The 1951 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 for the 1951 college football season. The organizations that chose the teams included: the United Press; the Associated Press; and Collier's Weekly].
All-American selections for 1951 
- AP = Associated Press. The AP selected separate offensive and defensive teams. "The team was picked after the Dec. 1 games in consultation with 11 prominent sportswriters. They had the benefit of reports from hundreds 0f writers and broadcasters throughout the country."
- UP = United Press. The United Press did not select separate offensive and defensive teams. They selected only 11 first-team players: "Chosen by ballots from 260 sports writers and broadcasters in all sections of the nation, these players were considered the finest at their positions."
- FWAA = The Football Writers Association of America picked separate offensive and defensive teams: "22-man offensive and defensive all-star teams picked by Grantland Rice and the Football Writers Association of America for Look magazine
- CP = Central Press Association: "the 21st annual Central Press All-American football team, selected as usual with the assistance of the nation's football captains"
- COL = Collier's Weekly: "The on-the-field reports of the coaches on this year's crop of football players were consolidated and evaluated by Collier's All-America board of 10 coaches, including Lloyd Jordan, association president; Frank Leahy, Notre Dame; Carl Snavely, North Carolina; Henry Frnka, Tulane; Dutch Meyer, T.C.U.; Ray Eliot, Illinois and Bud Wilkinson, Oklahoma"
- INS = International News Service, later merged with UP to form UPI. The INS began selecting separate offensive and defensive teams in 1948 and continued that tradition in 1951.
- TSN = The Sporting News
- NEA= Newspaper Editors Association. The NEA selected separate offensive and defensive teams.
- CT = Chicago Tribune's 5th annual All-Players All-America team determined based on polling of players in cooperation with the major universities and colleges throughout the United States. The results were based on a record 18,876 votes (10,086 for offense and 8,790 for defense).
- WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation
Bold = Consensus All-American
- 1 - First Team Selection
- 2 - Second Team Selection
- 3 - Third Team Selection
Offensive ends 
Offensive tackles 
Offensive guards 
- Dick Kazmaier, Princeton (Heisman Trophy and College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; FWAA-1; CP-1; COL-1 (HB); INS-1; TSN; NEA-1 (HB); CT-1 (HB); WC-1)
- Hank Lauricella, Tennessee (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1; FWAA-1; CP-1; COL-1 (QB); INS-1; TSN; NEA-1 (HB); CT-1 (HB); WC-1)
- Babe Parilli, Kentucky (AP-2; UP-1; CP-1; INS-1 (defense); TSN; NEA-1 (QB); CT-1 (QB); WC-1)
- Johnny Karras, Illinois (AP-2; UP-1; FWAA-1; CP-1; COL-1 (HB); TSN; WC-1)
- Larry Isbell, Baylor (AP-1; UP-3; FWAA-1; CP-2; INS-1 (defense))
- Hugh McElhenny, Washington (Pro and College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-3; CP-3; NEA-1 (FB); CT-1 (FB))
- Frank Gifford, Univ. Southern California (Pro and College Football Hall of Fame) (UP-3; CP-3; COL-1 (FB))
- Ed Modzelewski, Maryland (AP-2; UP-3; CP-2; INS-1)
- Gary Kerkorian, Stanford (UP-2; CP-3; INS-1 (defense))
- Johnny Bright, Drake (College and Canadian Football Hall of Fame) (UP-2; CP-3)
- Bill Wade, Vanderbilt (AP-2)
Defensive ends 
Defensive tackles 
Defensive guards 
- Ray Beck, Georgia Tech (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-3; FWAA-1 (offense); CP-1; COL-1; NEA-1; CT-1)
- Joe Palumbo, Virginia (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; NEA-1 (offense))
- Chet Millett, Holy Cross (FWAA-1)
- Ted Daffer, Tennessee (AP-2; UP-2; CP-2; INS-1; NEA-1)
- Bill Athey, Baylor (AP-2)
- Keith Flowers, Texas Christian (AP-1; CT-1)
- Les Richter, California (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-1 (guard); FWAA-1; CP-1 (guard); INS-1 (off. guard); TSN (guard); CT-1 (offense and defense); WC-1 (guard))
- Pat Cannamella, Univ. Southern California (AP-2; UP-2; FWAA-1; CP-2 (guard); INS-1 (def. center); NEA-1)
- Chuck Boerio, Illinois (UP-2 (center); NEA-1)
- Donn Moomaw, UCLA (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-3)
Defensive backs 
- Bobby Dillon, Texas (AP-1; FWAA-1 (def. halfback); NEA-1 (safety); CT-1)
- Al Brosky, Illinois (AP-1; FWAA-1 (safety))
- Ollie Matson, San Francisco (College and Pro Football Hall of Fame) (AP-1; UP-2; FWAA-1 (def. halfback); CP-2; INS-1 (offense); NEA-1 (def. halfback)
- Harry Agganis, Boston U. (NEA-1 (def. halfback))
- Al Dorow, Michigan State (INS-1)
- Jim Ellis, Michigan State (CT-1)
- Avatus Stone, Syracuse (CT-1)
- Vic Janowicz, Ohio State (College Football Hall of Fame) (AP-2; UP-2; CP-2)
- Veryl Switzer, Kansas State (AP-2)
- Jim Dooley, Miami (AP-2)
Heisman Trophy voting 
The chart below reflects the point total in the 1951 Heisman Trophy voting.
Other individual awards for 1951 
- ^ "AP's All-American Grid Team". Greeley Daily Tribune. December 7, 1951.
- ^ Leo H. Peterson (November 28, 1951). "Kazmaier Tops INS "Star" Team". The Lowell Sun (UP story).
- ^ "Look Picks Two Teams". Long Beach Press-Telegram. December 5, 1951.
- ^ Walter Johns (December 5, 1951). "2 Coast Players on CP All-American Team". Long Beach Press-Telegram.
- ^ "Collier's All-American". The Berkshire Evening Eagle. December 7, 1951.
- ^ "Wheat, Lauricella, Daffer Named on INS All-America Team". Rome News-Tribune (INS story). November 26, 1951.
- ^ "Kazmaier On Another All-Star Team". Toledo Blade (UP story). November 28, 1951.
- ^ Harry Grayson (December 4, 1951). "Kazmaier, Lauricella Unanimous NEA All-American Eleven Selections". THE BROWNSVILLE HERALD, BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS.
- ^ Arch Ward (December 9, 1951). "PLAYERS NAME 1951 ALL-AMERICA TEAMS: Football Stars Who Rate as Nation's Best Offensive Group--Their Opponents Say So! RICHTER OF CALIFORNIA MAKES BOTH UNITS; KAZMAIER HONORED". Chicago Daily Tribune.
- ^ "Walter Camp Football Foundation".
- ^ Consensus All-American designations based on the NCAA guide to football award winners
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