No Surprise: Troy Smith Wins Heisman
by Matt James
December 9, 2005
In the second-most lopsided win in Heisman Trophy history, Ohio State quarterback took home the hardware from the Nokia Theatre in New York City on Saturday night. The ceremony was hosted by the Yale Club.
1,662 points separated him from running back Darren McFadden of Arkansas. Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn placed third after finishing fourth last year.
USC's O.J. Simpson won by 1,750 points in 1968.
Smith completed 199-of-297 passes for 2.507 yards, 30 TD's, and just 5 INT's. He also ran 62 times for 233 yards but running is no longer part of his focus. Last year, he ran for 611 yards on 136 attempts. Now, he's content to be pocket passer.
McFadden, who ran for 1,113 yards and 11 TD's as a freshman in 2005, added 1,558 yards and 14 touchdowns this year as a sophomore. He added 149 yards and 1 TD receiving, and threw 3 TD passes. He also had a 92-yard kick-off return for a touchdown.
It's the seventh time the award has gone to a Buckeye. RB Eddie George was the most recent recipient in 1995. RB Archie Griffin was a two-time winner in 1974 and 1975. The first Ohio State player to win the Heisman was quarterback Les Horvath in 1944. He was followed by halfback Vic Janowicz in 1950, and HB Howard "Hopalong" Cassady in 1955.
Notre Dame and USC are the only other schools to tally seven Heismans.
Only two of this year's top ten vote-getters were seniors and four were sophomores. Last year, seven were seniors and three were juniors.
Each voter gets to submit a ballot that ranks their top three players. Points are tallied by awarding 3 points for each first-place vote, two points for second, and one point for third.
Also See: All-Time Heisman List
OTHER 2006 AWARD WINNERS
AP Coach Of the Year: Jim Grobe, Wake Forest
Home Depot Coach Of the Year: Greg Schiano, Rutgers
AP Player Of the Year: Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State
Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player): Paul Posluszny, Penn State
See: All-Time Chuck Bednarik Award Winners
Fred Biletnikoff Award (receiver): Calvin Johnson, Georgia Tech
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Dick Butkus Award (linebacker): Patrick Willis, Mississippi
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Walter Camp Award (top player): Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State
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Lou Groza Award (placekicker): Art Carmody, Louisville
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Ray Guy Award (punter): Daniel Sepulveda, Baylor
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Vince Lombardi Award (lineman or linebacker): LaMarr Woodley, DE, Michigan
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John Mackey Award (tight end): Matt Spaeth, Minnesota
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Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell Award (top player): Brady Quinn, Notre Dame
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Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player): James Laurinaitus, Ohio State, LB
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Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback): Troy Smith, QB, Ohio State
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Outland Trophy (interior lineman): Joe Thomas, Wisconsin
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Dave Rimington Trophy (center): Dan Mozes, West Virginia
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Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Aaron Ross, Texas
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Johnny Unitas Award (senior quarterback): Brady Quinn, Notre Dame
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Doak Walker Award (running back): Darren McFadden, Arkansas
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