Football All-Americans

Charles "Peggy" Flournoy · 1925
"Peggy" Flournoy, Tulane's first All-American in football, led Coach Clark Shaughnessy's team to a 9-0-1 record in 1925. Flournoy established Tulane records for touchdowns and points in a season and points in a game that stand today. He set two of his long-standing records with four rushing touchdowns and 31 points in a 37-9 victory over Louisiana Tech. Flournoy, one of the first inductees into the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1968, also is a member of the Tulane and Greater New Orleans sports halls of fame. He died in 1972.

Willis "Bill" Banker · 1929
Bill Banker, known as the "Blond Blizzard" because of the thick mane of light hair that was so visible to spectators as he raced helmetless through opposing defenses, was the first in a long line of Tulane greats from Lake Charles, La. He remains to this day the all-time leading scorer in Tulane football history with 263 points and is second in career rushing with 2,516 yards. Banker helped Tulane to an undefeated 9-0 season in 1929 as the Green Wave outscored its opposition, 297-45. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1977 and also is a member of the Tulane, Greater New Orleans and Louisiana sports halls of fame. Banker died in 1985.

Jerry Dalrymple · 1930-31
Considered by many as the finest player in Tulane football history, Jerry Dalrymple earned first-unit All-America status in 1930 and became the only unanimous All-American in school history the next year. He led Tulane to its most successful three-season stretch ever in football, as the Green Wave posted a 28-1 regular-season mark in that span and earned its first bowl berth ever ­ the 1932 Rose Bowl. Dalrymple became Tulane's first inductee into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1954. Dalrymple also was a charter member of the Louisiana, Greater New Orleans and Tulane sports halls of fame. He died in 1962.

Don Zimmerman · 1931-32
Don Zimmerman, playing one season behind fellow All-American Jerry Dalrymple, earned first-team honors in 1931 and became one of four consensus All-Americans in Tulane history one season later. He ended his Tulane career as the Green Wave's all-time leader in total offense and pass interceptions, setting records that lasted for 40 years. He also ranks third in career rushing yards with 2,369. Zimmerman also was Tulane's first-ever Southeastern Conference track champion, winning the 1933 pole vault title. Zimmerman is a member of the Louisiana, Greater New Orleans and Tulane sports halls of fame. He died in 1974.

Claude "Monk" Simons Jr. · 1934
The first All-American to return to Tulane as a coach, "Monk" Simons Jr. led Tulane to a 10-1 record and a share of the Southeastern Conference title as a player in 1934, including a 20-14 victory over Temple in the first Sugar Bowl. Simons led Tulane in rushing, passing and scoring, but may have best made his mark as a kick returner. In the season finale against LSU, he returned a punt 45 yards for a touchdown, and in the Sugar Bowl, he had an 85-yard kickoff return for a TD. Simons would return to Tulane as head coach from 1942-45. He was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1975 and is also a member of the Louisiana, Greater New Orleans and Tulane sports halls.

Harley McCollum · 1939
Harley McCollum began a stretch of All-American linemen at Tulane when he earned such honors in 1939. McCollum was a member of Tulane's Sugar Bowl team that season, and his dominating play at tackle earned him consensus All-America honors, one of only four players in school history to reach that status. McCollum was inducted into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame in 1981 and into the Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame in 1984.

Ralph Wenzel · 1939
Ralph Wenzel, a right end at Tulane for three years, earned All-America status as a senior in 1939. Wenzel led a Green Wave team that went 8-0-1 in the regular season and met Texas A&M in the Sugar Bowl. Wenzel went on to play one season with the Pittsburgh Steelers. After football, he began a career in the U.S. Marine Corps, from which he retired in 1978 as a lieutenant colonel with 32 years service. He was inducted into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame in 1988. He resides in Lexington, Ky.

Tommy O'Boyle · 1940
Guard Tommy O'Boyle became an All-American in 1940, but his playing days at Tulane would be just the start of his career on Willow Street. After graduating in December 1940, O'Boyle elected to return to Tulane as an assistant coach for the 1941 season instead of pursuing a pro career (he was drafted by the Chicago Bears). O'Boyle returned to the Tulane staff in 1946 and 1961 and was named head coach prior to the 1962 season, a position he held for four years. He was inducted into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame in 1979 and resides in Kansas City, Mo.

Ernie Blandin · 1941
Another in the line of great Tulane linemen of his era, Ernie Blandin played for Green Wave teams from 1939-41 and earned All-America accolades as a senior. He is the most recent Tulane player to achieve consensus All-America status. Blandin was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1942 and went on to an eight-year pro career after the war, including six seasons with the Baltimore Colts. He is a member of the Tulane and Greater New Orleans sports halls of fame.

William "Dub" Jones · 1944
Halfback "Dub" Jones made his mark on the football field at Tulane after transferring from LSU. Jones earned All-America recognition in 1944 as he rushed for 700 yards and four touchdowns. A first-round selection of the Chicago Cardinals in 1946, Jones went on to a 10-year professional career, spending eight of those seasons with the Cleveland Browns. Jones, a native of Ruston, is a member of the Louisiana, Greater New Orleans and Tulane sports halls of fame.

Eddie Price · 1949
All-American Eddie Price was a man of firsts during his days as a Tulane running back. He became the first Green Wave player to rush for more than 200 yards in a game, the first Tulanian to rush for 1,000 yards in a season and the first player in NCAA history to surpass 3,000 yards for his career. Price finished his career with 3,095 yards, still a Tulane record. His 1,178 yards in 1948 also remains a Green Wave mark. Price went on to play six seasons for the New York Giants. Price was inducted into the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame in 1982 and is also a member of the Louisiana, Greater New Orleans and Tulane sports halls. He was a charter inductee into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame in 1977. He died in 1979.

Jerome Helluin · 1951
Jerome Helluin, one of the biggest linemen in college football at 285 pounds, earned All-America honors as a senior in 1951. Helluin played both guard and tackle for the Green Wave. He began his Tulane career blocking for Eddie Price and finished it blocking for future NFL star Max McGee. Helluin was drafted by the Cleveland Browns in 1952, where he began a seven-year pro career as a defensive tackle. Helluin was a 1984 inductee into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame. He resides in Houma.

Tony Sardisco · 1955
Tony Sardisco earned All-America honors at Tulane as a guard, but was athletically talented enough to play both guard and linebacker during his professional career in the NFL and AFL. He was an All-AFL selection with the Boston Patriots in 1961, also as a guard. As a senior, Sardisco helped Tulane post a 5-4-1 record, its best in five seasons. Sardisco is a member of the Tulane and Greater New Orleans sports halls of fame. He resides in Shreveport.

Tommy Mason · 1960
With one of the greatest seasons in Tulane football history, Tommy Mason earned All-America honors as a senior in 1960. Mason led the Southeastern Conference in rushing with 663 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He set a school record for all-purpose yards (1,475) that lasted 28 years. Mason was the first player selected in the 1961 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and played professionally for 11 years with the Vikings, Los Angeles Rams and Washington Redskins. He is a member of the Louisiana, Greater New Orleans and Tulane sports halls of fame. Mason currently resides in Anaheim, Calif.

Charles Hall · 1973
Charlie Hall led a fierce Tulane defense in one of the most memorable seasons in Green Wave football history, 1973. The Tulane defense had three shutouts that season, including a 14-0 whitewashing of LSU in the regular-season finale, and held two other teams to six points or less. He had 71 tackles, seven sacks and two interceptions in 1973 despite missing three full games and parts of two others with a knee injury. Hall was a fourth-round draft pick of the New Orleans Saints in 1975 and had a brief career in the World Football League before becoming a coach. He was an assistant at Tulane from 1977-82. Hall was a 1981 inductee into the Tulane Athletic Hall of Fame.

Marc Zeno · 1987
Marc Zeno concluded a spectacular career in 1987 by earning first-team All-America honors from The Associated Press. As a senior, Zeno surpassed his own Tulane records with 77 receptions for 1,206 yards and, in the process, became the NCAA's career leader in receiving yards with 3,725. The native of Lutcher, who holds every Tulane receiving record, helped a high-powered Tulane offense set a school record for points scored in 1987. Zeno was drafted by the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1987 and played several years at all levels of pro ball.


Consensus All-Americans

1931-Jerry Dalrymple, end
(Associated Press, United Press, New York Post, College Humor, Literary Digest, Newspaper Enterprise Assn., North American Newspaper Alliance; unanimous)

1932-Don Zimmerman, back
(Associated Press, United Press, Newspaper Enterprises Assn., International News Service, Central Press, All-American Board, North American Newspaper Alliance, Colliers, Rice, New York Post, New York World-Telegram)

1939-Harley McCollum, tackle
(Associated Press, Newspaper Enterprises Assn., Paramount News, Movietone, Williamson, Boston Post, Boston Record)

1941-Ernie Blandin, tackle
(United Press, Newspaper Enterprises Assn., Rice, Liberty, Colliers, New York Sun, Boston Record)


First-Team All-Americans

(Named to at least one major first team)

1925-Charles "Peggy" Flournoy, back
(Newspaper Enterprises Assn., Brown)

1929-Willis "Bill" Banker, back
(Associated Press, All-American Board, New York Post)

1930-Jerry Dalrymple, end
(All-American Board, Colliers, Coaches Board, Perry, Little, Trumbull, College Humor, Illustrated Football Annual)

1931-Don Zimmerman, halfback
(New York Post, International News Service)

1934-Claude "Monk" Simons Jr., halfback
(Grange)

1938-Ralph Wenzel, end
New York Sun)

1939-Tommy O'Boyle, guard
(Newspaper Enterprises Assn.)

1940-Tommy O'Boyle, guard
(Liberty, New York Sun, Boston Record)

1944-W.A. Jones, halfback
(Murray Cramer)

1948-Paul Lea, tackle
(NCAA Guide)

1949-Eddie Price, back
(International News Service)

1950-Jerome Helluin, tackle
(Newspaper Enterprises Assn.)

1955-Tony Sardisco, guard
(FWAA-Look)

1960-Tommy Mason, back
(Time)

1973-Charles Hall, tackle
(Walter Camp, Universal Sports)

1987-Marc Zeno, receiver
(Associated Press)


Other All-Americans

(Second or third team or honorable mention)

1925-Milton "Irish" Levy, guard

1925-Lester Lautenschlaeger, back

1928-Bill Banker, back

1929-Jerry Dalrymple, end

1929-Elmer McCance, tackle

1930-Lloyd "Preacher" Roberts, center

1931-John Scafide, guard

1931-Nollie Felts, back

1936-William Moss, tackle

1937-Norman Buckner, guard

1938-Warren Brunner, back

1939-Ralph Wenzel, end

1939-Tommy O'Boyle, guard

1943-Lester Gatewood, center

1944-Thomas Kane, tackle

1967-Bobby Duhon, back

1970-Rick Kingrea, linebacker

1974-Charles Hall, def. tackle

1975-Bryan Alexander, def. end

1975-Jim Gueno, linebacker

1976-Martin Mitchell, def. back

1977-Eric Laakso, off. tackle

1978-Roch Hontas, quarterback

1978-Dee Methvin, center

1978-Ed Murray, kicker

1979-Roch Hontas, quarterback

1979-Alton Alexis, receiver

1979-Ed Murray, kicker

1979-Chris Doyle, center

1979-Bob Becnel, def. end

1979-Wilfred Simon, middle guard

1979-Rodney Holman, tight end

1980-Robert Griffin, receiver

1980-Nickie Hall, quarterback

1980-Wilfred Simon, middle guard

1980-Rodney Holman, tight end

1981-Rodney Holman, tight end

1982-Jim Boyle, off. guard

1982-Robert Griffin, receiver

1982-Vince Manalla, punter

1983-Wayne Smith, receiver

1983-Tony Wood, kicker

1983-Larry Route, tight end

1984-Larry Route, tight end

1984-Burnell Dent, linebacker

1985-Wayne Clements, kicker

1986-Thurston Harrison, def. back

1986-Andre Lockley, off. tackle

1986-Marc Zeno, receiver

1988-Terrence Jones, quarterback

1988-Mitchell Price, def. back


Academic All-Americans

1961-Joe LeSage, guard

1971-David Hebert, def. back

1978-Gerry Sheridan, tackle


Freshman All-Americans

1983-Larry Route, tight end

1985-Wayne Clements, punter/kicker


Sophomore All-Americans

1972-Charles Hall, def. tackle

1972-Ed Mikkelsen, off. tackle


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