1977 College Football All-America Team

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The 1977 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 1977. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes four selectors as "official" for the 1977 season. They are:[1] (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA);[2] (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers;[3] (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected by the nation's football writers;[4] and (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers.[5] Other selectors included Football News (FN),[6] the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[7] The Sporting News (TSN),[8] and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).

Eight players were unanimously selected by all four official selectors and all four unofficial selectors. They were Ken MacAfee of Notre Dame, offensive tackle Chris Ward of Ohio State, offensive guard Mark Donahue of Michigan, running backs Earl Campbell of Texas and Terry Miller of Oklahoma State, defensive ends Art Still of Kentucky and Ross Browner of Notre Dame, defensive tackle Brad Shearer of Texas.

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

The following charts identify the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1976 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Offense[edit]

Name Position School Number[9] Official Other
Earl Campbell Running back Texas 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, WC
Mark Donahue Offensive guard Michigan 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, WC
Ken MacAfee Tight end Notre Dame 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, WC
Terry Miller Running back Oklahoma State 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, WC
Chris Ward Offensive tackle Ohio State 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, WC
Ozzie Newsome Receiver Alabama 3/4/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA FN, NEA, TSN, WC
Leotis Harris Offensive guard Arkansas 3/4/8 AFCA, AP, UPI NEA, WC
Charles Alexander Running back LSU 3/1/4 AFCA, FWAA, UPI WC
Guy Benjamin Quarterback Stanford 2/2/4 FWAA, UPI FN, NEA
Dan Irons Offensive tackle Texas Tech 2/2/4 AFCA, UPI FN, WC
John Jefferson Receiver Arizona State 3/0/3 AFCA, AP, FWAA --
Tom Brzoza Center Pittsburgh 2/1/3 AP, UPI WC

Defense[edit]

Name Position School Number[9] Official Other
Ross Browner Defensive end Notre Dame 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, WC
Brad Shearer Defensive tackle Texas 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, WC
Art Still Defensive end Kentucky 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, WC
Zac Henderson Defensive back Oklahoma 4/3/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, WC
Jerry Robinson Linebacker UCLA 4/3/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, WC
Randy Holloway Defensive tackle Pittsburgh 3/4/7 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, WC
Dennis Thurman Defensive back USC 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, WC
Luther Bradley Defensive back Notre Dame 2/3/5 AFCA, UPI FN, TSN, WC
Bob Jury Defensive back Pittsburgh 2/2/4 AP, FWAA TSN, WC
Tom Cousineau Linebacker Ohio State 2/1/3 FWAA, UPI WC
Gary Spani Linebacker Kansas State 2/1/3 AFCA, UPI FN
Dee Hardison Defensive tackle North Carolina 2/1/3 AP, FWAA FN

Offense[edit]

Receivers[edit]

Tight ends[edit]

  • Ken MacAfee, Notre Dame (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, FN [end], NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Mickey Shuler, Penn State (AP-2, NEA-2)
  • Clennie Brundidge, Army (UPI-2)
  • Mike Moore, Grambling (AP-3)

Tackles[edit]

  • Chris Ward, Ohio State (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, FN, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Dan Irons, Texas Tech (AFCA, UPI-1, FN, WC)
  • Keith Dorney Penn State (AP-3, FWAA)
  • Gordon King, Stanford (UPI-2, NEA-1, TSN)
  • Dennis Baker, Wyoming (AP-1)
  • William Fifer, West Texas State (AP-2)
  • Mike Kenn, Michigan (AP-2)
  • James Taylor, Missouri (AP-3, UPI-2)
  • Frank Meyers, Texas A&M (NEA-2)
  • Jeff Morrow, Minnesota (NEA-2)

Guards[edit]

  • Mark Donahue, Michigan (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, FN, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Leotis Harris, Arkansas (AFCA, AP-1, UPI-1, NEA-1, WC)
  • Joe Bostic, Clemson (AP-3, FWAA, NEA-2)
  • Greg Roberts, Oklahoma (AP-3, FN)
  • George Collins, Georgia (TSN)
  • Jim Hough, Utah State (AP-2)
  • Ernie Hughes, Notre Dame (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Leon White, Colorado (UPI-2)
  • Bob Cryder, Alabama (NEA-2)

Centers[edit]

  • Tom Brzoza, Pittsburgh (AP-1, UPI-1, WC)
  • Walt Downing, Michigan (AFCA, AP-3, FN, NEA-2, TSN)
  • Tom Davis, Nebraska (FWAA, UPI-2)
  • Blair Bush, Washington (AP-2, NEA-1)

Quarterbacks[edit]

Running backs[edit]

Defense[edit]

Defensive ends[edit]

  • Art Still, Kentucky (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, FN, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Ross Browner, Notre Dame (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, FN, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • John Anderson, Michigan (UPI-2)
  • Kelton Dansler, Ohio State (AP-2)
  • Willie Fry, Notre Dame (UPI-2)
  • Hugh Green, Pittsburgh (AP-2)
  • Al Harris, Arizona State (NEA-2)
  • Jerry DeLoach, California (AP-3)
  • Chuck Schott, Army (AP-3)

Defensive tackles[edit]

Middle guards[edit]

Linebackers[edit]

Defensive backs[edit]

Special teams[edit]

Kickers[edit]

Punters[edit]

  • Russell Erxleben, Texas (FWAA, UPI-2, NEA-1, TSN)
  • John Evans, NC State (NEA-2)

Key[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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. pp. 3, 11–12. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "All-American squad named". Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News. November 24, 1977. p. 12. 
  3. ^ a b "Grambling Senior QB Named to AP Team". Beckley (WV) Post-Herald. November 30, 1977. p. 20. 
  4. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved March 2, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "UPI All-America". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 2, 1977. p. 2C. 
  6. ^ a b "College football". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 20, 1977. p. 9F. 
  7. ^ a b "Campbell, Browner top All Americans". The Waxahachie Daily Light. December 8, 1977. p. 3. 
  8. ^ a b "All America teams: Sporting News". The Courier-Journal (Louisville). December 7, 1977. p. D3. 
  9. ^ a b This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.