1991 College Football All-America Team

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The 1991 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and publications that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1991. It is an honor given annually to the best American college football players at their respective positions.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1991 season.[1] They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA);[2] (2) the Associated Press (AP);[3] (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA);[2] (4) the United Press International (UPI);[4] and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WCFF).[5] Other notable selectors included Football News,[2] Scripps Howard (SH),[6] The Sporting News (TSN), and the Newspaper Enterprise Association in conjunction with World Almanac.

Nine players were unanimously selected by all five official selectors. They are: running back Vaughn Dunbar of Indiana; wide receiver Desmond Howard of Michigan; center Jay Leeuwenburg of Colorado; tackle Greg Skrepenak of Michigan; defensive ends Santana Dotson of Baylor and Steve Emtman of Washington; linebacker Robert Jones of East Carolina; defensive back Terrell Buckley of Florida State; and punter Mark Bounds of Texas Tech.[1] Desmond Howard also won the 1991 Heisman Trophy.

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

The following charts identify the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1991 and display which first-team designations they received.

Full selections - offense[edit]


Running backs[edit]

Wide receivers[edit]

  • Desmond Howard, Michigan (CFHOF) (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WCFF, FN, NEA, SH, TSN)
  • Mario Bailey, Washington (AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA)
  • Carl Pickens, Tennessee (AFCA, AP-2, UPI-2, FN, SH, TSN)
  • Sean LaChapelle, UCLA (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Aaron Turner, Pacific (AP-3)
  • Michael Smith, Kansas State (AP-3)

Tight end[edit]




  • Jay Leeuwenburg, Colorado (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WCFF, FN, NEA, SH, TSN)
  • Cal Dixon, Florida (AP-2)
  • Mike Devlin, Iowa (AP-3, UPI-2)

Full selections - defense[edit]


  • Steve Emtman, Washington (CFHOF) (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WCFF, FN, NEA, SH, TSN)
  • Santana Dotson, Baylor (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WCFF, FN, SH, TSN)
  • Brad Culpepper, Florida (AFCA, AP-1, UPI-2, FN, NEA, SH, TSN)
  • Leroy Smith, Iowa (AFCA, AP-1)
  • Robert Stewart, Alabama (AP-2, UPI-1, NEA, TSN)
  • Rob Bodine, Clemson (AP-2, FWAA)
  • Joel Steed, Colorado (AP-3, UPI-2, WCFF)
  • Shane Dronett, Texas (AP-3, UPI-2, WCFF)
  • James Patton, Texas (AP-2)
  • Rusty Medearis, Miami (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Robin Jones, Baylor (AP-3)
  • Chris Slade, Virginia (AP-3)


Defensive backs[edit]

  • Terrell Buckley, Florida State (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WCFF, FN, NEA, SH, TSN)
  • Dale Carter, Tennessee (AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WCFF, FN, NEA, SH, TSN)
  • Darryl Williams, Miami (Fla.) (AFCA, AP-1, WCFF, SH)
  • Kevin Smith, Texas A&M (AFCA, AP-1, UPI-2, WCFF, FN, SH, TSN)
  • Troy Vincent, Wisconsin (AP-2, FWAA, UPI-1, FN, NEA, TSN)
  • Matt Darby, UCLA (AFCA, AP-2, UPI-1)
  • Darren Perry, Penn State (AP-2, FWAA, UPI-2, NEA)
  • Willie Clay, Georgia Tech (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Eric Castle, Oregon (AP-3)
  • Sean Lumpkin, Minnesota (AP-3)
  • Carlton Gray, UCLA (AP-3)
  • Tracy Saul, Texas Tech (AP-3, UPI-2)

Full selections - special teams[edit]



  • Mark Bounds, Texas Tech (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WCFF, FN, NEA, SH, TSN)
  • Jason Christ, Air Force (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Pete Raether, Arkansas (AP-3)

All-purpose / kick returners[edit]

  • Kevin Williams, Miami (Fla.) (FWAA [punt returner], TSN)
  • Qadry Ismail, Syracuse (AP-3 [all purpose], FWAA [kickoff returner])
  • Ryan Benjamin, Pacific (AP-1 [return specialist])
  • Dion Johnson, East Carolina (AP-2 [all purpose])


  • Bold – Used for (1) consensus All-American[1] and (2) first-team selections by an official selector
  • CFHOF - Inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame
  • -1 – First-team selection
  • -2 – Second-team selection
  • -3 – Third-team selection

Official selectors[edit]

Other selectors[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. pp. 3, 14. Retrieved December 11, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "All-America Teams". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 26, 1991. p. 5C – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ a b "Associated Press All-America Team". The Courier-Journal. December 6, 1991. p. E4 – via Newspapers.com.
  4. ^ a b "UPI All-America Teams". Detroit Free Press. December 11, 1991. p. 5D – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ a b "Walter Camp All-America team". The Hartford Courant. November 28, 1991. p. C4.
  6. ^ a b "Scripps Howard All America". Quad City Times. December 4, 1991. p. 5D – via Newspapers.com.