1985 College Football All-America Team

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The 1985 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 1985. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1985 season.[1] They are: (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);[4] (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers;[5] and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).[6] Other selectors included Football News (FN), Gannett News Service (GNS),[7] the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[8] Pro Football Weekly, Scripps Howard (SH),[9] and The Sporting News (TSN).

Ten players were unanimously selected as first-team All-Americans by all five official selectors. They are:

  • Bo Jackson, Auburn running back who rushed for 1,786 yards and won the 1985 Heisman Trophy;
  • Chuck Long, Iowa quarterback who won the 1985 Davey O'Brien award and Maxwell Award and placed second in the 1985 Heisman Trophy voting;
  • Lorenzo White, Michigan State running back who became the first Big Ten Conference player to rush for over 2,000 yards and placed fourth in the 1985 Heisman Trophy voting;
  • Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma linebacker who won the 1985 Dick Butkus Award;
  • David Williams, Illinois wide receiver who caught 85 passes for 1,047 yards and finished his college career as the second leading receiver in NCAA history;
  • Larry Station, Iowa linebacker who led the team in tackles for the fourth straight season with 129;
  • John Lee, UCLA placekicker who set the NCAA record for highest percentage of extra points and field goals made in a career with 93.3% (116 of 117 PATs, 79 of 92 FGs);
  • Jim Dombrowski, Virginia offensive tackle;
  • Leslie O'Neal, Oklahoma defensive end; and
  • Tim Green, Syracuse defensive end.

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

The following charts identify the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1985 and displays which first-team designations they received.


Name Position School Number[10] Official Other
Bo Jackson Running back Auburn 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, SH, TSN
Chuck Long Quarterback Iowa 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, SH, TSN
Lorenzo White Running back Michigan State 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, SH, TSN
David Williams Wide receiver Illinois 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC NEA, SH, TSN
Jim Dombrowski Offensive tackle Virginia 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC NEA, TSN
Jeff Bregel Offensive guard USC 4/3/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI NEA, SH, TSN
Willie Smith Tight end Miami (Fla.) 3/3/6 AFCA, AP, WC NEA, SH, TSN
Peter Anderson Center Georgia 3/2/5 AFCA, AP, UPI GNS, TSN
Tim McGee Wide receiver Tennessee 2/3/5 AFCA, AP, UPI GNS, NEA, SH
John Rienstra Offensive guard Temple 2/3/5 AP, FWAA GNS, NEA, SH
Brian Jozwiak Offensive tackle West Virginia 3/0/3 AP, UPI, WC -
J. D. Maarleveld Offensive guard Maryland 2/1/3 AFCA, UPI NEA
Jamie Dukes Offensive guard Florida State 2/1/3 FWAA, WC SH
Reggie Dupard Running back SMU 1/0/1 FWAA -
Napoleon McCallum Running back Navy 1/0/1 WC -
Thurman Thomas Running back Oklahoma State 1/0/1 UPI -


Name Position School Number[10] Official Other
Leslie O'Neal Defensive end Oklahoma State 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, SH, TSN
Tim Green Defensive end Syracuse 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, SH, TSN
Tony Casillas Defensive tackle Oklahoma 4/4/8 AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, SH, TSN
Larry Station Linebacker Iowa 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC NEA, SH
David Fulcher Defensive back Arizona State 4/3/7 AFCA, AP, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Brian Bosworth Linebacker Oklahoma 5/1/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS
Mike Ruth Middle guard Boston College 4/2/6 AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, SH
Mike Hammerstein Defensive tackle Michigan 3/3/6 AFCA, AP, UPI GNS, NEA, SH
Brad Cochran Defensive back Michigan 4/1/5 AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WC SH
Scott Thomas Defensive back Air Force 3/1/4 AFCA, FWAA, WC NEA
Johnny Holland Linebacker Texas A&M 2/0/2 AP, FWAA -

Special teams[edit]

Name Position School Number[10] Official Other
John Lee Placekicker UCLA 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, SH, TSN
Barry Helton Punter Colorado 3/1/4 AP, UPI, WC GNS


Wide receivers[edit]

Tight ends[edit]



  • Jeff Bregel, USC (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, SH, TSN)
  • John Rienstra, Temple (AP-1, FWAA, GNS, NEA-1, SH)
  • J. D. Maarleveld, Maryland (AFCA, UPI-1, NEA-1 [OT])
  • Jamie Dukes, Florida State (AP-2, FWAA, UPI-2, WC, SH)
  • Jeff Zimmerman, Florida (AP-3, UPI-2, WC, GNS, TSN)
  • Tim Scannell, Notre Dame (SH)
  • Don Smith, Army (AP-2)
  • Todd Moules, Penn State (AP-3)



Running backs[edit]


Defensive ends[edit]

  • Leslie O'Neal, Oklahoma State (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, GNS, NEA-1 [DT], SH, TSN)
  • Tim Green, Syracuse (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, GNS, SH, TSN)
  • Pat Swilling, Georgia Tech (FWAA, UPI-2)
  • Jim Skow, Nebraska (AFCA, UPI-2)

Defensive tackles[edit]

Middle guards[edit]

  • Mike Ruth, Boston College (AFCA, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, GNS, SH)


Defensive backs[edit]

Special teams[edit]


  • John Lee, UCLA (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, GNS, NEA-1, SH, TSN)
  • John Diettrich, Ball State (AP-2)
  • Carlos Reveiz, Tennessee (AP-3, UPI-2)


  • Barry Helton, Colorado (AP-1, UPI-1, WC, GNS)
  • Lewis Colbert, Auburn (AFCA, UPI-2, TSN)
  • Bill Smith, Mississippi (FWAA)
  • Ray Criswell, Florida (NEA-1)
  • Mark Simon, Air Force (AP-2, SH)
  • Steve Kidd, Rice (AP-3)


  • Errol Tucker, Utah (FWAA, GNS, TSN)


  • 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]


  1. ^ a b "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. pp. 3, 13. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Kodak All-America Team". Detroit Free Press. November 27, 1985. p. 5D. 
  3. ^ a b "All-America". Akron Beacon Journal. December 10, 1985. p. D2. 
  4. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved May 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Bo Jackson, Sooner Casillas Head 60th UPI All-America Team". Tyrone Daily Herald. December 12, 1985. p. 7. 
  6. ^ a b "Walter Camp All-America". The Salina Journal. November 28, 1985. p. 22. 
  7. ^ a b "Running backs, tackles take center stage". The Journal News (White Plains, NY). December 3, 1985. p. C3. 
  8. ^ a b "NEA 1985 All-America football team". Lead (SD) Daily Call. December 6, 1985. p. 7. 
  9. ^ a b "Scripps Howard All-America Team". The Pittsburgh Press. November 29, 1985. p. D4. 
  10. ^ 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.