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1981 - 47th Award
Marcus Allen
Southern California Back

The fourth running back from the University of Southern California to win the Heisman Trophy, Marcus Allen did it by being the first rusher to cover more than 2,000 yards in one season. He finished his senior year with 2,342 yards. Marcus was the first man to have 4 straight 200-yard plus games. On October 31, 1982 in USC's 41-7 win over Washington State, Allen toted up 289 yards on 44 carries and scored 4 touchdowns. Drafted in the First Round by the Oakland Raiders and retired from the Kansas City Chiefs after the 1997 season. He has been voted the MVP of the Super Bowl and of the NFL and is the leading rusher in Raider history. Marcus can now be seen on the NFL Network.

Marcus 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

1stMarcus AllenSouthern CaliforniaSr.TB441204 661,797
2ndHerschel WalkerGeorgiaSoph.TB1522781871,199
3rdJim McMahonBrigham YoungSr.QB 91131171706
4thDan Marino PittsburghSr.QB 16 51106256
5thArt SchlichterOhio StateSr.QB 21 15 56149
6thDarrin NelsonStanfordSr.RB 7 7 1348
7th Anthony CarterMichiganJr.WR 2 11 1442
8thKenneth SimsTexasSr.DT 3 6 1334
9thReggie CollierSouthern MississippiJr.QB 2 6 1230
10thRich DianaYaleSr.RB 3 2 1023

Southern Cal's Marcus Allen won five of the six sections and outdistanced Georgia's Herschel Walker, 441-204, in first place votes. Walker's second place finish was the highest for a sophomore since Glenn Davis of Army in 1944.

No. of registered electors: 1,050
Date of announcement: December 5, 1981
Date of dinner: December 10, 1981

The positions within each region are as follows:

Place

NORTH-EAST

MID-ATLANTIC

SOUTH

SOUTH-WEST

MIDWEST

FAR WEST

1stAllenAllenWalkerAllenAllenAllen
2ndWalkerWalkerAllenWalkerWalkerMcMahon
3rdMcMahonMarinoMcMahonSchlichterMcMahonWalker
4thMarinoMcMahonMarinoMcMahonSimsNelson
5thDianaSchlichterCollierCarterMarinoMarino

Runners-up
Herschel Walker - Georgia
Jim McMahon - Brigham Young
Dan Marino - Pittsburgh
Art Schlichter - Ohio State

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