This article appears in the Sports Illustrated Presents 75th Anniversary of the Heisman Trophy issue.
Undersized long-shot candidate tore up teams with 5,188 passing yards and 41 touchdowns.
Heisman moment: Orchestrated upset of top-ranked Miami, completing 38 of 54 passes for 406 yards and three TDs.
Acrobatic game-breaker and the first receiver in Big Ten history to lead the conference in scoring, with 138 points.
Heisman moment: Struck the Pose after a 93-yard punt return touchdown against Ohio State, prompting announcer Keith Jackson to say, "Helloooooo, Heisman."
Leader of a Hurricanes team that had back-to-back undefeated regular seasons and won the 1991 national title.
Heisman moment: Came through in the clutch against Florida State with a 14-yard run, followed by a TD pass, in a 19-16 win.
Lived up to expectations as preseason favorite, leading Seminoles to a national title, then played pro ball -- in the NBA.
Heisman moment: Closed out his final regular-season game with a win over Florida, throwing four touchdown passes to end the Gators' 23-game home winning streak.
Burst onto the radar with four consecutive 200-yard rushing games and became the fourth I-A player in history to run for more than 2,000 yards in a season.
Big back set a single-season school record for rushing (1,927 yards) while rarely playing more than three quarters.
Heisman moment: Against Illinois and the Big Ten's second-ranked rushing defense, had 314 rushing yards, two rushing touchdowns and one receiving score.
Led Florida to its first national title while throwing for 39 touchdowns, best in the country, and 3,625 yards.
Heisman moment: Set a single-game school record with 462 passing yards in a 42-7 rout of Arkansas.
Only primarily defensive player to win the Heisman also dazzled as a receiver and punt returner.
Heisman moment: Had a 37-yard catch, a 78-yard punt return touchdown and an end zone interception in a 20-14 victory against Ohio State to help clinch the Big Ten title.
Fullback turned tailback's combination of speed and power helped him set the NCAA I-A alltime rushing record.
Heisman moment: Plowed through two Texas A&M defenders and ran past two more for a 60-yard touchdown run that broke Tony Dorsett's alltime rushing record.
Division I-A's alltime rushing leader with 6,397 yards, breaking Williams's one-year-old mark.
Heisman moment: Needing just 99 yards to break the record, Dayne poured in 216 against the Hawkeyes, driving the Badgers to the Big Ten conference title.