Walter Camp, the only "official" All-America selector in 1912

The 1912 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans for the 1912 college football season. The only selector for the 1912 season who has been recognized as "official" by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) is Walter Camp. Many other sports writers, newspapers, coaches and others also selected All-America teams in 1912. One writer, Louis A. Dougher, published a "Composite Eleven" in the Washington Times which consisted of his aggregating the first-team picks of 23 selectors.

The Harvard Crimson football team of 1912 finished the season with a perfect 10-0 record and outscored opponents 176 to 22.[1] A total of 10 Harvard players were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector. They are Charles Brickley, Gerard Driscoll, Sam Felton, Henry Burchell Gardner, Harvey Hitchcock, Huntington Hardwick, Francis Joseph O'Brien, Stan Pennock, Bob Storer, and Percy Wendell.

Only two players from schools outside of the Ivy League were selected as consensus first-team All-Americans. They are Bob Butler from Wisconsin and Jim Thorpe from Carlisle.

Walter Camp's "official" selections

The only individual who has been recognized as an "official" selector by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the 1912 season is Walter Camp.[2] Accordingly, the NCAA's official listing of "Consensus All-America Selections" mirrors Camp's first-team picks.[2] Nine of Camp's first-team All-Americans in 1912 played on teams from the Ivy League. The only two players recognized by Camp from outside the Ivy League were Jim Thorpe from the Carlisle School and Bob Butler of Wisconsin.[3]

Charles Brickley of Harvard.

The dominance of Ivy League players on Camp's All-America teams led to criticism over the years that his selections were biased against players from the leading Western universities, including Chicago, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Notre Dame.[4][5] Camp's first-team All-Americans in 1912 included:

Other selectors

By 1912, there was a proliferation of newspapers, sports writers, coaches and others choosing All-America teams. Recognizing the difficulties faced by any single person who could only watch one game per week, some began to seek better methodologies for selecting a true "consensus" All-America team. One writer, Louis A. Dougher of the Washington Times published a "Consensus Team" which he arrived at by aggregating the picks made by 23 newspapers, writers, coaches and football experts. The 23 All-America teams aggregated by Dougher included those picked by Walter Camp, football historian Parke H. Davis, Dartmouth coach Frank Cavanaugh, former Harvard star Hamilton Fish III, Fordham coach Tom Thorp, former Chicago star Tiny Maxwell, the New York American, The New York Globe, the New York World, The Evening World, the New York Tribune, the New York Press, The Sun (New York), The Philadelphia Inquirer, the Public Ledger (Philadelphia), The Philadelphia Press, the Philadelphia Evening Telegraph, The Baltimore Sun, the Baltimore News, the Pittsburgh Dispatch; the Pennsylvanian, and Dougher's own selections.[18]

Hobey Baker of Princeton

Dougher's efforts revealed that a number of Camp's picks were not truly "consensus" picks. For example, five of the eleven players identified by Dougher as consensus picks were overlooked by Camp. They are:

Dougher sought to explain the lack of representation of players from the West as follows: "The complete absence of any western players from all the selections except Camp's is easily explained in that western writers call their teams all-western instead of all-America as do the writers of the eastern sheets."[18]

All-Americans of 1912


Sam Felton of Harvard


Wesley Englehorn of Dartmouth


Stan Pennock of Harvard


Hank Ketcham of Yale



Jim Thorpe of Carlisle


Leroy Mercer of Penn.


NCAA-recognized selectors for 1912

Other selectors

Bold = Consensus All-American[2]

See also


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  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Walter Camp (1912). "The All-America Football Team". Collier's.
  4. ^ "All-American Teams of East Are Jokes: Critics Who Never Saw Western Teams Play to Name Best in Country -- Forget About Michigan, Minnesota and Illinois". The Mansfield News. December 8, 1910.
  5. ^ Ross Tenney (December 31, 1922). "Much Dissatisfaction Over Camp's All-American Team: Football Dean Is Accused of Favoring East; Walter Camp Soundly Scored For 'Poorest Teams Ever Foisted Upon Public'". The Des Moines Capital.
  6. ^ "Doug "Bo" Bomeisler". College Football Hall of Fame.
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  9. ^ "Bob "Butts" Butler". College Football Hall of Fame.
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  12. ^ "Sam Felton, Harvard's Star End, One of the Season's Best Puters". The Lowell Sun. October 31, 1912.
  13. ^ Grantland Rice (February 27, 1953). "The Sportlight". Newport Daily News.
  14. ^ "Henry "Hank" Ketcham". College Football Hall of Fame.
  15. ^ "Leroy "Roy" Mercer". College Football Hall of Fame.
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  17. ^ "Jim Thorpe". Pro Football Hall of Fame. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. Retrieved January 31, 2013.
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  19. ^ "John "Babe" Brown". College Football Hall of Fame.
  20. ^ "Hobey Baker". College Football Hall of Fame.
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  23. ^ Thorpe was a leading vote recipient in both the halfback and fullback positions. Thorpe received 15 votes at halfback and 8 at fullback.
  24. ^ "American Gridiron Lights Are Chosen: Camp Picks One Western Man on All-Star Team". The Indianapolis Star. December 3, 1912.
  25. ^ "Composite Star Team: Washington Newspaper Man Picks All-American Eleven; Uses 23 Writers' Opinions; Selects Whole Backfield Given By The Sun--Thorpe And Brickley Are Popular Choices". The Sun, Baltimore, Md. December 10, 1912. p. 8.[permanent dead link]
  26. ^ "Davis Picks an All-America Team". Evening Standard. Ogden City, Utah. December 17, 1912.
  27. ^ "Warner Picks One Indian: Wonderful Thorpe Gets Place on Carlisle Coach's All-American Team" (PDF). The New York Times. December 11, 1912.
  28. ^ a b c d e "All-American Teams: The Sun Selects Its Stars For The Honorary Elevens; Thorpe Is the One Best Bet; Brickley Is His Closest Rival, Ketcham And Bomeisler Are His Heels". The Sun, Baltimore. December 3, 1912. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013.
  29. ^ "Meriden Picks All-American Eleven". Meriden Daily Journal. November 30, 1912.
  30. ^ "Harvard Is Given Five Places on All-American: Capt. Percy L. Wendell Selected to Lead the Team That Should Be a Strong Aggregation in Every Department of Modern Football". The Christian Science Monitor. December 3, 1912. p. 3. Archived from the original on February 16, 2013.
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  32. ^ "MacBeth Nominates an All-American Eleven". Salt Lake Tribune. December 8, 1912.
  33. ^ "Picking "All-American" Teams a Fad: Here's Latest and It Comes from New York; And of Course, They're All Easterners, Havard, Carlisle and Dartmouth". The Lima News. December 10, 1912.
  34. ^ "Two Badgers on All-American Team". The La Crosse Tribune. December 9, 1912.
  35. ^ "All-American Football Team for 1912". Cedar Rapids Tribune. December 27, 1912.
  36. ^ "Times All-American Eleven". Trenton Evening Times. December 2, 1912.
  37. ^ Hamilton Fish, Jr. (December 2, 1912). "All-America Team As Picked by Fish: Expert Says the Season Was Rich in Halfbacks and Drop-Kickers". Boston Daily Globe. p. 7.[permanent dead link]