The 1941 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 1941. The nine selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1941 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press, (3) the United Press, (4) the All-America Board, (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) Liberty magazine, (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (8) Newsweek, and (9) the Sporting News.

Harvard center Endicott Peabody, who won the 1941 Knute Rockne Award, was the only player to be unanimously named to the first team of all nine official selectors. Dick Wildung of Minnesota and Bob Westfall of Michigan each received eight official first-team designations. Bruce Smith of Minnesota won the 1941 Heisman Trophy and received seven official first-team nominations.

The United Press made its selections based on voting from sports editors and football writers and published the point totals for each player. The players receiving the highest point totals were Virginia back Bill Dudley (598), Endicott Peabody (540), Tulane tackle Ernie Blandin (503), and Minnesota tackle Dick Wildung (487).[1]

Liberty magazine based its selections on a poll conducted by Norman L. Sper of 2,000 varsity football players from over 100 leading colleges. Players were asked to select only players against whom they played. Georgia back Frank Sinkwich was selected by the greatest percentage, receiving votes from 96 of the 99 opponents who faced him.[2]

Consensus All-Americans

For the year 1941, 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 selectors Other selectors
Endicott Peabody Guard Harvard 9/9 AAB, AP, CO, INS, LIB, NEA, NW, SN, UP CP, NYS, LIFE, PARA, WC
Dick Wildung Tackle Minnesota 8/9 AAB, AP, INS, LIB, NEA, NW, SN, UP CP, LIFE, PARA, WC
Bob Westfall Fullback Michigan 8/9 AAB, CO, INS, LIB, NEA, NW, SN, UP CP, NYS, PARA, WC
Frankie Albert Quarterback Stanford 7/9 AAB, AP, CO, INS, NEA, NW, SN CP, LIFE, PARA, WC
Bruce Smith Halfback Minnesota 7/9 AAB, AP, CO, INS, NW, SN, UP CP, NYS, LIFE, PARA, WC
Holt Rast End Alabama 6/9 AAB, INS, LIB, SN, NW, UP CP, LIFE, PARA, WC
Darold Jenkins Center Missouri 6/9 AAB, AP, NEA, NW, SN, UP CP, NYS, WC
Bob Dove End Notre Dame 5/9 AAB, INS, NEA, NW, UP LIFE; WC
Ernie Blandin Tackle Tulane 5/9 CO, LIB, NEA, NW, UP NYS
Bill Dudley Halfback Virginia 5/9 AP, CO, LIB, NW, UP NYS
Frank Sinkwich Halfback Georgia 5/9 AAB, AP, LIB, SN, UP CP, LIFE, WC
Ray Frankowski Guard Washington 4/9 AAB, NEA, NW, UP LIFE, WC

All-American selections for 1941

Ends

Tackles

Guards

Centers

Quarterbacks

Halfbacks

Fullbacks

Key

Bold = Consensus All-American[3]

Official selectors

Other selectors

See also

References

  1. ^ a b Harry Ferguson (December 3, 1941). "United Press Names Dove All-America End: Gophers Only Club To Gain Two Positions". The South Bend Tribune. pp. III-1, III-2 – via Newspapers.com.
  2. ^ a b "Sinkwich Gets Most Votes on All-Foes Eleven: 96 of 96 Pick Bulldog Flash; Dudley Second". The Atlanta Constitution. December 31, 1941. p. 15 – via Newspapers.com.
  3. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 8. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  4. ^ Christy Walsh (December 14, 1941). "Darold Jenkins of Missouri Voted Nation's Best Center On All-Star Team Selected By 48 Coaches". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. pp. IV-1, IV-2 – via Newspapers.com.
  5. ^ Dillon Graham (December 12, 1941). "Three Juniors on 1941 All-American Team". The Evening Independent.
  6. ^ Dillon Graham (December 12, 1941). "Middle West Dominates A.P. All-American Team". The Davenport Democrat and Leader. p. 27 – via Newspapers.com.
  7. ^ "Collier's Put Dudley On Its 'All-American'". The Staunton News-Leader. December 5, 1941. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ Lawton Carver (December 1, 1941). "Albert Tops INS All-America Grid Selections". Reading Eagle.
  9. ^ Harry Grayson (November 23, 1941). "Steve Lach Makes NEA All-America First Team". The High Point Enterprise – via Newspapers.com.
  10. ^ a b ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1184. ISBN 1401337031.
  11. ^ Walter L. Johns (December 7, 1941). "Midwest, South Top Captains' All-Americas". Reading Eagle.
  12. ^ "Al DeMao, Rokisky on All-America Teams". The Pittsburgh Press. 1941-11-29.
  13. ^ "Northwestern, Michigan Stars On All-America". Streator Daily Times-Press. November 29, 1941. p. 1 – via Newspapers.com.
  14. ^ "Rokisky Named". Pittsburgh Sun-Telegraph. November 29, 1941. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com.
  15. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Archived from the original on 2007-12-18.
  16. ^ Jimmy Powers (November 30, 1941). "The News All-America". New York Daily News. p. 37C – via Newspapers.com.