OU football: The Jack Nicklaus of the Heisman Trophy
Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts finished second in the Heisman Trophy voting announced Saturday night. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow won the most famous trophy in sport, with a record-setting vote total.
The Sooners had won back-to-back Heismans, with quarterbacks Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray. So a proud OU streak ended. But another Sooner milestone was reached.
Murray in 2018 became the Sooners’ seventh Heisman winner, tying OU with Ohio State, Notre Dame and Southern Cal as the schools with the most Heisman winners.
Hurts in 2019 became OU’s sixth Heisman runner-up, tying OU with Stanford for the most second-place finishes.
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Six players account for OU’s six runner-ups – Hurts, tailback Adrian Peterson (2004), quarterback Josh Heupel (2000), tailback Billy Sims (1979), halfback Greg Pruitt (1972) and center/linebacker Kurt Burris (1954).
Five players account for Stanford’s six runner-ups – Andrew Luck was second in both 2010 and 2011, and tailbacks Toby Gerhart (2009), Christian McCaffery (2015) and Bryce Love (2017) were recent runner-ups. Quarterback John Elway was a runnerup in 1982.
So the Sooners’ Heisman Trophy polling is like Jack Nicklaus’ record in major golf championships. Nicklaus holds the record for majors titles, with 18. He also holds the record for second-place finishes in majors, with 19.
As for the other schools with robust Heisman totals, Notre Dame and Southern Cal have four runner-ups each, while Ohio State has three.