry Sisemore Offensive tackle Texas 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, WC
Sherman White Defensive tackle California 3/4/7 AFCA, FWAA, NEA FN, Time, TSN, WC
Johnny Rodgers Receiver Nebraska 4/2/6 AFCA, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, WC
Jeff Siemon Linebacker Stanford 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, Time
Larry Jacobson Defensive tackle Nebraska 4/1/5 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI Time
Tom Brahaney Center Oklahoma 3/2/5 AFCA, AP, FWAA FN, WC
Dave Joyner Offensive tackle Penn State 3/2/5 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN, WC
Johnny Musso Running back Alabama 3/2/5 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN, WC
Tommy Casanova Defensive back LSU 2/3/5 FWAA, UPI FN, Time, WC
Mel Long Defensive tackle Toledo 4/0/4 AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI --
Willie Harper Defensive end Nebraska 2/2/4 NEA, UPI FN, WC
Ernie Jackson Defensive back Duke 2/0/2 AFCA, FWAA --



Tight ends[edit]



  • Reggie McKenzie, Michigan (AP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN, Time, TSN, WC)
  • Royce Smith, Georgia (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN, Time, TSN, WC)
  • Gordon Gravelle, BYU (AP-2, NEA-2)
  • John Hannah, Alabama (AP-2)
  • Dick Rupert, Nebraska (AP-3, UPI-2)
  • B. C. Williams, West Virginia (AP-3)
  • Ken Jones, Oklahoma (UPI-2)



Running backs[edit]


Defensive ends[edit]

  • Walt Patulski, Notre Dame (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN, Time, TSN, WC)
  • Willie Harper, Nebraska (AP-2, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN, WC)
  • Smylie Gebhart, Georgia Tech (AP-1)
  • Robin Parkhouse, Alabama (AP-2, NEA-2, UPI-2)
  • Junior Ah You, Arizona State (UPI-2)
  • Mike Keller, Michigan (AP-3)
  • Gene Ogilvie, Air Force (AP-3)

Defensive tackles[edit]

Middle guards[edit]

  • Rich Glover, Nebraska (AP-1, NEA-1, WC)
  • Ron Curl, Michigan State (AFCA, AP-3, NEA-2)
  • Doug Krause, Miami (OH) (AP-2)
  • Bud Magrum, Colorado (AP-3)


Defensive backs[edit]

Special teams[edit]




  • 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]


  1. ^ a b c "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 10. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  2. ^ This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.
  3. ^ a b c "Walker, Majors All-Americans on Two Teams". The Nashville Tennessean. November 24, 1971. p. 15.
  4. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  5. ^ "Sullivan picked by Kodak". The Pantagraph. November 28, 1971. p. 19.
  6. ^ a b "All-America Lists". News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio). December 2, 1971. p. 42.
  7. ^ "1971 NEA All-America". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. November 27, 1971. p. 3D.
  8. ^ "Arneson Named To Team: Sporting News Picks UA Star". Tucson Daily Citizen. December 9, 1971. p. 42.