Alabama quarterback Bryce Young has emerged as the recipient of the award, marking the inaugural occasion where a Heisman has been claimed by a quarterback hailing from Alabama. Furthermore, an Alabama athlete has clinched the award for the consecutive second year.
In his first full season as the starting quarterback, he has thrown four interceptions and 43 touchdowns for a total of 4,322 yards. He had an impressive 2021 season, leading the Crimson Tide to a 12-1 record and the 29th SEC Championship. At the time of the Heisman ceremony, Young had the Alabama’s record.
HEISMAN RECORD: Every champion and second-place finisher since 1935.
Jones’ Mac broke away from the previous record of 179 yards and set a new single-season record for passing yards, as well as a single-season record for touchdown passes with 43. Tua Tagovailoa already set the record for the most passing yards in a single game, as he threw for 559 yards in Alabama’s win over Arkansas, surpassing the previous record.
Possibly the most impressive performance came in the SEC title game for Young. When he picked apart Georgia’s defense, it seemed impenetrable. Young threw for 421 yards and three touchdowns, while also rushing for 40 yards and a touchdown. He showcased his skills in his hometown of Pasadena, California.
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Alabama’s Mark Ingram Jr. (2009), Derrick Henry (2015), and DaVonta Smith (2020) all became the first players from the SEC conference to win the Heisman Award three consecutive times. Additionally, Smith’s win in 2020 makes him the 15th player from the SEC to win the prestigious Heisman trophy. Young, who plays for Alabama, is the fourth player from the university to win the Heisman.
The Auburn quarterback in 1971 was Patt Sullivan, while in 1972 it was Johnny Rodgers from Nebraska. In 1973, John Cappelletti represented Penn State as a running back. Archie Griffin from Ohio State held the title of running back in both 1974 and 1975, while Tony Dorsett from Pitt took over in 1976. Earl Campbell from Texas became the running back in 1977, followed by Billy Sims from Oklahoma in 1978. Charles White from Southern California took the title in 1979, and George Rogers from South Carolina in 1980. Marcus Allen from Southern California became the running back in 1981, followed by Herschel Walker from Georgia in 1982. Mike Rozier from Nebraska held the title in 1983, while Doug Flutie from Boston College became the quarterback in 1984. Bo Jackson from Auburn took over as the running back in 1985, and Vinny Testaverde from Miami became the quarterback in 1986. Tim Brown from Notre Dame was the wide receiver in 1987, while Barry Sanders from Oklahoma State became the running back in 1988. Andre Ware from Houston held the title of quarterback in 1989, and Ty Detmer from BYU in 1990. Desmond Howard from Michigan became the wide receiver and returner in 1991, followed by Gino Torretta from Miami as the quarterback in 1992. Charlie Ward from Florida State took over as the quarterback in 1993, while Rashaan Salaam from Colorado became the running back in 1994. Eddie George from Ohio State held the title in 1995, followed by Danny Wuerffel from Florida as the quarterback in 1996. Charles Woodson from Michigan became the cornerback and returner in 1997, and Ricky Williams from Texas as the running back in 1998. Ron Dayne from Wisconsin held the title in 1999, while Chris Weinke from Florida State became the quarterback in 2000. Eric Crouch from Nebraska took over as the quarterback in 2001, followed by Carson Palmer from Southern California in 2002. Jason White from Oklahoma became the quarterback in 2003, and Matt Leinart from Southern California in 2004. Reggie Bush from Southern California became the running back in 2005, and Troy Smith from Ohio State as the quarterback in 2006. Tim Tebow from Florida took over as the quarterback in 2007, followed by Sam Bradford from Oklahoma in 2008. Mark Ingram Jr. From Alabama became the running back in 2009, and Cam Newton from Auburn as the quarterback in 2010. Robert Griffin III from Baylor took over as the quarterback in 2011, followed by Johnny Manziel from Texas A&M in 2012. Jameis Winston from Florida State became the quarterback in 2013, and Marcus Mariota from Oregon in 2014. Derrick Henry from Alabama held the title in 2015, followed by Lamar Jackson from Louisville as the quarterback in 2016. Baker Mayfield from Oklahoma took over as the quarterback in 2017, followed by Kyler Murray from Oklahoma in 2018. Joe Burrow from LSU became the quarterback in 2019, and DeVonta Smith from Alabama as the wide receiver in 2020. The current titleholder for 2021 is Bryce Young from Alabama as the quarterback.
* – Abandoned.