Breaking Down Some Heisman Stats

Here are the basic stats of Heisman winners at the time of the Heisman ceremony, with some breakdowns after the jump.   These are all the winners since the era of two-platoon football (mostly) began in 1964.  

With all the talk of who is deserving of the Heisman or not, I figured this would help illustrate how some of our current candidates are stacking up:

1964–John Huarte, 2,062, 16 TDs

1965–Mike Garrett, 1,440 yards, 14 TDs

1966–Steve Spurrier, 1,852 yards, 16 TDs

1967–Gary Beban, 1,359 passing yards, 8 TDs, 227 rushing yards, 11 TDs

1968–O.J. Simpson, 1,709 yards, 22 TDs

1969–Steve Owens, 1,523 yards, 23 TDs

1970–Jim Plunkett, 2,450 yards, 17 TDs

1971–Pat Sullivan, 1,762 yards, 20 TDs

1972–Johnny Rodgers, 52 catches, 873 yards, 6 TDs, 184 rushing yards, 4 TDs, 2 PR TDs

1973–John Cappelletti, 1,472 yards, 16 TDs

1974–Archie Griffin, 1,620 yards, 12 TDs

1975–Archie Griffin, 1,357 yards, 4 TDs

1976–Tony Dorsett, 1,948 yards, 22 TDs

1977–Earl Campbell, 1,628 yards, 19 TDs

1978–Billy Sims, 1,628 yards, 18 TDs

1979–Charles White, 1,803, 18 TDs

1980–George Rogers, 1,781 yards, 14 TDs

1981–Marcus Allen, 2,342 yards, 23 TDs

1982–Herschel Walker, 1,649 yards, 16 TDs

1983–Mike Rozier, 2,001 yards, 29 TDs

1984–Doug Flutie, 3,274 yards, 24 TDs

1985–Bo Jackson, 1,657 yards, 15 TDs

1986–Vinny Testaverde, 2,272 yards, 26 TDs

1987–Tim Brown, 33 catches, 741 yards, 2 TDs, 144 rushing yards, 1 TD, 3 PR TDs

1988–Barry Sanders, 2,628 yards, 34 TDs

1989–Andre Ware, 4,699 yards, 46 TDs

1990–Ty Detmer, 5,068 yards, 40 TDs

1991–Desmond Howard, 61 catches ,950 yards, 19 TDs, 180 rushing yards, 2 TDs, 1 KOR TD, 1 PR TD

1992–Gino Torretta, 2,782 yards, 19 TDs

1993–Charlie Ward, 2,746 yards, 29 TDs

1994–Rashaan Salaam, 2,055 yards, 21 TDs

1995–Eddie George, 1,826 yards, 24 TDs

1996–Danny Wuerffel, 3,319 yards, 36 TDs

1997–Charles Woodson–33 rushing yards, 1 TD, 11 catches, 231 yards, 2 TDs, 1 PR TD, 43 tackles, 7 INTs

1998–Ricky Williams, 2,124 yards, 27 TDs

1999–Ron Dayne, 1,834 yards, 19 TDs

2000–Chris Weinke, 3,893 yards, 33 TDs

2001–Eric Crouch, 1,468 passing yards, 7 TDs, 1,001 rushing yards, 19 TDs

2002–Carson Palmer, 3,639 yards, 32 TDs

2003–Jason White, 3,744 yards, 40 TDs

2004–Matt Leinart, 2,990 yards, 28 TDs

2005–Reggie Bush, 1,658 yards, 18 TDs

2006–Troy Smith, 2,507 yards, 30 TDs

2007–Tim Tebow,  3,132 yards, 29 TDs, 838 yards, 22 TDs

2008–Sam Bradford, 4,464 yards, 48 TDs

As you can see, the last nine passing quarterbacks to win the Heisman (not counting running QB Eric Crouch) have thrown for at least 28 TD passes by the time of the Heisman vote.  More after the jump…

Most Passing Yards At Time of Heisman Vote
1990–Ty Detmer, 5,068 yards
1989–Andre Ware, 4,699 yards
2008–Sam Bradford, 4,464 yards
2000–Chris Weinke, 3,893 yards
2003–Jason White, 3,744 yards
2002–Carson Palmer, 3,639 yards
1996–Danny Wuerffel, 3,319 yards
1984–Doug Flutie, 3,274 yards
2007–Tim Tebow,  3,132 yards
2004–Matt Leinart, 2,990 yards
1992–Gino Torretta, 2,782 yards
1993–Charlie Ward, 2,746 yards
2006–Troy Smith, 2,507 yards
1970–Jim Plunkett, 2,450 yards
1986–Vinny Testaverde, 2,272 yards
1964–John Huarte, 2,062 yards
1966–Steve Spurrier, 1,852 yards
1971–Pat Sullivan, 1,762 yards
2001–Eric Crouch, 1,468 yards
1967–Gary Beban, 1,359 yards

Most Passing Touchdowns at Time of Heisman Vote
2008–Sam Bradford, 48 TDs
1989–Andre Ware, 46 TDs
1990–Ty Detmer, 40 TDs
2003–Jason White, 40 TDs
1996–Danny Wuerffel, 36 TDs
2000–Chris Weinke, 33 TDs
2002–Carson Palmer, 32 TDs
2006–Troy Smith, 30 TDs
2007–Tim Tebow, 29 TDs
1993–Charlie Ward, 29 TDs
2004–Matt Leinart, 28 TDs
1986–Vinny Testaverde, 26 TDs
1984–Doug Flutie, 24 TDs
1971–Pat Sullivan, 20 TDs
1992–Gino Torretta, 19 TDs
1970–Jim Plunkett, 17 TDs
1964–John Huarte, 16 TDs
1966–Steve Spurrier, 16 TDs
1967–Gary Beban, 8 TDs
2001–Eric Crouch, 7 TDs

Most Rushing Yards at Time of Heisman Vote
1988–Barry Sanders, 2,628 yards
1981–Marcus Allen, 2,342 yards
1998–Ricky Williams, 2,124 yards
1994–Rashaan Salaam, 2,055 yards
1983–Mike Rozier, 2,001 yards
1976–Tony Dorsett, 1,948 yards
1999–Ron Dayne, 1,834 yards
1995–Eddie George, 1,826 yards
1979–Charles White, 1,803
1980–George Rogers, 1,781 yards
1968–O.J. Simpson, 1,709 yards
2005–Reggie Bush, 1,658 yards
1985–Bo Jackson, 1,657 yards
1982–Herschel Walker, 1,649 yards
1977–Earl Campbell, 1,628 yards
1978–Billy Sims, 1,628 yards
1974–Archie Griffin, 1,620 yards
1969–Steve Owens, 1,523 yards
1973–John Cappaletti, 1,472 yards
1965–Mike Garrett, 1,440 yards
1975–Archie Griffin, 1,357 yards

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4 Responses to Breaking Down Some Heisman Stats

  1. Heisman Fan October 15, 2009 at 7:51 am #

    One quick correction: Eric Crouch ran for 1,115 yards in and threw for 1,510.

  2. Ed Newman October 15, 2009 at 8:14 am #

    Wow. Barry Sanders’ year stands out even more in a list like this.

  3. sandymex October 15, 2009 at 9:18 am #

    Ed –

    The stats are at the time of the Heisman ceremony.

  4. sandymex October 15, 2009 at 9:45 am #

    Correction – my last comment was for Heisman Fan.