1974 College Football All-America Team

The 1974 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 1974. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1974 season. They are:[1] (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA);[2] (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers;[3] (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected by the nation's football writers;[4] (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers;[5] and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC). Other selectors included Football News (FN),[6] the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[7] The Sporting News (TSN),[8] and Time magazine.[9]

Six players were selected unanimously by all five of the official selectors. The six unanimous All-Americans included running backs Archie Griffin of Ohio State (the 1974 Heisman Trophy winner), Joe Washington of Oklahoma, and Anthony Davis of USC. On defense, the unanimous All-Americans were defensive back Dave Brown of Michigan, linebacker Rod Shoate of Oklahoma, and defensive end Randy White of Maryland.

The Ohio State and Oklahoma teams each had eight players who received first-team honors. The Ohio State honorees were Archie Griffin, tight end Doug France, tackle Kurt Schumacher, center Steve Myers, defensive end Van DeCree, defensive tackle Pete Cusick, defensive back Neal Colzie, and punter Tom Skladany. The Oklahoma honorees were Joe Washington, Rod Shoate, receiver Tinker Owens, guard John Roush, center Kyle Davis, defensive tackle Lee Roy Selmon, middle guard Dewey Selmon, and defensive back Randy Hughes.

Consensus All-Americans

The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1974 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number[10] Official Other
Dave BrownDefensive backMichigan5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, Time, TSN
Rod ShoateLinebackerOklahoma5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, Time, TSN
Randy WhiteDefensive endMaryland5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, Time, TSN
Archie GriffinRunning backOhio State5/3/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, TSN
Joe WashingtonRunning backOklahoma5/3/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, TSN
Anthony DavisRunning backUSC5/2/7AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, TSN
Ken HuffOffensive guardNorth Carolina4/3/7AFCA, AP, UPI, WCNEA, Time, TSN
Kurt SchumacherOffensive tackleOhio State4/3/7AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WCNEA, Time, TSN
Peter DemmerleWide receiverNotre Dame4/1/5AFCA, AP, UPI, WCNEA
Mike HartenstineDefensive tacklePenn State4/0/4AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI--
Marvin CrenshawOffensive tackleNebraska3/1/4AFCA, FWAA, UPIFN
Ken BernichLinebackerAuburn3/0/3AFCA, AP, WC--
Bennie CunninghamTight endClemson3/0/3AFCA, AP, UPI--
Pat DonovanDefensive endStanford3/0/3AFCA, FWAA, UPI--
Steve BartkowskiQuarterbackCalifornia2/2/4AP, UPINEA, Time
Richard WoodLinebackerUSC2/2/4AP, UPIFN, NEA
Gerry DiNardoOffensive guardNotre Dame2/1/3AFCA, UPIFN
Louie KelcherDefensive tackleSMU2/1/3AP, FWAAFN
Woody LoweLinebackerAlabama2/1/3UPI, WCFN
Steve MyersCenterOhio State2/1/3AP, UPIFN
John RoushOffensive guardOklahoma2/1/3FWAA, UPIFN
Pat ThomasDefensive backTexas A&M2/1/3AP, FWAANEA
Rubin CarterMiddle guardMiami (FL)2/0/2AFCA, UPI--
Leroy CookDefensive endMississippi State2/0/2AP, FWAA--
John ProvostDefensive backHoly Cross2/0/2AP, WC--
Jimmy WebbDefensive endMississippi State2/0/2AFCA, WC--



Tight ends





Running backs


Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards


Defensive backs

Special teams


  • Steve Mike-Meyer, Maryland (TSN, Time)
  • Dave Lawson, Air Force (FWAA)



  • 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 "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  2. 1 2 "Griffin, Davis Head Coaches' All-America". Valley Morning Star (TX). November 29, 1974. p. B5.
  3. 1 2 "USC Star All-America 3rd Time; 3 SWC Players Named On Defense". The Corpus Christi Times. December 6, 1974. p. 10B.
  4. 1 2 Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  5. 1 2 "UPI All-America Football Team". The Indianapolis Star. December 5, 1974. p. 80.
  6. 1 2 "4 Sooners Make Football News All-American". The Indianapolis Star. December 2, 1974. p. 26.
  7. 1 2 "1974 NEA All-America". Delaware County Daily Times. December 6, 1974. p. 22.
  8. 1 2 "Sporting News Tabs Humm All-American". The Lincoln Star (Nebraska). December 11, 1974. p. 57.
  9. 1 2 "Time Magazine Picks All-America Players". The Naples Daily News. December 9, 1974. p. 4C.
  10. This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.
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