The 1961 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 1961 college football season. The organizations choosing the teams included the United Press, Associated Press, Time, and the Newspaper Editors Association.

All-American selections for 1961Edit







  • Ernie Davis, Syracuse (AP, UPI, NEA, CP, WC, AFCA, FWAA, TSN, Time)
  • Jimmy Saxton, Texas (AP, UPI, NEA, CP, WC, AFCA, FWAA, TSN)
  • Lance Alworth, Arkansas (FWAA)
  • Ronnie Bull, Baylor (Time)



  • Bold = Consensus All-American[1]
  • AP = Associated Press [2]
  • UPI = United Press International [3]
  • NEA = Newspaper Enterprise Association [4]
  • CP = Central Press Association [5]
  • WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation[6]
  • AFCA = American Football Coaches of America[7]
  • FWAA = Football Writers Association of America[8]
  • TSN = The Sporting News[9]
  • Time = Time Magazine[10]

Heisman Trophy votingEdit

The chart below reflects the point total in the 1961 Heisman Trophy voting.

Rank Name Position School Heisman points
1Ernie Davis Halfback Syaracuse 824
2Bob Ferguson Fullback Ohio State 771
3Jimmy Saxton Halfback Texas 551
4Sandy Stephens Quarterback Minnesota 543
5Pat Trammel Quarterback Alabama 362
6Joe Romig Guard Colorado 279
7John Hadl Quarterback Kansas 172


  1. Consensus All-American designations based on the NCAA guide to football award winners
  2. "Big Line Tops Classy AP All-America Team". AP.
  3. "UPI Selects 1961 All-America Club". Salt Lake Tribune, Salt Lake, Utah.
  4. "COLLINS ON NEA ALL-AMERICA TEAM". Gastonia Gazette, Gastonia, NC.
  5. "Captains All-America Teams". Central Press.
  6. "All-America Teams". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  7. "Coaches' All-America". AFCA.
  8. "FWAA All America". Football Writers Association of America. Archived from the original on 26 March 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  9. "The Sporting News: College Football TSN All America Teams". The Sporting News. Retrieved 19 April 2009.
  10. "The Sporting News: 1961 All-America Teams". Time, Inc..

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