Heisman Won By A QB For 4th Straight Year
by Matt James
A quarterback who almost quit football more than a year ago won the Heisman Trophy, the final exclamation point on his rehabilitation from a second knee injury that nearly ended his career.
Oklahoma's Jason White, who threw 40 touchdown passes against just 8 interceptions, outpointed Pittsburgh sophomore wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald to become the fourth straight quarterback to capture college football's most-coveted individual honor. Three signal-callers won the trophy in succession from 1962-1964.
White received 1,481 total points in the balloting to Fitzgerald's 1,353. Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning was third with 710. Michigan running back Chris Perry was fourth with 341 points.
No Sooner had won the award since Billy Simms took home the hardware in 1978. Oklahoma running backs Billy Vessels and Steve Owens won the trophy in 1952 and 1969, respectively.
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.
Here is the breakdown of that voting:
HEISMAN FINAL FOUR
1) Jason White (Sr.), QB, Oklahoma
2) Larry Fitzgerald (So.), WR, Pittsburgh
3) Eli Manning (Sr.), QB, Mississippi
4) Chris Perry (Sr.), RB, Michigan
Also See: All-Time Heisman List
OTHER 2003 AWARD WINNERS
AP Coach Of the Year: Nick Saban, LSU
Home Depot Coach Of the Year: Pete Carroll, USC
AP Player Of the Year: Jason White, Oklahoma
Chuck Bednarik Award (defensive player): Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma
Fred Biletnikoff Award (wide receiver): Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh
Dick Butkus Award (linebacker): Teddy Lehman, Oklahoma
Walter Camp Award (top player): Larry Fitzgerald, Pittsburgh
Lou Groza Award (placekicker): Jonathan Nichols, Mississippi
Ray Guy Award (punter): BJ Sander, Ohio State
Vince Lombardi Award (lineman or linebacker): Tommie Harris, Oklahoma
John Mackey Award (tight end): Kellen Winslow, Miami, Fla.
Robert W. (Tiny) Maxwell Award (top player): Eli Manning, Mississippi
Bronko Nagurski Trophy (defensive player): Derrick Strait, Oklahoma, DB
Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback): Jason White, Oklahoma
Outland Trophy (interior lineman): Robert Gallery, Iowa
Dave Rimington Trophy (center): Jake Grove, Virginia Tech
Jim Thorpe Award (defensive back): Derrick Strait, Oklahoma
Johnny Unitas Award (senior quarterback): Eli Manning, Mississippi
Doak Walker Award (running back): Chris Perry, Michigan