The 1929 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 1929 college football season. The organizations that chose the teams included: the United Press; the Associated Press; Collier's Weekly selected by Grantland Rice; and the New York Sun.


In 1929, the top five teams in the post-season Dickinson ratings were represented by the following first-team All-Americans:

TEAM Record All-Americans
1 Notre Dame Fighting Irish 9-0-0 Frank Carideo (QB), Jack Cannon (G)
2 Purdue Boilermakers 8-0-0 Elmer Sleight (T), Ralph Welch (FB)
3 Pittsburgh Panthers 9-0-0 Joe Donchess (E), Ray Montgomery (G), Toby Uansa (HB), Pug Parkinson (FB)
4 California Golden Bears 7-1-1 Bear Schwartz (E), Roy Riegels (C)
5 Illinois Fighting Illini 6-1-1 Lou Gordon (T), Russ Crane (G)

Following the death of Walter Camp in 1925, there was a proliferation of All-American teams in the late 1920s. In 1929, there were at least a dozen published All-American teams that received extensive coverage in the press. Only one player, Notre Dame quarterback Frank Carideo was selected as a first-team All-American on all 12 teams. Pittsburgh end Joe Donchess was selected on 11 of the teams. The following chart identifies the players who were listed as first-team All-Americans on at least four of the 12 listed teams.

Name Position School Number Selectors

First-team selections

Frank CarideoQuarterbackNotre Dame12AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, NANA, CP, NYS, NYP, AAB, WA, LP
Joe DonchessEndPittsburgh11AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, NANA, NYS, NYP, AAB, WA, LP
Bronko NagurskiTackle/FullbackMinnesota10AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, NANA, CP [fb], NYS, NYP [fb], LP
Jack CannonGuardNotre Dame10AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, NYS, NYP, AAB, WA, LP
Ben TicknorCenterHarvard10AP, UP, COL, INS, NANA, NYS, NY [g], AAB, WA, LP
Elmer SleightTacklePurdue9AP, COL, INS, CP, NYS, NYP, AAB, WA, LP
Ray MontgomeryGuardPittsburgh6UP, COL, NEA, INS, AAB, WA
Ralph WelchFullbackPurdue6UP, COL, NEA, INS [hb], NANA, AAB
Francis TappaanEndSouthern Calif.5UP, NEA, NANA, NYP, AAB
Red CagleHalfbackArmy4AP, COL, AAB, WA
Gene McEverHalfbackTennessee4UP, NEA, NANA, CP
Willis GlassgowHalfbackIowa4COL, NEA, NYS, LP
Bill BankerHalfbackTulane4NYP, AAB, WA, LP

All-American selections for 1929Edit


  • AP = Associated Press, based on a nationwide opinion poll of 215 experts, including "newspaper sports editors and writers, Associated Press staff observers, officials and coaches in every section of the country."[1]
  • UP = United Press, "named by the United Press with the assistance and advice of more than 200 coaches, officials and experts from every part of the country"[2]
  • COL = Collier's Weekly as selected by Grantland Rice[3]
  • NEA = Newspaper Enterprise Association selected as follows: "In the selection of these All-America players, the opinions of more than 100 coaches and football writers have been confidentially consulted."[4]
  • INS = International News Service (later merged with UP to form UPI), based on "popular vote among sport writers and coaches, representing every major section of the country"; voters included Damon Runyon, Ford Frick, Tom Thorp, Dick Hylund, John Heisman, and Bill Corum[5]
  • NANA = North American Newspaper Alliance, selected by four noted coaches, Dan McGugin, Howard Jones, Bob Zuppke, and Bill Roper[6]
  • CP = Central Press Association, "selected by the readers of hundreds of client newspapers of the Central Press Association"[7]
  • NYS = New York Sun[8][9]
  • NYP = New York Post[10]
  • AAB = All-America Board of Football, consisting of Knute Rockne, ”Pop” Warner, Tad Jones and W.A. Alexander[11]
  • WA = Davis Walsh for the International News Service[12]
  • LP = Lawrence Perry:"Lawrence Perry selected his 1929 All-America football team after traveling many thousands of miles and watching most of the country's leading teams in play or practice"[13]
  • WT = Washington Times[14]
  • Bold - Consensus All-American[15]
  • 1 - First Team Selection
  • 2 - Second Team Selection
  • 3 - Third Team Selection


  • Joe Donchess, Pittsburgh (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Wes Fesler, Ohio State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-2; NEA-2; INS-1; CP-1; NYS-2; NYP-2; WA-2; WT)
  • Francis Tappaan, Southern California (AP-2; UP-1; NEA-1; INS-2; NANA-1; CP-2; NYS-2; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-2)
  • Wear Schoonover, Arkansas (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-2; COL-1; INS-3; NYS-1; WA-3; LP-1)
  • Robert Tanner, Minnesota (NEA-2; NYP-2; WA-1)
  • Vernon Smith, Georgia (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; NEA-3)
  • Paul L. Bates, Western Maryland (UP-3)
  • Tom Churchill, Oklahoma (UP-3; NEA-3)
  • Frank Baker, Northwestern (AP-3; NANA-2)
  • Dale Van Sickel, Florida (CP-2)
  • Mitchell, Davis-Elkins (WA-3)
  • Norton, California (INS-2; NANA-3)
  • Muller, Stanford (INS-3)
  • Barres, Yale (NANA-2)
  • Conley, Notre Dame (NANA-3)


  • Bronko Nagurski, Minnesota (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1 [fb]; NYS-1; NYP-1 [fb]; WA-2 [fb]; LP-1)
  • Elmer Sleight, Purdue (AP-1; UP-2; COL-1; INS-1; NANA-2; CP-1; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Marion Hammon, Southern Methodist (UP-1; NYS-2; WA-2)
  • George Ackerman, St. Mary’s (NYP-2; AAB-1; WA-1)
  • Forrest "Jap" Douds, Washington & Jefferson (AP-3; UP-2; NEA-2; INS-2; CP-1; WT)
  • Fred Sington, Alabama (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-2 [g]; INS-2 [g]; NYP-1; WA-2 [g])
  • Richards, Nebraska (NEA-1; WA-3)
  • Lou Gordon, Illinois (NEA-2; NANA-1)
  • Samuel Wakeman, Cornell (AP-2; UP-3; NEA-3; INS-2; NANA-2; CP-2; NYP-2; WA-3)
  • Ted Twomey, Notre Dame (AP-2; UP-3; INS-3; WA-2)
  • John Utz, Penn (CP-2)
  • Huntington, Colgate (NYS-2)
  • Shields, Oregon (NEA-3)
  • Barfield, Princeton (NANA-3)
  • Bowstrom, Navy (NANA-3)


  • Jack Cannon, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-3; CP-2; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Ray Montgomery, Pittsburgh (AP-2; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-2; NYS-2; AAB-1; WA-1)
  • Bear Schwartz, California (AP-1; UP-2; INS-3; NYS-1; WA-2; LP-1)
  • Wade Greene, Yale(AP-2; CP-1; WT)
  • Russ Crane, Illinois (CP-1)
  • Mike Brumbelow, Texas Christian (UP-3; NEA-3; WA-3)
  • Roberts, Iowa (UP-3)
  • John Law, Notre Dame (AP-3)
  • Ray Farris, North Carolina (AP-3; NEA-2)
  • Nathan Barrager, Southern California (INS-2; CP-2; WA-3)
  • Gibson, Colgate (NYP-2)
  • Luby DiMeolo, Pitt (INS-3 [t]; NYP-2)
  • Brown, Vanderbilt (NYS-2; NANA-1)
  • Driscoll, Stanford (NEA-2)
  • Paul Schwegler, Washington (College Football Hall of Fame) (NEA-3)
  • Anderson, Northwestern (INS-3; NANA-1)
  • Weir, Illinois (NANA-2)
  • Humber, Army (NANA-3)


  • Ben Ticknor, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-3; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-2; NYS-1; NYP-1 [g]; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Roy Riegels, California (AP-2; NEA-1; INS-3; CP-1)
  • Walter Heinecke, Stanford (UP-2; NANA-3; NYS-2; WA-2)
  • Tony Slano, Fordham (AP-3; UP-3; NEA-2; NANA-2; NYP-1)
  • Tim Moynihan, Notre Dame (NYP-2)
  • Marvin Jonas, Utah (WA-3)


  • Frank Carideo, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Alton Marsters, Dartmouth (AP-2; INS-1 [hb]; NANA-1; CP-2; NYS-1 [hb]; NYP-2)
  • Glen Harmeson, Purdue (UP-3; INS-3; NEA-3 [fb])
  • Albie Booth, Yale (AP-3; INS-3 [hb]; NYS-2; NYP-1 [hb]; WA-3 [hb])
  • Saunders, So. Calif. (NEA-3; NANA-3)
  • Barry Wood, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (INS-2; NANA-2; NYP-2)


  • Red Cagle, Army (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-2 [qb]; COL-1; NEA-2 [qb]; INS-2; NANA-2; CP-2; NYS-2; NYP-2; AAB-1; WA-1; WT)
  • Gene McEver, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-1; NEA-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYP-2; WA-3)
  • Willis Glassgow, Iowa (UP-2; COL-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; WA-3 [fb]; LP-1)
  • Octavius "Toby" Uansa, Pitt (AP-1; UP-3; NEA-2; INS-2; NANA-3; CP-1; WT)
  • Willis "Bill" Banker, Tulane (AP-3; UP-3 [fb]; NEA-2; INS-3; NYP-1; AAB-1; WA-1; LP-1)
  • Merle Hufford, Washington (UP-1)
  • Fred "Stud" Stennett, St. Mary's (UP-2)
  • Cy Leland, Texas Christian (UP-3)
  • Benny Lom, California (AP-3; NEA-2 [fb]; NANA-2)
  • Lloyd Brazil, Detroit (NEA-3; INS-3 [fb]; WA-2 [qb])
  • Dick Boyle, St. Mary's (NEA-3)
  • Wittmer, Princeton (NANA-3)


  • Ralph "Peat" Welch, Purdue (AP-2 [hb]; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1 [hb]; NANA-1; CP-2 [hb]; NYS-2 [hb]; AAB-1; WA-2 [hb])
  • Thomas "Pug" Parkinson, Pitt (AP-2; UP-2; INS-1; NANA-2; NYS-1; NYP-2; WA-2 [hb]; LP-1; WT)
  • Bernard "Tony" Holm, Alabama (AP-1; INS-2)
  • Earl "Powerhouse" Pomeroy, Utah (AP-3; WA-1)
  • C. Russell Bergherm, Northwestern (NANA-3; CP-2; NYS-2)


  1. Alan Gould (AP Sports Editor) (1929-12-07). "Three Big Ten Players on A.P. All-American Team: Carideo and Cannon Land Honor Posts". The News-Palladium (Michigan).
  2. "United Press Selects Its 1929 All-American Football Eleven". Charleston Gazette. 1929-12-04.
  3. "Nagurski Gets Post On Rice’s All-American: Minnesota Star Placed At Tackle on All-Star Aggregation; Glassgow and Welch Other Big Ten Aces". The Evening Tribune (Albert Lea, MN). 1929-12-20.
  4. William Braucher (NEA Service Sports Writer) (1929-12-06). "NEA Names Three Big 10 Stars on All-American: Place Carideo of Notre Dame at Quarterback". Sheboygan Journal.
  5. "International News Service Announces All-American Teams: Leading Coaches And Writers Of Nation Aid In Selections; Carideo, Marsters, Welch And Parkinson Picked In First Team Backfield". New Castle News. 1929-12-05.
  6. "Race for All-Star Picking Gets Going: Great Coach Critics for Standard in Their Annual Huddle Agree on Choices". Montana Standard. 1929-12-01.
  7. "Gene M'Ever Gains Place on Popular All-American Team: Hundreds of Thousands of Football Followers Select Fourth Annual Mythical Eleven by Good Old-Fashioned Election Method". Kingsport Times. 1929-12-10.
  8. "Bear Schwartz on One All-American". Montana Standard. 1929-12-01.
  9. "Sleight Picked for All-America: Purdue Tackle Placed On New York Sun's Mythical Team; Welch On Second Eleven". Kokomo Tribune. 1929-11-30.
  10. "First and Second All-American Are Named by N.Y. Post". Sterling Daily Gazette (IL). 1929-12-02.
  11. "All-America Football Board Selects 1929 Honor Team: Rockne, Warner, Jones, Alexander Present Choices for Season’s Best". Salt Lake Tribune. 1929-12-08.
  12. "Walsh's All-American 1929 Football Team". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. 1929-12-04.
  13. "Lawrence Perry's 1929 All-American". Evening Huronite. 1929-12-10.
  14. "All-America Addendum". College Football Historical Society Newsletter. November 2008.
  15. Consensus All-American designations based on the NCAA guide to football award winners

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