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1941 - 7th Award
Bruce Smith
Minnesota Back

The handsome Minnesota halfback, who received his Heisman Trophy two days after Pearl Harbor, was voted the best college player in the All-Star game that year at Chicago. The spearhead of two of Bernie Bierman's greatest teams, he captained the Gophers to undefeated National Championships in 1940 and '41. Although well over 200 pounds, he was one of the Big 10 Conference's fastest men. Bruce passed away on 28 August 1967 after a long illness.

Bruce was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1972.

The Voting

Place

Name

School

Class

Position

Points

1Bruce SmithMinnesotaSeniorHB554
2Angelo BertelliNotre DameSophomoreQB345
3Frankie AlbertStanfordSeniorQB336
4Frank SinkwichGeorgiaJuniorHB249
5Bill DudleyVirginiaSeniorHB237
6Endicott PeabodyHarvardSeniorG153
7Edgar JonesPittsburghSeniorRB151
8Bob WestfallMichiganSeniorFB147
9Steve LachDukeSeniorHB126
10Jack CrainTexasSeniorRB102

Smith won only two sections, the East and the Midwest. Dudley won in the South. Moser of Texas A&M in the Southwest and Albert in the Far West. Peabody, who played end, received tremendous support for a lineman. He later received enough support in the state of Massachusetts to be elected governor. Smith's acceptance of the Heisman Trophy had some anxious moments on 9 December 1941, when a squadron of American Army planes was mistaken for German bombers and an air raid alert was signaled along the East Coast as Bruce stepped forward to accept his Heisman two days after the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

No. of registered electors: Unavailable
Date of announcement: November 28, 1941
Date of dinner: December 9, 1941

The positions within each region for the top five candidates:

Place

East

South

Midwest

Southwest

Far West

1SmithDudleySmith*MoserAlbert
2PeabodySinkwichAlbertBertelliSmith
3BertelliLachBertelliSmithBertelli
4DudleySmithWestfallCrain**Sewell
5Sinkwich***Nelson****Hillenbrand*****LaydenCrain
* Moser of Texas A&M
** Sewell of Washington State
*** Nelson of Alabama
**** Hillenbrand of Indiana
***** Layden of Texas

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