The 1935 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 1935. The nine selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1935 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the United Press (UP), (4) the All-America Board (AAB), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) Liberty magazine, (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (8) the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA), and (9) the Sporting News (SN).

Jay Berwanger of Chicago was one of two unanimous All-American selections. Berwanger was also the first recipient of the Heisman Trophy and the first player selected in the first NFL Draft.[1][2][3]

Bobby Grayson of Stanford was the other unanimous All-American. He was one of Stanford's "Vow Boys," a group of freshmen players who vowed after a 1932 loss to the University of Southern California that they would never lose to the Trojans when they made the varsity team. The group kept their promise, defeating USC three straight years and becoming the first team in college football history to play in three consecutive Rose Bowl games. Other "Vow Boys" who made the 1935 All-American team include Monk Moscrip and Bob Reynolds.

Bob Wilson of SMU received eight official first-team designations, and Jac Weller of Princeton received seven. The 1935 All-Americans also included two players who went on to Hall of Fame careers as coaches. Bear Bryant was named a third-team All-American at the end position by the NEA, and Bud Wilkinson of the University of Minnesota was named a second-team All-American by the UP and a third-team selection by the NEA and the Central Press Association.

Consensus All-Americans

For the year 1935, the NCAA recognizes nine 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
Jay Berwanger Halfback Chicago 9/9 AAB, AP, COL, INS, LIB, NANA, NEA, SN, UP CNS, CP, KCS, NYS, PTH, WC
Bobby Grayson Fullback Stanford 9/9 AAB, AP, COL, INS, LIB, NANA, NEA, SN, UP CNS, CP, KCS, PTH
Bob Wilson Halfback SMU 8/9 AP, COL, INS, LIB, NANA, NEA, SN, UP CNS, CP, NYS, PTH
Jac Weller Guard Princeton 7/9 AP, COL, INS, LIB, NANA, NEA, UP CNS, CP, KCS, NYS, PTH
Ed Widseth Tackle Minnesota 6/9 AAB, INS, LIB, NANA, SN, UP CNS, CP, KCS, SN
Gaynell Tinsley End LSU 6/9 AP, COL, INS, LIB, NEA, UP CNS, NYS, PTH
Darrell Lester Center TCU 6/9 AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA, SN CNS, PTH, WC
Monk Moscrip End Stanford 5/9 AAB, COL, INS, NANA, SN CNS, CP, KCS, PTH, WC
Riley Smith Quarterback Alabama 5/9 AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA CNS, NYS, WC
Dick Smith[4] Tackle Minnesota 5/9 AP, COL, INS, NEA, UP NYS, PTH
Wayne Millner End Notre Dame 4/9 AAB, NANA, SN, UP CP, NYS, WC
Gomer Jones Center Ohio State 4/9 AAB, LIB, NANA, UP CP, KCS, WC
Larry Lutz Tackle California 4/9 AAB, AP, NANA, SN CNS, CP, WC
J. C. Wetsel Guard SMU 3/9 AAB, NANA, SN CNS, KCS, WC
Sid Wagner Guard Michigan State 2/9 LIB, UP NYS

All-American selections for 1935









Bold = Consensus All-American[5]

Official selectors

Other selectors

See also


  1. ^ "Really number one". Daily Herald. UPI. April 10, 1972. (referring to the 1936 NFL draft as "the first pro football league draft")
  2. ^ "The NFL's First NFL Draft - 1936: Held February 8, 1936, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Philadelphia". Pro Football Hall of Fame.
  3. ^ Bob Barnett. "1936: The First Draft" (PDF). Pro Football Researchers. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 27, 2010.
  4. ^ Although he received five of nine official first-team designations, Dick Smith is not currently recognized by the NCAA as a consensus All-American.
  5. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 7. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  6. ^ Christy Walsh (December 8, 1935). "Stars Listed on Official All-America Team". Salt Lake Tribune.
  7. ^ Alan Gould (December 7, 1935). "Lutz, Grayson Only Coast Stars On A.P. All-American: FOUR SOUTHERN ACES GIVEN LAURELS". Oakland Tribune.
  8. ^ "Inwood Smith Selected For Collier's 'American: Ohio State Guard One of Three Middlewestern Players Honored; Year Termed 'Greatest'". Circleville Herald. December 12, 1935.
  9. ^ Walsh, Davis (December 5, 1935). "Walsh's National Eleven Leaves Ohio Out in Cold: Both Minnesota Tackles Chosen; Backfield Includes Smith, Berwanger, Wilson and Grayson". Circleville Herald.
  10. ^ "Bobby Wilson Named Liberty All-Players' All-America Eleven". Galveston Daily News. December 31, 1935.
  11. ^ "Grayson on Honor Team: Liberty's All-Star Eleven Released; Moscrip and Duvall Placed". Los Angeles Times. January 2, 1936.
  12. ^ "Four Coast Stars on All-America Elevens: Kerr, McGugin, Phelan and Dorais Select 1935 All-Star Teams; Moscrip, Grayson Named". Los Angeles Times. December 1, 1935.
  13. ^ Bernard Bierman (December 2, 1935). "Southern Players Get Grid Spotlight". The Maryville (MO) Daily Forum. p. 8 – via
  14. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1167. ISBN 1401337031.
  15. ^ Stuart Cameron (November 29, 1935). "Grayson On U.P. All-American Team: MOSCRIP AND LUTZ PLACED ON RESERVES". Oakland Tribune.
  16. ^ Jack Singer (December 22, 1935). "Real All-American of 1935 Season Selected". Los Angeles Times.
  17. ^ Bill Braucher (December 8, 1935). "SOUTH LEADS OTHER SECTIONS - ALL AMERICA: 54~Captains Select Central Press All-American Teams". Kingsport Times.
  18. ^ Bill Braucher, "Lutz Again Chosen For All-America Honors In Poll of Grid Captains," Berkeley Daily Gazette (December 13, 1935). Retrieved September 29, 2014.
  19. ^ "All-America Addendum -- Part 2" (PDF). College Football Historical Society Newsletter. November 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on June 12, 2012. Retrieved March 5, 2010.
  20. ^ "Reynolds Gets All-Star Post". Oakland Tribune. December 8, 1935.
  21. ^ "INWOOD SMITH ON PATHE ALL-AMERICA". Mansfield News Journal. December 9, 1935.
  22. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation". Archived from the original on March 30, 2009.