Cannon, the brilliant running back who helped LSU win the Heisman Trophy in 1959 with a famous Halloween night punt return score against Mississippi, died on Sunday, May 20, 2018. He was 80 years old. LSU quarterback Joe Burrow is only the second athlete to win the Heisman Trophy, following Billy Cannon.
He won the award in the spring of 1959 after leading the Tigers to an 11-0 record and their first undefeated regular season since 1942. The team's offense was ranked third in the country while its defense did not allow a single touchdown pass. Cannon's return man title was also new; he broke up three punts during the season.
In addition to his role as a player, Cannon served as an assistant coach for the Tigers from 1960 until 1964 when he moved to Texas A&M to take over as their head coach. He remained there until 1970 when he returned home to Louisiana where he worked as a color analyst for Tiger football broadcasts until his death.
He is one of only five players (Alabama's Charles Whitman, Ohio State's Jim Otto, Oklahoma's Steve Owens, and Utah's Carl Eller) to be voted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a player, coach, and analyst. The other four-way vote resulted in Cannon being included this year.
Cannon's death was announced by Texas A&M University.
Billy Cannon became the first Louisiana State Tiger to win the Heisman Trophy in 1959. He led LSU to a 9-0-1 record and a Southern Division title before being drafted by the Chicago Bears with the third overall pick in the 1960 NFL Draft.
No other Louisiana players have been nominated for the award since then. However, former LSU quarterback Jeff Blake was selected by the Denver Broncos with the tenth overall pick in the 1995 NFL Draft. He played only one season in the league before being released by the team.
Blake's cousin, Mark Duper, was also a quarterback for LSU. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers with the thirty-fifth overall pick in the 2001 NFL Draft. He played only two seasons before being released by the team.
There are currently three Louisiana-born players on NFL teams: Saints wide receiver Marques Colston, Cowboys running back Felix Jones, and Jaguars cornerback Aaron Ross. All were born in New Orleans.
Colston and Jones both attended Jefferson Parish Central High School in Metairie, while Ross went to Meraux High School in Harvey. All three players came up through the football programs at their high schools before being recruited by LSU and entering the NFL.
Here is a list of Heisman Trophy winners from the Hall of Fame: Simpson, O.J. Staubach, Roger Hornung, Paul Class of 1985, Class of 1986, Class of 1986, Class of 1986, Class of 1986, Class of 1986, Class of 1986, Class (1963), and USC, Navy, and Notre Dame (1968). (1956). The award was created in 1935 by the president of the Carnegie Institute of Pittsburgh who had no relation to the University of Southern California. The trophy is given annually to the most outstanding player in college football.
Simpson became the first unanimous winner of the award when he was chosen by both his fellow players and coaches. He was also the first player to receive votes from both former players and members of the media. The award has been given out every year since then without any objections from either group. Simpson finished his career with 5,077 passing yards and 42 touchdowns vs. 19 interceptions. He added 1,542 rushing yards and 22 scores as a tailback.
O.J. Staubach of Texas earned all-America honors from some select committees but wasn't selected by other teams or by the Heisman Trust. That didn't stop him from being selected by the NCAA Football Committee as the first winner of the Heisman Trophy. Staubach led the nation in pass completion percentage (72.4%) and had seven games with at least four touchdown passes. He also had 13 games with only one interception.
Burrow, LSU's Heisman Trophy winner, defeated Clemson 42-25 to win the championship. Joe Burrow tossed five touchdown passes and ran for another, capping one of the finest seasons in college football history by guiding No. 1 LSU to a 42-25 victory against No. 3 Clemson to claim the national title on Monday night. The Tigers received votes in the AP poll all season long.
LSU finished the 2018 season with a 12-1 record and won the SEC West division title before falling to Alabama in the conference championship game. The Tigers were ranked No. 2 in the country behind only Alabama entering the matchup. It was their first top-two finish in the AP Poll since 2013 when they were also ranked second after winning the SEC West division title that year too. They are now 5-0 all time in January games.
This is Burrow's first career college football national title and he became just the third player in NCAA history to throw for at least 400 yards while scoring multiple touchdowns in each of his final three games (Jake Plummer, 2002; Ryan Dinwiddie, 2001). He joined Archie Griffin as the only players to ever do so.
The MVP of the championship game was determined based on voting results from both the media and the fans. Burrow earned 21 of 50 possible votes from members of the media to beat out Oklahoma's Jalen Hurtt who had 10 votes. Fan voting ended two weeks ago and the winner was announced during the championship game.
Tim Couch, the quarterback, is the answer. Couch visited New York in December. Williams won by a wide margin, with Bishop coming in second, McNown third, and Couch fourth. Williams' margin of victory was the fourth-largest in Heisman Trophy voting history at the time.
Couch went on to have a very successful NFL career, finishing with 5,027 yards passing while adding 51 touchdowns against only 20 interceptions. He has also been named to several All-Decade teams for the 2000s (decade).
After graduating from Florida State University, Tim Couch joined the Cleveland Browns as their starting quarterback. He led them to the playoffs each year he was there, including winning 11 games in his first season. The Browns released him after he threw 21 touchdowns vs. only six interceptions that year. He ended up signing with the Miami Dolphins as a free agent. There he helped lead them to the playoffs twice more before being released at the end of the season.
After leaving the Dolphins, Couch signed with the Buffalo Bills. Under new head coach Bobby Bowden, Couch helped lead the Bills to the playoffs for the first time since 1990. After losing the first game of the season 28-0 to the Pittsburgh Steelers, Couch came back home to Ohio and led the Bills to another playoff appearance. This time they lost to the Indianapolis Colts 26-14 in the first round of the 1994 AFC Playoffs.
Charlie Ward is one of college football's most decorated athletes, having won every accolade available to him as a senior quarterback for Florida State's National Championship team in 1993. Ward earned Florida State's first Heisman Trophy after leading the Seminoles to an 11-1 record and a No. 1 AP ranking. He passed for 2,084 yards and 21 touchdowns and ran for 998 yards and 14 more scores.
Ward also holds several Florida State records including most career touchdown passes (57), consecutive starts at quarterback (46) and highest average per game (375.3). He was drafted second overall by the Chicago Bears but never played in a regular season game for them due to injury. Ward finished his FSU career with 69 victories over four seasons.
He returned for one more season in 1994 before announcing his retirement from football. Ward went on to have a successful career as a sports analyst for both NBC and ESPN and now serves as an assistant coach for the Florida State Seminoles. He remains the only player to win the Heisman Trophy while attending Florida State.
Heisman winners are chosen each year by the Heisman Memorial Trophy Trust. The winner is determined by voting from among the players, coaches, and officials who have been selected by the Trust. The award is given out on December 8, the day before the College Football Playoff championship games.