Palmer Wins Heisman Trophy By Healthy Margin Over Banks
by Matt James
The winner of the 2002 Heisman Trophy was a surprise to many observers. The margin by which he won, however, was almost shocking.
Carson Palmer, USC quarterback, received 242 first-place votes and beat Iowa quarterback Brad Banks by 233 points. Penn State running back Larry Johnson finished third, Miami running back Willis McGahee was fourth, and Miami quarterback Ken Dorsey came in fifth.
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.
There were 921 ballots sent out and 811 (88 percent) were returned. Palmer was ranked in the top three on 620 (76.4%) of the returned ballots.
Palmer is the fifth Heisman Trophy winner from USC and the first Trojan quarterback to receive college football's highest individual achievement honor. All the other Trojan winners were running backs. Marcus Allen (1981), Charles White (1979), O.J. Simpson (1968) and Mike Garrett (1965). USC now has the third most winners, behind Notre Dame with seven and Ohio State with six.
Marshall quarterback Byron Leftwich was sixth, Washington State quarterback Jason Gesser took seventh, Colorado running back Chris Brown finished eighth, Texas Tech quarterback Kliff Kingsbury came in ninth, and Oklahoma running back Quentin Griffin rounded out the top ten.
1) Carson Palmer (Sr.), QB, USC
2) Brad Banks (Sr.), QB, Iowa
3) Larry Johnson (Sr.), RB, Penn State
4) Willis McGahee (So.), RB, Miami
5) Ken Dorsey (Sr.), QB, Miami
Also See: All-Time Heisman List
OTHER 2002 AWARD WINNERS
AP Player Of the Year: Brad Banks, Iowa
Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player): E. J. Henderson, Maryland
Fred Biletnikoff Award (receiver): Charles Rogers, Michigan State
Dick Butkus Award (linebacker): E. J. Henderson, Maryland
Walter Camp (top player): Larry Johnson, Penn State
Lou Groza Award (placekicker): Nate Kaeding, Iowa
Ray Guy Award (punter): Mark Mariscal, Colorado
Vince Lombardi Award (lineman or linebacker): Terrell Suggs, Arizona State
John Mackey Award (tight end): Dallas Clark, Iowa
Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell Award (top player): Larry Johnson, Penn State
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player): Terrell Suggs, Arizona State, DB
Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback): Brad Banks, Iowa
Outland Trophy (interior lineman): Rien Long, Washington State
Dave Rimington Trophy (center): Brett Romberg, Miami (FL)
Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Terence Newman, Kansas State
Johnny Unitas Award (senior quarterback): Carson Palmer, USC
Doak Walker Award (running back): Larry Johnson, Penn State
Home Depot Coach Of the Year: Ty Willingham, Notre Dame