1. Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia (1980-82)
Herschel Walker was the best running back to ever play the game, and he exploded on the scene as a freshman at Georgia in 1980, the same year the Bulldogs won a national championship. Walker followed up his amazing freshman season with 1,891 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns; however, he finished second in the Heisman voting to USC’s Marcus Allen. He finally won the coveted prize his junior year, when he rushed for 1,752 yards and 16 touchdowns. Walker discovered a way to skip his senior season and turn professional with the new USFL. While he would have given Archie Griffin a run for multiple Heismans, his early departure does not detract from his greatness.