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The 1935 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 1935 college football season. Jay Berwanger of the University of Chicago was the only unanimous All-American selection and was also the first recipient of the Heisman Trophy.


The 1935 college football season was a year of firsts. It was the first year for the Heisman Trophy and it was the first year of college football that was followed by an NFL Draft. University of Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger was the only unanimous All-American selection, receiving first-team honors on every major All-American team. Berwanger was also the first recipient of the Heisman Trophy and the first player selected in the first NFL Draft.[1][2][3][3][4]

Stanford end and place-kicker Jim "Monk" Moscrip placed second in the Heisman voting and received six first-team All-American honors. Moscrip was one of Stanford's "Vow Boys," a group of freshmen players who vowed after a 1932 loss to the University of Southern California that they would never lose to the Trojans when they made the varsity team. The group kept their promise, defeating USC three straight years and becoming the first team in college football history to play in three consecutive Rose Bowl games. Other "Vow Boys" who made the 1935 All-American team include Bobby Grayson and Bob "Horse" Reynolds.

Third place in the 1935 Heisman voting was taken by William Shakespeare, known as the "Bard of Staten Island." Shakespeare played fullback for Notre Dame and was the third person selected in the first NFL Draft. Shakespeare's Notre Dame teammate Wayne Millner also received six first-team honors.

The 1935 All-American Teams also included two players who went on to Hall of Fame careers as coaches. Paul "Bear" Bryant was named a third-team All-American at the end position by the Newspaper Editors Association, and Charles "Bud" Wilkinson of the University of Minnesota was named a second-team All-American by the United Press and a third-team selection by the Newspaper Editors Association and the Central Press.

The 1935 season produced three undefeated teams, each of which was represented by several All-Americans (first-team unless otherwise noted) as follows:

TEAM Record All-Americans
SMU Mustangs 12-0-0 Bob Wilson, J.C. "Iron Man" Wetsel, Truman Spain, Maco Stewart (3rd team)
Minnesota Gophers 8-0-0 Ed Widseth, Dick Smith, Sheldon Beise, Charles "Bud" Wilkinson (2nd team)
Princeton Tigers 9-0-0 Jack Weller, Gilbert Lea (2nd team), Charles Toll (3rd team), Kenneth Sandbach (3rd team)

The chart below reflects the number of polls in which the leading candidates (any player with at least two first-team All-American desigantions) were selected as a first-team All-Americans, their point total in the 1935 Heisman Trophy voting, and their position in the NFL Draft.

Name Position School First-team selections Heisman points[1] NFL Draft rank
Jay Berwanger Halfback Chicago 12 84 1st - 1936
Bobby Grayson Fullback Stanford 10 -- 21st - 1936
Bob Wilson Halfback SMU 10 -- 40th - 1936
Jack Weller Guard Princeton 10 -- 55th - 1936
Gaynell Tinsley End LSU 8 -- 12th - 1937
Dick Smith Tackle Minnesota 8 -- 60th - 1936
Ed Widseth Tackle Minnesota 7 -- 4th - 1937
Jim "Monk" Moscrip End Stanford 7 29 76th - 1936
Wayne Millner End Notre Dame 6 -- 65th - 1936
Riley Smith Quarterback Alabama 6 -- 2nd - 1936
Darrell Lester Center TCU 6 -- 43rd - 1936
Gomer Jones Center Ohio St. 5 -- 15th - 1936
Larry Lutz Tackle California 5 -- 47th - 1936
Sid Wagner Guard Michigan St. 3 -- 8th - 1936
J.C. "Iron Man" Wetsel Guard SMU 3 -- 79th - 1936
William Shakespeare Fullback Notre Dame 2 23 3rd - 1936
Sheldon Beise Fullback Minnesota 2 -- 35th - 1936
Merle Wendt End Ohio St. 2 -- 59th - 1937
Truman Spain Tackle SMU 2 -- 30th - 1936
Inwood Smith Guard Ohio State 2 -- 50th - 1937
Sammy Baugh Quarterback TCU 2 -- 6th - 1937

All-American selections for 1935


  • Gaynell Tinsley, Louisiana State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; LIB-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-2; CP-3; NYS-1; PTH-1; CNS-1)
  • Wayne Millner, Notre Dame (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-1; AAB-1; LIB-2; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-1; WC-1; CNS-2; KCS-2)
  • Jim "Monk" Moscrip, Stanford (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-2; AAB-1; LIB-2; COL-1; NEA-2; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1; WC-1; PTH-1; CNS-1; KCS-1)
  • Merle Wendt, Ohio State (UP-2; LIB-1; NEA-1; NANA-2; CP-2)
  • William R. Shuler, Army (son of radio evangelist Robert P. Shuler) (AP-1; CP-2)
  • Gilbert Lea, Princeton (AP-2; NYS-2; CNS-2; KCS-1)
  • Walter Winika, Rutgers (AP-2; LIB-3)
  • Rutherford B. Hayes, Kansas (NEA-2)
  • Bob "Choo-Choo" Train, Yale (NYS-2)
  • Bernie Scherer, Nebraska (UP-3; CP-3)
  • Paul "Bear" Bryant, Alabama (NEA-3)
  • Maco Stewart, Southern Methodist (NEA-3)
  • Jack Brittingham, California (UP-3; LIB-3)
  • Topping, Stanford (KCS-2)


  • Ed Widseth, Minnesota (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-1; AAB-1; LIB-1; NEA-2; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-2; WC-1; CNS-1; KCS-1)
  • Larry Lutz, California (AP-1; UP-2; AAB-1; LIB-2; NANA-1; CP-1; WC-1; CNS-1; KCS-2)
  • Dick Smith, Minnesota (AP-1; UP-1; LIB-3; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NYS-1; PTH-1; CNS-2)
  • Charles Wasicek, Colgate (UP-2; LIB-1; NANA-2; CP-2; NYS-2)
  • Truman Spain, Southern Methodist (AP-2; UP-3; COL-1; NEA-3; CP-3; PTH-1; CNS-2; KCS-2)
  • Art Detzel, Pittsburgh (NEA-1)
  • Bob Reynolds, Stanford (College Football Hall of Fame) (NANA-2; CP-2; NYS-1; KCS-1)
  • Whatley, Alabama (NEA-2)
  • Haygood Paterson, Auburn (AP-3; LIB-2)
  • Charles Toll, Princeton (AP-3)
  • Joe Stydahar, West Virginia (NEA-3)
  • Duval, Loyola, Los Angeles (UP-3; LIB-3)
  • Galbreath, Illinois (CP-3)


  • Jack Weller, Princeton (AP-1; UP-1; LIB-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-1; PTH-1; CNS-1; KCS-1)
  • Sid Wagner, Michigan State (8th pick in the 1936 NFL Draft, by Detroit)(AP-2; UP-1; LIB-1; NYS-1)
  • J.C. "Iron Man" Wetsel, SMU (AAB-1; LIB-3; NANA-1; CP-2; NYS-2; WC-1; CNS-1; KCS-1)
  • Paul Tangora, Northwestern (AP-1; UP-3; LIB-2; NANA-2; CP-2; CNS-2; KCS-2)
  • Eddie Michaels, Villanova (AP-2; UP-2; LIB-2; INS-1; NYS-2; CNS-2)
  • Wheeler, Oklahoma (NEA-1)
  • Inwood Smith, Ohio State (COL-1; PTH-1)
  • Helveston, Louisiana State (CP-1)
  • Charles "Bud" Wilkinson, Minnesota (College Football Hall of Fame) (UP-2; NEA-3; CP-3; KCS-2)
  • Marty Kordick, St. Mary's (NEA-2)
  • Ike Hayes, Iowa State (NEA-2)
  • Alex Drobnitch, Denver (AP-3; UP-3; LIB-3; CP-3)
  • Phil Flanagan, Holy Cross (AP-3)
  • Harrison, Texas Christian (NEA-3)
  • Gryboski, Illinois (NANA-2)


  • Darrell Lester, TCU (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-3; AAB-1 [g]; LIB-2; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-2; CP-2; WC-1 [g]; PTH-1; CNS-1; KCS-2)
  • Gomer Jones, Ohio State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-1; AAB-1; LIB-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-2; WC-1; CNS-2; KCS-1)
  • Steve Sabol, North Carolina State (AP-3; NEA-2)
  • Chavoor, UCLA (NEA-3)
  • Louis Robertshaw, Navy (CP-3)
  • Walt Gilbert, Auburn (UP-2; LIB-3; NYS-1)


  • Riley Smith, Alabama (College Football Hall of Fame) (Second pick in the 1936 NFL Draft) (AP-1; UP-2; AAB-1; LIB-2; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-2; CP-2; NYS-1; WC-1; CNS-1; KCS-2)
  • Sammy Baugh Texas Christian (College and Pro football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-1; LIB-3; NANA-2 [fb]; CP-2 [hb]; NYS-2; PTH-1; CNS-2; KCS-1)
  • Ed Goddard, Washington State (Second pick in 1937 NFL Draft) (LIB-1)
  • Kenneth Sandbach, Princeton (NDA-3; CP-3)
  • Clarence "Ace" Parker, Duke (AP-3 [hb]; UP-3; LIB-3 [hb]; NEA-2)


  • Jay Berwanger, Chicago (College Football Hall of Fame) (First pick in the 1936 NFL Draft) (AP-1; UP-1; AAB-1; LIB-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-1; WC-1; PTH-1; CNS-1; KCS-1)
  • Bob Wilson, SMU (AP-1; UP-1; LIB-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-1; PTH-1; CNS-1)
  • Oze Simmons, Iowa (African-American player in the Jim Crow era) (AP-2; LIB-2; NEA-2; NANA-2; CP-2; CNS-2; KCS-2)
  • Meyer, Army (UP-2; NANA-2; CP-3)
  • Ray Buivid, Marquette (Third pick in 1937 NFL Draft) (UP-3; LIB-3; CP-3)
  • Fatherree, Louisiana State (NEA-3)
  • Bobby Larue, Pittsburgh (UP-3)
  • Chuck Cheshire, UCLA (NEA-3)
  • Andy Pilney, Notre Dame (NEA-3)
  • Bill Wallace, Rice (AP-3)


  • Bobby Grayson, Stanford (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; AAB-1; LIB-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1 [qb]; CP-1; NYS-2; WC-1; PTH-1; CNS-1; KCS-1)
  • William Shakespeare, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (Third pick in the 1936 NFL Draft) (UP-2 [hb]; AAB-1 [hb]; CP-3; NYS-2 [hb]; WC-1; CNS-2 [hb]; KCS-1 [hb])
  • Sheldon Beise, Minnesota (AP-2; UP-2; LIB-3; NEA-2; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-2; CNS-2; KCS-2)
  • John McCauley, Rice (AP-2 [qb]; LIB-2 [hb]; NYS-1)
  • Donald Jackson, North Carolina (AP-2 [hb]; NEA-2; CP-2)
  • Dick Crayne, Iowa (AP-3; UP-3; KCS-2 [hb])
  • Abe Mickal, Louisiana State (LIB-2)


  • AP = Associated Press[5]
  • UP = United Press[6]
  • AAB = All-America Board, selected by a board made up of Glenn "Pop" Warner, Christy Walsh, Elmer Layden, Howard Jones and Frank Thomas.[7]
  • LIB = Liberty Magazine: "An 'All-Players' All-America football team compiled by Liberty Magazine from a poll of 1521 varsity players in all parts of the country"[8][9]
  • COL = Collier's Weekly[10]
  • INS = International News Service: "Based upon the findings of staff men and qualified observers in all sections of the country, the International News Service today is making public its all-American football team for 1935"[11]
  • NEA = Newspaper Editors Association, selected by Bernie Bierman and NEA Service's committee of coaches[12]
  • NANA = North American Newspaper Alliance, selected by four prominent coaches: Andy Kerr of Colgate, Dan McGugin of Vanderbilt, James Phelan of Washington, and Gus Dorais of Detroit.[13]
  • CP = Central Press Association: "The sixth annual Central Press Captains' All-American football team is presented today. It represents the selections of 54 gridiron leaders from important schools in every part of the country. Every major conference had a voice in the voting, and captains of important teams not identified with conferences—such as Army and Navy—expressed their preferences in the nation-wide poll which has grown tremendously in popularity since its introduction in 1930."[14]
  • NYS = New York Sun[15]
  • WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation[16]
  • PTH = Pathe News, selected by a board of outstanding college coaches that included Bernie Bierman of Minnesota, Frank Thomas of Alabama, Tiny Thornhill of Stanford and Lou Little of Columbia.[17]
  • CNS = Consensus All-American team based on the following scoring system: 5 points for a first-team selection; 3 points for a second-team selection; and 1 point for a third-team selection. The All-American teams reviewed for the consensus team were AP, UP, INS, NEA, North American Newspaper Alliance, All-America Board, Collier's, Bill Corum's symposium, and Fritz Crisler.[18]
  • KCS = Kansas City Star by C.E. McBride[19]

Bold = Consensus All-American[20]

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


  1. 1.0 1.1 "1935 - 1st Award Jay Berwanger Chicago Back". Heisman Trophy.
  2. "Really number one". Daily Herald (UPI wire story). 1972-04-10. (referring to the 1936 NFL Draft as "the first pro football league draft")
  3. 3.0 3.1 "The NFL's First NFL Draft - 1936: Held February 8, 1936 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia". Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  4. Bob Barnett. "1936: The First Draft". Pro Football Researchers.
  5. Alan Gould (1935-12-07). "Lutz, Grayson Only Coast Stars On A.P. All-American: FOUR SOUTHERN ACES GIVEN LAURELS". Oakland Tribune.
  6. Stuart Cameron (1935-11-29). "Grayson On U.P. All-American Team: MOSCRIP AND LUTZ PLACED ON RESERVES". Oakland Tribune.
  7. Christy Walsh (1935-12-08). "Stars Listed on Official All-America Team". Salt Lake Tribune.
  8. "Bobby Wilson Named Liberty All-Players' All-America Eleven". Galveston Daily News. 1935-12-31.
  9. "Grayson on Honor Team: Liberty's All-Star Eleven Released; Moscrip and Duvall Placed". Los Angeles Times. 1936-01-02.
  10. "Inwood Smith Selected For Collier's 'American: Ohio State Guard One of Three Middlewestern Players Honored; Year Termed 'Greatest'". Circleville Herald. 1935-12-12.
  11. Davis Walsh (INS Sports Editor) (1935-12-05). "Walsh's National Eleven Leaves Ohio Out in Cold: Both Minnesota Tackles Chosen; Backfield Includes Smith, Berwanger, Wilson and Grayson". Circleville Herald.
  12. Bernard Bierman (1935-12-02). "Here's NEA'S 1935 All-America Team". Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune.
  13. "Four Coast Stars on All-America Elevens: Kerr, McGugin, Phelan and Dorais Select 1935 All-Star Teams; Moscrip, Grayson Named". Los Angeles Times. 1935-12-01.
  14. Bill Braucher (1935-12-08). "SOUTH LEADS OTHER SECTIONS - ALL AMERICA: 54~Captains Select Central Press All-American Teams". Kingsport Times.
  15. "Reynolds Gets All-Star Post". Oakland Tribune. 1935-12-08.
  16. "Walter Camp Football Foundation".
  17. "INWOOD SMITH ON PATHE ALL-AMERICA". Mansfield News Journal. 1935-12-09.
  18. Jack Singer (1935-12-22). "Real All-American of 1935 Season Selected". Los Angeles Times.
  19. "All-America Addendum -- Part 2". College Football Historical Society Newsletter. November 2008.
  20. Consensus All-American designations based on the NCAA guide to football award winners

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