A player who was an integral part of Herschel Walker’s 1982 Heisman Trophy campaign has passed away.
Barry Young, the former Georgia fullback and roommate of Walker, died in Swainsboro on Tuesday. The cause of death has not been released.
“Swainsboro High School faculty, staff, and students mourn the passing of colleague, friend, and coach, Barry Young,” the school website read Tuesday afternoon.
The former running back from Swainsboro was recruited in the same class alongside Walker, a Georgia legend, in 1980, and played in five games for the Bulldogs during their 1980 national championship season. Young participated in 11 games in each of the next three seasons, while helping Walker pave the way toward his 1982 Heisman Trophy.
Walker rushed for 1,752 yards and 16 touchdowns during his Heisman season, while Young tacked on 390 yards and three scores of his own. With Walker playing professionally in the United States Football League in 1983, Young finished his senior season as the Bulldogs’ second-leading rusher with 502 rushing yards and four touchdowns.
The four-year letterman ended his Georgia career rushing for 1,178 yards and eight touchdowns behind 243 carries.
Young played his high school football at Swainsboro High School, and later returned to his alma mater to help coach the football team.