1986 College Football All-America Team

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The 1986 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 1986. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1986 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 notable selectors included Football News[7] the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[8] Scripps Howard (SH),[9] and The Sporting News (TSN).[10]

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

The following charts identify the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1986 and displays which first-team designations they received.


Name Position School Number[11] Official Other
Brent Fullwood Running back Auburn 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Paul Palmer Running back Temple 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Ben Tamburello Center Auburn 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Vinny Testaverde Quarterback Miami (Fla) 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Jeff Bregel Offensive guard USC 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Cris Carter Wide receiver Ohio State 4/3/7 AFCA, AP, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH
Keith Jackson Tight end Oklahoma 5/1/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC TSN
Randy Dixon Offensive tackle Pittsburgh 3/2/5 AFCA, UPI, WC FN, TSN
John Clay Offensive tackle Missouri 2/2/4 UPI, WC NEA, SH
Danny Villa Offensive tackle Arizona State 2/0/2 AF, FWAA --
D. J. Dozier Running back Penn State 1/0/1 WC --
Terrence Flagler Running back Clemson 1/0/1 FWAA --
Brad Muster Running back Stanford 1/0/1 AFCA --


Name Position School Number[11] Official Other
Cornelius Bennett Linebacker Alabama 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Brian Bosworth Linebacker Oklahoma 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Jerome Brown Defensive tackle Miami (Fla) 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Shane Conlan Linebacker Penn State 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH
Thomas Everett Defensive back Baylor 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Danny Noonan Defensive tackle Nebraska 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH
Chris Spielman Linebacker Ohio State 3/4/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Tim McDonald Defensive back USC 4/2/6 AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, SH
Jason Buck Defensive end BYU 2/3/5 AFCA, FWAA NEA, SH, TSN
Reggie Rogers Defensive end Washington 2/3/5 UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH
Bennie Blades Defensive back Miami (Fla) 2/2/4 AP, UPI, WC SH, TSN
Rod Woodson Defensive back Purdue 2/2/4 AP, UPI NEA, SH
Garland Rivers Defensive back Michigan 2/1/3 AFCA, WC NEA
Tony Woods Defensive end Pittsburgh 2/1/3 FWAA, UPI TSN

Special teams[edit]

Name Position School Number[11] Official Other
Jeff Jaeger Placekicker Washington 3/1/4 AP, UPI, WC FN
Barry Helton Punter Colorado 2/1/3 AP, UPI TSN

Full selections - offense[edit]

Wide receivers[edit]

  • Cris Carter, Ohio State (AFCA, AP-1, UPI-1, WC, FN-1, NEA, SH)
  • Tim Brown, Notre Dame (CFHOF) (AP-1, UPI-1, FN-1, SH, TSN)
  • Wendell Davis, LSU (AP-2, FWAA, UPI-2, FN-2, TSN)
  • Michael Irvin, Miami (Fla.) (AP-2, UPI-2, NEA)
  • Sterling Sharpe South Carolina (AP-3, FN-2)
  • Marc Zeno, Tulane (AP-3)
  • J. R. Ambrose, Ole Miss (FN-3)
  • Nasrallah Worthen, North Carolina State (FN-3)

Tight ends[edit]

  • Keith Jackson, Oklahoma (CFHOF) (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, TSN)
  • Rod Bernstine, Texas A&M (AP-2, UPI-2, NEA)
  • Robert Await, San Diego St. (AP-3)

Offensive tackles[edit]

Offensive guards[edit]



Running backs[edit]

Full selections - defense[edit]

Defensive ends[edit]

Defensive tackles[edit]


Defensive backs[edit]

Full selections - special teams[edit]


  • Jeff Jaeger, Washington (AP-1, UPI-1, WC, FN-1)
  • Jeff Ward, Texas (AFCA, NEA)
  • Marty Zendejas, Nevada-Reno (FWAA)
  • Van Tiffin, Alabama (SH)
  • Chris Kinzer, Virginia Tech (AP-2, UPI-2, FN-2, TSN)
  • John Diettrich, Ball State (AP-3, FN-3)




  • 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 "Testaverde leads Kodak star squad". The Palm Beach Post. November 23, 1986. p. 4C. 
  3. ^ a b "AP All-America Football Team". Florida Today. December 5, 1986. p. 5C. 
  4. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved May 18, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "UPI All-American Team". The Indianapolis Star. December 9, 1986. p. 14. 
  6. ^ a b "Walter Camp All-America Team". The Arizona Republic. November 30, 1986. p. D3. 
  7. ^ a b "All-America News: Football News". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 23, 1986. p. 14D. 
  8. ^ a b Murray Olderman (December 26, 1986). "Miami leads All-Americans". Del Rio, Texas News Herald. p. 5B. 
  9. ^ a b "Owls' Palmer Makes All-america Team". Philadelphia Daily News. November 21, 1986. 
  10. ^ a b "TSN All-America". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 10, 1986. p. 20. 
  11. ^ 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.