The Heisman Trophy

The Heisman Trophy is awarded through a voting system that recognizes the top performer in college football for every season.

Officially, the Heisman is given to the college football player who exemplifies, "Outstanding performance which best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity. Winners epitomize great ability combined with diligence, perseverance, and hard work."

The trophy was originally named the DAC (Downtown Athletic Club) Trophy, but was renamed for the historic coach and innovator following his death.

John Heisman (1869-1936) is one of the most influential icons from the history of football. He was a coach at Oberlin College, the University of Akron, Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, University of Pennsylvania, Washington & Jefferson College and Rice University. John Heisman compiled a record of 186-70-18 as a head coach. One of his many contributions included the "forward pass" to football, a revolutionary and history-altering moment in the game that was put in to effect in 1906 after Heisman conceived of the idea three years earlier.

Heisman Trophy facts and trivia

  • RB Archie Griffin (1974-75) of the Ohio State Buckeyes is the only player to win the Heisman Trophy twice
  • Notre Dame and Ohio State have the most Heisman Trophy winners among all schools with 7 each
  • The oldest player to win the Heisman Trophy is former FSU quarterback Chris Weinke (2000), who was 28 years old
  • The youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy is former Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson (2016), who was 19 years and 337 days old
  • Tennessee has the most Heisman Trophy runners-up (4) without a Heisman Trophy winner
  • Only two freshman have won the award - Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel (2012) and FSU quarterback Jameis Winston (2013)
  • The trophy itself is 13 1/2 inches tall, and is modeled after former New York Giants running back Ed Smith
  • Eight winners have gone on to be inducted in to the Pro Football Hall of Fame - Doak Walker, Paul Hornung, Roger Staubach, O.J. Simpson, Tony Dorsett, Earl Campbell, Marcus Allen and Barry Sanders
  • Former Syracuse running back Ernie Davis (1961) was the first African American to win the Heisman Trophy
  • 18 players that won the Heisman Trophy have been selected first overall in the NFL Draft, including Baker Mayfield in 2018
  • 15 players who won the Heisman have gone undrafted, but none since Oklahoma quarterback Jason White in 2003

The Heisman is voted on by a large panel of 929 people, and is one of the most scrutinized awards in all of sport since the pool of talent is so large. Betting odds for the Heisman Trophy futures are updated every week based on recent performances, results and injuries.


Heisman Trophy Winners

Please sort and search the following list of statistics by past Heisman Trophy winners.

YearPlayerSchoolPositionPoints
1935
Jay Berwanger
Chicago
HB
84
1936
Larry Kelley
Yale
HB
219
1937
Clint Frank
Yale
QB
524
1938
Davey O'Brien
TCU
QB
519
1939
Nile Kinnick
Iowa
HB/QB
651
1940
Tom Harmon
Michigan
HB
1,303
1941
Bruce Smith
Minnesota
HB
554
1942
Frank Sinkwich
Georgia
HB
1,059
1943
Angelo Bertelli
Notre Dame
QB
648
1944
Les Horvath
Ohio State
HB/QB
412
1945
Doc Blanchard
Army
FB
860
1946
Glenn Davis
Army
HB
792
1947
Johnny Lujack
Notre Dame
QB
742
1948
Doak Walker
SMU
HB
778
1949
Leon Hart
Notre Dame
End
995
1950
Vic Janowicz
Ohio State
HB/P
633
1951
Dick Kazmaier
Princeton
HB
1,777
1952
Billy Vessels
Oklahoma
HB
525
1953
Johnny Lattner
Notre Dame
HB
1,850
1954
Alan Ameche
Wisconsin
FB
1,068
1955
Howard Cassady
Ohio State
HB
2,219
1956
Paul Hornung
Notre Dame
QB
1,066
1957
John David Crow
Texas A&M
HB
1,183
1958
Pete Dawkins
Army
HB
1,394
1959
Billy Cannon
LSU
HB
1,929
1960
Joe Bellino
Navy
HB
1,793
1961
Ernie Davis
Syracuse
HB/LB/FB
824
1962
Terry Baker
Oregon State
QB
707
1963
Roger Staubach
Navy
QB
1,860
1964
John Huarte
Notre Dame
QB
1,026
1965
Mike Garrett
USC
HB
926
1966
Steve Spurrier
Florida
QB
1,679
1967
Gary Beban
UCLA
QB
1,968
1968
O.J. Simpson
USC
HB
2,853
1969
Steve Owens
Oklahoma
FB
1,488
1970
Jim Plunkett
Stanford
QB
2,229
1971
Pat Sullivan
Auburn
QB
1,597
1972
Johnny Rodgers
Nebraska
WR/RB
1,310
1973
John Cappelletti
Penn State
RB
1,057
1974
Archie Griffin
Ohio State
RB
1,920
1975
Archie Griffin
Ohio State
RB
1,800
1976
Tony Dorsett
Pittsburgh
RB
2,357
1977
Earl Campbell
Texas
RB
1,547
1978
Billy Sims
Oklahoma
RB
827
1979
Charles White
USC
RB
1,695
1980
George Rogers
South Carolina
RB
1,128
1981
Marcus Allen
USC
RB
1,797
1982
Herschel Walker
Georgia
RB
1,926
1983
Mike Rozier
Nebraska
RB
1,801
1984
Doug Flutie
Boston College
QB
2,240
1985
Bo Jackson
Auburn
RB
1,509
1986
Vinny Testaverde
Miami
QB
2,213
1987
Tim Brown
Notre Dame
WR
1,442
1988
Barry Sanders
Oklahoma State
RB
1,878
1989
Andre Ware
Houston
QB
1,073
1990
Ty Detmer
BYU
QB
1,482
1991
Desmond Howard
Michigan
WR/PR
2,077
1992
Gino Toretta
Miami
QB
1,400
1993
Charlie Ward
Florida State
QB
2,310
1994
Rashaan Salaam
Colorado
RB
1,743
1995
Eddie George
Ohio State
RB
1,460
1996
Danny Wuerffel
Florida
QB
1,363
1997
Charles Woodson
Michigan
CB/PR
1,815
1998
Ricky Williams
Texas
RB
2,355
1999
Ron Dayne
Wisconsin
RB
2,042
2000
Chris Weinke
Florida State
QB
1,628
2001
Eric Crouch
Nebraska
QB
770
2002
Carson Palmer
USC
QB
1,328
2003
Jason White
Oklahoma
QB
1,481
2004
Matt Leinart
USC
QB
1,325
2005
Reggie Bush
USC
RB
2,541
2006
Troy Smith
Ohio State
QB
2,540
2007
Tim Tebow
Florida
QB
1,957
2008
Sam Bradford
Oklahoma
QB
1,726
2009
Mark Ingram Jr.
Alabama
RB
1,304
2010
Cam Newton
Auburn
QB
2,263
2011
Robert Griffin III
Baylor
QB
1,687
2012
Johnny Manziel
Texas A&M
QB
2,029
2013
Jameis Winston
Florida State
QB
2,205
2014
Marcus Mariota
Oregon
QB
2,534
2015
Derrick Henry
Alabama
RB
1,832
2016
Lamar Jackson
Louisville
QB
2,144
2017
Baker Mayfield
Oklahoma
QB
2,398
2018
Kyler Murray
Oklahoma
QB
2,167
2019
Joe Burrow
LSU
QB
2,608
2020
DeVonta Smith
Alabama
WR
1,856