1977 College Football All-America Team

The 1977 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 1977. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes four selectors as "official" for the 1977 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] and (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers.[5] Other selectors included Football News (FN),[6] the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[7] The Sporting News (TSN),[8] and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).

Eight players were unanimously selected by all four official selectors and all four unofficial selectors. They were Ken MacAfee of Notre Dame, offensive tackle Chris Ward of Ohio State, offensive guard Mark Donahue of Michigan, running backs Earl Campbell of Texas and Terry Miller of Oklahoma State, defensive ends Art Still of Kentucky and Ross Browner of Notre Dame, defensive tackle Brad Shearer of Texas.

Consensus All-Americans

The following charts identify the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1976 and displays which first-team designations they received.


Name Position School Number[9] Official Other
Earl CampbellRunning backTexas4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, TSN, WC
Mark DonahueOffensive guardMichigan4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, TSN, WC
Ken MacAfeeTight endNotre Dame4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, TSN, WC
Terry MillerRunning backOklahoma State4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, TSN, WC
Chris WardOffensive tackleOhio State4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, TSN, WC
Ozzie NewsomeReceiverAlabama3/4/7AFCA, AP, FWAAFN, NEA, TSN, WC
Leotis HarrisOffensive guardArkansas4/4/8AFCA, AP, UPINEA, WC
Charles AlexanderRunning backLSU3/1/4AFCA, FWAA, UPIWC
Guy BenjaminQuarterbackStanford2/2/4FWAA, UPIFN, NEA
Dan IronsOffensive tackleTexas Tech2/2/4AFCA, UPIFN, WC
John JeffersonReceiverArizona State3/0/3AFCA, AP, FWAA--
Tom BrzozaCenterPittsburgh2/1/3AP, UPIWC


Name Position School Number[9] Official Other
Ross BrownerDefensive endNotre Dame4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, TSN, WC
Brad ShearerDefensive tackleTexas4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, TSN, WC
Art StillDefensive endKentucky4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, TSN, WC
Zac HendersonDefensive backOklahoma4/3/7AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, WC
Jerry RobinsonLinebackerUCLA4/3/7AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, WC
Randy HollowayDefensive tacklePittsburgh3/4/7AFCA, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, TSN, WC
Dennis ThurmanDefensive backUSC4/2/6AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, WC
Luther BradleyDefensive backNotre Dame2/3/5AFCA, UPIFN, TSN, WC
Bob JuryDefensive backPittsburgh2/2/4AP, FWAATSN, WC
Tom CousineauLinebackerOhio State2/1/3FWAA, UPIWC
Gary SpaniLinebackerKansas State2/1/3AFCA, UPIFN
Dee HardisonDefensive tackleNorth Carolina2/1/3AP, FWAAFN



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 "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  2. 1 2 "All-American squad named". Las Cruces (NM) Sun-News. November 24, 1977. p. 12.
  3. 1 2 "Grambling Senior QB Named to AP Team". Beckley (WV) Post-Herald. November 30, 1977. p. 20.
  4. 1 2 Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved March 2, 2016.
  5. 1 2 "UPI All-America". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 2, 1977. p. 2C.
  6. 1 2 "College football". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 20, 1977. p. 9F.
  7. 1 2 "Campbell, Browner top All Americans". The Waxahachie Daily Light. December 8, 1977. p. 3.
  8. 1 2 "All America teams: Sporting News". The Courier-Journal (Louisville). December 7, 1977. p. D3.
  9. 1 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.
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