Heisman Trophy winners who returned for another season
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Oklahoma QB Sam Bradford, 2008 winner
After falling short of a national championship, Bradford returned in 2009 seeking redemption. But Oklahoma's hopes of getting back to the BCS title game were gone after the first week of the season. Bradford went down with a shoulder injury late in the first half of a season-opening loss to BYU. He attempted to return a month later against rival Texas, but his season was officially over after reinjuring the shoulder.
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Alabama RB Mark Ingram, 2009 winner
Ingram was Alabama's first-ever Heisman Trophy winner in the program's storied history. He led the Crimson Tide to a perfect season and national championship as a sophomore in 2009. His junior year got off to a rough start as he was forced to sit out the first two games after undergoing offseason knee surgery. Ingram rushed for more than 150 yards in the first two games following his return in Week 3, but he failed to reach the century mark on the ground the rest of the season.
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Ohio State RB Vic Janowicz, 1950 winner
Janowicz was a weapon on offense, defense and special teams. He rushed for 314 yards, passed for 561 yards, and accounted for 16 total touchdowns in 1950 to win the Heisman Trophy. His role changed slightly his senior season when Woody Hayes took over as Ohio State head coach. The Buckeyes went 4-3-2 in 1951 with Janowicz kicking two game-winning field goals.
Navy QB Roger Staubach, 1963 winner
Staubach won the Heisman as a junior after leading the Naval Academy to a 9-1 regular season, but he couldn't cap 1963 with a national title as the Midshipmen lost to No. 1 Texas in the Cotton Bowl. Staubach threw for just four touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 1964 when Navy finished 3-6-1.
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SMU RB Doak Walker, 1948 winner
The Doak Walker award is given annually to college football's most outstanding running back, but the SMU legend was an all-around athlete. Walker led the Mustangs to an 8-1-1 record as a junior in 1948 to win the Heisman Trophy. Unfortunately, his senior season was hampered by injuries. But despite seeing limited action in 1949, Walker was selected to the All-America team.
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Florida State QB Jameis Winston, 2013 winner
Winston was the second freshman to win the Heisman, leading Florida State to a national title the 2013 season. Although the Seminoles went unbeaten in the regular season the following year, he would not return to NYC as a finalist. Winston's off-the-field issues continued to be a distraction, and the Noles were unimpressive throughout 2014 with closer than expected wins against inferior opponents. In the 2015 Rose Bowl College Football Playoff semifinal game, FSU turned the ball over five times in a blowout loss to 2014 Heisman winner Marcus Mariota and the Oregon Ducks.
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Oklahoma QB Jason White, 2003 winner
The Sooners were unstoppable during the regular season with White at quarterback. But in postseason play, the 2003 Heisman Trophy winner had the worst performances of his career. After a disappointing end to the 2003 season with losses in the Big 12 and BCS title game, the Sooners went undefeated in 2004 before getting thrashed 55-19 by USC in the Orange Bowl. White threw five total interceptions in the back-to-back BCS championship game appearances.
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel, 2012 winner
Manziel didn't disappoint in 2013 after becoming the first-ever freshman to win the Heisman Trophy. If Texas A&M had a decent defense, he might have won the award again. Manziel continued to make dazzling plays and lead improbable comebacks as a sophomore. Against Alabama's stout defense, he threw for 464 yards and five touchdowns in a 49-42 loss. Manziel led the Aggies to a stunning come-from-behind win over Duke in the Chick-fil-A Bowl. He was fifth in the Heisman voting in 2013.
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BYU QB Ty Detmer, 1990 winner
Detmer had one of the greatest statistical seasons by a quarterback in college football history in 1990, but his Heisman-winning year ended on a sour note in a blowout loss in the Holiday Bowl. His senior season got off to a shaky start as BYU lost its first three games. Detmer didn't match the numbers from his junior year, but he was still impressive. He finished third in the Heisman voting in 1991 after throwing for 4,031 yards and 35 touchdowns.
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Army RB Felix 'Doc' Blanchard, 1946 winner
Army had a dynamic duo in the backfield with running backs Blanchard and Glenn Davis. Both were deserving of the Heisman Trophy, and both won it along with three consecutive national titles from 1944-46. Blanchard got the Heisman in '45 and finished third in the voting the following year when Davis claimed the honor.
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USC QB Matt Leinart, 2004 winner
Leinart capped his 2004 Heisman-winning season with a national championship (later vacated), throwing for an Orange Bowl record five touchdowns in a 55-19 beatdown of Oklahoma. He returned for his senior season for a shot at a third straight national title. Leinart's running back, Reggie Bush, won the Heisman in 2005, but they lost the BCS title game to the award's runner-up, Texas quarterback Vince Young.
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Oklahoma RB Billy Sims, 1978 winner
Sims rushed for 1,670 yards and 23 touchdowns as a senior, leading the nation in scoring for a second consecutive season. That would be good enough to win the Heisman Trophy most seasons, but not in 1979. USC's Charles White topped that with 2,050 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns. However, Sims may have proved he was the better running back that season when he rushed for 247 yards against Nebraska's top-ranked rush defense.
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Florida QB Tim Tebow, 2007 winner
Tebow was one of the greatest leaders college football has ever seen. He won the Heisman Trophy as a sophomore in 2007, and returned to New York City as a finalist the next two seasons. Tebow came in third in the voting in 2008, but his Florida Gators beat Heisman winner Sam Bradford and the Oklahoma Sooners for the BCS national title. Tebow nearly led Florida to an undefeated season in 2009 but lost to the eventual national champion Alabama in the SEC title game. The QB finished fifth in Heisman voting as a senior.
Ohio State RB Archie Griffin, 1974-75 winner
Griffin rushed for 1,695 yards and 12 touchdowns as a junior in 1974 to win the Heisman Trophy. He didn't exceed those numbers his senior season with 1,450 yards and just four touchdowns, but it was good enough to win the award again. Griffin is still the only two-time Heisman winner in the history of college football.