Heisman Trophy Recipe For Success
What  are the ingredients Heisman voters look for?
BCS AQ Conference: Not since Ty Demeter won the Heisman at BYU in 1990 has a Heisman
Trophy winner come from a school that's not currently in a BCS conference.  BCS conference
schools gain the weekly spotlight by dominating the TV networks and the highlight shows.  
The Right Position: The last two decades have only produced three Heisman winners that weren't
positioned as a QB or RB.  Tim Brown 1987, Desmond Howard 1991 and Charles Woodson 1997
broke the mold.  Now with each "passing" year, it has become an award taken home by
quarterbacks.  Since the year 2000, a QB has won the award every year but twice.
Breathtaking Stats:  Despite Tim Tebow being a sophomore in 2007, Heisman voters could not
deny the 59 Td's he accounted for including an SEC record 22 rushing Td's.  Not even Herschel
Walker and Bo Jackson put up those kind of numbers.  When QB Cam Newton rushed for 1,409
yards and 20 TD's in 2010, his bid for the award was not to be denied.
A National Title Contender: It's a trend that's gaining momentum as recent winners (Troy Smith,
Reggie Bush, Matt Leinart Jason White, Mark Ingram and Cam Newton) had their teams
positioned for a national title game appearance when the Heisman voting was conducted in mid
December.  In 2011, both LSU's Tyrann Mathieu and Alabama's Trent Richardson were both
finalist and in the BCS Championship Game.
Buzz and More Buzz:  Without the Hype going into the season, it's nearly impossible for a player to
gain the voters attention:  With player specific promotional websites and aggressive marketing
campaigns launched by a Heisman candidates particular school, it's essential to start the season
with "Heisman Hype" to match "Heisman Talent!."
 
Defining Moment: Doug Flutie's Hail Mary pass against Miami was a defining moment his
Heisman season.  2009 Heisman winner Mark Ingram sealed the deal with a breakout
performance against Florida in the SEC Championship Game.
Quarterbacks that can run:  Tim Tebow won the Heisman as a sophomore because of his
record-setting and stunning rushing stats. Cam Newton 2010 and Robert Griffin III were dual
threat QB's as well.
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2014 Heisman Candidates
After guiding Oregon to a 12-1 record and a Pac 12 championship, Marcus
Mariota becomes the first Heisman winner from the University of Oregon.
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Top Heisman Schools
We explore which programs
have brought home the
most stiff-armed trophies
and big schools still
seeking their first one.
Colleges Seeking
Their First Heisman
Winner
Will this be the first year that
a Clemson player accepts
the bronzed trophy?
Heisman Winners in
the NFL Draft
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of players that won
college football's top
award
Heisman Winners
on National
Championship Teams
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played like a champion for
that year's national
champion.
2011 Heisman Voting
Results
Take a look back the that
saw RG3 become the
first Baylor player to win
the award.
Breaking the
Heisman Jinx
These players refused to
bow down to the dreaded
jinx and won Super
Bowls, won major
awards and some even
made it to the Pro
Footballl Hall of Fame!
2013 Heisman Voting
Results
The Heisman appeared
to be headed towards
Kansas State's Collin
Klein before Johnny
"Football" Gigged them!
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M. Mariota - Oregon
A knee injury towards the end
of the 2013 season derailed
Mariota's Heisman hopes,
but the Ducks QB should
return to peak form in 2014
Marcus Mariota is Oregon's first Heisman Winner
Oregon QB Marcus Mariota, Alabama WR Amari Cooper and Wisconsin RB Melvin Gordon
received invitations to New York for the 2014 Heisman Trophy presentation
Jameis Winston
Florida State QB
Sophomore
While leading FSU to a national title as a freshman, Winston threw for 3820
yards as the Seminoles marched to an undefeated season.  Winston
tossed 38 TD pass vs 10 interceptions.  Winston ranked first nationally in
passing efficiency with a 190.8 rating and was second nationally in
passing touchdowns.
Marcus Mariota
Oregon QB
Junior
Last year, Mariota became the first Oregon quarterback to top 4,000 yards
of total offense (4,380) while accounting for 40 total touchdowns and just
four interceptions.  After leading the Ducks to an 8-0 start, the Oregon QB
was the nation's top Heisman candidate.  However, Mariota was slowed  
by a knee injury and Oregon lost two late season games.
Braxton Miller
Ohio State QB
Senior
Braxton led a resurgent Buckeyes team by passing for 2,094 passing
yards, 24 passing TDs, 7 interceptions, 1,068 rushing yards, 12 rushing
TDs.  As a dominating dual-threat QB, Miller delivers the type of stats that
have been well received by Heisman voters in recent years.  Miller's
performance has shown steady improvement since his 2011 freshman
season.  Miller's QB rating has climbed from a 138.4 in 2011 to a 140.5 in
2012 before jumping to 158.1 last season.
   
Marcus Mariota - Junior. QB - Oregon
Regular season stats
Comp
Att
Yds
Comp %
TD
INT
QB Rtg.
Rush
YDS
Avg
TD
254
372
3783
68.3
38
2
186.3
117
669
5.7
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Season Highlights:
  • Threw for 300+ yards or more in 7 of 13 games.
  • Rushed for 2 or more TD's in 5 of 13 games.
  • Led the nation in QB rating with a 186.3 rating.
  • Ranked No. 2 in the nation in passing touchdowns
  • Led Oregon to a 12-1 record, a Pac 12 championship and spot in the 2014 College Football
    Playoffs
2014 Heisman Trophy Voting Results
Player
Total Points
1st
2nd
3rd
Marcus Mariota
Oregon - QB
2,534
788
74
22
Melvin Gordon
Wisconsin - RB
1,250
37
432
275
Amari Cooper
Alabama - WR
1,023
49
280
316
Trevone Boykin
TCU - QB
218
7
45
104
Preseason 2014 - Top Heisman Trophy Candidates