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1965 - 31st Award
Mike Garrett
Southern California Back

In three years with the Trojan teams, he gained 4,876 yards in rushing, passing, receiving, punt returns and kickoff returns. This is approximately 2.7 miles. Garrett's rushing record of 3,221 yards led the nation's runners in 1965 and broke Ollie Matson's 15-year-old NCAA career mark. The 5'9" 189-pound halfback holds nearly all of his college's football offensive records and many of the AAWU Conference on the West Coast. He was USC's first Heisman Trophy winner. From college Garrett went to the Kansas City Chiefs where he played for four years and then played four years more with the San Diego Chargers. In San Diego Mike founded a community-based educational program for underprivileged children. As Associate Athletic Director for two years, in 1993 Mike was named Athletic Director at his alma mater, the University of Southern California. He has remained actively involved in youth programs in Los Angeles and started the East Los Angeles Youth Activities to deal with gang youth and has been a motivating force behind several charity sports programs. Mike with his wife Suzanne, have two children, Sara and Daniel, and reside in Pasadena, California.

Mike was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1985.

The Voting

 

Points

 

Place

Name

School

Pos.

1

2

3

Total

1stMike GarrettSouthern CaliforniaSr.TB179143103 926
2ndHoward TwilleyTulsaSr.E101 78 69 528
3rdJim GrabowskiIllinoisSr.FB 97 72 46 481
4thDonnie AndersonTexas TechSr.FB-P 78 57 60 408
5thFloyd LittleSyracuseJr.RB 51 42 50 287
6thSteve JudayMichigan StateSr.QB 53 40 42 281
7th Tommy NobisTexasSr.LB 27 37 50 205
8thBob GriesePurdueJr.QB 32 36 25 193
9thSteve SpurrierFloridaJr.QB 17 14 14 93
10thSteve SloanAlabamaSr.QB 18 15 8 92

USC's Mike Garrett, who was also a standout baseball player for the Trojans, won in the East, South and Far West. Tulsa's Howard Twilley, who later became a pro star with the Miami Dolphins, recorded the best finish for a receiver in the Heisman balloting since Yale's Larry Kelley won the second award in 1936.

No. registered electors: 1,160
Date of announcement: November 23, 1965
Date of dinner: December 2, 1965

The positions within each region are as follows:

Place

EAST

SOUTH

MIDWEST

SOUTHWEST

FAR WEST

1stGarrettGarrettGrabowskiAndersonGarrett
2ndLittle TwilleyGarrettTwilleyTwilley
3rdTwilleyAndersonTwilleyNobisGrabowski
4thGrabowskiSpurrierJudayGarrettAnderson
5thAndersonSloanGrieseGrabowskiJuday

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