STEVE WADIAK
Running Back
1948-1951
Chicago, IL
Biography
After serving in the Navy “Wadiak the Cadillac” picked USC over Purdue. Wadiak was a hit as a freshman, with a two touchdown game against Tulsa including a 67-yard touchdown run, and earned All-State honors for his work. He continued to earn a name for himself as a sophomore, earning honorable mention All-Southern Conference honors and making the Southern Conference All-Sophomore team. He had a touchdown run in the win over Clemson that year. Wadiak became a dominant force in 1950, just missing the 1,000 yard rushing mark and being named the Southern Conference Player of the Year. He averaged over 13 yards a carry in racking up 256 yards and two touchdowns against Clemson in 1950. He also had 182 against George Washington (including a 95-yard touchdown run) and went over 100 yards rushing against Furman and Marquette. He also scored the only touchdown in a 7-0 win over Georgia Tech. Wadiak closed his career as a senior leading a 21-6 comeback win over Wake Forest in which he scored twice. He went over 100 yards against Furman and George Washington. Despite being slowed some by a broken rib in the first half of the season he repeated as an All-Southern Conference member, while being named second team All-America by the Helms Foundation and Paul Williamson. He was named All-State by both The Associated Press and United Press International and played in both the Blue-Gray Game and the Senior Bowl. Wadiak tragically died in a car accident in March of 1952 near Aiken, South Carolina. He was inducted into the USC Sports Hall of Fame in 1967.
Prior Schools
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Roster Listings
YearRosterNumPosHtWtYrGmsGS
1948 Fill 1948 37 HB 5-10 193 Fr 3 3
1949 Program vs Georgia Tech 37 HB 5-10 185 So 9 9
1950 Game Program vs. Georgia Tech 37 HB 5-10 190 Jr 8 8
1951 Game Program vs. The Citadel 37 HB 5-9 185 Sr 7 7
9999 Gamecock Archives All-Time By # 37 RB 0 0
Depth Chart Appearances
DescriptionPositionRank
Gamecock Archives Article Mentions
Article
Honors
AwardYear
1950 All-Southern Conference
1951 All-America 2nd Team (Helms Foundation)
1951 All-America 2nd Team (Paul Williamson)
1951 All-Southern Conference
1951 Blue-Gray Game
1952 Senior Bowl
Passing
YearAttComPctYdsYPATDIntI%3D Att3D Conv%NEWSRtg
1950 5 1 20.0 11 2.20
Tot
Rushing
YearAttYdsAvgTD
1948 51 420 8.2
1949 152 775 5.1
1950 162 998 6.2
1951 685
Tot 365 2878 7.9
Receiving
YearRecYdsAvgTD
1950 12 83 6.9
1951 12 117 9.8
Tot 24 200 8.3
Games Started
DateOpponentPosition
1948-10-30 West Virginia Fullback
1948-11-13 Tulsa Left Halfback
1948-11-25 Wake Forest Left Halfback
1949-09-24 Baylor Left Halfback
1949-09-30 Furman Left Halfback
1949-10-08 North Carolina Right Halfback
1949-10-20 Clemson Left Halfback
1949-11-05 Marquette Left Halfback
1949-11-11 Miami (Fla) Left Halfback
1949-11-19 Georgia Tech Left Halfback
1949-11-23 Wake Forest Left Halfback
1949-12-03 Citadel Left Halfback
1950-09-23 Duke Left Halfback
1950-09-30 Georgia Tech Left Halfback
1950-10-06 Furman Left Halfback
1950-10-19 Clemson Left Halfback
1950-11-03 Marquette Left Halfback
1950-11-11 Citadel Left Halfback
1950-11-18 North Carolina Left Halfback
1950-11-25 Wake Forest Left Halfback
1951-09-22 Duke Left Halfback
1951-09-29 Citadel Left Halfback
1951-10-06 Furman Left Halfback
1951-10-13 North Carolina Left Halfback
1951-10-25 Clemson Left Halfback
1951-11-03 George Washington Left Halfback
1951-11-17 Virginia Left Halfback
Single Game Rushing Stats
SeasonGame DateOpponentAttYdsTD
1948 1948-09-24 Newberry 5 60 1
1948-10-01 Furman 4 2 0
1948-10-09 Tulane 2 2 0
1948-10-21 Clemson 10 91 0
1948-10-30 West Virginia 12 57 0
1948-11-06 Maryland 8 102 1
1948-11-13 Tulsa 10 107 2
1949 1949-10-20 Clemson 20 88 1
1949-11-05 Marquette 17 68 0
1949-11-11 Miami (Fla) 18 83 1
1950 1950-09-23 Duke 16 68 0
1950-09-30 Georgia Tech 21 91 1
1950-10-06 Furman 14 109 1
1950-10-19 Clemson 19 256 2
1950-10-27 George Washington 24 182 2
1950-11-03 Marquette 108 0
1950-11-11 Citadel 17 96 0
1950-11-25 Wake Forest 15 26
1951 1951-09-22 Duke 18 26 0
1951-09-29 Citadel 81 2
1951-10-06 Furman 23 147 2
1951-10-13 North Carolina 12 22 0
1951-11-03 George Washington 109
1951-11-24 Wake Forest 73 2
Scoring Plays
DateOpponentQtrTimeUSCOppPlay
1948-09-24 Newberry 40 0 Steve Wadiak run
1948-10-30 West Virginia 4 12 28 Steve Wadiak, 6-yd pass from Ed Pasky
1948-11-13 Tulsa 1 7 0 Steve Wadiak, 4-yd run (Bayard Pickett kick)
1948-11-13 Tulsa 2 21 0 Steve Wadiak, 67-yd run (Bayard Pickett kick)
1949-10-20 Clemson 3 7 14 Safety, John Boyle fumbles ball out of end zone
1949-10-20 Clemson 2 13 13 Steve Wadiak, 2-yd run (Bill Killoy kick)
1949-11-11 Miami (Fla) 4 7 13 Steve Wadiak, 3-yd run (Bill Killoy kick)
1949-11-23 Wake Forest 3 21 0 Steve Wadiak, 4-yd run (conversion good)
1949-12-03 Citadel 2 21 0 Steve Wadiak, 4-yd run (Bill Killoy kick)
1949-12-03 Citadel 3 28 0 Steve Wadiak, 9-yd run (Bill Killoy kick)
1949-12-03 Citadel 4 35 0 Steve Wadiak, 13-yd run (Bill Killoy kick)
1950-09-30 Georgia Tech 4 7 0 Steve Wadiak, 1-yd run (Bill Killoy kick)
1950-10-06 Furman 3 14 6 Steve Wadiak, 35-yd run (Bill Killoy kick)
1950-10-19 Clemson 1 7 0 Steve Wadiak, 5-yd run (Bill Killoy kick)
1950-10-19 Clemson 3 14 7 Steve Wadiak, 73-yd run (Bill Killoy kick)
1951-09-29 Citadel 1 7 0 Steve Wadiak, 1-yd run (Chuck Prezioso kick)
1951-09-29 Citadel 1 14 0 Steve Wadiak, 13-yd run (Chuck Prezioso kick)
1951-11-10 West Virginia 2 13 7 Steve Wadiak, 1-yd run (Chuck Prezioso kick)
1951-11-17 Virginia 4 27 28 Steve Wadiak, 1-yd run (Chuck Prezioso kick faied)
1951-11-24 Wake Forest 3 00:30 14 6 Steve Wadiak, 3-yd run (Chuck Prezioso kick)
1951-11-24 Wake Forest 4 21 6 Steve Wadiak, 6-yd run (Chuck Prezioso kick)