On Tuesday, the Alabama Crimson Tide will likely have three of the top five finishers in the Heisman Trophy voting.
Alabama running QB Mack Jones, receivers DeVonta Smith and Nazi Harris make it to the final five along with Ohio State QB Justin Fields and Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence, who are trying to take home college football’s top honor.
In Heisman’s recent history, it is quite common for two teammates to be finalists together. Prior to the naming of the finalists, the Heyman Trust, teammates can still be found in the top five of the final voting.
Here’s a look at the teams that were filled with Heiman finalists:
Who: Defensive end Chase Young and QB Justin Fields
How did they get there: Due to two superstars on both sides of the ball, Bakke was in the College Football Playoff. Young, a first-team All-American, set an Ohio State record with 16.5 sacks. After transferring from Georgia, Fields became a scoring machine. In 2019, he accounted for 51 total touchdowns.
How did they end: Fields 3; Youth 4.
Who: QB Baker Mayfield and WR Dead Westbrook
How did they get there: Reaching the first season in Oklahoma and leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoff, Mayfield was a megastar in OU’s high-powered offense and Westbrook was his main target. That season, Mayfield threw for 3,965 yards and accounted for a total of 46 touchdowns. Westbrook, who won the Biletnikoff Award as the nation’s top receiver in 2016, had 80 catches for 1,524 yards and 17 touchdowns.
How did they end: Mayfield 3g; Westbrook was 4. Mayfield will win the award next year.
Who: RB Reggie Bush and QB Matt Leinart
How did they get there: They were integral to one of the most loaded college football teams in history. Leinert Hingman was the winner and had better figures in 2005 than in his Heisman winning season. Leinert had more than 3,800 passing yards and 34 touchdowns as the Trojans were aiming for a third straight AP national title and a second BCS title. Bush was everything back. He had more than 500 total yards a game. All in all, Bush won easily, scoring nearly 3,000 all-purpose yards and 19 scores.
How did they end: Bush 1; Leinart 3.
2004 USC Trojans and Oklahoma Suners
Who: USC QB Matt Leinart and RB Reggie Bush; Oklahoma RB Adrian Peterson and QB Jason White
How did they get there: Both doubles lead high-powered offenses and Heisman will meet at the BCS Championship shortly after the ceremony. White won the trophy last season. Peterson was a freshman phenom who ran for 1,925 yards and 15 scores in 2004. Peterson became the first true freshman runner-up for the award. Leinart and Bush won a share of a divided national title in 2003. Leinert led the undefeated Trojans to a national title win over OU in 2004 and threw for 3,322 yards on the season with 33 touchdowns.
How did they end: Leinart 1; Peterson 2; White 3; Bush 5th.
Who: QB Ken Dorsey and RB Willis McGahy
How did they get there: Cain was in the middle of a historic run. Nebraska was selected for the BCS Championship by the 2001 Giants Miami team and will play Ohio State for the 2002 title. At the time of the award, Dorsey was 38-1 as a starter and finished third in Heiman, voting last season. Dorsey took 28 points for the season. McGahee was part of a serious offense with receiver Andre Johnson and tight end Kellen Winslow II. In the running back room, McGahy was ahead of Frank Gore and Jarrett Peyton. In 2002, McGahee had more than 1,700 rushing and 28 touchdowns.
How did they end: McGahi 4th; Dorsey 5th.
Who: RB Key-Jan Carter and QB Carey Collins
How did they get there: In Penn State’s undefeated season, Joe Petro’s team was full. In the BCS or Playoff era, Penn State would have had a chance at No. 1 Nebraska and a national title. In 1994, the Nittany Lions went 12–0 and won the Rose Bowl behind Carter and Collins. Carter had 23 congested touchdowns and an all-American consensus. Collins threw to 21 scores, winning the Maxwell and Dave O’Brien awards.
How did they end: Carter 2; Collins was 4th.
Only the Heisman winner was announced after the vote, before naming the finalists and hosting a ceremony. However, many teams had several top five finishers.
Who: WR Johnny Rodgers and DT Rich Glover
How did they get there: The Cornhushers were consistently falling away with national titles and Rodgers was a multipurpose talent. He accounted for 1,978 all-purpose yards and 17 scores. Glover was a first-team All-American and won the Outland and Lombardi Awards with 100 total tackles.
How did they end: Roger 1; Glove wearer 3.
Who: QB John Huart and WR Jack Snow
How did they get there: Huart started just one season for the Irish and went 9–1. He scored at an average of 10 yards per over with 16 scores. He gave most of his snow to Notre Dame’s top receiver. Snow caught nine of them out of Huart’s 12 passing touchdowns. In 1964, he set five Notre Dame records.
How did they end: Huart first; Snow 5.
1956 Oklahoma Suners
Who: RB Tommy McDonald and C-LB Jerry Tubes
How did they get there: The Suners were in the midst of a historic win streak and McDonald was Oklahoma’s lead runner. He led the team with 119 carries for 853 yards and 12 tug of war. The Tubbs were an All-American at center and won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys.
How did they end: McDonald 3D; Tuber 4.
1949 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Who: And Leon Hart and QB Bob Williams
How did they get there: He was part of Notre Dame’s seventh national championship team and was the leader of an offense that outscored opponents 360–86. Williams had 16 points in 1949. According to the Heisman website, Hart, 6-foot-5, at 260 pounds, is the greatest player to win Heisman.
How did they end: Heart 1; Williams 5th.
Who: FB Felix Blanchard (’44, ’45 and ’46), RB Glenn Davis (’44, ’45 and ’46) and QB Arnie Tucker (’46)
How did they get there: The military was in the midst of three straight national titles and this was the reason its powerful territory. In 1945 Blanchard won the award and Davis was runner-up. Blanchard and Davis combined for 97 touchdowns in their careers.
How did they end: 1944 – Davis 2; Blanchard 3. 1945 – Blanchard 1; Davis 2. 1946 – Davis 1; Blanchard 4th; Tucker 5 no. Heisman of 1946 was the last time three teammates were in the top five.
1943 Notre Dame Fighting Irish
Who: QB Angelo Bertelli and RB Crighton Miller
How did they get there: Bertelli played only six games in 1943 and threw 10 touchdown passes. During the 1943 season Bertelli’s Marine Corps unit was called to fight in World War II. He was in boot camp when he learned that he had won Heiman. Miller, with 911 yards, led the nation in rushing.
How did they end: Bertelli 1; Miller 4.
Who: & Larry Kelly & QB Clint Frank
How did they get there: 7-1 Kelly was a two-way player in the Yale team. In 1936, he had four points on offense and one interception on defense. Frank, who would win the award the following season, was a two-time All-American.
How did they end: Kelly 1; Frank 5th.