1913 College Football All-America Team
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1913 College Football All-America Team
1913 official All-America selectors

The 1913 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans for the 1913 college football season. The only two selectors who have been recognized as "official" selectors by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the 1913 season are Walter Camp and the International News Service (INS).[1] Camp's All-America Team was published in Collier's Weekly.[2] The INS was founded in 1909 by William Randolph Hearst, and its sports editor Frank G. Menke selected the INS All-America team.[3] Other sports writers, newspapers, coaches selecting All-America teams in 1913 included Harper's Weekly, Fielding H. Yost, and Parke H. Davis.

Consensus All-Americans

Paul Des Jardien of Chicago
Eddie Mahan of Harvard

In its official record book, the NCAA designates players who were selected by either Camp or INS as "consensus" All-Americans.[1] Using this criteria, the NCAA recognizes 15 as "consensus" All-Americans for the 1913 season.[1] The consensus players are identified in bold on the main list below ("All-Americans of 1913"). Camp and INS unanimously selected the following seven players as All-Americans:

  • Charles Brickley, fullback for Harvard. Brickley later became a player and coach in the early years of professional football. He was the coach of the New York Brickley Giants in the first year of play in the National Football League. In 1928, he was convicted on four counts of larceny and bucketing orders from customers of his stock brokerage firm.[4]
  • John "Babe" Brown, guard for Navy. Brown was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 as part of the first group of inductees. During World War II, Admiral John Brown oversaw submarine operations in the South Pacific. He later served as athletic director and Superintendent of the United States Naval Academy.[5]
  • James Craig, halfback for Michigan. Craig was also one of the best hurdlers in the country, breaking the world indoor record in the high hurdles in 1911 and winning the intercollegiate championship in the low hurdles in 1912.[6][7][8] His older brother, Ralph Craig, won gold medals in the 100 and 200-meter events at the 1912 Olympics.[9]
  • Paul Des Jardien, center for Chicago. At six feet, five inches in height, but weighing only 190 pounds, Des Jardien was nicknamed "Shorty." He led the 1913 Chicago Maroons football team to an undefeated 7-0 record and was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1955.[10] Des Jardien was a multi-sport star who also briefly played professional baseball as a pitcher for the Cleveland Indians in 1916.[11]
  • Robert Hogsett, end for Dartmouth. Hogsett was the captain of the 1913 Dartmouth Big Green football team that compiled a 7-1-0 record and outscored opponents 218 to 79, including victories over Princeton and Penn.[12][13]
  • Eddie Mahan, halfback for Harvard. Mahan was selected as a first-team All-American three consecutive years from 1913 to 1915. He was widely regarded as one of the greatest players in the first 50 years of the sport and was named by Jim Thorpe as the greatest football player of all time.[14][15][16] In 1951, Mahan was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame as part of the first group of inductees.[17]
  • Louis A. Merrilat, end for Army. Merrilat was a first-team All-American in both 1913 and 1914. He was severely wounded by airplane machine gun fire during World War I,[18][19] but went on to play in the NFL as a 33-year-old rookie in 1925.[20] He later became a soldier of fortune, training Iran's Persian Guard, working with the Chinese Army in the 1930s, and serving in the French Foreign Legion.[21]

All-Americans of 1913


  • Robert Hogsett, Dartmouth (WC-1; INS-1; MFP-2; SBH-1; TET-1)
  • Louis A. Merrilat, Army (WC-1; INS-1; PHD-1; SBH-1; TET-1)
  • W. H. Fritz, Cornell (WC-2; FY-1)
  • Huntington Hardwick, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-2)
  • Lorin Solon, Minnesota (WC-3; INS-2; MFP-1; FY-1)
  • Knute Rockne, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-3; HW-2; MFP-2)
  • Huntington, Chicago (INS-2)
  • Benjamin F. Avery, Yale (MFP-1; TT-1)
  • Hube Wagner, Pitt (PHD-1; TT-2)
  • Francis Joseph O'Brien, Harvard (TT-1)
  • K. P. Gilchrist, Navy (TT-2)


Miller Pontius of Michigan


  • John Brown, Navy (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; INS-1; MFP-1; PHD-1; TT-1; SBH-1; TET-1)
  • Stan Pennock, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; MFP-2; FY-1; TT-1; TET-1)
    Stan Pennock of Harvard.
  • Ray Keeler, Wisconsin (INS-1; MFP-2)
  • Elmer Busch, Carlisle (WC-2)
  • Hank Ketcham, Yale (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-2; INS-2)
  • Howard Parker Talman, Rutgers (WC-3; PHD-1)
  • Alex Weyand, Army (College Football Hall of Fame)(WC-3; INS-2)
  • John S. Pendleton, Yale (MFP-1)
  • Jimmie Munns, Cornell (WC-3 [tackle]; FY-1; TT-2; SBH-1)
  • Albert Journeay, Penn (TT-2)


  • Paul Des Jardien, Chicago (College Football Hall of Fame) (WC-1; HW-1; INS-1; TT-2)
  • William Marting, Yale (WC-2; MFP-2; PHD-1)
  • George C. Paterson, Michigan (WC-3; MFP-1)
  • Pete Garlow, Carlisle (INS-2; SBH-1)
  • Walter Simpson, Penn (FY-1)
  • Hank Ketcham, Yale (College Football Hall of Fame) (TT-1; TET-1)



James Craig of Michigan


Charles Brickley of Harvard


NCAA recognized selectors for 1913

Other selectors

Bold = Consensus All-American[1]

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

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 6. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Camp Picks All-American Eleven: 2 Western Men on All-America Football Team". The Indianapolis Star. 1913-12-14.
  3. ^ a b "Menke Picks His All-American Team: Harvard Champion Team Gets Only Three Places". Naugatuck Daily News. 1913-12-03.
  4. ^ "Brickly Is Found Guilty of Larcenty: Former Harvard Football Star, Boston Broker, Faces Term in Prison". The New York Times. March 2, 1928.
  5. ^ "John "Babe" Brown". National Football Foundation.
  6. ^ "Cornell Wins But Michigan Smashes Athletic Records". Fort Wayne Journal-Gazette. 1911-03-27.
  7. ^ "University Director of Athletics Arrives". Fayetteville Democrat. 1919-09-12.
  8. ^ "Jimmy Craig to Give Orange Stars a Battle". Syracuse Herald. 1912-03-22.
  9. ^ "The Engineer of High School Athletics". Gazette-Mail. Charleston, West Virginia. 1962-02-04.
  10. ^ "Paul "Shorty" Des Jardien". National Football Foundation.
  11. ^ "Shorty Des Jardien Statistics". baseball-reference.com.
  12. ^ "Dartmouth Yearly Results". College Football Data Warehouse. Archived from the original on 2012-11-02. Retrieved .
  13. ^ "Hogsett Is Dartmouth Captain" (PDF). The New York Times. January 16, 1913.
  14. ^ Ray Schmidt (February 1996). "Legendary Eddie Mahan" (PDF). College Football Historical Society.
  15. ^ "The Colley See Um of Sports". Morning Herald. August 27, 1946.
  16. ^ "All-America Eddie Mahan dead at 83: Harvard halfback considered best Crimson ever had". Berkshire Eagle. July 24, 1975.
  17. ^ "Eddie "Ned" Mahan". National Football Foundation.
  18. ^ Brevet-Major-General George W. Cullum (1920). Biographical Register of the Officers and Graduates of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Seemann & Peters, Printers. p. 1770.
  19. ^ "Two Football Stars Receive Wounds Abroad: Welch of Carlisle and Merillat of West Point Hurt in France". Syracuse Herald. January 29, 1919.
  20. ^ "Lou Merrilat profile". pro-football-reference.com.
  21. ^ Grantland Rice (1948-07-06). "Do You Remember Merrillat of Army? He Was a Good One; He Caught Prichard's Passes and He Was Soldier of Fortune". Syracuse Herald Journal.
  22. ^ "Butler of Wisconsin on All-American". Racine Journal-News. 1913-12-24.
  23. ^ "Badger Tackle Among Stars: Butler, Wisconsin's Great Lineman, Placed on All-American Team". Wisconsin State Journal. 1913-12-02.
  24. ^ "Yost Picks His All-Star Team". Logansport Journal-Tribune. 1913-12-03.
  25. ^ "Bob McWhorter Is Picked on All-American Eleven". Atlanta Constitution. 1913-12-09.
  26. ^ a b c Spalding's Official Football Guide. 1914. p. 21.
  27. ^ "Tom Thorp Picks Team From Cream of Football World". The Lima Daily News. 1913-12-03.
  28. ^ "Times' All-American Eleven". Trenton Evening Times. 1913-12-04.

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