Texas A&M and the Heisman

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Continuing our series before the Heisman ceremony, here’s a look at the Heisman history of Texas A&M.

Texas A&M

Finalists: John David Crow (1957), Johnny Manziel (2012), Johnny Manziel (2013)

Player Year Position Place Points Winner
John Kimbrough 1940 RB 2nd 841 Tom Harmon
John David Crow 1957 RB 1st 1,183 Crow
Darren Lewis 1990 RB 8th 31 Ty Detmer
Bucky Richardson 1991 QB 10th 45 Desmond Howard
Johnny Manziel 2012 QB 1st 2,029 Manziel


The first Aggie to show up in the Heisman vote was running back John Kimbrough, who finished second to Tom Harmon in 1940. There wasn’t another A&M player in the final tally until running back John David Crow won the trophy in 1957 under coach Paul ‘Bear’ Bryant.

Crow was one of the legendary players of the 1950s. He won the trophy despite missing almost three full games that year. He rushed for 562 yards and six touchdowns, caught two passes and threw five touchdown passes. On defense, he had five interceptions. He won the Heisman handily over Alex Karras of Iowa and Walter Kowalczyk of Michigan State. Crow was the only player to win a Heisman for Bryant.

Texas A&M didn’t have a player place in the Heisman vote again until 1990, when tailback Darren Lewis tied for eighth after rushing for 1,795 yards and 20 touchdowns. The next year, dual-threat quarterback Bucky Richardson finished 10th.

No Aggies were a factor in the Heisman again until Johnny Manziel came along. He had a fantastic season as a redshirt freshman, leading A&M to an 11-2 record in their first season in the SEC. He ended the year with over 5,000 yards of total offense and 47 touchdowns. He won the Heisman over Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o by winning five of the six voting regions, making history by becoming the first freshman to the award.

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