Also, below this list, let's take a look at how Jameis Winston compares to other quarterbacks who've won the trophy recently. He has a lot in common, but his win will also continue some interesting recent dynamics.
|2012||Johnny Manziel||Texas A&M||Quarterback|
|2011||Robert Griffin III||Baylor||Quarterback|
|2009||Mark Ingram, Jr.||Alabama||Running back|
|2006||Troy Smith||Ohio State||Quarterback|
|2005||Reggie Bush (vacated)||USC||Running back|
|2000||Chris Weinke||Florida State||Quarterback|
|1999||Ron Dayne||Wisconsin||Running back|
|1998||Ricky Williams||Texas||Running back|
|1997||Charles Woodson||Michigan||Cornerback/Punt returner|
|1995||Eddie George||Ohio State||Running back|
|1994||Rashaan Salaam||Colorado||Running back|
|1993||Charlie Ward||Florida State||Quarterback|
|1991||Desmond Howard||Michigan||Wide receiver|
|1988||Barry Sanders||Oklahoma State||Running back|
|1987||Tim Brown||Notre Dame||Wide receiver|
|1985||Bo Jackson||Auburn||Running back|
|1984||Doug Flutie||Boston College||Quarterback|
|1983||Mike Rozier||Nebraska||Running back|
|1982||Herschel Walker||Georgia||Running back|
|1981||Marcus Allen||USC||Running back|
|1980||George Rogers||South Carolina||Running back|
|1979||Charles White||USC||Running back|
|1978||Billy Sims||Oklahoma||Running back|
|1977||Earl Campbell||Texas||Running back|
|1976||Tony Dorsett||Pittsburgh||Running back|
|1975||Archie Griffin||Ohio State||Running back|
|1974||Archie Griffin||Ohio State||Running back|
|1973||John Cappelletti||Penn State||Running back|
|1972||Johnny Rodgers||Nebraska||Wide Receiver/Running back|
|1968||O. J. Simpson||USC||Halfback|
|1964||John Huarte||Notre Dame||Quarterback|
|1962||Terry Baker||Oregon State||Quarterback|
|1957||John David Crow||Texas A&M||Halfback|
|1956||Paul Hornung||Notre Dame||Quarterback|
|1955||Howard Cassady||Ohio State||Halfback|
|1953||Johnny Lattner||Notre Dame||Halfback|
|1950||Vic Janowicz||Ohio State||Halfback/Punter|
|1949||Leon Hart||Notre Dame||End|
|1947||Johnny Lujack||Notre Dame||Quarterback|
|1944||Les Horvath||Ohio State||Quarterback/Halfback|
|1943||Angelo Bertelli||Notre Dame||Quarterback|
A few recent trends Winston's victory will carry on:
- It's usually going to be a quarterback. The reasons for Winston's win go beyond the fact that he has thrown for 38 touchdowns and 3,820 yards. The data shows that the Heisman has been a very quarterback-centric award in the last 20 years, with all but seven winners coming from under center. This millenium, it gets even more signal-caller heavy, with 11 wins for quarterbacks Mark Ingram and Reggie Bush.
- Age no longer matters. Since Tim Tebow broke through with a win his sophomore year, no senior has won the award since, and last season, Johnny Manziel won as a redshirt freshman -- the first in Heisman history. Winston will be the second.
- In recent years, the award has trended to the southeast. Since 2000, only three winners have come from the west, while the Big 12 and SEC have taken home eight Heismans. The SEC has won four of the last six.
Here's how Winston's numbers stack up with other recent Heisman-winning quarterbacks:
- From a strictly statistical standpoint, Winston compares quite favorably with everyone who has come before him, and in many ways, exceeds them. He not only bests the average Heisman quarterback line, he obliterates many of the marks -- his YPA is by far the highest, and he edges out Griffin for best passer rating as well. Had it not been for Florida State blowing out every opponent, he probably could have made a run at Bradford's yardage and touchdown totals.
- He did this with an offense that did not worry about tempo. Florida State ran 941 plays in 14 games this year, for an average of 67.2 per game. Compare that with 881 in 13 games last season, for an average of 67.76 per game. In both years, their total plays ranked outside of the top 40 nation-wide.
- Some of these quarterbacks won the award on the basis of their rushing -- Crouch, for example, as from an option offense -- but it's not particularly fruitful to compare those numbers. It is interesting to see the progression in completion percentage, though, which is a function of increasingly efficient offenses and quarterbacks who come to college better prepared as passers.
- As suspected, the Heisman favors the top quarterback from a top-five team, with the average winner's team ranking about fourth. The only exceptions are Tim Tebow in 2007, Robert Griffin in 2011, and Johnny Manziel in 2012.
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