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The 1938 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers. The organizations choosing the teams included: the United Press, the Associated Press, Collier's Weekly, and the New York Sun. Four players were unanimous All-Americans on all of the major All-American teams: Texas Christian quarterback (and 1938 Heisman Trophy winner) Davey O'Brien, Pittsburgh fullback Marshall Goldberg, Michigan guard Ralph Heikkinen and Notre Dame tackle Ed Beinor.

Consensus All-Americans

The chart below reflects the published point total from the United Press poll (360 points possible), and also reflects the number of polls in which the leading candidates were selected as a first-team All-American, and their point total in the 1938 Heisman Trophy voting.

Name Position School UPI votes First-team selections Heisman points
Davey O'Brien Quarterback Texas Christian 350 7 519
Marshall Goldberg Fullback Pittsburgh 260 7 294
Ralph Heikkinen Guard Michigan 226 7
Ed Beinor Tackle Notre Dame 268 7
Waddy Young End Oklahoma 6
Bob MacLeod Halfback Dartmouth 4 76
Ki Aldrich Center Texas Christian 331 4
Alvord Wolff Tackle Santa Clara 187 3
Vic Bottari Halfback California 3 67
John Wysocki End Villanova 3
Dan Hill Center Duke 3
Parker Hall Halfback Mississippi 3
Ed Bock Guard Iowa State 2
Bowden Wyatt End Tennessee 2

All-American selections for 1938


Bold = Consensus All-American

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


  • Jerome H. Holland, Cornell (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; ID-1)
  • Bowden Wyatt, Tennessee (AP-2; CO-1; NYS-1)
  • Waddy Young, Oklahoma (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; CP-1; CO-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; WC-1; ID-1; DT; PW)
  • Earl Brown, Notre Dame (AP-2; WC-1; ID-2; DT)
  • Bill Daddio, Pittsburgh (UP-1)
  • John Wysocki, Villanova (UP-1; CP-1; NEA-1; ID-2; PW)


  • Ed Beinor, Notre Dame (AP-1; UP-1; CP-1; CO-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; WC-1; ID-1; DT); PW
  • Alvord Wolff, Santa Clara (AP-1; UP-1; NEA-1; ID-2; PW)
  • William McKeever, Cornell (CO-1; DT)
  • A. Sidney Roth, Cornell (AP-2 [center]; CO-1)
  • Insull Hall, Texas Christian (AP-2; ID-1)
  • Bo Russell, Auburn (AP-2)
  • Robert Voigts, Northwestern (WC-1)
  • Delaney, Holy Cross (NYS-1)
  • Steve Maronic, North Carolina (CP-1)
  • Gatto, Louisiana State Univ. (ID-2)


  • Ralph Heikkinen, Michigan (AP-1; UP-1; CP-1; CO-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; WC-1; ID-2; DT; PW)
  • Ed Bock, Iowa State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; NEA-1; ID-2)
  • Bob Suffridge, Tennessee (UP-1)
  • Francis Twedell, Minnesota (AP-2; ID-1; PW)
  • Harry Smith, Univ. South. Calif. (WC-1; DT)
  • Roth, Cornell (NYS-1)
  • Gus Zitrides, Dartmouth (CP-1; ID-1)


  • Ki Aldrich, Texas Christian (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; CO-1; NYS-1; ID-2; DT)
  • Dan Hill, Duke (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; CP-1; NEA-1; WC-1; PW)
  • John Ryland, UCLA (AP-3)
  • Brock, Nebraska (ID-1)


  • Davey O'Brien, Texas Christian (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; CP-1; CO-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; WC-1; ID-2; DT; PW)
  • Sid Luckman, Columbia (AP-2)
  • George Cafego, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; CP-1; NEA-1; ID-1; DT; PW)


  • Bob MacLeod, Dartmouth (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; CO-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; WC-1; ID-2; PW)
  • Vic Bottari, California (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; CP-1; CO-1; WC-1; ID-1; DT)
  • Parker Hall, Mississippi (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; NYS-1)
  • John Pingel, Michigan State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; DT)
  • Eric Tipton, Duke (UP-1)
  • Billy Patterson, Baylor (AP-2)
  • Weiss, Wisconsin (ID-1)
  • Condit, Carnegie Tech (ID-2)
  • Osmanski, Holy Cross (ID-2)


  • Marshall Goldberg, Pittsburgh (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; CP-1; CO-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; WC-1; ID-1; PW)


  1. Bill Beaucher (1938-11-27). "Only 2 Big 10 Players Named To Captains' Selections". Wisconsin State Journal.
  2. "Waddy Young On Collier's All-Team". The Ada Evening News. 1938-12-09.
  3. "Parker Picked As Best Back". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. 1938-12-05.
  4. Harry Grayson (1926-11-26). "O'Brien, Goldberg, Cafego, MacLeod ALl-American Backs". Lowell Sun.
  5. "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation.
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 "All-America Addendum". College Football Historical Society Newsletter. May 1999.

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