1986 College Football All-America Team

The 1986 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 1986. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes five selectors as "official" for the 1986 season.[1] They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA);[2] (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers;[3] (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA);[4] (4) the United Press International (UPI) selected based on the votes of sports writers at UPI newspapers;[5] and (5) the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).[6] Other notable selectors included Football News[7] the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA),[8] Scripps Howard (SH),[9] and The Sporting News (TSN).[10]

Consensus All-Americans

The following charts identify the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1986 and displays which first-team designations they received.


Name Position School Number[11] Official Other
Brent FullwoodRunning backAuburn5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH, TSN
Paul PalmerRunning backTemple5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH, TSN
Ben TamburelloCenterAuburn5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH, TSN
Vinny TestaverdeQuarterbackMiami (Fla)5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH, TSN
Jeff BregelOffensive guardUSC4/4/8AFCA, AP, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH, TSN
Cris CarterWide receiverOhio State4/3/7AFCA, AP, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH
Keith JacksonTight endOklahoma5/1/6AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCTSN
Randy DixonOffensive tacklePittsburgh3/2/5AFCA, UPI, WCFN, TSN
John ClayOffensive tackleMissouri2/2/4UPI, WCNEA, SH
Danny VillaOffensive tackleArizona State2/0/2AF, FWAA--
D. J. DozierRunning backPenn State1/0/1WC--
Terrence FlaglerRunning backClemson1/0/1FWAA--
Brad MusterRunning backStanford1/0/1AFCA--


Name Position School Number[11] Official Other
Cornelius BennettLinebackerAlabama5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH, TSN
Brian BosworthLinebackerOklahoma5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH, TSN
Jerome BrownDefensive tackleMiami (Fla)5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH, TSN
Shane ConlanLinebackerPenn State5/3/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH
Thomas EverettDefensive backBaylor5/4/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH, TSN
Danny NoonanDefensive tackleNebraska5/3/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH
Chris SpielmanLinebackerOhio State3/4/7AFCA, AP, FWAAFN, NEA, SH, TSN
Tim McDonaldDefensive backUSC4/2/6AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WCFN, SH
Jason BuckDefensive endBYU2/3/5AFCA, FWAANEA, SH, TSN
Dan SileoDefensive tackleMiami (Fla)2/1/3APSH
Reggie RogersDefensive endWashington2/3/5UPI, WCFN, NEA, SH
Bennie BladesDefensive backMiami (Fla)2/2/4AP, UPI, WCSH, TSN
Rod WoodsonDefensive backPurdue2/2/4AP, UPINEA, SH
Garland RiversDefensive backMichigan2/1/3AFCA, WCNEA
Tony WoodsDefensive endPittsburgh2/1/3FWAA, UPITSN

Special teams

Name Position School Number[11] Official Other
Jeff JaegerPlacekickerWashington3/1/4AP, UPI, WCFN
Barry HeltonPunterColorado2/1/3AP, UPITSN

Full selections - offense


Running backs

Wide receivers

  • Cris Carter, Ohio State (AFCA, AP-1, UPI-1, WC, FN-1, NEA, SH)
  • Tim Brown, Notre Dame (CFHOF) (AP-1, UPI-1, FN-1, SH, TSN)
  • Wendell Davis, LSU (AP-2, FWAA, UPI-2, FN-2, TSN)
  • Michael Irvin, Miami (Fla.) (AP-2, UPI-2, NEA)
  • Sterling Sharpe South Carolina (AP-3, FN-2)
  • Marc Zeno, Tulane (AP-3)
  • J. R. Ambrose, Ole Miss (FN-3)
  • Nasrallah Worthen, North Carolina State (FN-3)

Tight ends

  • Keith Jackson, Oklahoma (CFHOF) (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, TSN)
  • Rod Bernstine, Texas A&M (AP-2, UPI-2, NEA)
  • Robert Await, San Diego St. (AP-3)


Offensive guards

Offensive tackles

Full selections - defense

Defensive ends

Defensive tackles


Defensive backs

  • Thomas Everett, Baylor (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, FN-1, NEA, SH, TSN)
  • Tim McDonald, USC (AFCA, AP-2, FWAA, UPI-1, WC, FN-1, SH)
  • Rod Woodson, Purdue (AP-1, UPI-1, FN-2, NEA, SH)
  • Bennie Blades, Miami (Fla.) (CFHOF) (AP-1, UPI-1, SH, TSN)
  • Garland Rivers, Michigan (AFCA, WC, FN-3, NEA)
  • Deion Sanders, Florida State (CFHOF) (NEA, TSN)
  • Gordon Lockbaum, Holy Cross (FWAA)
  • John Little, Georgia (AP-2, WC, FN-1)
  • Mark Moore, Oklahoma State (AP-1, FN-2)
  • Tim Peoples, Washington, (TSN)
  • Ray Isom, Penn State (AP-2)
  • David Vickers, Oklahoma (AP-2)
  • Ron Francis, Baylor (AP-3)
  • Harold McGuire, Toledo (AP-3)
  • Tom Rotello, Air Force (AP-3, FN-2)
  • Deion Sanders, Florida State (AP-3)
  • Freddie Robinson, Alabama (FN-3)
  • Chuck Cecil, Arizona (FN-3)

Full selections - special teams


  • Jeff Jaeger, Washington (AP-1, UPI-1, WC, FN-1)
  • Jeff Ward, Texas (AFCA, NEA)
  • Marty Zendejas, Nevada-Reno (FWAA)
  • Van Tiffin, Alabama (SH)
  • Chris Kinzer, Virginia Tech (AP-2, UPI-2, FN-2, TSN)
  • John Diettrich, Ball State (AP-3, FN-3)




  • Bold – Consensus All-American[1]
  • -1 – First-team selection
  • -2 – Second-team selection
  • -3 – Third-team selection
  • CFHOF = College Football Hall of Fame inductee

Official selectors

Other selectors

See also


  1. 1 2 "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. pp. 3, 13. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  2. 1 2 "Testaverde leads Kodak star squad". The Palm Beach Post. November 23, 1986. p. 4C.
  3. 1 2 "AP All-America Football Team". Florida Today. December 5, 1986. p. 5C.
  4. 1 2 Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved May 18, 2016.
  5. 1 2 "UPI All-American Team". The Indianapolis Star. December 9, 1986. p. 14.
  6. 1 2 "Walter Camp All-America Team". The Arizona Republic. November 30, 1986. p. D3.
  7. 1 2 "All-America News: Football News". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 23, 1986. p. 14D.
  8. 1 2 Murray Olderman (December 26, 1986). "Miami leads All-Americans". Del Rio, Texas News Herald. p. 5B.
  9. 1 2 "Owls' Palmer Makes All-america Team". Philadelphia Daily News. November 21, 1986.
  10. 1 2 "TSN All-America". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. December 10, 1986. p. 20.
  11. 1 2 3 This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.
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