Notes On The 2021 Heisman Trophy Ceremony

Bryce Young wins the Heisman Trophy at the Heisman Trophy Ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 in New York, NY. / Heisman Trophy Trust

Bryce Young is Alabama’s fourth Heisman winner and the second in a row following DeVonta Smith in 2020. Derrick Henry (2015) and Mark Ingram (2009) are the other winners.

• Alabama wins back-to-back Heisman Trophies, marking the second time in five years a school produced back-to-back winners, following Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield (2017) and Kyler Murray (2018) and the fifth time overall (Yale 1936-37, Army 1945-46, Ohio State 1974-75, Oklahoma 2017-18, Alabama 2020-21).

• It gives Alabama three Heisman Trophies in seven years (including Henry), tying Notre Dame’s Heisman-best stretch, done twice (1943-49 and 1947-53).

• It gives Alabama four Heisman winners in 13 years (including Ingram), surpassed only by Notre Dame’s four Heismans in 11 years (1943-53).

• Young is the fifth sophomore to win and the first since Lamar Jackson in 2016.

• He is the 33rd Heisman winner from the Southeastern Conference and the third in a row following Smith in 2020 and Joe Burrow (LSU) in 2019.

• He is the 18th quarterback in the last 21 years to win the Heisman and the 37th overall.
• He is the eighth Heisman winner to take part in the College Football Playoff, joining Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota, Derrick Henry, Baker Mayfield, Kyler Murray, Joe Burrow and Smith.

• He is the second Heisman winner wearing No. 9, joining Burrow.

• He is the Heisman-best third winner from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif., joining Matt Leinart (2004) and John Huarte (1964).

• Alabama Coach Nick Saban joins Frank Leahy for the most Heisman winners coached (four).

• His 4,322 passing yards are the sixth most by a Heisman winner.

• He is the seventh-youngest Heisman Trophy winner at 20 years, 139 days.

Michigan’s Aidan Hutchinson finished second in the Heisman voting, marking the highest finish by a defensive player since Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o finished second in 2012.

Pittsburgh’s Kenny Pickett finished third, the fifth Panther player to finish Top 3 in the Heisman voting.

Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud finished fourth, the highest finish for a Buckeye since Justin Fields was third in 2019 while teammate Chase Young was fourth as well that year.

2021 Heisman Voting Notes

• Young finished first in all six Heisman regions.

• Young received 83% of total possible points, which is the seventh highest in the history of the Heisman surpassing Cam Newton, who received 81.55% in 2010.

• Young was named on 90.09% of all ballots, which is the seventh highest in the history of the Heisman surpassing Johnny Manziel, who was named on 89.33% of ballots in 2012.

• Young received 684 first place votes which is the tenth highest in the history of the Heisman surpassing Doug Flutie and Vinny Testaverde, who received 678 votes in 1984 and 1986, respectively.