ASN Fab Four makes FWAA’s 75th All-American Team


Which running back should be on the FWAA's 75th Aniversary All-America Team?

  • Jim Brown, Syracuse (54%, 7 Votes)
  • Ricky Williams, Texas (31%, 4 Votes)
  • Charles White, Southern California (15%, 2 Votes)
  • Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Marshall Faulk, San Diego St. (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Other (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 13

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Four players from ASN-affiliated school joined an exclusive club on Thursday, making the Football Writers Association of America’s list of the 75 best players in college football history.

Southern Miss punter Ray Guy, Penn center Chuck Bednarik, Marshall wide receiver Randy Moss and Louisiana Tech offensive lineman Willie Roaf were named to the FWAA 75th Anniversary All-America Team.

Guy, who also played defensive back and placekicker, was among 25 first-team selections by the FWAA, which was founded in 1941. He finished with a career punting average of 44.7 yards a kick — the highest average in NCAA history among punters with 200-249 attempts.

Bednarik and Moss were selected to the second team and Roaf  made the third team.

Bednarik, who died March 21 at 89, had flown 30 combat missions over Germany as a gunner before he entered Penn in 1945. He was a 60-minute man for the Quakers, excelling as both center and linebacker, as well as occasional punter. He was a three-time All-America and was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame.

Moss played two seasons at Marshall, including one at the FBS level in 1997 and enjoyed one of the greatest seasons in NCAA history. In 13 games, he had 96 receptions for 1,820 yards and 26 touchdowns and finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting — the highest by a Marshall player.

Roaf powered a rushing attack that led Louisiana Tech to an 8-3-1 record and  the 1990 Independence Bowl. He was a finalist in 1992 for the Outland Trophy, presented to the the best offensive lineman.

The FWAA’s first All-America team in 1944 included Army’s renowned running back tandem of Doc Blanchard and Glenn Davis. Seven decades later, the 2014 team featured Heisman Trophy -winning quarterback Marcus Mariota of Oregon. None of them made the 75th anniversary team.

“This was one of the most fun, yet most difficult exercises I’ve in life — next to parallel parking,” said Kirk Bohls of the Austin (Texas) American-Statesman, chairman of the FWAA 75th All-America Committee. “Let the debating begin.”

 FWAA 75th Anniversary All-America Team

QB Roger Staubach, Navy Tim Tebow, Florida Tommie Frazier, Nebraska
RB Archie Griffin, Ohio State Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh Bo Jackson, Auburn
RB Herschel Walker, Georgia Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State Doak Walker, SMU
WR Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh Fred Biletnikoff, Florida State Anthony Carter, Michigan
WR Jerry Rice, Mississippi Valley State Randy Moss, Marshall Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
TE Keith Jackson, Oklahoma Mike Ditka, Pittsburgh Gordon Hudson, BYU
OL John Hannah, Alabama Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh Barrett Jones, Alabama
OL Orlando Pace, Ohio State John Hicks, Ohio State Willie Roaf, Louisiana Tech
OL Will Shields, Nebraska Calvin Jones, Iowa Jerry Sisemore, Texas
OL Ron Yary, Southern Cal Jonathan Ogden, UCLA Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska
C Dave Rimington, Nebraska Chuck Bednarik, Penn Jim Ritcher, N.C. State
DT Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma Merlin Olsen, Utah State Steve Emtman, Washington
DT Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska Randy White, Maryland Reggie White, Tennessee
DE Leon Hart, Notre Dame Hugh Green, Pittsburgh Bubba Smith, Michigan State
DE Ted Hendricks, Miami (Fla.) Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech Jack Youngblood, Florida
LB Tommy Nobis, Texas Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma Jack Ham, Penn State
LB Mike Singletary, Baylor Dick Butkus, Illinois Lee Roy Jordan, Alabama
LB Derrick Thomas, Alabama Luke Kuechly, Boston College Chris Spielman, Ohio State
DB Ronnie Lott, Southern Cal Champ Bailey, Georgia Dré Bly, North Carolina
DB Deion Sanders, Florida State Kenny Easley, UCLA Dave Brown, Michigan
DB Jack Tatum, Ohio State Jerry Gray, Texas Troy Polamalu, Southern Cal
DB Charles Woodson, Michigan Ed Reed, Miami (Fla.) Roy Williams, Oklahoma
P Ray Guy, Southern Miss Russell Erxleben, Texas Rohn Stark, Florida State
K Kevin Butler, Georgia Mason Crosby, Colorado Tony Franklin, Texas A&M
RS Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame Derek Abney, Kentucky
Above: Randy Moss with his youngest son and quarterback Tom Brady at New England Patriots camp on Thursday. (Photo courtesy of New England Patriots via Twitter)