1983 College Football All-America Team

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The 1983 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 1983. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1983 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] (4) the United Press International (UPI);[5] and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).[6] Other selectors included Football News (FN), Gannett News Service,[7] the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[8] and The Sporting News (TSN).

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

The following charts identify the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1983 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Offense[edit]

Name Position School Number[9] Official Other
Bill Fralic Tackle Pittsburgh 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Irving Fryar Receiver Nebraska 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Mike Rozier Running back Nebraska 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Steve Young Quarterback Brigham Young 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Gordon Hudson Tight end Brigham Young 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA
Dean Steinkuhler Guard Nebraska 4/3/7 AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Bo Jackson Running back Auburn 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI GNS, NEA
Terry Long Tackle East Carolina 4/0/4 AFCA, AP, FWAA, WC -
Doug Dawson Guard Texas 3/0/3 AFCA, AP, WC -
Tony Slaton Center USC 3/0/3 FWAA, UPI, WC -
Napoleon McCallum Running back Navy 2/1/3 FWAA, WC TSN
Greg Allen Running back Florida State 2/0/2 UPI, WC -

Defense[edit]

Name Position School Number[9] Official Other
Rick Bryan Def. tackle Oklahoma 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Russell Carter Def. back SMU 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Reggie White Def. tackle Tennessee 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Ricky Hunley Linebacker Arizona 5/1/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC NEA
Jerry Gray Def. back Texas 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI GNS, NEA
Terry Hoage Def. back Georgia 4/2/6 AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WC NEA, TSN
Ron Rivera Linebacker California 3/3/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA GNS, NEA, TSN
Wilber Marshall Linebacker Florida 4/1/5 AFCA, AP, UPI, WC NEA
Don Rogers Def. back UCLA 3/2/5 AFCA, FWAA, WC GNS, TSN
William Perry Middle guard Clemson 4/0/4 AP, FWAA, UPI, WC -
Jeff Leiding Linebacker Texas 3/0/3 AP, FWAA, WC -
William Fuller Defensive end North Carolina 2/1/3 AFCA, WC TSN

Special teams[edit]

Name Position School Number[9] Official Other
Luis Zendejas Placekicker Arizona St. 3/1/4 AP, FWAA, WC NEA
Jack Weil Punter Wyoming 3/0/3 AP, FWAA, UPI -

Offense[edit]

Receivers[edit]

Tight ends[edit]

Tackles[edit]

  • Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh (CFHOF) (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, GNS-1, NEA-1, TSN)
  • Terry Long, East Carolina (AFCA, AP-1 [guard], FWAA, UPI-2 [guard], WC)
  • Brian Blados, North Carolina (AP-1, UPI-2, NEA-1)
  • Mark Adickes, Baylor (AP-2, GNS-1, TSN)
  • Conrad Goode, Missouri (UPI-1)
  • Jim Juriga, Illinois (UPI-2, NEA-2)
  • Guy McIntyre, Georgia (AP-2)
  • Bill Roberts, Ohio State (GNS-2)
  • Don Maggs, Tulane (GNS-2)
  • Pat Arrington, Auburn (AP-3)
  • Scott Raridon, Nebraska (AP-3)

Guards[edit]

Centers[edit]

Quarterbacks[edit]

Running backs[edit]

  • Mike Rozier, Nebraska (CFHOF) (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, GNS-1, NEA-1, TSN)
  • Bo Jackson, Auburn (CFHOF) (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, GNS-1, NEA-1)
  • Greg Allen, Florida State (UPI-1, AP-3, WC, NEA-2)
  • Napoleon McCallum, Navy (CFHOF) (AP-2, FWAA, UPI-2, WC, NEA-2, TSN [return specialist])
  • Allen Pinkett, Notre Dame (AP-2, UPI-2, GNS-2, TSN)
  • Keith Byars, Ohio State (AP-3, UPI-2, GNS-2)

Defense[edit]

Defensive ends[edit]

Defensive tackles[edit]

  • Rick Bryan, Oklahoma (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, GNS-1, NEA-1, TSN)
  • Reggie White, Tennessee (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, GNS-1, NEA-1, TSN)
  • Keith Millard, Washington State (GNS-1)
  • Dan Ralph, Oregon (GNS-2)
  • Ray Childress, Texas A&M (GNS-2)
  • Doug Smith, Auburn (AP-3, NEA-2)

Middle guards[edit]

Linebackers[edit]

Defensive backs[edit]

Special teams[edit]

Kickers[edit]

  • Luis Zendejas, Arizona State (AP-1, FWAA, WC, GNS-2, NEA-1)
  • Bruce Kallmeyer, Kansas (AFCA, AP-2, UPI-1, GNS-1)
  • Paul Woodside, West Virginia (UPI-2, TSN)
  • Tony Zendejas, Nevada (Reno) (NEA-2)
  • Jeff Ward, Texas (AP-3)

Punters[edit]

Returners[edit]

Key[edit]

  • Bold – Consensus All-American[1]
  • -1 – First-team selection
  • -2 – Second-team selection
  • -3 – Third-team selection
  • CFHOF = College Football Hall of Fame inductee

Official selectors[edit]

Other selectors[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "1983 Kodak-AFCA All-America Team". The Palm Beach Post. December 2, 1983. p. D6 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  3. ^ a b "Associated Press All-American Team". Herald and Review (Decatur, IL). December 6, 1983. p. B3 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  4. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved March 8, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b Dave Raffo (December 8, 1983). "Offensive Titans Nebraska, BYU Dominate UPI All-America". Tyrone Daily Herald. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  6. ^ a b "1983 Walter Camp All-America Team". The Palm Beach Post. December 2, 1983. p. D6 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  7. ^ a b "All-America Gannett News Service". The Tennessean. November 29, 1983. p. 4C – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  8. ^ a b "The 1983 NEA All-America team". The Republic (Columbus, Ind.). November 30, 1983. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com.  open access publication - free to read
  9. ^ a b c This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.