1971 College Football All-America Team

The 1971 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 1971. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1971 season. They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (4) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (5) the United Press International (UPI).[1]

Nine players are recognized by the NCAA as unanimous All-America selections. They are: quarterback and 1971 Heisman Trophy winner Pat Sullivan of Auburn; running backs Ed Marinaro of Cornell and Greg Pruitt of Oklahoma; receiver Terry Beasley of Auburn; tackle Jerry Sisemore of Texas; guard Royce Smith of Georgia; defensive end Walt Patulski of Notre Dame; linebacker Mike Taylor of Michigan; and defensive back Bobby Majors of Tennessee.[1]

Consensus All-Americans

The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1971 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number[2] Official Other
Terry BeasleyReceiverAuburn5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPIFN, Time, TSN, WC
Bobby MajorsDefensive backTennessee5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPIFN, Time, TSN, WC
Walt PatulskiDefensive endNotre Dame5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPIFN, Time, TSN, WC
Royce SmithOffensive guardGeorgia5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPIFN, Time, TSN, WC
Mike TaylorLinebackerMichigan5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPIFN, Time, TSN, WC
Ed MarinaroRunning backCornell5/3/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPIFN, Time, TSN
Pat SullivanQuarterbackAuburn5/3/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPIFN, TSN, WC
Clarence EllisDefensive backNotre Dame4/4/8AFCA, AP, NEA, UPIFN, Time, TSN, WC
Reggie McKenzieOffensive guardMichigan4/4/8AP, FWAA, NEA, UPIFN, Time, TSN, WC
Greg PruittRunning backOklahoma5/2/7AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPIFN, WC
Jerry SisemoreOffensive tackleTexas5/2/7AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPIFN, WC
Sherman WhiteDefensive tackleCalifornia3/4/7AFCA, FWAA, NEAFN, Time, TSN, WC
Johnny RodgersReceiverNebraska4/2/6AFCA, FWAA, NEA, UPIFN, WC
Jeff SiemonLinebackerStanford4/2/6AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, Time
Larry JacobsonDefensive tackleNebraska4/1/5AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPITime
Tom BrahaneyCenterOklahoma3/2/5AFCA, AP, FWAAFN, WC
Dave JoynerOffensive tacklePenn State3/2/5AFCA, FWAA, UPIFN, WC
Johnny MussoRunning backAlabama3/2/5AFCA, FWAA, UPIFN, WC
Tommy CasanovaDefensive backLSU2/3/5FWAA, UPIFN, Time, WC
Mel LongDefensive tackleToledo4/0/4AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI--
Willie HarperDefensive endNebraska2/2/4NEA, UPIFN, WC
Ernie JacksonDefensive backDuke2/0/2AFCA, FWAA--



Tight ends





Running backs


Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards


Defensive backs

Special teams




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

Official selectors

Other selectors

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  2. This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.
  3. 1 2 3 "Walker, Majors All-Americans on Two Teams". The Nashville Tennessean. November 24, 1971. p. 15.
  4. 1 2 Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  5. "Sullivan picked by Kodak". The Pantagraph. November 28, 1971. p. 19.
  6. 1 2 "All-America Lists". News-Journal (Mansfield, Ohio). December 2, 1971. p. 42.
  7. "1971 NEA All-America". Corpus Christi Caller-Times. November 27, 1971. p. 3D.
  8. "Arneson Named To Team: Sporting News Picks UA Star". Tucson Daily Citizen. December 9, 1971. p. 42.
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