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1982 - 48th Award
Herschel Walker
Georgia Back

The seventh junior to win the Heisman Trophy - the 6'1", 222 lb. versatile athlete amassed an unbelievable 5,097 yards rushing (an NCAA record for yards rushing in three seasons). He exploded for whopping 5.3 yards per carry. He led the Bulldogs to a National Championship and an amazing three-year record of 32 wins and only 2 losses. Herschel signed with the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League.

Herschel was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1999.

The Voting

 

Points

 

Place

Name

School

Class

Pos.

1

2

3

Total

1stHerschel WalkerGeorgiaJr.TB525155 411,926
2ndJohn ElwayStanfordSr.QB1393351441,231
3rdEric DickersonSouthern MethodistSr.TB 31100172465
4thAnthony CarterMichiganSr.WR 11 27 55142
5thDavid RimingtonNebraskaSr.C 13 23 52137
6thTodd BlackledgePenn StateSr.QB 4 26 44108
7th Tom RamseyUCLASr.QB 2 16 2765
8thTony EasonIllinoisSr.QB 5 6 3360
9thDan MarinoPittsburghSr.QB 1 6 3247
10thMike RozierNebraskaJr.RB 4 8 1240
 Curt WarnerPenn StateSr.TB 2 8 1840

Herschel Walker of Georgia and John Elway of Stanford ran one-two in all six sections as they dominated the voting. College football's "Year of the Quarterback" produced five in the top 10 finishers.

No. of registered electors: 1,050
Date of announcement: December 4, 1982
Date of dinner: December 9, 1982

The positions within each region are as follows:

Place

NORTH-EAST

MID-ATLANTIC

SOUTH

SOUTH-WEST

MIDWEST

FAR WEST

1stWalkerWalkerWalkerWalkerWalkerWalker
2ndElwayElwayElwayElwayElwayElway
3rdDickersonDickersonDickersonCarterDickersonDickerson
4thBlackledgeBlackledgeBlackledgeEasonRimington Ramsey
5thCarterWarnerRimingtonDickersonRozierRimington

Runners-up
John Elway - Stanford
Eric Dickerson - Southern Methodist
Anthony Carter - Michigan
Dave Rimington - Nebraska

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