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1968 - 34th Award
O.J. Simpson
Southern California Back

O.J. Simpson piled up a monumental record in two seasons at USC. In 18 games he gained 3,187 yards, scored 21 touchdowns in 1968 and 13 in 1967. His 40 carries in the UCLA game his senior year gave him an NCAA record of 334 for one season. His 205 yards in that game swelled his season total to 1,654 for another NCAA record. He was the second Heisman Trophy winner from USC. Since graduation O.J. has become not only a legendary rusher in NFL, but also an actor, and an advertising pitchman. He closed out a great football career in 1979 with the '49ers. He went on to be seen on television and movie screens regularly. He was a sports broadcaster for NBC and ABC. He owns and is CEO of two companies, Orenthal Productions and O.J. Simpson Enterprises.

O.J. 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

1stO.J. SimpsonSouthern CaliforniaSr.TB855128 82 2,853
2ndLeroy KeyesPurdueSr.RB-CB 49358240 1,103
3rdTerry HanrattyNotre DameSr.QB 22 86149 387
4thTed KwalickPenn StateSr.TE 14 69 74 254
5thTed HendricksMiami (Florida)Sr.DE 7 52 49 174
6thRon JohnsonMichiganSr.RB 12 36 50 158
7th Bob DouglassKansasSr.QB 9 33 39 132
8thChris GilbertTexasSr.RB 12 34 20 124
9thBrian DowlingYaleSr.QB 15 25 24 119

O.J. Simpson, USC's standout tailback, won in the biggest landslide in Heisman history. Simpson accumulated the most points (2,853) and the widest margin of victory (1.750) in the balloting as he swept all five regions. Terry Hanratty, who broke George Gipp's total yardage records at Notre Dame, was a distant third, but remains one of the few players to finish in the top 10 in Heisman balloting as a sophomore, junior and senior.

No. registered electors: 1,200
Date of announcement: November 26, 1968
Date of dinner: December 5, 1968

The positions within each region are as follows:

Place

EAST

SOUTH

MIDWEST

SOUTHWEST

FAR WEST

1stSimpsonSimpsonSimpsonSimpsonSimpson
2ndKeyesKeyesKeyesGilbertKeyes
3rdKwalickHendricksHanrattyKeyesEnyart
4thHanrattySellersJohnsonHanrattyHanratty

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