1965 College Football All-America Team

The 1965 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1965.

The NCAA recognizes six selectors as "official" for the 1965 season. They are (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Central Press Association (CP), (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (6) the United Press International (UPI).[1] Four of the six teams (AP, UPI, NEA, and FWAA) were selected by polling of sports writers and/or broadcasters. The CP team was selected with input from the captains of the major college teams. The AFCA team was based on a poll of more than 500 coaches.[2] Other notable selectors, though not recognized by the NCAA as official, included The Football News (FN), a weekly national football newspaper,[3] Time magazine,[4] The Sporting News (TSN),[5] and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).[6]

Three players were unanimously selected as first-team players by all six official selectors as well as the four unofficial selectors. They are: (1) USC running back Mike Garrett who led the NCAA with 1,440 rushing yards and won the 1965 Heisman Trophy; (2) Tulsa end Howard Twilley who in 1965 set an NCAA record with 1,779 receiving yards, a single-season record that stood for 30 years; and (3) Illinois fullback Jim Grabowski who was second in the NCAA with 1,258 rushing yards and won the 1965 Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy after breaking the Big Ten Conference career rushing record.[7] Garrett, Twilley, and Grabowski also finished first, second, and third in the 1965 Heisman Trophy voting with 926, 528, and 481 points, respectively.[8] All three were later inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.

The 1965 Michigan State Spartans football team were ranked #1 in the final UPI Coaches Poll and led the country with eight players receiving at least one first-team All-American designation. The Spartans' first-team honorees were: defensive back George Webster (AFCA, AP, NEA, UPI, FN, WC); defensive end Bubba Smith (AFCA, UPI, WC); end Gene Washington (CP, FN); quarterback Steve Juday (AP); running backs Clinton Jones (FWAA) and Bob Apisa (FN); middle guard Harold Lucas (NEA); and linebacker Ron Goovert (FWAA).

Purdue, ranked #13 in the final UPI Coaches' Poll, finished second with four first-team honorees: quarterback Bob Griese (AFCA, CP, NEA, UPI, FN, WC); defensive tackle Jerry Shay (AFCA, FN); offensive tackle Karl Singer (AP); and offensive end Bob Hadrick (FN). Notre Dame, Arkansas, and Nebraska tied for third place, each with three first-team selections.

Consensus All-Americans

The NCAA recognizes 22 players as "consensus" All-Americans for the 1965 season. The following chart identifies the consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received.[1] The UPI's All-America team vote count (out of a possible 242) and Heisman Trophy point total, where applicable, is also included in the chart for each of the consensus All-Americans.[9]

Name Position School Official selectors Others UPI
Mike Garrett Running back USC AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (6/6)FN, Time, TSN, WC195926
Howard Twilley End Tulsa AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (6/6)FN, Time, TSN, WC194528
Jim Grabowski Running back Illinois AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (6/6)FN, Time, TSN, WC178481
Dick Arrington Guard Notre DameAFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (6/6)FN, WC166na
Donny Anderson Running back Texas TechAFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (5/6)FN, Time, TSN, WC146408
Carl McAdams Linebacker OklahomaAFCA, AP, CP, NEA, UPI (5/6)FN, Time, TSN, WC144na
Tommy Nobis Linebacker TexasAFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (5/6)FN, Time, TSN, WC187205
Nick Rassas Defensive back Notre DameAFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (5/6)FN, Time, TSN, WC160na
Johnny Roland Defensive back MissouriAFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (5/6)FN, TSN, WC148na
Glen Ray Hines Tackle ArkansasAFCA, AP, UPI, FWAA, NEA (5/6)FN, WC159na
Paul Crane Center AlabamaAFCA, AP, UPI, FWAA, NEA (5/6)WC130na
Aaron Brown Defensive end MinnesotaAP, FWAA, NEA, UPI (4/6)FN, Time, TSN, WC128na
Walt Barnes Defensive tackle NebraskaAFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA (4/6)FN, Time, TSN, WC87na
Sam Ball Tackle KentuckyAFCA, UPI, FWAA, NEA (4/6)Time, TSN, WC85na
Loyd Phillips Defensive tackle ArkansasAFCA, AP, CP, UPI (4/6)FN, WC99na
Bob Griese Quarterback PurdueAFCA, CP, NEA, UPI (4/6)FN, WC98193
George Webster Defensive back Michigan StateAFCA, AP, NEA, UPI (4/6)FN, WC155na
Frank Emanuel Linebacker TennesseeAP, FWAA, NEA (3/6)FN, Time, TSN, WC32na
Bill Yearby Defensive tackle MichiganAFCA, NEA, UPI (3/6)Time, TSN, WC96na
Freeman White End NebraskaFWAA, NEA, UPI (3/6)FN, WC54na
Stas Maliszewski Guard PrincetonCP, NEA (2/6)FN, WC56na
Bubba Smith Defensive end Michigan StateAFCA, UPI (2/6)WC100na

Offensive selections






Running backs

Defensive selections

Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards


Defensive backs

Special teams

Kicking specialist


Official selectors

Other selectors

See also


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  2. 1 2 "Griese, Garrett Head AFCA All-Amer. Team". Raleigh Register (WV). November 26, 1965. p. 10.
  3. 1 2 "White, Barnes Selected By Football News". The Lincoln Star. November 25, 1965. p. 32.
  4. 1 2 "Pick of the Pros". Time. 1965-12-03.
  5. Sporting News All-America Teams
  6. 1 2 "Walter Camp Foundation All-American Teams". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  7. "1965 Leaders". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  8. "1965 Heisman Trophy Voting". SR/College Football. Sports Reference LLC. Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  9. "Garrett, Twilley Top All-Americans". The Bristol (PA) Daily Courier. December 2, 1965.
  10. "Sugar Bowl Features Seven All-Americans". Delta Democrat-Times. December 17, 1965. p. 9.
  11. "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  12. "untitled". The Bristol Daily Courier. December 2, 1965.
  13. Walter L. Johns (December 24, 1965). "Big Ten Features CP All-American". The Daily Independent. p. 15A.
  14. "2 Huskers Named To Look All-America Football Team". The Lincoln Star. November 30, 1965. p. 17.
  15. Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  16. "All-America 1965". The Raleigh Register. December 16, 1965.
  17. "Nebraska's White Named UPI All-American". The Lincoln Star. December 3, 1965. p. 25.
  18. "Barnes Makes Sporting News All-America". Lincoln Sunday Journal and Star. December 5, 1965. p. C3.
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