This article appears in the Sports Illustrated Presents 75th Anniversary of the Heisman Trophy issue.
The 5' 9" Navy Destroyer ran for 834 yards and 15 TDs while leading the Midshipmen to a No. 4 national ranking.
Heisman moment: Gained 115 yards and scored three TDs to help upset Army 43-12 in 1959.
First African-American Heisman winner averaged 5.5 yards per carry, scored 15 TDs and topped 90 yards six times while running out of a three-man backfield.
Heisman moment: Secured Syracuse's 1959 national title with this Cotton Bowl stat line: one rushing TD, one 87-yard receiving TD, one interception -- all on a bad hammy.
Led nation with 2,276 total yards, then took Beavers' basketball team to the Final Four as a point guard.
Heisman moment: Scored the only points in his final college game, the 1962 Liberty Bowl against Villanova, by eluding tacklers in his end zone and running 99 yards for a TD.
Last military academy rep to win the award connected on 66.4% of his passes for 1,474 yards in 1963.
Heisman moment: With JFK in attendance in '62, the sophomore scored four TDs in a 34-14 upset of Army.
Threw for 2,062 yards and set team records for yards per completion (18.1) and yards per play (8.55) while leading Irish to first winning season in six years.
Heisman moment: Had played only 50 minutes before senior year, which he opened with 270 passing yards and TDs of 61 and 42 yards in an upset of Wisconsin.
First of the great USC I formation tailbacks carried 267 times for 1,440 yards and 13 TDs in 10 games.
Heisman moment: Against Stanford he ran for 205 yards and broke a scoreless tie with a 77-yard TD run.
Gators' one-man show completed 392 passes for 4,848 yards and 36 touchdowns in his college career.
Heisman moment: Threw for 259 yards and scored two TDs to tie rival Auburn 27-27 in 1966, then kicked the game-winning 40-yard field goal in the waning moments.
The Great One led UCLA to a 23-5-2 record with 5,358 total career yards and a combined 58 TDs.
Heisman moment: Threw for 301 yards and two TDs in a showdown with USC's Heisman hopeful, O.J. Simpson.
Ran for 1,880 yards on 383 carries (both NCAA records at the time) with 23 touchdowns as a senior.
Heisman moment: Ran 40 times for 205 yards against UCLA to seal the Heisman by a record 1,750-point margin.
Powerful inside runner set NCAA career records for carries (905), rushing yards (3,867), TDs (56) and points (336).
Heisman moment: One week after winning the Heisman, Owens carried 55 times for 261 yards and two TDs in a 28-27 victory over rival Oklahoma State.