Herschel Walker

Pro Career:  Went from winning the Heisman Trophy and every All-America award possible to being the biggest gate attraction and most dominant player in the fledgling USFL ... Moved to the NFL where he has been named to two Pro Bowls, led the league in combined net yards (2,051 in 1990) and in total yards from scrimmage (1,606 in 1987) ... Established numerous USFL records with the New Jersey Generals before joining the NFL and rushing for more than 7,900 yards in nine seasons.
 

College: Won the Heisman Trophy in 1982... consensus All-America from 1980-82... established 11 NCAA records, 16 Southeastern Conference records and 41 University of Georgia records in his three years in Athens...rushed for 5,259 yards in his career, an SEC and Georgia record as well as an NCAA mark for most yards in three seasons...ended his Georgia career with the third most rushing yards in NCAA history...established himself immediately with a freshman season that saw him set NCAA marks for most rushing yards by a freshman (1,616 in 1980), most 200-yard games by a freshman (four), average yards per game by a freshman (146.9), most all-purpose yards by a freshman (1,805) and most rushing touchdowns by a freshman (15)...finished third in Heisman balloting as a freshman...named a first team All-America by seven different organizations and publication...totaled an SEC-record 1,891 yards in his second season as well as a conference mark of 171.9 yards per game...ran for more than 100 yards in 11 games as a sophomore, an NCAA record...set an SEC mark with 120 points and 20 touchdowns in sophomore year...ran for 1,616 yards as a junior, establishing an NCAA mark with three seasons of gaining more than 1,500 yards...also set NCAA records for most carries in three seasons (994) and most all-purpose yards in three seasons (5,749)...also competed for Georgia's track and field team, where he was a two-time All-America selection (outdoor 400-meter relay, indoor 60-yard dash) and a member of the SEC champion 400-meter relay in 1981.

Professional: Went from winning the Heisman Trophy and every All-America award possible to being the biggest gate attraction and most dominant player in the fledgling USFL...moved to the NFL where he was named to two Pro Bowls, led the league in combined net yards (2,051 in 1990) and in total yards from scrimmage (1,606 in 1987)...established numerous USFL records with the New Jersey Generals before joining the NFL and rushing for more than 7,900 yards in nine seasons.

 

by Kent Hannon, Georgia Magazine

UGA threw a party to celebrate Herschel Walker's induction into the College Football Hall of Fame. But will he have the votes to make it to Canton, where all the NFL greats are enshrined? His pro stats say yes, but a chunk of them came in the wrong league...story

 

 

RECORDS

NCAA (11)

 

  • Most Yards Rushing by a Freshman in One Season: 1,616 in 1980
  • Most Yards Rushing by a Sophomore in One Season: 1,891 in 1981
  • Most Yards Rushing in Three Seasons: 5,259 in 1980-82
  • Most Games Gaining 100 Yards or More in One Season: 11 in 1981 (tied with 5
  • Most Games Gaining 200 Yards or More by a Freshman: 4 in 1980
  • Average Yards per Game by a Freshman: 146.9 in 1980
  • Most Carries in Three Seasons: 994 in 1980-82
  • Most All-Purpose Yards Gained by a Freshman: 1,805 in 1980 (1616 rush, 70 rec., 119 KO ret.)
  • Most Seasons Gaining 1,500 Yards or More: 3 in 1980, 1981, 1982
  • Most All-Purpose Yards in Three Seasons: 5,749 in 1980-82 (5,259, 243 rec., 247 KO ret.)
  • Most Touchdowns scored Rushing by a Freshman: 15 in 1980

     

SEC (16)

     

  • Most Yards Rushing in One Season: 1,891 in 1981
  • Most Yards Rushing in a Career: 5,259 (1980-82)
  • Most Carries in a Game: 47 vs. Florida in 1981
  • Most Carries in a Season: 385 in 1981
  • Most Carries in a Career: .994 (1980-82)
  • Most Carries per Game in a Season: 35.0 in 1981
  • Most Carries per Game in a Career: 30.1 (1980-81)
  • Average Yards per Game Rushing in a Season: 171.9 in 1981
  • Average Yards per Game Rushing in a Career: 159.4 (1980-82)
  • Average Gain per Rush in a Game (Min. 40 rushes): 6.5 vs. Ole Miss 1981 (41x265)
  • Average Gain per Rush in a Career (Min. 800 rushes): 5.3 (994x5,259)
  • Most Points Scored in One Season: 120 in 1981
  • Most Points Scored in a Career: 314 (1980-82)
  • Most Touchdowns Scored in One Season: 20 (1981)
  • Most Touchdowns Scored in a Career: 52 (1980-82)
  • Most All-Purpose Yards in a Career: 5,749 in 1980-82 (5,259 rush, 243 rec., 247 KO ret.)

GEORGIA (41)

 

  • Most Yards Rushing in One Game: 283 vs. Vanderbilt, 1980
  • Most Yards Rushing in One Season: 1,891 in 1981
  • Most Yards Rushing in a Career: 5,259 (1980-82)
  • Most Touchdowns Rushing in One Season: 18 in 1981
  • Most Touchdowns Rushing in a Career: 49 (1980-82)
  • Most Yards Rushing in Three Seasons: 5,259 (1980-82)
  • Most Carries in a Game: 47 vs. Florida in 1981
  • Most Carries in a Season: 385 in 1981
  • Most Carries in a Career: 994 (1980-82)
  • Most Carries per Game in a Season: 35.0 in 1981
  • Most Carries per Game in a Career: 30.1 (1980-82)
  • Average Yards per Game Rushing in a Season: 171.9 in 1981
  • Average Yards per Game Rushing in a Career: 159.4 (1980-82)
  • Average Gain per Rush in a Game (Min. 40 Rushes): 6.5 Ole Miss 1981 (41x265)
  • Average Gain per Rush in a Season (Min. 250 Rushes): 5.9 in 1980 (274x1,616)
  • Average Gain per Rush in a Career (Min. 800 Rushes): 5.3 (1980-82)
  • Most Yards Rushing by a Freshman: 1,616 in 1980
  • Most Yards Rushing by a Sophomore: 1,891 in 1981
  • Most Yards Rushing by a Junior: 1,752
  • Most Points Scored in a Game: 24 vs. Fla., Temple, Ga. Tech 1981
  • Most Points Scored in a Season: 120 in 1981
  • Most Points Scored in a Career: 314 (1980-82)
  • Most Touchdowns Scored in a Game: 4 vs. Fla., Temple, Ga. Tech. 1981
  • Most Touchdowns Scored in a Season: 20 in 1981
  • Most Touchdowns Scored in a Career: 52 (1980-82)
  • Average Gain per Play in a Game: 12.3 yards vs. Vanderbilt, 1980 (23x83)
  • Most Offensive Plays in a Season: 386 in 1981 (385 rush, 1 pass)
  • Most Offensive Plays in a Career: 968 in 1980-82 (967 rush, 1 pass)
  • Most All-Purpose Yards in a Game: 283 vs. Vanderbilt, 1980 (283 rush, 0 rec., 0 ret.)
  • Most All-Purpose Yards in a Season: 2,067 in 1981 (1,891 rush, 84 rec., 92 KO ret.)
  • Most All-Purpose Yards in a Career: 5,749 (1980-82) (5,259 rush, 243 rec., 247 KO ret.)
  • Most All-Purpose Plays in a Game: 53 vs. Fla., 1981 (47 rush, 4 rec., 2 ret.)
  • Most All-Purpose Plays in a Season: 405 in 1981 (385 rush, 14 rec., 6 KO ret.)
  • Most All-Purpose Plays in a Career: 1,034 (1980-82) 994 rush, 26 rec., 14 KO ret.)
  • Most Total Off. Yards in a Career: 5,259 (1980-82) (5,259 rush, 0 pass)
  • Most Games Gaining 200 Yards or More by a Freshman: 4 in 1980
  • Most Games Gaining 100 Yards or More in one Season: 11 in 1981
  • Games Gaining 200 Yards or More: 9 (1980-82)
  • Games Gaining 100 Yards or More: 28 (1980-82)
  • Seasons Gaining 1,500 Yards or More: 3 (1980-82)
  • Seasons Gaining 1,000 Yards or More: 3 (1980-82)

STATISTICS

Rushing
Year G Att. Yds. Avg/Att. Avg/Gm. TD LG 1st Down Runs Over 10 Yds.
1980 11 274 1,616 5.9 146.9 15 76 58 35
1981 11 385 1,891 4.9 172.0 20 32 108 72
1982 11 335 1,752 5.2 159.3 17 59 100 55
Total 33 994 5,259 5.3 159.4 52 76 266 162

Game By Game
Opponent Att. Yds. Avg. TD LG 1st Down Runs Runs Over 10 Yds.
1980
at Tennessee 24 84 3.5 2 16 3 1
Texas A&M 21 145 6.9 3 76 4 3
Clemson 23 121 5.3 0 20 5 4
T.C.U. 9 69 7.7 0 41 2 1
Ole Miss 11 44 4.0 0 25 1 1
Vanderbilt 23 283 12.3 3 60 10 7
at Kentucky 31 131 4.2 1 18 5 1
South Carolina 43 219 5.1 1 76 7 3
Florida (Jax.) 37 238 6.4 1 72 11 6
at Auburn 27 77 2.9 1 18 3 2
Georgia Tech 25 205 8.2 3 65 7 6
Totals 274 1,616 5.9 15 76 85 35
Average Yards Per Game: 146.9
Opponent Att. Yds. Avg. TD LG 1st Down Runs Runs Over 10 Yds.
1981
Tennessee 30 161 5.4 1 22 8 8
California 35 167 4.8 0 21 7 5
at Clemson 28 111 4.0 0 21 5 4
South Carolina 36 176 4.9 2 16 9 5
at Ole Miss 41 265 6.5 1 62 12 9
at Vanderbilt 39 188 4.8 2 17 16 9
Kentucky 33 129 4.0 1 15 5 5
Temple 23 112 4.9 4 14 7 4
Florida (Jax.) 47 192 4.1 4 18 12 6
Auburn 37 165 4.5 1 19 12 5
at Georgia Tech 36 225 6.3 4 20 15 12
Totals 385 1,891 4.9 20 32 108 72
Average Yards Per Game: 171.9
Opponent Att. Yds. Avg. TD LG 1st Down Runs Runs Over 10 Yds.
1982
*Clemson 11 20 1.82 0 10 1 1
*Brigham Young 31 124 4.0 1 23 7 3
*at S. Carolina 32 143 4.5 1 14 9 7
at Miss. State 39 215 5.5 1 21 14 6
Ole Miss 24 149 6.2 3 19 7 6
Vanderbilt 38 172 4.5 1 26 8 4
at Kentucky 34 152 4.5 #1 21 10 6
Memphis State 33 219 6.6 2 21 13 8
Florida (Jax.) 35 219 6.3 3 30 13 5
at Auburn 31 177 5.7 2 47 10 5
Georgia Tech 27 162 6.0 2 59 8 4
Totals 335 1,752 5.2 17 59 100 55
Average Yards Per Game: 159.3
*Broken Thumb, immobilized in playing cast # reception (64-yd. TD)
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