1952 College Football All-America Team

The 1952 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 1952. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1952 season are (1) the Associated Press, (2) the United Press, (3) the All-America Board, (4) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (5) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (6) the International News Service (INS), (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (8) the Sporting News.

Maryland quarterback Jack Scarbath and Notre Dame halfback Johnny Lattner were the only two players to be unanimously named first-team All-Americans by all eight official selectors. Lattner was awarded the 1952 Heisman Trophy.

Consensus All-Americans

For the year 1952, the NCAA recognizes eight published All-American teams as "official" designations for purposes of its consensus determinations. The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number Official Other
Jack ScarbathQuarterbackMaryland8/8AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UPLook
Johnny LattnerHalfbackNotre Dame8/8AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UPWC
Billy VesselsHalfbackOklahoma7/8AAB, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UPWC
John MichelsGuardTennessee6/8AAB, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPWC
Frank McPheeEndPrinceton5/8AAB, INS, NEA, SN, UPWC
Dick ModzelewskiTackleMaryland5/8AFCA, AAB, NEA, SN, UPWC
Donn MoomawCenterUCLA5/8AFCA, AP, NEA, SN, UPWC
Bernie FlowersEndPurdue5/8AAB, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPWC
Elmer WillhoiteGuardUSC5/8AFCA, FWAA INS, NEA, UPWC
Tom Catlin[1]CenterOklahoma5/8AAB, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN--
Hal MillerTackleGeorgia Tech4/8FWAA, NEA, SN, UPWC
Jim SearsHalfbackUSC3/8AP, INS, NEAWC

All-American selections for 1952







  • Bold – Consensus All-American[2]
  • -1 – First-team selection
  • -2 – Second-team selection
  • -3 – Third-team selection

Official selectors

Other selectors

See also


  1. Despite being a first-team pick of five of the eight official selectors, Tom Catlin is not recognized by the NCAA as a consensus All-American.
  2. "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 6. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1228. ISBN 1401337031.
  4. Ted Smits, "Michigan State and Tech Pace All=American," Florence Times-Daily, p. 8 (December 5, 1952). Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  5. International News Service, "Hardeman, Morehead on INS All-American team," Rome News-Tribune, p. 15 (November 30, 1952). Retrieved March 21, 2010.
  6. "Walter Camp Football Foundation".
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