Heisman Voting Records

Most First Place Votes

These are the raw totals of the Heisman winners who garnered the most first-place votes. However, keep in mind that in some years (1968, 1976) there were more voters than in recent years.

YearPlayerSchoolFirst-place votes
1968O.J. SimpsonUSC855
2019Joe BurrowLSU841
2006Troy SmithOhio State801
2014Marcus MariotaOregon788
1993Charlie WardFlorida State740
2017Baker MayfieldOklahoma732
2010Cam NewtonAuburn729
1998Ricky WilliamsTexas714
1976Tony DorsettPittsburgh701
1984Doug FlutieBoston College678
1986Vinny TestaverdeMiami678
2013Jameis WinstonFlorida State668
1991Desmond HowardMichigan661

Most Points as a Percentage of Possible Points

Because the size of the Heisman electorate has varied over the years, a more accurate way to assess the size of a Heisman victory is to calculate the point total as a percentage of possible points available in that year.

YearPlayer, SchoolPointsVotersPercentage
2019Joe Burrow, LSU2,60892793.8%
2006Troy Smith, Ohio State2,54092491.63%
2014Marcus Mariota, Oregon2,53492990.92%
2017Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma2,39892986.0%
1998Ricky Williams, Texas2,35592185.23%
1993Charlie Ward, FSU2,31091983.79%
2010Cam Newton, Auburn2,26392581.55%
1968O.J. Simpson, USC2,9031,20080.64%
2013Jameis Winston, FSU2,20592979.12%
2018Kyler Murray, Oklahoma2,16792978%
1991Desmond Howard, Michigan2,07791775.50%
1976Tony Dorsett, Pittsburgh2,3571,04874.97%
1999Ron Dayne, Wisconsin2,04292273.83%
2012Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M2,02992872.88%

Most Ballots Named, as a Percentage of Total Ballots

YearName1st2nd3rdBallotsVoters% of ballots
2019Joe Burrow84141389392795.47%
2014Marcus Mariota788742288492995.16%
2006Troy Smith801621387692494.8%
2018Kyler Murray5172786085592992.03%
2017Baker Mayfield732872884792991.17%
1998Ricky Williams714913183692190.8%
2012Johnny Manziel47425210382992889.3%
1968O.J. Simpson855128821,0651,20088.8%
2008Sam Bradford30031519681192687.6%
1967Gary Beban3693321978981,03386.9%
2007Tim Tebow46222911380492586.9%
1993Charlie Ward740391279191986.1%
2015Derrick Henry37827714479992986.01%
2013Jameis Winston668843378592984.5%
2010Cam Newton729242878192584.4%

Largest Margin of Victory

YearWinner, SchoolPointsRunner Up, SchoolPointsMargin
2019Joe Burrow, LSU2,608Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma7621,846
1968O.J. Simpson, USC2,853Leroy Keyes, Purdue1,1031,750
2006Troy Smith, Ohio State2,540Darren McFadden, Arkansas8781,662
1993Charlie Ward, Florida State2,310Heath Shuler, Tennessee6881,622
1991Desmond Howard, Michigan2,077Casey Weldon, Florida State5031,574
1998Ricky Williams, Texas2,355Michael Bishop, Kansas State7921,563
1986Vinny Testaverde, Miami2,213Paul Palmer, Temple6721,541
2013Jameis Winston, Florida State2,205AJ McCarron, Alabama7041,501
1955Howard Cassady, Ohio State2,219Jim Swink, TCU7421,477
1963Roger Staubach, Navy1,860Billy Lothridge, Georgia Tech5041,356
1951Dick Kazmaier, Princeton1,777Hank Lauricella, Tennessee4241,353

Smallest Margin of Victory

YearWinner, SchoolPointsRunner Up, SchoolPointsMargin
2009Mark Ingram, Alabama1,304Toby Gerhart, Stanford1,27628
1985Bo Jackson, Auburn1,509Chuck Long, Iowa1,46445
1961Ernie Davis, Syracuse824Bob Ferguson, Ohio State77153
1953John Lattner, Notre Dame1,850Paul Giel, Minnesota1,79456
2001Eric Crouch, Nebraska770Rex Grossman, Florida70862
1989Andre Ware, Houston1,073Anthony Thompson, Indiana1,00370
1956Paul Hornung, Notre Dame1,066John Majors, Tennessee99472
1964John Huarte, Notre Dame1,026Jerry Rhome, Tulsa95274
2000Chris Weinke, Florida State1,628Josh Heupel, Oklahoma1,55276
1978Billy Sims, Oklahoma827Chuck Fusina, Penn State75077

The Winning Juniors

YearPlayer, School
1945Doc Blanchard, Army
1948Doak Walker, SMU
1950Vic Janowicz, Ohio State
1963Roger Staubach, Navy
1974Archie Griffin, Ohio State
1978Billy Sims, Oklahoma
1982Herschel Walker, Georgia
1988Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State
1989Andre Ware, Houston
1990Ty Detmer, BYU
1991Desmond Howard, Michigan
1994Rashaan Salaam, Colorado
1997Charles Woodson, Michigan
2004Matt Leinart, USC
2010Cam Newton, Auburn
2011Robert Griffin III, Baylor
2014Marcus Mariota, Oregon
2015Derrick Henry, Alabama
2018Kyler Murray, Oklahoma

The Winning Sophomores

YearPlayer, School
2007Tim Tebow, Florida
2008Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
2009Mark Ingram, Alabama
2016Lamar Jackson, Louisville

The Winning Freshmen

YearPlayer, School
2012Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
2013Jameis Winston, Florida State

Heisman finishes by position

Offensive linemen and the Heisman
Defensive linemen and the Heisman

Tight Ends and the Heisman

Heisman Jersey Numbers

99
Jay Berwanger, RB, Chicago, 1935

98
Tom Harmon, RB, Michigan, 1940

82
Leon Hart, End, Notre Dame, 1949

81
Tim Brown, WR, Notre Dame, 1987

54
Bruce Smith, RB, Minnesota, 1941

48
Angelo Bertelli, QB, Notre Dame, 1943

45
Archie Griffin, RB, Ohio State, 1974, 1975

44
John David Crow, RB, Texas A&M, 1957
Ernie Davis, RB, Syracuse, 1961

42
Dick Kazmaier, RB, Princeton, 1951

41
Glenn Davis, RB, Army, 1946

40
Howard Cassady, RB, Ohio State, 1955

38
George Rogers, RB, South Carolina, 1980

37
Doak Walker, RB, SMU, 1948

36
Steve Owens, RB, Oklahoma, 1969

35
Doc Blanchard, FB, Army, 1945
Billy Vessels, RB, Oklahoma, 1952
Alan Ameche, RB, Wisconsin, 1954

34
Herschel Walker, RB, Georgia, 1982
Bo Jackson, RB, Auburn, 1985
Ricky Williams, RB, Texas, 1998

33
Tony Dorsett, RB, Pittsburgh, 1976
Marcus Allen, RB, USC, 1981
Ron Dayne, RB, Wisconsin, 1999

32
Johnny Lujack, QB, Notre Dame, 1947
OJ Simpson, RB, USC, 1968

31
Vic Janowicz, RB, Ohio State, 1950

30
Mike Rozier, RB, Nebraska, 1983

29
Joe Bellino, RB, Navy, 1960

27
Eddie George, RB, Ohio State, 1995

24
Nile Kinnick, RB, Iowa, 1939
Pete Dawkins, RB, Army, 1958

22
Les Horvath, RB, Ohio State, 1944
John Cappalletti, RB, Penn State, 1973
Doug Flutie, QB, Boston College, 1984
Mark Ingram, RB, Alabama, 1989

21
Frank Sinkwich, RB, Georgia, 1942
Barry Sanders, RB, Oklahoma State, 1988
Desmond Howard, WR, Michigan, 1991

20
Billy Cannon, RB, LSU, 1959
Mike Garrett, RB, USC, 1965
Johnny Rodgers, RB, Nebraska, 1972
Earl Campbell, RB, Texas, 1977
Billy Sims, RB, Oklahoma, 1978

19
Larry Kelley, End, Yale, 1936
Rashaan Salaam, RB, Colorado, 1994

18
Jason White, QB, Oklahoma, 2003

17
Charlie Ward, QB, Florida State, 1993

16
Gary Beban, QB, UCLA, 1967
Jim Plunkett, QB, Stanford, 1970
Chris Weinke, QB, Florida State, 2000

15
Tim Tebow, QB, Florida, 2007

14
Clint Frank, RB, Yale, 1937
John Lattner, RB, Notre Dame, 1953
Vinny Testaverde, QB, Miami, 1986
Ty Detmer, QB, BYU, 1990
Sam Bradford, QB, Oklahoma, 2008

13
Gino Torretta, QB, Miami, 1992

12
Roger Staubach, QB, Navy, 1963
Charles White, RB, USC, 1979

11
Terry Baker, QB, Oregon State, 1962
Steve Spurrier, QB, Florida, 1966
Andre Ware, QB, Houston, 1989
Matt Leinart, QB, USC, 2004

10
Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State, 2006
Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor, 2011

9
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU, 2019

8
Davey O’Brien, QB, TCU, 1938
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon, 2014
Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville, 2016

7
John Huarte, QB, Notre Dame, 1964
Pat Sullivan, QB, Auburn, 1971
Danny Wuerffel, QB, Florida, 1996
Eric Crouch, QB, Nebraska, 2001

6
Baker Mayfield, QB, Oklahoma, 2017

5
Paul Hornung, QB, Notre Dame, 1956
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State, 2013

3
Carson Palmer, QB, USC, 2002

2
Charles Woodson, DB/WR, Michigan, 1997
Cam Newton, QB, Auburn, 2010
Johnny Manziel, QB, Texas A&M, 2012
Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama

1
Kyler Murray, QB, Oklahoma, 2018

 

COMPLETE LIST OF HEISMAN FINALISTS

1982
Herschel Walker, Georgia
John Elway, Stanford*
Eric Dickerson, SMU

1983
Mike Rozier, Nebraska
Steve Young, BYU
Doug Flutie, Boston College

1984
Doug Flutie, Boston College
Keith Byars, Ohio State
Robbie Bosco, BYU*
Bernie Kosar, Miami (Fla)

1985
Bo Jackson, Auburn
Chuck Long, Iowa
Robbie Bosco, BYU*
Lorenzo White, Michigan State
Vinny Testaverde, Miami (Fla)

1986
Vinny Testaverde, Miami (Fla)
Paul Palmer, Temple
Jim Harbaugh, Michigan*
Brian Bosworth, Oklahoma
D.J. Dozier, Penn State*

1987
Tim Brown, Notre Dame
Don McPherson, Syracuse
Gordon Lockbaum, Holy Cross
Lorenzo White, Michigan State
Craig Heyward, Pittsburgh

1988
Barry Sanders, Oklahoma State*
Rodney Peete, USC
Troy Aikman, UCLA
Steve Walsh, Miami (Fla)*
Major Harris, West Virginia

1989
Andre Ware, Houston*
Anthony Thompson, Indiana
Major Harris, West Virginia
Tony Rice, Notre Dame
Darian Hagan, Colorado
Dee Dowis, Air Force*
Emmitt Smith, Florida*
Blair Thomas, Penn State*

1990
Ty Detmer, BYU*
Raghib Ismail, Notre Dame
Eric Bieniemy, Colorado
Shawn Moore, Virginia
David Klingler, Houston

1991
Desmond Howard, Michigan
Casey Weldon, Florida State
Ty Detmer, BYU
Steve Emtman, Washington

1992
Gino Torretta, Miami (Fla)
Marshall Faulk, San Diego State
Garrison Hearst, Georgia

1993
Charlie Ward, Florida State
Heath Shuler, Tennessee
David Palmer, Alabama

1994
Rashaan Salaam, Colorado
Ki-Jana Carter, Penn State
Steve McNair, Alcorn State
Kerry Collins, Penn State
Jay Barker, Alabama
Warren Sapp, Miami (Fla)

1995
Eddie George, Ohio State
Tommie Frazier, Nebraska
Danny Wuerffel, Florida
Darnell Autry, Northwestern
Troy Davis, Iowa State

1996
Danny Wuerffel, Florida
Troy Davis, Iowa State
Jake Plummer, Arizona State
Orlando Pace, Ohio State

1997
Charles Woodson, Michigan
Peyton Manning, Tennessee
Ryan Leaf, Washington State
Randy Moss, Marshall

1998
Ricky Williams, Texas
Michael Bishop, Kansas State
Cade McNown, UCLA
Tim Couch, Kentucky

1999
Ron Dayne, Wisconsin
Joe Hamilton, Georgia Tech
Michael Vick, Virginia Tech
Drew Brees, Purdue
Chad Pennington, Marshall

2000
Chris Weinke, Florida State
Josh Heupel, Oklahoma
Drew Brees, Purdue
LaDainian Tomlinson, TCU

2001
Eric Crouch, Nebraska
Rex Grossman, Florida
Ken Dorsey, Miami (Fla)
Joey Harrington, Oregon

2002
Carson Palmer, USC
Brad Banks, Iowa
Larry Johnson, Penn State
Willis McGahee, Miami (Fla)
Ken Dorsey, Miami (Fla)

2003
Jason White, Oklahoma
Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh
Eli Manning, Mississippi
Chris Perry, Michigan

2004
Matt Leinart, USC
Adrian Peterson, Oklahoma
Jason White, Oklahoma
Alex Smith, Utah
Reggie Bush, USC

2005
Vince Young, Texas
Matt Leinart, USC

2006
Troy Smith, Ohio State
Darren McFadden, Arkansas
Brady Quinn, Notre Dame

2007
Tim Tebow, Florida
Darren McFadden, Arkansas
Colt Brennan, Hawaii
Chase Daniel, Missouri

2008
Sam Bradford, Oklahoma
Colt McCoy, Texas
Tim Tebow, Florida

2009
Mark Ingram, Alabama
Toby Gerhart, Stanford
Colt McCoy, Texas
Ndamukong Suh, Nebraska
Tim Tebow, Florida

2010
Cam Newton, Auburn
Andrew Luck, Stanford
LaMichael James, Oregon
Kellen Moore, Boise State

2011
Robert Griffin III
Andrew Luck, Stanford
Trent Richardson, Alabama
Montee Ball, Wisconsin
Tyrann Mathieu, LSU

2012
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Manti Te’o, Notre Dame
Collin Klein, Kansas State

2013
Jameis Winston, Florida State
AJ McCarron, Alabama
Jordan Lynch, Northern Illinois
Andre Williams, Boston College
Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M
Tre Mason, Auburn

2014
Marcus Mariota, Oregon
Melvin Gordon, Wisconsin
Amari Cooper, Alabama

2015
Derrick Henry, Alabama
Christian McCaffrey, Stanford
Deshaun Watson, Clemson

2016
Lamar Jackson, Louisville
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Jabrill Peppers, Michigan
Deshaun Watson, Clemson
Dede Westbrook, Oklahoma

2017
Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma
Bryce Love, Stanford
Lamar Jackson, Louisville

2018
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Dwayne Haskins, Ohio State

2019
Joe Burrow, LSU
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma
Justin Fields, Ohio State
Chase Young, Ohio State

2020
Mac Jones, Alabama
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson
DeVonta Smith, Alabama
Kyle Trask, Florida

* – invited but did not attend ceremony.

Here’s a breakdown of the 163 Heisman finalists by school since 1982:

11 finalists
OKLAHOMA — Brian Bosworth (’86), Josh Heupel (’00), Jason White(’03, ’04), Adrian Petersen (’04), Sam Bradford(’08), Baker Mayfield (’16, ’17), Dede Westbrook (’16), Kyler Murray (’18), Jalen Hurts (’19).

10 finalists
ALABAMA— David Palmer (’93), Jay Barker (’94), Mark Ingram(’09), Trent Richardson (’11), AJ McCarron (’13), Amari Cooper (’14), Derrick Henry (’15), Tua Tagovailoa (’18), Mac Jones (’19), DeVonta Smith (’19).

9 finalists 
MIAMI (FLA) —Bernie Kosar (’84), Vinny Testaverde(’85, ’86), Steve Walsh (’88), Gino Torretta(’92), Warren Sapp (’94), Ken Dorsey (’01, ’02), Willis McGahee (’02).

8 finalists
FLORIDA— Emmitt Smith (’89), Danny Wuerffel (’95, ’96), Rex Grossman (’01), Tim Tebow (’07, ’08, ’09), Kyle Trask (’19).

7 finalists
OHIO STATE— Keith Byars (’84), Eddie George (’95), Orlando Pace (’96), Troy Smith (’06), Dwayne Kaskins (’18), Justin Fields (’19), Chase Young (’19).

6 finalists
STANFORD— John Elway (’82), Toby Gerhart (’09), Andrew Luck (’10, ’11), Christian McCaffrey (’15), Bryce Love (’17).

5 finalists
BYU— Steve Young (’83), Robbie Bosco (’84, ’85), Ty Detmer (’90, ’91).
MICHIGAN— Jim Harbaugh (’86), Desmond Howard (’91), Charles Woodson (’97), Chris Perry (’03), Jabrill Peppers (’16).
NOTRE DAMETim Brown (’87), Tony Rice (’89), Raghib Ismail (’90), Brady Quinn (’06), Manti Te’o (’12).
PENN STATE— D.J. Dozier (’86), Blair Thomas (’89), Ki-Jana Carter (’94), Kerry Collins (’94), Larry Johnson (’02).
USC— Rodney Peete (’88), Carson Palmer(’02), Matt Leinart (’04, ’05), Reggie Bush (’04).

4 finalists
FLORIDA STATE— Casey Weldon (’91), Charlie Ward (’93), Chris Weinke (’00), Jameis Winston (’13).
NEBRASKAMike Rozier (’83), Tommie Frazier (’95), Eric Crouch (’01), Ndamukong Suh (’09).
TEXASRicky Williams (’98), Vince Young (’05), Colt McCoy (’08, ’09).

3 finalists
AUBURNBo Jackson (’85), Cam Newton (’10), Tre Mason (’13).
BOSTON COLLEGEDoug Flutie (’83, ’84), Andre Williams (’13).
CLEMSON— Deshaun Watson (’15, ’16), Trevor Lawrence (’19).
COLORADO— Darian Hagan (’89), Eric Bieniemy (’90), Rashaan Salaam (’94).
OREGON— Joey Harrington (’01), LaMichael James (’10), Marcus Mariota (’14).
WISCONSINRon Dayne (’99), Montee Ball (’11), Melvin Gordon (’14).

2 finalists
ARKANSAS— Darren McFadden (’06, ’07).
GEORGIAHerschel Walker (’82), Garrison Hearst (’92).
HOUSTONAndre Ware (’89), David Klingler (’90).
IOWA— Chuck Long (’85), Brad Banks (’02).
IOWA STATE— Troy Davis (’95, ’96).
KANSAS STATE— Michael Bishop (’98), Collin Klein (’12).
LOUISVILLE— Lamar Jackson (’16, ’17).
LSU— Tyrann Mathieu (’11), Joe Burrow (’19).
MARSHALL— Randy Moss (’97), Chad Pennington (’99).
MICHIGAN STATE— Lorenzo White (’85, ’87).
PITTSBURGH— Craig Heyward (’87), Larry Fitzgerald (’03).
PURDUE— Drew Brees (’99, ’00).
TENNESSEE— Heath Shuler (’93), Peyton Manning (’97).
TEXAS A&MJohnny Manziel (’12, ’13).
UCLA— Troy Aikman (’88), Cade McNown (’97).
WEST VIRGINIA— Major Harris (’88, ’89)

1 finalist
AIR FORCE— Dee Dowis (’89).
ALCORN STATE— Steve McNair (’94).
ARIZONA STATE— Jake Plummer (’96).
BAYLORRobert Griffin III (’11).
BOISE STATE— Kellen Moore (’10).
GEORGIA TECH— Joe Hamilton (’99).
HAWAII— Colt Brennan (’07).
HOLY CROSS— Gordie Lockbaum (’87).
INDIANA— Anthony Thompson (’89).
KENTUCKY— Tim Couch (’98).
MISSISSIPPI— Eli Manning (’03).
MISSOURI— Chase Daniel (’07).
NORTHERN ILLINOIS— Jordan Lynch (’13).
NORTHWESTERN— Darnell Autry (’95).
OKLAHOMA STATE— Barry Sanders (’88).
SAN DIEGO STATE— Marshall Faulk (’92).
SMU— Eric Dickerson (’82).
SYRACUSE— Don McPherson (’87).
TEMPLE— Paul Palmer (’86).
TCU— LaDainian Tomlinson (’00).
UTAH— Alex Smith (’04).
VIRGINIA— Shawn Moore (’90).
VIRGINIA TECH— Michael Vick (’99).
WASHINGTON— Steve Emtman (’91).
WASHINGTON STATE— Ryan Leaf (’97).