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1972 - 38th Award
Johnny Rodgers
Nebraska Back

Leading the nation's number one team, Rodgers proved himself as one of the most versatile backs in Cornhusker history. Operating as a punt returner, pass receiver, blocker, and runner, he broke offensive records by the dozens. In his three-year career he racked up 5,586 all-purpose yards for an NCAA record. His 72-yard punt return for the first touchdown ignited the Huskers' thrilling 35-31 victory over Oklahoma in the Game of the Century in 1971. The Montreal Alouettes signed Johnny where his quickness and versatility made him a valuable favorite over several seasons. He had a career with the San Diego Chargers in the NFL. Rodgers, self-proclaimed as "one of the nastiest dressers in football," has been a conspicuous contributor to the fun of recent Heisman Dinners.

Johnny 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

2 Greg Pruitt Oklahoma Senior RB 117 223 169 966
3 Rich Glover Nebraska Senior MG 99 125 105 652
4 Bert Jones Louisiana State Senior QB 61 61 46 351
5 Terry Davis Alabama Senior QB 62 50 52 338
6 John Hufnagel Penn State Senior QB 62 28 50 292
7 George Amundsen Iowa State Senior RB 41 31 34 219
8 Otis Armstrong Purdue Senior RB 44 24 28 208
9 Don Stock Virginia Tech Senior QB 12 33 42 144
10 Gary Huff Florida State Senior QB 20 24 30 138

Johnny Rodgers, the all-around star from Nebraska, made it a clean sweep of all five sections and easily outdistanced his Oklahoma rival, Greg Pruitt. It was a standout year for the Big Eight as Nebraska middle guard Rich Glover gave the conference the three top spots in the balloting.

No. of registered electors: 1,127
Date of announcement: 5 December
Date of dinner: 14 December

The positions within each region:

Place

EAST

SOUTH

MIDWEST

SOUTHWEST

FAR WEST

1 Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers Rodgers
2 Pruitt Davis Pruitt Pruitt Pruitt
3 Hufnagel Pruitt Armstrong Glover Glover
4 Glover Jones Glover Jones Adams
5 Strock Glover Amundsen Davis Amundsen

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