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Posted: December 4, 2013 - 1:01am
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Herschel Walker (34) made an indelible mark on University of Georgia football history as a record-setting running back from 1980-82. He led UGA to a National Championship in 1980 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982. Many observers of the game consider Walker to be one of the best players in college history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. As a freshman Walker led UGA to an undefeated regular season (12-0) and a Sugar Bowl vicotry over the University of Notre Dame to win the National Championship while rushing for 1,616 yards (5.9 per carry) and 16 touchdowns on the season. He earned college All-American honors three times. He played professionally for the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League before joining the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys. He also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.
Herschel Walker (34) made an indelible mark on University of Georgia football history as a record-setting running back from 1980-82. He led UGA to a National Championship in 1980 and won the Heisman Trophy in 1982. Many observers of the game consider Walker to be one of the best players in college history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. As a freshman Walker led UGA to an undefeated regular season (12-0) and a Sugar Bowl vicotry over the University of Notre Dame to win the National Championship while rushing for 1,616 yards (5.9 per carry) and 16 touchdowns on the season. He earned college All-American honors three times. He played professionally for the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League before joining the National Football League's Dallas Cowboys. He also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and New York Giants.

DECEMBER 4

1945 — “Mr. Inside” Doc Blanchard of Army becomes the first junior to win the Heisman Trophy. Blanchard also becomes the only athlete to win both the Heisman and Sullivan Award.

1951 — Princeton triple-threat tailback Richard Kazmaier wins the Heisman Trophy. Kazmaier led the nation in total offense and the Tigers to an undefeated season.

1956 — Notre Dame quarterback Paul Hornung edges Tennessee’s Johnny Majors to win the Heisman Trophy.

1961 — Floyd Patterson defends his world heavyweight title by knocking out Tom McNeeley in the fourth round in Toronto.

1961 — Syracuse running back Ernie Davis becomes the first black to be taken No. 1 in the NFL draft after being selected by the Washington Redskins.

1977 — Tony Dorsett becomes the third rookie to rush for more than 200 yards in a game with 206 yards and two touchdowns in a 24-14 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.

1982 — Georgia’s Hershel Walker wins the Heisman Trophy. The junior running back beats out Stanford quarterback John Elway and Southern Methodist running back Eric Dickerson. Walker finished third in the voting for this award as a freshman and finished second last year.

2004 — Louisville becomes the first football team in NCAA history to score at least 55 points in five straight games, beating Tulane 55-7.

2005 — Croatia wins its first Davis Cup title when Mario Ancic beats Michal Mertinak of Slovakia 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-4 in the decisive fifth match.

2009— Central Michigan quarterback Dan LeFevour sets the major college football record for combined touchdowns passing, rushing and receiving as the Chippewas defeat Ohio 20-10 in the Mid-American Conference championship game. LeFevour throws for two scores, giving him 148 career TDs and surpassing the mark set by Hawaii’s Colt Brennan in 2007 and matched by Texas Tech’s Graham Harrell in 2008.

2009 — The New Jersey Nets win for the first time this season, ending the worst start in NBA history at 18 losses by beating the Charlotte Bobcats 97-91. Brook Lopez has 31 points and 14 rebounds, and Courtney Lee scores a career-high 27 points in his return to the starting lineup for the Nets.

2010 — Cam Newton passes for a career-best 335 yards and four touchdowns, and runs for a couple of TDs to lead No. 2 Auburn past 18th-ranked South Carolina 56-17 for the Southeastern Conference title. Newton accounts for six TDs, joining Florida’s Tim Tebow as only the players in the history of the top division to run and pass for 20 touchdowns in a season.

2010 — Nevada’s Colin Kaepernick ties the NCAA record for touchdowns rushing by a quarterback with 59 after scoring three on the ground in a 35-17 win over Louisiana Tech. He ties mark held by Nebraska’s Eric Crouch.

2011 — Rafael Nadal recovers from a terrible start and beat Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina 1-6, 6-4, 6-1, 7-6 (0) to give Spain its fifth Davis Cup title.

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