1929 College Football All-America Team

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The 1929 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 1929. The seven selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1929 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) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), and (7) the North American Newspaper Alliance (NANA).

Consensus All-Americans[edit]

Following the death of Walter Camp in 1925, there was a proliferation of All-American teams in the late 1920s. For the year 1929, the NCAA recognizes seven published All-American teams as "official" designations for purposes of its consensus determinations. Only two players, Notre Dame quarterback Frank Carideo and Pittsburgh end Joe Donchess, were unanimous first-team selections on all seven of the NCAA-recognized teams. The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number Selectors

First-team selections

Frank Carideo Quarterback Notre Dame 7/7 AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, NANA, AAB
Joe Donchess End Pittsburgh 7/7 AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, NANA, AAB
Bronko Nagurski Tackle/Fullback Minnesota 6/7 AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, NANA
Jack Cannon Guard Notre Dame 6/7 AP, UP, COL, NEA, INS, AAB
Ben Ticknor Center Harvard 6/7 AP, UP, COL, INS, NANA, AAB
Ralph Welch Fullback Purdue 6/7 UP, COL, NEA, INS [hb], NANA, AAB
Ray Montgomery Guard Pittsburgh 5/7 UP, COL, NEA, INS, AAB
Elmer Sleight Tackle Purdue 4/7 AP, COL, INS, AAB
Francis Tappaan[1] End USC 4/7 UP, NEA, NANA, AAB
Red Cagle Halfback Army 3/7 AP, COL, AAB
Gene McEver Halfback Tennessee 3/7 UP, NEA, NANA
Wes Fesler[1] End Ohio State 2/7 AP, INS

All-American selections for 1929[edit]


  • Joe Donchess, Pittsburgh (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; DW-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Wes Fesler, Ohio State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-2; NEA-2; INS-1; CP-1; NYS-2; NYP-2; DW-2; WT)
  • Francis Tappaan, USC (AP-2; UP-1; NEA-1; INS-2; NANA-1; CP-2; NYS-2; NYP-1; AAB-1; DW-2)
  • Wear Schoonover, Arkansas (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-2; COL-1; INS-3; NYS-1; DW-3; LP-1)
  • Robert Tanner, Minnesota (NEA-2; NYP-2; DW-1)
  • Vernon Smith, Georgia (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; NEA-3)
  • Paul L. Bates, Western Maryland (UP-3)
  • Tom Churchill, Oklahoma (UP-3; NEA-3)
  • Frank Baker, Northwestern (AP-3; NANA-2)
  • Dale Van Sickel, Florida (College Football Hall of Fame) (CP-2)
  • Mitchell, Davis & Elkins (DW-3)
  • Norton, California (INS-2; NANA-3)
  • Muller, Stanford (INS-3)
  • Herster Barres, Yale (NANA-2)
  • Tom Conley, Notre Dame (NANA-3)


  • Bronko Nagurski, Minnesota (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1 [fb]; NYS-1; NYP-1 [fb]; DW-2 [fb]; LP-1)
  • Elmer Sleight, Purdue (AP-1; UP-2; COL-1; INS-1; NANA-2; CP-1; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; DW-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Marion Hammon, SMU (UP-1; NYS-2; DW-2)
  • George Ackerman, St. Mary’s (NYP-2; AAB-1; DW-1)
  • Forrest Douds, Washington & Jefferson (AP-3; UP-2; NEA-2; INS-2; CP-1; WT)
  • Fred Sington, Alabama (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-3; UP-2 [g]; INS-2 [g]; NYP-1; DW-2 [g])
  • Ray Richards, Nebraska (NEA-1; DW-3)
  • Lou Gordon, Illinois (NEA-2; NANA-1)
  • Samuel Wakeman, Cornell (AP-2; UP-3; NEA-3; INS-2; NANA-2; CP-2; NYP-2; DW-3)
  • Ted Twomey, Notre Dame (AP-2; UP-3; INS-3; DW-2)
  • John Utz, Penn (CP-2)
  • Huntington, Colgate (NYS-2)
  • Shields, Oregon (NEA-3)
  • Barfield, Princeton (NANA-3)
  • Blimp Bowstrom, Navy (NANA-3)


  • Jack Cannon, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-3; CP-2; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; DW-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Ray Montgomery, Pittsburgh (AP-2; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-2; NYS-2; AAB-1; DW-1)
  • Bert Schwarz, California (AP-1; UP-2; INS-3; NYS-1; DW-2; LP-1)
  • Wade Greene, Yale (AP-2; CP-1; WT)
  • Russ Crane, Illinois (CP-1)
  • Mike Brumbelow, TCU (UP-3; NEA-3; DW-3)
  • Fred Roberts, Iowa (UP-3)
  • John B. Law, Notre Dame (AP-3)
  • Ray Farris, North Carolina (AP-3; NEA-2)
  • Nate Barragar, USC (INS-2; CP-2; DW-3)
  • Gibson, Colgate (NYP-2)
  • Luby DiMeolo, Pitt (INS-3 [t]; NYP-2)
  • Bull Brown, Vanderbilt (NYS-2; NANA-1)
  • Thomas A. Driscoll, Stanford (NEA-2)
  • Paul Schwegler, Washington (College Football Hall of Fame) (NEA-3)
  • Henry J. Anderson, Northwestern (INS-3; NANA-1)
  • Weir, Illinois (NANA-2)
  • Charles Humber, Army (NANA-3)


  • Ben Ticknor, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-3; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-2; NYS-1; NYP-1 [g]; AAB-1; DW-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Roy Riegels, California (AP-2; NEA-1; INS-3; CP-1)
  • Walter Heinecke, Stanford (UP-2; NANA-3; NYS-2; DW-2)
  • Tony Slano, Fordham (AP-3; UP-3; NEA-2; NANA-2; NYP-1)
  • Tim Moynihan, Notre Dame (NYP-2)
  • Marvin Jonas, Utah (DW-3)


  • Frank Carideo, Notre Dame (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYS-1; NYP-1; AAB-1; DW-1; LP-1; WT)
  • Alton Marsters, Dartmouth (AP-2; INS-1 [hb]; NANA-1; CP-2; NYS-1 [hb]; NYP-2)
  • Glen Harmeson, Purdue (UP-3; INS-3; NEA-3 [fb])
  • Albie Booth, Yale (AP-3; INS-3 [hb]; NYS-2; NYP-1 [hb]; DW-3 [hb])
  • Saunders, USC (NEA-3; NANA-3)
  • Barry Wood, Harvard (College Football Hall of Fame) (INS-2; NANA-2; NYP-2)


  • Red Cagle, Army (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-2 [qb]; COL-1; NEA-2 [qb]; INS-2; NANA-2; CP-2; NYS-2; NYP-2; AAB-1; DW-1; WT)
  • Gene McEver, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-1; NEA-1; NANA-1; CP-1; NYP-2; DW-3)
  • Willis Glassgow, Iowa (UP-2; COL-1; NEA-1; NYS-1; DW-3 [fb]; LP-1)
  • Toby Uansa, Pitt (AP-1; UP-3; NEA-2; INS-2; NANA-3; CP-1; WT)
  • Bill Banker, Tulane (AP-3; UP-3 [fb]; NEA-2; INS-3; NYP-1; AAB-1; DW-1; LP-1)
  • Merle Hufford, Washington (UP-1)
  • Fred "Stud" Stennett, St. Mary's (UP-2)
  • Cy Leland, TCU (UP-3)
  • Benny Lom, California (AP-3; NEA-2 [fb]; NANA-2)
  • Lloyd Brazil, Detroit (NEA-3; INS-3 [fb]; DW-2 [qb])
  • Dick Boyle, St. Mary's (NEA-3)
  • Wittmer, Princeton (NANA-3)


  • Ralph Welch, Purdue (AP-2 [hb]; UP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; INS-1 [hb]; NANA-1; CP-2 [hb]; NYS-2 [hb]; AAB-1; DW-2 [hb])
  • Pug Parkinson, Pitt (AP-2; UP-2; INS-1; NANA-2; NYS-1; NYP-2; DW-2 [hb]; LP-1; WT)
  • Tony Holm, Alabama (AP-1; INS-2)
  • Earl "Powerhouse" Pomeroy, Utah (AP-3; DW-1)
  • C. Russell Bergherm, Northwestern (NANA-3; CP-2; NYS-2)


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

Selectors recognized by NCAA[edit]

Other selectors[edit]

  • CP = Central Press Association, "selected by the readers of hundreds of client newspapers of the Central Press Association"[10]
  • NYS = New York Sun[11][12]
  • NYP = New York Post[13]
  • DW = Davis Walsh of the International News Service[14]
  • LP = Lawrence Perry: "Lawrence Perry selected his 1929 All-America football team after traveling many thousands of miles and watching most of the country's leading teams in play or practice"[15]
  • WT = Washington Times[16]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Tappan is not recognized by the NCAA as a consensus All-American despite receiving four official first-team designations. For some reason, Wes Fesler receives the consensus recognition even though he received only two official first-team designations.
  2. ^ "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. p. 7. Retrieved October 21, 2017. 
  3. ^ "All-America Football Board Selects 1929 Honor Team: Rockne, Warner, Jones, Alexander Present Choices for Season's Best". Salt Lake Tribune. 1929-12-08. 
  4. ^ Alan Gould (AP Sports Editor) (1929-12-07). "Three Big Ten Players on A.P. All-American Team: Carideo and Cannon Land Honor Posts". The News-Palladium. Michigan. 
  5. ^ "United Press Selects Its 1929 All-American Football Eleven". Charleston Gazette. 1929-12-04. 
  6. ^ "Nagurski Gets Post On Rice's All-American: Minnesota Star Placed At Tackle on All-Star Aggregation; Glassgow and Welch Other Big Ten Aces". The Evening Tribune. Albert Lea, MN. 1929-12-20. 
  7. ^ William Braucher (NEA Service Sports Writer) (1929-12-06). "NEA Names Three Big 10 Stars on All-American: Place Carideo of Notre Dame at Quarterback". Sheboygan Journal. 
  8. ^ "International News Service Announces All-American Teams: Leading Coaches And Writers Of Nation Aid In Selections; Carideo, Marsters, Welch And Parkinson Picked In First Team Backfield". New Castle News. 1929-12-05. 
  9. ^ "Race for All-Star Picking Gets Going: Great Coach Critics for Standard in Their Annual Huddle Agree on Choices". Montana Standard. 1929-12-01. 
  10. ^ "Gene M'Ever Gains Place on Popular All-American Team: Hundreds of Thousands of Football Followers Select Fourth Annual Mythical Eleven by Good Old-Fashioned Election Method". Kingsport Times. 1929-12-10. 
  11. ^ "Bear Schwartz on One All-American". Montana Standard. 1929-12-01. 
  12. ^ "Sleight Picked for All-America: Purdue Tackle Placed On New York Sun's Mythical Team; Welch On Second Eleven". Kokomo Tribune. 1929-11-30. 
  13. ^ "First and Second All-American Are Named by N.Y. Post". Sterling Daily Gazette (IL). 1929-12-02. 
  14. ^ "Walsh's All-American 1929 Football Team". Logansport Pharos-Tribune. 1929-12-04. 
  15. ^ "Lawrence Perry's 1929 All-American". Evening Huronite. 1929-12-10. 
  16. ^ "All-America Addendum" (PDF). College Football Historical Society Newsletter. November 2008.