The 1972 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 1972. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes six selectors as "official" for the 1972 season. They are:[1] (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) which selected its team for Kodak based on a vote of the nation's coaches;[2] (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers;[3] (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected by the nation's football writers;[4] (4) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) selected based on the votes of sports writers at NEA newspapers;[5] (5) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers;[6] and (6) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).

Eight players are recognized by the NCAA as unanimous All-America selections. They are: (1) wide receiver and 1972 Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Rodgers of Nebraska; (2) tight end Charles Young of USC; (3) offensive tackle Jerry Sisemore of Texas; (4) offensive guard John Hannah of Alabama; (5) running back Greg Pruitt of Oklahoma; (6) defensive tackle Greg Marx of Notre Dame; (7) middle guard Rich Glover of Nebraska; and (8) defensive back Brad Van Pelt of Michigan State.[7]

Consensus All-Americans

The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1972 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number Official Other
Rich Glover Middle guard Nebraska 6/3/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
John Hannah Offensive guard Alabama 6/3/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
Greg Marx Defensive tackle Notre Dame 6/3/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
Johnny Rodgers Wide receiver Nebraska 6/3/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
Jerry Sisemore Offensive tackle Texas 6/3/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
Charle Young Tight end USC 6/3/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
Greg Pruitt Running back Oklahoma 6/2/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, TSN
Brad Van Pelt Defensive back Michigan State 6/2/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC Time, TSN
Tom Brahaney Center Oklahoma 5/3/8 AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
Willie Harper Defensive end Nebraska 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, NEA, UPI, WC FN, TSN
Dave Butz Defensive tackle Purdue 4/2/6 AFCA, NEA, UPI, WC Time, TSN
Bert Jones Quarterback LSU 3/3/6 AFCA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN
Otis Armstrong Running back Purdue 4/1/5 AP, FWAA, UPI, WC TSN
Bruce Bannon Defensive end Penn State 4/1/5 AFCA, NEA, UPI, WC FN
Randy Gradishar Linebacker Ohio State 4/1/5 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN
Cullen Bryant Defensive back Colorado 3/2/5 AFCA, NEA, UPI Time, TSN
Paul Seymour Offensive tackle Michigan 3/2/5 AFCA, FWAA, NEA Time, TSN
Ron Rusnak Offensive guard North Carolina 4/0/4 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI --
Randy Logan Defensive back Michigan 3/1/4 AFCA, UPI, WC FN
Woody Green Running back Arizona State 3/0/3 AP, NEA, UPI --
Robert Popelka Defensive back SMU 3/0/3 AP, FWAA, WC --
John Skorupan Linebacker Penn State 3/0/3 AP, FWAA, NEA --

Offense

Receivers

Tight ends

Tackles

Guards

Centers

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Defense

Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Kickers

Punters

Key

Official selectors

Other selectors

See also

References

  1. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 3. Retrieved March 17, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Kodak All-America Picks". Fairbanks Daily News-Miner. November 24, 1972. p. 13.
  3. ^ a b "Southern Cal, Nebraska Head AP All-America". The Bee (Danville, VA). December 7, 1972. p. D1.
  4. ^ a b "Huff Gets Spot On Writers 11". Panama City News-Herald (Panama City, Florida). November 30, 1972. p. 27.
  5. ^ a b "All America Team Named". The Herald (Provo, UT). November 29, 1972. p. 8.
  6. ^ a b "UPI All-Americans". The Republic (Columbus, Indiana). December 6, 1972. p. 20.
  7. ^ a b "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 10. Retrieved October 21, 2017.