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1971 - 37th Award
Pat Sullivan
Auburn Back

Pat Sullivan, a three-season starter at Auburn was the first Heisman winner from one of John Heisman's old schools. As quarterback, Sullivan led his team to 25 victories in 30 games. With Sullivan at the helm, the Tigers averaged well over 34.4 points and 425.8 yards a game throughout his three-year tenure. Sullivan himself accounted for 73 touchdowns (18 running and 55 passing) to equal the all-time NCAA mark. After graduating from Auburn in 1972, Sullivan was signed by the Atlanta Falcons. Sullivan played on the Falcons for four years before being traded to the Washington Redskins. Upon retirement, Sullivan entered into private business in his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, as a successful insurance and tire company executive. Additionally, Sullivan served as the Color Analyst on Auburn's radio broadcasts for five years. Prior to the 1986 season, he returned to his alma mater as quarterback coach. On January 2, 1992, he was named the Head Football Coach at Texas Christian University. He and his wife Jean have three children. Pat is active in a local charity organization that benefits underprivileged children.

Pat was elected to the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame in 1991.

The Voting

Place

Name

School

Class

Pos.

Points

1stPat SullivanAuburnSr.QB 1,597
2ndEd MarinaroCornellSr.RB 1,445
3rdGregg PruittOklahomaJr.RB 586
4thJohnny MussoAlabamaSr.RB 365
5thLydell MitchellPenn StateSr.RB 251
6thJack MildrenOklahomaSr.QB 208
7th Jerry TaggeNebraskaSr.QB 168
8thChuck EaleyToledoSr.QB 137
9thWalt PatulskiNotre DameSr.DE 121
10thEric AllenMichigan StateSr.RB 109

Auburn's star quarterback, Pat Sullivan, won a two-man race with Cornell running back Ed Marinaro, capturing the Heisman with a 152-point margin. Sullivan won in the South, the Southwest and the Far West and Marinaro, who went on to become a television star following his National Football League career, took the East and Midwest. Running backs took the second, third, fourth and fifth slots in the balloting.

No. registered electors: 1,260
Date of announcement: November 24, 1971
Date of dinner: December 3, 1971

The positions within each region are as follows:

Place

EAST

SOUTH

MIDWEST

SOUTHWEST

FAR WEST

1stMarinaroSullivanMarinaroSullivanMarinaro
2ndSullivanMarinaroSullivanMarinaroSullivan
3rdMitchellMussoPruittPruittPruitt
4thPruittPruittEaleyMildrenMoore
5thPatulskiMitchellTaggeMussoMildren

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