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1990 - 55th Award
Ty Detmer
Brigham Young Back

The 56th winner of the Heisman Trophy is Ty Detmer, the brilliant junior quarterback of the Brigham Young University Cougars. To football fans that love the aerial game, the names of Gifford Nielsen, Marc Wilson, Jim McMahon, Steve Young, and Robbie Bosco are enshrined in the pantheon of great passing quarterbacks. And now Detmer stands as the first among that renowned group to win college football's most coveted individual award. "If there's such a thing as a coach's dream," says BYU's head man LaVell Edwards, "Ty's it." Having seen the great ones, Edwards is in possibly the best position to fully assess Detmer's talents. "He is the best quarterback in the country," he says of his 6-foot, 175-pound signal caller. "He's as good at executing, reading, and knowing what to do as anybody I've seen. In the crucial early-season encounter with the number one ranked Miami Hurricanes at Provo, Detmer was at his best, passing for more than 400 yards as the Cougars registered a stunning 28-21 upset. He was even better in rallying his team to a 50-36 victory over Washington State in a game where BYU seemed hopelessly behind at half time. A 43-point second half, achieved largely through Detmer's heroics, brought the victory. Ty and his wife Kim have three daughters. Detmer was drafted in the 9th round of the 1992 Draft by the Green Bay Packers and had a pretty decent journeyman career, playing for the Packers, Philadelphia Eagles, Cleveland Browns and the Atlanta Falcons.













1stTy DetmerBrigham YoungJr.QB3162081181,482
2ndRaghib IsmailNotre DameJr.WR2371741181,177
3rdEric BienemyColoradoSr.TB114153150798
4thShawn MooreVirginiaSr.QB4696135465
5thDavid KlinglerHoustonJr.QB72750125
6thHerman MooreVirginiaJr.WR6142268
7thGreg LewisWashingtonSr.TB451941
8thCraig EricksonMiami (Florida)Sr.QB061931
9thDarren LewisTexas A&MSr.RB091331
10thMike MayweatherArmySr.RB34420

Ty Detmer, the latest in a line of outstanding quarterbacks at Brigham Young, became the school's first Heisman winner. He won all six sections and he became the third consecutive junior and the 10th overall to win the Heisman Trophy. Unlike his predecessors, Detmer elected to remain in school for his senior year.

No. of registered electors: 917
Date of announcement: December 1, 1990
Date of dinner: December 6, 1990

NCAA Records: Most Passing Yards Season - 5,188; Career Passing Yards Per Attempt - 9.82; Most Plays - 1795; Most Total Yards Gained - 14,655; Most Seasons Gained 4000 Yards - 3; Most Yards Gained as a Sophomore - 4,433; Most Games Gaining 300 Yards - 12 (season, 1990), 33 (career); Most Consecutive 300 Yard Games - 12 (season, 1990), 19 (career); Most Games Gaining 400 Yards - 13; Most Yards Against One Opponent - 1,453 vs. San Diego State; Most Touchdowns Responsible For - 135; Most Points Responsible For - 820

The number of points by region and position within each region are as follows for the top five candidates:

NameNorth-eastMid AtlanticSouthSouth-westMid-westFar West

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