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The 1942 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, the New York Sun, and Sporting News. Two individuals were unanimous selections on all 11 All-American teams; they were Georgia halfback (and Heisman Trophy winner) Frank Sinkwich and Wisconsin end Dave Schreiner.

Consensus All-Americans

The chart below reflects the published point total from the United Press poll (1,045 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 1942 Heisman Trophy voting.

Name Class Position School UPI votes First-team selections Heisman points
Frank Sinkwich Sr. Halfback Georgia 1,004 11 1,059
Dave Schreiner Sr. End Wisconsin 752 11
Dick Wildung Sr. Tackle Minnesota 748 10
Joe Domnanovich Sr. Center Alabama 308 8
Billy Hillenbrand . Halfback Indiana 486 7 86
Mike Holovak Sr. Fullback B.C. 594 7 95
Paul Governali Sr. Quarterback Columbia 406 6 218
Al Wistert Sr. Tackle Michigan 532 5
Harvey Hardy Sr. Guard Georgia Tech 516 5
Chuck Taylor . Guard Stanford 4
Bob Dove . End N.Dame 507 4
Julius Franks . Guard Michigan 3

All-American selections for 1942


  • AP = Associated Press
  • UP = United Press
  • CO = Collier's Weekly, selected by Grantland Rice
  • NEA = NEA Sports Syndicate
  • SN = Sporting News, selected through a poll of 86 sports writers in 40 states
  • INS = International News Service (Hearst syndicate)
  • CP = Central Press Association, selected with the assistance of the nation's football captains
  • LK = NBC radio and Look magazine, selected under the supervision of Bill Stern, by 138 sports announcers and 25 key sports writers
  • NYS = New York Sun
  • WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation[1]
  • MS = Maxwell Stiles, noted California sports writer, based on the number of weeks a player was named player of the week at his position

Bold = Consensus All-American

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


  • Dave Schreiner, Wisconsin (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; SN-1; INS-1; CP-1; NEA-1; CO-1; LK-1; NYS-1; WC-1; MS-1)
  • Bob Dove, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (UP-1; SN-1; INS-2; CP-2; NEA-1; NYS-2; WC-1)
  • Don Currivan, Boston College (AP-2; UP-2; INS-1; NEA-3; CO-1; NYS-1)
  • Bob Shaw, Ohio State (AP-1; SN-3; CP-1)
  • George Poschner, Georgia (AP-2; UP-2; SN-2; CP-3; NEA-2; MS-1)
  • Bruce Alford, Texas Christian (AP-3)
  • Al Hust, Tennessee (AP-3; INS-2; NEA-2)
  • Al Beals, Santa Clara (CP-2)
  • Saxon Judd, Tulsa (CP-3)
  • Nick Suseoff, Washington State ( NYS-2)
  • James Kelleher, Army (SN-3; NEA-3)
  • Bert Kuczynski, Penn (LK-1)
  • Bob Gantt, Duke (SN-2)


  • Dick Wildung, Minnesota (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; SN-1; CP-1; NEA-1; CO-1; LK-1; NYS-1; WC-1; MS-1)
  • Al Wistert, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-1; SN-2; CP-3; NEA-3; LK-1; NYS-1; WC-1; MS-1)
  • Clyde Johnson, Kentucky (AP-1)
  • Stan Mauldin, Texas (AP-2; CP-1)
  • Don Whitmire, Alabama (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; SN-3; NEA-1)
  • Norman Verry, Southern California (AP-3)
  • Derrell Palmer, Texas Christian (SN-3; INS-1; CP-2)
  • Francis E. Merritt, Army (College Football Hall of Fame) (CP-2; NEA-2)
  • Al Klug, Marquette (CP-3)
  • Chuck Csuri, Ohio State (UP-2; SN-2; INS-1; NYS-2)
  • Gil Bouley, Boston College (UP-2; SN-1; CP-2; NEA-3)
  • Robin Olds, Army ( CO-1; NYS-2)
  • Lou Rymkus, Notre Dame ( NEA-2)
  • Don McCafferty, Ohio State (INS-2)
  • John Donaldson, Penn (INS-2)


  • Harvey Hardy, Georgia Tech (AP-2; UP-1; INS-1; CP-1; NEA-1; NYS-1)
  • Chuck Taylor, Stanford (College Football Hall of Fame)(AP-1; SN-1; CP-3; NEA-2; LK-1; WC-1)
  • Julius Franks, Michigan (AP-2; SN-3; INS-1; CP-1; NEA-2; CO-1; NYS-2)
  • Merv Pregulman, Michigan (SN-3; NEA-1; MS-1 [4-way time])
  • Buster Ramsey, William & Mary (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; SN-2; CP-2; NYS-2; MS-1 [4-way time])
  • Jack Lescoulie, UCLA (AP-3; INS-2)
  • Lindell Houston, Ohio State (AP-3; CP-2; NEA-3; CO-1; NYS-1; WC-1)
  • Alex Agase, Illinois (College Football Hall of Fame) (UP-1; SN-1; INS-2; CP-3; NEA-3; LK-1; MS-1 [4-way time])
  • Harry C. Wright, Notre Dame (SN-2)
  • George Hecht, Alabama ( MS-1 [4-way time])


  • Joe Domnanovich, Alabama (AP-1; UP-2; SN-1; INS-2; CP-1; CO-1; LK-1; NYS-1; WC-1; MS-1)
  • Louis Sossamon, South Carolina (AP-2)
  • Spencer Moseley, Yale (AP-3; UP-1; SN-2; CP-2; NEA-1)
  • Fred Naumetz, Boston College (SN-3; INS-1; CP-3; NYS-2)
  • Walt Harrison, Washington (NEA-2)
  • Buddy Gatewood, Baylor (NEA-3)


  • Paul Governali, Columbia (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; SN-1; CP-2; NEA-3; CO-1; NYS-1; WC-1)
  • Glenn Dobbs, Tulsa (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-2; SN-2; INS-1; CP-2; NEA-1; NYS-2)
  • Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (UP-2; SN-2; CP-3; LK-1)
  • Jesse Freitas, Santa Clara (AP-3)
  • Clint Castleberry, Georgia Tech (AP-3; UP-2; SN-3; INS-2; NEA-2)
  • Otto Graham, Northwestern (College and Pro Hall of Fame) (SN-3; CP-3)


  • Frank Sinkwich, Georgia (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; SN-1; INS-1; CP-1; NEA-1; CO-1; LK-1; NYS-1; WC-1; MS-1)
  • Billy Hillenbrand, Indiana (AP-2; UP-1; SN-1; CP-1; NEA-1; CO-1; NYS-1; WC-1)
  • Roy Gafford (or Gafford), Auburn (AP-2; INS-1; CP-3; NYS-2)
  • Bob Steuber, Missouri (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; SN-1; CP-2; NEA-2; NYS-2)
  • Bill Daley, Minnesota (SN-3; CP-2; NEA-3; MS-1)
  • J.T. "Blondy" Black, Mississippi State (CP-3; NEA-3)
  • Gene Fekete, Ohio State (SN-3; CP-3)
  • Jackie Fellows, Fresno State (LK-1; MS-1)
  • Henry Mazur, Army (INS-2)


  • Mike Holovak, Boston College (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; CP-1; NEA-1; CO-1; LK-1; NYS-1)
  • Bob Kennedy, Washington State (AP-2; INS-1; CP-1)
  • Pat Harder, Wisconsin (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-2; SN-2; INS-2; NEA-2; NYS-2; WC-1; MS-1)
  • Joe Muha, VMI (NEA-3)
  • Roy McKay, Texas (INS-2)


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