Paul Hornung over Johnny Majors comes to mind. In the modern tv era, Charles Woodson over Payton Manning was a load. UT's been shafted a couple times.
When the Heisman Trophy ceremony kicks off in New York on Saturday, the SEC will account for 40% of the candidates. Alabama tailback Trent Richardson and LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu are among the five finalists for this year’s award. (Ah, but is it a major award?)
Also heading to the Big Apple are Baylor’s Robert Griffin III — who has gone from “guy with little pub” to favorite based solely on his highlight reel skills — Stanford’s Andrew Luck and Wisconsin’s Montee Ball.
Preseason favorite Kellen Moore of Boise State didn’t garner enough votes to receive an invitation. Neither did Southern Cal’s Matt Barkley or Houston’s Case Keenum.
The SEC has won the last two Heismans (Cam Newton and Mark Ingram) and three of the last four (tossing in Tim Tebow).
In the early days, most media members saw games from the East and Midwest. That’s part of the reason the SEC had just four winners from 1935 through 1981 (not counting South Carolina’s George Rogers). But the explosion in televised games has aided the SEC. The league has captured six trophies from 1982-2010.