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List of Heisman Trophy winners

List of Heisman Trophy winners
NameHeisman Trophy
Imagesize125px
DescriptionThe outstanding college football player whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity.
PresenterDowntown Athletic Club (1937 2001)
Yale Club (2002 2003)
The Heisman Trust (2004 current)
CountryUnited States
LocationNew York City, New York
YearDecember 9, 1935
HolderCam Newton

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The Heisman Trophy, one of the highest individual awards in the American college football, has been awarded 76 times since its creation in 1935, including 75 individual winners and one two-time winner (the 2005 award was declared vacant subsequent to it having been awarded, so only 74 individuals are officially recognized as having won the award). The trophy is given annually to the most outstanding college football player in the National Collegiate Athletic Association, and is awarded by the Heisman Trust, successors of the awards from the Downtown Athletic Club at an annual ceremony at the Nokia Theatre in New York City.

In 1935, the award, then known as the DAC Trophy, was created by New York City's Downtown Athletic Club to recognize the best college football player "east of the Mississippi River". In that inaugural year, the award went to Jay Berwanger from the University of Chicago. Berwanger was later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles of the National Football League but declined to sign for them. He never played professional football for any team, instead choosing to pursue a career in business. In 1936, the club's athletic director, football pioneer John Heisman, died and the trophy was renamed in his honor. Larry Kelley, the second winner of the award, was the first person to win it as the "Heisman Trophy". In addition to the name change, the award also became a nationwide achievement. With the new name, players west of the Mississippi became eligible, though the first player from the western United States was not selected until 1938. Only one player, Ohio State's Archie Griffin, has won the award more than once.

Between 1936 and 2001, the award was given at an annual gala ceremony at the Downtown Athletic Club in New York City. The Downtown Athletic Club's facilities were damaged during the September 11, 2001 attacks. Due to financial difficulties stemming from the damage, the DAC declared bankruptcy in 2002, turning over its building to creditors. Following the club's bankruptcy and the loss of the original Downtown Athletic Club building, the Yale Club of New York City assumed presenting honors in 2002 and 2003. The ceremony was moved to the New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square for the 2002, 2003, and 2004 presentations, but since 2005, the event has been held at the Nokia Theatre Times Square. The move to the Nokia Theatre allowed the Downtown Athletic Club (and ultimately, the award's successor, The Heisman Trust) to resume full control of the event-the most prominent example of which was the return of the official portraits of past winners-despite the loss of the original presentation hall.

In terms of balloting, the fifty states of the U.S. are split into six regions, and six regional representatives are selected to appoint voters in their states (the regions include the Far West, the Mid Atlantic, Mid West, North East, South, and South West). Each region has 145 media votes, for a total of 870 votes. In addition, all previous Heisman winners may vote, and one final vote is counted through public balloting. The Heisman ballots contain a 3-2-1 point system, in which each ballot ranks the voter's top three players and awards them three points for a first-place vote, two points for a second-place vote, and one point for a third-place vote. The points are tabulated, and the player with the highest total of points across all ballots wins the Heisman Trophy.

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Year Winner School Position Points
1935 JayBerwanger* Chicago Halfback 84
1936 LarryKelley Yale End 219
1937 ClintFrank Yale Halfback 524
1938 DaveyO'Brien TCU Quarterback 519
1939 NileKinnick Iowa Halfback 651
1940 TomHarmon* Michigan Halfback 1,303
1941 BruceSmithBruce Smith (Heisman Trophy winner) Minnesota Halfback 554
1942 FrankSinkwich* Georgia Halfback 1,059
1943 AngeloBertelli* Notre Dame Quarterback 648
1944 LesHorvath Ohio State Quarterback/Halfback 412
1945 DocBlanchard Army Fullback 860
1946 GlennDavisGlenn Davis (American football) Army Halfback 792
1947 JohnnyLujack Notre Dame Quarterback 742
1948 DoakWalker^ SMU Halfback 778
1949 LeonHart* Notre Dame End 995
1950 VicJanowicz Ohio State Halfback/Punter 633
1951 DickKazmaier Princeton Halfback 1,777
1952 BillyVessels Oklahoma Halfback 525
1953 JohnnyLattner Notre Dame Halfback 1,850
1954 AlanAmeche Wisconsin Fullback 1,068
1955 HowardCassady Ohio State Halfback 2,219
1956 PaulHornung*^ Notre Dame Quarterback 1,066
1957 John DavidCrow Texas A&M Halfback 1,183
1958 PeteDawkins Army Halfback 1,394
1959 BillyCannon* LSU Halfback 1,929
1960 JoeBellino Navy Halfback 1,793
1961 ErnieDavis* Syracuse Halfback/Linebacker/Fullback 824
1962 TerryBaker* Oregon State Quarterback 707
1963 RogerStaubach^ Navy Quarterback 1,860
1964 JohnHuarte Notre Dame Quarterback 1,026
1965 MikeGarrett USC Halfback 926
1966 SteveSpurrier Florida Quarterback 1,679
1967 GaryBeban UCLA Quarterback 1,968
1968 O.J.Simpson*^ USC Halfback 2,853
1969 SteveOwensSteve Owens (American football) Oklahoma Fullback 1,488
1970 JimPlunkett* Stanford Quarterback 2,229
1971 PatSullivanPat Sullivan (American football) Auburn Quarterback 1,597
1972 JohnnyRodgers Nebraska Running Back 1,310
1973 JohnCappelletti Penn State Running Back 1,057
1974 ArchieGriffin Ohio State Running Back 1,920
1975 ArchieGriffin Ohio State Running Back 1,800
1976 TonyDorsett^ Pittsburgh Running Back 2,357
1977 EarlCampbell*^ Texas Running Back 1,547
1978 BillySims* Oklahoma Running Back 827
1979 CharlesWhiteCharles White (American football) USC Running Back 1,695
1980 GeorgeRogersGeorge Rogers (American football)* South Carolina Running Back 1,128
1981 MarcusAllen^ USC Running Back 1,797
1982 HerschelWalker Georgia Running Back 1,926
1983 MikeRozier Nebraska Running Back 1,801
1984 DougFlutie Boston College Quarterback 2,240
1985 BoJackson* Auburn Running Back 1,509
1986 VinnyTestaverde* Miami Quarterback 2,213
1987 TimBrownTim Brown (American football) Notre Dame Wide Receiver 1,442
1988 BarrySanders^ Oklahoma State Running Back 1,878
1989 AndreWare Houston Quarterback 1,073
1990 TyDetmer BYU Quarterback 1,482
1991 DesmondHoward Michigan Wide Receiver 2,077
1992 GinoTorretta Miami Quarterback 1,400
1993 CharlieWard Florida State Quarterback 1,743
1994 RashaanSalaam Colorado Running Back 1,743
1995 EddieGeorge Ohio State Running Back 1,460
1996 DannyWuerffel Florida Quarterback 1,363
1997 CharlesWoodson Michigan Cornerback/Punt Returner 1,815
1998 RickyWilliams Texas Running Back 2,355
1999 RonDayne Wisconsin Running Back 2,042
2000 ChrisWeinke Florida State Quarterback 1,628
2001 EricCrouch Nebraska Quarterback 770
2002 CarsonPalmer* USC Quarterback 1,328
2003 JasonWhiteJason White (American football) Oklahoma Quarterback 1,481
2004 MattLeinart USC Quarterback 1,325
2005 ReggieBush (vacated)     USC Running Back 2,541
2006 TroySmith Ohio State Quarterback 2,540
2007 TimTebow Florida Quarterback 1,957
2008 SamBradford* Oklahoma Quarterback 1,726
2009 MarkIngram, Jr. Alabama Running Back 1,304
2010 CamNewton* Auburn Quarterback 2,263

School Trophies
held
Notre Dame 7
Ohio State 7
USC 6
Oklahoma 5
Army 3
Auburn 3
Florida 3
Michigan 3
Nebraska 3
Florida State 2
Georgia 2
Miami 2
Navy 2
Texas 2
Wisconsin 2
Yale 2
Alabama 1
BYU 1
Boston College 1
Colorado 1
Chicago 1
Houston 1
Iowa 1
LSU 1
Minnesota 1
Oklahoma State 1
Oregon State 1
Penn State 1
Pittsburgh 1
Princeton 1
South Carolina 1
SMU 1
Stanford 1
Syracuse 1
Texas A&M 1
TCU 1
UCLA 1

College football awards

Best player awardsHeisman Memorial Trophy (1935) * Maxwell Award (1937) * SN Player of the Year (1942) * Chic Harley Award (1955) * Walter Camp Award (1967) * AP Player of the Year (1998) * Archie Griffin Award (1999) * College Football Performance Awards National Performer of the Year (2009)
Individual awardsBill Willis Trophy (Defensive lineman) * Bronko Nagurski Trophy (Defenseman) * Chuck Bednarik Award (Defenseman) * College Football Performance Awards (Various positions) * Dave Rimington Trophy (Center) * Davey O'Brien Award (Quarterback) * Dick Butkus Award (Linebacker) * Doak Walker Award (Running back) * Fred Biletnikoff Award (Wide receiver) * Jack Lambert Trophy (Linebacker) * Jack Tatum Trophy (Defensive back) * Jim Brown Trophy (Running back) * Jim Parker Trophy (Offensive lineman) * Jim Thorpe Award (Defensive back) * John Mackey Award (Tight end) * Johnny Unitas Award (Senior quarterback) * Lombardi Award (Lineman/linebacker) * Lott Trophy (Defenseman) * Lou Groza Award (Placekicker) * Lowe's Senior CLASS Award (Student-athlete) * Manning Award (Quarterback) * Outland Trophy (Interior lineman) * Paul Warfield Trophy (Wide receiver) * Ray Guy Award (Punter) * Sammy Baugh Trophy (Quarterback) * Ted Hendricks Award (Defensive end) * William V. Campbell Trophy (Student-athlete) * Wuerffel Trophy (Humanitarian-athlete)
Head coaching awardsAFCA Coach of the Year (1935) * Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (1940) * Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year (1957) * SN Coach of the Year (1963) * Walter Camp Coach of the Year Award (1967) * Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year (1976) * Woody Hayes Trophy (1977) * Paul Bear Bryant Coach of the Year (1986) * George Munger Award (1989) * Home Depot Coach of the Year (1994) * AP Coach of the Year (1998) * Liberty Mutual Coach of the Year Award (2006) * Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year Award (2009)
Assistant coaching awardsBroyles Award (Assistant Coach of the Year) * AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year
Division I FCS awardsWalter Payton Award (Div. I FCS offensive player) * Buck Buchanan Award (Div. I FCS defenseman) * Eddie Robinson Award (Div. I FCS coach)
Conference awardsACC awards * Big 12 awards * Big East awards * Big Ten awards (MVP) * MAC awards * Pac-10 awards * SEC awards
Other divisions/associationsHarlon Hill Trophy (Div. II) * Gagliardi Trophy (Div. III) * Melberger Award (Div. III) * Rawlings Award (NAIA)
Most inspirational individual or teamDisney's Wide World of Sports Spirit Award
Halls of fameCollege Football Hall of Fame

Heisman Trophy winners

1935: Berwanger * 1936: Kelley * 1937: Frank * 1938: O'Brien * 1939: Kinnick * 1940: Harmon * 1941: B. Smith * 1942: Sinkwich * 1943: Bertelli * 1944: Horvath * 1945: Blanchard * 1946: G. Davis * 1947: Lujack * 1948: D. Walker * 1949: Hart * 1950: Janowicz * 1951: Kazmaier * 1952: Vessels * 1953: Lattner * 1954: Ameche * 1955: Cassady * 1956: Hornung * 1957: Crow * 1958: Dawkins * 1959: Cannon * 1960: Bellino * 1961: E. Davis * 1962: Baker * 1963: Staubach * 1964: Huarte * 1965: Garrett * 1966: Spurrier * 1967: Beban * 1968: Simpson * 1969: Owens * 1970: Plunkett * 1971: Sullivan * 1972: Rodgers * 1973: Cappelletti * 1974: Griffin * 1975: Griffin * 1976: Dorsett * 1977: Campbell * 1978: Sims * 1979: C. White * 1980: Rogers * 1981: Allen * 1982: H. Walker * 1983: Rozier * 1984: Flutie * 1985: Jackson * 1986: Testaverde * 1987: Brown * 1988: Sanders * 1989: Ware * 1990: Detmer * 1991: Howard * 1992: Torretta * 1993: Ward * 1994: Salaam * 1995: George * 1996: Wuerffel * 1997: Woodson * 1998: Williams * 1999: Dayne * 2000: Weinke * 2001: Crouch * 2002: Palmer * 2003: J. White * 2004: Leinart * 2005: Bush * 2006: T. Smith * 2007: Tebow * 2008: Bradford * 2009: Ingram



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