1917 College Football All-America Team

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The 1917 College Football All-America team consists of American football players selected to the College Football All-America Teams selected by various organizations in 1917. The selections were affected by the First World War. The Walter Camp Football Foundation lists no team in 1917.[1] Camp posted an All-Service team in Collier's Weekly, and other organizations posted All-American teams. Walter Eckersall accidentally picked two players from Tech High School in an attempt to give credence to the first consensus national champion from the south, Georgia Tech.[2] Walker Carpenter and Everett Strupper were the first two players from the Deep South ever selected All-American.[3]

All-Americans of 1917[edit]


Charles Bolen.
  • Charles Bolen, Ohio State (MS; WE-1; JV-2; PP-1; DJ)
  • Henry Miller, Penn (JV-1, DJ)
  • Paul Robeson, Rutgers (WC–2; MS; JV-2; PP-2)
  • Clifford Carlson, Pittsburgh (WE-1; JV-1)
  • Ernest H. Von Heimburg, Navy (PP-1)
  • John Rasmussen, Nebraska; Grant (WC-1)
  • William Jennings Gardner, Carlisle; Custer (WC-1)
  • C. A. Coolidge, Harvard; Devens (PPS)
  • Fred Heyman, Washington & Jefferson; Sherman (PPS)
  • Ben Cubbage, Penn State; USAACS (NYT)
  • George B. L. Green, Dartmouth; New Port Naval Res (NYT)
  • Paul "Monk" Hager, West Virginia (PP-2)
  • Elmer "Bird" Carroll, Washington & Jefferson (WE-2)
  • Heinie Miller, Pennsylvania (WE-2)
  • Ellenberger, Cornell; Dix (WC-2)
  • Mitchell, Mare Isl.; Marines (WC-2)
  • Spike Dennie, Brown; Funston (WC-3)
  • Hunt, Coast Naval Res. (WC-3)


Alf Cobb.
  • George Hauser, Minnesota (WE-1; JV-1; PP-1)
  • Alfred Cobb, Syracuse (WE-2; JV-1; PP-1)
  • Walker Carpenter, Georgia Tech (MS, DJ)
  • Belford West, Colgate; Dix (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1, PPS)
  • Pete Henry, Washington & Jefferson (MS)
  • John Beckett, Oregon; Mare Isl. (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1)
  • Albert Benbrook, Michigan; Ft. Sheridan (College Football Hall of Fame) (PPS)
  • Pike Johnson, Washington & Lee; USAACS (NYT)
  • Corbeau, Case; U. S. Marines Corps (NYT)
  • Ernest Hubka, Nebraska (JV-2; PP-2)
  • B. T. Williams, Oregon (JV-2; PP-2)
  • Joseph Strauss, Penn (DJ)
  • Joseph Murphy, Dartmouth (WE-2)
  • Moriarty, Coast Naval Res. (WC-2)
  • Hugh Blacklock, Mich. Ag; Great Lakes (WC-2)
  • Robertson, Dartmouth; Dodge (WC-3)
  • Zipper Lathrop, Notre Dame; Grant (WC-3)
  • Harvey McCord, Tech High School (WE-1)



  • Frank Rydzewski, Notre Dame (JV-1; PP-1)
  • Russ Bailey, West Virginia (MS; WE-1; JV-2)
  • Pup Phillips, Georgia Tech (DJ)
  • John T. Callahan, Yale; Newport Res. (WC-1)
  • Paul Des Jardien, Chicago; Ft. Sheridan (College Football Hall of Fame) (PPS)
  • Lud Wray, Penn; U.S. Marine Corps (NYT)
  • Alex Wray, Pennsylvania (PP-2)
  • Oscar P. Lambert, Michigan (WE-2)
  • Hommand, Kas.; Funston (WC-2)
  • White, Yale; Jackson (WC-3)


Benny Boynton.


Everett Strupper.
  • Elmer Oliphant, Army (College Football Hall of Fame) (MS; JV-1; PP-1, DJ)
  • Everett Strupper, Georgia Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (MS; JV-2; PP-1 [qb], DJ [qb])
  • Charley Barrett, Cornell; Newport Res. (WC-2, PPS, NYT)
  • Joe Guyon, Georgia Tech (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (PP-2, DJ)
  • Eddie Casey, Harvard; Boston Navy Yard (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1)
  • Wayland Minot, Harvard; Devens (WC-1)
  • Bernard Gerrish, Dartmouth; Newport Res. (PPS)
  • Johnny Scott, Lafayette; U.S. Marine Corps (NYT)
  • "Scrubby" McCreight, Washington & Jefferson (PP-2)
  • Arthur Hoffman, Cornell (WE-2)
  • James J. Drummey, Tufts (WE-2)
  • Fritz Shiverick, Cornell; Grant (WC-2)
  • Edmund O'Boyle, Georgetown; Pelham (WC-3)
  • Blair, Md.; Upton (WC-3)


Chic Harley.
  • Chic Harley, Ohio State (College Football Hall of Fame) (WE-1; JV-1; PP-1; DJ)
  • George "Tank" McLaren, Pittsburgh (College Football Hall of Fame) (MS; WE-1 [HB]; JV-1; PP-2)
  • Joseph Howard Berry, Jr., Pennsylvania (WE-1; JV-2; PP-1)
  • Cedric C. Smith, Michigan; Great Lakes (WC-1)
  • Eddie Mahan, Harvard; U.S. Marine Corps (College Football Hall of Fame) (PPS)
  • Earl "Curley" Cramer, Hamline; USAACS (NYT)
  • Bob Koehler, Northwestern (WE-2)
  • Maxfield, Lafayette, Ft. Slocum (WC-2)
  • Thayer, Pa.; Meade (WC-3)


NCAA recognized selectors for 1917

Other selectors

Bold = Consensus All-American[17]

  • 1 – First-team selection
  • 2 – Second-team selection
  • 3 – Third-team selection

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Walter Camp Football Foundation Archived 2014-12-13 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Walter Eckersall's Famous 'Merkle'". The Miami News. January 6, 1942.
  3. ^ Wiley Lee Umphlett (1992). Creating the Big Game: John W. Heisman and the Invention of American Football. p. 142.
  4. ^ "War and Football". Collier's Weekly. 60: 32. January 5, 1918.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Spalding's Football Guide
  6. ^ a b c ESPN College Football Encyclopedia, p. 1150
  7. ^ Jack Veiock (1917-12-11). "Veiock's All-American Elevens for 1917 Season". Logansport Pharos-Reporter.
  8. ^ Paul Purman (1917-11-29). "East, West, South Give Stars To The Times-Tribune All-American Football Team For 1917 Season". Waterloo Times-Tribune.
  9. ^ Paul Purman (1917-11-29). "East, West, South Give Stars To The Sentinel All-American Football Team For 1917 Season". The Fort Wayne Sentinel.
  10. ^ "East, West, South Give Stars To The Sheboygan Press All-American Team For 1917 Season". Sheboygan Press. 1917-11-30.
  11. ^ "The East, West and South Give Greatest Stars To The News Special All-American Football Team For 1917 Season". Des Moines Daily News. 1917-11-29.
  12. ^ "Purman's 1917 'All-American' Team". The Daily Alaska Dispatch. 1917-12-11.
  13. ^ "Captain Hauser Picked for Team: Paul Purnam, Special Writer, Gives Tackle Position to Gopher Captain". The Duluth News Tribune. 1917-12-04.
  14. ^ "East, West, South Give Stars to Purman's All-American Team". Albuquerque Morning Journal. 1917-12-03.
  15. ^ "East West South Give Stars to the Hearld All American Football Team for 1917 Season". Grand Forks Herald. 1917-11-30.
  16. ^ ""All" Teams Picked By Walter Eckersall". Lincoln Daily Star. 1917-12-16.
  17. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 6. Retrieved October 21, 2017.