Ranking Heisman Trophy winners from 1-40

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40. Dick Kazmaier

HB, Sr., Princeton, 1951

Dick Kazmaier 1951 Season Statistics

  • Games: 9
  • Rushing Attempts: 149
  • Rushing Yards: 861
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 95.7
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.8
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 9
  • Pass Completions: 77
  • Pass Attempts: 123
  • Completion Percentage: 62.6
  • Passing Yards: 966
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 107.3
  • Passing Touchdowns: 13
  • Interceptions: 5

“I thought it was nice, and then I went back to class.”

That famous quote, which is featured in the ESPN College Football Encyclopedia among other places, is attributed to Princeton halfback Dick Kazmaier after learning he won the Heisman Trophy in 1951.

A star in the Tigers’ Single Wing offense, Kazmaier produced ridiculous statistics in 1951 by running for 861 yards and nine touchdowns while averaging 5.8 yards per carry and completed 62.6 percent of his passes for 966 yards (an average of 107.3 per game) for 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. He also led Princeton to a 9-0 record and No. 6 final ranking in the AP poll as part of a 22-game winning streak.

Kazmaier’s production earned him 506 first-place votes and 1,777 total points in the Heisman voting. Tennessee halfback Hank Lauricella, who posted similar rushing numbers but was held to roughly one-third of the passing statistics Kazmaier produced, was the runner-up with 45 No. 1 votes and 424 points.

After three seasons at Princeton, Kazmaier finished his career with 4,353 all-purpose yards, 55 total touchdowns, a consensus All-American nod, the Maxwell Award and the Heisman. He was the all-time leading rusher (1,950 rushing yards) for Princeton and ranked No. 2 on the program’s all-time passing list (2,404 passing yards).

However, as the quote above would suggest, football was just a game for Kazmaier. After he graduated, Kazmaier was drafted by the Chicago Bears but the talented dual-threat halfback did not pursue a professional football career and instead chose to attend Harvard Business School.

(AP Photo/Harry Harris, File)

39. Vinny Testaverde

QB, Sr., Miami, 1986

Vine Testaverde 1986 Season Statistics

  • Games: 11
  • Pass Completions: 175
  • Pass Attempts: 276
  • Completion Percentage: 63.4
  • Passing Yards: 2,557
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 232.5
  • Passing Touchdowns: 26
  • Interceptions: 9
  • Rushing Attempts: 46
  • Rushing Yards: -103
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: -9.4
  • Yards Per Carry: -2.2
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 4
  • Receiving: 1 REC, 13 YD

Of all the great Miami football players that played for the Hurricanes during the dynasty of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Vinny Testaverde was the first to win the Heisman Trophy in 1986.

After finishing fifth in the voting in 1985, Testaverde blew the competition away in 1986. The senior threw for 2,557 yards and led the country with 26 touchdowns while completing 63.4 percent of his passes. Testaverde led the nation in pass efficiency rating (165.8), adjusted passing yards per attempt (9.7) and total touchdowns (30).

Far from a dual-threat signal caller, Testaverde finished the season with -103 rushing yards as the results of sacks. He did however find the end zone on four TD runs.

Testaverde earned a whopping 678 first-place votes and 2,213 total votes in the process. Runner-up Paul Palmer, a running back from Temple, had 28 first-place votes and 672 points while Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh finished third with 25 No. 1 votes and 458 points. Fifth-place finisher Holy Cross running back Gordon Lockbaum actually receiving the second-most first-place votes behind Testaverde with 32.

In addition to winning the Heisman, Testaverde was also a consensus All-American, and won the Davey O’Brien Award, the Maxwell Award, the Sammy Baugh Trophy and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Testaverde led Miami to an 11-0 regular season record, but the Hurricanes lost 14-10 to Penn State in the Fiesta Bowl.

(AP Photo/Susan Ragan)

38. Ty Detmer

QB, Jr., BYU, 1990

Ty Detmer 1990 Season Statistics

  • Games: 12
  • Pass Completions: 361
  • Pass Attempts: 562
  • Passing Yards: 5,188
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 432.3
  • Passing Touchdowns: 41
  • Interceptions: 28
  • Rushing Attempts: 73
  • Rushing Yards: -166
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: -13.8
  • Yards Per Carry: -2.3
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 4

BYU quarterback Ty Detmer threw for more passing yards in his 1990 Heisman Trophy-winning season than any other player in the history of the award. Detmer’s 5,188 passing yards broke 1989 Heisman winner Andre Ware’s NCAA record of 4,699 and narrowly beat out Ware’s replacement at Houston, David Klingler, who threw for 5,140 yards in 1990 as well. The record stood for 13 seasons and currently ranks sixth on the all-time list for a single season.

In addition to leading the nation in passing yardage and passing efficiency (155.9), Detmer led all players with an astounding 28 interceptions. He also ranked second in completions (361), attempts (562), yards per attempt (9.2), touchdowns (41), and total yardage (5,022).

Detmer won the Heisman in a close race with Notre Dame’s Raghib Ismail, and also captured the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and was a consensus All-American. Undersized for a quarterback at 6-foot and 175 pounds, Detmer returned to BYU in 1991 and again led the nation in passing yardage (4,031) while winning All-American honors and the O’Brien Award for the second time, as well as the Sammy Baugh Trophy. He finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting.

The last Heisman winner to play for a school from a mid-major conference, Detmer broke a grand total of 59 NCAA records and tied three more in four seasons with the Cougars before going on to a long career in the NFL.

(AP Photo)

37. Mike Garrett

HB, Sr., USC, 1965

Mike Garrett 1965 Season Statistics

  • Games: 10
  • Rushing Attempts: 267
  • Rushing Yards: 1,440
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 144.0
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.4
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 13
  • Receptions: 9
  • Receiving Yards: 94
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 9.4
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1

If you count Reggie Bush’s Heisman Trophy-winning season in 2005, the USC Trojans are tied with Ohio State and Notre Dame atop the leaderboard with seven Heisman winners. USC got a much later start than both the Fighting Irish and Buckeyes as Mike Garrett became the first player to be win college football’s top individual award in 1965.

While leading the nation with 267 carries, Garrett set a Heisman record with 1,440 rushing yards – smashing the previous best of 1,072 rushing yards Billy Vessels posted in 1952. He also ran for 13 touchdowns and caught nine passes for 94 yards and another TD. With the 5-foot-9, 180-pound Garrett carrying the load, the Trojans went 7-2-1 and earned a spot in the top ten of the final AP poll.

In addition to his role as a running back, Garrett handled the majority of the kick return and punt return duties for USC, and scored on two punt returns during his Heisman-winning senior season.

A three-year starter for the Trojans and a two-time All-American, Garrett also broke Ollie Matson’s NCAA career rushing record and finished with 3,221 rushing yards. That mark stood for three seasons until USC’s second Heisman winner, O.J. Simpson, broke it.

Garrett played eight seasons in the AFL and helped the Kansas City Chiefs win Super Bowl IV. He later entered college athletic administration and became athletic director at USC in 1993 – a position he held until 2010.

(University of Southern California/Collegiate Images via Getty Images)

36. Charles White

RB, Sr., USC, 1979

Charles White 1979 Season Statistics

  • Games: 12
  • Rushing Attempts: 332
  • Rushing Yards: 2,050
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 170.8
  • Yards Per Carry: 6.2
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 19
  • Receptions: 22
  • Receiving Yards: 145
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 12.1
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 0

Yet another USC Heisman winner, running back Charles White became the third Trojan to hoist the bronze statue after rushing for 1,803 yards and 18 touchdowns during a 10-0-1 regular season. After a 17-16 victory over No. 1 Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, White finished his senior season with an unofficial 2,050 rushing yards on 332 carries – both of which led the nation. He averaged more than 200 yards per game over the final ten games of the season.

White also led the county with 2,195 yards from scrimmage and 354 touches. It was the second consecutive year in which White led the country in each of those categories, and his production was good enough to beat defending Heisman winner Billy Sims – whose 22 touchdowns made him the only player in the game with more TDs than White’s 19 – for the honor. White finished fourth in the race behind Sims the previous season.

In four years at USC, White amassed 6,245 rushing yards, which made him the second-leading rusher in NCAA history at the time. He also scored 49 rushing touchdowns. White was a two-time consensus All-American and Pac-10 Player of the Year, and in addition to winning the Heisman, he also took home the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award in 1979.

(AP Photo/Wally Fong)

35. Archie Griffin

RB, Jr., Ohio State, 1974

Archie Griffin 1974 Season Statistics

  • Games: 12
  • Rushing Attempts: 256
  • Rushing Yards: 1,695
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 141.3
  • Yards Per Carry: 6.6
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 12
  • Receptions: 5
  • Receiving Yards: 77
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 6.4
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 0

The only player to ever win the Heisman Trophy twice, Archie Griffin’s first award-winning season was significantly better than his second.

An immediate star at Ohio State, Griffin set a school record with 239 rushing yards in just his second game on campus. Griffin finished with 867 rushing yards and three touchdowns as a freshman, which he followed with 1,577 rushing yards and seven rushing touchdowns as a sophomore. Griffin finished fifth in Heisman voting that season.

In 1974, Griffin led the nation in rushing with 1,695 yards and also scored a career-high 12 rushing touchdowns while helping the Buckeyes to a 10-1 regular season record, a Big Ten championship, and a spot in the Rose Bowl (an 18-17 loss to USC). The 5-foot-9, 180-pound Griffin earned 483 first-place votes, which was 363 more than runner-up Anthony Davis.

Griffin, who also led the nation with 1,772 total yards from scrimmage and ranked fifth with an average of 6.6 yards per carry, earned consensus All-American honors for the first time and also won the first of his two Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards.

In 1975, Griffin became the first and only player to win the Heisman a second time after running for 1,450 yards and four touchdowns while leading the Buckeyes to an 11-0 regular season record and a No. 1 national ranking.

(AP Photo/File)

34. Ernie Davis

HB/LB, Sr., Syracuse, 1961

Ernie Davis 1961 Season Statistics

  • Games: 10
  • Rushing Attempts: 150
  • Rushing Yards: 823
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 82.3
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.5
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 12
  • Receptions: 16
  • Receiving Yards: 157
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 15.7
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 2

One of the closest Heisman Trophy races in history (and the closest at the time), the 1961 battle between Syracuse running back Ernie Davis and Ohio State’s Bob Ferguson was decided by a margin of 57 first-place votes with Davis coming out on top. The victory made Davis, who gained 823 rushing yards and scored 12 rushing touchdowns, the first African-American player to win college football’s greatest individual honor.

A member of the 1959 national championship squad at Syracuse that went 11-0 and beat Texas in the Cotton Bowl, Davis also played linebacker in college and was a receiving threat out of the backfield. In his Heisman-winning season, Davis led the team with 16 receptions and 157 receiving yards and hauled in two TD catches.

A two-time consensus All-American, Davis became Syracuse’s all-time leader with 2,386 career rushing yards, 3,414 all-purpose yards, 220 points, and 35 career touchdowns and surpassed the great Jim Brown (who, like Davis, wore the legendary No. 44 for the Orange) atop the school’s all-time leaderboard in each category.

After winning the Heisman, Davis was selected first overall in the 1962 NFL Draft by the Cleveland Browns. Tragically, he never played a game for the Browns after being diagnosed with leukemia. Davis died the following year.

Nicknamed “The Elmira Express,” Davis’ life story was told in a book by the same name written by Robert C. Gallagher, which was later turned into a 2008 major motion picture named “The Express.”

(AP Photo)

33. Matt Leinart

QB, Jr., USC, 2004

Matt Leinart 2004 Season Statistics

  • Games: 13
  • Pass Completions: 269
  • Pass Attempts: 412
  • Passing Yards: 3,322
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 255.5
  • Passing Touchdowns: 33
  • Interceptions: 6
  • Rushing Attempts: 49
  • Rushing Yards: -44
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 3.4
  • Yards Per Carry: -0.9
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 3

A relative unknown on a national scale when he won the starting USC quarterback job as a sophomore during the 2003 season, Matt Leinart quickly became a Heisman Trophy candidate – finishing sixth in the voting – while leading the Trojans to a share of the national championship.

Such a strong start to his career made Leinart one of the early-season favorites for the 2004 Heisman, which he won on the strength of 3,322 passing yards and 33 touchdowns with only six interceptions. After being crowned the Heisman winner, Leinart led USC to the BCS National Championship with a 55-19 victory over Oklahoma in the Orange Bowl. The Trojans, who began the season ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25, were wire-to-wire champs.

Leinart beat a crowded Heisman field that included Oklahoma’s dynamic duo of true freshman running back Adrian Peterson and defending Heisman-winning quarterback Jason White. Peterson and White each earned more than 150 first-place votes and 950 points, which allowed Leinart to win the award with 267 No. 1 votes and 1,325 total points.

In addition to his Heisman win, Leinart was also named a consensus All-American, AP Player of the Year, Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year, and won the Manning Award, the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Leinart surprisingly returned to USC for his senior season and finished third in the Heisman voting behind teammate Reggie Bush.

(AP Photo/POOL, Julie Jacobson)

32. Roger Staubach

QB, Jr., Navy, 1963

Roger Staubach 1963 Season Statistics

  • Games: 10
  • Pass Completions: 128
  • Pass Attempts: 192
  • Completion Percentage: 66.7
  • Passing Yards: 1,702
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 170.2
  • Passing Touchdowns: 7
  • Interceptions: 7
  • Rushing Attempts: 168
  • Rushing Yards: 371
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 37.1
  • Yards Per Carry: 2.2
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 9

Though Navy has boasted the best football program of the three FBS service academies in recent years, and climbed as high as No. 15 in the College Football Playoff rankings in 2015, it’s difficult for most college football fans to remember when the Midshipmen produced Heisman Trophy winners and competed for national championships.

In 1963, Navy’s junior quarterback Roger Staubach led the nation by completing 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,702 yards and seven touchdowns with seven interceptions, and was intercepted seven times. Staubach added 371 rushing yards and nine touchdowns on 168 carries and led the Midshipmen to a 9-1 regular season record, a No. 2 ranking, and a spot in the Cotton Bowl against No. 1 Texas.

Though his statistics won’t blow the minds of modern football fans, Staubach actually ranked fourth in the country in passing yardage, third in total yardage (2,073) eighth in rushing TDs, and sixth in total touchdowns. Widely considered the best player in the nation, Staubach won the Heisman by securing 517 first-place votes, which were 452 more than Georgia Tech quarterback and runner-up Billy Lothridge.

Staubach was also a consensus All-American and won the Maxwell Award as a junior. Though his statistics took a hit as a senior, and he spent four years in the U.S. Navy after graduating from the academy, Staubach would go on to become one of the most celebrated players in NFL history as the Hall of Fame signal caller for the Dallas Cowboys.

(AP Photo/Jacob Harris, File)

31. Troy Smith

QB, Sr., Ohio State, 2006

Troy Smith 2006 Season Statistics

  • Games: 13
  • Pass Completions: 203
  • Pass Attempts: 301
  • Completion Percentage: 65.3
  • Passing Yards: 2,542
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 195.5
  • Passing Touchdowns: 30
  • Interceptions: 6
  • Rushing Attempts: 72
  • Rushing Yards: 204
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 15.7
  • Yards Per Carry: 2.8
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 1

Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith completely dominated the Heisman Trophy race in 2006, and won the award by one of the largest margins in its history.

While leading the Buckeyes to a 12-0 record in the regular season, a Big Ten title, and a No. 1 ranking heading into the BCS National Championship Game against Florida, Smith threw for 2,507 yards and 30 touchdowns and was intercepted only five times.

Smith’s production and Ohio State’s terrific regular season performance earned the senior QB 801 first-place votes and 2,540 total points. Runner-up Darren McFadden earned just 45 first-place votes and 878 points. Only O.J. Simpson won by a larger margin and only Simpson and only Reggie Bush earned more No. 1 votes.

Smith racked up several other awards as well, including the AP Player of the Year Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. He was also the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American.

Including the championship game, which Ohio State lost 42-14, Smith finished with 2,542 passing yards and 30 touchdowns while completing 65.3 percent of his passes. One year after establishing himself as one of the top dual-threat QBs in the nation with 611 rushing yards and 11 TDs, Smith only gained 204 yards on the ground with one touchdown in his Heisman-winning campaign.

(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato)

30. Danny Wuerffel

QB, Sr., Florida, 1996

Danny Wuerffel 1996 Season Statistics

  • Games: 12
  • Pass Completions: 207
  • Pass Attempts: 360
  • Completion Percentage: 57.5
  • Passing Yards: 3,625
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 302.1
  • Passing Touchdowns: 39
  • Interceptions: 13
  • Rushing Attempts: 63
  • Rushing Yards: -100
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 8.3
  • Yards Per Carry: -1.6
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 2

Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel nearly won the Heisman Trophy as a junior in 1995 and finished third in the voting after throwing for 3,266 yards and leading the nation with 35 touchdown passes and a 178.4 QB rating. Instead, Wuerffel settled for the Davey O’Brien Award, the Sammy Baugh Trophy and was named SEC Player of the Year as the Gators finished 12-1 with a loss to Nebraska in the Fiesta Bowl with the national championship on the line.

In 1996, Wuerffel not only led Florida to the first national championship in school history, he secured the program’s second Heisman Trophy under the direction of the man that won its first: head coach Steve Spurrier. Spurrier’s famed Fun ‘N Gun offense allowed Wuerffel to lead the nation in touchdowns (39) for the second straight season while passing for 3,625 yards and posting a 170.6 passer rating.

Wuerffel won the Heisman in a very close race with Iowa State running back Troy Davis, who gained 2,185 rushing yards and scored 21 touchdowns, and also won the O’Brien Award and the SEC Player of the Year Award for the second straight season. A consensus All-American for the first time, Wuerffel also took home the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

(Photo by Sporting News/Sporting News via Getty Images)

29. Howard Cassady

HB, Sr., Ohio State, 1955

Howard Cassady 1955 Season Statistics

  • Games: 9
  • Rushing Attempts: 161
  • Rushing Yards: 958
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 106.4
  • Yards Per Carry: 6.0
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 15
  • Receptions: 1
  • Receiving Yards: 6
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 0
  • Passing: 2-for-10, 39 YD, 2 INT

Howard “Hopalong” Cassady won the 1955 Heisman Trophy, becoming the third player in Ohio State football history to do so.

After earning consensus All-American honors and finishing third in the Heisman voting as a junior for the Buckeyes’ 10-0, national championship squad in 1954, Cassady exploded in 1955 with 958 rushing yards (an average of 106.4 yards per game) and 15 rushing touchdowns. Though Ohio State fell to 7-2 that season, the Buckeyes were still Big Ten champions and finished ranked fifth in the final AP Poll.

In addition to posting outstanding offensive numbers in an era dominated by defense and the kicking game, Cassady was also a standout defensive back. Cassady won the Heisman in dominant fashion, having earned 594 first place votes and 2,219 total points. Runner-up Jim Swink, a quarterback from TCU, had 128 No. 1 votes and 742 total points. Cassady also won the Maxwell Award and was named AP Player of the Year in 1955 and was named an All-American for the second time.

A native of Columbus, Cassady also played baseball for Ohio State. After a nine-year career in the NFL, “Hop” became a scout for the New York Yankees and was a long-time first base coach for the Columbus Clippers, which served as the Yankees’ Triple-A affiliate.

(AP Photo)

28. Billy Vessels

HB, Sr., Oklahoma, 1952

Billy Vessels 1952 Season Statistics

  • Games: 10
  • Rushing Attempts: 167
  • Rushing Yards: 1,072
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 107.2
  • Yards Per Carry: 6.4
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 17
  • Receptions: 7
  • Receiving Yards: 165
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 16.5
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1
  • Pass Completions: 7
  • Pass Attempts: 20
  • Completion Percentage: 35
  • Passing Yards: 209
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 20.9
  • Passing Touchdowns: 2
  • Interceptions: 3

The first player in Oklahoma history to win the Heisman Trophy, running back Billy Vessels was the first Heisman winner to run for more than 1,000 yards in a single season. His 1,072 rushing yards in 1952 stood as the record for Heisman winners until USC’s Mike Garrett broke it in 1965.

More than just a ball carrier, Vessels both threw passes and caught them in head coach Bud Wilkinson’s T-formation offense. Vessels completed seven passes for 209 yards (29.9 yards per completion) and two touchdowns and was also on the receiving end of a TD pass among his seven receptions for 165 yards.

In addition to his overall strong statistics, Vessels may have been the first player to produce a “Heisman Moment” by putting together his greatest performance on a national stage. According to his Heisman bio:

The 6-foot, 190-pound Vessels might have won the Heisman based on his huge game against Notre Dame in November. The game was telecast nationally and was broadcast on radio by Mel Allen. Vessels ran for 195 yards on 17 carries and scored on a pass reception and two long runs, but he also fumbled late in the game at the Notre Dame 20. Notre Dame, a heavy underdog, won by 27-21, handing Oklahoma its only loss of the season, but Vessels’s performance brought him national acclaim.

Oklahoma finished the 1952 season 8-1-1 and ranked No. 4 in the final AP poll.

Earlier in his career, Vessels was a key cog in Oklahoma’s 1950 national championship team. He ran for 870 yards and 13 touchdowns that year as a sophomore and also caught 11 passes for 229 yards and two scores.

(AP Photo)

27. Derrick Henry

RB, Jr., Alabama, 2015

Derrick Henry 2015 Season Statistics (Through December 5, 2015)

  • Games: 13
  • Rushing Attempts: 339
  • Rushing Yards: 1,986
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 152.8
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.9
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 23
  • Receptions: 10
  • Receiving Yards: 97
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 7.5
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 0

While Alabama running back Derrick Henry led the nation with 1,986 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns during the 2015 regular season, the Crimson Tide defense played a major role in Henry becoming the second player in school history to win college football’s greatest individual honor.

LSU running back Leonard Fournette spent the first half of the 2015 season as the Heisman front-runner. Through the first seven games of the season, Fournette led the nation with 1,352 rushing yards and 15 touchdowns while piling up at least 150 rushing yards and a TD in each game. However, when the undefeated Tigers faced Alabama November 7, the Tide held Fournette to just 31 rushing yards and a TD on 19 carries. LSU lost 30-16 and would go on to lose two more games and Fournette fell out of he Heisman race completely.

Henry, meanwhile, ran for 210 yards and three touchdowns against LSU in one of his most impressive performances of the season. The 6-foot-3, 241-pound junior got even stronger down the stretch and carried the load for Alabama – literally – while the team finished off a ten-game winning streak with a win against archival Auburn to capture the SEC West and a victory over Florida to win the SEC Championship and secure a spot in the College Football Playoff. In the final two games of the regular season, Henry carried the football 90 times for 460 yards and two scores.

As impressive as his overall performance was, Henry faced stiff competition for the Heisman from Stanford running back Christian McCaffery, who led the nation with 2,387 total yards of offense and broke Barry Sanders’ single-season record of 3,250 all-purpose yards. Fellow finalist Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson threw for 3,517 yards and 30 touchdowns and added 887 rushing yards and 11 TDs for the undefeated, top-ranked Tigers.

In addition to the Heisman, Henry also won the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award, and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

26. Doug Flutie

QB, Sr., Boston College, 1984

Doug Flutie 1984 Season Statistics

  • Games: 12
  • Pass Completions: 246
  • Pass Attempts: 423
  • Passing Yards: 3,634
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 302.8
  • Passing Touchdowns: 30
  • Interceptions: 13
  • Rushing Attempts: 66
  • Rushing Yards: 379
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 31.6
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.7
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 3

The Heisman Trophy is not a career achievement award, though it is worth noting that Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie did set the NCAA passing yardage record during his Heisman-winning season in 1984.

Though he never led the country in passing, no one in the history of college football had thrown for more than 10,000 yards in a career until Flutie’s 3,634 passing yards as a senior gave him a final total of 10,759. Flutie ranked third in the nation in passing in ’84 and was second in the country with 30 touchdown passes. A deft scrambler, Flutie also added 379 rushing yards and scored three TDs with his legs as a senior and led Boston College to a 10-2 record on the strength of the nation’s highest scoring offense (37.4 points per game).

Most people believe that Flutie’s “Heisman Moment” was the “Hail Flutie” touchdown pass on the final play of a 47-45 upset victory over Miami, and the iconic play is certainly one of the great moments in college football history. However, the Heisman voting had already ended by the time Flutie’s desperate bomb found Gerard Phelan in the end zone. Strangely enough, BC even played another regular season game after beating Miami – a 45-10 victory over Holy Cross.

In addition to winning the Heisman, Flutie was a unanimous All-American, won the Davey O’Brien Award, the Maxwell Award and was named the Walter Camp Player of the Year.

(AP Photo/Forrest Anderson)

25. Nile Kinnick

HB/QB, Sr., Iowa, 1939

Nile Kinnick 1939 Season Statistics

  • Games: 8
  • Rushing Attempts: 106
  • Rushing Yards: 374
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 46.8
  • Yards Per Carry: 3.5
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 5
  • Pass Completions: 31
  • Pass Attempts: 93
  • Passing Yards: 638
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 79.8
  • Passing Touchdowns: 11
  • Interceptions: 13

Numbers don’t always tell the story of a player’s impact.

Iowa legend Nile Kinnick accumulated 374 rushing yards, 638 passing yards, and accounted for 16 total touchdowns for the Hawkeyes in 1939. Kinnick averaged just 3.5 yards per carry and threw 13 interceptions, but he also played defense (and intercepted eight passes), punted, returned kicks and punts and was a drop-kick specialist.

Simply put, Kinnick never came off the field for Iowa, which finished 6-1-1 and ranked No. 10 in the country after having won only two games combined over the previous two seasons.

A consensus All-American, the Maxwell Award winner, and the first football player to be named the Outstanding Athlete of the Year by the Associated Press, Kinnick also gave one of the most appreciated Heisman acceptance speeches in the history of the award. According to his Heisman bio:

In his acceptance speech at the Heisman Dinner, Kinnick reflected the prevailing isolationist mood of the country, saying that he thanked God he had been born in America, “where they have football fields instead of in Europe where they have battlefields.” And he added that he knew, “the football players of this country had rather battle for such medals as the Heisman Trophy than for such medals as the Croix de Guerre and the Iron Cross.”

Those words would hit even closer to home four years later. In 1943, Kinnick was killed in action during World War II.

Kinnick was elected to the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951. In 1972, Iowa Stadium was renamed Kinnick Stadium. It is the only college football stadium in the country currently named after a Heisman winner.

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24. Rashaan Salaam

RB, Jr., Colorado, 1994

Rashaan Salaam 1994 Season Statistics

  • Games: 11
  • Rushing Attempts: 298
  • Rushing Yards: 2,055
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 186.8
  • Yards Per Carry: 6.9
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 24
  • Receptions: 24
  • Receiving Yards: 294
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 26.7
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 0

Sometimes Heisman Trophy winners come out of nowhere to post an historic season. Colorado running back Rashaan Salaam was a little-used backup as a freshman in 1992 and gained 158 rushing yards and one touchdown in seven games. As a sophomore, Salaam was a much larger part of the offense, and ran for 844 yards and eight scores, but shared the load with leading rusher Lamont Warren and quarterback Kordell Stewart.

Then, as a junior, Salaam exploded to become just the third player in history to surpass 2,000 rushing yards in a single season. Salaam led the nation with 2,055 rushing yards on 298 carries (which ranked second overall) for an incredible 6.9 yards per attempt that ranked second nationally. His 24 rushing touchdowns were also the most in the country, as were his 24 total touchdowns, 322 touches from scrimmage and his 2,349 total yards of offense.

The 225-pound ball carrier surpassed 100 yards ten times and posted four 200-yard games. Salaam’s production not only earned him a blowout victory in the Heisman race over challengers Ki-Jana Carter, Steve McNair and Kerry Collins, it also made him a consensus All-American, the Doak Walker Award winner and the Walter Camp Player of the Year. With Salaam carrying most of the load, the Buffaloes were 11-1 and finished the season ranked No. 3 in the AP Top 25.

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23. Davey O’Brien

QB, Sr., TCU, 1938

Davey O’Brien 1938 Season Statistics

  • Games: 10
  • Pass Completions: 93
  • Pass Attempts: 167
  • Completion Percentage: 55.7
  • Passing Yards: 1,509
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 150.9
  • Passing Touchdowns: 19
  • Interceptions: 4
  • Rushing Attempts: 127
  • Rushing Yards: 466
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 46.6
  • Yards Per Carry: 3.7
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 3

Simply the greatest quarterback of his era, and one of the greatest signal callers in college football history, Davey O’Brien was the fourth player ever to win the Heisman Trophy, and he was the first to do so while playing for a school located west of the Mississippi River.

While most modern quarterbacks are listed at six feet or taller and weigh in at 200 pounds or more (and an NFL prototype QB would be in the 6-foot-5, 230-pound range), O’Brien was just 5-foot-7 and 151 pounds when he threw for 1,509 yards and 19 touchdowns with only four interceptions in 1939. O’Brien was a dual-threat player in head coach Dutch Meyer’s double-wing offense, and added 466 rushing yards and three TDs on the ground while helping TCU go 10-0 in the regular season and win the national championship.

Not only did O’Brien play the role of field general for the Horned Frogs, but he was also a standout defender as well and grabbed six interceptions as a defensive back. Put another way, O’Brien accounted for more takeaways than giveaways in the passing game during his Heisman-winning campaign.

In addition to the Heisman, O’Brien was named a consensus All-American and won the Maxwell Award. His name now graces the Davey O’Brien Award, which has been given to the nation’s best QB annually since 1981.

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22. Doak Walker

HB, Jr., SMU, 1948

Doak Walker 1948 Season Statistics

  • Games: 11
  • Rushing Attempts: 122
  • Rushing Yards: 598
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 54.4
  • Yards Per Carry: 4.9
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 8
  • Receptions: 16
  • Receiving Yards: 284
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 25.8
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 3
  • Pass Completions: 32
  • Pass Attempts: 53
  • Passing Yards: 383
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 34.8
  • Passing Touchdowns: 5
  • Interceptions: 4
  • Punt Returns: 16.9-yard average on ten returns, 1 TD
  • Kick Returns: 32.2-yard average on five returns
  • Interceptions (Defense): 3
  • Punting: 42.1-yard average on 35 punts
  • Kicking: 22 PATs

Just the second junior to win the Heisman Trophy, Doak Walker secured the award in 1948 with one of the best all-around seasons in college football history.

While none of his statistics jump out individually, especially when compared to the explosive numbers put up in today’s era of prolific offenses, Walker proved himself to be the best player in the country in part because he did everything for SMU and helped the Mustangs finish 9-1-1 overall with a No. 10 ranking in the final AP Top 20.

Known as one of the best running backs of all-time (his name bears the trophy given to the nation’s best running back), Walker’s largest impact came with 598 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Of course, Walker was also an impact player in the passing game – both as a passer and as a receiver. Walker completed 32 of 53 pass attempts (60.4 percent in an era where a 50 percent completion rate was uncommon) for 383 yards and five touchdowns, and was on the receiving end of 16 passes for 284 yards (17.8 yards per catch) and three scores.

Walker handled a great deal of responsibility on special teams as well. In addition to averaging 42.1 yards per punt and connected on 22 extra points, Walker averaged 16.9 yards per punt return, which included a touchdown, and also averaged 32.2 yards on five kick returns. He even made big plays on defense, including five interceptions.

A three-time consensus All-American, Walker won the Maxwell Award in 1947 and he finished third in Heisman Trophy voting as a senior in 1949.

(AP Photo)

21. Sam Bradford

QB, Soph., Oklahoma, 2008

Sam Bradford 2008 Season Statistics

  • Games: 14
  • Pass Completions: 328
  • Pass Attempts: 483
  • Completion Percentage: 67.9
  • Passing Yards: 4,720
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 339.3
  • Passing Touchdowns: 50
  • Interceptions: 8
  • Rushing Attempts: 42
  • Rushing Yards: 47
  • Yards Per Carry: 1.1
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 5

It took nearly three-quarters of a decade for a sophomore to win the Heisman Trophy, then Oklahoma sophomore quarterback Sam Bradford made it two in a row in 2008.

Bradford, who led his team to a 12-1 regular season record to earn the right to square off against defending Heisman winner Tim Tebow in the BCS National Championship Game, set a Heisman record with 53 total touchdowns in the regular season. After the title game, Bradford had accumulated a grand total of 55 TDs, including 50 touchdown passes (which led the nation) and five scores on the ground.

Bradford completed 67.9 percent of his passes and threw for 4,720 yards and was intercepted eight times. He led the country in pass efficiency with a 180.8 rating and also led the nation by averaging 11.1 yards per pass attempt.

The Heisman race was loaded in 2008, and Bradford squeaked out a very close victory against Texas quarterback Colt McCoy and Tebow. Bradford actually had the second-most first place votes of the group, trailing Tebow 309 to 300, but was able to win the award with 1,726 total points. McCoy finished with 266 first place votes and 1,604 points while Tebow managed just 1,575 points for third place.

Bradford also won the Davey O’Brien Award, the Sammy Baugh Trophy and was a consensus All-American.

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

20. Ron Dayne

HB, Sr., Wisconsin, 1999

Ron Dayne 1999 Season Statistics

  • Games: 12
  • Rushing Attempts: 337
  • Rushing Yards: 2,034
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 169.5
  • Yards Per Carry: 6.0
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 20
  • Receptions: 1
  • Receiving Yards: 9
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 0

Many running backs have won the Heisman Trophy, and several have had better individual seasons than the Heisman-winning campaign Ron Dayne produced in 1999. However, no one in the history of college football has ever amassed more rushing yards in college football history than Dayne in his four years at Wisconsin. And, in the new age of highly productive running backs rarely staying in school past their junior seasons, Dayne’s all-time rushing record is one of the game’s most unbreakable.

Taking bowl games into account, Dayne finished his career with 7,125 rushing yards, which shattered Tony Dorsett’s record that stood from 1976 to 1999. Dayne, who weighed in north of 250 pounds in college, was incredibly consistent and averaged 1,781.3 rushing yards and 17.8 touchdowns during his four seasons with the Badgers. He is also one of only five players in history to surpass 1,000 yards in four straight seasons.

Of course, this list – like the Heisman Trophy itself – is designed to highlight the accomplishments of a single season instead of an entire career. In 1999, Dayne led the nation with 2,034 rushing yards and 20 TDs while averaging 6.0 yards per carry on 337 attempts.

The only major flaw in Dayne’s Heisman-winning senior season, however, is the fact that he was even more productive as a freshman. In 1996, Dayne ran for 2,109 yards and 21 TDs. He was also more of a receiving threat out of the backfield, having recorded a career-high 14 catches for 144 yards. As a senior, Dayne had just one reception for nine yards.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

19. Earl Campbell

RB, Sr., Texas, 1977

Earl Campbell 1977 Season Statistics

  • Games: 11
  • Rushing Attempts: 267
  • Rushing Yards: 1,744
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 158.5
  • Yards Per Carry: 6.5
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 18
  • Receptions: 5
  • Receiving Yards: 111
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 22.2
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1
  • Passing: 0-for-1, 1 INT

One of the most beloved players in Texas Longhorns football history, and one of the greatest college football running backs of all-time, Earl Campbell won the Heisman Trophy as a senior in 1977.

After earning recognition as one of the best players in the Southwest Conference as a freshman and sophomore, Campbell’s production suffered significantly as a junior as the result of a hamstring injury. Still, though three seasons, the “Tyler Rose” accumulated 2,699 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns.

As a senior, Campbell exploded and led the country with 1,744 rushing yards (which set a conference record that stood for 16 seasons), 18 rushing touchdowns, 1,855 total yards from scrimmage and 19 total TDs. Campbell also caught five passes for 111 yards and a touchdown.

Texas coasted to an 11-0 regular season record and Campbell won the Heisman handily over runner-up Terry Miller and became the first Longhorn ever to receive the honor. Campbell was also named a consensus All-American and finished his career with a school-record 4,443 rushing yards and 41 TDs.

After college, Campbell was selected by the Houston Oilers as the No. 1 overall pick in the 1978 NFL Draft and began an eight-year Hall of Fame professional career that included five Pro Bowl seasons, three NFL rushing titles and multiple NFL MVP Awards.

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18. Charlie Ward

QB, Sr., Florida State, 1993

Charlie Ward 1993 Season Statistics

  • Games: 11
  • Pass Completions: 264
  • Pass Attempts: 380
  • Completion Percentage: 69.5
  • Passing Yards: 3,032
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 275.6
  • Passing Touchdowns: 27
  • Interceptions: 4
  • Rushing Attempts: 65
  • Rushing Yards: 339
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 30.8
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.2
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 4
  • Receiving: 1 REC, 10 YD

Most Heisman Trophy winners – especially those that have won the award in the last half-century – go on to the professional ranks surrounded by the hoopla that comes with the honor of being named the best player in college football. In many cases, Heisman winners have gone on to Hall of Fame pro careers. Others have washed out quickly. A few struggle and eventually find themselves on lists of the biggest busts in NFL history. Some aren’t even drafted.

Florida State quarterback Charlie Ward, who won the 1993 Heisman Trophy (as the first FSU player to do so) and led the Seminoles to their first national championship, wasn’t drafted and never played in the NFL. However, he shouldn’t be considered a bust. After all, Ward played 11 seasons in the NBA.

After being named ACC Player of the Year and finishing sixth in the Heisman voting in 1992, Ward became the nation’s most dynamic playmaker during his senior season and threw for 3,032 yards and 27 touchdowns with only four interceptions while completing a nation-leading 69.5 percent of his passes. Also dangerous as a runner in FSU’s fast-paced offense, Ward gained 339 rushing yards and four TDs on the ground.

Ward’s production was impressive, but consider the fact that he spent a great deal of time watching from the sidelines late in blowout victories. The 12-1 Seminoles led the nation in both scoring offense (41.2 points per game) and scoring defense (9.9 points per game) and won seven games by 36 points or more.

Ward won the Heisman by the third largest margin in history, and also won the O’Brien, Unitas, Maxwell, and Camp awards – or, as his Heisman bio says, “literally every award he was eligible for…”

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17. Eddie George

HB, Sr., Ohio State, 1995

Eddie George 1995 Season Statistics

  • Games: 13
  • Rushing Attempts: 328
  • Rushing Yards: 1,927
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 149.8
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.9
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 24
  • Receptions: 47
  • Receiving Yards: 417
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 32.1
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1

The sixth of seven Ohio State Buckeys to win the Heisman Trophy (which is tied with Notre Dame and USC for the most all-time), running back Eddie George posted one of the most prolific and well-rounded seasons in college football history in 1995.

George led the nation with 24 rushing touchdowns, 25 touchdowns from scrimmage and 2,344 yards of total offense in 1995, which included 1,927 rushing yards. After rushing for 99 yards in the season opener, George surpassed 100 rushing yards in 11 straight games for the Buckeyes, who went 11-1 in the regular season.

A great receiver out of the backfield, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Pennsylvania native was the team’s second-leading receiver with 47 catches and his 417 receiving yards ranked fourth on the squad. George was also on the receiving end of one touchdown pass.

A consensus All-American that also won the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, George won a close race for the Heisman ahead of Nebraska quarterback Tommie Frazier and future Heisman winner Danny Wuerffel. George earned 268 first-place votes to Frazier’s 218 and Weurffel’s 185.

Though he only started two seasons at Ohio State, George left school ranked second on the school’s all-time leaderboard in rushing yards (3,768) and was third in rushing touchdowns (45).

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16. Jameis Winston

QB, RFr., Florida State, 2013

Jameis Winston 2013 Season Statistics

  • Games: 14
  • Pass Completions: 257
  • Pass Attempts: 384
  • Passing Yards: 4,057
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 289.8
  • Passing Touchdowns: 40
  • Interceptions: 10
  • Rushing Attempts: 88
  • Rushing Yards: 219
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 15.6
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 4

It took 77 years for a freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, but when Jameis Winston won college football’s top individual honor in 2013, he became the second straight first-year player to do so.

Winston became the third Florida State quarterback to win the Heisman, and followed Charlie Ward and Chris Weinke by also leading the Seminoles to a national championship. On the strength of Winston’s 4,057 passing yards and 40 touchdown passes, FSU raced to a 14-0 record and a 34-31 victory over Auburn in the final BCS National Championship Game, while racking up 51.6 points per game in the process.

The Alabama native was particularly efficient as a passer and led the nation with a 184.8 rating. Winston’s passer rating at the time of the Heisman ceremony was 190.04, which was the highest ever for a Heisman winner. Though not a true dual threat, Winston was mobile enough to gain 219 rushing yards and added four touchdowns on the ground.

Still 19 years old when he won the award, Winston became the youngest player to win the Heisman. He also won the Davey O’Brien Award, the Manning Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and was named the ACC Player of the Year.

Winston led Florida State to a second undefeated regular season as a sophomore, and threw for 3,907 yards and 25 touchdowns in the process to finish fifth in Heisman voting. Following the 2014 season, Winston entered the NFL Draft and became the No. 1 overall pick.

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15. Johnny Rodgers

WR/RB, Sr., Nebraska, 1972

Johnny Rodgers 1972 Season Statistics

  • Games: 12
  • Rushing Attempts: 73
  • Rushing Yards: 348
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 29.0
  • Yards Per Carry: 4.8
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 10
  • Receptions: 58
  • Receiving Yards: 1,013
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 84.4
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 9
  • Passing: 1-for-1, 52 YD, 1 TD

One of the most dynamic and versatile players in college football history, Nebraska’s Johnny Rodgers was the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy in 1972.

Though he also handled punt return and kick return duties and played running back/wingback for the explosive Cornhuskers, who ranked second nationally by scoring an average of 41.8 points per game and finished the season 9-2-1 and ranked No. 4 in the country, Rodgers’ main contribution came in the passing game. He caught 58 passes for 1,013 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior in 1972.

Rodgers added 348 rushing yards and ten touchdowns on the ground, including three of his five total touchdowns in Nebraska’s 40-6 Orange Bowl victory over Notre Dame. Rodgers also threw a 52-yard TD pass against the Fighting Irish in the final game of his career.

A two-time consensus All-American that helped Nebraska win the national championship in both 1970 and 1971, Rodgers also won the 1972 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award. Rodgers finished his career as the NCAA’s all-time leader in all-purpose yardage (5,586) and punts returned for a touchdown (7), and he left Nebraska as the program’s leader in receptions (143), receiving yards (2,479) and touchdown catches (26).

(AP Photo/John Lent)

14. Desmond Howard

WR, Jr., Michigan, 1991

Desmond Howard 1991 Season Statistics

  • Games: 12
  • Rushing Attempts: 13
  • Rushing Yards: 180
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 15
  • Yards Per Carry: 13.8
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 2
  • Receptions: 62
  • Receiving Yards: 985
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 82.1
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 19
  • Kick Returns: 27.5 average on 15 returns, 1 TD
  • Punt Returns: 14.1 average on 20 returns, 1 TD

“Hello Heisman”

One of the most iconic moments in college football history, Michigan receiver Desmond Howard fielded an Ohio State punt at his own eight-yard line, then split the coverage team and outran the Buckeyes to the end zone. The legendary Keith Jackson called the play, and as Howard sprinted down the sideline, Jackson remarked “…one man… good-bye! Hello, Heisman!” Howard followed by striking the pose of the famous trophy before being mobbed by his teammates.

Howard’s punt return helped Michigan beat the rival Buckeyes to secure the Big Ten championship and keep hope alive for a national title. It was also the explication point on one of the most lopsided Heisman races in college football history.

During a season in which he accounted for 23 total touchdowns scored four different ways, Howard earned 640 first-place votes, while runner-up Casey Weldon and defending winner Ty Detmer each earned just 19 No. 1 votes. Fourth-place finisher Steve Emtman actually received the second-most first place votes with 29.

Howard led the nation with 19 touchdown receptions and led the Big Ten with 62 catches and 985 receiving yards and finished his career with five NCAA records and 12 school records. He was also a consensus All-American, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, and won the Maxwell Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award.

(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

13. Johnny Manziel

QB, RFr., Texas A&M, 2012

Johnny Manziel 2012 Season Statistics

  • Games: 13
  • Pass Completions: 295
  • Pass Attempts: 434
  • Passing Yards: 3,706
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 285.1
  • Passing Touchdowns: 26
  • Interceptions: 9
  • Rushing Attempts: 201
  • Rushing Yards: 1,410
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 108.5
  • Yards Per Carry: 7.0
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 21

A relative unknown on the national level at the beginning of the season, Johnny Manziel burst onto the scene as an electric playmaker worthy of the nickname “Johnny Football” to become the first freshman in college football history.

After redshirting under Texas A&M head coach Mike Sherman in 2011, Manziel won the starting quarterback job for new head coach Kevin Sumlin and led the Aggies to an 11-2 overall record in their first season in the SEC. A dual-threat weapon, Manziel accounted for an SEC-record 5,116 total yards with 3,706 coming through the air and 1,410 on the ground. Manziel threw 26 touchdown passes and scored 21 rushing TDs.

The second Texas A&M player ever to win the award, Manziel’s “Heisman Moment” occurred when the Aggies upset No. 1-ranked and eventual national champion Alabama 29-24 in Tuscaloosa. Manziel accounted for 345 total yards and threw two touchdown passes in the victory, including a play in which he scrambled, ran into an offensive lineman and fumbled, recovered and found a wide-open receiver in the end zone.

Manziel returned to College Station as a sophomore and threw for 4,114 yards and 37 touchdown passes with 759 rushing yards and nine TDs on the ground, but finished fifth in the Heisman voting behind redshirt freshman Jameis Winston. Johnny Football declared for the NFL Draft after posting a remarkable 9,989 total yards and 93 touchdowns in just two collegiate seasons.

(AP Photo/Henny Ray Abrams)

12. Reggie Bush*

RB, Jr., USC, 2005

Reggie Bush 2005 Season Statistics

  • Games: 13
  • Rushing Attempts: 200
  • Rushing Yards: 1,740
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 133.8
  • Yards Per Carry: 8.7
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 16
  • Receptions: 37
  • Receiving Yards: 478
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 36.8
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 2
  • Passing: 0-for-2
  • Kick Returns: 17.6 average on 28 returns
  • Punt Returns: 9.9 average on 18 returns, 1 TD

It’s true that Reggie Bush is no longer an official Heisman Trophy winner as the result of an NCAA investigation that eventually led to heavy sanctions against USC. Bush forfeited award in 2010 and returned the trophy itself to the Heisman Trust in 2012.

However, despite the black eye on his legacy, it’s impossible to forget the incredible 2005 season that earned Bush Heisman recognition.

After helping USC win back-to-back national championships as multi-purpose offensive and special teams weapon in 2003 and 2004 (including a No. 5 finish in Heisman voting and consensus All-American recognition as a sophomore), Bush emerged as the nation’s best player as a junior. In 13 games, Bush amassed 1,740 rushing yards on just 200 carries, which gave him an average of 8.7 yards per carry that led the nation. Bush scored 16 touchdowns on the ground, was on the receiving end of two TD passes, and also contributed a TD on a punt return.

In addition to winning the Heisman in a landslide (Bush garnered 784 first-place votes while runner-up Vince Young had 79), Bush won the AP Player of the Year Award, the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award and the Doak Walker Award. He was also selected as the Pac-10 Offensive Player of the Year and was a unanimous first team All-American selection.

Though he split time at running back with LenDale White and only played three seasons for the Trojans, Bush finished his career in the top ten in total yardage all-time in college football history with 6,541 all-purpose yards.

(AP Photo/Julie Jacobson, Pool)

11. Tim Tebow

QB, Soph., Florida, 2007

Tim Tebow 2007 Season Statistics

  • Games: 13
  • Pass Completions: 234
  • Pass Attempts: 350
  • Passing Yards: 3,286
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 252.8
  • Passing Touchdowns: 32
  • Interceptions: 6
  • Rushing Attempts: 210
  • Rushing Yards: 895
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 68.8
  • Yards Per Carry: 4.3
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 23

One of the most celebrated college football players of all-time, Tim Tebow became the first sophomore ever to win the Heisman Trophy in 2007.

The left-handed signal-caller made himself a household name while helping the Florida Gators win the national championship as a short-yardage runner as a true freshman. Tebow ran for 469 yards and eight touchdowns and also threw for 358 yards and five TDs as a backup in 2006 before dominating as a sophomore the following season.

The third Florida quarterback to win the Heisman, Tebow completed 66.9 percent of his passes for 3,286 yards and 32 touchdowns with only six interceptions in 2007 while adding a remarkable 895 rushing yards and an SEC-record 23 touchdowns on the ground. Tebow led the nation with 9.4 yards per pass attempt and he ranked second in the country with a 172.5 passer rating. His 32 passing TDs ranked in the top ten in the country and his 55 total touchdowns were second best in the nation.

Tebow faced stiff competition from Arkansas running back Darren McFadden in the Heisman race, and won the award by a final count of 1,957 to 1,703. In addition to the Heisman, Tebow won the AP Player of the Year Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Maxwell Award.

Tebow also won the Maxwell as a junior when he threw for 2,746 yards and 30 touchdowns and ran for 673 yards and 12 more scores. Florida won its second national championship in three seasons and Tebow finished third in the Heisman voting. He was voted fifth as a senior after throwing for 2,895 yards and 21 touchdowns with 910 rushing yards and 14 TDs on the ground.

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10. Herschel Walker

RB, Jr., Georgia, 1982

Herschel Walker 1982 Season Statistics

  • Games: 11
  • Rushing Attempts: 335
  • Rushing Yards: 1,752
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 159.3
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.2
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 16
  • Receptions: 5
  • Receiving Yards: 89
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 8.1
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1

One of the greatest players in college football history, Herschel Walker made a strong case to be the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy as a freshman in 1980. That season, Walker ran for 1,616 yards and 15 touchdowns and helped the Georgia Bulldogs win the national championship. Walker finished third in the Heisman voting behind South Carolina running back George Rogers and Pitt defensive end Hugh Green.

The following season, Walker finished second behind Marcus Allen in Heisman voting after running for 1,891 rushing yards and 18 touchdowns. He added 84 receiving yards and two TD catches. After two seasons, Walker had set a host of NCAA records, including most rushing yards by a freshman and by a sophomore.

Walker finally got over the hump as a junior after running for 1,752 yards with 16 touchdowns and 89 receiving yards and a TD reception. While it was a spectacular season, Walker fell short of his sophomore numbers in nearly every offensive category. As a result, Walker’s Heisman-winning season loses a bit of its luster when compared to some of the best of all-time because it wasn’t even his best personal season.

Nevertheless, Walker’s college football legacy is remarkable as he, Glenn Davis and Doak Walker are the only three players in history to finish in the top three of the Heisman voting in three separate seasons – with Walker the only one to do it as a freshman, sophomore and junior. Walker was also a consensus All-American and the SEC Player of the Year in each of his three seasons, as well as the Maxwell Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award winner in 1982.

(AP Photo/Ray Stubblebine)

9. Marcus Mariota

QB, Jr., Oregon, 2014

Marcus Mariota 2014 Season Statistics

  • Games: 15
  • Pass Completions: 304
  • Pass Attempts: 445
  • Passing Yards: 4,454
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 296.9
  • Passing Touchdowns: 42
  • Interceptions: 4
  • Rushing Attempts: 135
  • Rushing Yards: 770
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 51.3
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.7
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 15
  • Receiving: 1 REC, 26 YD. 1 TD

Marcus Mariota was the first Oregon football player and the first Hawaii-born player to win the Heisman Trophy when he secured the award after the 2014 regular season.

Lightly recruited as a high school player – particularly when compared to the vast majority of players that would later become Heisman winners – Mariota blossomed in Chip Kelly’s offense as a redshirt freshman and led the Ducks to a 12-1 record in 2012 and threw for 2,677 yards and 32 touchdown while adding 752 rushing yards and five TDs on the ground. Mariota added 3,665 passing yards and 31 touchdowns as a junior in addition to 715 rushing yards and nine touchdown runs, and entered his junior season as the odds-on favorite to win the Heisman – which he did in dominant fashion.

In 2014, Mariota secured 90.9 percent of the Heisman vote, which ranks second on the all-time list. At the time of the vote, he had accounted for 53 total touchdowns, which tied Sam Bradford for the most ever by a Heisman winner. Of course, because Mariota led Oregon to the very first College Football Playoff National Championship Game, he had two opportunities to improve on that statistic. After falling short of the national title, Mariota finished with 42 touchdown passes, 15 rushing TDs and a touchdown reception.

Though his season totals (4,454 passing yards, 770 rushing yards, and 58 touchdowns) are somewhat inflated by playing in 15 games, Mariota’s per-game statistical averages still rank as some of the best among Heisman winners.

(AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

8. Charles Woodson

CB, Jr., Michigan, 1997

Charles Woodson 1997 Season Statistics

  • Games: 11
  • Tackles: 43
  • Interceptions: 7
  • Receptions: 11
  • Receiving Yards: 231
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 21.0
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 2
  • Rushing: 3 ATT, 15 YDs, 1 TD
  • Punt Returns: 33 RET, 283 YD, 1 TD

The only primarily defensive player has even won the Heisman Trophy, Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson beat out one of the toughest candidate fields ever for the award in 1997, including runner-up Peyton Manning.

As a junior, Woodson recorded 43 tackles and seven interceptions for the Wolverines, which helped him to claim the Bronco Nagurski and Chuck Bednarik Awards, which are given annually to the best defensive player in college football, as well as the Jim Thorpe Award as the nation’s best defensive back. Woodson was also named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year and the Walter Camp Player of the Year, and also earned consensus All-American honors.

Of course, despite its claim to be awarded to the best player in college football the Heisman has been primarily an offensive award, and Woodson would need to make a larger impact to claim it. After first playing sparingly on offense as a wide receiver as a sophomore, Woodson emerged as a big-play threat as a junior with 11 receptions, 231 receiving yards and two touchdown catches and also scored on a TD run. Woodson was also the team’s primary punt returner, and scored on a punt return as well.

Woodson won the Heisman by securing 433 first-place votes to Manning’s 263. He also helped Michigan finish 12-0, including a 21-16 victory over Washington State and quarterback Ryan Leaf (who finished third in Heisman voting) to capture the program’s first national championship since 1948.

(AP Photo/Emile Wamsteker)

7. Mike Rozier

RB, Sr., Nebraska, 1983

Mike Rozier 1983 Season Statistics

  • Games: 12
  • Rushing Attempts: 275
  • Rushing Yards: 2,148
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 179.0
  • Yards Per Carry: 7.8
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 29
  • Receptions: 10
  • Receiving Yards: 106
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 8.8
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 0

Three of our top seven Heisman Trophy winners on our list did not begin their college football careers at the same university in which they won the award, and all three played at least one season in junior college before arriving at their final destination. The first is New Jersey native Mike Rozier, who played at Coffeyville Junior College in Kansas before transferring to Nebraska as a sophomore in 1981.

Rozier split time at running back for Nebraska as a sophomore and ran for 943 yards and five touchdowns before emerging as the team’s leading ball carrier as a junior in 1982. That season, Rozier became a consensus All-American when he ran for 1,689 yards and 15 TDs. He finished tenth in the voting for the Heisman Trophy.

However, Rozier’s greatest performance came as a senior, when he led the nation in rushing yardage (2,148) and rushing and total touchdowns (29). Adding his 106 receiving yards, Rozier also led the nation with 2,254 total yards from scrimmage. The Cornhuskers went 12-1, with the only blemish coming as the result of a failed two-point conversion against Miami in the Orange Bowl.

Rozier won the Heisman Trophy ahead of BYU quarterback Steve Young and became the second Nebraska player to win college football’s top individual honor. He was also named the winner of the Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards.

When taking bowl game statistics into account (which were not official for NCAA record books at the time), only Tony Dorsett’s 2,150 rushing yards in 1976 and Marcus Allen’s 2,427 yards in 1981 were more than Rozier’s 1983 performance. Rozier’s 2,148 rushing yards still rank among the top ten all-time for a single-season.

(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

6. O.J. Simpson

HB, Sr., USC, 1968

O.J. Simpson 1968 Season Statistics

  • Games: 11
  • Rushing Attempts: 383
  • Rushing Yards: 1,880
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 170.9
  • Yards Per Carry: 4.9
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 23
  • Receptions: 26
  • Receiving Yards: 211
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 19.2
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 0

Had he played more than two seasons at USC, O.J. Simpson may have gone down in history as the greatest college running back of all-time. As it stands, he was the greatest player of his era, and better than any running back that came before him.

After spending two seasons at City College of San Francisco, Simpson transferred to USC and quickly emerged as the nation’s best running back. As a junior, Simpson led the country with 1,543 rushing yards and scored 13 touchdowns for the 10-1 Trojans. Simpson helped USC win a national title and he won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award while also being named a consensus All-American, but finished second behind UCLA quarterback Gary Beban in Heisman Trophy voting.

The following season, Simpson again led the nation in rushing and set an NCAA single-season record with 1,880 yards and also led the country with 23 touchdowns and an NCAA-record 383 carries. In addition to winning the Camp Award and earning All-American recognition for a second consecutive season, Simpson was named the Maxwell Award winner and became the second Trojan to win the Heisman Trophy – which he did in record fashion. In fact, the 855 first-place votes Simpson received are still a record.

In just two seasons at USC, Simpson set an NCAA record for career rushing yardage with 3,423 yards – a mark that stood until 1971.

(AP Photo/Wally Fong)

5. Ricky Williams

HB, Sr., Texas, 1998

Ricky Williams 1998 Season Statistics

  • Games: 11
  • Rushing Attempts: 361
  • Rushing Yards: 2,124
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 193.1
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.9
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 27
  • Receptions: 24
  • Receiving Yards: 262
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 23.8
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1
  • Passing: 0-for-2 with 1 INT

Like O.J. Simpson, Ricky Williams left college as the all-time leading rusher at college football’s highest level. Unfortunately for him, also like Simpson, Williams’ record was short-lived as Ron Dayne broke it the following season.

Nevertheless, after rushing for 4,155 yards combined over his first three seasons with the Texas Longhorns, which included a nation-leading 1,893 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns during his junior season when Williams finished fifth in Heisman voting, the California native saved his best for last.

Williams led the nation in rushing and rushing TDs again as a senior, and finished with 2,124 rushing yards and 27 scores. The performance helped him win the Heisman Trophy in dominant fashion, and Williams set a record by capturing 714 of 920 possible first-place votes, which was a higher percentage (77.6) of first-place votes than any previous Heisman winner. It was also the third-highest number of No. 1 votes in Heisman history to that point.

The second Longhorn to win the Heisman, Williams also earned the Doak Walker Award, the Maxwell Award, the AP Player of the Year Award and the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, and was named a Big 12 Conference Player of the Year and a consensus All-American for the second time.

Overall, Williams’ Heisman-winning season helped him set 21 NCAA records during his four-year career. Among them were the 73 career touchdowns and 452 career points Williams scored, which, like his career rushing title, lasted just one season.

(ADAM NADEL/AFP/Getty Images)

4. Cam Newton

QB, Jr., Auburn, 2010

Cam Newton 2010 Season Statistics

  • Games: 14
  • Pass Completions: 185
  • Pass Attempts: 280
  • Completion Percentage: 66.1
  • Passing Yards: 2,854
  • Passing Yards Per Game: 203.9
  • Passing Touchdowns: 30
  • Interceptions: 7
  • Rushing Attempts: 264
  • Rushing Yards: 1,473
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 105.2
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.6
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 20
  • Receptions: 2
  • Receiving Yards: 42
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1

Cam Newton started his college football career with the Florida Gators. However, after he ran into legal trouble as a sophomore, Newton was suspended from the team and eventually transferred. He landed at Blinn College in Texas where he earned JUCO All-American honors and was became of the most highly recruited players in the nation.

After signing with Auburn, Newton won the starting QB job and immediately won the SEC Player of the Week Award with five touchdowns in his debut against Arkansas State. As a dangerous dual-threat signal caller who was often used as a 6-foot-5, 240-pound battering ram in offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn’s power rushing attack, Newton amassed 1,473 rushing yards and 20 touchdowns and led the Tigers to a 14-0 record and the BCS National Championship.

Newton threw for 2,854 yards and 30 touchdowns with seven interceptions while completing 66.1 percent of his passes in his only season at Auburn. He even caught a touchdown pass on a trick play. Newton became just the third quarterback in history to account for 20 or more touchdowns both rushing and passing in a single season and was the first QB in SEC history to surpass 2,000 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards in the same season.

For his statistical success, as well as his impact on the Auburn (who had been just 8-5 the previous season), Newton won the Heisman in impressive fashion with 2,263 total points and 729 first-place votes.

Simply put, Cam Newton had the biggest impact in one season than any other quarterback in college football history – and his Heisman Trophy-winning 2010 season was the best of any QB Heisman winner.

(Photo by Kelly Kline/Getty Images for The Heisman)

3. Tony Dorsett

RB, Sr., Pitt, 1976

Tony Dorsett 1976 Season Statistics

  • Games: 12
  • Rushing Attempts: 370
  • Rushing Yards: 2,150
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 179.2
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.8
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 22
  • Receptions: 8
  • Receiving Yards: 67
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 5.6
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1

Tony Dorsett was one of the greatest running backs in college football history, having exploded onto the national scene in 1973 to become the first freshman to earn All-American honors in more than three decades (freshman eligibility was restored in 1972). Dorsett became the school’s all-time leading rusher as a sophomore and surpassed 1,000 rushing yards and scored at least 11 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons at Pitt, then exploded for 2,150 rushing yards and 22 touchdowns (including bowl game stats) as a senior in 1976 to earn the Heisman Trophy.

A workhorse for the Panthers, who won the national championship after securing a 12-0 record with a 27-3 victory over Georgia in the Sugar Bowl, Dorsett led the nation with 370 carries, 378 offensive touches, 2,217 yards from scrimmage and 23 total touchdowns. Dorsett dominated the Heisman voting and was awarded 701 first place votes. Runner-up Ricky Bell earned just 73.

Dorsett’s Heisman winning campaign (in which he also won the Walter Camp and Maxwell Awards) capped an incredible career that made him the NCAA’s career leader in rushing yards with 6,526 yards (including bowl games). That record stood until it was broken by Ron Dayne in 1999. Not including bowls, Dorsett ran for 6,082 yards, which was the career record for 22 years until Ricky Williams surpassed it in 1998.

(AP Photo/David Pickoff)

2. Marcus Allen

RB, Sr., USC, 1981

Marcus Allen 1981 Season Statistics

  • Games: 12
  • Rushing Attempts: 433
  • Rushing Yards: 2,427
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 202.3
  • Yards Per Carry: 5.6
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 22
  • Receptions: 34
  • Receiving Yards: 256
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 21.3
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 1

It took more than a century for a college football player to post more than 2,000 rushing yards in a single season. USC running back Marcus Allen became the first in 1981, and went on to destroy the NCAA single-season rushing record with 2,427 yards on his way to the Heisman Trophy.

Allen spent his first two seasons at USC as the backup to Charles White, then emerged as a star as a junior with 1,563 rushing yards (which ranked third in the nation) and 14 touchdowns. However, as a senior, Allen would establish himself as one of the greatest running backs of all-time. Allen led the nation with 433 carries, an average of 202.3 rushing yards per game and 22 rushing touchdowns.

Not only was Allen USC’s primary ball carrier, he also led the Trojans with 34 receptions out of the backfield. Allen was named a consensus All-American, won the Maxwell, Walter Camp and Pac-10 Player of the Year Awards, and led USC to a 9-3 record. Although, despite his records and his overall production, Allen faced stiff competition in Heisman voting from Georgia sophomore running back Herschel Walker and BYU quarterback Jim McMahon, and won by just 598 points.

At the time, Allen posted the most incredible season in college football history. His 2,427 rushing yards still rank as the fourth most in a single-season. However, seven years later, an Oklahoma State running back would surpass Allen to become the greatest Heisman Trophy winner of all-time.

(AP Photo/Ron Frehm)

1. Barry Sanders

RB, Jr., Oklahoma State, 1988

Barry Sanders 1988 Season Statistics

  • Games: 11
  • Rushing Attempts: 344
  • Rushing Yards: 2,628
  • Rushing Yards Per Game: 238.9
  • Yards Per Carry: 7.6
  • Rushing Touchdowns: 37
  • Receptions: 19
  • Receiving Yards: 106
  • Receiving Yards Per Game: 9.6
  • Receiving Touchdowns: 0
  • Kick Returns: 20.0 average on 21 returns, 1 TD
  • Punt Returns: 9.4 average on 10 returns, 1 TD

Simply put, Barry Sanders had the most incredible season in college football history in 1988. After spending the majority of his first two seasons at Oklahoma State playing behind Thurman Thomas and running for 603 yards as a sophomore backup in 1987 while excelling as a return man on special teams, Sanders exploded as a junior.

Sanders set NCAA records with 2,628 rushing yards, 3,249 total yards, 37 rushing touchdowns and 39 total touchdowns in just 11 regular season games, which included four games in which he surpassed 300 yards on the ground and a string of five straight 200-yard performances. While leading Oklahoma State to a 10-2 record with a nation-leading 344 carries, Sanders also set records by scoring 234 points, by reaching the end zone two or more times in 11 consecutive games, and by scoring three or more TDs nine times.

The Kansas native averaged an eye-popping 238.9 rushing yards per game and 7.6 yards per carry. Sanders also ran for 222 yards and five TDs in the Holiday Bowl (in just three quarters), though those stats aren’t included in his official results because bowl game results were not recognized by the NCAA at the time.

In addition to winning the Heisman Trophy in dominant fashion (Sanders was awarded 559 first place votes while runner-up Rodney Peete earned 70 first place votes), Sanders was named a consensus All-American and won the Maxwell and Walter Camp Player of the Year Awards. He left the Cowboys for the 1989 NFL Draft and was the third overall pick by the Detroit Lions.

(AP Photo/Susan Ragan)


The Heisman Trophy is the oldest and most respected award in college football. Saturday night, Alabama running back Derrick Henry became the 81st player in the history of the sport to be recognized not only the nation's best player, but as the Heisman Trust states:

The outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work.

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Henry not only led the nation with 1,986 rushing yards (which also set a Southeastern Conference record) and 23 touchdowns on 339 carries, he also carried his team to an SEC title and a spot in the College Football Playoff. The 6-foot-3, 241-pound Florida native ran over, around and past defenders all season, and then won the race for the legendary bronze statue against stiff competition that included Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.

He has now been officially crowned the greatest player of the 2015 season, but how does Henry stack up against the other Heisman winners all-time?

Like the journalists and former winners that vote for the award itself from year to year, there is no scientific formula for ranking every Heisman Trophy winner. Statistics play a large role, though because college football has changed so much from the early days of the award (especially in terms of explosive offensive performances), it would be unfair to simply rely on numbers.

Therefore, a player's impact on his team must be taken into account, including wins, losses and championships, as well as his impact on the game itself. Winning the Heisman vote in a landslide can provide bonus points, but some of the closest races have featured some of the greatest players and beating a strong field is also worthy of recognition.

Note: Statistics referenced in the pages that follow have been taken from Sports-Reference.com/CFB, unless otherwise noted. In some cases, statistics are unavailable or will differ from those listed in official NCAA record books as the result of bowl game statistics that are not officially recognized by the NCAA.

The original version of this article can be found on FanSided, and ranks all 81 Heisman winners.

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