As a junior, Rashaad Salaam had one of the best individual seasons by a running back in college football history in 1994, rushing for a school-record 2,055 yards and 24 touchdowns and leading Colorado to an 11-1 record, including a 41-24 win over Notre Dame in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl, and a No. 3 finish in the final Associated Press poll.
Salaam joins fellow Heisman Trophy winners: Marcus Allen, Mike Rozier and Barry Sanders as the only Division I players to gain more than 2,000 rushing yards in a season. Some of Salaam's accomplishments include rushing for 165 yards against Michigan in Michigan Stadium before in action. The following week, against the Texas Longhorns, Salaam ran for 312 yards. Salaam led the Buffaloes to an 11-1 season, which was capped by a three-touchdown performance in the 1995 Fiesta Bowl victory over Notre Dame, 41-24.
Always humble and never egotistical, Salaam would always acknowledge the importance of his teammates, especially his offensive line. "Without my offensive lineman," he says, "I would not have been honored with the greatest award in amateur athletics." As a junior, Salaam was a unanimous All-America selection and led the nation in rushing (186.8 yards per game). Salaam was selected by the Chicago Bears in the first round of the 1995 NFL draft with the 21st overall pick.