1982 College Football All-America Team

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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[edit]

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


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 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Dave Rimington Center Nebraska 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI 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 4/1/5 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI WC
Jimbo Covert Tackle Pittsburgh 3/2/5 AFCA, FWAA, UPI GNS, WC
Mike Rozier Running back Nebraska 3/1/4 AFCA, FWAA, UPI FN


Name Position School Number[3] Official Other
Terry Kinard Defensive back Clemson 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Billy Ray Smith Jr. Defensive end Arkansas 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Darryl Talley Linebacker West Virginia 4/3/7 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI GNS, NEA, TSN
Terry Hoage Def. back Georgia 3/4/7 AFCA, AP, UPI GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Vernon Maxwell Defensive end Arizona St. 3/4/7 AFCA, FWAA, UPI GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Mike Pitts Def. tackle Alabama 3/2/5 AFCA, FWAA, UPI NEA, TSN
Mike Richardson Def. back Arizona State 3/2/5 AFCA, AP, UPI TSN, WC
George Achica Middle guard USC 2/3/5 AP, UPI 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[edit]

Name Position School Number[3] Official Other
Chuck Nelson Placekicker Washington 4/4/8 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Jim Arnold Punter Vanderbilt 4/2/4 AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPI FN, NEA, TSN



Tight ends[edit]


  • Don Mosebar, Southern California (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, GNS-2, WC)
  • Jimbo Covert, Pittsburgh (CFHOF) (AFCA, FWAA, UPI-1, GNS-1, WC)
  • Bill Fralic, Pittsburgh (CFHOF) (AP-1, NEA)
  • Harvey Salem, California (AP-2, GNS-2, TSN)
  • Chris Hinton, Northwestern (UPI-2, GNS-1, TSN)
  • Karl Nelson, Iowa State (NEA)
  • Randy Theiss, Nebraska (AP-2)
  • Maceo Fifer, Houston (UPI-2)
  • Sid Abramowitz, Tulsa (AP-3)
  • Robert Oxendine, Duke (AP-3)
  • Alfred Mohammad, Arkansas (GNS-3)
  • Eric Moran, Washington (GNS-3)


  • Steve Korte, Arkansas (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, GNS-1, NEA, TSN)
  • Bruce Matthews, USC (AFCA, AP-1, UPI-1, FN, GNS-1, NEA, TSN, WC)
  • Dave Drechsler, North Carolina (AP-2, FWAA, UPI-2, WC [tackle])
  • Joe Lukens, Ohio State (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Tom Thayer, Notre Dame (GNS-2)
  • Jeff Kiewel, Arizona (GNS-2)
  • Wayne Harris, Mississippi State (AP-3)
  • Dave Schreck, Air Force (AP-3)
  • Rob Fada, Pittsburgh (GNS-3)
  • Steve Cox, Tulsa (GNS-3)



Running backs[edit]


Defensive ends[edit]

Defensive tackles[edit]

Middle guards[edit]


  • Darryl Talley, West Virginia (CFHOF) (AFCA, AP-1, FWAA, UPI-1, GNS-1, NEA, TSN)
  • Marcus Marek, Ohio State (AFCA, AP-2, UPI-1, WC)
  • Ricky Hunley, Arizona (CFHOF) (AFCA, AP-1, UPI-1, GNS-2)
  • Wilber Marshall, Florida (CFHOF) (AP-1, FWAA, UPI-2, GNS-1)
  • Mark Stewart, Washington (AP-1, TSN, WC)
  • Tony Caldwell, Washington (NEA)
  • Albert Richardson, LSU (AP-2, UPI-2)
  • Scott Radecic, Penn State (UPI-2, GNS-1)
  • Garin Veris, Stanford (GNS-2)
  • Ray Cone, Colorado (GNS-2)
  • Darrell Patterson, TCU (GNS-2)
  • Johnny Jackson, New Mexico (AP-3)
  • Andy Ponselgo, Navy (AP-3)
  • Mark Zavagnin, Notre Dame (AP-3)

Defensive backs[edit]

Special teams[edit]





  • Bold – Consensus All-American[1]
  • -1 – First-team selection
  • -2 – Second-team selection
  • -3 – Third-team selection
  • CFHOF = College Football Hall of Fame inductee

Official selectors[edit]

Other selectors[edit]

See also[edit]


  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). 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
  5. ^ "1982 Associated Press All-America Team". Santa Cruz Sentinel. December 7, 1982. p. B2 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  6. ^ "1982 UPI All-America football team". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 7, 1982. p. 4B – via Newspapers.com. open access
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ Joel Buchsbaum (November 25, 1982). "Elway, Walker head Gannett all-star squad". Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal. p. 50 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  9. ^ "Walker heads NEA All-America football team". The Paris (TX) News. December 26, 1982. p. 4B – via Newspapers.com. open access
  10. ^ "Nelson, Roby land NEA honors". The Des Moines Register. December 23, 1982. p. 9 – via Newspapers.com. open access
  11. ^ "Walter Camp All-America team". The Courier-Journal. November 25, 1982. p. D2.