1979 College Football All-America Team

The 1979 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 1979. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes four selectors as "official" for the 1979 season. They are:[1] (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) based on the input of more than 2,000 voting members;[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), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[6] The Sporting News (TSN),[7] and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).



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 "Football Coaches All America". The Republic (Columbus, Ind.). November 21, 1979. p. B3.
  3. 1 2 "Southern Cal star White repeats as All-America". The Pantagraph. December 5, 1979. p. B4.
  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: Trojans Grab 3 Berths". The Daily News (Huntingdon). December 4, 1979. p. 5.
  6. 1 2 "NEA's 1979 All-America football team". The Daily News (Huntingdon, PA). November 27, 1979. p. 4.
  7. 1 2 "Sporting News". The Arizona Republic. December 4, 1979. p. D2.
  8. "Football Writers All America". The Republic (Columbus, Ind.). November 21, 1979. p. B3.
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