The Multitude Of All-America Backfields In 1939

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All throughout its detailed review of the UCLA BRUINS’ memorable 1939 NCAA football campaign, this particular blog has consistently referred to star left halfback KENNY WASHINGTON as a “consensus All-America” selection — this has been so because the senior out of Lincoln High School in Los Angeles was named either First, Second or Third Team All-America that year by no fewer than 11 out of the 15 major accredited organizations carefully studied.

No less than 20 different backfield players (eleven seniors, eight juniors and one sophomore) were chosen either First, Second or Third Team All-America in 1939 by at least one of the following groups — Associated Press, United Press, Central Press Association, International News Service, Newspaper Enterprise Association, Collegiate Writers, Hearst Newspapers, New York Sun newspaper, Walter Camp Football Foundation, The Sporting News, Collier’s Weekly, Liberty magazine, Life magazine, Newsweek magazine and the All-America Board.

Five of these organizations (AP, UP, NEA, CPA, Hearst) announced First, Second & Third All-America teams while five others (INS, Collegiate Writers, New York Sun, Life, Newsweek) nominated First & Second All-America sides; the remaining five entities named but a single squad.

Michigan Wolverines left halfback TOM HARMON was, in fact, the one and only backfield player in the entire nation to be named either a First, Second or Third Team All-America pick for the 1939 NCAA season by all fifteen of the major accredited organizations accounted for here at this blog. Iowa Hawkeyes star NILE KINNICK, the undersized left halfback who won the balloting for the prestigious 1939 Heisman Trophy, was the only other collegiate player in the country to be cited by at least 14 of the 15 organizations analyzed. Just five out of the forementioned twenty total backfield players — Kinnick from Iowa, Harmon from Michigan, Washington from UCLA along with Texas A&M Aggies fullback JOHN KIMBROUGH and Missouri Tigers quarterback PAUL CHRISTMAN — were honored with some type of All-America status by at least ten of the fifteen organizations in question :

43 pts … 15 teams … 14-0-1 …… Tom Harmon, Michigan – jr
41 pts … 14 teams … 13-1-0 ……. Nile Kinnick, Iowa – sr
36 pts … 13 teams … 10-3-0 …… John Kimbrough, Texas A&M – jr
33 pts … 13 teams ….. 7-6-0 …… Paul Christman, Missouri – jr
23 pts … 11 teams ….. 2-8-1 ……. KENNY WASHINGTON, UCLA – sr
23 pts ….. 9 teams ….. 6-2-1 ……. George Cafego, Tennessee – sr
14 pts ….. 7 teams ….. 1-5-1 …….. George McAfee, Duke – sr
12 pts ….. 5 teams ….. 3-1-1 …….. Banks McFadden, Clemson – sr
11 pts ….. 5 teams …… 2-2-1 …….. Grenville Lansdell, USC – sr

8 pts ……. 5 teams ……. 1-1-3 …….. Don Scott, Ohio State – jr
6 pts ……. 4 teams ……. 0-2-2 ……. Dick Cassiano, Pitt – sr
5 pts ……. 2 teams ……. 1-1-0 …….. Walt Matuszczak, Cornell – jr
5 pts ……. 3 teams ……. 0-2-1 …….. Jim Lalanne, North Carolina – jr
4 pts ……. 4 teams ……. 0-0-4 ……. Dom Principe, Fordham – sr
3 pts …….. 2 teams ……. 0-1-1 …….. George Stirnweiss, North Carolina – sr
2 pts …….. 1 team ……… 0-1-0 ……. Bob Hoffman, USC – sr
2 pts …….. 1 team ……… 0-1-0 ……. Beryl Clark, Oklahoma – sr
2 pts …….. 1 team ……… 0-1-0 ……. Milt Piepul, Notre Dame – jr
2 pts …….. 1 team ……… 0-1-0 ……. Ronny Cahill, Holy Cross – sr
1 pts …….. 1 team ……… 0-0-1 ……. Jack Crain, Texas – so

(Scoring system = three points for first team selection, two points for second team nomination, one point for third team status)

* ASSOCIATED PRESS
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1st team —- Harmon, Kimbrough, Kinnick, McFadden
2nd team —- Cafego, Christman, McAfee, Washington
3rd team —- Crain, Lansdell, Principe, Scott

* UNITED PRESS
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1st team — Cafego, Harmon, Kimbrough, Kinnick
2nd team — Christman, McAfee, Piepul, Washington
3rd team — Cassiano, McFadden, Principe, Scott

* NEWSPAPER ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION
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1st team — Christman, Kimbrough, Kinnick, McFadden
2nd team — Cafego, McAfee, Scott, Washington
3rd team — Cassiano, Harmon, Principe, Stirnweiss

CENTRAL PRESS ASSOCIATION
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1st team — Harmon, Kimbrough, Kinnick, Lansdell
2nd team — Cafego, Christman, McAfee, Stirnweiss
3rd team — McFadden, Principe, Scott, Washington

HEARST NEWSPAPERS
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1st team — Christman, Harmon, Kinnick, Lansdell
2nd team — Cahill, Kimbrough, Matuszczak, Washington
3rd team — Cafego, Lalanne, McAfee, McFadden

* INTERNATIONAL NEWS SERVICE
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1st team — Cafego, Harmon, Kimbrough, Kinnick
2nd team — Christman, Clark, Lalanne, Washington

* NEWSWEEK MAGAZINE
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1st team — Cafego, Harmon, Kimbrough, Kinnick
2nd team — Christman, Lansdell, McFadden, Washington

LIFE MAGAZINE
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1st team — Cafego, Harmon, Kimbrough, Washington
2nd team — Cassiano, Lalanne, Kinnick, McAfee

NEW YORK SUN
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1st team — Harmon, Kinnick, Matuszczak, McAfee
2nd team — Christman, Hoffman, Kimbrough, Washington

COLLEGIATE WRITERS
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1st team — Cafego, Christman, Harmon, Kinnick
2nd team — Cassiano, Kimbrough, Lalanne, Washington

WALTER CAMP
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1st team — Christman, Harmon, Kimbrough, Kinnick

* LIBERTY MAGAZINE
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1st team — Harmon, Kimbrough, Scott, Washington

* THE SPORTING NEWS
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1st team — Cafego, Christman, Harmon, Kinnick

* COLLIER’S WEEKLY
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1st team — Christman, Harmon, Kinnick, McFadden

* ALL-AMERICA BOARD
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1st team — Christman, Harmon, Kimbrough, Kinnick

* Asterisk indicates one of nine “selectors” as recognized by the National Collegiate Athletic Assocation in 1939 for the purposes of establishing the official annual “Consensus All-America” team.

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