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.
|1st||George Rogers||South Carolina||Sr.||RB||216||179||122||1,128|
|5th||Jim McMahon||Brigham Young||Sr.||QB||30||32||35||189|
|6th||Art Schlichter||Ohio State||Jr.||QB||18||34||36||158|
|7th||Neil Lomax||Portland State||Sr.||QB||10||11||17||69|
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: