1982 College Football All-America Team

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; and
  13. West Virginia linebacker 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.


Name Position School Number[3] Official Other
Eric DickersonRunning backSMU4/5/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
John ElwayQuarterbackStanford4/5/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Herschel WalkerRunning backGeorgia4/5/9AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Anthony CarterWide receiverMichigan4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIGNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Dave RimingtonCenterNebraska4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIGNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Bruce MatthewsGuardUSC3/5/8AFCA, AP, UPIFN, GNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Steve KorteGuardArkansas4/3/7AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIGNS, NEA, TSN
Gordon HudsonTight endBYU4/2/6AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPITSN, WC
Don MosebarTackleUSC4/1/5AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIWC
Jimbo CovertTacklePittsburgh3/2/5AFCA, FWAA, UPIGNS, WC
Mike RozierRunning backNebraska3/1/4AFCA, FWAA, UPIFN


Name Position School Number[3] Official Other
Terry KinardDefensive backClemson4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIGNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Billy Ray Smith, Jr.Defensive endArkansas4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIGNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Darryl TalleyLinebackerWest Virginia4/3/7AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIGNS, NEA, TSN
Terry HoageDef. backGeorgia3/4/7AFCA, AP, UPIGNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Vernon MaxwellDefensive endArizona St.3/4/7AFCA, FWAA, UPIGNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Mike PittsDef. tackleAlabama3/2/5AFCA, FWAA, UPINEA, TSN
Mike RichardsonDef. backArizona State3/2/5AFCA, AP, UPITSN, WC
George AchicaMiddle guardUSC2/3/5AP, UPINEA, TSN, WC
Ricky HunleyLinebackerArizona3/0/3AFCA, AP, UPI-
Marcus MarekLinebackerOhio State2/1/3AFCA, UPIWC
Wilber MarshallLinebackerFlorida2/1/3AP, FWAAGNS
Gabriel RiveraDef. tackleTexas Tech2/1/3AFCA, APGNS
Rick BryanDef. tackleOklahoma2/0/2FWAA, UPI-

Special teams

Name Position School Number[3] Official Other
Chuck NelsonPlacekickerWashington4/4/8AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIGNS, NEA, TSN, WC
Jim ArnoldPunterIowa4/2/4AFCA, AP, FWAA, UPIFN, NEA, TSN



Tight ends





Running backs


Defensive ends

Defensive tackles

Middle guards


Defensive backs

Special teams





  • 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

Other selectors

See also


  1. 1 2 3 "2014 NCAA Football Records: Consensus All-America Selections" (PDF). National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). 2014. p. 7. Retrieved February 10, 2015.
  2. 1 2 Ted Gangi (ed.). "FWAA All-America Since 1944: The All-Time Team" (PDF). Retrieved March 8, 2016.
  3. 1 2 3 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. 1 2 "Awards". The Arizona Republic. November 23, 1982. p. C4 via Newspapers.com.
  5. "1982 Associated Press All-America Team". Santa Cruz Sentinel. December 7, 1982. p. B2 via Newspapers.com.
  6. "1982 UPI All-America football team". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. December 7, 1982. p. 4B via Newspapers.com.
  7. Bill Traughber (September 16, 2015). "Matthews overcame injury to become All-American tight end". Commodore History Corner.
  8. Joel Buchsbaum (November 25, 1982). "Elway, Walker head Gannett all-star squad". Poughkeepsie (NY) Journal. p. 50 via Newspapers.com.
  9. "Walker heads NEA All-America football team". The Paris (TX) News. December 26, 1982. p. 4B via Newspapers.com.
  10. "Nelson, Roby land NEA honors". The Des Moines Register. December 23, 1982. p. 9 via Newspapers.com.
  11. "Walter Camp All-America team". The Courier-Journal. November 25, 1982. p. D2.
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