1955 College Football All-America Team

The 1955 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 1955. The eight selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1955 season are (1) the All-America Board (AAB), (2) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (3) the Associated Press, (4) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (5) the International News Service (INS), (6) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (7) the Sporting News (SN), and (8) the United Press (UP).

Consensus All-Americans

For the year 1955, the NCAA recognizes eight published All-American teams as "official" designations for purposes of its consensus determinations. The following chart identifies the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans and displays which first-team designations they received.

Name Position School Number Official Other
Howard Cassady Halfback Ohio State 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, Jet, NBC, WC
Ron Beagle End Navy 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, NBC, WC
Jim Swink Halfback TCU 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, NBC, WC
Bob Pellegrini Center Maryland 8/8 AAB, AFCA, AP, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, Jet, NBC, WC
Bo Bolinger Guard Oklahoma 7/8 AAB, AFCA, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP CP, Jet, NBC, WC
Ron Kramer End Michigan 7/8 AAB, AFCA, FWAA, INS, NEA, SN, UP Jet, WC
Bruce Bosley Tackle West Virginia 5/8 AAB, AFCA, INS, SN, UP WC
Earl Morrall Quarterback Michigan State 5/8 AP, AFCA, FWAA, INS, SN Jet, NBC, WC
Paul Hornung Halfback Notre Dame 5/8 AAB, FWAA, NEA, SN, UP WC
Cal Jones Guard Iowa 4/8 AAB, FWAA, SN, UP Jet, WC
Hardiman Cureton Guard UCLA 4/8 AAB, AFCA, FWAA, INS CP
Norm Masters Tackle Michigan State 3/8 UP, FWAA, NEA CP, NBC, WC

All-American selections for 1955

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Tackles

  • Norm Masters, Michigan State (AP-3, UP-1, FWAA, NEA-1, CP-1, Jet-2, NBC, WC)
  • Bruce Bosley, West Virginia (AAB, AP-2, AFCA, INS-1, SN, UP-1, CP-2, WC)
  • Sam Huff, West Virginia (FWAA, NEA-1, UP-3, Jet-1, NBC)
  • John Witte, Oregon State (INS-1, AP-3, NEA-3, CP-3, Jet-1)
  • Frank D'Agostino, Auburn (AP-1, AFCA, UP-3)
  • Mike Sandusky, Maryland (SN, UP-2, NEA-2)
  • Paul Wiggin, Stanford (AP-1)
  • Herb Gray, Texas (FWAA)
  • Phil Tarasovic, Yale (INS-2, NEA-3, CP-3)
  • Francis Machinsky, Ohio State (UP-2)
  • Carl Vereen, Georgia Tech (NEA-2)
  • Roger Siesel, Miami (Ohio) (INS-2)
  • Fred Robinson, Washington (CP-2)
  • John Jankins, Arizona State (Jet-2)

Guards

  • Bo Bolinger, Oklahoma (AAB, AP-2, AFCA, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, Jet-1, NBC, WC)
  • Cal Jones, Iowa (AAB, AP-2 [tackle], FWAA, SN, UP-1, NEA-2; INS-2; CP-2, Jet-1, WC)
  • Hardiman Cureton, UCLA (AAB [tackle], AFCA, FWAA [t], INS-1, UP-2, NEA-2, CP-1 [t], Jet-2)
  • Jim Parker, Ohio State (AP-3, FWAA, NEA-3, UP-2, CP-1, Jet-1)
  • Tony Sardisco, Tulane (FWAA, INS-2)
  • Pat Bisceglia, Notre Dame (AP-1, UP-3, NBC)
  • Scott Suber, Mississippi State (AP-2, NEA-1)
  • James D. Brown, UCLA (AP-1)
  • Orlando Ferrante, USC (INS-2, CP-3)
  • Buck Nystrom, Michigan State (INS-2, CP-3)
  • Jim Buonopane, Holy Cross (CP-2)
  • William Meigs, Harvard (AP-3)
  • Franklin Brooks, Georgia Tech (UP-3)
  • Bryan Burnthorne, Tulane (NEA-3)

Centers

  • Bob Pellegrini, Maryland (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, Jet-1, NBC, WC)
  • Hugh Pitts, Texas Christian (AP-2, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-3)
  • Jerry Tubbs, Oklahoma (College Football Hall of Fame) (INS-2, NEA-3, UP-3)
  • Ken Vargo, Ohio State (CP-2, Jet-2)
  • Steve DeLatorre, Florida (AP-3)

Quarterbacks

  • Earl Morrall, Michigan State (AP-1, AFCA, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-2, SN, UP-2, CP-3, Jet-1, NBC, WC)
  • George Welsh, Navy (AP-3, INS-2, NEA-3, UP-2, CP-1)
  • Claude Benham, Columbia (Jet-2)

Halfbacks

  • Howard Cassidy, Ohio State (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, Jet-1, NBC, WC)
  • Paul Hornung, Notre Dame (AAB, FWAA, NEA-1 [QB], SN, UP-1, WC)
  • Jim Swink, TCU (AAB, AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, INS-1, NEA-1, SN, UP-1, CP-1, Jet-2, NBC, WC)
  • Jon Arnett, Southern California (AP-2, FWAA, INS-2, NEA-1, UP-1, CP-2)
  • Tommy McDonald, Oklahoma (AP-1, INS-2, NEA-2, UP-2, CP-2)
  • Art Davis, Mississippi State (FWAA, NEA-2)
  • Ed Vereb, Maryland (AP-3, INS-2, UP-3, CP-3)
  • Jim Brown, Syracuse (AP-3, INS-2, NEA-3)
  • Gary Glick, Colorado A&M (AP-2, INS-2)
  • Sam Brown, UCLA (INS-2, UP-3, Jet-1)
  • Charley Horton, Vanderbilt (AP-3, NEA-3)
  • Fob James, Auburn (INS-2)
  • Lenny Moore, Penn State (Pro Football Hall of Fame) (INS-2, Jet-2)
  • Charley Sticka, Trinity (INS-2)
  • Paige Cothren, Mississippi (INS-2)
  • Bob Pascal, Duke (CP-3)

Fullbacks

See also

References

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1955 All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team

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1955 All-Big Seven Conference football team

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1955 All-Big Ten Conference football team

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1955 All-Pacific Coast football team

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1955 All-SEC football team

The 1955 All-SEC football team consists of American football players selected to the All-Southeastern Conference (SEC) chosen by various selectors for the 1955 college football season. Ole Miss won the conference.

1955 All-Southwest Conference football team

The 1955 All-Southwest Conference football team consists of American football players chosen by various organizations for All-Southwest Conference teams for the 1955 college football season. The selectors for the 1955 season included the Associated Press (AP) and the United Press (UP). Players selected as first-team players by both the AP and UP are designated in bold.

1955 Army Cadets football team

The 1955 Army Cadets football team represented the United States Military Academy in the 1955 college football season. In their 15th year under head coach Earl Blaik, the Cadets compiled a 6–3 record and outscored all opponents by a combined total of 256 to 72. In the annual Army–Navy Game, the Cadets defeated the Midshipmen by a 14 to 6 score. The Cadets also lost to Michigan, Syracuse, and Yale.No Army players were honored on the 1955 College Football All-America Team.

1955 Big Ten Conference football season

The 1955 Big Ten Conference football season was the 60th season of college football played by the member schools of the Big Ten Conference (also known as the Western Conference) and was a part of the 1955 college football season.

The 1955 Ohio State Buckeyes football team, under head coach Woody Hayes, won the Big Ten football championship with a record of 7–2 and was ranked No. 5 in the final AP Poll. Halfback Howard Cassady was a consensus first-team All-American and won both the 1955 Heisman Trophy as the best player in college football and the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the most valuable player in the Big Ten.

The 1955 Michigan State Spartans football team, under head coach Duffy Daugherty, compiled a 9–1 record, defeated UCLA in the 1956 Rose Bowl, and was ranked No. 2 behind Oklahoma in the final AP Poll. Quarterback Earl Morrall was a consensus first-team All-American and was the first Big Ten player selected in the 1956 NFL Draft with the second overall pick. Tackle Norm Masters was also a first-team All-American.

The 1955 Michigan Wolverines football team, under head coach Bennie Oosterbaan, compiled a 7–2 record and was ranked No. 12 in the final AP Poll. In the second week of the season, the Wolverines defeated Michigan State, the Spartans' only loss of the season. The Wolverines rose to No. 1 in the AP Poll after defeating Army (ranked No. 6), but after starting the season 6-0, Michigan lost to Illinois on November 5, 1955. End Ron Kramer was a consensus first-team All-American.

Iowa guard Cal Jones won the Outland Trophy as the best interior lineman in college football. He was the first Big Ten player to receive the award.

1955 college football season

The 1955 college football season saw the Oklahoma Sooners win the national championship after going 10-0-0. Although the final poll was taken before the postseason bowl games, Oklahoma played against the nation's other unbeaten and untied (10-0-0) team, the Maryland Terrapins, at the Orange Bowl in Miami, and won 20-6.

During the 20th century, the NCAA had no playoff for the college football teams that would later be described as "Division I-A". The NCAA did recognize a national champion based upon the final results of "wire service" (AP and UPI) polls. The extent of that recognition came in the form of acknowledgment in the annual NCAA Football Guide of the "unofficial" national champions. The AP poll in 1955 consisted of the votes of as many as 391 sportswriters. Though not all writers voted in every poll, each would give their opinion of the twenty best teams. Under a point system of 20 points for first place, 19 for second, etc., the "overall" ranking was determined. Although the rankings were based on the collective opinion of the representative sportswriters, the teams that remained "unbeaten and untied" were generally ranked higher than those that had not. A defeat, even against a strong opponent, tended to cause a team to drop in the rankings, and a team with two or more defeats was unlikely to remain in the Top 20. Generally, the top teams played on New Year's Day in the four major postseason bowl games: the Rose Bowl (near Los Angeles at Pasadena), the Sugar Bowl (New Orleans), the Orange Bowl (Miami), and the Cotton Bowl (Dallas).

Pat Bisceglia

Pasquale "Pat" Bisceglia (June 23, 1930 - February 7, 2009) was an American football player. He was a first-team All-American guard at Notre Dame in 1955.

Bisceglia grew up in Worcester, Massachusetts, before enrolling at the University of Notre Dame. He played college football at the guard and linebacker positions for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team from 1953 to 1955 under head coaches Frank Leahy and Terry Brennan. Bisceglia was selected by the Associated Press as a first-team guard on its 1955 College Football All-America Team.After graduating from Notre Dame in 1956, Bisceglia played two seasons of professional football for the Montreal Alouettes. He later worked for approximately 35 years for the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management, Division Forests and Parks. He retired in 1992 and died in 2009 in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts.

Ron Kramer

Ronald John Kramer (June 24, 1935 – September 11, 2010) was a multi-sport college athlete and professional American football player.

Kramer attended the University of Michigan from 1953 to 1957, winning a total of nine varsity letters in football, basketball, and track. Playing at left end for the Michigan Wolverines football team from 1954 to 1956, he was selected as a consensus first-team All-American in 1955 and a unanimous first-team All-American in 1956. His jersey (#87) was retired after Kramer's senior year, and he was inducted into both the College Football Hall of Fame and the University of Michigan Athletic Hall of Honor in 1978.

Kramer was selected by the Green Bay Packers as the fourth pick in the 1957 NFL Draft and played for the Packers for seven seasons (1957, 1959–1964). He was a key player on coach Vince Lombardi's first NFL championship teams in 1961 and 1962. Kramer was selected as a first-team All-NFL player in 1962 after catching 37 passes for 555 yards and seven touchdowns. He also played three seasons for the Detroit Lions from 1965 to 1967.

Scott Suber

Billie Scott Suber (born September 26, 1934) was an American football player. Suber was born and raised in Calhoun County, Mississippi (first in Derman and then in Calhoun City), where his father worked in a saw mill. He attended Mississippi State University and played college football at the guard position for the Mississippi State Bulldogs football team under head coach Darrell Royal. Suber was selected by the Newspaper Enterprise Association as a first-team player on its 1955 College Football All-America Team. After leaving Mississippi State, he served in the military and later had a career with what became Renesant Bank in Tupelo, Mississippi. He was inducted into the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame in 1993.

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