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Final AP Rank of Heisman Trophy Winner's Team

Notes: Final rankings after bowl games began in 1968. Top 25 from 1989-present, Top 20 from 1936-60 and 1968-1988, and Top 10 1961-67. AP National Champions in bold. TEAM link will go to that team's weekly rankings for that season.

Seventeen Heisman Trophy winners (of 88 possible; 19.3%) have been on the team that won the AP National Championship.

Season Player Position Class Team Rank
2022 Caleb Williams QB SO USC 12
2021 Bryce Young QB SO Alabama 2
2020 DeVonta Smith WR SR Alabama 1
2019 Joe Burrow QB SR LSU 1
2018 Kyler Murray QB JR Oklahoma 4
2017 Baker Mayfield QB SR Oklahoma 3
2016 Lamar Jackson QB SO Louisville 21
2015 Derrick Henry RB JR Alabama 1
2014 Marcus Mariota QB JR Oregon 2
2013 Jameis Winston QB FR Florida State 1
2012 Johnny Manziel QB FR Texas A&M 5
2011 Robert Griffin III QB JR Baylor 13
2010 Cam Newton QB JR Auburn 1
2009 Mark Ingram RB SO Alabama 1
2008 Sam Bradford QB SO Oklahoma 5
2007 Tim Tebow QB SO Florida 13
2006 Troy Smith QB SR Ohio State 2
2005 Reggie Bush RB SR USC 2
2004 Matt Leinart QB JR USC 1
2003 Jason White QB SR Oklahoma 3
2002 Carson Palmer QB SR USC 4
2001 Eric Crouch QB SR Nebraska 8
2000 Chris Weinke QB SR Florida State 5
1999 Ron Dayne RB SR Wisconsin 4
1998 Ricky Williams RB SR Texas 15
1997 Charles Woodson CB JR Michigan 1
1996 Danny Wuerffel QB SR Florida 1
1995 Eddie George RB SR Ohio State 6
1994 Rashaan Salaam RB JR Colorado 3
1993 Charlie Ward QB SR Florida State 1
1992 Gino Torretta QB SR Miami (FL) 3
1991 Desmond Howard WR JR Michigan 6
1990 Ty Detmer QB JR BYU 22
1989 Andre Ware QB JR Houston 14
1988 Barry Sanders RB JR Oklahoma State 11
1987 Tim Brown WR SR Notre Dame 17
1986 Vinny Testaverde QB SR Miami (FL) 2
1985 Bo Jackson RB SR Auburn NR
1984 Doug Flutie QB SR Boston College 5
1983 Mike Rozier RB SR Nebraska 2
1982 Herschel Walker RB JR Georgia 4
1981 Marcus Allen RB SR USC 14
1980 George Rogers RB SR South Carolina NR
1979 Charles White RB SR USC 2
1978 Billy Sims RB JR Oklahoma 3
1977 Earl Campbell RB SR Texas 4
1976 Tony Dorsett RB SR Pittsburgh 1
1975 Archie Griffin RB SR Ohio State 4
1974 Archie Griffin RB JR Ohio State 4
1973 John Cappelletti RB SR Penn State 5
1972 Johnny Rodgers WR SR Nebraska 4
1971 Pat Sullivan QB SR Auburn 12
1970 Jim Plunkett QB SR Stanford 8
1969 Steve Owens RB SR Oklahoma NR
1968 O.J. Simpson RB SR USC 4
1967 Gary Beban QB SR UCLA NR
1966 Steve Spurrier QB SR Florida NR
1965 Mike Garrett RB SR USC 10
1964 John Huarte QB SR Notre Dame 3
1963 Roger Staubach QB JR Navy 2
1962 Terry Baker QB SR Oregon State NR
1961 Ernie Davis RB SR Syracuse NR
1960 Joe Bellino RB SR Navy 4
1959 Billy Cannon RB SR LSU 3
1958 Pete Dawkins RB SR Army 3
1957 John David Crow RB SR Texas A&M 9
1956 Paul Hornung QB SR Notre Dame NR
1955 Howard Cassady RB SR Ohio State 5
1954 Alan Ameche FB SR Wisconsin 9
1953 Johnny Lattner RB SR Notre Dame 2
1952 Billy Vessels RB SR Oklahoma 4
1951 Dick Kazmaier RB SR Princeton 6
1950 Vic Janowicz RB JR Ohio State 14
1949 Leon Hart TE SR Notre Dame 1
1948 Doak Walker RB JR SMU 10
1947 Johnny Lujack QB SR Notre Dame 1
1946 Glenn Davis RB SR Army 2
1945 Doc Blanchard FB JR Army 1
1944 Les Horvath HB SR Ohio State 2
1943 Angelo Bertelli QB SR Notre Dame 1
1942 Frank Sinkwich RB SR Georgia 2
1941 Bruce Smith RB SR Minnesota 1
1940 Tom Harmon RB SR Michigan 3
1939 Nile Kinnick RB SR Iowa 9
1938 Davey O'Brien QB SR TCU 1
1937 Clint Frank HB SR Yale 12
1936 Larry Kelley TE SR Yale 12
1935 Jay Berwanger RB SR Chicago N/A