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1951 College Football All-America Team

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1951 College Football All-America Team

The 1951 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 for the 1951 college football season. The organizations that chose the teams included: the United Press; the Associated Press; and Collier's Weekly.

All-American selections for 1951


  • AP = Associated Press. The AP selected separate offensive and defensive teams. "The team was picked after the Dec. 1 games in consultation with 11 prominent sportswriters. They had the benefit of reports from hundreds 0f writers and broadcasters throughout the country."[1]
  • UP = United Press. The United Press did not select separate offensive and defensive teams. They selected only 11 first-team players: "Chosen by ballots from 260 sports writers and broadcasters in all sections of the nation, these players were considered the finest at their positions."[2]
  • FWAA = The Football Writers Association of America picked separate offensive and defensive teams: "22-man offensive and defensive all-star teams picked by Grantland Rice and the Football Writers Association of America for Look magazine[3]
  • CP = Central Press Association: "the 21st annual Central Press All-American football team, selected as usual with the assistance of the nation's football captains"[4]
  • COL = Collier's Weekly: "The on-the-field reports of the coaches on this year's crop of football players were consolidated and evaluated by Collier's All-America board of 10 coaches, including Lloyd Jordan, association president; Frank Leahy, Notre Dame; Carl Snavely, North Carolina; Henry Frnka, Tulane; Dutch Meyer, T.C.U.; Ray Eliot, Illinois and Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma"[5]
  • INS = International News Service, later merged with UP to form UPI. The INS began selecting separate offensive and defensive teams in 1948 and continued that tradition in 1951.[6]
  • TSN = The Sporting News[7]
  • NEA = Newspaper Editors Association. The NEA selected separate offensive and defensive teams.[8]
  • CT = Chicago Tribune '​s 5th annual All-Players All-America team determined based on polling of players in cooperation with the major universities and colleges throughout the United States. The results were based on a record 18,876 votes (10,086 for offense and 8,790 for defense).[9]
  • WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation[10]

Bold = Consensus All-American[11]

  • 1 – First Team Selection
  • 2 – Second Team Selection
  • 3 – Third Team Selection


Offensive ends

Offensive tackles

Offensive guards



  • Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (Heisman Trophy and College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; FWAA-1; CP-1; COL-1 (HB); INS-1; TSN; NEA-1 (HB); CT-1 (HB); WC-1)
  • Hank Lauricella, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; FWAA-1; CP-1; COL-1 (QB); INS-1; TSN; NEA-1 (HB); CT-1 (HB); WC-1)
  • Babe Parilli, Kentucky (AP-2; UP-1; CP-1; INS-1 (defense); TSN; NEA-1 (QB); CT-1 (QB); WC-1)
  • Johnny Karras, Illinois (AP-2; UP-1; FWAA-1; CP-1; COL-1 (HB); TSN; WC-1)
  • Larry Isbell, Baylor (AP-1; UP-3; FWAA-1; CP-2; INS-1 (defense))
  • Hugh McElhenny, Washington (Pro and College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-3; CP-3; NEA-1 (FB); CT-1 (FB))
  • Frank Gifford, Univ. Southern California (Pro and College Football Hall of Fame) (UP-3; CP-3; COL-1 (FB))
  • Ed Modzelewski, Maryland (AP-2; UP-3; CP-2; INS-1)
  • Gary Kerkorian, Stanford (UP-2; CP-3; INS-1 (defense))
  • Johnny Bright, Drake (College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame) (UP-2; CP-3)
  • Bill Wade, Vanderbilt (AP-2)


Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Defensive guards

  • Ray Beck, Georgia Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-3; FWAA-1 (offense); CP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; CT-1)
  • Joe Palumbo, Virginia (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; NEA-1 (offense))
  • Chet Millett, Holy Cross (FWAA-1)
  • Ted Daffer, Tennessee (AP-2; UP-2; CP-2; INS-1; NEA-1)
  • Bill Athey, Baylor (AP-2)


  • Keith Flowers, Texas Christian (AP-1; CT-1)
  • Les Richter, California (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1 (guard); FWAA-1; CP-1 (guard); INS-1 (off. guard); TSN (guard); CT-1 (offense and defense); WC-1 (guard))
  • Pat Cannamella, Univ. Southern California (AP-2; UP-2; FWAA-1; CP-2 (guard); INS-1 (def. center); NEA-1)
  • Chuck Boerio, Illinois (UP-2 (center); NEA-1)
  • Donn Moomaw, UCLA (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-3)

Defensive backs

Heisman Trophy voting

The chart below reflects the point total in the 1951 Heisman Trophy voting.

Rank Name Position School Heisman points
1 Dick Kazmaier Halfback Princeton 1,777
2 Hank Lauricella Halfback Tennessee 424
3 Babe Parilli Quarterback Kentucky 344
4 Bill McColl End Stanford 313
5 Johnny Bright Halfback Drake 230
6 Johnny Karras Halfback Illinois 223
7 Larry Isbell Quarterback Baylor 163

Other individual awards for 1951


  1. ^ "AP's All-American Grid Team". Greeley Daily Tribune. December 7, 1951. 
  2. ^ Leo H. Peterson (November 28, 1951). "Kazmaier Tops INS "Star" Team". The Lowell Sun. United Press. 
  3. ^ "Look Picks Two Teams". Long Beach Press-Telegram. December 5, 1951. 
  4. ^ Walter Johns (December 5, 1951). "2 Coast Players on CP All-American Team". Long Beach Press-Telegram. 
  5. ^ "Collier's All-American". The Berkshire Evening Eagle. December 7, 1951. 
  6. ^ "Wheat, Lauricella, Daffer Named on INS All-America Team". Rome News-Tribune. INS. November 26, 1951. 
  7. ^ "Kazmaier On Another All-Star Team". Toledo Blade. United Press. November 28, 1951. 
  8. ^ Harry Grayson (December 4, 1951). "Kazmaier, Lauricella Unanimous NEA All-American Eleven Selections". Brownsville Herald (Brownsville, Texas). 
  9. ^ Arch Ward (December 9, 1951). "PLAYERS NAME 1951 ALL-AMERICA TEAMS: Football Stars Who Rate as Nation's Best Offensive Group--Their Opponents Say So! RICHTER OF CALIFORNIA MAKES BOTH UNITS; KAZMAIER HONORED". Chicago Daily Tribune. 
  10. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation". 
  11. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
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