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1977 - 43rd Award
Earl Campbell
Texas Back

Campbell has an affinity for the number 4…Four times he was All Southwest running back, the first time in that conference’s history one man earned such an honor…His college career in rushing is 4,444 yards…and in his 4th year of college he captured both the Heisman Trophy and consensus All-American. Earl’s top game was in 1977, where he gained 222 yards rushing against Texas A&M. His incredible talent for rushing brought him eighteen games in which he gained 100 yards or more in his college career. After graduating with a degree in Speech Communications from the University of Texas, Earl was the first player drafted by the NFL for the 1978 season – by the Houston Oilers. With the Oilers he showed definite record breaking tendencies. He’s become one of the few rookies in their first season to go over 1,000 yards rushing. He broke the single season rushing record for a rookie. Campbell set the Houston Oilers team record for most touchdowns in a single season, and tied the record for touchdowns in a single game. Earl is now retired from the NFL and is back at this alma mater, the University of Texas, as Assistant to the Athletic Director. Earl is the President of Earl Campbell Foods, Inc. which has been called the fastest growing food company in America.

Earl was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1990.

The Voting

 

Points

 

Place

Name

School

Class

Pos.

1

2

3

Total

1stEarl CampbellTexasSr.RB371187 601,547
2ndTerry MillerOklahoma StateSr.TB125159119812
3rdKen MacAfeeNotre DameSr.TE 55 54 70343
4thDoug WilliamsGramblingSr.QB 36 52 54266
5thRoss BrownerNotre DameSr.DE 21 45 60213
6thGuy BenjaminStanfordSr.QB 14 17 35111
7thMatt CavanaughPittsburghSr.QB 6 17 3486
8thRick LeachMichiganJr.QB 6 9 2359
9thCharles AlexanderLouisiana StateJr.TB 2 13 2254
10thWes ChandlerFloridaSr.WR 4 11 1650

Texas star Earl Campbell won in every section except, oddly enough, the Southwest, his home base. Oklahoma State's Terry Miller took that region. Grambling became the first school outside Division I to place a player in the top 10 as quarterback Doug Williams finished fourth. The voting regions were expanded to six for the 1977 balloting.

No. of registered electors: 1,050
Date of announcement: December 8, 1977
Date of dinner: December 8, 1997

The positions within each region are as follows

Place

NORTH EAST

MID-ATLANTIC

SOUTH

MIDWEST

SOUTHWEST

FAR WEST

1stCampbellCampbellCampbellCampbellMillerCampbell
2ndMacAfeeMillerMillerMillerCampbellMiller
3rdMillerMacAfeeWilliamsBrownerWilliamsBenjamin
4thWilliamsWilliamsChandlerMacAfeeBrownerMacAfee/Williams
5thBrownerBrownerAlexanderWilliamsMacAfeeBrowner

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