The 1965 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1965.

The NCAA recognizes six selectors as "official" for the 1965 season. They are (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Central Press Association (CP), (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (6) the United Press International (UPI).[1] Four of the six teams (AP, UPI, NEA, and FWAA) were selected by polling of sports writers and/or broadcasters. The CP team was selected with input from the captains of the major college teams. The AFCA team was based on a poll of more than 500 coaches.[2] Other notable selectors, though not recognized by the NCAA as official, included The Football News (FN), a weekly national football newspaper,[3] Time magazine,[4] The Sporting News (TSN),[5] and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).[6]

Three players were unanimously selected as first-team players by all six official selectors as well as the four unofficial selectors. They are: (1) USC running back Mike Garrett who led the NCAA with 1,440 rushing yards and won the 1965 Heisman Trophy; (2) Tulsa end Howard Twilley who in 1965 set an NCAA record with 1,779 receiving yards, a single-season record that stood for 30 years; and (3) Illinois fullback Jim Grabowski who was second in the NCAA with 1,258 rushing yards and won the 1965 Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy after breaking the Big Ten Conference career rushing record.[7] Garrett, Twilley, and Grabowski also finished first, second, and third in the 1965 Heisman Trophy voting with 926, 528, and 481 points, respectively.[8] All three were later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The 1965 Michigan State Spartans football team were ranked No. 1 in the final UPI Coaches Poll and led the country with eight players receiving at least one first-team All-American designation. The Spartans' first-team honorees were: defensive back George Webster (AFCA, AP, NEA, UPI, FN, WC); defensive end Bubba Smith (AFCA, UPI, WC); end Gene Washington (CP, FN); quarterback Steve Juday (AP); running backs Clinton Jones (FWAA) and Bob Apisa (FN); middle guard Harold Lucas (NEA); and linebacker Ron Goovert (FWAA).

Purdue, ranked No. 13 in the final UPI Coaches' Poll, finished second with four first-team honorees: quarterback Bob Griese (AFCA, CP, NEA, UPI, FN, WC); defensive tackle Jerry Shay (AFCA, FN); offensive tackle Karl Singer (AP); and offensive end Bob Hadrick (FN). Notre Dame, Arkansas, and Nebraska tied for third place, each with three first-team selections.

Consensus All-Americans

The NCAA recognizes 22 players as "consensus" All-Americans for the 1965 season. The following chart identifies the consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received.[1] The UPI's All-America team vote count (out of a possible 242) and Heisman Trophy point total, where applicable, is also included in the chart for each of the consensus All-Americans.[9]

Name Position School Official selectors Others UPI
Mike Garrett Running back USC AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (6/6) FN, Time, TSN, WC 195 926
Howard Twilley End Tulsa AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (6/6) FN, Time, TSN, WC 194 528
Jim Grabowski Running back Illinois AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (6/6) FN, Time, TSN, WC 178 481
Dick Arrington Guard Notre Dame AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (6/6) FN, WC 166 na
Donny Anderson Running back Texas Tech AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (5/6) FN, Time, TSN, WC 146 408
Carl McAdams Linebacker Oklahoma AFCA, AP, CP, NEA, UPI (5/6) FN, Time, TSN, WC 144 na
Tommy Nobis Linebacker Texas AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (5/6) FN, Time, TSN, WC 187 205
Nick Rassas Defensive back Notre Dame AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (5/6) FN, Time, TSN, WC 160 na
Johnny Roland Defensive back Missouri AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (5/6) FN, TSN, WC 148 na
Glen Ray Hines Tackle Arkansas AFCA, AP, UPI, FWAA, NEA (5/6) FN, WC 159 na
Paul Crane Center Alabama AFCA, AP, UPI, FWAA, NEA (5/6) WC 130 na
Aaron Brown Defensive end Minnesota AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (4/6) FN, Time, TSN, WC 128 na
Walt Barnes Defensive tackle Nebraska AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA (4/6) FN, Time, TSN, WC 87 na
Sam Ball Tackle Kentucky AFCA, UPI, FWAA, NEA (4/6) Time, TSN, WC 85 na
Loyd Phillips Defensive tackle Arkansas AFCA, AP, CP, UPI (4/6) FN, WC 99 na
Bob Griese Quarterback Purdue AFCA, CP, NEA, UPI (4/6) FN, WC 98 193
George Webster Defensive back Michigan State AFCA, AP, NEA, UPI (4/6) FN, WC 155 na
Frank Emanuel Linebacker Tennessee AP, FWAA, NEA (3/6) FN, Time, TSN, WC 32 na
Bill Yearby Defensive tackle Michigan AFCA, NEA, UPI (3/6) Time, TSN, WC 96 na
Freeman White End Nebraska FWAA, NEA, UPI (3/6) FN, WC 54 na
Stas Maliszewski Guard Princeton CP, NEA (2/6) FN, WC 56 na
Bubba Smith Defensive end Michigan State AFCA, UPI (2/6) WC 100 na

Offensive selections






Running backs

Defensive selections

Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards


Defensive backs

Special teams

Kicking specialist


Official selectors

Other selectors

See also


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  2. ^ a b "Griese, Garrett Head AFCA All-Amer. Team". Raleigh Register (WV). November 26, 1965. p. 10.
  3. ^ a b Roger Stanton, ed. (November 27, 1965). "All-America Selected: USC's Mike Garrett Is Named 'Player of Year'". The Football News. p. 1.
  4. ^ a b "Pick of the Pros". Time. December 3, 1965. Archived from the original on January 5, 2012.
  5. ^ Sporting News All-America Teams Archived 2009-02-27 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ a b "Walter Camp Foundation All-American Teams". Archived from the original on March 30, 2009. Retrieved March 24, 2009.
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  8. ^ "1965 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
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  10. ^ "Sugar Bowl Features Seven All-Americans". Delta Democrat-Times. December 17, 1965. p. 9.
  11. ^ "untitled". The Bristol Daily Courier. December 2, 1965.
  12. ^ Walter L. Johns (December 24, 1965). "Big Ten Features CP All-American". The Daily Independent. p. 15A.
  13. ^ "2 Huskers Named To Look All-America Football Team". The Lincoln Star. November 30, 1965. p. 17.
  14. ^ Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2019. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  15. ^ "All-America 1965". The Raleigh Register. December 16, 1965.
  16. ^ "Nebraska's White Named UPI All-American". The Lincoln Star. December 3, 1965. p. 25.
  17. ^ "Barnes Makes Sporting News All-America". Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star. December 5, 1965. p. C3.