When Kyler Murray held aloft the Heisman Trophy last December, it marked the second year in a row a player born in Texas won college football’s most prestigious honor
That moved the Lone Star state into a tie with Ohio for second-most Heisman winners all-time with nine.
Here are the states that have produced the most Heisman winners:
Glenn Davis, John Huarte, Mike Garrett, Gary Beban, O.J. Simpson, Jim Plunkett, Charles White, Marcus Allen, Gino Torretta, Rashaan Salaam, Ricky Williams, Carson Palmer, Matt Leinart
The Golden State had just one Heisman winner in the award’s first three decades but, in 1964 (the year it overtook New York as the nation’s most populous state), it started churning them out. Five of the seven winners between 1964 and 1970 were from California, then four more between 1992 and 2002. However, California has not produced a winner since Matt Leinart in 2004.
Larry Kelley, Vic Janowicz, Dick Kazmaier, Howard Cassady, Roger Staubach, Archie Griffin, Desmond Howard, Charles Woodson, Troy Smith
The Buckeye State has been represented with a winner in every decade except the 1980s and the current one. Its most dominant run was the stretch from 1950 to 1964, when it produced four winners. Its last winner was Troy Smith in 2006, which means two of the most historically productive states (California and Texas) have had zero winners in the last 17 years.
Davey O’Brien, Doak Walker, Earl Campbell, Tim Brown, Andre Ware, Ty Detmer, Johnny Manziel, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray
The Longhorn State’s first three Heisman winners each have awards named after them for excellence at their respective positions. And, of course, Texas quarterbacks have, of late, dominated the Heisman field, with three since 2012 (including the last two).
John Lujack, Leon Hart, Ernie Davis, John Cappelletti, Tony Dorsett, Eddie George
Keystone State Heisman winners include the only tight end to win the award, and the first African-American winner.
Billy Vessels, Steve Owens, Jason White, Sam Bradford
All four of the Sooner State Heismans went to the University of Oklahoma. As it turns out, Oklahoma is second in Heisman winner density, with one Heisman for every 985,750 people.
Steve Spurrier, Danny Wuerffel, Derrick Henry, Lamar Jackson
Despite being the third most populous state and despite emerging as a recruiting hotbed around 30 years ago, just four Floridians have won the Heisman. However, two of them have come in the last four seasons.
George Rogers, Herschel Walker, Charlie Ward, Cam Newton
The Peach State punched above its weight between 1980 and 1993, producing three Heismans during that stretch.
Jay Berwanger, Nile Kinnick, Joe Burrow
New Jersey (3)
Mike Rozier, Ron Dayne, Mark Ingram
Pat Sullivan, Bo Jackson, Jameis Winston
Bruce Smith, Terry Baker, Chris Weinke
Tom Harmon, Les Horvath
Clinton Frank, Billy Sims
Johnny Rodgers, Eric Crouch
Angelo Bertelli, Joe Bellino
The following states each have a single Heisman winner
Hawaii – Marcus Mariota
Illinois – John Lattner
Kansas – Barry Sanders
Kentucky – Paul Hornung
Louisiana – John David Crow
Maryland – Doug Flutie
Michigan – Pete Dawkins
Mississippi – Billy Cannon
New York – Vinny Testaverde
South Carolina – Felix “Doc” Blanchard
Wisconsin – Alan Ameche
Heismans by population density
Nebraska – 1 for every 964,634 people
Oklahoma – 1 for every 985,750 people
Hawaii – 1 for every 1,420,491people.
Heisman winners born outside the United States
Frank Sinkwich – Starjak, Croatia
Tim Tebow – Manila, The Phillippines
Robert Griffin III – Okinawa, Japan