1973 College Football All-America Team
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1973 College Football All-America Team

The 1973 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 1973. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes six selectors as "official" for the 1973 season. They are:[1] (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) which selected its team for Kodak based on a vote of the nation's coaches;[2] (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers;[3] (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected by the nation's football writers;[4] (4) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA) selected based on the votes of sports writers at NEA newspapers;[5] (5) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers;[6] and (6) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).

Five players are recognized by the NCAA as unanimous All-America selections. They are: (1) running back and 1973 Heisman Trophy winner John Cappelletti of Penn State; (2) offensive tackle John Hicks of Ohio State; (3) defensive end John Dutton of Nebraska; (4) middle guard Lucious Selmon of Oklahoma; and (5) linebacker Randy Gradishar of Ohio State.

Consensus All-Americans

The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1973 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number[7] Official Other
John Cappelletti Running back Penn State 6/3/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
John Dutton Defensive end Nebraska 6/3/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
Randy Gradishar Linebacker Ohio State 6/3/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
John Hicks Offensive guard Ohio State 6/3/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
Mike Townsend Defensive back Notre Dame 5/3/8 AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
Lynn Swan Wide receiver USC 5/3/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI FN, Time, TSN
Lucious Selmon Middle guard Oklahoma 6/1/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN
Bill Wyman Center Texas 6/1/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC FN
Dave Gallagher Defensive end Michigan 5/2/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, WC Time, TSN
David Jaynes Quarterback Kansas 4/3/7 AFCA, AP, UPI, WC FN, Time, TSN
Roosevelt Leaks Running back Texas 5/1/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN
Booker Brown Offensive guard USC 3/3/6 AFCA, FWAA, NEA FN, Time, TSN
Dave Casper Tight end Notre Dame 5/0/5 AFCA, FWAA, NEA, UPI, WC --
Richard Wood Linebacker USC 4/1/5 AFCA, AP, UPI, WC FN
Bill Yoest Offensive tackle NC State 4/1/5 AP, FWAA, UPI, WC FN
Buddy Brown Offensive tackle Alabama 4/0/4 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI --
Rod Shoate Linebacker Oklahoma 3/1/4 AFCA, AP, NEA FN
Artimus Parker Defensive back USC 3/1/4 AP, UPI, WC Time
Dave Brown Defensive back Michigan 3/0/3 AFCA, FWAA, UPI --
Randy Rhino Defensive back Georgia Tech 3/0/3 AFCA, UPI, WC --
Woody Green Running back Arizona State 2/1/3 AFCA, WC TSN
Kermit Johnson Running back UCLA 2/1/3 FWAA, NEA FN
Tony Cristiani Middle guard Miami (FL) 2/0/2 FWAA, WC --



  • Lynn Swann, USC (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, FN, Time, TSN)
  • Wayne Wheeler, Alabama (WC, FN, TSN)
  • Danny Buggs, West Virginia (AFCA, AP-2, UPI-2)
  • John Holland, Tennessee State (Time)
  • Hank Cook, New Mexico State (AP-3)
  • Pat McInally, Harvard (NEA-2)

Tight ends


  • John Hicks, Ohio St. (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, WC, FN, Time, TSN)
  • Booker Brown, USC (AFCA, AP-2, FWAA, NEA-1 [OG], UPI-2 [OG], FN [OG], Time, TSN [OG])
  • Daryl White, Nebraska (AFCA, AP-2, NEA-2 [OG], UPI-1, FN, TSN [OG])
  • Steve Riley, USC (Time, TSN)
  • Al Oliver, UCLA (NEA-1)
  • Henry Lawrence, Florida A. & M (NEA-2 [OG], Time)
  • Eddie Foster, Oklahoma (WC)
  • Charlie Getty, Penn State (AP-3, UPI-2 [OG])
  • Jim O'Connor, Arizona (AP-3)


  • Buddy Brown, Alabama (AFCA, AP-1 [OT], FWAA, UPI-1)
  • Bill Yoest, N.C. State (AP-1, FWAA, NEA-2 [OT], UPI-1, WC, FN)
  • Tyler Lafauci, LSU (AFCA, AP-1, NEA-1)
  • Mark Markovich, Penn State (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Dave Manning, Utah State (AP-2)
  • Frank Pomarico, Notre Dame (UPI-2)
  • Dave Lapham, Syracuse (AP-3)
  • Willie Viney, Pacific (AP-3)


  • Bill Wyman, Texas (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, UPI-1, WC, FN)
  • Scott Anderson, Missouri (AP-3, NEA-2, UPI-2, Time)
  • Steve Corbett, Boston College (TSN)
  • Steve Taylor, Auburn (AP-2)


Running backs


Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

  • Ed Jones, Tennessee State (NEA-1, TSN [DE], Time)
  • Randy Crowder, Penn State (UPI-1, FN)
  • Bill Kollar, Montana State (NEA-1, Time)
  • Paul Vellano, Maryland (AFCA)
  • Charlie Hall, Tulane (WC)

Middle guards


Defensive backs

  • Mike Townsend, Notre Dame (AP-1, UPI-1, NEA-1, WC, FWAA, TSN [S], Time, FN)
  • Artimus Parker, USC (AP-1, UPI-1, WC, Time)
  • Dave Brown, Michigan (UPI-1, AFCA, FWAA)
  • Randy Rhino, Georgia Tech (UPI-1, WC, AFCA)
  • Jimmy Allen, UCLA (AP-1, NEA-1)
  • Jeris White, Hawaii (TSN [CB], Time)
  • Matt Blair, Iowa St. (AFCA)
  • John Moseley Missouri (FWAA)
  • Bill Simpson, Michigan State (TSN [CB])
  • Carl Capria, Purdue (TSN [S])
  • Kenith Pope, Oklahoma (Time)
  • Harry Harrison, Mississippi (NEA-1)
  • Eddie Brown, Tennessee (FN)
  • Alvin Brown, Oklahoma State (FN)

Special teams





  • Bold - Consensus All-American[8]
  • -1 - First-team selection
  • -2 - Second-team selection
  • -3 - Third-team selection

Official selectors

Other selectors

  • FN - Football News[9]
  • PFW - Pro Football Weekly
  • Time - Time Magazine
  • TSN - The Sporting News[10]

See also


  1. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 3. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Kodak Lists All-America Football Team". Albuquerque Journal. December 8, 1973. p. C3.
  3. ^ a b "The All-America Team". Piqua Daily Call. December 4, 1973. p. 11.
  4. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Pittsburgh freshman heads NEA All-America 11s". The Times-Standard (Eureka, CA). December 15, 1973. p. 13.
  6. ^ a b "UPI All-America". Lebanon Daily News. December 6, 1973. p. 57.
  7. ^ This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.
  8. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 10. Retrieved 2017.
  9. ^ "White, Dutton Football News All-Americans". The Lincoln (NE) Star. November 20, 1973. p. 15. Retrieved 2016 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  10. ^ "Sporting News Picks Switzer, Buckeyes' Hicks". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 13, 1973. p. 6B.

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