The 1971 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 1971. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1971 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP),[1] (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (4) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (5) the United Press International (UPI).[2]

Nine players are recognized by the NCAA as unanimous All-America selections: quarterback and 1971 Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan of Auburn; running backs Ed Marinaro of Cornell and Greg Pruitt of Oklahoma; receiver Terry Beasley of Auburn; tackle Jerry Sisemore of Texas; guard Royce Smith of Georgia; defensive end Walt Patulski of Notre Dame; linebacker Mike Taylor of Michigan; and defensive back Bobby Majors of Tennessee.[2]

Consensus All-Americans

The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1971 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number[3] Official Other
Terry Beasley Receiver Auburn 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Bobby Majors Defensive back Tennessee 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Walt Patulski Defensive end Notre Dame 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Royce Smith Offensive guard Georgia 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Mike Taylor Linebacker Michigan 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Ed Marinaro Running back Cornell 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN
Pat Sullivan Quarterback Auburn 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, TSN, WC
Clarence Ellis Defensive back Notre Dame 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Reggie McKenzie Offensive guard Michigan 4/4/8 AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN, WC
Greg Pruitt Running back Oklahoma 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, WC
Jerry Sisemore Offensive tackle Texas 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, WC
Sherman White Defensive tackle California 3/4/7 AFCA, FWAA, NEA FN, Time, TSN, WC
Johnny Rodgers Receiver Nebraska 4/2/6 AFCA, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, WC
Jeff Siemon Linebacker Stanford 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, Time
Larry Jacobson Defensive tackle Nebraska 4/1/5 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI Time
Tom Brahaney Center Oklahoma 3/2/5 AFCA, AP, FWAA FN, WC
Dave Joyner Offensive tackle Penn State 3/2/5 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN, WC
Johnny Musso Running back Alabama 3/2/5 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN, WC
Tommy Casanova Defensive back LSU 2/3/5 FWAA, UPI FN, Time, WC
Mel Long Defensive tackle Toledo 4/0/4 AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI --
Willie Harper Defensive end Nebraska 2/2/4 NEA, UPI FN, WC
Ernie Jackson Defensive back Duke 2/0/2 AFCA, FWAA --



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Running backs


Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards


Defensive backs

Special teams




Official selectors

Other selectors

See also


  1. ^ "Associated Press All-America team". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 2, 1971. p. 2D.
  2. ^ a b c "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 10. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  3. ^ This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.
  4. ^ a b c "Walker, Majors All-Americans on Two Teams". The Nashville Tennessean. November 24, 1971. p. 15.
  5. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2019. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  6. ^ "Sullivan picked by Kodak". The Pantagraph. November 28, 1971. p. 19.
  7. ^ a b "All-America Lists". News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio). December 2, 1971. p. 42.
  8. ^ "1971 NEA All-America". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. November 27, 1971. p. 3D.
  9. ^ "Arneson Named To Team: Sporting News Picks UA Star". Tucson Daily Citizen. December 9, 1971. p. 42.