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Excerpt from PIGSKIN WARRIORS: 140 YEARS OF THE GAMES GREATEST TRADITIONS, GAMES, AND STARS
IS MATT LEINART THE BEST COLLEGE FOOTBALL PLAYER WHO EVER LIVED?

ALL-TIME MYTHICAL HEISMAN TROPHY

THE GREATEST SEASONS

 

1. Matt Leinart, Southern California (2004)

2. Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh (1976)

3. Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State (1988)

4. Marcus Allen, Southern California (1981)

5. Harold "Red" Grange, Illinois (1924)

6. Jim Thorpe, Carlisle (1912)

7. Hugh Green, Pittsburgh (1980)

8. Earl Campbell, Texas (1977)

9. Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska (1972)

10. Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma (1985)

11. Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska (1983)

12. Andre Ware, Houston (1989)

13. O. J. Simpson, Southern California (1968)

14.  Tim Brown, Notre Dame (1987)

15. Ty Detmer, Brigham Young  (1990)

16. Ricky Williams, Texas (1998)

17. Mike Rozier, Nebraska (1983)

18. Charles Woodson, Michigan (1997)

19. Charles White, Southern California (1979)

20. Jim Plunkett, Stanford (1970)

22. Ernie Nevers, Stanford (1925)

22. Doak Walker, Southern Methodist (1948)

23. Roger Staubach, Navy (1963)

24. Billy Cannon, Louisiana State (1959)

25. Sammy Baugh, Texas Christian (1936)

26. Lee Roy Selmon, Oklahoma (1975)

27. Herschel Walker, Georgia (1982)

28. Doug Flutie, Boston College (1984)

29. Brick Muller, California (1922)

30. Desmond Howard, Michigan (1991)

31. George Gipp, Notre Dame (1920)

32. Ron Dayne, Wisconsin (1999)

33. Davey O’Brien, Texas Christian (1939)

34. Glenn Davis, Army (1946)

35. John Elway, Stanford (1982)

36. Tom Shevlin, Yale (1905)

37. Archie Griffin, Ohio State (1975)

38. Vince Young, Texas (2005)

39. Joe Theismann, Notre Dame (1970)

40. Don Hutson, Alabama (1934)

 

In a book that is as subjective and vulnerable to bias in terms of region and school loyalty as this, perhaps the most ridiculous notion of all is the one that says that there can be any such thing as an "All-Time Mythical Heisman Trophy" winner. That is to say, that out of all the football players who have played for all the colleges throughout all the years, one can determine the forty greatest single seasons any of them ever had!

 

NCAA single-season scoring

 

No.            Players, School                                    Year

234             Barry Sanders, Okla. St.,             1988

174              Mike Rozier, Nebraska,             1983

174            Lydell Mitchell, Penn St.,             1971

166             Art Luppino, Arizona,                         1954

157             Bobby Reynolds, Nebraska,             1950

 

NCAA single-season rushing touchdowns

 

Np.            Player, School                                    year

37             Barry Sanders, Okla. St.,             1988

29             Mike Rozier, Nebraska,                         1983

25             Ricky Williams, Texas,                         1997

25             Travis Prentice, Miami-OH,             1997

 

            This is crazy, of course. Every season there is enormous debate simply trying to find the best guy for that particular year. College football seems to be subject to . . . subjectiveness . . . more than any other sport. The weekly college basketball polls produce nary a whisper of controversy, and the play-off style of "March Madness" leaves no argument at season’s end over the NCAA champion. Nobody ever seems to argue much over college basketball’s National Player of the Year, an award that is given often by more than one organization. At various times this has been determined by the Associated Press, The Sporting News, Sports Illustrated, and in recent years there has been an attempt to formalize it via the awarding of the Naismith Trophy or the John Wooden Wooden award. Many people who follow college basketball closely do not really know what the Naismith or Wooden awards are for, really. Best player? Best sportsman? Whatever.    

            Pro football, the NBA and Major League baseball offer a much easier determination. The teams play a uniform schedule against roughly equal competition. The statistics make for good comparisons. A savvy sportswriter can look at a players’ scoring average, rushing yards, batting average, ERA; make an informed analysis of these numbers in comparison to other players and that player’s team success; then cast a reasoned Most Valuable Player vote that usually does not elicit great huzzahs.

 

Hypothetical "Heisman Trophy winners" (prior to first award, 1935), according to Sports Illustrated football writer Dan Jenkins (author of Semi-Tough and Saturday’s Game), as printed in ESPN College Football Encyclopedia: The Complete History of the Game.

 

1889 William Walter "Pudge" Heffelfinger, Yale

Others: T. Truxtun Hare, Pennsylvania; Charlie Daly, Harvard/Army; Willie Heston,

Michigan

1905 Tom Shevlin, Yale

1906 Walter Eckersall, Chicago

1907 Dwight "Tad" Jones, Yale

1908 George "Doc" Fenton, Louisiana State

1909 Ted Coy, Yale

1910 Earl Sprackling, Brown

1911 Percy Wendell, Harvard

1912 Jim Thorpe, Carlisle

1913 Charley Brickley, Harvard

1914 Eddie Mahan, Harvard

1915 Charley Barrett, Cornell

1916 Elmer Oliphant, Army

1917 Joe Guyon, Georgia Tech

1918 Tom Davies, Pittsburgh

1919 Chic Harley, Ohio State

1920 George Gipp, Notre Dame

1921 Bo McMillin, Centre

1922 Brick Muller, California

1923 "Memphis Bill" Mallory, Yale

1924 Red Grange, Illinois

1925 Ernie Nevers, Stanford

1926 Benny Friedman, Michigan

1927 Morley Drury, Southern California

1928 Ken Strong, New York

1929 Christian Keener "Red" Cagle, Army

1930 Marchy Schwartz, Notre Dame

1931 Gaius "Gus" Shaver, Southern California

1932 Harry Newman, Michigan

1933 Dixie Howell, Alabama

1933 Beattie Feathers, Tennessee

 

            But college football and the Heisman are different. The teams do not play an equal schedule. There is no play-off to determine a champion. Besides, even if there were, the Heisman is awarded before the bowls are played. It is more than any other award a media campaign. The schools with the most Heismans – USC, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, the usual suspects – are the best at orchestrating these “political events.” Perhaps in this regard the "All-Time Mythical Heisman Trophy" is easier, since the weight of history in all its glory can be taken into consideration in so choosing.

            That said, the beauty part of this book and sports arguments in general is that there is no death chamber waiting, no wars that can break out, no international or diplomatic crises that are likely to occur when the "wrong" decision is rendered. The yearly Heisman voting always shows that a guy from the West tends to vote for a player from the West; a Southern for a Southerner; and more hidden, yes, a Catholic for a Catholic and, disturbingly, a white for a white and a black for a black. Human nature, that sort of thing.

            That said, while taking these choices with a grain of salt, do consider all the statistics, facts, figures and anecdotes spread throughout the pages of this book. Assess correctly that whether bias is alleged and in fact exists, it is not an uninformed opinion. The research is here. Lack of information is not the problem.

            This gives rise to a study of NCAA statistical leaders, whether it be by game, season or career. Guys nobody ever heard of, hardly heard of, or barely remember own many of the gaudiest numbers. David Klingler is not the greatest college quarterback who ever lived. If one went strictly by his stats, he sure would be. If not Klingler, then perhaps another former Houston Cougar, Andre Ware (who unlike Klingler actually won a Heisman). Ed Marinaro? After partying in Manhattan with Joe Namath  a few times his pro career dried up and then, after Hill Street Blues, so too did his acting career.

 

NCAA  single-season touchdown receptions

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

25             Randy Moss, Marshall                        1997

22             Manny Hazard, Houston            1989

17             Troy Edwards, Louisiana Tech             1998

19             Desmond Howard, Michigan              1991

19             Ashley Lelie, Hawaii                        2001

 

NCAA single-season touchdown passes

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

54             David Klingler, Houston            1990

47             Jim McMahon, BYU                        1980

46             Andre Ware, Houston                        1989

41             Ty Detmer, BYU                        1990

 

            Ty Detmer? Well, sure, a great quarterback, but is Detmer to be de-graded a little bit because he played at Brigham Young? Had he played at Miami would he be considered better? Well, does anybody really think he would have put up the numbers he put up had he played the schedule that Miami, USC or LSU plays?

            Ron Dayne was insane at Wisconsin, but does his mediocre pro career suggest that there was some kind advantage he had then which should be taken into consideration now?

            In 2003 Jason White did things at OU that defy description, but what did it all mean? When the spotlight shined, he withered in the Big 12 Championship Game, the Sugar Bowl, and the Orange Bowl.

            The overriding fact is, does he win? In college, the best players play for the best teams. If they play for a weaker team against weaker competition, they are not the best of the best, regardless of statistics. The "victory factor" applies in all sports. It is why Michael Jordan and his six rings are rated over Oscar Robertson and Jerry West with one each. It is why Magic Johnson and Larry Bird, both multiple winners, rise in the pantheon. Bill Russell’s numbers are puny next to Wilt Chamberlain’s; all except the "championships" column.

When for a few years in the mid-1970s some people said that O. J. Simpson had replaced Jim Brown as pro football’s all-time greatest running back, the single factor holding O. J. back in the discussion was that Brown had won titles. O. J. had not, and would not, ever win a Super Bowl. Dan Marino is not considered as great as Joe Montana, despite greater statistics. Montana won, Marino did not. John Elway only shed the "disappointment" moniker hung on his career when he finally won twice at the end. Only by winning a Super Bowl has Peyton Manning allowed his great numbers to be given greater imprimatur than Tom Brady’s. Barry Bonds has done things - steroids or no steroids - in baseball that seemingly defy logic, but he has never won. For this reason he cannot be rated ahead of Babe Ruth.

The college greats are also rated, like virtually all other aspects of sports comparison, with greater weight given to the modern stars. Track, swimming and other records measured solely by numbers leave no doubt that, using this yardstick, the modern Olympians would have beaten the earlier ones. Of course, relative comparison with others in the same era is still an equitable point of comparison. In this regard, Ruth towers above all others, as does Wayne Gretzky in hockey. Johnny Weismuller or Mark Spitz? Hank Luisetti or Kobe Bryant?

 

NCAA single-season field goals

 

No.            Player,  School                                    Year

29             John Lee, UCLA                        1984

28             Paul Woodside, W. Virginia            1982

28             Luis Zendejas, Arizona St.            1983

27             Fuad Reveiz, Tennessee                        1982

 

NCAA single-season passing efficiency rating

 

Rtg.            Player, School                                    Year

178.4             Danny Wuerffel, Florida            1995

176.9            Jim McMahon, BYU                        1980

175.6            Ty Detmer, BYU                        1989

173.6             Steve Sarkisian, BYU                        1996

173.1            Trent Dilfer, Fresno St.                        1993

 

In college football, there are numerous factors favoring the modern hero. The annual Heisman dinner offers an exercise in societal evolution. One by one the camera pans old-time winners – aging white men – until the modern winners are shown. They are often as not black.

Red Grange or Barry Sanders? Don Hutson or Larry Fitzgerald? Sammy Baugh or Brady Quinn? Yes, if Grange were born with the same tools in Orange County, California in the late 1980s; schooled at a prep powerhouse like Mater Dei; given access to specialized coaching, diet and power lifting, would he be an All-American at USC or Illinois or Notre Dame?

Who knows? Considering the paucity of white running backs, it seems likely he would be a tight end or a linebacker instead of a tailback. Probably a very good one, but a Hall of Famer? The "Galloping Ghost"? Probably not.  

Only in baseball do the old-timers hold a truly esteemed place in history. Only in recent years have people dared state that the likes of  Alex Rodriguez and Derek Jeter are better than Honus Wagner; that perhaps Roger Clemens and Randy Johnson are better than Walter Johnson and Christy Mathewson, despite the mind-boggling statistics of "The Big Train" and "Big Six," as they were known back in the day.  

             Often, judging great collegians is colored by their professional careers. This list certainly is dotted with its fair share of NFL superstars, but there are pro busts, too. The number one man, Matt Leinart of Southern California, may become a Hall of Famer in the National Football League. As of this writing, he is not there yet.

 

NCAA single-season passing yards

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

5188             Ty Detmer, BYU                        1990

5140             David Klingler, Houston             1990

4699             Andre Ware, Houston                        1989

4571             Jim McMahon, BYU                        1980

4560             Ty Detmer, BYU                        1989

 

NCAA single-season pass completions

 

Np.            Player, School                                    Year

374             David Klingler, Houston            1990

365             Andre Ware, Houston                        1989

363             Tim Couch, Kentucky                        1997

361             Ty Detmer, BYU                        1990

338            Robbie Bosco, BYU                        1985

 

            So why Leinart? Number two is Tony Dorsett. Dorsett has all the right credentials: four-year starter with unheard-of career statistics; won the Heisman while leading his team to the national championship in his best season; a Hall of Famer with the Dallas Cowboys.

            What edge does Leinart have over that? First, the pro angle cannot be made since the calendar of Leinart’s NFL career must be played out first. Statistically, Dorsett set or came very close to setting more rushing records than Leinart did passing marks. The edge goes to the quarterback because . . . he is the quarterback. It is that simple. It is the truth about football from Pop Warner to the pros; gotta have a quarterback. Running backs win MVP awards, QBs win Super Bowls, national championships, and Texas AAAAA state high school crowns.

            Leinart came to USC in 2001. He was a blue chipper at Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, but a review of Southland quarterbacks in his senior year reveals that, while he was one of the nation’s best, others came with as many “bells and whistles.” Dorsett was a greater high school phenom growing up in the “football factory” town of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.

            Dorsett was a superstar from his freshman year forward, and a leading Heisman favorite entering the 1976 campaign. Leinart red-shirted his freshman year, then sat behind Heisman Trophy winner Carson Palmer in 2002. When Palmer was made the number one pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, Leinart won a spirited battle to replace him, but  he was by no means anointed.

 

NCAA single-season rushing yards

 

No.            Player, Schooll                                    Year

2628             Barry Sanders, Okla. St.                        1988

2342             Marcus Allen, USC                        1981

2185             Troy Davis, Iowa St.                        1996

2148             Mike Rozier, Nebraska                        1983

2084             Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech            1996

 

NCAA single-season rushing yards per game

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

238.9             Barry Sanders, Okla. St.                        1988

212.9            Marcus Allen, USC                        1981

209.0             Ed Marinaro, Cornell                        1971

198.6             Troy Davis, Iowa St.                        1996

189.5            Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech            1996

 

            In 2003 he was a first team All-American, leading Southern California to the national championship as a sophomore. He performed brilliantly in the Trojans’ 28-14 victory over Michigan in the Rose Bowl, earning a Sports Illustrated cover shot of his scoring a touchdown next to the headline, "USC’s the one!"

            In this respect, he entered his Heisman campaign with a slight edge over Dorsett, whose Pittsburgh teams up until his senior year were excellent, but not particularly close to national championship quality.

            In 2004, every single pre-season magazine and poll declared Leinart the 2004 Heisman favorite. Similarly, everybody picked USC to repeat. Many felt the Trojans might just be the greatest college team ever assembled. The pressure was on the team and its leader. Leinart responded. With a balanced offense, he did not put up passing statistics to compare with Klingler and Ware at Houston, or even Timmy Chang, his contemporary at the University of Hawaii. In fact, Leinart’s numbers paled next to Colt Brennan, who succeeded him at Mater Dei and Chang at Hawaii, where he became the NCAA’s career passing leader.

 

NCAA single-season pass receptions

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

142             Manny Hazard, Houston            1989

134             Howard Twilley, Tulsa                        1965

129            Alex Van Dyke, Nevada            1995

114            Damond Wilkins, Nevada            1996

109             Marcus Harris, Wyoming            1996

 

NCAA single-season receptions per game

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

13.4             Howard Twilley, Tulsa                        1965

12.9            Manny Hazard, Houston            1989

11.7             Alex Van Dyke, Nevada            1995

10.4             Damond Wilkins, Nevada            1996

 9.8             Jason Phillips, Houston                        1988

 

            This means nothing. Passing yardage and passing touchdowns are, perhaps not meaningless, but some of the most overrated numbers in sports. USC coach Pete Carroll would have cringed had he been forced to try to win games with a quarterback routinely passing for 440, 500 yards or more. He wanted 250-300 yards in the air, a couple hundred from the infantry, a touchdown toss here and there. USC’s offensive coordinator, Norm Chow, always wanted to keep the defense guessing, not waiting for a "live by the pass, die by the pass" Trojan quarterback also tossing interceptions.

            Leinart undoubtedly benefited from incredible talent surrounding him; an offensive line matched by few if any in history; fabulous receivers; "Thunder and Lighting" (Reggie Bush and LenDale White) pounding for ground yardage. The team generally won big, but Leinart was called on when challenged several times in the year.

            What truly gives Matt the edge was his performance against Jason White and Oklahoma in the 2005 BCS national championship Orange Bowl game. It was billed as the "Game of the Twenty-first Century," perhaps the most hyped match-up ever. For Leinart to utterly dominate a team of OU’s caliber in circumstances such as this elevated him above all but the most revered quarterbacks. Lee Corso called it the "greatest game" any team or player he had ever seen play. It was a display above and beyond all others.

            The argument for Dorsett is that he likely was more valuable to his team than Leinart was to his. Pitt never would have gone unbeaten without him. The Trojans had enough talent; even if they had been ground-oriented with a quarterback such Craig Krenzel, who led Ohio State to the 2002 title in utilitarian manner, they may have prevailed anyway. When you win the national championship game by thirty-six points, there is a lot of room for leeway.

 

NCAA single-season reception yards

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

1854             Alex Van Dyke, Nevada            1995

1779            Howard Twilley, Tulsa                        1965

1707             Troy Edwards, La. Tech                        1997

1689            Manny Hazard, Houston            1989

1650             Marcus Harris, Wyoming            1996

 

NCAA single-season all-purpose yards

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

3250             Barry Sanders, Okla. St.                        1988

2995             Ryan Benjamin, Pacific                        1991

2690             Mike Pringle, CS-Fullerton            1989

2633             Paul Palmer, Temple                        1986

2597             Ryan Benjamin, Pacific                        1992

 

            Beyond Leinart and Dorsett, Oklahoma State’s Barry Sanders enjoyed one of the most spectacular seasons in history (1988). However, his team did not go all the way or really come very close. Oddly, Sanders was not well known until the second half of the year. His incredible numbers pushed him ahead of two glamour boys, each touted in Hollywood fashion for the Heisman since gracing pre-season magazines with color photos. USC’s Rodney Peete and UCLA’s Troy Aikman seemed to have put on a battle for the Heisman, won by Peete and Troy in a 31-22 win over UCLA at the Rose Bowl in November. Peete overcame the measles but not a secret shoulder injury. When he disappointed in USC’s 27-10 "Game of the Century" loss to Notre Dame, Sanders walked away with the statue.

            Marcus Allen’s 1981 Heisman season at USC very likely would be considered the best in history, but his team was upset three times, leading one to conclude that perhaps the upsets were not really upsets. USC was just a little overrated that year. Marcus also fell flat in a Fiesta Bowl match-up with Penn State’s Curt Warner, won by the Nittany Lions, 26-10.

            Red Grange was off the charts in 1924, but of course that was 1924. As a historical figure, he may well be larger than Leinart, Dorsett, or Allen. He is credited, along with Notre Dame and USC, with first making college football a national sport, then making pro football a success. He is regarded as an icon of the Roaring ‘20s, along with such larger-than-life figures as Babe Ruth and Charles Lindbergh. Plus, who can match that nickname: "The Galloping Ghost." Old footage of him is just precious; a literally ghostlike figure running on snow-covered fields in a era before machines could remove it. Close-ups reveal the kind of face that eighty years of nutrition, skin care and MTV simply have made extinct. At age twenty-one he looked fifty.

 

NCAA single-season all-purpose yards per game

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

295.5             Barry Sanders, Okla. St.                        1988

249.6            Ryan Benjamin, Pacific                        1991

246.3            Byron (Whizzer) White,  Colo            1937

244.6             Mike Pringle, CS-Fullerton            1989

239.4             Paul Palmer, Temple                        1986

 

NCAA single-season total offense yards

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

5221             David Klingler, Houston            1990

5022             Ty Detmer, BYU                        1990

4661             Andre Ware, Houston                        1989

4627             Jim McMahon, BYU                        1980

4433             Ty Detmer, BYU                        1989

 

            Then there is Jim Thorpe. Figuring out how good he was is speculative, but relative to his rivals he had none. For one thing, Thorpe had size and strength like the modern players. Had he lifted (juiced?) he would have been off the charts. As an athlete, few if any are his equal to this day: college and pro football star, big league ball player, Olympic gold medallist.

            Hugh Green did not even win the 1980 Heisman Trophy. George Rogers of South Carolina did. Nothing against Rogers, but this was a joke. Defensive players just do not win Heisman Trophies. Earl Campbell’s career at Texas was comparable to Tony Dorsett, his contemporary at Pitt. Had Campbell’s Longhorns beaten Joe Montana’s Irish in the 1978 Cotton Bowl, his ranking would be much higher.

            Johnny Rodgers at Nebraska might have been better in 1971, his junior year when the Cornhuskers were one of the game’s all-time great teams. He won the Heisman in 1972, when the Huskers dropped. Rodgers is hard to judge. He went to Canada, never really making his mark in pro football. He did not handle fame particularly well. But in football mad "Big Red" country, his legend is above reproach. Then there is Brian Bosworth, perhaps the greatest linebacker in college football history. He somehow managed to get more attention in Norman, Oklahoma than guys in Hollywood or New York. Bos never did win a Heisman Trophy. In 1985, the year he led Oklahoma to the national championship, Bo Jackson won it in one of the closest elections ever over Iowa quarterback Chuck Long. Bosworth was not even in the top 10! He did capture the Butkus Award (teammate Tony Casillas, an equal force at nose guard, won the Lombardi). In 1986 pretty boy Vinny Testaverde walked away with it. Bosworth was a distant fourth, a repeat Butkus winner and a consensus All-American for the second straight season. But Testaverde’s Miami Hurricanes upset Bosworth’s Sooners in their third game of the season, ending OU’s repeat title hopes. The Bosworth memory, unfortunately, contains a laugh track. He was part of that new trend of "punk" athletes, a la Jim McMahon, with his blonde spiked hair and rock star looks on top of a WWF body. He tried acting and, God help me, I liked Stone Cold, but he was weighed, measured and found wanting by the film industry. The same, unfortunately, can be said of his pro football career in Seattle. People expected Bos and Bo Jackson to turn the Seahawks into Lombardi’s Packers. Fate would not play out in that way. Maybe Bos was on the juice. It was rampant in football long before he came along, and by the time he hung ‘em up it had spread to all the other sports, we are now told. But as a collegian playing for Barry Switzer: wow!

 

NCAA single-season total offense per game

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

474.6             David Klingler, Houston            1990

423.7             Andre Ware, Houston                        1989

418.5             Ty Detmer, BYU                        1990

402.6             Mike Maxwell, Nevada                        1995

395.1             Steve Young, BYU                        1983

 

NCAA single-season interceptions

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

14             Al Worley, Washington                        1968

13             George Shaw, Oregon                        1951

 

Dean Steinkuhler literally embodied why Nebraska football was so dominant. Somebody in Lincoln figured out how to get ahead of the curve when it came to making their guys bigger and stronger. How they did that, well, let’s just say they were good at it.

            Andre Ware is a tough one to put on this list, but tougher to keep off of it. His passing numbers at Houston, when the Cougars still played big-time football in the Southwest Conference, were insane. It was the beginning of the end for passing offenses ushered in by the likes of LaVell Edwards at Brigham Young. David Klingler would follow Ware a few years later. Ty Detmer would do similar things at BYU. It is still around at places like Hawaii and Texas Tech, but coaches have figured out that balance works best.

            O. J. Simpson would have broken every record in the book had he played for Barry Switzer at Oklahoma. The 1968 USC Trojans occasionally put the ball in the air, sometime swinging out in the flat to O .J. His 1968 season was a wonder and very well might have been the best, if only his team had beaten Ohio State in the Rose Bowl.

            Ty Detmer of BYU (1990): ditto Andre Ware. Ricky Williams of Texas (1998) rivals the likes of Archie Griffin, Tony Dorsett, Charles White, Marcus Allen and Barry Sanders statistically. His greatness is built on the strength of a phenomenal four-year career capped by a great senior season. Today, he would not have been around to play as a senior. His record is downgraded for two reasons: the Longhorns were continually disappointing and his pro career was a picture of lost potential.

 

NCAA single-season punting average

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

50.3             Chad Kessler, LSU                        1997

49.8             Reggie Roby, Iowa                        1981

49.3             Kirk Wilson, UCLA                        1956

48.4             Todd Sauerbrun, W. Virginia            1994

48.2             Zack Jordan, Colorado                        1950

 

NCAA single-season punt return average

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

25.9             Bill Blackstock, Tennessee            1951

25.0             George Sims, Baylor                        1948

24.8            Gene Derricotte, Michigan            1947

 

            Mike Rozier’s spectacular 1983 campaign at Nebraska is somehow shadowed by the odd notion that he was part of a Cornhusker system in which "anybody" could succeed. Nobody else did like Rozier. The old bugaboo – ya gotta win! – dogs Rozier, in that his unbeatable team was beaten by the thinnest of margins by Miami in the Orange Bowl. Then teammates Roger Craig and Irving Fryar were better in the NFL than he was.

            Charles Woodson did what few have done: win a Heisman for his defensive skills (1997). His clutch performance against Ryan Leaf and Washington State in the Rose Bowl earned him his legend, and he starred at the next level, too. Charles White did it all at USC for four years. In the winning drive of the Rose Bowl against Ohio State, coach John Robinson gave the ball to White on almost every play. The Buckeyes could not stop him. USC won, 17-16. In terms of college accomplishments, White could easily lay claim to being the best ever. He starred in the Rose Bowl as a freshman, was all-conference as a sophomore, and many felt he should have beaten out Oklahoma’s Billy Sims for the 1978 Heisman. As cocky as they come, White predicted he would win "two or three of those things" when he entered school, but finally got his only one as a senior. In his junior year USC won the national title. In his senior year they were perhaps the best team not to win one. But White’s star-crossed pro career (which includes leading the NFL in rushing one season) reduces his power rating.   

            A lot of people say Stanford’s Jim Plunkett was the best college quarterback they ever saw. Much of this is based on the fact that he won the 1970 Heisman Trophy against perhaps the toughest field ever, the vaunted "Year of the Quarterback" class which included stalwarts Joe Theismann of Notre Dame, Archie Manning of Ole Miss, Rex Kern of Ohio State, Lynn Dickey of Kansas, Pat Sullivan of Auburn,  John Reaves of Florida, Bill Montgomery of Arkansas, and Dan Pastorini of Santa Clara. Plunkett was a "gamer," first engineering one of the all-time upsets of Ohio State in the Rose Bowl, then leading the Raiders to two Super Bowl wins.

 

NCAA single-season kickoff return average

 

No.            Player, School                                    Year

40.1             Paul Allen, BYU                        1961

39.5             Tremain Mack, Miami (FL)            1996

39.3             Leeland McElroy, Texas A&M            1993

38.2             Forrest Hall, San Francisco            1946

36.4             Tony Ball, Tenn-Chattanooga            1977

 

            Ernie Nevers, another Stanford superstar (1925), was one of the finest athletes of all time. He pitched in the big leagues, serving up two of Babe Ruth’s record sixty home runs in 1927. Doak Walker was the kind of white Southern legend at SMU (1948) who had some fans thinking their teams could win without integrating. If they were all as good as Walker they might have gone another decade. Walker’s match-ups with Bobby Layne of Texas are the stuff of fable.  

            How a quarterback as good as Roger Staubach ended up committing to the Naval Academy is a mystery for the ages. The fact he could have Navy challenging for the national championship (their 1963 victory over Notre Dame being the last time the Midshipmen ever beat the Irish) was nothing short of amazing. Nobody was quite sure what to make of "Roger the Dodger" at Navy. His clean-cut image made him a wonder boy, but any questions about him in the field were answered when, after serving his four years as an officer, he developed into one of pro football’s all-time best quarterbacks.

            Billy Cannon is another one of those oddly Southern breeds; a guy idolized by the LSU faithful in pagan fashion, as shown in the 1988 film Everybody’s All-American starring Dennis Quaid as a quasi-Cannon/Red Grange figure. Cannon’s signing under the goalposts after the 1960 Sugar Bowl was part Hollywood, part coup d’etat by the American Football League. How good was Sammy Baugh of TCU (1936)? There are still those who say, better than Joe Montana. It does not get better than that.

            Lee Roy Selmon was Oklahoma’s 1975 defense on a Sooner national championship team. Herschel Walker would have had a great senior year in 1983 had he not jumped ship to the fledgling USFL. His 1982 Heisman came off an excellent season, but there was always the sense he was living off the best freshman season ever (1980) when he led Georgia to the promised land. Walker’s rookie exploits foreshadowed Adrian Peterson’s 2004 rookie year at Oklahoma as well as the vague discomfort that both peaked too soon.

 

NCAA annual passing leaders

 

Year            Player, School                                    Com            Pct            TD            Yds

1937            Davey O'Brien, TCU                        94            .402            NA            969           

1938            Davey O'Brien, TCU                        93            .557            NA            1457           

1939            Kay Eakin, Arkansas                        78            .404            NA            962           

1940            Billy Sewell, Wash. St                        86            .494            NA            1023           

1941            Bud Schwenk, Wash.-MO            114            .487            NA            1457           

1942            Ray Evans, Kansas                        101            .505            NA            1117           

1943            Johnny Cook, Georgia                        73            .465            NA            1007           

1944            Paul Rickards, Pittsburgh            84            .472            NA            997           

1945            Al Dekdebrun, Cornell                        90            .464            NA            1227           

1946            Travis Tidwell, Auburn                        79            .500            5            943           

1947            Charlie Conerly, Ole Miss            133            .571            18            1367           

1948            Stan Heath, Nev-Reno                        126            .568            22            2005           

1949            Adrian Burk, Baylor                        110            .576            14            1428           

1950            Don Heinrich, Washington            134            .606            14            1846           

1951            Don Klosterman, Loyola-CA            159            .505            9            1843           

1952            Don Heinrich, Washington            137            .507            13            1647           

1953            Bob Garrett, Stanford                        118            .576            17            1637           

1954            Paul Larson, California                        125            .641            10            1537           

1955            George Welsh, Navy                        94            .627            8            1319           

1956            John Brodie, Stanford                        139            .579            12            1633           

1957            Ken Ford, H-Simmons                        115            .561            14            1254           

1958            Buddy Humphrey, Baylor            112            .574            7            1316           

1959            Dick Norman, Stanford                        152            .578            11            1963           

1960            Harold Stephens, H-Simm.            145            .566            3            1254           

1961            Chon Gallegos, S. Jose St            117            .594            14            1480           

1962            Don Trull, Baylor                        125            .546            11            1627           

1963            Don Trull, Baylor                        174            .565            12            2157           

1964            Jerry Rhome, Tulsa                        224            .687            32            2870           

1965            Bill Anderson, Tulsa                        296            .582            30            3464           

1966            John Eckman, Wichita St            195            .426            7            2339           

1967            Terry Stone, N. Mexico                        160            .476            9            1946           

1968            Chuck Hixson, SMU                        265            .566            21            3103           

1969            John Reaves, Florida                        222            .561            24            2896           

1970            Sonny Sixkiller, Wash                        186            18.6            15            2303           

1971            Brian Sipe, S. Diego St.                        196            17.8            17            2532           

1972            Don Strock, Va. Tech                        228            20.7            16            3243           

1973            Jesse Freitas, S. Diego St.            227            20.6            21            2993           

1974            Steve Bartkowski, Cal                        182            16.5            12            2580           

1975            Craig Penrose, S. Diego St.            198            18.0            15            2660           

1976            Tommy Kramer, Rice                        269            24.5            21            3317           

1977            Guy Benjamin, Stanford                        208            20.8            19            2521           

1978            Steve Dils, Stanford                        247            22.5            22            2943           

1979            Turk Schonert, Stanford                        148            19            1922            163.0           

1980            Jim McMahon, BYU                        284            47            4571            176.9           

1981            Jim McMahon, BYU                        272            30            3555            155.0           

1982            Tom Ramsey, UCLA                        191            21            2824            153.5           

1983            Steve Young, BYU                        306            33            3902            168.5           

1984            Doug Flutie, BC                        233            27            3454            152.9           

1985            Jim Harbaugh, Michigan            139            18            1913            163.7           

1986            Vinny Testaverde, Miami-FL            175            26            2557            165.8           

1987            Don McPherson, Syracuse            129            22            2341            164.3           

1988            Timm Rosenbach, Wash. St.            199            23            2791            162.0           

1989            Ty Detmer, BYU                        265            32            4560            175.6           

1990            Shawn Moore, Virginia                        144            21            2262            160.7           

1991            Elvis Grbac, Michigan                        152            24            1955            169.0           

1992            Elvis Grbac, Michigan                        112            15            1465            154.2           

1993            Trent Dilfer, Fresno St.                        217            28            3276            173.1           

1994            Kerry Collins, Penn St.                        176            21            2679            172.9           

1995            Danny Wuerffel, Florida            210            35            3266            178.4           

1996            Steve Sarkisian, BYU                        278            33            4027            173.6           

1997            Cade McNown, UCLA                        173            22            2877            168.6           

1998            Shaun King, Tulane                        223            36            3232            183.3           

1999            Michael Vick, Va. Tech                        90            12            1840            180.4           

2000            Bart Hendricks, Boise St.            210            35            3364            170.6           

2001            Rex Grossman, Florida                        259            34            3896            170.8           

2002            Bart Hendricks, Boise St.            210            35            3364            170.6           

2003            Jason White, Oklahoma                        265            40            3744            168.0           

2004            Stefan Lefors, Louisville            171            18            2402            185.4           

2005            Rudy Carpenter, Arizona St.            156            17            2273            175.0           

2006            Colt Brennan, Hawaii                        406            59            5549            186.0

 

            In 1984, Heisman winner Doug Flutie threw the ultimate "Hail Mary" to beat Miami. He represents the epitome of what college football is all about. Undersized and big-hearted, he foiled the cynics by having a fine pro career after leaving Boston College. Look at old photos of Cal’s Brick Muller (1922) wearing that leather "helmet" of his. Adolf Hitler heard about Muller. He theorized that Germany’s best and brightest had been "lost" to American immigration in the nineteenth century. After helping to pacify the American West, they were now running wild on football fields. Hitler feared that this "drain" of German manpower would make it too difficult to beat America in a war. He was right.

            How good was George Gipp of Notre Dame (1920)? Who knows where the legend ends and the truth begins, but he is too big a name in college football history to leave off this list. Ron Dayne of Wisconsin (1999) was built like Earl Campbell. His career and singles-season numbers were staggering, but in the NFL he never came close. Who knows why? As Alec Baldwin says in Glengarry Glenross, "It’s a tough racket."

            Davey O’Brien of TCU (1938) was good enough to have the award given to the best college quarterback annually named after him. Hey, it could have been the Sammy Baugh Award instead. Glenn Davis is another one of those grid legends who seem to have been made up, but the halfback from Southern California was a real man who won the 1946 Heisman at Army ("Mr. Outside"). After serving he played for the Rams. A high school award for the best player in the Southland is named after him, and some of those who have won it have been pretty spectacular in their own right. Oh, poor John Elway. After "The Play" denied him a shot at his only bowl game (Stanford was in line to go to the Prune Bowl in Modesto or something), John lamented that the referees had, "Ruined my senior year."  The former Los Angeles prep sensation should have adhered to the adage, "Thou shalt not grow up in the shadow of the Coliseum yet spurn Trojan recruiting advances."

 

NCAA annual rushing leaders

 

Year            Player, School                                                Att            Yards

1937             Byron (Whizzer) White, Colorado            181            1121           

1938            Len Eshmont, Fordham                                    132            831           

1939            John Polanski, Wake Forest                        137            882           

1940            Al Ghesquiere, Detroit                                    146            957           

1941            Frank Sinkwich, Georgia                        209            1103           

1942            Rudy Mobley, Hardin-Simmons                        187            1281           

1943            Creighton Miller, Notre Dame                        151            911           

1944            Red Williams, Minnesota                        136            911           

1945            Bob Fenimore, Oklahoma A&M                        142            1048           

1946            Rudy Mobley, Hardin-Simmons                        227            1262           

1947            Wilton Davis, Hardin-Simmons                        193            1173           

1948            Fred Wendt, Texas Mines                        184            1570           

1949            John Dottley, Ole Miss                                    208            1312           

1950            Wilford White, Arizona St                        199            1502           

1951            Ollie Matson, San Francisco                        245            1566           

1952            Howie Waugh, Tulsa                                    164            1372           

1953            J. C. Caroline, Illinois                                    194            1256           

1954            Art Luppino, Arizona                                    179            1359           

1955            Art Luppino, Arizona                                    209            1313           

1956            Jim Crawford, Wyoming                        200            1104           

1957            Leon Burton, Arizona St                        117            1126           

1958            Dick Bass, Pacific                                    205            1361           

1959            Pervis Atkins, New Mexico St                        130            971           

1960            Bob Gaiters, New Mexico St                        197            1338           

1961            Jim Pilot, New Mexico St                        191            1278           

1962            Jim Pilot, New Mexico St                        208            1247           

1963            Dave Casinelli, Memphis St                        219            1016           

1964            Brian Piccolo, Wake Forest                        252            1044           

1965            Mike Garrett, USC                                    267            1440           

1966            Ray McDonald, Idaho                                    259            1329           

1967            O. J. Simpson, USC                                    266            1415           

1968            O. J. Simpson, USC                                    355            1709           

1969            Steve Owens, Oklahoma                        358            1523           

1970            Ed Marinaro, Cornell                                    285            1425            158.3           

1971            Ed Marinaro, Cornell                                    356            1881            209.0           

1972            Pete VanValkenburg, BYU                        232            1386            138.6           

1973            Mark Kellar, Northern Ill                        291            1719            156.3           

1974            Louie Giammona, Utah St.                        329            1534            153.4           

1975            Ricky Bell, USC                                    357            1875            170.5           

1976            Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh                        338            1948            177.1           

1977            Earl Campbell, Texas                                    267            1744            158.5           

1978            Billy Sims, Oklahoma                                    231            1762            160.2           

1979            Charles White, USC                                    293            1803            180.3           

1980            George Rogers, S. Carolina                        297            1781            161.9           

1981            Marcus Allen, USC                                    403            2342            212.9           

1982            Ernest Anderson, Okla. St.                        353            1877            170.6           

1983            Mike Rozier, Nebraska                                    275            2148            179.0           

1984            Keith Byars, Ohio St.                                    313            1655            150.5           

1985            Lorenzo White, Mich. St.                        386            1908            173.5           

1986            Paul Palmer, Temple            346                        1866            169.6           

1987            Ickey Woods, UNLV            259                        1658            150.7           

1988            Barry Sanders, Okla. St.            344                        2628            238.9           

1989            Anthony Thompson, Ind                        358            1793            163.0           

1990            Gerald Hudson, Okla. St                        279            1642            149.3           

1991            Marshall Faulk, S. Diego St.                        201            1429            158.8           

1992            Marshall Faulk, S. Diego St.                        265            1630            163.0           

1993            LeShon Johnson, No. Ill.                        327            1976            179.6           

1994            Rashaan Salaam, Colorado                        298            2055            186.8           

1995            Troy Davis, Iowa St.                                    345            2010            182.7           

1996            Troy Davis, Iowa St.                                    402            2185            198.6           

1997            Ricky Williams, Texas                                    279            1893            172.1           

1998            Ricky Williams, Texas                                    361            2124            193.1           

1999            LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU                        268            1850            168.2           

2000            LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU                        369            2158            196.2           

2001            Chance Kretschmer, Nevada                        302            1732            157.5           

2002            Larry Johnson, Penn State                        251            2015            167.9           

2003            Patrick Cobbs, North Texas                        284            1570            157.0           

2004            Jamario Thomas, North Texas                        256            1709            189.9           

2005            DeAngelo Williams, Memphis                        310            1964            178.6           

2006            Garrett Wolfe, Northern Ill.                        309            1928            148.3

 

            Who was Tom Shevlin of Yale (1905)? I have little clue except for two sources. Dan Jenkins said he was one of the best players ever. As late as the 1930s, USC coach Howard Jones was still saying he was the best he ever saw. That is good enough for me. Archie Griffin of Ohio State (1975) is the only two-time Heisman winner. His 1974 award should have gone to Anthony Davis, who scored something like twelve touchdowns and 179 points against Notre Dame after the ballots were mailed in those pre-fax, pre-email days. Griffin was the first to play as a freshman after the NCAA allowed them to play varsity ball after many years of restrictions (1972). His four-year career is one of the all-time best. When the Buckeyes ventured to the Rose Bowl on January 1, 1976 there was a sense that it was the final "icing on the cake" for Griffin. With two Heismans safely tucked away, all Griffin lacked was a national title. If Ohio could beat heavy underdog UCLA, then he would not only have the ring, but a much, much higher place in the collegiate football hierarchy. Instead, UCLA handled Ohio State. The great Griffin is unfortunately dogged by memory of three hard losses in the Arroyo Seco (although his 1974 Rose Bowl pounding of USC counts for something).

 

NCAA annual receiving leaders

 

Year            Player, School                                    No            TD            Yds

1937            Jim Benton, Arkansas                        47            7            754           

1938            Sam Boyd, Baylor                        32            5            537           

1939            Ken Kavanaugh, LSU                        30            NA            467           

1940            Eddie Bryant, Virginia                        30            2            222           

1941            Hank Stanton, Arizona                        50            NA            820           

1942            Bill Rogers, Texas A&M            39            NA            432           

1943            Neil Armstrong, Okla. A&M            39            NA            317           

1944            Reid Moseley, Georgia                        32            NA            506           

1945            Reid Moseley, Georgia                        31            NA            662           

1946            Neil Armstrong, Okla. A&M            32            1            479           

1947            Barney Poole, Ole Miss                        52            8            513           

1948            Red O'Quinn, Wake Forest            39            7            605           

1949            Art Weiner, N. Carolina                        52            7            762           

1950            Gordon Cooper, Denver                        46            8            569           

1951            Dewey McConnell, Wyoming            47            9            725           

1952            Ed Brown, Fordham                        57            6            774           

1953            John Carson, Georgia                        45            4            663           

1954            Jim Hanifan, California                        44            7            569           

1955            Hank Burnine, Missouri                        44            2            594           

1956            Art Powell, San Jose St                        40            5            583           

1957            Stuart Vaughan, Utah                        53            5            756           

1958            Dave Hibbert, Arizona                        61            4            606           

1959            Chris Burford, Stanford                        61            6            756           

1960            Hugh Campbell, Wash. St            66            10            881           

1961            Hugh Campbell, Wash. St            53            5            723           

1962            Vern Burke, Oregon St                        69            10            1007           

1963            Lawrence Elkins, Baylor            70            8            873           

1964            Howard Twilley, Tulsa            95            13            1178           

1965            Howard Twilley, Tulsa                        134            16            1779           

1966            Glenn Meltzer, Wichita St            91            4            1115           

1967            Bob Goodridge, Vanderbilt            79            6            1114           

1968            Ron Sellers, Florida St                        86            12            1496           

1969            Jerry Hendren, Idaho                        95            12            1452           

1970            Mike Mikolayunas, Davidson            87            8.7            8            1128           

1971            Tom Reynolds, San Diego St            67            6.7            7            1070           

1972            Tom Forzani, Utah St                        85            7.7            8            1169           

1973            Jay Miller, BYU                        100            9.1            8            1181           

1974            D. McDonald, San Diego St            86            7.8            7            1157           

1975            Bob Farnham, Brown                        56            6.2            2            701           

1976            Billy Ryckman, La. Tech            77            7.0            10            1382           

1977            W. Tolleson, W. Carolina            73            6.6            7            1101           

1978            Dave Petzke, Northern Ill            91            8.3            11            1217           

1979            Rick Beasley, Appalach. St            74            6.7            12            1205           

1980            Dave Young, Purdue                        67            6.1            8            917           

1981            Pete Harvey, N. Texas St            57            6.3            3            743           

1982            Vincent White, Stanford                        68            6.8            8            677           

1983            Keith Edwards, Vanderbilt            97            8.8            8            909           

1984            David Williams, Illinois                        101            9.2            8            1278           

1985            Rodney Carter, Purdue                        98            8.9            4            1099           

1986            Mark Templeton, L. Beach St            99            9.0            2            688           

1987            Jason Phillips, Houston                        99            9.0            3            875           

1988            Jason Phillips, Houston                        108            9.8            15            1444           

1989            Manny Hazard, Houston            142            12.9            22            1689           

1990            Manny Hazard, Houston            78            7.8            9            946           

1991            Fred Gilbert, Houston                        106            9.6            7            957           

1992            Sherman Smith, Houston            103            9.4            6            923           

1993            Chris Penn, Tulsa                        105            9.6            12            1578           

1994            Alex Van Dyke, Nevada            98            8.9            10            1246           

1995            Alex Van Dyke, Nevada            129            11.7            16            1854           

1996            Damond Wilkins, Nevada            114            10.4            4            1121           

1997            Eugene Baker, Kent                        103            9.4            18            1549           

1998            Troy Edwards, La. Tech                        140            11.7            27            1996           

1999            Trevor Insley, Nevada                        134            12.2            13            2060           

2000            James Jordan, La. Tech                        109            9.1            4            1003           

2001            Kevin Curtis, Utah St.                        100            9.1            10            1531           

2002            Nate Burleson, Nevada                        138            11.5            12            1629           

2003            Lance Moore, Toledo                        103            8.6            9            1194           

2004            Dante Ridgeway, Ball St.            105            9.6            8            1399           

2005            Greg Jennings, Western Mich.            98            8.9            14            1259           

2006            Chris Williams, New Mex, St.            92            7.7            12            1425

           

How about Vince Young of Texas (2005)? Hoo boy! His performance against USC in the Rose Bowl was one for the ages. If he had won the Heisman a month earlier, he would be in the top three or so. The fact is, when the award was announced in favor of USC’s Reggie Bush, Bush deserved it. It is also a fact that, had it been awarded after the Rose Bowl, Young would have won it. In earlier years he would have come back for his senior year to win the Heisman and lead Texas, as William Shatner used to say, "Where no man has gone before." Alas, those days are gone bye-bye.

 

NCAA annual all-purpose yardage leaders

 

Year            Player, School                                                Yds            Ave

1937            Byron (Whizzer) White, Colorado            1970            246.3           

1938            Parker Hall, Ole Miss                                    1420            129.1           

1939            Tom Harmon, Michigan                                    1208            151.0           

1940            Tom Harmon, Michigan                                    1312            164.0           

1941            Bill Dudley, Virginia                                    1674            186.0           

1942            Complete records not available           

1943            Stan Koslowski, Holy Cross                        1411            176.4           

1944            Red Williams, Minnesota                        1467            163.0           

1945            Bob Fenimore, Oklahoma A&M                        1577            197.1           

1946            Rudy Mobley, Hardin-Simmons                        1765            176.5           

1947            Wilton Davis, Hardin-Simmons                        1798            179.8           

1948            Lou Kusserow, Columbia                        1737            193.0           

1949            Johnny Papit, Virginia                                    1611            179.0           

1950            Wilford White, Arizona St.                        2065            206.5           

1951            Ollie Matson, San Francisco                        2037            226.3           

1952            Billy Vessels, Oklahoma                        1512            151.2           

1953            J. C. Caroline, Illinois                                    1470            163.3           

1954            Art Luppino, Arizona                                    2193            219.3           

1955            Jim Swink, TCU                                    1702            170.2           

TIE            Art Luppino, Arizona                                    1702            170.2           

1956            Jack Hill, Utah St                                    1691            169.1           

1957            Overton Curtis, Utah St                                    1608            160.8           

1958            Dick Bass, Pacific                                    1878            187.8           

1959            Pervis Atkins, New Mexico St                        1800            180.0           

1960            Pervis Atkins, New Mexico St                        1613            161.3           

1961            Jim Pilot, New Mexico St                        1606            160.6           

1962            Gary Wood, Cornell                                    1395            155.0           

1963            Gary Wood, Cornell                                    1508            167.6           

1964            Donny Anderson, Texas Tech                        1710            171.0           

1965            Floyd Little, Syracuse                                    1990            199.0           

1966            Frank Quayle, Virginia                                    1616            161.6           

1967            O. J. Simpson, USC                                    1700            188.9           

1968            O. J. Simpson, USC                                    1966            196.6           

1969            Lynn Moore, Army                                    1795            179.5           

1970            Don McCauley, North Carolina                        2021            183.7           

1971            Ed Marinaro, Cornell                                    1932            214.7           

1972            Howard Stevens, Louisville                        2132            213.2           

1973            Willard Harrell, Pacific                                    1777            177.7           

1974            Louie Giammona, Utah St                        1984            198.4           

1975            Louie Giammona, Utah St                        2045            185.9           

1976            Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh                        2021            183.7           

1977            Earl Campbell, Texas                                    1855            168.6           

1978            Charles White, USC                                    2096            174.7           

1979            Charles White, USC                                    1941            194.1           

1980            Marcus Allen, USC                                    1794            179.4           

1981            Marcus Allen, USC                                    2559            232.6           

1982            Carl Monroe, Utah                                    2036            185.1           

1983            Napoleon McCallum, Navy                        2385            216.8           

1984            Keith Byars, Ohio St                                    2284            207.6           

1985            Napoleon McCallum, Navy                        2330            211.8           

1986            Paul Palmer, Temple                                    2633            239.4           

1987            Eric Wilkerson, Kent St                                    2074            188.6           

1988            Barry Sanders, Oklahoma St.                        3250            295.5           

1989            Mike Pringle, CS-Fullerton                        2690            244.6           

1990            Glyn Milburn, Stanford                                    2222            202.0           

1991            Ryan Benjamin, Pacific                                    2995            249.6           

1992            Ryan Benjamin, Pacific                                    2597            236.1           

1993            LeShon Johnson, Northern Ill.                        2082            189.3           

1994            Rashaan Salaam, Colorado                        2349            213.5           

1995            Troy Davis, Iowa St.                                    2466            224.2           

1996            Troy Davis, Iowa St.                                    2364            214.9           

1997            Troy Edwards, La. Tech                                    2144            194.9           

1998            Troy Edwards, La. Tech                                    2784            232.0           

1999            Trevor Insley, Nevada                                    2176            197.8           

2000            Emmett White, Utah St.                                    2628            238.9           

2001            Levron Williams, Indiana                        2201            200.1           

2002            Larry Johnson, Penn St.                                    2575            214.6           

2003            DeAngelo Williams, Memphis                        2113            192.1           

2004            Garrett Wolfe, Northern Ill.                        1920            192.0           

2005            Reggie Bush, Southern Cal                        2890            222.3           

2006            Garrett Wolfe, Northern Ill.                        2177            167.5

 

            Joe Theismann’s place in history and his efforts to win a Heisman which would match the change in pronunciation of his last name from Thees-mann to Theis-mann (in a bald-faced attempt to coopt the 1970 vote) all went down not in flames but in sheets of water at the L.A. Coliseum on November 28, 1970. The Irish entered Los Angeles like Caesar’s legions, looking for national championship glory and Heisman imprimatur against an underperforming 5-4-1 Trojan squad. It "never rains in Southern California, but girl, let me warn ya, it pours, oh man it pours." This is not what stopped Thees-mann, er, Theis-mann, though. His 526 yards passing and two touchdowns had Heis-man written all over it. His five interceptions were enough to sink Noah’s Ark. Good-bye, Joe, hello Jim Plunkett. Theismann found redemption, Notre Dame style, a month later when he engineered a Cotton Bowl win over Texas, sinking their title hopes. Bob Devaney and Nebraska then snuck in like the Trojans (not the USC kind) against the Greeks wayback when.    

 

NCAA annual total offense leaders

 

Year            Player, School                                                Plays            Yds

1937            Byron (Whizzer) White, Colorado            224            1596           

1938            Davey O'Brien, TCU                                    291            1847           

1939            Kenny Washington, UCLA                        259            1370           

1940            Johnny Knolla, Creighton                        298            1420           

1941            Bud Schwenk, Washington-MO                        354            1928           

1942            Frank Sinkwich, Georgia                        341            2187           

1943            Bob Hoernschemeyer, Indiana                        355            1648           

1944            Bob Fenimore, Oklahoma A&M                        241            1758           

1945            Bob Fenimore, Oklahoma A&M                        203            1641           

1946            Travis Bidwell, Auburn                                    339            1715           

1947            Fred Enke, Arizona                                    329            1941           

1948            Stan Heath, Nevada-Reno                        233            1992           

1949            Johnny Bright, Drake                                    275            1950           

1950            Johnny Bright, Drake                                    320            2400           

1951            Dick Kazmaier, Princeton                        272            1827           

1952            Ted Marchibroda, Detroit                        305            1813           

1953            Paul Larson, California                                    262            1572           

1954            George Shaw, Oregon                                    276            1536           

1955            George Welsh, Navy                                    203            1348           

1956            John Brodie, Stanford                                    295            1642           

1957            Bob Newman, Washington St                        263            1444           

1958            Dick Bass, Pacific                                    218            1440           

1959            Dick Norman, Stanford                                    319            2018           

1960            Billy Kilmer, UCLA                                    292            1889           

1961            Dave Hoppmann, Iowa St                        320            1638           

1962            Terry Baker, Oregon St                                    318            2276           

1963            George Mira, Miami-FL                                    394            2318           

1964            Jerry Rhome, Tulsa                                    470            3128           

1965            Bill Anderson, Tulsa                                    580            3343           

1966            Virgil Carter, BYU                                    388            2545           

1967            Sal Olivas, New Mexico St                        368            2184           

1968            Greg Cook, Cincinnati                                    507            3210           

1969            Dennis Shaw, San Diego St                        388            3197           

1970            Pat Sullivan, Auburn                                    333            2856            285.6           

1971            Gary Huff, Florida St                                    386            2653            241.2           

1972            Don Strock, Va. Tech                                    480            3170            288.2           

1973            Jesse Freitas, San Diego St.                        410            2901            263.7           

1974            Steve Joachim, Temple                                    331            2227            222.7           

1975            Gene Swick, Toledo                                    490            2706            246.0           

1976            Tommy Kramer, Rice                                    562            3272            297.5           

1977            Doug Williams, Gambling                        377            3229            293.5           

1978            Mike Ford, SMU                                    459            2957            268.8           

1979            Marc Wilson, BYU                                    488            3580            325.5           

1980            Jim McMahon, BYU                                    540            4627            385.6           

1981            Jim McMahon, BYU                                    487            3458            345.8           

1982            Todd Dillon, Long Beach St                        585            3587            326.1           

1983            Steve Young, BYU                                    531            4346            395.1           

1984            Robbie Bosco, BYU                                    543            3932            327.7           

1985            Jim Everett, Purdue                                    518            3589            326.3           

1986            Mike Perez, San Jose St                                    425            2969            329.9           

1987            Todd Santos, San Diego St.                        562            3688            307.3           

1988            Scott Mitchell, Utah                                    589            4299            390.8           

1989            Andre Ware, Houston                                    628            4661            423.7           

1990            David Klingler, Houston                        704            5221            474.6           

1991            Ty Detmer, BYU                                    478            4001            333.4           

1992            Jimmy Klingler, Houston                        544            3768            342.6           

1993            Chris Vargas, Nevada                                    535            4332            393.8           

1994            Mike Maxwell, Nevada                                    477            3498            318.0           

1995            Mike Maxwell, Nevada                                    443            3623            402.6           

1996            Josh Wallwork, Wyoming                        525            4209            350.8           

1997            Tim Rattay, La. Tech                                    541            3968            360.7           

1998            Tim Rattay, La. Tech                                    602            4840            403.3           

1999            Tim Rattay, La. Tech                                    562            3810            381.0           

2000            Drew Brees, Purdue                                    564            3939            358.1           

2001            Rex Grossman, Florida                                    429            3904            354.9           

2002            Byron Leftwich, Marshall                        481            4024            365.8           

2003            B. J. Symons, Texas Tech                        481            5476            456.3           

2004            Sonny Cumbie, Texas Tech                        632            4061            369.2           

2005            Colt Brennan, Hawaii            371                        4301            371.3           

2006            Colt Brennan, Hawaii            645                        5915            422.5

 

            Can’t leave Don Hutson off the list. Alabama, as great as they have been, have not had the great stars of other programs. They always did it with teamwork. Had he not hurt himself in 1964, Joe Namath was on his way to one of those dream seasons, but he did so he didn’t. Hutson lined up opposite Bear Bryant on the 1964 Crimson Tide national champions, and was even better playing for Green Bay.

 

NCAA annual scoring leaders

 

Year            Player, School                                    TD            XP            FG            Pts

1937            Byron (Whizzer) White, Colo            16            23            1            122           

1938            Parker Hall, Ole Miss                        11            7            0            73           

1939            Tom Harmon, Michigan                        14            15            1            102           

1940            Tom Harmon, Michigan                        16            18            1            117           

1941            Bill Dudley, Virginia                        18            23            1            134           

1942            Bob Steuber, Missouri                        18            13            0            121           

1943            Steve Van Buren, LSU                        14            14            0            98           

1944            Glenn Davis, Army                        20            0            0            120           

1945            Doc Blanchard, Army                        19            1            0            115           

1946            Gene Roberts, Tenn-Chatt            18            9            0            117           

1947            Lou Gambino, Maryland            16            0            0            96           

1948            Fred Wendt, Texas Mines            20            32            0            152           

1949            George Thomas, Oklahoma            19            3            0            117           

1950            Bobby Reynolds, Nebraska            22            25            0            157           

1951            Ollie Matson, San Francisco            21            0            0            126           

1952            Jackie Parker, Miss. St.                        16            24            0            120           

1953            Earl Lindley, Utah St.                        13            3            0            81           

1954            Art Luppino, Arizona                        24            22            0            166           

1955            Jim Swink, TCU                        20            5            0            125           

1956            Clendon Thomas, Oklahoma            18            0            0            108           

1957            Leon Burton, Ariz. St.                        16            0            0            96           

1958            Dick Bass, Pacific                        18            8            0            116           

1959            Pervis Atkins, N. Mexico St.            17            5            0            107           

1960            Bob Gaiters, N. Mexico St.            23            7            0            145           

1961            Jim Pilot, N. Mexico St.                        21            12            0            138           

1962            Jerry Logan, W. Texas St.            13            32            0            110           

1963            Cosmo Iacavazzi, Princeton            14            0            0            84           

TIE            Dave Casinelli, Memphis St.            14            0            0            84           

1964            Brian Piccolo, Wake Forest            17            9            0            111           

1965            Howard Twilley, Tulsa                        16            31            0            127           

1966            Ken Hebert, Houston                        11            41            2            113           

1967            Leroy Keyes, Purdue                        19            0            0            114           

1968            Jim O'Brien, Cincinnati                        12            31            13            142           

1969            Steve Owens, Oklahoma            23            0            0            138           

1970            Brian Bream, Air Force                        20            0            0            120            12.0           

TIE            Gary Kosins, Dayton                        18            0            0            108            12.0           

1971            Ed Marinaro, Cornell                        24            4            0            148            16.4           

1972            Harold Henson, Ohio St                        20            0            0            120            12.0           

1973            Jim Jennings, Rutgers                        21            2            0            128            11.6           

1974            Bill Marek, Wisconsin                        19            0            0            114            12.7           

1975            Pete Johnson, Ohio St                        25            0            0            150            13.6           

1976            Tony Dorsett, Pitt                        22            2            0            134            12.2           

1977            Earl Campbell, Texas                        19            0            0            114            10.4           

1978            Billy Sims, Oklahoma                        20            0            0            120            10.9           

1979            Billy Sims, Oklahoma                        22            0            0            132            12.0           

1980            Sammy Winder, So. Miss            20            0            0            120            10.9           

1981            Marcus Allen, USC                        23            0            0            138            12.5           

1982            Greg Allen, Fla. St                        21            0            0            126            11.5           

1983            Mike Rozier, Nebraska                        29            0            0            174            14.5           

1984            Keith Byars, Ohio St                        24            0            0            144            13.1           

1985            Bernard White, B. Green            19            0            0            114            10.4           

1986            Steve Bartalo, Colo. St                        19            0            0            114            10.4           

1987            Paul Hewitt, S. Diego St.            24            0            0            144            12.0           

1988            Barry Sanders, Okla.St.                        39            0            0            234            21.3           

1989            Anthony Thompson, Ind            25            4            0            154            14.0           

1990            Stacey Robinson, No. Ill            19            6            0            120            10.9           

1991            Marshall Faulk, S.D. St.                        23            2            0            140            15.6           

1992            Garrison Hearst, Georgia            21            0            0            126            11.5           

1993            Bam Morris, Texas Tech            22            2            0            134            12.2           

1994            Rashaan Salaam, Colo                        24            0            0            144            13.1           

1995            Eddie George, Ohio St.                        24            0            0            144            12.0           

1996            Corey Dillon, Washington            23            0            0            138            12.6           

1997            Ricky Williams, Texas                        25            2            0            152            13.8           

1998            Troy Edwards, La. Tech                        31            2            0            188            15.7           

1999            Shaun Alexander, Alabama            24            0            0            144            13.1           

2000            Lee Suggs, Va. Tech                        28            0            0            168            15.3           

2001            Luke Staley, BYU                        28            2            0            170            15.5           

2002            Brock Forsey, Boise St.                        29            0            0            174            14.5           

2003            Cedric Benson, Texas                        21            0            0            128            11.6           

2004            DeAngelo Williams, Memphis             22            0            0            132            12.0           

2005            Michael Bush, Louisville            24            0            0            144            14.4           

2006            Ian Johnson, Boise St.                        25            0            0            162            12.7

 

Heisman Trophy winners

 

In 1935, the Downtown Athletic Club established the DAC Trophy, to be awarded to the best football player from a college east of the Mississippi River. John W. Heisman, the great coach from Georgia Tech, became the club's athletic director. When he died on October 3, 1936 the award was re-named the Heisman Memorial Trophy. It has since been awarded annually to the nation's outstanding college player by a panel of 870 media representatives and all living trophy winners.

 

Year            Winner, College, Pos                        Runner-Up                                    Third Place

1935             Jay Berwanger, Chicago, HB            Monk Meyer, Army, HB            Bill Shakespeare, Notre

Dame, HB           

1936            Larry Kelley, Yale, E                        Sam Francis, Nebraska, FB            Ray Buivid, Marquette,

HB           

1937            Clinton Frank, Yale, HB            Byron (Whizzer) White, Colo., HB Marshall Goldberg, Pitt, HB           

1938            Davey O'Brien, TCU, QB            Marshall Goldberg, Pitt, HB            Sid Luckman, Columbia, QB           

1939            Nile Kinnick, Iowa, HB                        Tom Harmon, Michigan, HB            Paul Christman, Missouri, QB           

1940            Tom Harmon, Michigan, HB            John Kimbrough, Texas A&M, FB            George Franck, Minnesota, HB           

1941            Bruce Smith, Minnesota, HB            Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame, QB            Frank Albert, Stanford, QB           

1942            Frank Sinkwich, Georgia, TB            Paul Governali, Columbia, QB            Clint Castleberry, Ga. Tech, HB           

1943            Angelo Bertelli, Notre Dame, QB            Bob Odell, Penn, HB            Otto Graham, Northwestern, QB           

1944            Les Horvath, Ohio St., TB-QB            Glenn Davis, Army, HB                        Doc Blanchard, Army, FB           

1945            Doc Blanchard, Army, FB            Glenn Davis, Army, HB                        Bob Fenimore, Oklahoma A&M, HB           

1946            Glenn Davis, Army, HB                        Charlie Trippi, Georgia, HB            Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame, QB           

1947            Johnny Lujack, Notre Dame, QBBob Chappuis, Michigan, HB            Doak Walker, S            MU, HB           

1948            Doak Walker, SMU, HB            Charlie Justice, N. Carolina, HB            Chuck Bednarik, Penn, C           

1949            Leon Hart, Notre Dame, E            Charlie Justice, N. Carolina, HB            Doak Walker, SMU, HB           

1950            Vic Janowicz, Ohio St., HB            Kyle Rote, SMU, HB            Reds Bagnell, Penn, HB           

1951            Dick Kazmaier, Princeton, TB            Hank Lauricella, Tennessee, HB            Babe Parilli, Kentucky, QB           

1952            Billy Vessels, Oklahoma, HB                        Jack Scarbath, Maryland, QB            Paul Giel, Minnesota, HB           

1953            Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame, HB            Paul Giel, Minnesota, HB            Paul Cameron, UCLA, HB           

1954            Alan Ameche, Wisconsin, FB                        Kurt Burris, Oklahoma, C            Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, Ohio St., HB           

1955            Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, Ohio St., HB            Jim Swink, TCU, HB            George Welsh, Navy, QB           

1956            Paul Hornung, Notre Dame, QB                        Johnny Majors, Tennessee, HB            Tommy McDonald, Oklahoma, HB           

1957            John David Crow, Texas A&M, HB            Alex Karras, Iowa, T            Walt Kowalczyk, Mich. St., HB           

1958            Pete Dawkins, Army, HB            Randy Duncan, Iowa, QB            Billy Cannon, LSU, HB           

1959            Billy Cannon, LSU,             HB            Richie Lucas, Penn St., QB            Don Meredith, SMU, QB           

1960            Joe Bellino, Navy, HB                        Tom Brown, Minnesota, G            Jake Gibbs, Mississippi, QB           

1961            Ernie Davis, Syracuse, HB            Bob Ferguson, Ohio St., HB            Jimmy Saxton, Texas, HB           

1962            Terry Baker, Oregon St., QB            Jerry Stovall, LSU, HB                        Bobby Bell, Minnesota, T           

1963            Roger Staubach, Navy, QB            Billy Lothridge, Ga. Tech, QB            Sherman Lewis, Mich. St., HB           

1964            John Huarte, Notre Dame, QB            Jerry Rhome, Tulsa, QB                        Dick Butkus, Illinois, C           

1965            Mike Garrett, USC, HB                        Howard Twilley, Tulsa, E            Jim Grabowski, Illinois, FB           

1966            Steve Spurrier, Florida, QB            Bob Griese, Purdue, QB                        Nick Eddy, Notre Dame, HB           

1967            Gary Beban, UCLA, QB            O.  J. Simpson, USC, HB            Leroy Keyes, Purdue, HB           

1968            O.  J. Simpson, USC, HB            Leroy Keyes, Purdue, HB            Terry Hanratty, Notre Dame, QB           

1969            Steve Owens, Oklahoma, HB            Mike Phipps, Purdue, QB            Rex Kern, Ohio St., QB           

1970            Jim Plunkett, Stanford, QB            Joe Theismann, Notre Dame, QB            Archie Manning, Mississippi, QB           

1971            Pat Sullivan, Auburn, QB            Ed Marinaro, Cornell, RB            Greg Pruitt, Oklahoma, RB           

1972            Johnny Rodgers, Nebraska, FL            Greg Pruitt, Oklahoma, RB            Rich Glover, Nebraska, MG           

1973            John Cappelletti, Penn St., RB            John Hicks, Ohio St., OT            Roosevelt Leaks, Texas, RB           

1974            Archie Griffin, Ohio St., RB            Anthony Davis, USC, RB            Joe Washington, Oklahoma, RB           

1975            Archie Griffin, Ohio St., RB            Chuck Muncie, California, RB            Ricky Bell, USC, RB           

1976            Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh, RB            Ricky Bell, USC, RB                        Rob Lytle, Michigan, RB           

1977            Earl Campbell, Texas, RB            Terry Miller, Oklahoma St., RB            Ken MacAfee, Notre Dame, TE           

1978            Billy Sims, Oklahoma, RB            Chuck Fusina, Penn St., QB            Rick Leach, Michigan, QB           

1979            Charles White, USC, RB            Billy Sims, Oklahoma, RB            Marc Wilson, BYU, QB           

1980            George Rogers, South Carolina, RB            Hugh Green, Pittsburgh, DE            Herschel Walker, Georgia, RB           

1981            Marcus Allen, USC, RB                        Herschel Walker, Georgia, RB            Jim McMahon, BYU, QB           

1982            Herschel Walker, Georgia, RB            John Elway, Stanford, QB            Eric Dickerson, SMU, RB           

1983            Mike Rozier, Nebraska, RB            Steve Young, BYU, QB            Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB           

1984            Doug Flutie, Boston College, QB            Keith Byars, Ohio St., RB            Robbie Bosco, BYU, QB           

1985            Bo Jackson, Auburn, RB            Chuck Long, Iowa, QB                        Robbie Bosco, BYU, QB           

1986            Vinny Testaverde, Miami-FL, QB            Paul Palmer, Temple, RB Jim Harbaugh, Michigan, QB           

1987            Tim Brown, Notre Dame, WR            Don McPherson, Syracuse, QB            Gordie Lockbaum, Holy Cross, WR-DB           

1988            Barry Sanders, Oklahoma St., RB            Rodney Peete, USC, QB            Troy Aikman, UCLA, QB           

1989            Andre Ware, Houston, QB            Anthony Thompson, Ind., RB            Major Harris, West Va., QB           

1990            Ty Detmer, BYU, QB                        Rocket Ismail, Notre Dame, FL                        Eric Bieniemy, Colorado, RB           

1991            Desmond Howard, Michigan, WR            Casey Weldon, Florida St., QB            Ty Detmer, BYU, QB           

1992            Gino Torretta, Miami-FL, QB            Marshall Faulk, San Diego St., RBGarrison Hearst, Georgia, RB           

1993            Charlie Ward, Florida St., QB            Heath Shuler, Tennessee, QB            David Palmer, Alabama, RB           

1994            Rashaan Salaam, Colorado, RB            Ki-Jana Carter, Penn St., RB            Steve McNair, Alcorn St., QB           

1995            Eddie George, Ohio St., RB            Tommie Frazier, Nebraska, QB            Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB           

1996            Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB            Troy Davis, Iowa St., RB            Jake Plummer, Arizona St., QB           

1997            Charles Woodson, Michigan, DB-WR            Peyton Manning, Tennessee, QB            Ryan Leaf, Washington St., QB           

1998            Ricky Williams, Texas, RB            Michael Bishop, Kansas St., QB            Cade McNown, UCLA, QB           

1999            Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, RB            Joe Hamilton, Ga. Tech, QB            Michael Vick, Va. Tech, QB           

2000            Chris Weinke, Florida St., QB            Josh Heupel, Oklahoma, QB            Drew Brees, Purdue, QB           

2001            Eric Crouch, Nebraska, QB            Rex Grossman, Florida, QB            Ken Dorsey, Miami, QB           

2002            Carson Palmer, Southern Cal, QB            Brad Banks, Iowa, QB            Larry Johnson, Penn St., RB           

2003            Jason White, Oklahoma, QB            Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh, WR Eli Manning, Mississippi, QB           

2004            Matt Leinart, Southern Cal, QB            Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma, RB            Jason White, Oklahoma, QB           

2005            Reggie Bush, Southern Cal, RB            Vince Young, Texas, QB            Matt Leinart, Southern Cal, QB           

2006            Troy Smith, Ohio St., QB            Darren McFadden, Arkansas, RB            Brady Quinn, Notre Dame, QB           

 

 Maxwell Trophy winner

 

The Maxwell Memorial Football Club of Philadelphia has presented the Maxwell Award since 1937 to the nation's outstanding college football player. The award is named for Robert "Tiny" Maxwell, who starred as a guard for the University of Chicago from 1902 through 1904 and at Swarthmore College in 1905. Maxwell was killed in a car crash at the age of thirty-seven. The club named for him presents several other trophies, including the Bert Bell Award for the NFL Player of the Year, the Greasy Neale Award for the NFL Coach of the Year, the George Munger Award for the College Coach of the Year, and the Chuck Bednarik Award for the College Defensive Player of the Year.

 

Year            Winner, School, Pos.

1937            Clinton Frank, Yale, HB           

1938            Davey O'Brien, TCU, QB           

1939            Nile Kinnick, Iowa, HB           

1940            Tom Harmon, Michigan, HB           

1941            Bill Dudley, Virginia, HB           

1942            Paul Governali, Columbia, QB           

1943            Bob Odell, Penn, HB           

1944            Glenn Davis, Army, HB           

1945            Doc Blanchard, Army, FB           

1946            Charley Trippi, Georgia, HB           

1947            Doak Walker, SMU, HB           

1948            Chuck Bednarik, Penn, C           

1949            Leon Hart, Notre Dame, E           

1950            Reds Bagnell, Penn, HB           

1951            Dick Kazmaier, Princeton, TB           

1952            Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame, HB           

1953            Johnny Lattner, Notre Dame, HB           

1954            Ron Beagle, Navy, E           

1955            Howard "Hopalong" Cassady, Ohio St., HB           

1956            Tommy McDonald, Okla., HB           

1957            Bob Reifsnyder, Navy, T           

1958            Pete Dawkins, Army, HB           

1959            Rich Lucas, Penn St., QB           

1960            Joe Bellino, Navy, HB           

1961            Bob Ferguson, Ohio St., HB           

1962            Terry Baker, Oregon St., QB           

1963            Roger Staubach, Navy, QB           

1964            Glenn Ressler, Penn St., G           

1965            Tommy Nobis, Texas, LB           

1966            Jim Lynch, Notre Dame, LB           

1967            Gary Beban, UCLA, QB           

1968            O. J. Simpson, USC, HB           

1969            Mike Reid, Penn St., DT           

1970            Jim Plunkett, Stanford, QB           

1971            Ed Marinaro, Cornell, RB           

1972            Brad Van Pelt, Michigan St., DB           

1973            John Cappelletti, Penn St., RB           

1974            Steve Joachim, Temple, QB           

1975            Archie Griffin, Ohio St., RB           

1976            Tony Dorsett, Pitt, RB           

1977            Ross Browner, Notre Dame, DE           

1978            Chuck Fusina, Penn St., QB           

1979            Charles White, USC, RB           

1980            Hugh Green, Pitt, DE           

1981            Marcus Allen, USC, RB           

1982            Herschel Walker, Georgia, RB           

1983            Mike Rozier, Nebraska, RB           

1984            Doug Flutie, Boston Col., QB           

1985            Chuck Long, Iowa, QB           

1986            V. Testaverde, Miami, FL, QB           

1987            Don McPherson, Syracuse, QB           

1988            Barry Sanders, Okla. St., RB           

1989            Anthony Thompson, Indiana, RB           

1990            Ty Detmer, BYU, QB           

1991            Desmond Howard, Mich., WR           

1992            Gino Torretta, Miami, FL, QB           

1993            Charlie Ward, Florida St., QB           

1994            Kerry Collins, Penn St., QB           

1995            Eddie George, Ohio St., RB           

1996            Danny Wuerffel, Florida, QB           

1997            Peyton Manning, Tennessee, QB           

1998            Ricky Williams, Texas, RB           

1999            Ron Dayne, Wisconsin, RB           

2000            Drew Brees, Purdue, QB           

2001            Ken Dorsey, Miami, FL, QB           

2002              Larry Johnson, Penn St., HB           

2003            Eli Manning, Mississippi, QB           

2004            Jason White, QB, Oklahoma

2005            Vince Young, Texas

2006             Brady Quinn, Notre Dame, QB           

 

Walter Camp Award winners

 

The Walter Camp Football Foundation has presented this award to the nation's outstanding college football player since 1967. The award is named for Walter Camp, often known as the "father of American football" for the many rules changes he pioneered that transformed rugby into football. The winner is chosen by a vote of Division 1-A coaches and sports information directors.

 

Year            Player, School

1967            O.  J. Simpson, Southern California           

1968            O.  J. Simpson, Southern California           

1969            Steve Owens, Oklahoma           

1970            Jim Plunkett, Stanford           

1971            Pat Sullivan, Auburn           

1972            Johnny Rogers, Nebraska           

1973            John Cappelletti, Penn State           

1974            Archie Griffin, Ohio State           

1975            Archie Griffin, Ohio State           

1976            Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh           

1977            Ken MacAfee, Notre Dame           

1978            Billy Sims, Oklahoma           

1979            Charles White, Southern California           

1980            Hugh Green, Pittsburgh           

1981            Marcus Allen, Southern California           

1982            Herschel Walker, Georgia           

1983            Mike Rozier, Nebraska           

1984            Doug Flutie, Boston College           

1985            Bo Jackson, Auburn           

1986            Vinny Testaverde, Miami FL           

1987            Tim Brown, Notre Dame           

1988            Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State           

1989            Anthony Thompson, Indiana           

1990            Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame           

1991            Desmond Howard, Michigan           

1992            Gino Torretta, Miami FL           

1993            Charie Ward, Florida State           

1994            Rashaan Salaam, Colorado           

1995            Eddie George, Ohio State           

1996            Danny Wuerfflel, Florida           

1997            Charles Woodson, Michigan           

1998            Ricky Williams, Texas           

1999            Ron Dayne, Wisconsin           

2000            Josh Heupel, Oklahoma           

2001            Eric Crouch, Nebraska           

2002            Larry Johnson, Penn State           

2003            Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh           

2004            Matt Leinart, Southern Cal           

2005            Reggie Bush, Southern Cal           

2006            Troy Smith, Ohio State           

 

Davey O'Brien Award winners

 

The Davey O'Brien Memorial Trophy was originally awarded to the outstanding college player in the Southwest by the Davey O'Brien Educational and Charitable Trust of Ft. Worth, Texas. In 1981, it was renamed the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award. It has since been given to the nation's outstanding college quarterback. The award is named for the Texas Christian University quarterback who won the 1938 Heisman Trophy.

 

Year             Player, School

1981            Jim McMahon, BYU           

1982            Todd Blackledge, Penn St.           

1983            Steve Young, BYU           

1984            Doug Flutie, Boston College           

1985            Chuck Long, Iowa           

1986            Vinny Testaverde, Miami, FL           

1987            Don McPherson, Syracuse           

1988            Troy Aikman, UCLA           

1989            Andre Ware, Houston           

1990            Ty Detmer, BYU           

1991            Ty Detmer, BYU           

1992            Gino Torretta, Miami-FL           

1993            Charlie Ward, Florida St.           

1994            Kerry Collins, Penn St.           

1995            Danny Wuerffel, Florida           

1996            Danny Wuerffel, Florida           

1997            Peyton Manning, Tennessee           

1998            Michael Bishop, Kansas St.           

1999            Joe Hamilton, Ga. Tech           

2000            Chris Weinke, Florida St.           

2001            Eric Crouch, Nebraska           

2002             Brad Banks, Iowa

2003             Jason White, Oklahoma

2004             Jason White, Oklahoma

2005             Vince Young, Texas

2006             Troy Smith, Ohio State           

 

Outland Trophy winners

 

John H. Outland played football at the University of Kansas for two years, then transferred to the University of Pennsylvania to study medicine. Walter Camp named him an All-American at tackle in 1897 and at halfback in 1898. After receiving his medical degree, Dr. Outland returned to Kansas to practice surgery. He also coached the university's football team in 1901. In 1946, Dr. Outland donated a trophy to be awarded to the outstanding interior lineman in college football, as selected by the Football Writers Association of America.

 

Year             Player, School, Pos

1946            George Connor, N. Dame, T           

1947            Joe Steffy, Army, G           

1948            Bill Fischer, Notre Dame, G           

1949            Ed Bagdon, Michigan St., G           

1950            Bob Gain, Kentucky, T           

1951            Jim Weatherall, Oklahoma, T           

1952            Dick Modzelewski, Maryland, T           

1953            J. D. Roberts, Oklahoma, G           

1954            Bill Brooks, Arkansas, G           

1955            Calvin Jones, Iowa, G           

1956            Jim Parker, Ohio St., G           

1957            Alex Karras, Iowa, T           

1958            Zeke Smith, Auburn, G           

1959            Mike McGee, Duke, T           

1960            Tom Brown, Minnesota, G           

1961            Merlin Olsen, Utah St., T           

1962            Bobby Bell, Minnesota, T           

1963            Scott Appleton, Texas, T           

1964            Steve DeLong, Tennessee, T           

1965            Tommy Nobis, Texas, G           

1966            Loyd Phillips, Arkansas, T           

1967            Ron Yary, USC, T           

1968            Bill Stanfill, Georgia, T           

1969            Mike Reid, Penn St., DT           

1970            Jim Stillwagon, Ohio St., MG           

1971            Larry Jacobson, Neb., DT           

1972            Rich Glover, Nebraska, MG           

1973            John Hicks, Ohio St., OT           

1974            Randy White, Maryland, DT           

1975            Lee Roy Selmon, Okla., DT           

1976            Ross Browner, Notre Dame, DE           

1977            Brad Shearer, Texas, DT           

1978            Greg Roberts, Oklahoma, G           

1979            Jim Richter, N.C. State, C           

1980            Mark May, Pittsburgh, OT           

1981            Dave Rimington, Nebraska, C           

1982            Dave Rimington, Nebraska, C           

1983            Dean Steinkuhler, Nebraska, G           

1984            Bruce Smith, Virginia Tech, DT           

1985            Mike Ruth, Boston College, NG           

1986            Jason Buck, BYU, DT           

1987            Chad Hennings, Air Force, DT           

1988            Tracy Rocker, Auburn, DT           

1989            Mohammed Elewonibi, BYU, G           

1990            Russell Maryland, Miami-FL, NT           

1991            Steve Emtman, Washington, DT           

1992            Will Shields, Nebraska, G           

1993            Rob Waldrop, Arizona, NG           

1994            Zach Wiegert, Nebraska, OT           

1995            Jonathan Ogden, UCLA, OT           

1996            Orlando Pace, Ohio St., OT           

1997            Aaron Taylor, Nebraska, G           

1998            Kris Farris, UCLA, OT           

1999            Chris Samuels, Alabama, OT           

2000            John Henderson, Tennessee, DT           

2002             Bryant McKinnie, Miami, OT

2003             Rien Long, Washington St., DT

2004             Jammal Brown, Oklahoma, OT           

2004             Greg Eslinger, Minnesota, C

2006      Joe Thomas, Wisconsin, OT

 

Lombardi Award winners

 

The Rotary Club of Houston, Texas has presented the Lombardi Award since 1970 to the nation's outstanding college lineman. The award is named for Vince Lombardi, the legendary  coach of the Green Bay Packers. Lombardi was a lineman at Fordham College, where he was a member of a unit known as "the Seven Blocks of Granite." The trophy shows a block of granite sitting atop a pedestal.

 

Year            Winner, School, Pos.

1970            Jim Stillwagon, Ohio St., MG           

1971            Walt Patulski, Notre Dame, DE           

1972            Rich Glover, Nebraska, MG           

1973            John Hicks, Ohio St., OT           

1974            Randy White, Maryland, DT           

1975            Lee Roy Selmon, Okla., DT           

1976            Wilson Whitley, Houston, DT           

1977            Ross Browner, Notre Dame, DE           

1978            Bruce Clark, Penn St., DT           

1979            Brad Budde, USC, G           

1980            Hugh Green, Pitt, DE           

1981            Kenneth Sims, Texas, DT           

1982            Dave Rimington, Neb., C           

1983            Dean Steinkuhler, Neb., G           

1984            Tony Degrate, Texas, DT           

1985            Tony Casillas, Oklahoma, NG           

1986            Cornelius Bennett, Alabama, LB           

1987            Chris Spielman, Ohio St., LB           

1988            Tracy Rocker, Auburn, DT           

1989            Percy Snow, Michigan St., LB           

1990            Chris Zorich, Notre Dame, NT           

1991            Steve Emtman, Washington, DT           

1992            Marvin Jones, Florida St., LB           

1993            Aaron Taylor, Notre Dame, OT           

1994            Warren Sapp, Miami, FL, DT           

1995            Orlando Pace, Ohio St., OT           

1996            Orlando Pace, Ohio St., OT           

1997            Grant Wistrom, Nebraska, DE           

1998            Dat Nguyen, Tex. A&M, LB           

1999            Corey Moore, Va. Tech, DE           

2000            Jamal Reynolds, Florida St., DE           

2001            Julius Peppers, North Carolina, DE           

2002            Terrell Suggs, Arizona St., DE           

2003            Tommie Harris, Oklahoma, DT           

2004            David Pollack, Georgia, DE           

2005            A. J. Hawk, Ohio St., LB           

2006             LaMarr Woodley, Michigan, DE

 

Doak Walker Award winners

 

The SMU Athletic Forum Board of Directors has presented the Doak Walker Award to the nation's outstanding college running back since 1990. The award is named for the SMU two-way back who won the Maxwell Award in 1947 and the Heisman Trophy in 1948. Walker went on to star with the Detroit Lions and is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame. He died in 1998 as the result of a skiing accident.

 

Year            Winner, School

1990            Greg Lewis, Washington           

1991            Trevor Cobb, Rice           

1992            Garrison Hearst, Georgia           

1993            Bam Morris, Texas Tech           

1994            Rashaan Salaam, Colorado           

1995            Eddie George, Ohio State           

1996            Byron Hanspard, Texas Tech           

1997            Ricky Williams, Texas           

1998            Ricky Williams, Texas           

1999            Ron Dayne, Wisconsin           

2000            Ladainian Tomlinson, TCU           

2001            Luke Staley, BYU           

2002            Larry Johnson, Penn St.           

2003            Chris Perry, Michigan           

2004            Cedric Benson, Texas           

2005             Reggie Bush, USC

2006             Darren McFadden, Arkansas           

 

Jim Thorpe Award winners

 

The Jim Thorpe Athletic Club of Oklahoma City has presented the Thorpe Award since 1986 to the nation's outstanding collegiate defensive back. The award is named for Jim Thorpe, a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

 

Year            Winner, School

1986            Thomas Everett, Baylor           

1987            Bennie Blades, Miami, FL           

  TIE            Rickey Dixon, Oklahoma           

1988            Deion Sanders, Florida St.           

1989            Mark Carrier, USC           

1990            Darryl Lewis, Arizona           

1991            Terrell Buckley, Florida St.           

1992            Deon Figures, Colorado           

1993            Antonio Langham, Alabama           

1994            Chris Hudson, Colorado           

1995            Greg Myers, Colorado St.           

1996            Lawrence Wright, Florida           

1997            Charles Woodson, Michigan           

1998            Antoine Winfield, Ohio St.           

1999            Tyrone Carter, Minnesota           

2000            Jamar Fletcher, Wisconsin           

2001            Roy Williams, Oklahoma           

2002            Terence Newman, Kansas St.           

2003            Derrick Strait, Oklahoma           

2004            Carlos Rogers, Auburn           

2005            Michael Huff, Texas           

2006            Aaron Ross, Texas           

 

Dick Butkus Award winners

 

The Downtown Athletic Club of Orlando, Florida has presented the Butkus Award since 1985 to the nation's outstanding college linebacker. The award is named for Dick Butkus, a two-time All-American center and linebacker at the University of Illinois and six-time All-Pro linebacker with the Chicago Bears.

 

Year            Winner, School

1985            Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma           

1986            Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma           

1987            Paul McGowan, Florida St.           

1988            Derrick Thomas, Alabama           

1989            Percy Snow, Michigan St.           

1990            Alfred Williams, Colorado           

1991            Erick Anderson, Michigan           

1992            Marvin Jones, Florida St.           

1993            Trev Alberts, Nebraska           

1994            Dana Howard, Illinois           

1995            Kevin Hardy, Illinois           

1996            Matt Russell, Colorado           

1997            Andy Katzenmoyer, Ohio St.           

1998            Chris Claiborne, USC           

1999            LaVar Arrington, Penn St.           

2000            Dan Morgan, Miami, FL           

2001            Rocky Calmus, Oklahoma           

2002            E.. J. Henderson, Maryland           

2003            Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma           

2004            Derrick Johnson, Texas           

2005            Paul Posluszny, Penn St.           

2006            Patrick Willis, Mississippi           

 

Bronko Nagurski Award winners

 

The Charlotte Touchdown Club of North Carolina has presented this award to the nation's outstanding defensive player since 1993. The award is named for Bronko Nagurski, a tackle and fullback who is a member of the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.

 

Year            Player, School

1993            Rob Waldrop, Arizona           

1994            Warren Sapp, Miami FL           

1995            Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern           

1996            Pat Fitzgerald, Northwestern           

1997            Charles Woodson, Michigan           

1998            Champ Bailey, Georgia           

1999            Corey Moore, Virginia Tech           

2000            Dan Morgan, Miami FL           

2001            Roy Williams, Oklahoma           

2002            Terrell Suggs, Arizona State           

2003            Derrick Strait, Oklahoma           

2004            Derrick Johnson, Texas           

2005            Elvis Dumervil, Louisville           

2006            James Laurinaitis, Ohio St.           

 

Pro Football's Player of the Year and MVP Awards

 

In 1938, the National Football League established the Joe F. Carr Trophy, named for the league's president, as its MVP award. The trophy was discontinued after the 1946 season.

There is no longer an official NFL award. United Press International in 1953 began presenting a Player of the Year Award. The Associated Press followed suit in 1957 and the Pro Football Writers Association initiated a Most Valuable Player award in 1976. Since 1959, the Maxwell Club of Philadelphia has awarded the Bert Bell Trophy as its most valuable player award.

United Press International also began giving an AFL Player of the Year award in 1960, when the league began play. With the AFL/NFL merger in 1970, UPI began giving two Player of the Year awards, for the National and American Football Conferences.

Beginning in 1983, the UPI chose separate Players of the Year for offense and defense in each conference. The UPI awards were discontinued after the 1996 season.

 

Associated Press NFL Players of the Year By college

 

Notre Dame: 5

Paul Hornung, Green Bay HB (1961)                       

Alan Page, Minnesota DT (1971)                                   

Joe Theismann, Washington QB (183)                       

Joe Montana, San Francisco QB (1989)           

Joe Montana, San Francisco QB  (1990)                                   

 

Alabama: 3

Bart Starr, Green Bay QB (1966)                                   

Ken Stabler, Oakland QB (1974)                                   

Shaun Alexander, Seattle RB (2005)                                   

 

Southern Mississippi: 3

Brett Favre, Green Bay QB (1995)                                   

Brett Favre, Green Bay QB (1996)                                   

Brett Favre, Green Bay QB (1997)

 

Louisiana State: 3

Jim Taylor Green Bay, FB (1962)                                   

Y. A. Tittle NY Giants, QB (1963)

Bert Jones, Baltimore QB (1982)

 

Southern California: 2                                   

O.J. Simpson, Buffalo RB (1973)                                   

Marcus Allen, LA Raiders RB (1985)                       

 

Syracuse: 2

Jim Brown, Cleveland FB (1957)                                   

Jim Brown, Cleveland FB (1965)                                   

 

San Diego State: 2

Brian Sipe, San Diego QB (1980)

Marshall Falk, St. Louis RB  (2000)

 

Brigham Young: 2                                   

Steve Young, San Francisco QB (1992)                       

Steve Young, San Francisco QB (1994)                       

 

Northern Iowa: 2

Kurt Warner, Northern Iowa QB (1999)

Kurt Warner, Northern Iowa QB (2001)

                                   

Tennessee: 2

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis QB (2003)                       

Peyton Manning, Indianapolis QB (2004)           

 

Oklahoma State: 2

Thurman Thomas, Buffalo RB (1991)                                   

Barry Sanders, Detroit, RB (TIE) (1997)                       

 

Georgia:: 2

Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota QB (1975)                       

Terrell Davis, Denver RB (1998)                                   

 

Pittsburgh: 2

Joe Schmidt, Detroit LB (1960)                                                           

Dan Marino, Miami QB (1984)                                   

 

Louisville: 2

Johnny Unitas, Baltimore QB (1965 and 1967

Johnny Unitas, Baltimore, QB (1967)           

 

San Francisco: 1

Gino Marchetti, Baltimore  DE (1958)                       

 

Mississippi: 1

Charlie Conerly, NY Giants QB (1959)                       

 

Oregon: 1           

Norm Van Brocklin, Philadelphia. QB (1960)           

 

Michigan State: 1

Earl Morrall, Baltimore QB (1968)                                   

 

North Carolina State: 1            

Roman Gabriel, LA Rams QB (1969)                       

 

Stanford: 1           
John Brodie, San Francisco QB (1970)                       

 

Kansas State: 1

Larry Brown, Washington RB (1972)                                   

 

Jackson State: 1

Walter Payton, Chicago RB (1977)                                   

 

Louisiana Tech: 1

Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh QB (1978)                       

 

Texas: 1

Earl Campbell, Houston RB (1979)                                   

 

Augustana: 1

Ken Anderson, Cincinnati  QB (1981)                       

 

Stephen F. Austin: 1

Mark Moseley, Washington PK (1982)           

 

North Carolina: 1

Lawrence Taylor, NY Giants LB (1986)                                   

 

Mississippi Valley State: 1

Jerry Rice, San Francisco WR (1987)                       

 

Moorehead State: 1

Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati QB (1988)                       

 

Florida: 1

Emmitt Smith, Dallas RB (1993)                                   

 

Delaware: 1

Rich Gannon, Oakland QB (2002)                                   

 

Alcorn State: 1 

Steve McNair, Tennessee QB (2003)

 

Texas Christian: 1                       

LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego RB (2006)

 

Associated Press NFL Offensive Players of the Year By college

 

Texas: 4

1978            Earl Campbell, Houston            RB                       

1979            Earl Campbell, Houston            RB                       

1980            Earl Campbell, Houston            RB                       

2002            Priest Holmes, Kansas City RB                                   

                       

Oklahoma State: 3

1991            Thurman Thomas, Buffalo RB                       

1994            Barry Sanders, Detroit            RB

1997            Barry Sanders, Detroit            RB

 

San Diego State: 3

1999            Marshall Faulk, St. Louis RB                       

2000            Marshall Faulk, St. Louis RB                                               

2001            Marshall Faulk, St. Louis RB

 

Georgia: 3           

1975            Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota QB                       

1996            Terrell Davis, Denver RB

1998            Terrell Davis, Denver RB

 

Southern California: 2

1973            O. J. Simpson, Buffalo RB                                   

1985            Marcus Allen, Raiders RB

 

Notre Dame: 2

1983            Joe Theismann, Washington QB                       

1989            Joe Montana, San Francisco QB

 

Mississippi Valley State: 2

1987            Jerry Rice, San Francisco WR

1993            Jerry Rice, San Francisco WR

 

Tennessee: 2

2003            Jamal Lewis, Baltimore            RB                       

2004            Peyton Manning, Indianapolis QB                       

           

Kansas State: 1

1972            Larry Brown, Washington RB                       

 

Alabama: 2

1974            Ken Stabler, Oakland QB                                   

2005            Shaun Alexander, Seattle RB

 

Louisiana State: 1

1976            Bert Jones, Baltimore QB                                   

 

Jackson State: 1           

1977            Walter Payton, Chicago            RB                       

 

Augustana: 1

1981            Ken Anderson, Cincinnati QB                       

 

Oregon: 1           

1982            Dan Fouts, San Diego QB                                   

 

Pittsburgh: 1

1984            Dan Marino, Miami QB                                   

 

Southern Methodist: 1

1986            Eric Dickerson, Rams RB                                   

 

Nebraska: 1                       

1988            Roger Craig, San Francisco RB

 

Washington: 1           

1990            Warren Moon, Houston            QB                       

 

Brigham Young: 1

1992            Steve Young, San Francisco QB

                       

Southern Mississippi: 1

1995            Brett Favre, Green Bay            QB

 

Texas Christian: 1           

2006            LaDainian Tomlinson, San Diego RB

           

Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year By college

 

Miami: 5

1992            Cortez Kennedy, Seattle            DT

1999            Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay DT                       

2000            Ray Lewis, Baltimore LB                                   

2003            Ray Lewis, Baltimore LB                                   

2004            Ed Reed, Baltimore S                                   

 

North Carolina: 3

1981            Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants LB                       

1982            Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants LB

1986            Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants LB                       

 

Baylor: 2

1985            Mike Singletary, Chicago LB

1988            Mike Singletary, Chicago LB

 

Tennessee: 2

1987            Reggie White, Philadelphia DE

1998            Reggie White, Green Bay DE

 

Virginia Tech: 2

1990            Bruce Smith, Buffalo DE

1996            Bruce Smith, Buffalo DE                                   

 

Notre Dame

1971            Alan Page, Minnesota DT

                                   

Kent State

1976            Jack Lambert, Pittsburgh LB

 

Ohio State

1978            Randy Gradishar, Denver LB

 

Oklahoma

1979            Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa Bay DE

 

Texas A&M

1980            Lester Hayes, Oakland CB

 

Montana

1983            Doug Betters, Miami DE

 

UCLA

1984            Kenny Easley, Seattle S

 

Georgia Tech

1991            Pat Swilling, New Orleans LB

 

Purdue

1993            Rod Woodson, Pittsburgh CB

 

Florida State

1994            Deion Sanders, San Francisco CB                       

 

Kansas

1997            Dana Stubblefield, San Francisco DT

 

Texas Southern           

2001            Michael Strahan, NY Giants DE

                                   

New Mexico

2005            Brian Urlacher, Chicago LB

 

Akron

2006            Jason Taylor, Miami DE           

 

Super Bowl MVPs

By college

 

Alabama: 3

Joe Namath (1969)

Bart Starr (1967, 1968)

 

Michigan: 3

Desmond Howard (1997)

Tom Brady  (2002, 2004)

 

Notre Dame: 3

1990 Joe Montana (1982, 1989, 1990)

 

Miami: 2

Otis Anderson (1991)

Ray Lewis (2001)

 

Georgia: 3

Jake Scott (19973)

Terrell Davis (1998)

Hines Ward (2006)

 

Southern California: 2

Lynn Swann (1975)

Marcus Allen (1984)

 

Stanford: 2

Jim Plunkett (1984)

John Elway (1997)

 

Louisiana Tech: 2

Terry Bradshaw (1979, 1980)

 

Tennessee: 1

Peyton Manning (2007)

 

Louisville: 1

Deion Branch (2005)

 

Florida State: 1

Dexter Jackson (2003)

 

Northern Iowa: 1

Kurt Warner (2000)

 

Texas Christian: 1

Larry Brown (1996)

 

Brigham Young: 1

Steve Young  (1995)

 

Florida: 1

Emmitt Smith (1994)

 

UCLA: 1

Troy Aikman (1993)

 

Washington State: 1

Mark Rypien (1992)

 

Mississippi Valley State: 1

Jerry Rice (1989)

 

Grambling: 1

Doug Williams (1988)

 

Morehead State: 1

Phil Simms (1987)

 

Tennessee State: 1

Richard Dent (1986)

 

Kansas: 1

John Riggin (1983)

 

Maryland: 1

Randy White (1978)

 

Florida State: 1

Fred Biletnikoff (1977)

 

Penn State: 1

Franco Harris (1993)

 

Syracuse: 1

Larry Csonka (1974)

 

Navy: 1

Roger Staubach (1972)

 

West Virginia: 1

Chuck Howley (1971)

 

Purdue: 1

Len Dawson (1970)

 

East Texas State: 1

Harvey Martin (1978) 

 

NFL Defensive Player of the Year

 

Year             Player, Team            Pos

1971            Alan Page, Minnesota DT                                   

1972            Joe Greene, Pittsburgh DT                                   

1973            Dick Anderson, Miami S                                   

1974            Joe Greene, Pittsburgh DT           

1975            Mel Blount, Pittsburgh CB           

1976            Jack Lambert, Pittsburgh LB                       

1977            Harvey Martin, Dallas DE           

1978            Randy Gradishar, Denver LB                                   

1979            Lee Roy Selmon, Tampa Bay DE                       

1980            Lester Hayes, Oakland CB           

1981            Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants LB                       

1982            Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants LB           

1983            Doug Betters, Miami DE           

1984            Kenny Easley, Seattle S                                   

1985            Mike Singletary, Chicago LB                       

1986            Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants LB                       

1987            Reggie White, Philadelphia DE                       

1988            Mike Singletary, Chicago LB                       

1989            Keith Millard, Minnesota DT           

1990            Bruce Smith, Buffalo DE                                   

1991            Pat Swilling, New Orleans LB           

1992            Cortez Kennedy, Seattle            DT           

1993            Rod Woodson, Pittsburgh CB           

1994            Deion Sanders, San Francisco CB                       

1995            Bryce Paup, Buffalo LB           

1996            Bruce Smith, Buffalo DE                                   

1997            Dana Stubblefield, San Francisco DT           

1998            Reggie White, Green Bay DE           

1999            Warren Sapp, Tampa Bay DT                       

2000            Ray Lewis, Baltimore LB           

2001            Michael Strahan, NY Giants DE           

2002            Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay LB           

2003            Ray Lewis, Baltimore LB           

2004            Ed Reed, Baltimore S           

2005            Brian Urlacher, Chicago LB           

2006            Jason Taylor, Miami DE           

 

Joe F. Carr Trophy

 

Year            Player, Team, Pos

1938             Mel Hein, NY Giants, C           

1939            Parker Hall, Cleveland Rams, HB           

1940            Ace Parker, Brooklyn, HB           

1941            Don Hutson, Green Bay, E           

1942            Don Hutson, Green Bay, E           

1943            Sid Luckman, Chicago Bears, QB           

1944            Frank Sinkwich, Detroit, HB           

1945            Bob Waterfield, Cleveland Rams, QB           

1946            Bill Dudley, Pittsburgh, HB           

Discontinued           

 

UPI Player of the Year

 

Year             Player, Team, Pos

1953            Otto Graham, Cleveland Browns, QB           

1954            Joe Perry, San Francisco, FB           

1955            Otto Graham, Cleveland, QB           

1956            Frank Gifford, NY Giants, HB           

1957            Y. A. Tittle, San Francisco, QB           

1958            Jim Brown, Cleveland, FB           

1959            Johnny Unitas, Baltimore, QB           

1960            Norm Van Brocklin, Philadelphia., QB           

1961            Paul Hornung, Green Bay, HB           

1962            Y. A. Tittle, NY Giants, QB           

1963            Jim Brown, Cleveland, FB           

1964            Johnny Unitas, Baltimore, QB           

1965            Jim Brown, Cleveland, FB           

1966            Bart Starr, Green Bay, QB           

1967            Johnny Unitas, Baltimore, QB           

1968            Earl Morrall, Baltimore, QB           

1969            Roman Gabriel, LA Rams, QB           

Discontinued           

 

Bert Bell Trophy

 

Year            Player, Team, Pos

1959            Johnny Unitas, Baltimore, QB           

1960            Norm Van Brocklin, Philadelphia., QB           

1961            Paul Hornung, Green Bay, HB           

1962            Andy Robustelli, NY Giants, DE           

1963            Jim Brown, Cleveland, FB           

1964            Johnny Unitas, Baltimore, QB           

1965            Pete Retzlaff, Philadelphia, TE           

1966            Don Meredith, Dallas, QB           

1967            Johnny Unitas, Baltimore, QB           

1968            Leroy Kelly, Cleveland, RB           

1969            Roman Gabriel, LA Rams, QB           

1970            George Blanda, Oakland, QB-PK           

1971            Roger Staubach, Dallas, QB           

1972            Larry Brown, Washington, RB           

1973            O. J. Simpson, Buffalo, RB           

1974            Merlin Olsen, LA Rams, DT           

1975            Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota, QB           

1976            Ken Stabler, Oakland, QB           

1977            Bob Griese, Miami, QB           

1978            Terry Bradshaw, Pittsburgh, QB           

1979            Earl Campbell, Houston, RB           

1980            Ron Jaworski, Philadelphia, QB           

1981            Ken Anderson, Cincinnati, QB           

1982            Joe Theismann, Washington, QB           

1983            John Riggins, Washington, RB           

1984            Dan Marino, Miami, QB           

1985            Walter Payton, Chicago, RB           

1986            Lawrence Taylor, NY Giants, LB           

1987            Jerry Rice, San Francisco, WR           

1988            Randall Cunningham, Phila., QB           

1989            Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB           

1990            Randall Cunningham, Phila., QB           

1991            Barry Sanders, Detroit, RB           

1992            Steve Young, San Francisco, QB           

1993            Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB           

1994            Steve Young, San Francisco, QB           

1995            Brett Favre, Green Bay, QB           

1996            Brett Favre, Green Bay, QB           

1997            Barry Sanders, Detroit, RB           

1998            Randall Cunningham, Minnesota, QB           

1999            Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB           

2000            Rich Gannon, Oakland, QB           

2001            Marshall Faulk, St. Louis, HB           

2002            Rich Gannon, Oakland, QB           

2003            Peyton Manning, Indianapolis, QB           

 

PFWA Player of the Year

 

Year             Player, Team, Pos

1976            Bert Jones, Baltimore, QB           

1977            Walter Payton, Chicago, RB           

1978            Earl Campbell, Houston, RB           

1979            Earl Campbell, Houston, RB           

1980            Brian Sipe, Cleveland, QB           

1981            Ken Anderson, Cincinnati, QB           

1982            Dan Fouts, San Diego, QB           

1983            Joe Theismann, Washington, QB           

1984            Dan Marino, Miami, QB           

1985            Marcus Allen, LA Raiders, RB           

1986            Lawrence Taylor, NY Giants, LB           

1987            Jerry Rice, San Francisco, WR           

1988            Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati, QB           

1989            Joe Montana, San Francisco, QB           

1990            Randall Cunningham, Phila., QB           

1991            Thurman Thomas, Buffalo, RB           

1992            Steve Young, San Francisco, QB           

1993            Emmitt Smith, Dallas, RB           

1994            Steve Young, San Francisco, QB           

1995            Brett Favre, Green Bay, QB           

1996            Brett Favre, Green Bay, QB           

1997            Barry Sanders, Detroit, RB           

1998            Terrell Davis, Denver, RB           

1999            Kurt Warner, St. Louis, QB           

2000            Marshall Faulk, St. Louis, RB           

2001            Marshall Faulk, St. Louis, HB           

2002            Discontinued           

 

UPI NFC Player of the Year

 

Year             Player, Team            Pos

1970            John Brodie, San Francisco            QB           

1971            Alan Page, Minnesota            DT           

1972            Larry Brown, Washington            RB           

1973            John Hadl, Rams            QB           

1974            Jim Hart, St. Louis            QB           

1975            Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota            QB           

1976            Chuck Foreman, Minnesota            RB           

1977            Walter Payton, Chicago            RB           

1978            Archie Manning, New Orleans            QB           

1979            Ottis Anderson, St. Louis            RB           

1980            Ron Jaworski, Philadelphia            QB           

1981            Tony Dorsett, Dallas            RB           

1982            Mark Moseley, Washington            PK           

1983            O-Eric Dickerson, Rams            RB           

            D-Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants            LB           

1984            O-Eric Dickerson, Rams            RB           

            D-Mike Singletary, Chicago            LB           

1985            O-Walter Payton, Chicago            RB           

            D-Mike Singletary, Chicago            LB           

1986            O-Eric Dickerson, Rams            RB           

            D-Lawrence Taylor, New York Giants            LB           

1987            O-Jerry Rice, San Francisco            WR           

            D-Reggie White, Philadelphia            DE           

1988            O-Roger Craig, San Francisco            RB           

            D-Mike Singletary, Chicago            LB           

1989            O-Joe Montana, San Francisco            QB           

            D-Keith Millard, Minnesota            DT           

1990            O-Randall Cunningham, Philadelphia            QB           

            D-Charles Haley, San Francisco            LB           

1991            O-Mark Rypien, Washington            QB           

            D-Reggie White, Philadelphia            DE           

1992            O-Steve Young, San Francisco            QB           

            D-Chris Doleman, Minnesota            DE           

1993            O-Emmitt Smith, Dallas            RB           

            D-Eric Allen, Philadelphia            CB           

1994            O-Steve Young, San Francisco            QB           

            D-Charles Haley, Dallas            DE           

1995            O-Brett Favre, Green Bay            QB           

            D-Reggie White, Green Bay            DE           

1996            O-Brett Favre, Green Bay            QB           

            D-Kevin Greene, Carolina            LB           

Discontinued.           

 

UPI AFL/AFC Player of the Year

 

Year             Player, Team            Pos

1960            Abner Haynes, Dallas            HB           

1961            George Blanda, Houston            QB           

1962            Cookie Gilchrist, Buffalo            FB           

1963            Lance Alworth, San Diego            FL           

1964            Gino Cappelletti, Boston            FL-PK           

1965            Paul Lowe, San Diego            HB           

1966            Jim Nance, Boston            FB           

1967            Daryle Lamonica, Raiders            QB           

1968            Joe Namath, New York Jets            QB           

1969            Daryle Lamonica, Raiders            QB           

1970            George Blanda, Raiders            QB-PK           

1971            Otis Taylor, Kansas City            WR           

1972            O. J. Simpson, Buffalo            RB           

1973            O. J. Simpson, Buffalo            RB           

1974            Ken Stabler, Raiders            QB           

1975            O. J. Simpson, Buffalo            RB           

1976            Bert Jones, Baltimore            QB           

1977            Craig Morton, Denver            QB           

1978            Earl Campbell, Houston            RB           

1979            Dan Fouts, San Diego            QB           

1980            Brian Sipe, Cleveland            QB           

1981            Ken Anderson, Cincinnati            QB           

1982            Dan Fouts, San Diego            QB           

1983            O-Curt Warner, Seattle            RB           

            D-Rod Martin, Raiders            LB           

1984            O-Dan Marino, Miami            QB           

            D-Mark Gastineau, New York Jets            DE           

1985            O-Marcus Allen, Raiders            RB           

            D-Andre Tippett, New England            LB           

1986            O-Curt Warner, Seattle            RB           

            D-Rulon Jones, Denver            DE           

1987            O-John Elway, Denver            QB           

            D-Bruce Smith, Buffalo            DE           

1988            O-Boomer Esiason, Cincinnati            QB           

            D-Bruce Smith, Buffalo            DE           

 TIE            D-Cornelius Bennett, Buffalo            LB           

1989            O-Christian Okoye, Kansas City            RB           

            D-Michael Dean Perry, Cleveland            NT           

1990            O-Warren Moon, Houston            QB           

            D-Bruce Smith, Buffalo            DE           

1991            O-Thurman Thomas, Buffalo            RB           

            D-Cornelius Bennett, Buffalo            LB           

1992            O-Barry Foster, Pittsburgh            RB           

            D-Junior Seau, San Diego            LB           

1993            O-John Elway, Denver            QB           

            D-Rod Woodson, Pittsburgh            CB           

1994            O-Dan Marino, Miami            QB           

            D-Greg Lloyd, Pittsburgh            LB           

1995            O-Jim Harbaugh, Ind            QB           

            D-Bryce Paup, Buffalo            LB           

1996            O-Terrell Davis, Denver            RB           

            D-Bruce Smith, Buffalo            DE            

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