1985 All American Football Team
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The 1985 Big Ten champion was the 1985 Iowa Hawkeyes football team. The Hawkeyes began the season 7-0 and rose to the No. 1 ranking, including a 12-10 win over No. 2 Michigan at Kinnick Stadium, before losing to Ohio State. Iowa entered the Rose Bowl at 10-1 with an outside shot at a national championship but was upset by UCLA in the 1986 Rose Bowl, 45-28. Iowa quarterback Chuck Long received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy as the conference’s most valuable player. Long and linebacker Larry Station were consensus first-team All-Americans.
The 1985 Michigan Wolverines football team finished in second place in the Big Ten, compiled a 10-1-1 record, defeated Nebraska in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl, and was ranked No. 2 in the final AP and Coaches Polls. Quarterback Jim Harbaugh set a school record with 1,976 passing yards, and Jamie Morris rushed for 1,030 yards. Led by consensus first-team All-Americans Mike Hammerstein at defensive tackle and Brad Cochran at cornerback, the defense tallied three shutouts, gave up only 75 points in 11 regular season games (6.8 points per game), and led the nation in scoring defense. Bo Schembechler was selected as Big Ten Coach of the Year.
The 1985 Ohio State Buckeyes football team compiled a 9-3 record, defeated BYU in the 1985 Florida Citrus Bowl, and was ranked No. 11 in the final Coaches Poll. Linebackers Chris Spielman and Pepper Johnson both received first-team All-American honors. Wide receiver Cris Carter had 950 receiving yards and received first-team All-Big Ten honors.
Running back Lorenzo White of Michigan State led the conference in both rushing (2,066 yards) and scoring (102 points) and was a consensus first-team All-American. Wide receiver David Williams of Illinois was also a consensus first-team All-American.
1985 all american football team overview
Results and team statistics
Conf. Rank Team Head coach AP final AP high Overall record Conf. record PPG PAG MVP 1 Iowa Hayden Fry #10 #1 10-2 7-1 36.7 15.6 Chuck Long 2 Michigan Bo Schembechler #2 #2 10-1-1 6-1-1 28.5 8.2 Mike Hammerstein 3 Illinois Mike White NR #11 6-5-1 5-2-1 25.3 27.8 David Williams 4 Ohio State Earle Bruce #14 #3 9-3 5-3 27.1 17.7 Jim Karsatos 5 Michigan State George Perles NR NR 7-5 5-3 21.5 18.3 Lorenzo White 6 Minnesota Lou Holtz NR #20 7-5 4-4 24.4 20.0 Rickey Foggie 7 Purdue Leon Burtnett NR NR 5-6 3-5 26.1 27.8 Jim Everett 8 Wisconsin Dave McClain NR NR 5-6 2-6 21.0 23.9 Larry Emery 9 Indiana Bill Mallory NR NR 4-7 1-7 22.8 30.9 Bobby Howard 10 Northwestern Dennis Green NR NR 3-8 1-7 15.5 30.2
Key AP final = Team’s rank in the final AP Poll of the 1985 season
AP high = Team’s highest rank in the AP Poll throughout the 1985 season
PPG = Average of points scored per game; conference leader’s average displayed in bold
PAG = Average of points allowed per game; conference leader’s average displayed in bold
MVP = Most valuable player as voted by players on each team as part of the voting process to determine the winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football trophy; trophy winner in bold
Six Big Ten teams played in bowl games:
- Iowa lost to UCLA, 45-28, in the 1986 Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.
- Michigan defeated Nebraska, 27-23, in the 1986 Fiesta Bowl in Tempe, Arizona.
- Michigan State lost to Georgia Tech, 17-14, in the 1985 Hall of Fame Classic in Birmingham, Alabama.
- Illinois lost to Army, 31-29, in the 1985 Peach Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia.
- Ohio State defeated BYU, 10-7, in the 1985 Florida Citrus Bowl in Orlando, Florida.
- Minnesota defeated Clemson, 20-13, in the 1985 Independence Bowl, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The Big Ten’s individual statistical leaders include the following:
Awards and honors
The following players were picked by the Associated Press (AP) and/or the United Press International (UPI) as first-team players on the 1985 All-Big Ten Conference football team.
Position Name Team Selectors Quarterback Chuck Long Iowa AP, UPI Running back Lorenzo White Michigan State AP, UPI Running back Ronnie Harmon Iowa AP, UPI Running back Rodney Carter Purdue UPI Center Bob Maggs Ohio State AP, UPI Guard Jim Juriga Illinois AP, UPI Guard John Wojciechowski Michigan State AP Guard Bob Landsee Wisconsin UPI Tackle Mike Haight Iowa AP, UPI Tackle Clay Miller Michigan AP Tackle Rory Graves Ohio State UPI Tight end Eric Kattus Michigan AP Receiver David Williams Illinois AP, UPI Receiver Cris Carter Ohio State AP, UPI
Position Name Team Selectors Defensive line Jeff Drost Iowa AP, UPI Defensive line Mike Hammerstein Michigan AP, UPI Defensive line Hap Peterson Iowa AP, UPI Defensive line Mark Messner Michigan AP Defensive line Guy Teafatiler Illinois UPI Linebacker Pepper Johnson Ohio State AP, UPI Linebacker Mike Mallory Michigan AP, UPI Linebacker Chris Spielman Ohio State AP, UPI Linebacker Larry Station Iowa AP, UPI Defensive back Brad Cochran Michigan AP, UPI Defensive back Rod Woodson Purdue AP, UPI Defensive back Jay Norvell Iowa AP Defensive back Phil Parker Michigan State UPI
Position Name Team Selectors Placekicker Rob Houghtlin Iowa AP Placekicker Chris White Illinois UPI Punter Greg Montgomery Michigan State AP Punter Tom Tupa Ohio State UPI
At the end of the season, five Big Ten players were consensus first-team picks for the 1985 College Football All-America Team. The Big Ten’s consensus All-Americans were:
Position Name Team Selectors Quarterback Chuck Long Iowa AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFF, GNS, NEA, SH, TSN Running back Lorenzo White Michigan State AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFF, GNS, NEA, SH, TSN Wide receiver David Williams Illinois AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFF, NEA, SH, TSN Linebacker Larry Station Iowa AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI, WCFF, NEA, SH Defensive tackle Mike Hammerstein Michigan AFCA, AP, UPI, GNS, NEA, SH Defensive back Brad Cochran Michigan AFCA, FWAA, UPI, WCFF, SH
Other Big Ten players who were named first-team All-Americans by at least one selector were:
Position Name Team Selectors Linebacker Pepper Johnson Ohio State UPI Linebacker Chris Spielman Ohio State NEA Defensive back Rod Woodson Purdue NEA
Three Big Ten players finished among the top six in voting for the Heisman Trophy: Iowa quarterback Chuck Long (second, trailing Bo Jackson by one percent); Michigan State running back Lorenzo White (fourth); and Purdue quarterback Jim Everett (sixth).
Chuck Long and Lorenzo White tied for the Big Ten Player of the Year award. Long received the Chicago Tribune Silver Football award.
Bo Schembechler of Michigan received the Big Ten Coach of the Year award.
1986 NFL Draft
The 1986 NFL Draft was held April 29-30, 1986. The following Big Ten players were selected in the first round of the draft:
Name Position Team Round Overall pick Jim Everett Quarterback Purdue 1 3 Anthony Bell Linebacker Michigan State 1 5 Keith Byars Fullback Ohio State 1 10 Chuck Long Quarterback Iowa 1 12 Ronnie Harmon Running Back Iowa 1 16 Mike Haight Offensive Tackle Iowa 1 22