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The 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, Collier's Weekly, and the New York Sun. Iowa halfback 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.

Consensus All-Americans

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.

Name Class Position School UPI votes First-team selections Heisman points
Nile Kinnick Halfback Iowa 9 651
Harry Smith Guard USC 9
Tom Harmon Jr. Halfback Michigan 8 405
Nick Drahos Jr. Tackle Cornell 8
John Kimbrough Jr. Fullback Texas A&M 7 268
Esco Sarkkinen End Ohio State 7
Bob Suffridge Jr. Guard Tennessee 5
John Schiechl Center Santa Clara 5
Ed Molinski Guard Tennessee 4
George Cafego Quarterback Tennessee 3 296
Paul Christman Quarterback Missouri 3 391
Ken Kavanaugh End LSU 3
Bud Kerr End Notre Dame 3
Harry Stella Tackle Army 3

All-American selections for 1939


Bold = Consensus All-American

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


  • Esco Sarkkinen, Ohio State (AP-2; UP-1; CO-1; CP-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; NW-1; WC-1)
  • Ken Kavanaugh, LSU (College Football Hall of Fame) (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)


  • Nick Drahos, Cornell (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; CO-1; CP-1; INS-1; NEA-1; WC-1; NW-1)
  • Harley McCollum, Tulane (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 (UP-3)
  • Bob Tierney, Princeton (CP-2)
  • James Reeder, Illinois (NYS-2; WC-1)


  • Harry Smith, Southern California (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; CO-1; CP-1; INS-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; WC-1; NW-1)
  • Ed Molinski, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (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 (UP-2)
  • 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)


  • John Schiechl, Santa Clara (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 (NEA-3; NYS-1)
  • Robert Nelson, Baylor (AP-2)
  • Frank Finnerman, Cornell (AP-3; NEA-2)
  • Carey Cox, Alabama (CP-2)
  • Archie Kodros, Michigan (UP-3)


  • George Cafego, Tennessee (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 (NYS-1)
  • Don Scott, Ohio State (AP-3; UP-3; CP-3; NEA-2)
  • George Stirnweiss, North Carolina (CP-2; NEA-3)


  • Tom Harmon, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; CO-1; CP-1; INS-1; NEA-3; NYS-1 [fb]; WC-1; NW-1)
  • Nile Kinnick, Iowa (College Football Hall of Fame) (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 (NYS-2)
  • Jack Crain, Texas (AP-3)
  • Richard Cassiano, Pitt (UP-3; NEA-3)


  • John Kimbrough, Texas A&M (College Football Hall of Fame) (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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  2. "U.P. Team Lists Kinnick As Best". Brainerd Daily Dispatch. 1939-11-29.
  3. Walter Johns (1939-12-10). "South Dominates Captains' All-American". Wisconsin State Journal.
  4. "All America Is Picked By Colliers". Wisconsin State Journal. 1939-12-09.
  5. "Kimbrough Named To INS All America Team". Port Arthur News. 1939-11-24.
  6. "N.Y. Sun Picks All American". Modesto Bee And News-Herald. 1939-12-02.
  7. Harry Grayson (1939-11-28). "NEA Picks All America Eleven: Nile Kinnick Named Back of Season". Ironwood Daily Globe.
  8. "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation.
  9. "Newsweek Picks Super Eleven". Wisconsin State Journal. 1939-12-09.

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