No matter who wins the Heisman on Saturday, some sort of history will be made.
If Colt McCoy wins, he’ll become just the fifth player to win the Heisman after finishing second the previous season. The four previous players to do so were Tom Harmon (’39-’40), Glenn Davis (’45-’46), O.J. Simpson (’67-’68) and Herschel Walker (’81-’82).
If McCoy takes second, he’ll join Davis (’44-’45), Charlie Justice (’48-’49) and Darren McFadden (’06-’07) as the only two-time Heisman runners up.
Of course, if Mark Ingram wins, he’ll become the first Crimson Tide player to win the Heisman. But he could also become the first Alabama player to finish as high as second, too.
If Toby Gerhart wins, he’d be the first non-USC Pac-10 player to win the trophy since 1970 (when another Stanford player–Jim Plunkett–took home the award). He’d also be the first white running back to win since John Cappalletti in 1973.
If Ndamukong Suh keeps gaining strength in the race and finishes in the top three, he’d be the first defensive lineman to do so since Hugh Green took second in 1980.
And Tim Tebow could be the first player since Herschel Walker to log three top-three Heisman finishes in his career.