List of North Carolina Tar Heels football All-Americans

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The North Carolina Tar Heels college football team competes as part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS), and represents the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Coastal Division of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC). All-America selections are individual player recognitions made after each season when numerous publications release lists of their ideal team. The NCAA recognizes five All-America lists: the Associated Press (AP), American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).[1] In order for an honoree to earn a "consensus" selection, he must be selected as first team in three of the five lists recognized by the NCAA, and "unanimous" selections must be selected as first team in all five lists.[1]

Since the establishment of the team in 1888, North Carolina has had 68 players honored a total of 85 times as an All-American for their performance on the field of play. Included in these selections are fourteen consensus selections, three of which were unanimous selections. The most recent All-Americans from North Carolina a came after the 2013 season, when Eric Ebron and Ryan Switzer were each named First Team All-America by various selectors.


dagger Consensus selection
double-dagger Unanimous selection
B Back[A 1] K Kicker NT Nose tackle
C Center LB Linebacker FB Fullback
DB Defensive Back P Punter HB Halfback
DE Defensive End QB Quarterback WR Wide receiver
DT Defensive Tackle RB Running Back G Guard
E End T Tackle TE Tight End
PR Punt Returner NG Nose Guard FS Free Safety
TB Tailback


AAB All-America Board AFCA American Football Coaches Association AP Associated Press APT All-Players Team
AR Albert Richard ATH Athlon BCT Bill Cunningham Team BST Bill Stern Team
BOS Boston Record CBS CD Collegiate Digest CF Complete Football
CFI College Football Illustrated (Sports Review) CH College Humor CHPT Charles Parker Team CNB Collyer’s News Bureau
CPFN College and Pro Football Newsweekly CNNSI CNN/Sports Illustrated CP Central Press Association CS College Sports
CSW College Sports Writers DBT Dr. L.H. Baker Team DHT Deke Houlgate Team EDT Eddie Dooley Team
FC Football Coaches FD Football Digest FN Football News FWAA Football Writers Association of America
GR Gridiron Record GRCE Grantland Rice GW Gridiron Weekly HLMS Helms
HST Hearst INS International News Service JCT Jim Crowley Team JB Joel Buschbaum
LLT Lou Little Team ILA Illustrated Football Annual MZLU Mizlou NEA Newspaper Enterprise Association
NSWK Newsweek NYN New York News NYS New York Sun NYWT New York World-Telegram
PFW Pro Football Weekly PG Police Gazette PIC PIC Scouts PMT Paramount
PW Pop Warner RGT Red Grange Team RST Ray Scott Team RVLS
SCT SH Scripps-Howard SLGD St. Louis Globe-Democrat SR Sports Review
SW Sports Week Time Time Magazine TSN The Sporting News TTT Tom Thorp Team
USA USA Today UP United Press UPI United Press International WC Walter Camp
WILL Paul Williamson WWF What’s What in Football


An American football player looking at the camera while wearing his jersey.
In 1939, George Stirnweiss was an All-American by three different voters.
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Lawrence Taylor was named a consensus First-team All-American in 1980.
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Julius Peppers was a consensus First-team selection in 2001.
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The Associated Press named Giovani Bernard to their third-team in 2012.
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Dré Bly was the first player in ACC history to be named a consensus First-team All-American twice.
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Eric Ebron was named a First-team All-American for his efforts in the 2013 season.
List of All-Americans showing the year won, player, position and selectors[A 2]
Year Player name Position Selector(s)
1929 Ray Farris G NEA-2; AP-3
1933 George Barclay G AP-3; CP-3
1934 George Barclay G AP-1; CP-2; NEA-1; NANA-1; WC-1; CSW-2; GR-1; AAB-1; NYWT-1; CD-2; AR-1; ILA-1
HST-1; LLT-1; WILL-1; NYS-1; CHPT-2; UP-2; TTT-2; APT-2; RGT-2; BCT-2
1934 Jim Hutchins B AAB-HM
1935 Donald Jackson B AP-2; CP-2; NEA-2
1936 Andy Bershak E AP-2;
1937 Andy Bershakdagger E AP-3; UP-2; COL-1; INS-3; NEA-1; CP-1; CE-1
1938 Steve Maronic T CP-1; UP-2; NEA-2; AP-3. EDT-1; NSWK-2; WWF-2; CH-3
1939 George Stirnweiss B CP-2; NEA-3; BCT-3
1939 Jim Lalanne B BST-2; INS-2; NEA-3; HST-3; WILL-3
1939 Paul Severin E AP-1; WILL-1; NEA-2; DBT-3; UP-3; WWF-3
1940 Paul Severin E AP-1; WILL-1; NEA-1; DBT-1; UP-2; WWF-2; NYN-1; BOS-1; NSWK-1; CNB-1; BST-2; CSW-2
CP-2; INS-2; NYS-2; BCT-2; JCT-2
1943 Ray Poole E BST-3
1946 Charlie Justice TB AP-3; UP-2; NEA-2; FC-3; SW-3; GW-2; PIC-2
1947 Charlie Justice TB AP-2; NEA-2; INS-3; CP-3;
1947 Walt Pupa FB APT-3
1948 Charlie Justicedagger TB AP-1; UP-2; NEA-1; FC-1; SW-1; INS-1; CP-1; AAB-1; WILL-1; APT-1; TSN-1; PMT-1
BST-1; PG-1; FD-1; BOS-1; CFI-1; NYN-1; CF-1; DHT-1; FWAA-2
1948 Len Szafaryn T FWAA-2
1948 Art Weiner E FWAA-1; NYS-1; TSN-2; APT-2; CP-3; NEA-2
1949 Charlie Justice TB AP-1; UP-2; FC-1; INS-1; CP-1; AAB-1; WILL-1; APT-1; TSN-1; PMT-1; PG-1; FD-1
1949 Ken Powell E NEA-1
1949 Art Weiner E FWAA-2; UP-1; TSN-1; NYN-1; SR-1; SLGD-1; DHT-1; APT-2; CP-2; NEA-3; INS-2; FD-2
1950 Irv Holdash C, LB AP-1; NEA-1; APT-1; AAB-1; FD-1; BST-1; BOS-1; GR-1; PG-1; HLMS-1; UP-2; CP-2
1958 Phil Blazer T FD-2; CP-3
1958 Al Goldstein B FWAA-1; NEA-1
1961 Jim Lecompte G NEA-3
1963 Bob Lacey E AP-1; FWAA-1; NEA-2
1964 Ken Willard FB FC-2
1969 Ed Chalupka G AP-3
1970 Don McCauleydagger TB AP-1; FWAA-1; FC-1; CP-1; WC-1; FN-1; UP-2
1972 Ron Rusnak G AP-1; UP-2; FWAA-2; FC-1; FN-2
1972 Jerry Sain T FN-2
1974 Ken Huffdagger G AP-1; FC-1; NEA-1; TSN-1; WC-1; Time-1; PW-1; FN-2; UP-2
1974 Charles Waddell TE TSN-1
1976 Mark Cantrell C FN-2
1976 Mike Voight TB AP-2; UPI-2
1977 Dee Hardisondagger DT AP-1; FWAA-1; FC-1; UP-2; NEA-2; CPFN-2
1977 Mike Salzano G FN-3
1979 Ricky Barden DB RST-1; FN-2
1979 Ron Wooten G FN-2
1980 Rick Donnalley C AP-2; FN-3
1980 Amos Lawrence TB FN-3; CPFN-3
1980 Lawrence Taylordouble-dagger LB AP-1; UP-1; FC-1; FWAA-1; TSN-1; FN-1; CPFN-1; NEA-2
1980 Donnell Thompson DT FN-3
1980 Ron Wooten G FN-1; WC-1; NEA-1; MZLU-1; UP-2; CPFN-2; AP-3
1981 David Drechsler G FWAA-1; FN-2
1981 Greg Poole DB FN-3
1982 David Drechsler G FWAA-1; FN-1; WC-1; MZLU-1; AP-2; UP-2; NEA-2; CPFN-2
1982 William Fuller DT FWAA-1; FN-1; CPFN-1; AP-2
1983 Brian Blados T AP-1; NEA-1; UP-2; CPFN-2; FN-3
1983 William Fullerdagger DT FN-1; CPFN-1; FC-1; WC-1; TSN-1; AP-2; UP-2; NEA-2
1983 Ethan Horton TB FN-3
1984 Ethan Horton TB AP-3; UPI-2
1986 Harris Barton T AP-1; NEA-1; ATH-1; JB-1; TSN-2; FN-3
1986 Derrick Fenner RB CPFN-3
1987 Carlton Bailey NG NEA-2
1988 Jeff Garnica C AP-3
1989 Pat Crowley G MZLU-1; FN-3
1990 Kevin Donnalley T CPFN-3
1992 Natrone Means TB FN-3
1992 Randall Parsons C AP-3
1993 Bracy Walker FS FC-1; FWAA-1; SH-1; AP-2; UP-2; TSN-2; FN-3
1994 Marcus Jones DE, DT AP-3
1995 Marcus Jonesdagger DE, DT AP-1; FC-1; WC-1; UP-1; CS-1; TSN-2
1996 Freddie Jones TE FN-3
1996 Dré Blydagger CB AP-1; WC-1; FWAA-1; TSN-1; FN-2
1996 Greg Ellis DE TSN-2; AP-3; FN-3
1996 Brian Simmons LB AP-2; TSN-2
1997 Dré Blydagger CB AP-1; WC-1; FWAA-1; FN-1; TSN-3
1997 Greg Ellisdagger DE AP-1; WC-1; FC-1; FN-1; TSN-2
1997 Kivuusama Mays LB AP-3
1997 Brian Simmonsdagger LB AP-1; WC-1; FN-1; TSN-3
1998 Dré Bly CB WC-1; FN-3
1999 Brian Schmitz P TSN-1
2000 Julius Peppers DE AP-2; WC-2; FN-2; CNNSI-1
2001 Ryan Sims DT AP-3
2001 Julius Peppersdouble-dagger DE AP-1; WC-1; FN-1; TSN-1; FWAA-1; FC-1; CNNSI-1
2004 Jason Brown C PFW-1
2008 Trimane Goddard DB AP-2; WC-2; RVLS-3
2010 Quinton Coples DE SCT-2
2012 Giovani Bernard RB AP-3
2012 Jonathan Cooperdouble-dagger G AP-1; WC-1; FWAA-1; AFCA-1; TSN-1; PFW-1
2012 Sylvester Williams DT PFW-1
2013 Eric Ebron TE ESPN-1; AP-2; ATH-2; CBS-2; CNNSI-2; USA-2; WC-2
2013 Ryan Switzer WR, PR FWAA-1; ESPN-1; ATH-1; CBS-2; USA-2
2015 Landon Turner G AP-1; ATH-1; FWAA-2; CBS-2
2015 Ryan Switzer APB AFCA-1


  1. ^ In American and Canadian football, a back is a player who is lined up behind the linemen, the players who line up closest to the line of scrimmage.
  2. ^ Statistics correct as of 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season.[2]


  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Award Winners (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  • "2014 Media Guide" (PDF). University of North Carolina. pp. 114–119. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 22, 2014. Retrieved October 25, 2014. 
  1. ^ a b National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) (November 15, 2011). "2010–11 NCAA Statistics Policies & Guidelines" (PDF). Retrieved December 3, 2011. 
  2. ^ 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records, p. 12