Year-end honors passed out last week: Native Dancer, named American Champion of 1954 by Board of Selectors of Thoroughbred Racing Association, following similar honor in Morning-Telegraph-Racing Form poll;
, voted national college football champion and
Grantland Rice Award by Football Writers Association of America;
, Wisconsin's All-America fullback, winner of
Heisman Memorial Trophy
as college football's outstanding player of 1954;
, All-America Navy end, winner of Maxwell Trophy as nation's outstanding college player; Max Boydston, Oklahoma's All-America end, named Lineman of the Year by Touchdown Club of Washington, D.C.;
, who led the New York Giants to the National League pennant and a four-game World Series sweep over Cleveland after finishing fifth in 1953, nominated Comeback Man of the Year by Chicago baseball writers; Stella Walsh, 44-year-old holder of 65 world and national track and field records, voted Outstanding Woman Track Athlete of 1954 by Southern Pacific A.A.U. Association.
Leo Lewis, Little All-America back from Lincoln University ( Jefferson City, Mo.), set new four-year small-college record of 4,458 yards rushing, 465 points scored, 64 touchdowns.
Notre Dame trailed in first quarter, came back to whip SMU 26-14 in final game. Powerful Irish line checked Mustang attack, gave Quarterback
perfect protection on passes, sprang Halfback Joe Heap loose for two touchdowns.
clobbered Maryland State 67-19 in Orange Blossom game, claimed national Negro college championship.
Last of major All-America teams appeared this week. Herewith a rough consensus of selections by AP, UP, INS, Collier's, Look (Look picked two men for each position).
Picked on all five teams: Quarterback
of Notre Dame; halfback Howard Cassady of Ohio State; Fullback
of Wisconsin; Guard Bud Brooks of Arkansas.
Picked on four teams: End Max Boydston and Center Kurt Burris of Oklahoma; Halfback Dick Moegle of Rice; Tackles Jack Ellena of UCLA and Sid Fournet of Louisiana State.
Picked on three teams: End
Picked on two teams: Guards Tom Bettis of Purdue, Calvin Jones of Iowa and Jim Salsbury of UCLA.