1939 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, , and the Collier's Weekly . Iowa halfback New York Sun Nile Kinnick was awarded the 1939 Heisman Trophy, and five players were selected to all or nearly all of the All-American teams by the various selectors, including Kinnick, Michigan halfback Tom Harmon and Nile Kinnick, USC Trojans guard Harry Smith, Texas A&M fullback John Kimbrough, and Cornell tackle Nick Drahos. Between them, Tennessee's guards Ed Molinski and Bob Suffridge were also picked to every major All-American team. The University of Tennessee was the only school with more than one consensus All-American, with Molinski, Suffridge, and quarterback George Cafego all winning the honor.
The chart below reflects the published point total from the
United Press poll (___ 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.
All-American selections for 1939
Bold = Consensus All-American
1 - First Team Selection
2 - Second Team Selection
3 - Third Team Selection
, Ohio State Esco Sarkkinen (AP-2; UP-1; CO-1; CP-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; NW-1; WC-1)
, LSU (College Football Hall of Fame) Ken Kavanaugh (AP-2; UP-1; CP-2; INS-1; NW-1)
William "Bud" Kerr, Notre Dame (AP-1; UP-2; CP-2; INS-2; NEA-1; NYS-2; WC-1)
Ralph Wenzel, Tulane (UP-3; CP-1; NYS-1)
Paul Severin, North Carolina (AP-1; UP-3; NEA-2)
Harlan Gustafson, Penn (AP-3; INS-1)
Frank Ivy, Oklahoma (AP-3; CO-1)
Hal Newman, Alabama (NEA-2)
Erwin Prasse, Iowa (UP-2; CP-3)
Bob Ison, Georgia (CP-3; NEA-3; NYS-2)
Bob Nowaskey, George Washington (NEA-3) Bill Annahu, Santa Clara (INS-2)
, Cornell (College Football Hall of Fame) Nick Drahos (AP-1; UP-1; CO-1; CP-1; INS-1; NEA-1; WC-1; NW-1)
, Tulane Harley McCollum (AP-1; CP-3; INS-2; NEA-1)
Harry Stella, Army (AP-2; UP-1; INS-1; NW-1)
Joe Boyd, Texas A&M (AP-3; UP-2; CO-1; CP-2; NEA-2; NYS-1)
Gilford Duggan, Oklahoma (UP-2; CP-1; INS-2; NEA-3; NYS-1)
Lee Artoe, California (AP-2)
Edward Coon, North Carolina State (NEA-2; NYS-2)
Win Pederson, Minnesota (AP-3; UP-3)
Mike Enich, Iowa (NEA-3) Gaspar, Southern California
Bob Tierney, Princeton (CP-2) James Reeder, Illinois (NYS-2; WC-1)
, Southern California (College Football Hall of Fame) Harry Smith (AP-1; UP-1; CO-1; CP-1; INS-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; WC-1; NW-1)
, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) Ed Molinski (AP-1; UP-2; CO-1; CP-3; NEA-1; WC-1)
Bob Suffridge, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (UP-1; CP-1; INS-1; NEA-3; NYS-1; NW-1)
Marshall Robnett, Texas A&M (AP-2; UP-3) Jim Turner, Holy Cross
(UP-3; CP-2; INS-2; NYS-2)
Eberle Schultz, Oregon State (AP-3; CP-3; NYS-2) Brewer, Illinois
Warren Alfson, Nebraska (AP-2)
Robert Waldorf, Missouri (NEA-2)
Tom O'Boyle, Tulane (NEA-2)
Allen Johnson, Duke (INS-2)
Jack Sommers, UCLA (CP-2)
Frank Ribar, Duke (AP-3)
Joseph Enzler, Portland (NEA-3) Carl Nery, Duquesne (CP-3)
, Santa Clara John Schiechl (AP-1; UP-2; CO-1; CP-1; INS-2; NEA-1; NYS-2; WC-1)
John Haman, Northwestern (UP-1; CP-3; INS-1; NW-1) Turner, Hardin-Simmons
Robert Nelson, Baylor (AP-2)
Frank Finnerman, Cornell (AP-3; NEA-2)
Carey Cox, Alabama (CP-2) Archie Kodros, Michigan (UP-3)
, Tennessee George Cafego (INS-1; UP-1; CP-2; NEA-2 [fb]; NW-1)
Paul Christman, Missouri (AP-2; UP-2; CO-1; CP-2; INS-2; NEA-1; NYS-2; WC-1)
Jimmy McFadden, Clemson (AP-1) Walt Matuszczak, Cornell
Don Scott, Ohio State (AP-3; UP-3; CP-3; NEA-2) George Stirnweiss, North Carolina (CP-2; NEA-3)
, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) Tom Harmon (AP-1; UP-1; CO-1; CP-1; INS-1; NEA-3; NYS-1 [fb]; WC-1; NW-1)
, Iowa (College Football Hall of Fame) Nile Kinnick (AP-1; UP-1; CO-1; CP-1; INS-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; WC-1; NW-1)
Banks McFadden, Clemson (College Football Hall of Fame) (UP-3; CO-1 [fb]; CP-3; NEA-1)
George McAfee, Duke (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-2; CP-2; NEA-2; NYS-1)
Kenny Washington, UCLA (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-2; CP-3; INS-2; NEA-2; NYS-2)
Grenny Lansdell, Southern California (AP-3; CP-1)
Jim Lelanne, North Carolina (INS-2)
Beryl Clark, Oklahoma (INS-2) Hoffman, Southern California
Jack Crain, Texas (AP-3) Richard Cassiano, Pitt (UP-3; NEA-3)
, Texas A&M (College Football Hall of Fame) John Kimbrough (AP-1; UP-1; CP-1; INS-1; NEA-1; NYS-2; WC-1; NW-1) Milt Piepul, Notre Dame
(UP-2) Dom Principe, Fordham (AP-3; UP-3; CP-3; NEA-3)
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"U.P. Team Lists Kinnick As Best". Brainerd Daily Dispatch. 1939-11-29.
Walter Johns (1939-12-10). "South Dominates Captains' All-American". Wisconsin State Journal.
"All America Is Picked By Colliers". Wisconsin State Journal. 1939-12-09.
"Kimbrough Named To INS All America Team". Port Arthur News. 1939-11-24.
"N.Y. Sun Picks All American". Modesto Bee And News-Herald. 1939-12-02.
Harry Grayson (1939-11-28). "NEA Picks All America Eleven: Nile Kinnick Named Back of Season". Ironwood Daily Globe.
"Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation . . http://waltercamp.org/index.php/teams_and_awards/
"Newsweek Picks Super Eleven". Wisconsin State Journal. 1939-12-09.