Chasing the three-timers

The Doak Walker Story

A side story in this year’s Heisman race is the possibility that Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield could join some prestigious names in college football history — even if he doesn’t win the 2017 trophy.

Mayfield, who finished fourth in the 2015 Heisman vote and third in the 2016 vote, has a shot to become just the seventh player to log three top 5 finishes in the Heisman vote (and first since Tim Tebow in 2009) and the 16th to finish in the top 10 of the vote three times. He could also be the fifth player to finish three times in the top 4 (and first since Herschel Walker in 1982).

As it turns out, every player with three top five finishes has wound up winning the Heisman, but six of the players who finished in the top 10 three times did not do so, including names like Marshall FaulkPeyton Manning and Anthony Carter.

The following charts show the players with the most top 5 and top 10 finishes:

Most Top 5 Heisman Finishes

Total Name Team Yrs (Place)
3 Glenn Davis Army 1944 (2), 1945 (2), 1946 (1)
3 Felix “Doc” Blanchard Army 1944 (3), 1945 (1), 1946 (4)
3 Doak Walker SMU 1947 (3), 1948 (1), 1949 (3)
3 Archie Griffin Ohio State 1973 (5), 1974 (1), 1975 (1)
3 Herschel Walker Georgia 1980 (3), 1981 (2), 1982 (1)
3 Tim Tebow Florida 2007 (1), 2008 (3), 2009 (5)

Most top 10 Heisman Finishes

Total Name Team Yrs (Place)
3 Angelo Bertelli Notre Dame 1941 (2), 1942 (6), 1943 (1)
3 Glenn Davis Army 1944 (2), 1945 (2), 1946 (1)
3 Felix “Doc” Blanchard Army 1944 (3), 1945 (1), 1946 (4)
3 Doak Walker SMU 1947 (3), 1948 (1), 1949 (3)
3 Terry Hanratty* Notre Dame 1966 (8), 1967 (10), 1968 (3)
3 Archie Griffin Ohio State 1973 (5), 1974 (1), 1975 (1)
3 Art Schlichter* Ohio State 1979 (4), 1980 (6), 1981 (5)
3 Herschel Walker Georgia 1980 (3), 1981 (2), 1982 (1)
3 Anthony Carter* Michigan 1979 (10), 1980 (7), 1981 (4)
3 Ty Detmer BYU 1989 (9), 1990 (1), 1991 (3)
3 Marshall Faulk* San Diego State 1991 (9), 1992 (2), 1993 (4)
3 Peyton Manning* Tennessee 1995 (6), 1996 (8), 1997 (2)
3 Matt Leinart USC 2003 (6), 2004 (1), 2005 (3)
3 Tim Tebow Florida 2007 (1), 2008 (3), 2009 (5)
3 Kellen Moore* Boise State 2009 (7), 2010 (4), 2011 (8)

 

* – did not win the Heisman