The 6-foot 5-inch Palmer is the fifth Trojan to capture this award, following Mike Garret, OJ Simpson, Charles White and Marcus Allen. As a 4-year starter, the experienced, strong-armed Palmer was the Pac-10's career passing and total offense leader. Cason owns 7 Pac-10 career records and such USC career records as: total offense (a Pac-10 record 11,621), plays (a Pac-10 record 1,824), passing yardage (a Pac-10 record 11,818), passing touchdowns (72, third on the Pac-10 ladder), comletions (a Pac-10 record 927), and attemps (1 Pac-10 record 1,569). Palmer finished his USC season with a win at the 2003 Orange Bowl where he was selected bowl MVP. He went on to be the number one pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.
|1st||Carson Palmer||Southern California||Sr.||QB||242||224||154||1,328|
|3rd||Larry Johnson||Penn State||Sr.||RB||108||130||142||726|
|4th||Willis McGahee||Miami (Fl.)||Jr.||RB||101||118||121||660|
|5th||Ken Dorsey||Miami (Fl.)||Sr.||QB||122||89||99||643|
|7th||Jason Gessar||Washington State||Sr.||QB||5||22||15||74|
|9th||Kliff Kingsbury||Texas Tech||Sr.||QB||6||2||11||33|
Carson owns seven Pac-10 career records and such USC player records as: total offense (a Pac 10 record 11,621), plays (a Pac-10 record 1,824), passing yardage (a Pac-10 record 11, 818), passing touchdowns (72, third on the Pac-10 ladder), completions (a Pac-10 record 927), attempts (a Pac-10 record 1,569). Palmer finished his USC season with a win at the 2003 Orange Bowl where he was selected bowl MVP. He went on to be the number one pick in the 2003 NFL Draft.
No. of registered electors: 922
Date of announcement: December 13, 2002
Date of dinner: December 15, 2002
The number of points by region and position within each region are as follows for the top five candidates: