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Top 5 Heisman Trophy Winners

Top 5 Heisman Trophy Winners

#5 Desmond Howard - Michigan (1991)

• Reception: 62
• Receiving Yards: 985
• Receiving TD: 19
• Rushing Yards: 180
• Rushing TD: 2

Notes: One of the most versatile college football players of all time. Howard's dynamic playmaking ability opened the door for fellow Wolverine Charles Woodson to earn the award a few years later. 

 

#4 Marcus Allen - USC (1981)

• Rushing Attempts: 433
• Rushing Yards: 2,427
• Rushing TD: 22
• Receptions: 34
• Receiving Yards: 256
• Receiving TD: 1

Notes: Workhorse of all workhorses. Allen literally carried the Trojans on his back. Quick feet and a heart the size of Texas, Allen will be remembered for earning the tough yards against the best defenses.

 

#3 Tony Dorsett - Pittsburgh (1976)
 

• Rushing Attempts: 370
• Rushing Yards: 2,150
• Rushing TD: 22
• Receptions: 8
• Receiving Yards: 67
• Receiving TD: 1

Notes: Dorsett was an undersized back with an oversized will to win. No college football player meant more to their team than Dorsett meant to Pittsburgh. 

 

#2 Cam Newton - Auburn (2010)

• Passing Attempts: 280
• Passing Completions: 185
• Passing yards: 2,854
• Passing TD: 30
• Rushing Yards: 1,473
• Rushing TD: 20

Notes: Cam Newton was a touchdown machine. Heck, Newton himself was a machine. He couldn't be hurt. He couldn't be slowed down. He couldn't be stopped. Just ask the SEC, the due was unstoppable. He led the Auburn Tigers a national championship and did so while racking up video game like numbers. 

 

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 #1 Barry Sanders - Oklahoma State (1988)
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Credit: Tulsa World

• Rushing Attempts: 344
• Rushing Yards: 2,628
• Rushing TD: 37
• Receptions: 19
• Receiving Yards: 106
• Kick Returns: 21
• Kick Return Yards: 421
• Punt Returns: 10
• Punt Return Yards: 94
• Kickoff/Punt Return TD: 2

There's never been a more versatile back than Barry Sanders. He did more for his team in his Heisman winning season, than most players do after playing four years of college football. He ran the ball from scrimmage, he was a superb blocker. He had exceptional hands for a back. But what made him most dangerous was his elusiveness on special teams. Sanders returned punts and kicks for Oklahoma State.  

 

Honorable Mention

Archie Griffin

 
 
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