1985 College Football All-America Team

The 1985 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 1985. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1985 season.[1] They are: (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);[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).[6] Other selectors included Football News (FN), Gannett News Service (GNS),[7] the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[8] Pro Football Weekly, Scripps Howard (SH),[9] and The Sporting News (TSN).

Ten players were unanimously selected as first-team All-Americans by all five official selectors. They are:

Consensus All-Americans

The following charts identify the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1985 and displays which first-team designations they received.


Name Position School Number[10] Official Other
Bo JacksonRunning backAuburn5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCGNS, NEA, SH, TSN
Chuck LongQuarterbackIowa5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCGNS, NEA, SH, TSN
Lorenzo WhiteRunning backMichigan State5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCGNS, NEA, SH, TSN
David WilliamsWide receiverIllinois5/3/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCNEA, SH, TSN
Jim DombrowskiOffensive tackleVirginia5/2/7AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCNEA, TSN
Jeff BregelOffensive guardUSC4/3/7AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPINEA, SH, TSN
Willie SmithTight endMiami (Fla.)3/3/6AFCA, AP, WCNEA, SH, TSN
Peter AndersonCenterGeorgia3/2/5AFCA, AP, UPIGNS, TSN
Tim McGeeWide receiverTennessee2/3/5AFCA, AP, UPIGNS, NEA, SH
John RienstraOffensive guardTemple2/3/5AP, FWAAGNS, NEA, SH
Brian JozwiakOffensive tackleWest Virginia3/0/3AP, UPI, WC-
J. D. MaarleveldOffensive guardMaryland2/1/3AFCA, UPINEA
Jamie DukesOffensive guardFlorida State2/1/3FWAA, WCSH
Reggie DupardRunning backSMU1/0/1FWAA-
Napoleon McCallumRunning backNavy1/0/1WC-
Thurman ThomasRunning backOklahoma State1/0/1UPI-


Name Position School Number[10] Official Other
Leslie O'NealDefensive endOklahoma State5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCGNS, NEA, SH, TSN
Tim GreenDefensive endSyracuse5/3/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCGNS, SH, TSN
Tony CasillasDefensive tackleOklahoma4/4/8AP, FWAA, UPI, WCGNS, NEA, SH, TSN
Larry StationLinebackerIowa5/2/7AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCNEA, SH
David FulcherDefensive backArizona State4/3/7AFCA, AP, UPI, WCGNS, NEA, TSN
Brian BosworthLinebackerOklahoma5/1/6AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCGNS
Mike RuthMiddle guardBoston College4/2/6AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WCGNS, SH
Mike HammersteinDefensive tackleMichigan3/3/6AFCA, AP, UPIGNS, NEA, SH
Brad CochranDefensive backMichigan4/1/5AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WCSH
Scott ThomasDefensive backAir Force3/1/4AFCA, FWAA, WCNEA
Johnny HollandLinebackerTexas A&M2/0/2AP, FWAA-

Special teams

Name Position School Number[10] Official Other
John LeePlacekickerUCLA5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCGNS, NEA, SH, TSN
Barry HeltonPunterColorado3/1/4AP, UPI, WCGNS


Wide receivers

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
  • CFHOF = College Football Hall of Fame inductee

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 "Kodak All-America Team". Detroit Free Press. November 27, 1985. p. 5D.
  3. 1 2 "All-America". Akron Beacon Journal. December 10, 1985. p. D2.
  4. 1 2 Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  5. 1 2 "Bo Jackson, Sooner Casillas Head 60th UPI All-America Team". Tyrone Daily Herald. December 12, 1985. p. 7.
  6. 1 2 "Walter Camp All-America". The Salina Journal. November 28, 1985. p. 22.
  7. 1 2 "Running backs, tackles take center stage". The Journal News (White Plains, NY). December 3, 1985. p. C3.
  8. 1 2 "NEA 1985 All-America football team". Lead (SD) Daily Call. December 6, 1985. p. 7.
  9. 1 2 "Scripps Howard All-America Team". The Pittsburgh Press. November 29, 1985. p. D4.
  10. 1 2 3 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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