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1915 College Football All-America Team

The 1915 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans for the 1915 college football season. The only selectors for the 1915 season who have been recognized as "official" by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) are Walter Camp, whose selections were published in Collier's Weekly, and the International News Service (INS), a newswire founded by William Randolph Hearst.[1]

Although not recognized by the NCAA, many other sports writers, newspapers, and coaches selected All-America teams in 1915. They include Parke H. Davis, Walter Eckersall, and Fielding H. Yost.

All-Americans of 1915

File:Eddie Mahan.jpg
Harvard's three-time All-American fullback Eddie Mahan was rated by Jim Thorpe as the best player he ever faced.
Pitt center Bob Peck with Hall of Fame football coach "Pop" Warner


  • Murray Shelton, Cornell (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; FM-2; MON-2; PD-1; TC-1; DR; ER)
  • Guy Chamberlin, Nebraska (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (WE-1; FM-1; PD-1)
  • Bert Baston, Minnesota (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; WE-2)
  • Bob Higgins, Penn State (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-2; WE-2; FM-1; FY-1; MON-1; TC-1; JI)
  • Jack "Red" Lamberton, Princeton (WE-1; FY-1)
  • Fred Heyman, Washington & Jefferson (WC-3; MON-1)
  • George Squier, Illinois (WC-3; FM-2)
  • Ernest William Soucy, Harvard (MON-2; DR; ER; JI)
  • James P. Herron, Pittsburgh (WC-2)




  • Bob Peck, Pittsburgh (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; FM-1; MON-1; PD-1; TC-1; JI)
  • Gib Cool, Cornell (WC-2; WE-1; FM-2; FY-1; ER)
  • John McEwan, Army (WC-3; MON-2; DR)
  • John Wesley "Jack" Watson, Illinois (WE-2)


  • Charley Barrett, Cornell (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; WE-1; FM-1; FY-1; MON-1; PD-1; TC-1; DR; ER; JI [hb])
  • Guy Williamson, Pittsburgh (JI)
  • Donald Clarke Watson, Harvard (WC-2)
  • Pete Russell, Chicago (WC-3; WE-2; FM-2)
  • Miller, Columbia (MON-2)



  • Eddie Mahan, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; WE-1; FM-1; FY-1; MON-1; PD-1 [hb]; TC-1; DR; ER; JI)
  • Edward H. Driggs, Princeton (PD-1)
  • Howard Parker Talman, Rutgers (WC-2; MON-2)
  • Punk Berryman, Penn State (WC-3; ER [hb]; JI [hb])


NCAA recognized selectors for 1915

Other selectors

  • WE = Walter Eckersall, of the Chicago Tribune[4]
  • FY = Fielding Yost, coach of the University of Michigan[5]
  • MON = Monty, New York sports writer Monty[6]
  • PD = Parke H. Davis[7]
  • TC = Tommy Clark[8]
  • DR = Damon Runyon. At the end of the 1915 season, Runyon noted the difficulty in picking an All-America team when most of those doing so had only seen a fraction of the players. Accordingly, Runyon chose not to call his list and All-America team, instead calling it his All-"Guys-We've-Seen" team.[9]
  • ER = Eddie N. Robinson, head coach of the [{Brown Bears football]] team.[10]
  • JI = Jonas H. Ingram, head coach of the Navy football team.[11]

Bold = Consensus All-American[1]

  • 1 – First-team selection
  • 2 – Second-team selection
  • 3 – Third-team selection


  1. ^ a b "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 4. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Camp Changes His All-America Team". Hamilton Daily Republican-News. 1915-12-30.  (When Camp announced his team in mid-December, he placed Macomber on the first team and Oliphant on the second team. However, at the end of December 1915, Camp announced he was changing his selection to place Oliphant on the first team and Macomber on the second team.)
  3. ^ "Covers Wide Scope In Choosing His All-American Gridironers". The Washington Post. 1915-12-05. 
  4. ^ "Eck Puts Him On All-American". La Crosse Tribune. 1915-12-06. 
  5. ^ Fielding H. Yost (1915-12-04). "All-American Team of 1915 Strong and Brilliant In Any Style of Offensive Play". Fort Wayne News. 
  6. ^ "Monty Picks All-Star Team: Maulbetsch of Michigan Lands on Second Eleven; He is Only 'Westerner' to Be Honored by the Writer". Fort Wayne News. 1915-12-04. 
  7. ^ "Sporting Notes". Syracuse Herald. 1915-12-03. 
  8. ^ Tommy Clark (1915-12-05). "The All American Eleven for Season of 1915". The Lexington Herald. 
  9. ^ Damon Runyon (December 3, 1915). "Runyon Picks Oliphant and McEwan: Names Army Players on His "All" Team". El Paso Herald. p. 10. 
  10. ^ Herbert (November 24, 1915). ""Robbie" Picks an All-America Eleven". The New York Tribune. p. 14. 
  11. ^ "Navy Coach Picks All-America Team". The New York Tribune. December 1, 1915. p. 12.