1978 College Football All-America Team
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1978 College Football All-America Team

The 1978 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 1978. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes four selectors as "official" for the 1978 season. They are:[1] (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) based on the input of more than 2,000 voting members;[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] and (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers.[5] Other selectors included Football News (FN), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[6]The Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).



Tight ends



  • Pat Howell, USC (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Greg Roberts, Oklahoma (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Joe Bostic, Clemson (AP-2, UPI-2, NEA-2)
  • Pete Inge, San Diego State (AP-2)
  • Steve Lindquist, Nebraska (AP-3, UPI-2)
  • Brad Budde, USC (NEA-2)
  • Doug Panfil, Tulsa (AP-3)



Running backs


Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards


Defensive backs

  • Johnnie Johnson, Texas (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, WC)
  • Kenny Easley, UCLA (AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, NEA-1, TSN, WC)
  • Jeff Nixon, Richmond (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-2, NEA-1, WC)
  • Lawrence Johnson, Wisconsin (NEA-1, TSN)
  • Henry Williams, San Diego St. (AFCA, UPI-2)
  • Rick Sanford, South Carolina (TSN)
  • Pete Harris, Penn State (AP-2, UPI-1, NEA-2)
  • Don Bessillieu, Georgia Tech (TSN)
  • Jeff Delaney, Pittsburgh (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Lovie Smith, Tulsa (AP-2)
  • Russ Calabrese, Missouri (NEA-2)
  • Tim Smith, Oregon State (NEA-2)
  • Vaughn Lusby, Arkansas (NEA-2)
  • Jason Coloma, Brigham Young (AP-3)
  • Nesby Glasgow, Washington (AP-3)
  • Joe Restic, Notre Dame (AP-3)

Special teams




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

Official selectors

Other selectors

See also


  1. ^ a b "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. pp. 3, 12. Retrieved 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Kodak All-America has two quarterbacks". The Salina Journal. December 4, 1978. p. 15.
  3. ^ a b "Bruins, Troy share wealth in AP All-America squad". The San Bernardino County Sun. December 6, 1978. p. D2.
  4. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved 2016.
  5. ^ a b "UPI All-America Team". The Salina Journal. December 5, 1978. p. 13.
  6. ^ a b "Penn State's Fusina tops NEA All-America". The Paris News. December 6, 1978. p. 7B.

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