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Sam Bradford became the second consecutive sophomore and the fifth Oklahoma player to be awarded the Heisman Trophy.

Heisman Winner

Sam Bradford

QB | RS Sophomore | University of Oklahoma

In 2008, Bradford became the fifth Oklahoma player — and second-consecutive sophomore — to win the Heisman. He joined Billy Vessels (’52), Steve Owens (’69), Billy Sims (’78) and Jason White (’03) as Sooner Heisman winners.

Bradford’s combined 53 touchdowns running and passing are tied with Marcus Mariota for the most in Heisman history.

The 6-4, 220-pound Bradford was born in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He attended Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City, where he starred in football, basketball and golf. As a senior quarterback for his high school football team in 2005, he threw for 2,029 yards and 17 touchdowns in 12 games.  His senior year in basketball, he averaged a double-double.

Bradford was not highly-recruited coming out of high school, but he did receive a scholarship offer from Oklahoma, which he accepted.

After a redshirt season in 2006, Bradford turned in one of the best seasons by a redshirt freshman in collegiate history in 2007, throwing for 3,121 yards and 36 touchdowns while leading the nation in passing efficiency.

That set the stage for a phenomenal 2008 year. Bradford was the trigger man for the highest-scoring offense in NCAA history, throwing for 4,464 yards with 48 touchdowns and just six interceptions. He again led the nation in passing and also added five rushing touchdowns as the Sooners went 12-1 and qualified the BCS national title game.

The 2008 Heisman vote was an intriguing one, as Bradford beat out Colt McCoy and Tim Tebow despite Tebow getting the most first-place votes. Bradford’s second-place tallies put him over the top.

The Sooners fell to Florida in the title game, but Bradford returned as a junior in 2009. However, he suffered a severe shoulder injury in the opener against BYU and only made two more appearances the rest of the season.

He declared for the NFL draft following the 2009 season and was selected as the first overall pick in the 2010 draft by the St. Louis Rams. He was named the 2010 NFL Rookie of the Year, but has continued to be affected by injuries since then. He most recently signed with the Philadelphia Eagles.

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Heisman Voting Results

Number of electors: 925 - Announced: December 13, 2008.

 PlayerClassPositionSchool1st2nd3rdTotal Points
1Sam BradfordRS SOQBOklahoma3003151961726
2Colt McCoyRS JRQBTexas2662882301604
3Tim TebowJRQBFlorida3092073201575
4Graham HarrellRS SRQBTexas Tech134486213
5Michael CrabtreeRS SOWRTexas Tech32753116
6Shon GreeneRS JRRBIowa593265
7Patrick WhiteRS SRQBWest Virginia31819
8Nate DavisJRQBBall State01810
9Rey MaualugaSRLBUSC2119
10Javon RingerSRRBMichigan State1058

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

Heisman voters are spread out across six regions, with roughly 145 per region.


1Tim Tebow382
2Sam Bradford250
3Colt McCoy247


1Sam Bradford289
2Tim Tebow274
3Colt McCoy266


1Sam Bradford267
2Tim Tebow264
3Colt McCoy252


1Colt McCoy292
2Sam Bradford281
3Tim Tebow259


1Sam Bradford360
2Colt McCoy313
3Tim Tebow184

Far West

1Sam Bradford279
2Colt McCoy234
3Tim Tebow212


DateOpponentResultAttCompPctYardsYPATDIntRatingRushesYardsYPCTDPlaysTotal OffYPPTotal Yards
08/30/08ChattanoogaW 57-2221777.31838.320177.14000.000221838.322
09/06/08#17 CincinnatiW 52-26382976.339510.452196.53331.000413989.715
09/13/08at WashingtonW 55-14211885.730414.550285.88111.0012230513.866
09/27/08#7 TCUW 35-10341955.941112.140196.244-31-7.7503838010.004
10/04/08at BaylorW 49-17312374.237212.021189.83242.0013337611.393
10/11/18+ #4 TexasL 35-45392871.83879.952187.208-5-0.630473828.135
10/18/08KansasW 45-31533667.94688.830160.784143.500574828.463
10/25/08at Kansas StateW 58-35321340.62558.030138.51111.001332567.764
11/01/08NebraskaW 62-28271970.431111.551220.832147.0002932511.215
11/08/08at Texas A&MW 66-28332266.73209.740188.125234.601383439.035
11/22/05#12 Texas TechW 65-21191473.730416.040277.555183.6002432213.424
11/29/08at #16 Oklahoma StateW 61-41443068.23708.440168.824164.001483868.045
12/06/08+ #19 MissouriW 62-21493469.43847.820148.69177.000503917.822
Heisman StatsBCS #1, AP #212-144230268.3446410.1486186.2840651.63548245299.3953
01/08/09+ #1 FloridaL 14-24412663.42566.222122.212-18-9.00432385.532
TotalsBCS #5, AP #512-248332867.947209.8508180.8442471.12552547679.0855

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Heisman Winner Sam Bradford Oklahoma QB
Sam Bradford Oklahoma QB - Heisman Winner