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1927 College Football All-America Team

The 1927 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 1927. The seven selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1927 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice with cooperation from ten coaches, (2) the Associated Press, (3) the United Press, selected based on consensus among UP newspapers throughout the country and prominent football coaches, (4) the All-America Board, (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (7) the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA).

Consensus All-Americans

Following the death of Walter Camp in 1925, there was a proliferation of All-American teams in the late 1920s. For the year 1927, the NCAA recognizes seven published All-American teams as "official" designations for purposes of its consensus determinations. The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received. Michigan end Bennie Oosterbaan and Pittsburgh halfback Gibby Welch were the only players to be unanimously selected by all seven selectors as first-team All-Americans.

Name Position School Number Selectors
Bennie Oosterbaan End Michigan 7/7 AAB, AP, CO, INS, NANA, NEA, UP
Gibby Welch Halfback Pitt 7/7 AAB, AP, CO, INS, NANA, NEA, UP
Morley Drury Quarterback USC 6/7 AAB, AP, CO, INS, NEA, UP
Clipper Smith Guard Notre Dame 6/7 AAB, AP, CO, INS, NEA, UP
Herb Joesting Fullback Minnesota 6/7 AAB, AP, CO, INS, NEA, UP
Bill Webster Guard Yale 5/7 AAB, AP, INS, NANA, NEA
Tom Nash End Georgia 4/7 AAB, CO, INS, NANA
Jesse Hibbs Tackle USC 4/7 AAB, INS, NANA, UP
Ed Hake Tackle Penn 3/7 AP, NANA, UP
Larry Bettencourt Center St. Mary's 3/7 AAB, AP, INS
John Charlesworth Center Yale 3/7 CO, NEA, UP
Red Cagle Halfback Army 3/7 AAB, CO, NANA

All-American selections for 1927


Official selectors

Other selectors

  • CP = Central Press Association, billed as the "Real" All-American team with selections based on fan input with cooperation from "hundreds of newspapers throughout the country"[5]
  • HE = Hearst newspapers, consensus selection of more than 100 sports writers and editors at the Hearst newspapers[6]
  • DJW = Davis J. Walsh[7]
  • NYS = New York Sun[8]
  • BE = Billy Evans[9]
  • WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation[10]
  • LP = Lawrence Perry[11]
  • Bold – Consensus All-American[12]
  • 1 – First Team Selection
  • 2 – Second Team Selection
  • 3 – Third Team Selection


  • Bennie Oosterbaan, Michigan (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; INS; NEA; NANA; CP-1; HE-1; DJW-1; NYS-1; BE-1; LP-1; AAB)
  • Tom Nash, Georgia (AP-3; UP-3; COL-1; INS; NANA; HE-1; DJW-1; BE-3; LP-1; AAB)
  • Ivey Shiver, Georgia (AP-1; UP-1; NEA; CP-2; HE-2; DJW-3; NYS-1; BE-1; LP-2)
  • Dwight Fishwick, Yale (CP-1)
  • George Cole, Dartmouth (AP-2; HE-3; DJW-2)
  • Raymond Matthews, TCU (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; DJW-2; NYS-2; BE-3)
  • Irvine Phillips, California (AP-3; CP-2)
  • Stewart Scott, Yale (UP-2; BE-2)
  • Charles Born, Army (UP-2; HE-2; DJW-3; NYS-2; BE-2)
  • Charlie Moeser, Princeton (HE-3; LP-2)
  • Charles Walsh, Notre Dame (UP-3)


  • Jesse Hibbs, USC (AP-2; UP-1; INS; NANA; CP-1; HE-1; DJW-1; NYS-1; BE-2; LP-1; AAB)
  • Ed Hake, Penn (AP-1; UP-1; NANA; CP-2; HE-2; BE-3)
  • Bud Sprague, Army (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-2; INS; CP-1; HE-1; DJW-1)
  • Bill Kern, Pittsburgh (NEA; HE-2; NYS-2; BE-1)
  • John Smith, Penn (AP-2; COL-1; DJW-3)
  • Leo Raskowski, Ohio State (AP-3; COL-1; NEA; HE-3; BE-1; LP-1)
  • Fred Pickhard, Alabama (UP-2; CP-2)
  • Leo Nowack, Illinois (AP-3)
  • George Perry, Army (NYS-1; BE-2)
  • Jap Douds, Washington & Jefferson (HE-3; BE-3)
  • Sidney Quarrier, Yale (UP-3; AAB)
  • James J. Fitzgerald, Tufts (UP-3)
  • Alton C. Sprott, Texas A&M (DJW-3; NYS-2; BE-3 [g])


  • Bill Webster, Yale (AP-1; UP-2; INS; NEA; NANA; CP-1; HE-1; DJW-1; NYS-1; BE-1; LP-1; AAB)
  • John "Clipper" Smith, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; INS; NEA; CP-1; HE-1; DJW-1; NYS-1; BE-1; AAB)
  • Russell Crane, Illinois (COL-1; LP-2)
  • Ray Baer, Michigan (AP-2; UP-2; CP-2; HE-2; DJW-2; BE-2)
  • John Barnhill, Tennessee (AP-2)
  • Harold Hanson, Minnesota (AP-3; UP-1; NANA; CP-2; HE-2; DJW-3; NYS-2; BE-2; LP-1)
  • Gene Smith, Georgia (AP-3)
  • William Wright, Washington (DJW-2; NYS-2; BE-3; LP-2)
  • Justin Whitlock Dart, Northwestern (UP-3)
  • R. Van I. Miller, Amherst (UP-3)
  • Dan McMullen, Nebraska (DJW-3)
  • J. M. French, Princeton (HE-3)
  • Seraphim Post, Stanford (HE-3)


  • Larry Bettencourt, St. Mary's (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; INS; CP-2; HE-1; DJW-1; NYS-1; BE-2; LP-2; AAB)
  • John Charlesworth, Yale (UP-1; COL-1; NEA; CP-1; HE-2; BE-1)
  • Claude Grigsby, Georgetown (AP-2; HE-3)
  • Ken Rouse, Chicago (AP-3; UP-3)
  • Robert Reitsch, Illinois (NANA; DJW-3; NYS-2; BE-3; LP-1)
  • John McCreery, Stanford (UP-2)
  • Elvin Butcher, Tennessee (DJW-2)


  • Morley Drury, USC (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1 [hb]; UP-1; COL-1; INS; NEA; CP-1; HE-1; DJW-1 [hb]; NYS-1; BE-1; LP-1; AAB)
  • Bill Spears, Vanderbilt (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-2; INS; NANA; CP-2; HE-3; DJW-1; LP-2)
  • Joel Hunt, Texas A&M (AP-2; DJW-3)
  • Harold Almquist, Minnesota (AP-3)
  • Jack Connor, New York Univ. (HE-2; DJW-2; NYS-2; BE-2; LP-2)
  • Gerald Mann, SMU (BE-3)


  • Gibby Welch, Pittsburgh (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; INS; NEA; NANA; CP-1; HE-1; DJW-1; NYS-1; BE-1; LP-1; AAB)
  • Red Cagle, Army (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-3; COL-1; NANA; HE-2; AAB)
  • Christy Flanagan, Notre Dame (UP-1; NEA; CP-1; HE-3; DJW-3; BE-1)
  • Alton Marsters, Dartmouth (AP-2; UP-2; HE-3; DJW-2; NYS-2; BE-2; LP-2)
  • Glenn Presnell, Nebraska (AP-2; UP-2; HE-2; DJW-2; NYS-2; BE-2; LP-1)
  • Chuck Carroll, Washington (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3)
  • Joel Hunt, Texas A&M (BE-3; LP-2)
  • Louis Gilbert, Michigan (UP-3 [qb]; CP-2; BE-3)
  • Walter Gebert, Marquette (UP-3; DJW-3; LP-2)
  • Bruce Caldwell, Yale (CP-2; HE-1; NYS-1; LP-2)


  • Herb Joesting, Minnesota (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; INS; NEA; CP-1; HE-1; DJW-1; NYS-1; BE-1; LP-1; AAB)
  • Herdis McCrary, Georgia (AP-2; UP-2; HE-3; DJW-2)
  • Bill Amos, Washington & Jefferson (AP-3; HE-2; BE-3)
  • Mike Miles, Princeton (NANA; NYS-2; BE-2)
  • Pat Wilson, Washington (LP-2)
  • Biff Hoffman, Stanford (DJW-3; LP-2)
  • Lou Tesreau, Washington (UP-3)
  • Frank Briante, New York Univ. (CP-2)


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  2. ^ "East, West and South Share All-American Honors: Mythical Eleven Averages 185 Pounds With Every Man A Captain". Billings Gazette. 1927-12-11. 
  3. ^ Frank Getty (1927-11-27). "Famous Grid Coaches Pick Stars Of Year: Westerners Land Seven Places On Mythical Team". Syracuse Herald. 
  4. ^ "6 Westerners On Grantland Rice All-Stars". Woodland Daily Democrat. 1927-12-02. 
  5. ^ Norman E. Brown (1927-12-10). "Fans Help Select Stars of Gridiron: Oosterbaan and Joesting Found To Be Most Popular Football Stars in Country". The Evening Independent (Massilon, OH). 
  6. ^ "How About These For All-American Elevens?". San Antonio Light. 1927-12-04. 
  7. ^ Davis J. Walsh (1927-11-29). "Three Midwest Griddes Get Places on Walsh's All-American: Oosterbann and Joesting Given First Team Jobs". Waterloo Evening Courier. 
  8. ^ "N.Y. Sun's All-American Team Features Caldwell For Halfback Position". The Bee (Danville, VA). 1927-11-26. 
  9. ^ Billy Evans (1927-12-01). "Billy Evans' All-American". The Anniston Star. 
  10. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation". 
  11. ^ Lawrence Perry (1927-12-10). "Lawrence Perry Selects His All-American Eleven". Oakland Tribune. 
  12. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. Retrieved August 16, 2014.