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1975 College Football All-America Team

The 1975 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 1975. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes four selectors as "official" for the 1975 season. They are:[1] (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA);[2] (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers;[3] (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected by the nation's football writers;[4] and (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers.[5] Other selectors included Football News (FN),[6] the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[7] The Sporting News (TSN),[8] Time magazine,[9] and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).

Two players were unanimously selected by all four official selectors and all five unofficial selectors. They were defensive linemen Steve Niehaus of Notre Dame and Lee Roy Selmon of Oklahoma.

The 1975 Oklahoma Sooners football team had eight players who received first-team honors. The Oklahoma honorees were Lee Roy Selmon, receiver Tinker Owens, offensive tackle Mike Vaughan, offensive guard Terry Webb, defensive end Jimbo Elrod, defensive tackle James White, middle guard Dewey Selmon, and return specialist Joe Washington. Ohio State followed with five first-team honorees: offensive guard Ted Smith, quarterback Cornelius Greene, running back and Heisman Trophy winner Archie Griffin, defensive back Tim Fox, and punter Tom Skladany.


Consensus All-AmericansEdit

The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1975 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number[10] Official Other
Archie Griffin Running back Ohio State 4/5/9 AFCA, FWAA, AP, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, Time, WC
Steve Niehaus Defensive tackle Notre Dame 4/5/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, Time, WC
Lee Roy Selmon Defensive tackle Oklahoma 4/5/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, Time, WC
Greg Buttle Linebacker Penn State 3/5/8 AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, Time, TSN, WC
Chuck Muncie Running back California 3/5/8 AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, Time, WC
Ed Simonini Linebacker Texas A&M 4/3/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, TSN, WC
Tim Fox Defensive back Ohio State 3/4/7 AFCA, FWAA, UPI NEA, TSN, Time, WC
Ricky Bell Running back USC 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, WC
Leroy Cook Defensive end Alabama 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, WC
Rik Bonness Center Nebraska 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, WC
Chet Moeller Defensive back Navy 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, WC
Bob Simmons Offensive tackle Texas 3/3/6 AFCA, AP, UPI FN, NEA, WC
Pat Thomas Defensive back Texas A&M 3/3/6 AFCA, AP, UPI FN, NEA, WC
Dennis Lick Offensive tackle Wisconsin 2/4/6 AFCA, UPI NEA, TSN, Time, WC
Steve Rivera Wide receiver California 3/2/5 AFCA, AP, UPI FN, WC
John Sciarra Quarterback UCLA 3/2/5 AFCA, AP, UPI NEA, WC
Dewey Selmon Middle guard Oklahoma 3/2/5 AFCA, AP, UPI FN, WC
Randy Johnson Offensive guard Georgia 3/1/4 AFCA, AP, UPI WC
Ted Smith Offensive guard Ohio State 2/2/4 AP, FWAA FN, NEA
Jimbo Elrod Defensive end Oklahoma 2/1/3 AP, UPI WC
Sammy Green Linebacker Florida 2/1/3 AP, FWAA NEA
Larry Seivers Wide receiver Tennessee 1/1/2 AP FN



Tight endsEdit




  • Rik Bonness, Nebraska (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, FN, WC)
  • Pete Brock, Colorado (UPI-2, NEA-1, Time, TSN)
  • James Files, McNeese State (AP-2)
  • Ray Pinney, Washington (NEA-2)
  • Leo Tierney, Georgia Tech (AP-3)


Running backsEdit


Defensive endsEdit

  • Leroy Cook, Alabama (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, FN, NEA-2, WC)
  • Jimbo Elrod, Oklahoma (AP-1, UPI-1, WC)
  • Troy Archer, Colorado (Time)
  • Bob Martin, Nebraska (AP-2, UPI-2, FN)
  • Jimmy Lisko, Arkansas State (AP-2)
  • Duncan McColl, Stanford (UPI-2)
  • Kim Bokamper, San Jose State (NEA-2)
  • Randy Cozens, Pittsburgh (AP-3)
  • Nate Toran, Rutgers (AP-3)

Defensive tacklesEdit

Middle guardsEdit


Defensive backsEdit

  • Tim Fox, Ohio State (AFCA, AP-3, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, TSN, Time, WC)
  • Pat Thomas, Texas A&M (AFCA, AP-1, UPI-1, FN, NEA-1, WC)
  • Chet Moeller, Navy (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, FN, NEA-2, WC)
  • Mike Haynes, Arizona State (AFCA, AP-1, UPI-2, FN, NEA-1, TSN, Time)
  • Don Dufek, Michigan (AFCA, FWAA, UPI-2, FN, WC)
  • James Hunter, Grambling (NEA-1, TSN, Time)
  • Kurt Knoff, Kansas (AP-3, NEA-2, TSN, Time)
  • Wonder Monds, Nebraska (FWAA)
  • Jim Bolding, East Carolina (AP-2)
  • Lester Hayes, Texas A&M (AP-2)
  • Shafer, Ball State (AP-2)
  • Danny Reece, USC (UPI-2)
  • Bill Armstrong, Wake Forest (AP-3, NEA-2)
  • Tom Marvaso, Cincinnati (NEA-2)

Special teamsEdit


  • Chris Bahr, Penn State (UPI-1, TSN, Time, WC)
  • Bob Berg, New Mexico (FWAA)
  • Dave Lawson, Air Force (UPI-2, FN)




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

Official selectorsEdit

Other selectorsEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 10. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "UT, Aggies Each Have Two On Coaches' A-A". Valley Morning Star. November 26, 1975. p. 8.
  3. ^ a b "OSU places two on All-America list". The Xenia Daily Gazette. December 2, 1975. p. 7.
  4. ^ a b "Leroy Named For Outland". Panama City News-Herald. Associated Press. December 4, 1975. p. 20. Retrieved May 19, 2017 – via
  5. ^ a b "Griffin earns All America honors third straight year". The Pocono Record. December 4, 1975. p. 15.
  6. ^ a b "Buckeyes, Sooners Head Football News Team". Kingsport (TN) Times. November 27, 1975. p. 7C.
  7. ^ a b Murray Olderman (December 5, 1975). "Sciarra Heads NEA Team". Kingsport (TN) News. p. 4C.
  8. ^ a b "Griffin Heads Magazine All-Stars". The Logan (OH) Daily News. December 10, 1975. p. 9.
  9. ^ a b "Time All-America". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 11, 1975. p. 2B.
  10. ^ This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.