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Heisman Trophy Winners

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The Heisman Trophy was created in 1935 and was originally called the DAC Trophy, with Jay Berwanger winning the inaugural award. The trophy would later be renamed after John Heisman, who died in 1936. Yale end Larry Kelley was the first college football player to receive the Heisman Trophy Award.

Quick Facts

  • Ohio State running back Archie Griffin is the only player to win the award twice. Griffin won in 1974 and 1975.
  • USC running back Reggie Bush is the only player to have the award vacated, after an NCAA investigation revealed that he took gifts from agents while in college.
  • The Heisman Trophy ceremony was held at the Downtown Athletic Club from 1937 to 2001. The building was damaged during the September 11, 2001 attacks. The ceremony is now held at the Best Buy Theater.
  • The ballots are deterred by six different regions in the United States (South, South West, Mid West, Mid Atlantic, North East, Far West). Each region has 145 media votes, making 870 total votes. Each former Heisman winner all has one vote each.
  • First place votes are awarded three points, two points for second place and one point for a third place vote. The player with the highest amount of points wins the trophy.

List of Heisman Trophy Winners

Bold – In the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Bold and Italics – In the Pro Football Hall of Fame and First Overall Pick
Italics – First Overall Pick in NFL Draft

YearNameCollegePositionPointsClass
1935Jay BerwangerChicagoHalfback84Senior
1936Larry KelleyYaleEnd219Senior
1937Clint FrankYaleHalfback524Senior
1938Davey O'BrienTCUQuarterback519Senior
1939Nile KinnickIowaHalfback/Quarterback651Senior
1940Tom HarmonMichiganHalfback1,303Senior
1941Bruce SmithMinnesotaHalfback554Senior
1942Frank Sinkwich*GeorgiaHalfback1,059Senior
1943Angelo BertelliNotre DameQuarterback648Senior
1944Les HorvathOhio StateQuarterback/Halfback412Senior
1945Doc BlanchardArmyFullback860Junior
1946Glenn DavisArmyHalfback792Senior
1947Johnny LujackNotre DameQuarterback742Senior
1948Doak WalkerSMUHalfback778Junior
1949Leon HartNotre DameEnd995Senior
1950Vic JanowiczOhio StateHalfback633Junior
1951Dick KazmaierPrincetonHalfback1,777Senior
1952Billy VesselsOklahomaHalfback525Senior
1953Johnny LattnerNotre DameHalfback1,850Senior
1954Alan AmecheWisconsinFullback1,068Senior
1955Howard CassadyOhio StateHalfback2,219Senior
1956Paul HornungNotre DameQuarterback1,066Senior
1957John David CrowTexas A&MHalfback1,183Senior
1958Pete DawkinsArmyHalfback1,394Senior
1959Billy CannonLSUHalfback1,929Senior
1960Joe BellinoNavyHalfback1,793Senior
1961Ernie DavisSyracuseHalfback/Linebacker/Fullback824Senior
1962Terry BakerOregon StateQuarterback707Senior
1963Roger StaubachNavyQuarterback1,860Junior
1964John HuarteNotre DameQuarterback1,026Senior
1965Mike GarrettUSCHalfback926Senior
1966Steve SpurrierFloridaQuarterback1,679Senior
1967Gary BebanUCLAQuarterback1,968Senior
1968O. J. SimpsonUSCHalfback2,853Senior
1969Steve OwensOklahomaFullback1,488Senior
1970Jim PlunkettStanfordQuarterback2,229Senior
1971Pat SullivanAuburnQuarterback1,597Senior
1972Johnny RodgersNebraskaWide Receiver/Running back1,310Senior
1973John CappellettiPenn StateRunning back1,057Senior
1974Archie GriffinOhio StateRunning back1,920Junior
1975Archie GriffinOhio StateRunning back1,800Senior
1976Tony DorsettPittsburghRunning back2,357Senior
1977Earl CampbellTexasRunning back1,547Senior
1978Billy SimsOklahomaRunning back1,896Junior
1979Charles WhiteUSCRunning back1,695Senior
1980George RogersSouth CarolinaRunning back1,128Senior
1981Marcus AllenUSCRunning back1,797Senior
1982Herschel WalkerGeorgiaRunning back1,926Junior
1983Mike RozierNebraskaRunning back1,801Senior
1984Doug FlutieBoston CollegeQuarterback2,240Senior
1985Bo JacksonAuburnRunning back1,509Senior
1986Vinny TestaverdeMiamiQuarterback2,213Senior
1987Tim BrownNotre DameWide receiver1,442Senior
1988Barry SandersOklahoma StateRunning back1,878Junior
1989Andre WareHoustonQuarterback1,073Junior
1990Ty DetmerBYUQuarterback1,482Junior
1991Desmond HowardMichiganWide receiver/Punt returner2,077Junior
1992Gino TorrettaMiamiQuarterback1,400Senior
1993Charlie WardFlorida StateQuarterback2,310Senior
1994Rashaan SalaamColoradoRunning back1,743Junior
1995Eddie GeorgeOhio StateRunning back1,460Senior
1996Danny WuerffelFloridaQuarterback1,363Senior
1997Charles WoodsonMichiganCornerback/Punt returner1,815Junior
1998Ricky WilliamsTexasRunning back2,355Senior
1999Ron DayneWisconsinRunning back2,042Senior
2000Chris WeinkeFlorida StateQuarterback1,628Senior
2001Eric CrouchNebraskaQuarterback770Senior
2002Carson PalmerUSCQuarterback1,328Senior
2003Jason WhiteOklahomaQuarterback1,481Junior
2004Matt LeinartUSCQuarterback1,325Junior
2005Reggie Bush (vacated)USCRunning Back2,541Junior
2006Troy SmithOhio StateQuarterback2,540Senior
2007Tim TebowFloridaQuarterback1,957Sophomore
2008Sam BradfordOklahomaQuarterback1,726Sophomore
2009Mark IngramAlabamaRunning back1,304Sophomore
2010Cam NewtonAuburnQuarterback2,263Junior
2011Robert Griffin IIIBaylorQuarterback1,687Junior
2012Johnny ManzielTexas A&MQuarterback2,029Freshman
2013Jameis WinstonFlorida StateQuarterback2,205Freshman
2014Marcus MariotaOregonQuarterback2,534Junior
2015Derrick HenryAlabamaRunning Back1,832Junior

Number of Heisman Trophy Winners by School

CollegeHeisman Winners
Ohio State7
Notre Dame7
USC6*
Oklahoma5
Army3
Auburn3
Florida3
Florida State3
Michigan3
Nebraska3
Alabama2
Georgia2
Miami2
Navy2
Texas2
Texas A&M2
Wisconsin2
Yale2
Baylor1
BYU1
Boston College1
Colorado1
Chicago1
Houston1
Iowa1
LSU1
Minnesota1
Oklahoma State1
Oregon1
Oregon State1
Penn State1
Pittsburgh1
Princeton1
South Carolina1
SMU1
Stanford1
Syracuse1
TCU1
UCLA1

*USC has seven winners, but the 2005 trophy was vacated making six.

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