Get to know OU's six Heisman winners prior to Kyler Murray
WHO HE BEAT: Mayfield won with 2,398 points, besting Stanford running back Bryce Love by more than a thousand points. Mayfield got 732 first-place votes, fifth-most in Heisman history.
STATS THAT MATTERED: He completed an NCAA-leading 70.5 percent of his passes, threw for 4,627 yards with 43 touchdowns and led the nation with a 198.9 quarterback rating. Mayfield's 15,690 career total yards of offense ranks fifth in NCAA history.
HEISMAN MOMENT: Mayfield was spectacular all season, but in Bedlam, he accounted for six touchdowns, five passing and one rushing. But that rushing score became iconic when Mayfield's stiff arm of Oklahoma State linebacker Justin Phillips struck the Heisman pose.
AFTER THE HEISMAN: Mayfield has continued to surprise. Cleveland picked him No. 1 overall in the NFL Draft, and Mayfield became the starter in Game 4. He's won four games, the Browns' win total in the past three seasons combined.
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WHO HE BEAT: Bradford emerged from a three-quarterback race, earning 1,726 points and besting Texas' Colt McCoy (1,604) and Florida's Tim Tebow (1,575). Bradford was on 87.6 percent of all ballots, the sixth highest percentage for a winner in the award's history.
STATS THAT MATTERED: Bradford threw for 4,720 yards and 50 touchdowns while leading the nation in passing efficiency at 186.28, an NCAA record that stood until Baker Mayfield came along. The Sooners scored 60-plus points in the last five games of the regular season.
HEISMAN MOMENT: When Bradford dove for the goal line at Oklahoma State, he was clipped and ended up cartwheeling through the air. It epitomized Bradford's leadership on one of the greatest offenses that college football has ever seen.
AFTER THE HEISMAN: The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 NFL Draft, Bradford became the Rookie of the Year. Injuries have since derailed much of his career. Bradford was cut by the Arizona Cardinals earlier this season.
WHO HE BEAT: White won with 1,481 points, besting fellow finalists Pittsburgh receiver Larry Fitzgerald (1,353), Mississippi quarterback Eli Manning (710) and Michigan running back Chris Perry (341).
STATS THAT MATTERED: White threw for 3,744 yards and 40 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. Didn't hurt either that the Sooners finished the regular season 12-1.
HEISMAN MOMENT: White's Heisman train started rolling after a 259-yard, two-touchdown game at Alabama. A month later, the quarterback with two surgically repaired knees was the front-runner. Four touchdowns in a 65-13 rout of Texas and five in a 77-0 demolition of Texas A&M gave him a lead that no one could overcome.
AFTER THE HEISMAN: Those knees kept White from being drafted, and after bouncing around as a free agent for a year or so, he retired. He lives in his hometown of Tuttle and has a variety of business ventures around the state.
WHO HE BEAT: With 827 points, Sims bested Penn State quarterback Chuck Fusina (750), Michigan quarterback Rick Leach (435) and USC running back Charles White (354). It was the 10th smallest margin of victory in the Heisman's history.
STATS THAT MATTERED: Sims led the nation with 1,762 yards rushing, scored 20 touchdowns and went over 200 yards in four games, a school record, on a 10-1 team.
HEISMAN MOMENT: Sims got better as the season went on. He rushed for over 200 yards in four of the Sooners' last five games, and in the one game he didn't, a 17-14 loss to Nebraska, he accounted for both OU touchdowns. He became an unstoppable force.
AFTER THE HEISMAN: Detroit made Sims the overall No. 1 selection in the 1980 NFL Draft. He earned Rookie of the Year honors after rushing for 1,303 yards. A serious knee injury in 1984 cut short his pro career, and he now owns a chain of barbecue restaurants.
WHO HE BEAT: Owens won with 1,488 points. Purdue quarterback Mike Phipps had 1,334 points while all other vote-getters had less than 900 points.
STATS THAT MATTERED: As a workhorse of a running back, Owens carried the ball 358 times for 1,523 yards and 23 touchdowns. On a team decimated by graduation, he willed OU to a six-win season.
HEISMAN MOMENT: Owens carried the ball a whopping 55 times in the regular-season finale against Oklahoma State. He went for 261 yards and two touchdowns. It was an amazing number of carries considering Owens had at least 20 carries in every game that season and went over 40 carries in four games.
AFTER THE HEISMAN: Owens was a first-round draft pick of the Detroit Lions. He became the first Lion to rush for over 1,000 yards in a season. A two-time All-Pro, he eventually returned to OU as athletic director.
WHO HE BEAT: Vessels won with 525 points, besting Maryland quarterback Jack Scarbath (367) and Minnesota running back Paul Giel (329).
STATS THAT MATTERED: Playing running back in the T-formation, Vessels was the first Heisman winner to rush for more than 1,000 yards. He accounted for 1,280 yards of total offense and 18 total touchdowns.
HEISMAN MOMENT: In a rare national TV broadcast, Vessels nearly beat Notre Dame by himself. He rushed for 195 yards on 17 carries and scored three touchdowns, two on long runs and one on a reception. Notre Dame managed a 27-21 upset, but Vessels' individual performance turned heads.
AFTER THE HEISMAN: Vessels was the top draft pick of the Baltimore Colts in 1953 but chose instead to play in Canada. After a stint in the Army, he joined the Colts in 1956. Injuries cut short his career.
JENNI CARLSON, COLUMNIST