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1984 - 50th Award
Doug Flutie
Boston College Back

Flutie's career at Chestnut Hill saw him become the all-time total offense leader in the game, surpassing the record of BYU's Jim McMahon. At a mere early doubters who questioned whether he was big enough to play in the big leagues of college football. Douglas S. Looney, resident college football expert at Sports Illustrated, wrote, "Little Flutie is far bigger than merely the best Eagle of all time. He's on the threshold of being the best New England college football player ever." And Tim Cohane, longtime sports editor of Look, and a football historian who has seen all the great ones going back more than half-a-century, added that Flutie is the most exciting New England player since Albie Booth of Yale in 1929-31. "Flutie," observes Looney "has three things going for him on the football field: spontaneity, brains, and optimism." In 1992, he was named the MVP of the Grey Cup and led his team to the Western Division finals in 1993. Flutie was a six-time Canadian Football League Outstanding Player of the Year, three-time Grey Cup Most Valuable Player and the first CFL player to throw for 6,000 yards in one season. After playing in the Canadian Football League for seven years, Flutie returned to the NFL. In 1999, Doug led the Bills to the playoffs and was named as an alternate to the Pro-Bowl. He launched his autobiography, "Flutie" in Junior. He established Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism in honor of his son.

 

Points

 

Place

Name

School

Class

Position

1

2

3

Total

1stDoug FlutieBoston CollegeSr.QB67887322,240
2ndKeith ByarsOhio StateJr.TB874271361,251
3rdRobbie BoscoBrigham YoungJr.QB2095193443
4thBernie KosarMiami (Florida)So.QB976141320
5thKenneth DavisTexas ChristianJr.RB6163686
6thBill FralicPittsburghSr.T1243081
7th Chuck LongIowaJr.QB261937
  Greg AllenFlorida StateSr.RB0101737
9thJerry RiceMississippi Valley StateSr.WR39936
10thRueben MayesWashington StateJr.RB171532

Doug Flutie of Boston College was a runaway winner, his 678 first place votes and 2,240 points overall was the fifth highest total in Heisman Trophy history.

No. of registered electors: 1,050
Date of announcement: December 1, 1984
Date of dinner: December 6, 1984

The positions within each region are as follows:

 

NORTH-EAST

MID-ATLANTIC

SOUTH

SOUTH WEST

MIDWEST

FARWEST

1stFlutieFlutieFlutieFlutieFlutieFlutie
2ndByarsByarsByarsByarsByarsByars
3rdBoscoBoscoKosarBoscoBoscoBosco
4thKosarKosarBoscoKosarDavisKosar
5thFralicFralicRiceLong KosarMayes

Runners-up
Keith Byars - Ohio State
Robbie Bosco - Brigham Young
Bernie Kosar - Miami
Ken Davis -Texas Christian

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