1987 College Football All-America Team

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The 1987 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 1987. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1987 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 1987 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Offense[edit]

Name Position School Number[11] Official Other
Tim Brown Wide receiver/return specialist Notre Dame 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Mark Hutson Offensive guard Oklahoma 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH
Don McPherson Quarterback Syracse 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC NEA, SH, TSN
Nacho Albergamo Center LSU 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC SH, TSN
Dave Cadigan Offensive tackle USC 4/3/7 AP, FWAA, UPI, WC NEA, SH, TSN
Lorenzo White Running back Michigan State 4/3/7 AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH
Keith Jackson Tight end USC 4/2/6 AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, SH
Wendell Davis Wide receiver LSU 3/3/6 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN, SH, TSN
Randall McDaniel Offensive guard Arizona State 4/1/5 AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WC SH
Craig Heyward Running back Pittsburgh 3/2/5 AP, FWAA, UPI SH, TSN
Jumbo Elliott Offensive tackle Michigan 4/0/4 AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WC --

Defense[edit]

Name Position School Number[11] Official Other
Bennie Blades Defensive back Miami 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Chad Hennings Defensive line Air Force 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Deion Sanders Defensive back Florida State 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Chris Spielman Linebacker Ohio State 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Daniel Stubbs Defensive line Miami 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Aundray Bruce Linebacker Auburn 3/2/5 AFCA, UPI, WC SH, TSN
Tracy Rocker Defensive line Auburn 3/2/5 FWAA, UPI, WC FN, SH
Ted Gregory Defensive line Syracuse 2/3/5 FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN
Chuck Cecil Defensive back Oklahoma 3/1/4 AFCA, UPI, WC FN
Rickey Dixon Defensive back Oklahoma 3/1/4 AP, FWAA, UPI SH
Dante Jones Linebacker Oklahoma 2/1/3 AFCA, AP SH
John Roper Linebacker Texas A&M 2/0/2 AP, FWAA --

Special teams[edit]

Name Position School Number[11] Official Other
David Treadwell Placekicker Clemson 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, UPI, WC FN, NEA, SH, TSN
Tom Tupa Punter Ohio State 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC NEA, SH

Full selections - offense[edit]

Wide receivers[edit]

Tight ends[edit]

Offensive tackles[edit]

  • Dave Cadigan, USC (AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, NEA-1, SH, TSN)
  • Jumbo Elliot, Michigan (AFCA, FWAA, UPI-1, WC)
  • John McCormick, Nebraska (AFCA, AP-1 [OG], UPI-2 [OG], FN)
  • Paul Gruber, Wisconsin (UPI-2, NEA-1, TSN)
  • Stacy Searels, Auburn (AP-1, FN)
  • Dave Richards, UCLA (SH)
  • Greg Johnson, Oklahoma (AP-2, UPI-2, NEA-2)
  • Tony Mandarich, Michigan State (AP-2, FN)
  • Louis Cheek, Texas A&M (AP-3)
  • Pat Tomberlin, Florida State (AP-3, NEA-2)

Offensive guards[edit]

Centers[edit]

Quarterbacks[edit]

Running backs[edit]

Full selections - defense[edit]

Defensive linemen[edit]

Linebackers[edit]

Defensive backs[edit]

Full selections - special teams[edit]

Placekickers[edit]

Punters[edit]

  • Tom Tupa, Ohio State (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, NEA-1, SH)
  • Scott Tabor, California (AP-3, NEA-2, TSN)
  • Barry Helton, Colorado (AP-2)
  • Greg Montgomery, Michigan State (UPI-2, FN)

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 "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. pp. 3, 13. Retrieved March 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "Kodak All-Americans". Albuquerque Journal. November 23, 1987. p. 2C. 
  3. ^ a b "College All-Americans". The Call-Leader (Elwood, IN). December 3, 1987. p. 9. 
  4. ^ a b "Football Writers All-America Team". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 26, 1987. p. 8E. 
  5. ^ a b "UPI All-America". The Indianapolis Star. December 9, 1987. p. D4. 
  6. ^ a b "Walter Camp All-America Team". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 26, 1987. p. 8E. 
  7. ^ a b "Football News All-America Team". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 26, 1987. p. 8E. 
  8. ^ a b George Robinson (November 22, 1987). "NEA/World Almanac Team: Here Are the 1987 All-Americans". Del Rio, Texas News-Herald. p. 3B. 
  9. ^ a b "Scripps Howard All-America Team". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 26, 1987. p. 8E. 
  10. ^ a b "Brown TSN top player of '87". Daily Chronicle (DeKalb, IL). December 9, 1987. p. 11. 
  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.
  12. ^ Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved May 18, 2016.