The 1974 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 1974. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1974 season. They are:[1] (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA);[2] (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers;[3][4] (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected by the nation's football writers;[5] (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers;[6] and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC). Other selectors included Football News (FN),[7] the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[8] The Sporting News (TSN),[9] and Time magazine.[10]

Six players were selected unanimously by all five of the official selectors. The six unanimous All-Americans included running backs Archie Griffin of Ohio State (the 1974 Heisman Trophy winner), Joe Washington of Oklahoma, and Anthony Davis of USC. On defense, the unanimous All-Americans were defensive back Dave Brown of Michigan, linebacker Rod Shoate of Oklahoma, and defensive end Randy White of Maryland.

The Ohio State and Oklahoma teams each had eight players who received first-team honors. The Ohio State honorees were Archie Griffin, tight end Doug France, tackle Kurt Schumacher, center Steve Myers, defensive end Van DeCree, defensive tackle Pete Cusick, defensive back Neal Colzie, and punter Tom Skladany. The Oklahoma honorees were Joe Washington, Rod Shoate, receiver Tinker Owens, guard John Roush, center Kyle Davis, defensive tackle Lee Roy Selmon, middle guard Dewey Selmon, and defensive back Randy Hughes.

Consensus All-Americans

The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1974 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number[a] Official Other
Dave Brown Defensive back Michigan 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, Time, TSN
Rod Shoate Linebacker Oklahoma 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, Time, TSN
Randy White Defensive end Maryland 5/4/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, Time, TSN
Archie Griffin Running back Ohio State 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, TSN
Joe Washington Running back Oklahoma 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, NEA, TSN
Anthony Davis Running back USC 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN, TSN
Ken Huff Offensive guard North Carolina 4/3/7 AFCA, AP, UPI, WC NEA, Time, TSN
Kurt Schumacher Offensive tackle Ohio State 4/3/7 AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WC NEA, Time, TSN
Peter Demmerle Wide receiver Notre Dame 4/1/5 AFCA, AP, UPI, WC NEA
Mike Hartenstine Defensive tackle Penn State 4/0/4 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI --
Marvin Crenshaw Offensive tackle Nebraska 3/1/4 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN
Ken Bernich Linebacker Auburn 3/0/3 AFCA, AP, WC --
Bennie Cunningham Tight end Clemson 3/0/3 AFCA, AP, UPI --
Pat Donovan Defensive end Stanford 3/0/3 AFCA, FWAA, UPI --
Steve Bartkowski Quarterback California 2/2/4 AP, UPI NEA, Time
Richard Wood Linebacker USC 2/2/4 AP, UPI FN, NEA
Gerry DiNardo Offensive guard Notre Dame 2/1/3 AFCA, UPI FN
Louie Kelcher Defensive tackle SMU 2/1/3 AP, FWAA FN
Woodrow Lowe Linebacker Alabama 2/1/3 UPI, WC FN
Steve Myers Center Ohio State 2/1/3 AP, UPI FN
John Roush Offensive guard Oklahoma 2/1/3 FWAA, UPI FN
Pat Thomas Defensive back Texas A&M 2/1/3 AP, FWAA NEA
Rubin Carter Middle guard Miami (FL) 2/0/2 AFCA, UPI --
Leroy Cook Defensive end Mississippi State 2/0/2 AP, FWAA --
John Provost Defensive back Holy Cross 2/0/2 AP, WC --
Jimmy Webb Defensive end Mississippi State 2/0/2 AFCA, WC --
  1. ^ This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.



Tight ends





Running backs


Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards


Defensive backs

Special teams




Official selectors

Other selectors

See also


  1. ^ a b "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 10. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Griffin, Davis Head Coaches' All-America". Valley Morning Star (TX). November 29, 1974. p. B5.
  3. ^ a b "USC Star All-America 3rd Time; 3 SWC Players Named On Defense". The Corpus Christi Times. December 6, 1974. p. 10B.
  4. ^ "Pacific-8 has three AP All-Americans". Eugene Register-Guard. (Oregon). Associated Press. December 6, 1974. p. 3D.
  5. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "UPI All-America Football Team". The Indianapolis Star. December 5, 1974. p. 80.
  7. ^ a b "4 Sooners Make Football News All-American". The Indianapolis Star. December 2, 1974. p. 26.
  8. ^ a b "1974 NEA All-America". Delaware County Daily Times. December 6, 1974. p. 22.
  9. ^ a b "Sporting News Tabs Humm All-American". The Lincoln Star (Nebraska). December 11, 1974. p. 57.
  10. ^ a b "Time Magazine Picks All-America Players". The Naples Daily News. December 9, 1974. p. 4C.