The 1951 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 1951 college football season. The organizations that chose the teams included: the United Press; the Associated Press; and Collier's Weekly].

All-American selections for 1951Edit


  • AP = Associated Press. The AP selected separate offensive and defensive teams. "The team was picked after the Dec. 1 games in consultation with 11 prominent sportswriters. They had the benefit of reports from hundreds 0f writers and broadcasters throughout the country."[1]
  • UP = United Press. The United Press did not select separate offensive and defensive teams. They selected only 11 first-team players: "Chosen by ballots from 260 sports writers and broadcasters in all sections of the nation, these players were considered the finest at their positions."[2]
  • FWAA = The Football Writers Association of America picked separate offensive and defensive teams: "22-man offensive and defensive all-star teams picked by Grantland Rice and the Football Writers Association of America for Look magazine[3]
  • CP = Central Press Association: "the 21st annual Central Press All-American football team, selected as usual with the assistance of the nation's football captains"[4]
  • COL = Collier's Weekly: "The on-the-field reports of the coaches on this year's crop of football players were consolidated and evaluated by Collier's All-America board of 10 coaches, including Lloyd Jordan, association president; Frank Leahy, Notre Dame; Carl Snavely, North Carolina; Henry Frnka, Tulane; Dutch Meyer, T.C.U.; Ray Eliot, Illinois and Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma"[5]
  • INS = International News Service, later merged with UP to form UPI. The INS began selecting separate offensive and defensive teams in 1948 and continued that tradition in 1951.[6]
  • TSN = The Sporting News[7]
  • NEA= Newspaper Editors Association. The NEA selected separate offensive and defensive teams.[8]
  • CT = Chicago Tribune's 5th annual All-Players All-America team determined based on polling of players in cooperation with the major universities and colleges throughout the United States. The results were based on a record 18,876 votes (10,086 for offense and 8,790 for defense).[9]
  • WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation[10]

Bold = Consensus All-American[11]

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


Offensive endsEdit

Offensive tacklesEdit

Offensive guardsEdit



  • Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (Heisman Trophy and College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; FWAA-1; CP-1; COL-1 (HB); INS-1; TSN; NEA-1 (HB); CT-1 (HB); WC-1)
  • Hank Lauricella, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; FWAA-1; CP-1; COL-1 (QB); INS-1; TSN; NEA-1 (HB); CT-1 (HB); WC-1)
  • Babe Parilli, Kentucky (AP-2; UP-1; CP-1; INS-1 (defense); TSN; NEA-1 (QB); CT-1 (QB); WC-1)
  • Johnny Karras, Illinois (AP-2; UP-1; FWAA-1; CP-1; COL-1 (HB); TSN; WC-1)
  • Larry Isbell, Baylor (AP-1; UP-3; FWAA-1; CP-2; INS-1 (defense))
  • Hugh McElhenny, Washington (Pro and College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-3; CP-3; NEA-1 (FB); CT-1 (FB))
  • Frank Gifford, Univ. Southern California (Pro and College Football Hall of Fame) (UP-3; CP-3; COL-1 (FB))
  • Ed Modzelewski, Maryland (AP-2; UP-3; CP-2; INS-1)
  • Gary Kerkorian, Stanford (UP-2; CP-3; INS-1 (defense))
  • Johnny Bright, Drake (College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame) (UP-2; CP-3)
  • Bill Wade, Vanderbilt (AP-2)


Defensive endsEdit

Defensive tacklesEdit

Defensive guardsEdit

  • Ray Beck, Georgia Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-3; FWAA-1 (offense); CP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; CT-1)
  • Joe Palumbo, Virginia (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; NEA-1 (offense))
  • Chet Millett, Holy Cross (FWAA-1)
  • Ted Daffer, Tennessee (AP-2; UP-2; CP-2; INS-1; NEA-1)
  • Bill Athey, Baylor (AP-2)


  • Keith Flowers, Texas Christian (AP-1; CT-1)
  • Les Richter, California (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1 (guard); FWAA-1; CP-1 (guard); INS-1 (off. guard); TSN (guard); CT-1 (offense and defense); WC-1 (guard))
  • Pat Cannamella, Univ. Southern California (AP-2; UP-2; FWAA-1; CP-2 (guard); INS-1 (def. center); NEA-1)
  • Chuck Boerio, Illinois (UP-2 (center); NEA-1)
  • Donn Moomaw, UCLA (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-3)

Defensive backsEdit

Heisman Trophy votingEdit

The chart below reflects the point total in the 1951 Heisman Trophy voting.

Rank Name Position School Heisman points
1Dick Kazmaier Halfback Princeton 1,777
2Hank Lauricella Halfback Tennessee 424
3Babe Parilli Quarterback Kentucky 344
4Bill McColl End Stanford 313
5Johnny Bright Halfback Drake 230
6Johnny Karras Halfback Illinois 223
7Larry Isbell Quarterback Baylor 163

Other individual awards for 1951Edit


  1. "AP's All-American Grid Team". Greeley Daily Tribune. December 7, 1951.
  2. Leo H. Peterson (November 28, 1951). "Kazmaier Tops INS "Star" Team". The Lowell Sun (UP story).
  3. "Look Picks Two Teams". Long Beach Press-Telegram. December 5, 1951.
  4. Walter Johns (December 5, 1951). "2 Coast Players on CP All-American Team". Long Beach Press-Telegram.
  5. "Collier's All-American". The Berkshire Evening Eagle. December 7, 1951.
  6. "Wheat, Lauricella, Daffer Named on INS All-America Team". Rome News-Tribune (INS story). November 26, 1951.
  7. "Kazmaier On Another All-Star Team". Toledo Blade (UP story). November 28, 1951.
  8. Harry Grayson (December 4, 1951). "Kazmaier, Lauricella Unanimous NEA All-American Eleven Selections". THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD, BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS.
  9. Arch Ward (December 9, 1951). "PLAYERS NAME 1951 ALL-AMERICA TEAMS: Football Stars Who Rate as Nation's Best Offensive Group--Their Opponents Say So! RICHTER OF CALIFORNIA MAKES BOTH UNITS; KAZMAIER HONORED". Chicago Daily Tribune.,+1951&author=&pub=Chicago+Tribune&desc=PLAYERS+NAME+1951+ALL-AMERICA+TEAMS&pqatl=google.
  10. "Walter Camp Football Foundation".
  11. Consensus All-American designations based on the NCAA guide to football award winners

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