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1954 College Football All-America Team

The 1954 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 1954. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1954 season are (1) the All-America Board (AAB), (2) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (3) the Associated Press (AP), (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (7) the Sporting News (SN), and (8) the United Press (UP).

Wisconsin's fullback Alan Ameche won the Heisman Trophy in 1954 as the best player in college football and was a unanimous first-team selection by all eight official selectors. Three other players were unanimous choices among the official selectors: Notre Dame's quarterback Ralph Guglielmi; Ohio State's halfback Howard "Hopalong" Cassidy; and Arkansas' guard Bud Brooks.


Consensus All-AmericansEdit

For the year 1954, the NCAA recognizes eight published All-American teams as "official" designations for purposes of its consensus determinations. The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number Official Other
Ralph Guglielmi Quarterback Notre Dame 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Howard Cassidy Halfback Ohio State 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Alan Ameche Fullback Wisconsin 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Bud Brooks Guard Arkansas 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP WC
Jack Ellena Tackle UCLA 7/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Dicky Moegle Halfback Rice 7/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP WC
Kurt Burris Center Oklahoma 6/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Max Boydston End Oklahoma 6/8 AAB, AFCA, FWAA, INS, SN, UP WC
Ron Beagle End Navy 6/8 AAB, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN WC
Cal Jones Guard Iowa 5/8 AAB, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP CP, WC
Sid Fournet Tackle LSU 5/8 AFCA, FWAA, INS, NEA, UP WC

All-American selections for 1954Edit


  • Max Boydston, Oklahoma (AAB, AFCA, AP-2, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-2, SN, UP-1, CP-3, WC)
  • Ron Beagle, Navy (AAB, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-2, CP-2, WC)
  • Don Holleder, Army (AFCA, INS-2, NEA-1, UP-1, CP-1)
  • Frank McDonald, Miami (Fla.) (AP-1, FWAA, NEA-3)
  • Dean Dugger, Ohio State (FWAA, INS-2, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-2)
  • Ron Kramer, Michigan (AP-3, INS-2, UP-3, CP-1)
  • Bill Walker, Maryland (AP-2)
  • Jim Pyburn, Auburn (AP-3 INS-2)
  • Dave Dickerson, Ole Miss (NEA-3)
  • John Kerr, Purdue (CP-3)
  • Dan Shannon, Notre Dame (UP-3)


  • Jack Ellena, UCLA (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, WC)
  • Sid Fournet, LSU (AFCA, AP-2, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, UP-1, CP-2, WC)
  • Frank Varrichione, Notre Dame (AP-3, INS-2, NEA-3, SN, UP-2, CP-1)
  • Rex Boggan, Mississippi (AP-1)
  • Darris McCord, Tennessee (FWAA)
  • Art Walker, Michigan (AAB, FWAA, NEA-3, UP-3)
  • Jim Ray Smith, Baylor (AP-2, UP-2)
  • Tom Jones, Miami (OH) (INS-2, NEA-2, CP-3)
  • Bob Bartholomew, Wake Forest (NEA-2)
  • Eldred Kraemer, Pitt (INS-2, CP-2)
  • Dick Hilinski, Ohio State (AP-3)
  • Bruce Bosley, West Virginia (CP-3)
  • Francis Machinsky, Ohio State (UP-3)


  • Bud Brooks, Arkansas (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-2, WC)
  • Cal Jones, Iowa (AAB, AP-2, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, WC)
  • Tom Bettis, Purdue (FWAA, INS-1, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-1)
  • Ralph Chesnauskas, Army (AP-1, UP-3)
  • Jim Salsbury, UCLA (AFCA, AP-3, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-3)
  • Frank Mincevich, South Carolina (FWAA)
  • William Meigs, Harvard (AP-2)
  • Gene Lamone, West Virginia (AP-3, NEA-3, CP-2)
  • Ken Paul, Rice (NEA-3)
  • Jan Smid, Illinois (CP-3)
  • Franklin Brooks, Georgia Tech (UP-3)



  • Ralph Guglielmi, Notre Dame (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, WC)
  • Paul Larson, California (AP-2, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-3)
  • George Shaw, Oregon (AP-3, INS-2, NEA-3, UP-2)
  • Pete Vann, Army (INS-2, UP-3, CP-2)
  • Len Dawson, Purdue (AP-3, UP-3)
  • Buddy Leake, Oklahoma (CP-3)




  • Bold – Consensus All-American[1]
  • -1 – First-team selection
  • -2 – Second-team selection
  • -3 – Third-team selection

Official selectorsEdit

Other selectorsEdit

See alsoEdit


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