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1988 - 54th Award
Barry Sanders
Oklahoma State Back

In winning the Heisman Trophy in 1988, Barry set 25 NCAA records. A running back averaging 100 yards per game is considered superior. Barry obliterated that statistic, averaging 200 yards per game during Oklahoma State's 1988 season. In addition, Barry shattered several NCAA single season and career marks, including leading the nation in rushing yards with 2,628 yards, all purpose yards with 3,249 yards, touchdowns scored at 39 and posting an all-time rushing record. Barry is the only Heisman winner to be notified of his achievement in Tokyo, Japan, where he and his Cowboy teammates were awaiting the final game of the season. Sanders, the Detroit Lions' number one pick in the 1989 NFL Draft, continued to dazzle and mesmerize defenses with his awesome speed, versatility, and evasive maneuvers. Barry was named the 1989 Rookie of the Year, 1991 and 1994 NFC Most Valuable Player of the Year, 1994 NFL Performer of the Year and is an 8-time all-NFL and Pro Bowl player. In addition to his on-field performance, Barry donates a tremendous amount of time and money to local charities and religious organizations in Detroit, Oklahoma and his hometown of Wichita, KS. Barry retired from the NFL in 1999.

The Voting

 

Points

 

Place

Name

School

Class

Pos.

1

2

3

Total

 1st

Barry Sanders

Oklahoma State

Jr.

RB

559

77

47

1,878

2nd

Rodney Peete

Southern California

Sr.

QB

70

264

174

912

 3rd

Troy Aikman

UCLA

Sr.

QB

31

149

191

582

 4th

Steve Walsh

Miami (Florida)

Jr.

QB

16

108

  77

341

 5th

Major Harris

West Virginia

Jr.

QB

27

60

  79

280

 6th

Tony Mandarich

Michigan State

Sr.

OT

3

9

  25

52

 7th

Timm Rosenbach

Washington State

Jr.

QB

6

6

  14

44

 8th

Deion Sanders

Florida State

Sr.

DB

0

3

  16

22

 9th

Anthony Thompson

Indiana

Jr.

RB

0

4

  13

21

10th

Derrick Thomas

Alabama

Sr.

LB

3

2

    7

20

Barry Sanders became Oklahoma State's first Heisman winner and also became the first winner to be notified of his selection while in Japan while playing in a special NCAA game in Tokyo. He swept all six sections and ran away with the voting as he beat out the four quarterbacks who trailed him in the balloting.

The positions within each region are as follows:

Place

NORTH-EAST

MID-ATLANTIC

SOUTH

SOUTH-WEST

MIDWEST

FAR WEST

1st

B. Sanders

B. Sanders

B. Sanders

B. Sanders

B. Sanders

B. Sanders

2nd

Peete

Peete

Peete

Peete

Peete

Peete

3rd

Harris

Harris

Walsh

Aikman

Aikman

Aikman

4th

Aikman

Aikman

Aikman

Walsh

Walsh

Rosenbach

5th

Walsh

Walsh

Harris

Mandarich

Harris

Walsh

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