A Rich Heisman History

With the Heisman Trophy presentation coming up this Saturday, December 10th, the question remains whether or not Penn State's own "Superman," Michael Robinson, will be invoted to hte New York presentation. Despite only having one trophy though, the Nittany Lions have a rich history associated with the honor.

Although it is unclear if the Big Ten Offensive MVP Michael Robinson will get an invitation to the Heisman presentation ceremony. Penn State has a rich history associated with the prestigious award.

1959: Richie Lucas, QB

Ending the season with 913 yards passing on 58 completions for 117 attempts (49.5%) and five touchdowns, Lucas also ran for 325 yards on 99 carries and another six touchdowns. He ended up second in the voting for the award.

1968: Ted Kwalick, TE

Coming off Paterno's first undefeated season, tight end Ted Kwalick led Penn State in receiving with 31 catches for 403 yards. He ended up fourth in the voting.

1969: Mike Reid, DT

The senior defensive tackle had 67 tackles that year with one interception. He ended up fifth in the voting that year.

1971: Lydell Mitchell, RB

Mitchell rushed for 1567 yards on 254 carries (6.2 YPC) and 26 touchdowns. He also caught 16 balls for 154 yards and three touchdowns, which placed him at number five in the Heisman vote.

1972: John Hufnagel, QB

The senior quarterback tossed 115 completions on 216 attempts (53.4%) for 2039 yards and 15 touchdowns. He ended up six in the final vote.

1973: John Cappelletti, RB

PSU's only Heisman winner, Cappelletti won in the East, the South and the Far West voting with his 1522 yards on 286 carries (5.3 YPC) and 17 touchdowns.

1978: Chuck Fusina, QB

Fusina's 1859 yards, 56.6% completion rate and 11 touchdowns actually earned him more first place votes than winner Billy Simms from Oklahoma, however he ended up second given the strong amount of second place votes Simms pulled in.

1982: Todd Blackledge, QB

Leading Paterno's first National Championship team, Blackledge ended the season with 2218 yards passing on 161 of 292 attempts (55.1%) and 22 touchdowns. He ended up sixth in the Heisman voting.

1986: D.J. Dozier, RB

Leading Paterno's second National Championship team, Dozier's 811 yards on 171 carries (4.7 YPC) and 10 touchdowns coupled with his 287 yards on 26 carries (11.0 YPC) and two touchdowns placed him eighth in the voting.

1989: Blair Thomas, RB

With 1,341 yards on 264 carries, which was a 5.1 average and five touchdowns, Blair Thomas ended up tied for tenth in the 1989 Heisman voting.

1994: KiJana Carter, RB

Carter's 1539 yards on 198 carries (7.8 YPC) and 23 touchdowns placed him second in the voting despite having a better yard per carry average than winner Rashaan Salaam (Carter 7.8 vs. Salaam 6.9).

1994: Kerry Collins, QB

Collins was also up for the honor that year against his teammate, who were instrumental in one of the most potent offenses in college football history. Collins' 2679 yards, 176 completions on 264 attempts (66.7%) and 21 touchdowns placed him fourth in the final vote.

1997: Curtis Enis, RB

Enis' 1363 yards on 228 carries (6.0 YPC) and 19 touchdowns placed him sixth in the Heisman voting that season.

1999: LaVar Arrington, LB

With 72 tackles, 42 of which were solo and an interception, Arrington made a splash in 1999, enough of which it attracted some rare Heisman interest for a defensive player and placed him ninth in the voting.

2002: Larry Johnson, RB

Johnson ened the season with 2,087 yards on 271 attempts (7.7 YPC) and 20 touchdowns, placing him third in the voting, ironicly making him the only 2,000 yard rusher not to win the award.

2005: Michael Robinson, QB

With 2,097 yards passing on 141 completions and 272 attempts (51.8%) and 146 carries for 785 yards (5.4 YPC), plus 27 total touchdowns (16 passing, 11 rushing) there is a strong case Robinson should be the next Nittany Lion to get an invitation to the Heisman presenation.


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