The 1983 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 1983. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1983 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] (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected by the nation's football writers;[4] (4) the United Press International (UPI);[5] and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).[6] Other selectors included Football News (FN),[7] Gannett News Service,[8] the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[9] and The Sporting News (TSN).

Consensus All-Americans

The following charts identify the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1983 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Offense

Name Position School Number[10] Official Other
Bill Fralic Tackle Pittsburgh 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Irving Fryar Receiver Nebraska 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Mike Rozier Running back Nebraska 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Steve Young Quarterback Brigham Young 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Gordon Hudson Tight end Brigham Young 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA
Dean Steinkuhler Guard Nebraska 4/3/7 AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Bo Jackson Running back Auburn 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI GNS, NEA
Terry Long Tackle East Carolina 4/0/4 AFCA, AP, FWAA, WC -
Doug Dawson Guard Texas 3/0/3 AFCA, AP, WC -
Tony Slaton Center USC 3/0/3 FWAA, UPI, WC -
Napoleon McCallum Running back Navy 2/1/3 FWAA, WC TSN
Greg Allen Running back Florida State 2/0/2 UPI, WC -

Defense

Name Position School Number[10] Official Other
Rick Bryan Def. tackle Oklahoma 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Russell Carter Def. back SMU 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Reggie White Def. tackle Tennessee 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC GNS, NEA, TSN
Ricky Hunley Linebacker Arizona 5/1/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC NEA
Jerry Gray Def. back Texas 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI GNS, NEA
Terry Hoage Def. back Georgia 4/2/6 AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WC NEA, TSN
Ron Rivera Linebacker California 3/3/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA GNS, NEA, TSN
Wilber Marshall Linebacker Florida 4/1/5 AFCA, AP, UPI, WC NEA
Don Rogers Def. back UCLA 3/2/5 AFCA, FWAA, WC GNS, TSN
William Perry Middle guard Clemson 4/0/4 AP, FWAA, UPI, WC -
Jeff Leiding Linebacker Texas 3/0/3 AP, FWAA, WC -
William Fuller Defensive end North Carolina 2/1/3 AFCA, WC TSN

Special teams

Name Position School Number[10] Official Other
Luis Zendejas Placekicker Arizona St. 3/1/4 AP, FWAA, WC NEA
Jack Weil Punter Wyoming 3/0/3 AP, FWAA, UPI -

Offense

Receivers

Tight ends

Tackles

Guards

Centers

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Defense

Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Kickers

Punters

Returners

Key

Official selectors

Other selectors

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. pp. 3, 12–13. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "1983 Kodak-AFCA All-America Team". The Palm Beach Post. December 2, 1983. p. D6 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  3. ^ a b "Associated Press All-American Team". Herald and Review (Decatur, IL). December 6, 1983. p. B3 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  4. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  5. ^ a b Dave Raffo (December 8, 1983). "Offensive Titans Nebraska, BYU Dominate UPI All-America". Tyrone Daily Herald. p. 5 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ a b "1983 Walter Camp All-America Team". The Palm Beach Post. December 2, 1983. p. D6 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ a b "All-America". The Sioux City Journal. November 30, 1983. p. C2. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.
  8. ^ a b Buchsbaum, Joel S. (November 29, 1983). "Young, not Rozier deserves trophy". The Pensacola Journal. Gannett News Service. p. 3B. Retrieved February 26, 2021 – via Newspapers.com.open access
  9. ^ a b "The 1983 NEA All-America team". The Republic (Columbus, Ind.). November 30, 1983. p. 16 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  10. ^ a b c This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.