The Heisman Trophy, named after the former college football coach John W. Heisman, is awarded annually to the most outstanding player in college football. Five Sooners have collected the prestigious honor.
Sam Bradford (2008)
Leading the most explosive offense in college football during the 2008 season, Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford completed 328 of his 483 pass attempts for 4,720 yards with eight interceptions and 50 touchdowns. He led the nation in passing efficiency and also scored five rushing touchdowns on the year.
Bradford, a sophomore, broke Jason White’s school record for touchdowns in a season (50) and in a career (88). He threw for 468 yards against Kansas which ranks first in OU history for passing yards in a game.
In addition, Bradford surpassed Florida’s Rex Grossman with most touchdowns through the freshman and sophomore year with 82.
Bradford became the fifth Sooner to win the award joining Jason White (2003), Billy Sims (1978), Steve Owens (1969) and Billy Vessels (1952). The Oklahoma City native earlier won the Davey O’Brien Award and Sammy Baugh Trophy in addition to being named a first-team All-American.
* injured during season
Jason White (2003)
Jason White became the trigger man for the country’s most potent offensive attack. At a school where the points have flown like an Oklahoma gusher, White led the OU team that outscored all of its predecessors (601 total points).
He did so with uncanny accuracy, especially on deep throws, and a touchdown to interception ratio (four to one), so gaudy that it read like a typographical error.
White set school records at the time for touchdown passes in a season (40) and game (5, twice). His season passing total ranked No. 2 at OU. He was No. 4 nationally in touchdown percentage (8.87), No. 7 in passing efficiency (158.11), No. 18 in interception percentage (2.22) and No. 22 in total offense (264.0).
The outpouring of recognition was impressive. White captured player of the year honors from the Associated Press, Sports Illustrated, The Sporting News, and CNNSI.com. He also won the Davey O’Brien Award and the Jim Thorpe Courage Award.
White returned for another season after his Heisman campaign and finished third in the voting. It was an unprecedented finish by one school when his teammate Adrian Peterson finished second.
* injured during season
Billy Sims (1978)
Billy Sims, a 6-0, 205-pound junior from Hooks, Texas, swept through defenses like a tornado flying…