1966 College Football All-America Team

The 1966 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 1966.

The NCAA recognizes six selectors as "official" for the 1966 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 Central Press team was selected with input from the captains of the major college teams. The AFCA team was based on a poll of coaches. Other notable selectors, though not recognized by the NCAA as official, included Time magazine,[2] The Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).[3]

The undefeated Notre Dame and Michigan State teams finished the season ranked #1 and #2, played to a 10-10 tie in the 1966 Notre Dame vs. Michigan State football game, and dominated the 1966 All-America selections. Notre Dame had six players who received first-team honors: guard Tom Regner (AFCA, AP, CP, NEA, UPI, Time, TSN, WC); back Nick Eddy (AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC); defensive end Alan Page (CP, FWAA, NEA, Time, TSN, WC); linebacker Jim Lynch (AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, Time, TSN, WC); and defensive tackles Pete Duranko (AFCA, UPI) and Kevin Hardy (Time, TSN). Michigan State had five: defensive end Bubba Smith (AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, Time, TSN, WC); offensive end Gene Washington (AFCA, UPI, Time, TSN); running back Clint Jones (AP, CP, NEA, Time, TSN, WC); defensive back/linebacker George Webster (AFCA, AP, CP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, Time, TSN, WC); and tackle Jerry West (NEA).

Offensive selections


Tight ends





Running backs

Defensive selections

Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards


Defensive backs

Special teams




Official selectors

Unofficial selectors

See also


  1. "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. pp. 3, 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  2. 1 2 "As The Pros See Them". Time. 1966-12-09.
  3. 1 2 "Walter Camp Foundation All-American Teams". Archived from the original on 2009-05-04. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
  4. "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  5. "Coaches Pick All-Star Team". Hazleton Standard-Speaker. November 25, 1966. p. 35.
  6. "untitled". The Express. December 8, 1966. p. 22.
  7. Walter Johns (November 30, 1966). "Irish Dominate All-American Elevens". The Gaffney Ledger. p. 2.
  8. Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved October 5, 2015.
  9. Murray Olderman (November 29, 1966). "Irish, Spartans Dominate NEA All-America Team". Raleigh (WV) Register. p. 8.
  10. "United Press names All-American grid teams". Kokomo (Ind.) Morning Times. December 1, 1966. p. 9.
  11. "ND, MSU Dominate Sporting News All-America Team With 8 Players". The Sunday Herald (Provo, UT). December 4, 1966. p. 16.
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