The 1982 College Football All-America team is composed of college football players who were selected as All-Americans by various organizations and writers that chose College Football All-America Teams in 1982. The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) recognizes four selectors as "official" for the 1982 season.[1] They are: (1) the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) based on the input of more than 2,000 voting members; (2) the Associated Press (AP) selected based on the votes of sports writers at AP newspapers; (3) the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) selected by the nation's football writers;[2] and (4) the United Press International (UPI). Other selectors included Football News (FN), the Gannett News Service (GNS), the Newspaper Enterprise Association (NEA), The Sporting News (TSN), and the Walter Camp Football Foundation (WC).

Thirteen players were unanimously selected as first-team All-Americans by all four official selectors.[1] They were:

  1. Jim Arnold, punter for Vanderbilt
  2. Anthony Carter, wide receiver for Michigan, consensus first-team All-American in both 1981 and 1982 and the 1982 winner of the Chicago Tribune Silver Football as the Most Valuable Player in the Big Ten Conference
  3. Eric Dickerson, running back for SMU who rushed for 1,617 yards in 1982
  4. John Elway, quarterback for Stanford, the 1982 recipient of the Sammy Baugh Trophy
  5. Gordon Hudson, tight end for BYU
  6. Terry Kinard, defensive back for Clemson, a consensus All-American in both 1981 and 1982 and the CBS National Defensive Player of the Year in 1982
  7. Steve Korte, offensive lineman for Arkansas
  8. Don Mosebar, offensive lineman for USC
  9. Chuck Nelson, placekicker for Washington
  10. Dave Rimington, center for Nebraska, two-time winner of the Outland Trophy and the namesake of the Rimington Trophy, which is awarded annually to the nation's top collegiate center
  11. Herschel Walker, running back for Georgia, a three-time consensus first-team All-American who finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1981 and won the award in 1982
  12. Billy Ray Smith Jr., defensive end for Arkansas and who was a consensus first-team All-American in both 1981 and 1982
  13. Darryl Talley, linebacker for West Virginia

Consensus All-Americans

The following charts identify the NCAA-recognized consensus All-Americans for the year 1982 and displays which first-team designations they received.

Offense

Name Position School Number[3] Official Other
Eric Dickerson Running back SMU 4/5/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
John Elway Quarterback Stanford 4/5/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Herschel Walker Running back Georgia 4/5/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Anthony Carter Wide receiver Michigan 4/5/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Dave Rimington Center Nebraska 4/5/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Bruce Matthews Guard USC 3/5/8 AFCA, AP, UPI FN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Steve Korte Guard Arkansas 4/3/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI GNS, NEA, TSN
Gordon Hudson Tight end BYU 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI TSN, WC
Don Mosebar Tackle USC 4/2/6 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, WC
Jimbo Covert Tackle Pittsburgh 3/3/6 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN, GNS, WC
Mike Rozier Running back Nebraska 3/1/4 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN

Defense

Name Position School Number[3] Official Other
Terry Kinard Defensive back Clemson 4/5/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Billy Ray Smith Jr. Defensive end Arkansas 4/5/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Darryl Talley Linebacker West Virginia 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, GNS, NEA, TSN
Vernon Maxwell Defensive end Arizona St. 3/5/8 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Terry Hoage Def. back Georgia 3/4/7 AFCA, AP, UPI GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Mike Pitts Def. tackle Alabama 3/3/6 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN
Mike Richardson Def. back Arizona State 3/3/6 AFCA, AP, UPI FN, TSN, WC
George Achica Middle guard USC 2/4/6 AP, UPI FN, NEA, TSN, WC
Ricky Hunley Linebacker Arizona 3/0/3 AFCA, AP, UPI -
Marcus Marek Linebacker Ohio State 2/1/3 AFCA, UPI WC
Wilber Marshall Linebacker Florida 2/1/3 AP, FWAA GNS
Gabriel Rivera Def. tackle Texas Tech 2/1/3 AFCA, AP GNS
Rick Bryan Def. tackle Oklahoma 2/0/2 FWAA, UPI -

Special teams

Name Position School Number[3] Official Other
Chuck Nelson Placekicker Washington 4/5/9 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Jim Arnold Punter Vanderbilt 4/2/4 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN

Offense

Receivers

Tight ends

Tackles

Guards

Centers

Quarterbacks

Running backs

Defense

Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Kickers

Punters

Returners

Key

Official selectors

Other selectors

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Football Award Winners" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2016. pp. 3, 12. Retrieved March 18, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c This column lists the number of selectors choosing the player as a first-team All-American as follows: official selectors/other selectors/total selectors.
  4. ^ a b "Awards". The Arizona Republic. November 23, 1982. p. C4 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  5. ^ "1982 Associated Press All-America Team". Santa Cruz Sentinel. December 7, 1982. p. B2 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  6. ^ "Covert left off All-America list". The Clarksdale Press Register (MS). December 8, 1982. p. 7A – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  7. ^ "1982 UPI All-America football team". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 7, 1982. p. 4B – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  8. ^ Bill Traughber (September 16, 2015). "Matthews overcame injury to become All-American tight end". Commodore History Corner. Archived from the original on March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  9. ^ "Football News All-America Team". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids (IA). November 19, 1982. p. 2C – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  10. ^ Joel Buchsbaum (November 25, 1982). "1982 GNS All-America Team". Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  11. ^ Murray Olderman (December 26, 1982). "Hershel (sic) Walker and John Elway Head '82 NEA All America team". The Albert Lea Tribune (MN). p. 12 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  12. ^ "Walter Camp All-America team". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. November 26, 1982. p. 6E – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon