Charles White Wins Heisman Trophy
Coach John Robinson stated, "Charlie is simply the most competitive athlete I've ever seen." Incredibly, as USC's all-purpose back, White averaged 30 to 40 carries a game.
Against Notre Dame, he scored 4 touchdowns, carrying 44 times and rushing for for 261 yards. In his regular season career he rushed for 5,598 yards, and 6,245 yards including Bowl Games. In his lifetime, he averaged 5.4 yards per carry; caught 59 passes for 541 yards, scored 53 touchdowns - a PAC 10 record. He holds a total of 22 records in NCAA, PAC 10, and USC. In his senior year, led the nation with an average of 194.1 yards per game. In the last ten games of his senior year, White averaged 201 yards rushing per game. Charles graduated with a degree in Speech Communications. Upon graduation, White was drafted by the Cleveland Browns and later played for the LA Rams. He and his wife Judi have five children - Nicole, Julian, Ashton, Tara and Sophia.
Charles was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1996.
Charles White's dominating victory prevented Billy Sims from becoming the second two-time Heisman winner. White won all six sections and registered more than 900 points over Sims.
Charles White (born January 22, 1958) is a former professional American football running back. He had a distinguished college career and later played in the National Football League for the Cleveland Browns and the Los Angeles Rams.
After Graduating from San Fernando High School in San Fernando, CA - Charles White played for the University of Southern California. In 1978, White won the W.J. Voit Memorial Trophy the outstanding college football player on the Pacific Coast. In 1979, he received the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Walter Camp Award, and was named UPI Player of the Year.
Charles White, USC�s third Heisman Trophy winner, finished his four-year career as the NCAA�s second leading rusher ever with 5,598 regular season yards. Including bowl games, he finished with a Pac-10 record 6,245.
A two-year unanimous All-American, White set or equaled 22 NCAA, Pac-10, USC and Rose Bowl records. He gained over 100 yards 31 times in his career, including 10 times in 1979.
In that senior season, Charlie averaged 186.4 yards a game, 6.2 yards a carry, led the nation in rushing, and, for the second straight season, led it in all-purpose running.