The All-America Candidacy Of Kenny Washington, According To The Statistics – Part Three

kwash-cal-280Having thoroughly reviewed the statistics of the nine backfield players who have been deemed by this blog to be “serious consensus All-America candidates” with respect to the 1939 NCAA season, it is most important to expand on a concept first touched upon in the first part of this series.
In terms of quality of opposition that each individual All-America candidate had to contend with that year, it is extremely relevant to consider the number of collegiate players who were ultimately chosen by the professional clubs at the annual National Football League Draft to help put strength of schedule into proper perspective. Simply because, in any era, it is always the pro scouts and general managers whose very own livelihood flounders or flourishes based on their abilities to identify and acquire standout players.

One thing is certain – none of the other eight backfield players being scrutinized in this particular series, all of whom were named First Team All-America in 1939 by at least one of the fifteen major accredited organizations analyzed by this blog, had to face teams that season which featured as many future NFL Draft picks as UCLA Bruins left halfback KENNY WASHINGTON did.

1940 NFL Draft Picks Faced During 1939 NCAA Season
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WASHINGTON, UCLA ……. 31 NFL picks … 10 games …. 3.100 seniors/game
Kimbrough, Texas A&M * … 27 NFL picks … 11 games …. 2.455 seniors/game
Lansdell, USC ………………….. 24 NFL picks … 10 games …. 2.400 seniors game
Cafego, Tennessee * …………. 23 NFL picks … 11 games …. 2.091 seniors/game
Christman, Missouri …………. 20 NFL picks … 10 games … 2.000 seniors/game
Kinnick, Iowa * ………………… 16 NFL picks ….. 8 games …. 2.000 seniors game
Harmon, Michigan * …………. 11 NFL picks ….. 8 games …. 1.375 seniors game
McFadden, Clemson …………. 11 NFL picks … 10 games …. 1.100 seniors/game
McAfee, Duke ……………………. 9 NFL picks ….. 9 games …. 1.000 seniors/game

Total Future NFL Draft Picks Faced During 1939 NCAA Season
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WASHINGTON, UCLA ……. 75 NFL picks … 10 games …. 7.500 total/game
Kinnick, Iowa * ………………… 57 NFL picks ….. 8 games …. 7.125 total/game
Lansdell, USC ………………….. 68 NFL picks …. 10 games …. 6.800 total/game
Kimbrough, Texas A&M * … 73 NFL picks …. 11 games …. 6.636 total/game
Harmon, Michigan * …………. 42 NFL picks ….. 8 games …. 5.250 total/game
Cafego, Tennessee * …………. 54 NFL picks … 11 games ….. 4.909 total/game
Christman, Missouri …………. 48 NFL picks … 10 games …. 4.800 total/game
McFadden, Clemson …………. 43 NFL picks … 10 games …. 4.300 total/game
McAfee, Duke …………………… 26 NFL picks ….. 9 games …. 2.889 total/game

It is only fair to point out that the overwhelming majority of All-America teams in 1939 were announced before the results of the 1940 National Football League Draft (which was actually held on December 9th, 1939) could have had any impact on the voting and, of course, the various All-America selectors could not have possibly known in advance exactly which sophomore and junior players were slated to be chosen at the upcoming NFL Drafts in 1941 and 1942.

Still, now that this sort of information is available to be reviewed, it only serves to bring the individual statistical accomplishments of the nine backfield players involved in the side-by-side comparison offered by this series into a much more clear focus.

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