The 1956 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 in 1956. The organizations that chose the teams included: the United Press, the Associated Press, Collier's Weekly, the International News Service (the wire service operated by the Hearst newspapers), and the Football Writers Association of America.

All-American selections for 1956Edit


  • Ron Kramer, Michigan (AP, UP, CP, NEA, INS, TSN, AFCA, WC, FWAA)
  • Joe Walton, Pittsburgh (AP, UP, INS, CP, NEA, AFCA, WC, FWAA, TSN,)
  • Buddy Cruze, Tennessee (FWAA)
  • Bill Steiger, Washington State (FWAA)



  • Jim Parker, Ohio State (AP, UP, TSN, AFCA, INS, CP, NEA, WC, FWAA)
  • Bill Glass, Baylor (AP, UP, TSN, AFCA, INS, NEA, WC, FWAA)
  • Sam Valentine, Penn State (CP, FWAA)
  • John Barrow, Florida (FWAA)


  • Jerry Tubbs, Oklahoma (AP, UP, AFCA, INS, CP, NEA, WC, FWAA)
  • Don Stephenson, Georgia Tech (TSN, FWAA)




Bold = Consensus All-American[11]

Heisman Trophy votingEdit

The chart below reflects the point total in the 1956 Heisman Trophy voting.

Rank Name Position School Heisman points
1Paul Hornung Quarterback Notre Dame 1,066
2Johnny Majors Halfback Tennessee 994
3Tommy McDonald Halfback Oklahoma 973
4Jerry Tubbs Center Oklahoma 724
5Jim Brown Halfback Syracuse 561
6Ron Kramer End Michigan 518
7John Brodie Quarterback Stanford 281
8Jim Parker Guard Ohio State 248


  1. "McDonald Lone All American Hold Over". Fergus Falls (MN) Daily Journal. 1956-12-07.
  2. Norman Miller (1956-11-29). "Tubbs, Parker, Kramer Steal All-America Show: Three Linmen Get Most Attenion In United Press' Poll". The Daily News, Huntingdon and Mount Union, PA.
  3. Harry Grayson (1956-11-23). "Grayson Says World's Top Athletes Comprise His 1956 All-America Team: Michigan End Ron Kramer Is Squad's Lone Repeater". The Berkshire Eagle.
  4. "Two Big 10 Players On All-America Team". The Cedar Rapids Gazette. 1956-11-27.
  5. Walter L. Johns (1956-12-01). "Two Repeat On Central Press Captain's All American". The Morning Herald, Hagerstown, MD.
  6. "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation.
  7. "Tubbs Tops With Colliers". Ada Evening News. 1956-11-20.
  8. "Jim Brown Is Named On Collier's Team". The Bridgeport Post. 1956-11-20.
  10. Sporting News All-America Teams
  11. Consensus All-American designations based on the NCAA guide to football award winners

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