If Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith wins the Heisman Trophy this year, it will be the school's seventh such award.
Doing so will also tie the Buckeyes with Notre Dame and USC for the most aggregate Heisman Trophies. Ohio State is a little unique, however, in that they have five individuals responsible for their six current Heismans as Archie Griffin was the award's only two time winner (1974 and 1975).
Smith is looking to become the sixth quarterback in the last seven years to win the award, and the first Big Ten recipient since Wisconsin back Ron Dayne in 1999.
The last--and only--Big Ten quarterback to win is Ohio State's own Les Horvath in 1944.
The last Buckeye to win the Heisman was tailback Eddie George in 1995.
The previous Buckeye Heisman recipients:
- QB Les Horvath (1944)
- RB Vic Janowicz (1950)
- RB Howard Cassady (1955)
- RB Archie Griffin (1974, 1975)
- RB Eddie George (1995)
Dorsett was part of a 12 year run of running back winners starting in 1972 with Nebraska's Johnny Rodgers and ending in 1983 with Nebraska's Mike Rozier. The last quarterback before that run of rushers was Auburn's Pat Sullivan. Boston College quarterback Doug Flutie finally snapped that streak and ushered in an era of more mixed position winners.
The last Buckeye to "place" in Heisman voting was linebacker A.J. Hawk, who finished sixth in balloting last year.
The last Ohio State quarterback to "place" in Heisman voting was Joe Germaine who finished ninth in 1998.