1979 College Football All-America Team

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The 1979 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 1979. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes four selectors as "official" for the 1979 season. They are:[1] (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) based on the input of more than 2,000 voting members;[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), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[6] The Sporting News (TSN),[7] and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).



Tight ends[edit]

  • Junior Miller, Nebraska (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Mark Brammer, Michigan State (UPI-2)
  • Dave Young, Purdue (AP-2)
  • Mark Geisler, Ohio (NEA-2)
  • Benjie Pryor, Pittsburgh (AP-3)


  • Greg Kolenda, Arkansas (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, WC)
  • Jim Bunch, Alabama (AP-1, AFCA [G], FWAA, UPI-2)
  • Tim Foley, Notre Dame (AP-2, UPI-1, NEA-1, TSN)
  • Melvin Jones, Houston (AFCA, AP-3, WC)
  • Stan Brock, Colorado (NEA-2, TSN)
  • Steve McKenzie, Purdue (AP-2)
  • Irv Pankey, Penn State (NEA-2)
  • Ray Snell, Wisconsin (UPI-2)
  • Herman Parker, Long Beach State (AP-3)


  • Brad Budde, USC (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Ken Fritz, Ohio State (AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, WC)
  • Ray Snell, Wisconsin (TSN)
  • Mike Brock, Alabama (AP-2)
  • Pete Inge, San Diego State (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • George Stewart, Arkansas (UPI-2)
  • Mark Jones, Missouri (NEA-2)
  • Mark Goodspeed, Nebraska (NEA-2)
  • Wayne Inman, East Carolina (AP-3)
  • Craig Wolfley, Syracuse (AP-3)



Running backs[edit]


Defensive ends[edit]

  • Hugh Green, Pittsburgh (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Curtis Greer, Michigan (AFCA, FWAA, UPI-2 [DT], NEA-1)
  • Jacob Green, Texas A&M (AP-1, UPI-2, WC)
  • Rick Antle, Oklahoma State (AP-2)
  • E. J. Junior, Alabama (AP-2)
  • John Adams, LSU (UPI-2)
  • Rush Brown, Ball State (NEA-2 [DL])
  • Gerry Gluscic, Indiana State (AP-3)
  • Bob Kohrs, Arizona State (AP-3)

Defensive tackles[edit]

Middle guards[edit]

  • Ron Simmons, Florida State (AFCA, AP-1, UPI-1, NEA-2, WC)
  • Ken Loushin, Purdue (AP-2)
  • Kerry Weinmaster, Nebraska (UPI-2)
  • George Mays, Army (AP-3)


Defensive backs[edit]

Special teams[edit]


  • Dale Castro, Maryland (FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Ish Ordonez, Arkansas (UPI-2, NEA-2)


  • Jim Miller, Ole Miss (FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Mike Smith, Wyoming (UPI-2)
  • Ken Naber, Stanford (NEA-2)


  • 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 "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. pp. 3, 12. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Football Coaches All America". The Republic (Columbus, Ind.). November 21, 1979. p. B3. 
  3. ^ a b "Southern Cal star White repeats as All-America". The Pantagraph. December 5, 1979. p. B4. 
  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: Trojans Grab 3 Berths". The Daily News (Huntingdon). December 4, 1979. p. 5. 
  6. ^ a b "NEA's 1979 All-America football team". The Daily News (Huntingdon, PA). November 27, 1979. p. 4. 
  7. ^ a b "Sporting News". The Arizona Republic. December 4, 1979. p. D2. 
  8. ^ "Football Writers All America". The Republic (Columbus, Ind.). November 21, 1979. p. B3.