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The Era of the Big Backs-Part I Herschel Walker

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Back in the early 1980's, it was a magical time for NCAA football.  Several of the freakiest RB's ever were playing then.  One was Herschel Walker.  He came out of a small high school in Georgia..  6'1" 215 pounds of solid muscle with world-class speed.  Nobody had yet seen anyone with this combination of size, speed and power.   Folks got very excited about Shaun Shivers(Chaminade) and Anthony Schwartz(American Heritage last year.  Imagine a high school kid with their type of speed, but taller and 45 pounds heavier...40 years ago.  He ran the equivalent of a 10.3 100m dash in high school.  I remember the run at the 4 minute mark in the video.  He had huge thighs and could just run over people.  Imagine a hs rb with that kind of speed and power combined with the passing attack of today. 

 

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I stumbled across a BullDawg magazine from the summer Herschel would have been a incoming freshman, where I worked going through some old records. What blew me away as I read an article that was playing up the arrival of Herschel as well as going over the starters for both offense and defense, was Herschel's size compared to the starting UGA offensive line.....to a man they were only 15- 20 lbs heavier than Herschel.......................keep in mind he also ran on the UGA track team later that year and I want to say ran anchor for the 4X100 team, in addition to running 100m........for man his size he was way more than a freak of nature! The game later that year against South Carolina saw George Rogers carry the ball over 40 times and I want to say Walker carried it over 30 times as well...............both were men among boys at the college level that year...............Rodgers again going on memory may have won the Heisman that year too! There was a big back at Vero Beach..(cant remember his name) I want to say 89 that went onto play at Miami.....had a lot of speed..the night I saw him was in the playoffs against Manatee but Manatee beat them like a drum with Chris Bilkie and Kevin Freeman...(both went onto play at Florida) running through and around the Vero Beach defense that night like it was swiss cheese......also how about Sammie Smith.....another big back with speed 

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14 minutes ago, FL_HS_football said:

I stumbled across a BullDawg magazine from the summer Herschel would have been a incoming freshman, where I worked going through some old records. What blew me away as I read an article that was playing up the arrival of Herschel as well as going over the starters for both offense and defense, was Herschel's size compared to the starting UGA offensive line.....to a man they were only 15- 20 lbs heavier than Herschel.......................keep in mind he also ran on the UGA track team later that year and I want to say ran anchor for the 4X100 team, in addition to running 100m........for man his size he was way more than a freak of nature! The game later that year against South Carolina saw George Rogers carry the ball over 40 times and I want to say Walker carried it over 30 times as well...............both were men among boys at the college level that year...............Rodgers again going on memory may have won the Heisman that year too! There was a big back at Vero Beach..(cant remember his name) I want to say 89 that went onto play at Miami.....had a lot of speed..the night I saw him was in the playoffs against Manatee but Manatee beat them like a drum with Chris Bilkie and Kevin Freeman...(both went onto play at Florida) running through and around the Vero Beach defense that night like it was swiss cheese......also how about Sammie Smith.....another big back with speed 

VB back was James Stewart, C/O ‘91

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