The 1922 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 1922. The only selector recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1922 season is Walter Camp, whose selections were published in Collier's Weekly. Additional selectors who chose All-American teams in 1922 included: Athletic World magazine, selected by 214 coaches; Norman E. Brown, sports editor of the Central Press Association; the New York Tribune, selected by Ray McCarthy with advice from Grantland Rice and William B. Hanna; Walter Eckersall, of the Chicago Tribune; Frank G. Menke; and Billy Evans, who polled 200 sports editors.

Iowa quarterback Gordon Locke was the only player chosen as a first-team All-American by all 10 selectors referenced herein. Locke led the undefeated 1922 Iowa Hawkeyes to a 6–0 win over Yale, which had never before lost to a team from the "West". After returning by train from Yale, Locke scored Iowa's only touchdown in an 8–7 win over Illinois.

Cornell back Eddie Kaw was chosen as a first-team All-American by 9 of the 10 selectors, and he also had more votes (122) than any other player in the All-America survey conducted by the Romelke Press Clipping Bureau, based on votes of "nearly every important pressman who has picked an All-American team."[1]

Consensus All-Americans

For the year 1922, the NCAA recognizes only Walter Camp's selections as "official" for purposes of its consensus determinations. Accordingly, the NCAA's consensus All-America team mirrors Camp's selections. The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Official Other Number - Total Romelke Points
Gordon Locke Quarterback Iowa WC AW, BE, FH, FM, LP, NB, NYT, RO, WE 10/10 111
Eddie Kaw Halfback Cornell WC AW, BE, FH, FM, LP, NB, RO, WE 9/10 122
Herb Treat Tackle Princeton WC BE, FM, LP, NB, RO, WE 7/10 96
Harry Kipke Halfback Michigan WC AW, BE, LP, NB, WE 6/10 99
Paul G. Goebel[2] End Michigan -- AW, BE, LP, NB, NYT, RO 6/10 67
Harold Muller End California WC AW, BE, FM, NB, WE 6/10 RO-3
Frank Schwab Guard Lafayette WC AW, BE, RO, WE 5/10 94
George Owen[3] Halfback Harvard -- BE, FH, RO WE 4/10 113
Mike Gulian[4] Tackle Brown -- AW, BE, LP, RO 4/10 97
Howdy Gray[2] End Princeton -- BE, FH, LP, RO 4/10 93
Edgar Garbisch Center Army WC BE, NB, NYT, RO 4/10 78
Fritz Breidster[5] Guard Army -- AW, BE, FM, WE 4/10 76
Charles Buell Quarterback Harvard -- AW, BE, NB, RO 4/10 58
John Webster Thomas Fullback Chicago WC BE, NYT 3/10 65
Paul Minick[6] Guard Iowa -- NB, RO 2/10 93
Charles Hubbard Guard Harvard WC -- 1/10 54
Wendell Taylor End Navy WC -- 1/10 RO-4
John Thurman Tackle Penn WC -- 1/10 NR

Dissatisfaction with Camp's selections

By 1922, there was growing dissatisfaction with relying on the selections of the aged Walter Camp, who was perceived as being biased to Eastern players and who saw only a small number of games each year.[7] Among the major selectors in 1922, Camp was alone in naming several Eastern players as first-team All-Americans, including Harvard guard Charles Hubbard, Navy end Wendell Taylor, and Penn tackle John Thurman. A syndicated columnist from Ohio accused Camp of favoritism:

"We print with apologies the All-American football teams selected by Walter Camp. We print them because Walter picks them and for years [we] have been accustomed to regard Camp's choices as official. But in our opinion Camp's teams this year are positively the poorest that the dean of football critics has ever foisted upon the public. For we find Camp drifting unquestionably back into the old rut of letting his eastern feelings dominate his selections. It is a positive travesty upon All-American selections to have six members of the first team honor teams chosen from the eastern Big Three—Harvard, Yale and Princeton . . . Camp should begin once more to see the light or the first thing he knows folks will forget the halo with which he has been for years blessed in the opinion of football followers."[7]

Notable omissions from Camp's 1922 squad included halfback George Owen who received the second most All-America points out of all players at all positions in the Romelke survey discussed below. Likewise, ends Paul G. Goebel and Howdy Gray received the most votes at their position in the Romelke survey, but were not selected by Camp.

Romelke approach

An alternate attempt at developing a consensus All-America team was developed in 1922 by the Romelke Press Clipping Bureau. Romelke assembled a consensus All-American team based on its compilation of the votes of "nearly every important pressman who has picked an All-American team."[1] In addition to naming players to five All-American teams based on the consensus voting, Romelke also compiled the total number of votes compiled by each school and ranked how the schools ranked in the voting. The team statistics compiled by Romelke showed the following schools receiving the highest vote count.

School Votes Names of members
Michigan 385 Harry Kipke (99), Paul Goebel (67), Bernard Kirk (66), Stanley Muirhead (51), Irwin Uteritz (30), Oliver Aas (29), Franklin Cappon (23)
Iowa 345 Gordon Locke (111), Paul Minnick (93), John C. Heldt (69), George Thompson (39), Max Kadesky (33)
Chicago 268 McMillen (83), Ralph King (66), John Webster Thomas (65), Harold Fletcher (64)
Princeton 259 Herb Treat (96), Howdy Gray (93), Pink Baker (38), Mel Dickinson (25)
Army 254 Edgar Garbisch (78), Fritz Breidster (76), George Smythe (48), Denis J. Mulligan (31), William H. Wood (23)
Cornell 239 Eddie Kaw (122), Leonard C. Hanson (64), George Pfann (33)
Harvard 227 George Owen (113), Charles Buell (58), Charles Hubbard (54)
Wisconsin 211 Marty Below (57), Shorty Barr (55), Gus Tebell (51), Rollie Williams (47)
Lafayette 133 Frank Schwab (94), Bots Brunner (30)
Brown 97 Mike Gulian (97)

All-Americans of 1922



John Thurman of Penn.


Charles Hubbard of Harvard.


Ed Garbisch of Army.



Harry Kipke of Michigan.


John Thomas of Chicago.


NCAA recognized selector for 1922

Other selectors

Bold = Consensus All-American[17]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Michigan Proves A Favorite: Consensus Vote of Sports Writers Shows Wolverines Have Most Men Picked". Los Angeles Times. December 27, 1922.
  2. ^ a b Despite receiving the most All-America points out of all ends in the Romelke survey, neither Howdy Gray nor Paul G. Goebel were selected by Camp and are therefore not recognized by the NCAA as a consensus All-American.
  3. ^ Despite receiving the second most All-America points out of all players at all positions in the Romelke survey, George Owen was not selected by Camp and is therefore not recognized by the NCAA as a consensus All-American.
  4. ^ Despite receiving the most All-America points out of all tackles in the Romelke survey, Mike Gulian was not selected by Camp and is therefore not recognized by the NCAA as a consensus All-American.
  5. ^ Because he was not chosen by Camp, this is not recognized as a consensus All-American.
  6. ^ Despite receiving the second highest total points out of all guards in the Romelke survey, Paul Minick was not selected by Camp and is therefore not recognized by the NCAA as a consensus All-American.
  7. ^ a b 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.
  8. ^ "Championship Locke At Quarter on Camp's First Team". Iowa City Press-Citizen. December 26, 1922.
  9. ^ "Some Team!". The Lima News. December 13, 1922.
  10. ^ "M'Carthy Picks Them In Pairs". The Newark Advocate. December 5, 1922.
  11. ^ "All-American Eleven Composed from Stars of Ten Institutions". Salt Lake Tribune. December 24, 1922.
  12. ^ Norman E. Brown (December 8, 1922). "Below Wins Place on 'All-American' Eleven Selected by Prominent Sports Writer: Harry Kipke Named as Year's Best All-Round Man". Capital Times. Madison, WI.
  13. ^ Lawrence Perry (December 17, 1922). "All-America Selection Discloses Unusual Number of Great Backs: Perry Observed Them". San Antonio Light.
  14. ^ Billy Evans (December 13, 1922). "Big Ten Given Eleven Places on Honor Roll: Kirk, Kirke and Goebel Named". The Lima News.
  15. ^ Frank G. Menke (December 11, 1922). "All-American Grid Selections". The Lincoln Star.
  16. ^ "Locke Made Captain of All-American Team By Chicago Critic -- Heldt Gets Center". Des Moines Capital. December 14, 1922.
  17. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 6. Retrieved October 21, 2017.