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Sinkwich is the first Georgia Bulldog to win the Heisman and the first Heisman winner to be born outside the United States.

Heisman Winner

Frank Sinkwich

RB | Senior | University of Georgia

Sinkwich is the first Georgia Bulldog to win the Heisman and the first Heisman winner to be born outside the United States.

Born Oct. 10, 1920, in Zagreb, Croatia, Sinkwich was an outstanding high school star at Cheney High School in Youngstown, Ohio. He came to Georgia and led the freshman team of 1939 to an unbeaten season and the reputation as the “Point-A-Minute” Bullpups.

In 1940, he was so outstanding in the season’s final two games against Georgia Tech and Miami, United Press International picked him on its All-Southern first team.

As a junior in 1941, he set an SEC rushing record with 1,103 yards which stood for eight years, and gained 713 yards passing for a new SEC total offense record of 1,816 yards. He led Georgia to a 40-26 victory over TCU in the Orange Bowl New Year’s Day in 1942 with a performance still considered by many as the best in all bowl history. He gained 139 yards, completed 9 of 13 passes for 243 yards and three touchdowns — a total offensive effort of 382 yards. And he accomplished all that despite playing from the third game on with a broken jaw protected by a custom-made facemask. For his efforts, he was almost a unanimous All-America selection.

In his record setting senior season with the Bulldogs, he gained 795 yards rushing and set the SEC passing record with 1,392 yards, a mark that stood for eight years. He set the SEC total offense record of 2,187 yards that same season. He led Georgia to another SEC record — 4,725 yards of team total offense. Although playing with two sprained ankles, he scored Georgia’s only TD in 9-0 victory over UCLA in the Rose Bowl game at Pasadena. At season’s end, he was named a unanimous All-America choice and chosen as Georgia’s first recipient of the Heisman Trophy awarded annually to the nation’s outstanding player by the Downtown Athletic Club of New York.

In his three-year career, he rushed for 2,271 yards, passed for 2,331, and accounted for 60 touchdowns—30 rushing and 30 passing.

He was a two-time All-Pro selection with Detroit in 1943-44 but a knee injury in 1945 essentially ended his professional football career. He served as head coach of an Erie, Pa., professional team in 1949 and as head coach at the University of Tampa in 1950-51. He was inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame in 1954 and into the State of Georgia Sports Hall of Fame in 1967.

Sinkwich was inducted into the University of Georgia Circle of Honor in 1996 and is one of only four Bulldog football players to have his jersey retired.

He passed way on Oct. 22, 1990.

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Heisman Voting Results

Number of electors: N/A - Announced: November 28, 1942.

 PlayerClassPositionSchoolTotal Points
1Frank SInkwichSRHBGeorgia1,059
2Paul GovernaliSRQBColumbia218
3Clint CastleberryFRRBGeorgia Tech99
4Mike HolovakSRRBBoston College95
5Bill HillenbrandSRHBIndiana86
6Angelo BertelliJRQBNotre Dame75
7Dick WildungSRTMinnesota71
8Gene FeketeSRFBOhio State65
9Glenn DobbsSRRBTulsa63
10Dave SchreinerSREWisconsin60

Three points are awarded for first place on a ballot, with two points for second place and one point for third place.

Heisman Voting By Region

At this time, Heisman voters are spread out across five regions.


1Frank Sinkwich
2Clint Castleberry
3Paul Governali
4Joe Domnanovich
5Mike Holovak


1Frank Sinkwich
2Paul Governali
3Mike Holovak
4Spencer Mosely
5Angelo Bertelli


1Frank Sinkwich
2Bill Hillenbrand
3Dick Wildung
4Dave Schreiner
5Gene Fekete


1Frank Sinkwich
2Rudy Mobley
3Glenn Dobbs
4Mike Holovak
5Clint Castleberry

Far West

1Frank Sinkwich
2Bobby Kennedy
3Paul Governali
4Angelo Bertelli
5Rudy Mobley


Frank Sinkwich’s Heisman Year Statistics (details of some games incomplete)

DateOpponentResultAttCompPct.YdsYPATDIntRatingRushesYdsYPCTDPlaysTotal OffYPPTotal TDs
9/19/42at KentuckyW 7-619953.31115.80--23793.430421904.520
9/25/42+ Jacksonville NAS*W 14-0000.000.00--000.000000.000
10/3/42FurmanW 40-74373.35313.32--12554.582161086.754
10/10/42+ Mississippiw 48-1315743.4865.70--13886.76-281746.21-
10/17/42TulaneW 40-0-----2--14705.001---3
10/24/42at CincinnatiW 35-13---227-2---136-3-363-5
10/31/42+ #10 AlabamaW 21-10331760.82307.01--20361.801532665.012
11/7/42+ FloridaW 75-09553.811212.42---71-2-183-4
11/14/42at Tenn-ChattanoogaW 40-0---66-1---140-2-206-3
11/21/42+ #16 AuburnL 27-13---177-0---31---208--
11/28/42#5 Georgia TechW 34-0---102-0---72------
Heisman StatsAP #210-11668450.613928.4107132.491647624.641633021546.5226
1/1/43+ #13 UCLAW 9-0000.000.000011333.00111333.001
TotalsAP #211-11668450.613928.4107132.491757954.541734121876.4127

(+) Neutral Site
(*) Injured on game's fourth play.