The 1961 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 1961. The six selectors recognized by the NCAA as "official" for the 1961 season are (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), (2) the Associated Press (AP), (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA), (4) the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), (5) the Sporting News, and (6) the United Press International (UPI).
For the year 1961, the NCAA recognizes six 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.
|Roy Winston||Guard||LSU||6/6||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI||CP, Time, WC|
|Ernie Davis||Halfback||Syracuse||6/6||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI||CP, Time, WC|
|Bob Ferguson||Fullback||Ohio State||6/6||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI||CP, Time, WC|
|Billy Neighbors||Tackle||Alabama||6/6||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI||CP, WC|
|Jimmy Saxton||Halfback||Texas||6/6||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI||CP, WC|
|Gary Collins||End||Maryland||5/6||AFCA, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI||CP, Time, WC|
|Joe Romig||Guard||Colorado||5/6||AFCA, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI||WC|
|Alex Kroll||Center||Rutgers||5/6||AFCA, AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI||WC|
|Sandy Stephens||Quarterback||Minnesota||5/6||AP, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI||WC|
|Bill Miller||End||Miami (Fla.)||4/6||AP, FWAA, NEA, SN||Time, WC|
|Merlin Olsen||Tackle||Utah State||4/6||AP, FWAA, NEA, UPI||Time, WC|
All-American selections for 1961
- Gary Collins, Maryland (AFCA, AP-2, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI-1, CP, Time, WC)
- Bill Miller, Miami (Fla.) (AP-1, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI-2, Time, WC)
- Greg Mather, Navy (AP-3, FWAA, UPI-2, CP)
- Gary Hillebrand, Colorado (AP-1, FWAA)
- Pat Richter, Wisconsin (AP-2, UPI-1)
- Robert Mitinger, Penn State (AFCA, UPI-3)
- Hugh Campbell, Washington State (AP-3, UPI-3)
- Billy Neighbors, Alabama (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA [guard], NEA, SN, UPI-1, CP, WC)
- Merlin Olsen, Utah State (AP-1, FWAA, NEA, UPI-1, Time, WC)
- Bobby Bell, Minnesota (AFCA, AP-3, FWAA, SN, UPI-2, CP)
- Ed Blaine, Missouri (AP-2, FWAA)
- Don Talbert, Texas (FWAA, UPI-3)
- Fate Echols, Northwestern (Time)
- Steve Barnett, Oregon (AP-2)
- Jim Dunaway, Ole Miss (UPI-2)
- Art Gregory, Duke (AP-3)
- Roy Winston, LSU (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI-1, CP, Time, WC)
- Joe Romig, Colorado (AFCA, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI-1, WC)
- Dave Behrman, Michigan State (AP-1, FWAA, UPI-3 [tackle])
- Nick Buoniconti, Notre Dame (UPI-2, CP)
- Bookie Bolin, Mississippi (Time)
- Mike Ingram, Ohio State (AP-2, UPI-2)
- Dave Watson, Georgia Tech (AP-2)
- Stan Sezurek, Purdue (AP-3, UPI-3)
- Larry Vignali, Pitt (AP-3, UPI-3)
- Alex Kroll, Rutgers (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, NEA, UPI-1, WC)
- Bill Van Buren, Iowa (SN, CP)
- Ron Hull, UCLA (AP-2, FWAA, UPI-3)
- Irv Goode, Kentucky (Time)
- Larry Onesti, Northwestern (AP-3, UPI-2)
- Sandy Stephens, Minnesota (AP-1, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI-1, WC)
- Roman Gabriel, North Carolina State (AFCA, AP-2, FWAA, UPI-2, Time)
- John Hadl, Kansas (FWAA)
- Doug Elmore, Mississippi (CP)
- Eddie Wilson, Arizona (AP-3)
- John Hadl, Kansas (AP-3, UPI-2)
- Ernie Davis, Syracuse (AFCA, AP-1,FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI-1, CP, Time, WC)
- Jimmy Saxton, Texas (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI-1, CP, WC)
- Lance Alworth, Arkansas (AP-2, FWAA, UPI-2)
- Ronnie Bull, Baylor (UPI-3, Time)
- Pat Trammell, Alabama (AP-2, UPI-2)
- Bennie McRae, Michigan (AP-3)
- Dave Hoppman, Iowa State (AP-3, UPI-3)
- Bob Ferguson, Ohio State (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, NEA, SN, UPI-1, CP, Time, WC)
- Billy Ray Adams, Mississippi (AP-2, FWAA, UPI-3)
- George Saimes, Michigan State (UPI-3)
- Bold – Consensus All-American
- -1 – First-team selection
- -2 – Second-team selection
- -3 – Third-team selection
- AFCA = American Football Coaches Association
- AP = Associated Press
- FWAA = Football Writers Association of America
- NEA = Newspaper Enterprise Association
- SN = Sporting News
- UPI = United Press International
- CP = Central Press Association
- Time = Time magazine
- WC = Walter Camp Football Foundation
- 1961 All-Atlantic Coast Conference football team
- 1961 All-Big Eight Conference football team
- 1961 All-Big Ten Conference football team
- 1961 All-Pacific Coast football team
- 1961 All-SEC football team
- 1961 All-Southwest Conference football team
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