Carson Palmer: 2002 Heisman Trophy Season in Review
A flurry of Trojan Heisman winners began in 2002 when Carson Palmer became the fifth USC star to capture this award. Not only did Palmer start a new procession of Trojan Heisman winners, but he also broke the mold of former USC winners since he was the first Southern Cal QB to win the award.
Palmer had a rather lengthy Trojan career since played in 53 games during five seasons that included
an injury-shortened 1999 campaign that resulted in a redshirt year. As a 4-year starter, the experienced, strong-armed Palmer was the Pac-10's career passing and total offense leader. Cason broke seven Pac-10 career records and numerous USC career records as well. Palmer left college as the Pac-10 Conferences’ all-time leader in passing yards (11,818), completions (927) and total offense (11,621) … His 72 career TD passes set a USC record … His 72 career TD passes set a USC record. A late season flurry elevated Palmer to Heisman Trophy status as he sliced opposing defenses apart with record setting performances.
Washington: Threw for 348 yards and 4 TD's against the Huskies.
Oregon: Shot down the Ducks with 448 yards and 5 TD's.
Stanford: 317 yards passing and 4TD's faded the Cardinal.
Arizona State: Ran for a score and passed for two more.
UCLA: Became the PAC-10 leader in career passing yards, completions and attempts by throwing for 254 yards and 4 Td's.
Notre Dame: Palmer’s most notable Heisman winning performance was against Notre Dame when his 425 passing yards was the most ever by a Notre dame opponent. Palmer also added four TD passes in that game.
Palmer finished his USC Heisman season with a win at the 2003 Orange Bowl where he was
selected bowl MVP. Palmer was selected as the number one pick in the 2003 NFL Draft by the