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Everything you need to know about the 2013 Heisman

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The 2013 Heisman ceremony is approaching. It will be televised on ESPN at 8 p.m ET.

Here’s all you need to know about the trophy heading into the show. Your viewer’s guide, if you will:

– This is the 32nd Heisman ceremony featuring multiple finalists to be broadcast on live television. Prior to 1982, only the winner went to New York to pick up his trophy. The announcement for the Heisman wasn’t broadcast live until 1977. Prior to that, the announcement was taped and then showed either on newsreels or at halftime of an NFL game. The first Heisman finalists in this format were Herschel Walker, John Elway and Eric Dickerson in 1982. However, Elway did not attend the ceremony, so the only finalist present were Walker and Dickerson.

– The announcement date — December 14th — is the latest the trophy has been awarded since 1996. The only other time the trophy has been awarded this late was in 1991.

– If you wonder where Jameis Winston’s pending landslide might rank on all time Heisman lists, here are the five largest margins of victory in Heisman history:

1968, OJ Simpson, 1,750 points

2006, Troy Smith, 1,662 points

1993, Charlie Ward, 1,622 points

1991, Desmond Howard, 1,574 points

1998, Ricky Williams, 1,563 points

– Winston will be the third No. 5 to win the award, joining Notre Dame’s Paul Hornung in 1956 and USC’s Reggie Bush in 2005.

– Two previous Heisman winners went to high school in Alabama, Bo Jackson and Pat Sullivan. Winston, who hails from Hueytown High in Bessemer, Ala., would be the third.

– Northern Illinois quarterback Jordan Lynch has a chance to notch the highest finish by a non-BCS-conference player in the BCS era. Colt Brennan finished third as a finalist in 2007. The only only other finalists from a non-BCS-conference school in the BCS era was Kellen Moore of Boise State, who placed fourth in 2010, and Chad Pennington of Marshall, who was fifth in 1999.

– Between 1935 and 2006, a span of 71 years, no sophomore or freshman had ever won the Heisman. Since 2007, three sophomores and one (soon to be two) redshirt freshmen have won. The last senior to win the Heisman was Troy Smith of Ohio State in 2006.

– The Heisman voting is done by 927 voters, 870 of whom are media members and 57 who are former winners of the trophy. There is also one fan vote done via online voting. The 870 media voters are dispersed over six regions — the Far West, the Midwest, the Southwest, the South, the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. Balloting is done online. A first-place vote gets 3 points, a second-place vote gets 2 points and a third-place vote gets one point.

– Winston will be the third Heisman winner from Florida State. His win would come on the 20th anniversary of FSU’s first Heisman, Charlie Ward, back in 1993.

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1 Response to “Everything you need to know about the 2013 Heisman”
  1. Deb says: Dec 14, 2013 7:08 PM

    Simpson’s margin of victory still stands after all this time. A few years ago, I was going through an old encyclopedia of the year 1968 and he received more column inches of coverage than Bobby Kennedy. People who don’t study the history of the sport don’t realize the impact Simpson had during that time in history. His really is a tale of falling from the greatest height of achievement. Sad.

    We’ll never know what Winston’s margin of victory would have been if he hadn’t been embroiled in controversy during the last few weeks of voting. Doubt he would have come close to Simpson regardless. But it will be interesting now to see if he cracks the top five.

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