Notre Dame honored the golden anniversary of John Huarte’s 1964 Heisman Trophy season during a special presentation at halftime of the Irish’s 31-0 victory over Michigan on Saturday, September 6. Huarte was presented a commemorative plaque on the field by Heisman trustees Jim Corcoran and Anne Donahue. Joining Huarte and the trustees on field was Brant Ust, Executive Director of the Notre Dame Monogram Club.
After sitting on the bench for his first three seasons in South Bend, Huarte came from relative anonymity to lead the Irish to a 9-1 regular season in 1964, throwing for over 2,000 yards on just 205 passes — remarkable numbers in an age of limited passing. It was the first winning season for Notre Dame in five years, and helped bring the program back to national prominence under new head coach Ara Parseghian.