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For the year 1951, the NCAA recognizes eight 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.
APO/APD = Associated Press. The AP selected separate offensive and defensive teams. "The team was picked after the Dec. 1 games in consultation with 11 prominent sportswriters. They had the benefit of reports from hundreds of writers and broadcasters throughout the country."
UP = United Press. The United Press did not select separate offensive and defensive teams. They selected only 11 first-team players: "Chosen by ballots from 260 sports writers and broadcasters in all sections of the nation, these players were considered the finest at their positions."
CP = Central Press Association: "the 21st annual Central Press All-American football team, selected as usual with the assistance of the nation's football captains"
CTO/CTD = Chicago Tribunes 5th annual All-Players All-America team determined based on polling of players in cooperation with the major universities and colleges throughout the United States. The results were based on a record 18,876 votes (10,086 for offense and 8,790 for defense).
^ abESPN College Football Encyclopedia. ESPN Books. 2005. p. 1224. ISBN1401337031.
^"Collier's All-American". The Berkshire Evening Eagle. December 7, 1951.("The on-the-field reports of the coaches on this year's crop of football players were consolidated and evaluated by Collier's All-America board of 10 coaches, including Lloyd Jordan, association president; Frank Leahy, Notre Dame; Carl Snavely, North Carolina; Henry Frnka, Tulane; Dutch Meyer, T.C.U.; Ray Eliot, Illinois and Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma")
^"AP's All-American Grid Team". Greeley Daily Tribune. December 7, 1951.
^"Look Picks Two Teams". Long Beach Press-Telegram. December 5, 1951.
^"Wheat, Lauricella, Daffer Named on INS All-America Team". Rome News-Tribune. INS. November 26, 1951.