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Youngest Heisman Winners

The Heisman Trophy is often reserved for the eldest players in college football, but the trophy has seen younger players winning in recent times. The five youngest players come from three distinct eras, but there is a trend in the present day to give the trophy to a younger man before he leaves for the NFL. This is a story of the five youngest men to win the highest honor in NCAA football.

#1: Mark Ingram

Mark Ingram is the youngest on the list by just a few days, and even the most-avid fan could forget he is the youngest. Johnny Manziel is remembered at the first freshman to win the trophy, but Mark Ingram did the same thing. He led an Alabama team that won a national title, and he has been a great player in the NFL. He begins the list, but he did not sizzle as much as others on the list.

#2: Johnny Manziel

Johnny Manziel beat Alabama by himself in his freshman season at Texas A&M, and he was given the Heisman Trophy for a freshman season for the ages. His ability to run with the ball reminded quite a few people of Steve Young, and he gave the football world visions of the Steve Young from BYU, but he was drafted by the Browns. His career fizzled, and he left behind the great player that everyone saw on Saturdays.

#3: Rashan Salaam

Rashan Salaam won the Heisman Trophy at Colorado while trying to bring the team back to prominence. The team featured players such as Kordell Stewart and Michael Westbrook. He was on the field for the magical fifth down, and he ran for more yards than anyone in Colorado history. The Colorado football program saw the last of its golden years with Rashan in the backfield, and he ran so well that he was drafted at the top of the NFL draft.

#4: Archie Griffin

Archie Griffin is the only man to win the Heisman Trophy twice because if his incredible college football career. He ran the Ohio State Buckeyes to greatness in the 70s, and he began a trend at Ohio State that continues in the present day. Players who come to The Ohio State University to play running back are cast in the mold of Archie Griffin, and they want to live up to his image. Winning the Heisman is one of the most-difficult things to do, and winning it twice is a feat that will not soon be repeated in today’s NCAA bowl series.

#5: Tim Tebow

Tim Tebow won the Heisman in his sophomore season without winning the national title, but he was off a freshman year where he was the “other” quarterback for the Florida offense. He came out of the shadow of Chris Leak to build a career that many believe puts him in the same class as Hershel Walker. The old SEC football fan looks at Tim Tebow as someone who ran over people as Hershel did, and he won two national championships at Florida in his time there. He nearly won a third title in his senior season, and he set the NFL on fire for a short time.

The five men on this list saw their football careers blossom at a young age, and it is interesting to note that each of them did not have a hall of fame NFL career. Their football days were numbered after almost doing too much in college, but they are remembered as the best because their college careers only happen in the dreams of young boys around America.

8 Heisman Winners in the Pro Football Hall of Fame

As the college football season reaches its conclusion, lots of focus and anticipation has turned to the Downtown Athletic Club in New York, and the awarding of the Heisman Trophy. However, one thing that each of the candidates have to keep in mind is that while winning the Heisman Trophy makes the athlete a legend and an all time great college football player, it does not guarantee that the athlete will be successful once they make the leap from college to the National Football League. However, there are a few exceptional football players who used the Heisman Trophy to catapult them to achieving success in the National Football League, eventually becoming Hall of Fame players. Here is a look at the exclusive list of Heisman Trophy winners who were elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

OJ Simpson, running back

Simpson was a star athlete at the University of Southern California. Simpson rushed for 1,709 yards and 22 touchdowns during his Heisman Trophy winning campaign in 1968. Simpson was drafted by the Buffalo Bills. Simpson won four rushing titles, made six Pro Bowls and five All Pro teams. Simpson was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Doak Walker, running back

Walker was a three time All-American at Southern Methodist University. Walker won the Heisman Trophy in 1948. Walker played professional football for the Detroit Lions. Walker helped the Lions win two championships and was a five time All Pro. Walker was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Paul Hornung, running back

Hornung won the Heisman Trophy in 1956, and remains the only player from a losing team to win the trophy. During his Heisman winning season, Hornung lead the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in passing, rushing, and punting. Hornung was drafted by The Green Bay Packers. Hornung won four championships, winning the MVP in 1961. Hornung was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1986.

Roger Staubach, quarterback

Staubach won the Heisman Trophy in 1963 after leading the Navy Midshipmen to a 9-1 regular season record. Staubach was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. Staubach won two Super Bowls, while making six pro bowl teams. Staubach was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985.

Earl Campbell, running back

Campbell was a star at the University of Texas. Campbell won the Heisman Trophy in 1977 after rushing for 1,744 yards with 18 touchdowns. Campbell played for the Houston Oilers and New Orleans Saints during his NFL career. Campbell won three Most Valuable Player Awards and was a five time Pro Bowler. Campbell was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1991.

Marcus Allen, running back

Allen played at the University of Southern California, winning the Heisman Trophy Award in 1981, after running for over 2,000 yards. Allen played in the NFL for the Los Angeles Raiders and Kansas City Chiefs, winning one Super Bowl and making six All Pro teams. Allen was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.

Tony Dorsett, running back

Dorsett won the Heisman Trophy in 1976 after leading the University of Pittsburgh to a national title. Dorsett won a Super Bowl with the Dallas Cowboys, making four Pro Bowls. Dorsett was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1994.

Barry Sanders, running back

Sanders won the Heisman Trophy in 1988 after running for 2,850 yards and 42 touchdowns. Sanders was drafted by the Detroit Lions. Sanders made 10 Pro Bowl teams and won the NFL MVP Award in 1997. Sanders was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2004.

Rules for Winning the Heisman

The Heisman Trophy is one of the most recognizable and respected awards in all of sports. Who here can say they haven’t busted out the “Heisman pose” after scoring the winning touchdown in the annual Thanksgiving flag football game after you just juked-out Aunt Mary running down the sideline? Oh, that’s just me? No matter, just understand that the mystique of the Heisman Trophy looms large, and the yearly race among the contenders is often as publicized as the journey to win a team national championship.

It would be nice to think that the race for the Heisman is fair and that every player has an equal chance to win the award. This isn’t a land of fairy-tails and rainbows, though, and guys like Colt Brennan never actually have a chance to take the trophy home. The reason being is that there are a few unwritten rules the Heisman voters use to determine who earned the right to enter the prestigious fraternity of Heisman recipients. I am here today to talk about some of these rules and, hopefully, help you understand why you shouldn’t hold your breathe when rooting for players like Manti Te’o to bring home the bronze.

Nobody Wants to Hear About Your Defense
There is a reason Charles Woodson is the only primarily defensive player to take home the Heisman. The majority of people who watch and analyze college football enjoy watching offense. They want to see long touchdown catches and bruising goal-line runs. Fans are not as interested in the techniques of a shutdown corner or the run-stopping ability of an interior defensive lineman. This essentially limits Heisman candidates to offensive skill-players, with precedent given to Quarterbacks and Running Backs.

Save the Young-ins For Next Year
Historically, being a junior or senior was essentially a requirement to win a Heisman. In recent years, players like Sam Bradford, Johnny Manziel, and Tim Tebow have shown that spectacular play can breakthrough against this thinking. However, all things being equal, the edge seemingly will always be given to the veteran.

Repeat? Good Luck
There has only been one two-time Heisman Trophy winner and it is very unlikely there will ever be another one. The reason for this is once you win the Heisman once, you are no longer compared to your competition. The Heisman voters compare you to your previous performance, so you must not only be the best college football player in the country, you have to do it in a more spectacular fashion than the performance you put forth the previous year. In addition to this, more and more college players are leaving after three years, limiting there on-field production to only two or three years where only perfection will be acceptable.

The Other Guys
Yes, your team matters. You can put up the best numbers in the nation, but, if you are on a 6-6 Toledo team playing Akron and Bowling Green every week, you aren’t going to get the necessary respect from the Heisman voters. Your team has to be at least in the conversation for the national title and at the very least be a part of a traditional college football power that will bring in high TV ratings when you put up those numbers (Yes, TV ratings matter. Whenever money is at stake, that factor will be taken into account.)

East Coast, Best Coast
Last, but not least, we have the rule that explains how in the world Christian McCaffrey did not win the Heisman Trophy last season. Simply put, some teams just play too late at night. It’s not their fault, but players on the West Coast experience a natural disadvantage because of the timezone they play in. As great as McCaffrey was, there were simply people who did not realize how good he was playing because they never got a chance to see him on national television (including a few voters.) The East Coast bias is real, so if you are a player on the West Coast, you better hope for some 1 o’clock games or expect to miss out on bringing that trophy back from New York.

Top Contenders for the 2016 Heisman Trophy

The Heisman Trophy is considered the most coveted award in College Football. Each year one player is chosen throughout the nationĀ is chosen to be given the award. The recipient of the Heisman Trophy last year was Derrick Henry, now a running back for the Tennesee Titans. So, as the ceremony for the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner which takes place on December 14th draws closer, who will take home the trophy this year. Here are some possible contenders for the Heisman Trophy and the reason why they could be given this honor:

1. J. T Barrett – Quarterback Ohio State

He was a top contender for the Heisman a few years back. He had an off season last year but those who follow College Football still have hope that he could return to his old glory which was impressive enough to have him ranking fifth among candidates for the Heisman in 2014.

2.Nick Chubb – Running Back Georgia

His overall average last year was so impressive that it ranked above the best averages in the NCAA to date.

3. Dalvin Cook – Running Back Florida State

Has an impressive record in rushing sessions and has also been known to catch a few passes per game and has a good statistic when it comes to touchdowns scored in a game.

4. Leonard Fournette – Running Back Louisianna State University Tigers

With an impressive rushing average, there is already a whole lot of buzz for him to be a top contender for the Heisman Trophy. He did come in sixth last year as a contender and if he continues that record this year he could be on the short list yet again.

5. Baker Mayfield – Quarterback Oklahoma State

Came in fourth last year in the candidates for the Heisman Trophy and if he can put out the same record of passes and pass completions this year if not better could walk away with the trophy.

6. Christian McCaffrey – Running Back Stratford University

Last year he came in second in the Heisman Trophy ranking just below Derrick Henry. So, now the question is can he keep his performance level to the high grade of excellence it was last year to maybe, this time, be the one to take home the prize.

7. Seth Russell – Quarterback Baylor University

He held the record last year for passes. However, had to sit out seven due to injuries. But had this not happened could very well have been the Heisman winner last year instead of Derrick Henry.

8. Bo Scarbrough – Running Back Alabama

The fact that most running back’s from Alabama seem to be front contenders for the Heisman works in his favor. Add to this the fact that even in just a few games he has shown an impressive average.

9. Greg Ward Jr. – Houston

Helped his team to get record breaking double digits wins o. His average for passes was above 2,000 yards and his rushing average well over a thousand yards, making him only one of two quarterbacks to have such a record.

10. Deshaun Watson – Quarterback Clemson

He was the second Quarterback to have the impressive average shared with Greg Ward. He has also been considered by many to be one of the most impressive offense players in the college football.

So, there is the list of some top contenders for the Heisman Trophy this year. No doubt many of us who follow the College Football League will have out own opinions on this subject. It’s really just wait and see just who will walk away with the Heisman Trophy this year.