Bryce Young could make historical past Saturday night time (8 p.m. ET, ESPN) as the primary Alabama Crimson Tide quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy.
He received the Maxwell Award Thursday night time, given to varsity soccer’s participant of the yr, and which will simply have been the start of what is to come back for the sophomore signal-caller.
He could be a part of Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, Mark Ingram and Lamar Jackson as the one sophomores to win the Heisman. There’s additionally one other notable quintet that could be shaped after Saturday’s announcement.
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If Young’s identify known as, it will mark the fifth occasion a college has had consecutive Heisman winners, as former Crimson Tide receiver DeVonta Smith claimed faculty soccer’s highest honor final season.
Here’s a have a look at the elite group of dynamic duos that Smith and Young could be a part of:
Larry Kelley was the primary winner of the Heisman Memorial Trophy, which was initially named the ”Downtown Athletic Club Trophy.” Kelley was a two-way participant that received primarily due to his offensive contributions, however one among his career-defining moments occurred on protection.
In an October 1936 sport in opposition to Navy, Kelley by chance kicked Midshipman working again Snead Smith’s fumble, then recovered it. The turnover led to Clint Frank scoring the sport’s deciding landing two performs later because the Bulldogs received, 12-7. Frank went on to seize a Heisman of his personal in 1937.
A yr after ending third in Heisman voting as a sophomore, Felix “Doc” Blanchard turned the primary junior to win the award in 1945.
He was additionally the primary service academy participant to take residence the trophy.
“Doc Blanchard was the best built athlete I ever saw,” mentioned former Army Coach Earl “Red” Blaik in his ebook ‘You Have to Pay the Price’. “For a big man, ‘Doc’ was the quickest starter I ever saw, and in the open he ran with the niftiness as well as the speed of a great halfback….”
That similar yr, his associate within the backfield, Glenn Davis, completed second, making it the one time gamers from the identical college have completed within the top-two for Heisman voting.
“He was emphatically the greatest halfback I ever knew,” wrote Blaik of Davis.
Blanchard and Davis, dubbed “Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside,” shaped maybe probably the most well-known backfield in faculty soccer historical past as they led Army to a few consecutive unbeaten seasons.
“Mr. Outside” received the Heisman in 1946 and has the second-most speeding touchdowns in a single season (43) for Army.
When Matt Leinart first got here onto the scene at USC, he was 2002 Heisman winner Carson Palmer’s backup. He earned the beginning function within the following season and introduced the trophy again to Southern California in 2004 after main the workforce to an undefeated season and BCS title.
Teammate Reggie Bush had one of the crucial memorable faculty careers of all time and was the following Trojan to hoist the trophy. Despite shedding to a Vince Young-led Texas Longhorns workforce within the BCS title sport, Bush completed 933 factors forward of Young in Heisman voting.
However, Bush gave the award up in 2010 after an investigation revealed that he accepted money and items throughout his tenure with USC. Other sanctions from the investigation mandated that Bush disassociate from USC, a two-year postseason ban for the varsity, 14 vacated victories (together with the 2004 BCS nationwide championship) and the lack of 30 scholarships.
College athletes have been formally granted rights to revenue off their names, picture and likeness earlier this yr and Bush has been vocal about wanting his information reinstated and Heisman returned.
After strolling on and profitable the beginning quarterback place at Texas Tech in 2013, Baker Mayfield adopted the identical method when he transferred to Oklahoma. Due to switch guidelines, he sat out the 2014 season, however completed fourth and third within the subsequent two Heisman votes earlier than profitable in 2017. He produced the best passing effectivity ranking in FBS historical past, per Heisman.com.
Kyler Murray took over beneath heart for the Sooners after Mayfield departed, and continued a powerful stretch of quarterback play for Oklahoma. In his sole season because the starter he accounted for practically 5,000 yards of whole offense and over 50 touchdowns. In 2018 he beat out Tua Tagovailoa and Dwayne Haskins to safe back-to-back Heisman winners for Oklahoma.