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1961 College Football All-America Team

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1961 College Football All-America Team

The 1961 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 1961 college football season. The organizations choosing the teams included the United Press, Associated Press, Time, and the Newspaper Editors Association.

All-American selections for 1961







  • Ernie Davis, Syracuse (AP, UPI, NEA, CP, WC, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, Time)
  • Jimmy Saxton, Texas (AP, UPI, NEA, CP, WC, AFCA, FWAA, TSN)
  • Lance Alworth, Arkansas (FWAA)
  • Ronnie Bull, Baylor (Time)



  • Bold = Consensus All-American[1]
  • AP = Associated Press[2]
  • UPI = United Press International[3]
  • NEA = Newspaper Enterprise Association [4]
  • CP = Central Press Association[5]
  • WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation[6]
  • AFCA = American Football Coaches of America[7]
  • FWAA = Football Writers Association of America[8]
  • TSN = The Sporting News[9]
  • Time = Time magazine[10]

Heisman Trophy voting

The chart below reflects the point total in the 1961 Heisman Trophy voting.

Rank Name Position School Heisman points
1 Ernie Davis Halfback Syaracuse 824
2 Bob Ferguson Fullback Ohio State 771
3 Jimmy Saxton Halfback Texas 551
4 Sandy Stephens Quarterback Minnesota 543
5 Pat Trammell Quarterback Alabama 362
6 Joe Romig Guard Colorado 279
7 John Hadl Quarterback Kansas 172


  1. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections". National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Big Line Tops Classy AP All-America Team". AP. 
  3. ^ "UPI Selects 1961 All-America Club". Salt Lake Tribune. Salt Lake, Utah. 
  4. ^ "COLLINS ON NEA ALL-AMERICA TEAM". Gastonia Gazette. Gastonia, NC. 
  5. ^ "Captains All-America Teams". Central Press. 
  6. ^ "All-America Teams". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  7. ^ "Coaches' All-America". AFCA. 
  8. ^ "FWAA All America". Football Writers Association of America. Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  9. ^ "The Sporting News: College Football TSN All America Teams". The Sporting News. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  10. ^ "The Sporting News: 1961 All-America Teams". Time. 
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