Alan RisherLSU Football – 1982 Corbett Award Winner
Alan Risher, a three-year starting quarterback at Louisiana State University, reigns as the 1982 winner of the Sugar Bowl’s Corbett Memorial Award as the top amateur athlete in the State of Louisiana.
The 6-2, 190-pounder from Slidell left behind 23 seasonal and career marks for the Tigers, highlighted by a senior season during which he completed 149 passes for 1,834 yards and 17 touchdowns, all LSU records.
“Alan did not have what might be called a rifle arm,” conceded his coach Jerry Stovall, “but he did have that superb quality which set him apart – leadership.”
One of his biggest games came in the 20-10 upset of Alabama, which pushed the Tigers over the hump on the way to the Orange Bowl. In that game, Risher hit 20 of 26 tries. Another was in the game clinching the bowl bid, against Florida State, when he threw for three touchdowns in the Tigers’ 55-21 thrashing of the Seminoles.
On the season, Risher had a completion percentage of 63.7m which ranked third in the nation. A second-team All-SEC selection, Risher, a “B” student in physics and chemistry, was named to the district All-Academic team.
Risher was the sixth athlete from LSU to win the honor, with past recipients including Bert Jones, the previous holder of most of the passing marks Risher broke during his stay wit the Tigers.
The other nominees this year included: Augie Schmidt, shortstop for the UNO Privateers; Kim Mulkey, point guard for the Louisiana Tech Lady Techsters; Matt Dunigan, Louisiana Tech quarterback; and Dalton Hilliard, a running back at LSU.
The award, which was incepted in 1967, is named in memory of the late Jim Corbett, the Louisiana State University director of athletics at the time of his death, who contributed so much of his time and talent to the Sugar Bowl during his tenure as an administrator of intercollegiate athletics.
[Reprinted from the 1983 Sugar Bowl History Book]