10 Amazing Heisman Trophy Stats You Need to Know in 2017
On Saturday, the Heisman Trophy fraternity will welcome either Bryce Love or Baker Mayfield into its prestigious ranks or will celebrate just the second repeat honoree ever in Lamar Jackson. Both Jackson and Mayfield are returning to New York City as finalists last year.
Below are 10 facts to know about the 2017 Heisman Trophy ceremony.
13.5: Number of inches the Heisman Trophy stands
The Heisman Trophy stands a little more than a foot tall and weighs approximately 25 pounds.
Crafted in the likeness of former New York University running back Ed Smith and created by Frank Eliscu, the cast bronze Heisman Trophy debuted in 1935 and was awarded to Chicago halfback Jay Berwanger, when it was referred to as the Downtown Athletic Club Trophy. It was renamed the Heisman Trophy in 1936 to honor John Heisman, the club’s athletic director and a football pioneer.
While Smith – who was friends and high school football teammates with Eliscu – and his likeness became the symbol of college football's most prestigious award, he wasn't aware until 1982 that the trophy was of him. The Downtown Athletic Club presented Smith with a Heisman Trophy three years later.
19 years, 337 days: Age of the youngest Heisman Trophy winner
At 19 years and 337 days, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson became the youngest player to win the Heisman Trophy when he won the award after accumulating 2,144 points on Dec. 12, 2016.
Prior to Jackson, Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston had held the title as the youngest Heisman Trophy winner, as he won the award in 2013 when he was 19 years and 341 days old.
4: Number of Heisman Trophy candidates coached by David Shaw
By now, Stanford’s head coach should know his way around the Downtown Athletic Club quite well. After all, four players Shaw has coached have received invitations to the Heisman ceremony.
While running back Bryce Love is the latest Stanford player to receive a nomination, Shaw was an offensive coordinator when running back Toby Gerhart was nominated in 2009. In 2011, Shaw's first year as Stanford's head coach, quarterback Andrew Luck finished second in Heisman voting. Running back Christian McCaffery finished second in the voting in 2015.
1: Number of repeat Heisman Trophy winners
Louisville's Jackson will attempt to become just the second player to win the Heisman twice. Ohio State running back Archie Griffin became the first player to do so when he won the award in 1974 and ‘75.
Since Griffin, nine players have been in line to win a second one. However, only Oklahoma running back Billy Sims, who won the award in 1978, has finished higher than third place. Sims placed second behind USC running back Charles White in 1979.
46: Number of touchdowns by Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield
Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield placed third in Heisman voting last year behind winner Lamar Jackson and Deshaun Watson. This year, Mayfield's eye-popping stats have taken him to New York as the favorite. Mayfield has tossed 41 touchdown passes and rushed for another five, while he's thrown just five interceptions.
On the season, the senior has passed for 4,340 yards to go along with another 310 yards on the ground.
1,973: Rushing yards by Stanford running back Bryce Love
Love showcased his talent to the country in Stanford’s opener when he ran over Rice for 180 yards and a touchdown in Australia. Since then, opponents have held him to under 100 yards just once this season, when Washington State limited him to 69 yards in a Stanford loss.
Love is averaging a mind-boggling 8.3 yards per carry this season and has scored 17 touchdowns. Even more impressive is that he's rushed for more than 100 yards in nine games, while also rushing for 263 yards and 301 yards in two contests.
42: Touchdowns accounted for by Louisville's Lamar Jackson
Mayfield won't be the only quarterback in New York this weekend with 40-plus touchdowns on his 2017 resume. Jackson, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, is back as a finalist after putting together another impressive campaign that includes 3,489 passing yards, 1,443 rushing yards, 25 touchdown passes and 17 rushing scores.
Jackson's been responsible with the football, as well, as he's tossed just six interceptions across 399 attempts.
929: Number of Heisman Trophy voters
Jackson's, Love's and Mayfield's fate will be in the hands of the 929 Heisman Trophy voters. Media members, previous winners and a collective fan vote are counted by Deloitte, the accounting company tasked with tallying the votes.
28: Age of the oldest Heisman Trophy winner
While Jackson became the youngest Heisman Trophy winner last year, in 2000, 28-year-old Florida State quarterback Chris Weinke became the oldest Heisman Trophy recipient.
80: Total number of Heisman Trophy recipients
On Saturday, either Love or Mayfield will become the 81st member of the Heisman fraternity or Jackson will join one of the most exclusive clubs in all of sports.
— Written by Elton Hayes, who is part of the Athlon Contributor Network. A sports reporter for The Meridian Star Newspaper, Hayes also has been an invited guest on “The Paul Finebaum Show.” Follow him on Twitter @EHDC12.