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1931 College Football All-America Team

The 1931 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 1931. The seven selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1931 season are (1) Collier's Weekly, as selected by Grantland Rice, (2) the Associated Press, (3) the United Press, (4) the All-America Board, (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) Liberty magazine, and (7) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA).

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 1931, 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. The only unanimous All-American selection in 1931 were Tulane's Gerald "Jerry" Dalrymple and Notre Dame's Marchmont Schwartz.

Name Position School Number Selectors
Jerry Dalrymple End Tulane 7/7 AAB, AP, COL, INS, LIB, NEA, UP
Marchmont Schwartz Halfback Notre Dame 7/7 AAB, AP, COL, INS, LIB, NEA, UP
Biggie Munn Guard Minnesota 6/7 AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA, UP
Pug Rentner Halfback Northwestern 6/7 AAB, AP, COL, INS, NEA, UP
Johnny Baker Guard USC 5/7 AAB, INS, LIB, NEA, UP
Barry Wood Quarterback Harvard 4/7 AP, COL, INS, NEA
Gaius Shaver Fullback USC 4/7 AAB, COL, LIB, UP
Jess Quatse Tackle Pittsburgh 3/7 AAB, COL, UP
Jack Riley Tackle Northwestern 3/7 AAB, LIB, NEA
Tommy Yarr Center Notre Dame 3/7 AAB, AP, INS
Vernon Smith End Georgia 2/7 AP, COL
Dallas Marvil Tackle Northwestern 2/7 AP, INS

Proliferation of All-American teams

Damon Runyon described the proliferation of All-American teams as a virulent plague.

In 1931, Damon Runyon wrote a column about the proliferation of "All-America" teams. He noted: "The 'All' boys are it, tooth and nail. They are 'All'-ing North, South East and West. They will wind up 'All'-Americaing, the most virulent form of the 'All' plague that besets us every Winter. The late Walter Camp little realized what he was bringing upon the country. ... At the moment, Mr. Camp probably had no idea that he was sowing the seed of a fearful pestilence."[1] Runyon noted that Camp's word was viewed as gospel, but with his passing "the rush to fill his shoes was prodigious," and the "'All' business became a national obsession."[1]

All-Americans of 1931


  • Jerry Dalrymple, Tulane (AP–1; UP–1; COL–1; CP–1; NEA–1; INS–1; WCFF; LIB; HSM; CH-1; LP; AAB)
  • Vernon Smith, Georgia (AP-1; COL–1; NEA–2; INS–2; HSM; CP–1; CH-2; LP)
  • Henry Cronkite, Kansas State (AP–2; UP–1; NEA–1; INS-2; CP–3; CH-1)
  • John Orsi, Colgate (AP–2; CP–2; NEA–2; INS-1; WCFF; CH-2; AAB)
  • Paul Moss, Purdue (NEA–3; INS-3l CP–2; LIB)
  • George Koontz, SMU (CP-3)
  • Bill Hewitt, Michigan (NEA-3)
  • Garrett Arbelbide, USC (AP-3)
  • Fred Felber, North Dakota (AP-3)
  • Barres, Yale (INS-3)


  • Dallas Marvil, Northwestern (AP–1; NEA–3; INS-1; CP–1; CH-2; HSM)
  • Jesse Quatse, Pittsburgh (UP–1; COL–1; CP-2; WCFF; CH-1; AAB)
  • Jack Riley, Northwestern (NEA–1; INS-2; WCFF; AAB; LIB)
  • Paul Schwegler, Washington (AP–1; COL–1; INS-3; CP–2)
  • Joe Kurth, Notre Dame (AP–2; UP–1; NEA–1; INS–2; CP–3; LIB; LP)
  • John "Jack" Price, Army (AP–3; CP–1; NEA–2; INS-1; CH-2)
  • Jim MacMurdo, Pittsburgh (AP–2; NEA–3; INS-3; HSM)
  • Ira Hardy, Harvard (NEA–2; CH-1; LP)
  • Hugh Rhea, Nebraska (AP-3)
  • Ray Saunders, Tennessee (CP-3)


  • Biggie Munn, Minnesota (AP–1; UP–1; COL–1; NEA–1; INS–1; CP–1; HSM; CH-1; LP; WCFF; AAB)
  • Johnny Baker, USC (AP–2; UP–1; NEA–1; INS–1; CP–2; WCFF; LIB; HSM; CH-2; LP; AAB)
  • Herman Hickman, Tennessee (AP–3; COL–1; NEA–3; INS-3; CP–1; CH-1)
  • Frank "Nordy" Hoffman, Notre Dame (AP-1; NEA–2; INS-2; LIB)
  • Joe Zeller, Indiana (NEA-2)
  • Jim Zyntell, Holy Cross (CP-2)
  • James Evans, Northwestern (AP–2; CP-3)
  • Maurice Dubofsky, Georgetown (NEA-3)
  • Gregory Kabat, Wisconsin (AP–3; CP-3)
  • Milton Leathers, Georgia (INS-2)
  • H. R. Myerson, Harvard (INS-3)
  • Corbus, Stanford (CH-2)


  • Tommy Yarr, Notre Dame (AP–1; NEA–2; INS-1; WCFF; HSM; CH-2; AAB)
  • Maynard Morrison, Michigan (AP–3; COL–1; NEA-1; CP–3)
  • Ralph Daugherty, Pittsburgh (AP–2; NEA–3; INS–3; CP–1; LP)
  • Charles Miller, Purdue (UP-1; CH-1)
  • Stan Williamson, USC (LIB)
  • Pete Gracey, Vanderbilt (CP-2)
  • McDuffie, Columbia (INS-2)


  • Barry Wood, Harvard (AP–1; COL–1; NEA–1; INS-1; CP–1; HSM; CH-2)
  • Austin Downes, Georgia (CP-3)
  • William Morton, Dartmouth (AP–2; NEA–2; INS-3; CH-1)
  • Carl Cramer, Ohio State (AP-3)


  • Marchmont Schwartz, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP–1; UP–1; COL–1; NEA–1; INS–1; WCFF; LIB; HSM; CH-1; LP; AAB)
  • Ernie Rentner, Northwestern (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP–1; COL–1; NEA–1; INS–1 [named as fullback by Hearst]; CP–1; WCFF; HSM [named as fullback]; CH-1; LP; AAB)
  • Don Zimmerman, Tulane (AP–2; NEA–2; INS-1; CP–1; CH-2)
  • Bob Monnett, Michigan State (CP-1)
  • Eugene McEver, Tennessee (AP–2; NEA–2; INS-2; CP–2)
  • Bud Toscani, St. Marys (NEA-2)
  • Cornelius Murphy, Fordham (CP-3; CH-2) {Murphy died from a ruptured blood vessel in the brain in December 1931}
  • J. W. Crickard, Harvard (NEA-3)
  • Albert J. "Mighty Atom" Booth, Jr., Yale (AP–3; INS-2)
  • Weldon Mason, SMU (AP-3)
  • Ray Stecker, Army (INS-3)


  • Gaius Shaver, USC (COL–1 [selected as fullback]; UP–1 [selected as quarterback]; NEA–3 [selected as quarterback]; INS–2 [selected as quarterback]; CP–1 [selected as fullback]; WCFF [selected as quarterback]; LIB; LP [selected as quarterback]; AAB)
  • Erny Pinckert, USC (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP–1; NEA–1; INS–3 [picked as halfback]; LIB; HSM [named as halfback]; CH-1)
  • Johnny Cain, Alabama (UP–1; NEA–3 [picked as halfback]; INS-3; WCFF; CH-2; AAB)
  • Ralston "Rusty" Gill, California (NEA–3; LIB; LP)
  • Orville Mohler, USC (AP-3; CP-2 [picked as quarterback])
  • Jack Manders, Minnesota (CP-2)
  • Bart Viviano, Cornell (AP-2)
  • Clarke Hinkle, Bucknell (INS-2)
  • Nollie Felts, Tulane (CP-3)


Bold – Consensus All-American[2]

Selectors recognized by NCAA in consensus determinations

Other selectors

  • CP = Central Press Association, also known as the Captain's Poll, selected by a poll of the captains of the major football teams[10]
  • WCFF = Walter Camp Football Foundation[11]
  • HSM = All-American team selected by 18,006 fans through nation-wide contest sponsored by clothier Hart, Schaffner and Marx[12]
  • CH = College Humor magazine[13]
  • LP = selected by Lawrence Perry, a former Princetonian who wrote a nationally syndicated sports colyum called For The Game's Sake[14]


  1. ^ a b Runyon, Damon (1931-12-03). "Runyon Makes One Selection for 'All' Eleven". Chester Times. 
  2. ^ "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 5. Retrieved August 16, 2014. 
  3. ^ Christy Walsh (1932-12-11). "ALL-AMERICA BOARD HONORS CAPT. BOB SMITH OF COLGATE". Syracuse Herald. 
  4. ^ "All Sections of Country Represented on Team; National Honors Given 1931 Grid Star". Reno Evening Gazette. 1931-12-05. 
  5. ^ "Munn Placed on Rice's All-American Team: Rentner and Morrison Get Honor Posts". The Evening Tribune (Albert Lea, Minn.). 1931-12-18. 
  6. ^ Frick, Ford (1931-12-05). "Schwartz and Dalrymple Most Popular Choices on 'Hearst All-American'". Chester Times. 
  7. ^ ESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1163. ISBN 1401337031. 
  8. ^ "Dalrymple Highest Vote-Getter In NEA Board's All-American Team". The Daily News (Frederick, Md.). 1931-12-14. 
  9. ^ McLemore, Henry (1931-12-04). "United Press Selects Stellar All-American". The Piqua Daily Call (Ohio). 
  10. ^ Bitt, Bill (Central Sports Editor) (1931-12-09). "Real 1931 All-American Team Selected by College Captains". The Evening Independent (Massillon, Ohio). 
  11. ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation All-American Selections". Walter Camp Football Foundation. Archived from the original on 18 December 2007. Retrieved 3 January 2008. 
  12. ^ "Mythical Team Nominated by Fans Announced". The Muscatine Journal and News-Tribune. 1931-12-11. 
  13. ^ "All-America Selected by Coll. Humor". The Greeley Daily Tribune (Colorado). 1932-12-31. 
  14. ^ Perry, Lawrence (1931-12-05). "Gill Named on Perry's U.S. Star Eleven: Baker and Shaver Also Honored by Eastern Grid Expert". Oakland Tribune.