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1980 - 46th Award
George Rogers
South Carolina Back

Ball carriers can get pigeonholed as musclers or runabouts, not Rogers. S.C. backfield coach Bob Brown called him the ideal mix of bigness and quickness. New Orleans Saints coach Bum Phillips, who made Rogers the top NFL '81 draft choice, also noted the running back's double edge - Rogers could dodge a defender or run over him. At tailback for the S.C. Gamecocks, Rogers rolled up 21 consecutive wins and led the nation in rushing with 1,781 yards and tied for third in TDs with 14. On top of these great statistics, Rogers set an example in perseverance. There was a time in his youth when he couldn't afford the $2 insurance fee needed to play. Uneasy about contact when he started high school ball, he changed into a skilled hitter. When the 1980 season opened, he was a Heisman long shot, but when the voting was over he led decisively. In his first NFL season, he was one of the league's leading ground-gainers. George played with the Washington Redskins, Super Bowl Champions.

George was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1997.

The Voting

 

Points

 

Place

Name

School

Class

Pos.

1

2

3

Total

1stGeorge RogersSouth CarolinaSr.RB2161791221,128
2ndHugh Green PittsburghSr.DE179125 74861
3rdHerschel WalkerGeorgiaFr.TB107120122683
4thMark HerrmannPurdueSr.QB 58 71 89405
5thJim McMahonBrigham YoungSr.QB 30 32 35189
6thArt SchlichterOhio StateJr. QB 18 34 36158
7th Neil LomaxPortland StateSr.QB 10 11 1769
8thJarvis RedwineNebraskaSrRB 4 16 2064
9thKenny EasleyUCLASr.DB 5 5 1944
10thAnthony CarterMichiganSo.WR 4 6 1034

George Rogers of South Carolina and Hugh Green of Pittsburgh waged a furious battle for the Heisman, with Rogers getting 216 first place votes to 179 for Green. Green's first place votes and his points total were the highest ever gained by a lineman. Third place finisher Herschel Walker of Georgia had the highest point total ever recorded by a freshman.

No. of registered electors: 1,050
Date of announcement: December 1, 1980
Date of dinner: December 11, 1980

The positions within each region are as follows:

Place

NORTH-EAST

MID-ATLANTIC

SOUTH

SOUTH-WEST

MIDWEST

FAR WEST

1stGreenRogersRogersHerrmannRogersRogers
2ndRogersGreenWalkerRogersWalkerGreen
3rdWalkerWalkerGreenGreenGreenWalker/McMahon
4thHerrmannHerrmannHerrmannSchilchterHerrmannHerrmann
5thSchlichterSchlichterSchlichterWalkerMcMahonLomax

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